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Silver lining? February 2013 It was great to see that new vehicle sales (both Tool Feature 16 passenger and commercial) in 2012 just cracked the Panel and paint 26 more than 100,000 mark and that imported second hand Diesel Industry News 27 vehicles finished just shy of 82,000 units. Motorsport 30 We still, however, have an aging car park despite an Classifieds 34 annual scrap rate of around 190,000 vehicles (written Business Directory 35 off, destroyed, permanently taken off the road and lapsed registrations) and there is a huge bubble of around

automotive service trade? I think it’s obvious that as these older vehicles are scrapped it's going to see the residual values of the secondhand car fleet strengthen further, particularly those vehicles in the three to seven yearold group. I think, too, that more and more secondhand car buyers are going to be prepared to put some value back into a vehicle to maintain its appearance, residual value and roadworthiness.

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clearly nearing the end of their economic life.

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More than 111,000 used imported cars arrived in

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1996, as opposed to 64,000 sold new, while in 1997 more than 97,000 passenger cars were imported used as opposed to more than 58,000 sold brand new. In round figures, of the combined 330,000 cars sold in

the face of a changing WOF regime, to best avoid any unpleasant surprises that deferred maintenance can cause.

this period, 75 percent are still on the road. Isn’t it about

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The quality of sound from a car radio depends just as much on the aerial as it does with the receiving unit and speakers. Like many parts on a vehicle, aerials can wear with age, or sustain damage that will affect their ability to receive signals. So if repairers want to improve the performance of the radio, they can start with the aerial first and maybe consult

the all-new Antech Aerial Technologies Catalogue, just released in New Zealand by Griffiths Equipment. The Antech catalogue has a range of universal aerials that will fit most types of vehicles, from cowl mounts, to ones that fit on the pillar/roof/gutter/ glass and in whip, fixed, spring base, rubber, retractable or automatic and semi-automatic electric options. That makes it easier to select an antenna

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troubleshooting and providing a better workshop experience for the customer. The CarSmart workshop accelerated knowledge and training programme. Saturday 13 April 12.30 pm: A special preview of the soon to be launched CarSmart workshop training programme which consists of a series of integrated web based fully interactive training modules targeting aftermarket fitters. Topics include efficiency tools, optimised service method, increasing workshop sales, maximising workshop profitability and achieving and maintaining customer satisfaction. For more information, or to register for this must attend Expo, visit: www. . reader reply 0130206

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Braking solutions from Remsa braking process can affect the colour and appearance of the rotors and wheels. This dust not only makes wheels look dirty, but the material formulation in some pads can also potentially lead to damage of the wheels surface. Remsa Ultra Ceramic brake pads have been formulated to reduce both wear and particle emissions. The result is an asbestos free, environmentally friendly product, which increases the service life of disc rotors and brake pads while helping to maintain the cleanliness of the wheels and protect the environment.

Remsa says its Ultra Ceramic brake pad has returned very impressive results in noise level tests under all conditions when tested against both OE and competitors brake pads. All the elements working during vehicle braking (steering, suspension and the brake components themselves) have an influence in the types of noise produced. However, it is the friction material, backing plates and insulating shims used in all Remsa Ultra Ceramic brake pads which are instrumental in cancelling out the low frequency noises which these elements produce.

With more than 40 years of experience, Remsa it is a worldwide manufacturer of premium quality brake parts for the automotive industry. Remsa says its R&D Department has developed a ceramic based friction material offering an excellent balance between performance, durability, comfort and longevity. When it comes to the “comfort” aspect of brakes, Remsa says it has always been committed to minimising the most annoying aspect during the braking process – noise. Driver comfort is always one of the important requirements during the testing of a new Remsa formulation.

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WoF changes by July Changes to New Zealand’s warrant of fitness system, which will see annual inspections for cars registered after 2000, are expected to be in place by July 2013 if not earlier. The key changes to the warrant of fitness system (WoF) include: An initial inspection for new cars, followed by annual inspections once vehicles are three-years-old. Annual inspections for vehicles three years and older and first registered on or after January 1 2000. Six-monthly inspections for vehicles first registered before January 1 2000. The Government says the new inspection frequency regime recognises concerns about older vehicles by making sure vehicles registered before January 1 2000 remain on six-monthly inspections. Ministry of Transport research shows that the package of changes will benefit motorists and businesses by $159-million a year, and by at least $1.8-billion over 30 years. This includes savings in inspection


and compliance costs, justice and enforcement costs, and time spent by motorists getting their WoF. Associate transport minister Simon Bridges says these savings will have a flow-on benefit for the wider economy. “We took these concerns into account in designing a WoF package that backs up the changed inspection frequency over time with other measures, such as information and education campaigns and more funding for police enforcement.” Changes to the WoF system will be made through the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002, and are expected to be in place by July 2014 or earlier.

the NZTA able to apply a different frequency between three and 12 months depending on the operator’s safety record. Much of the cost of getting a CoF comes from the time a vehicle is out of service. Extending the variable frequency range for CoF gives the ability to reward operators with good safety records through longer periods between inspections, while still closely managing operators with poor safety records. Changes to the CoF system will be made through the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002 and are expected to be in place by July 2014 or earlier.

Changes to the certificate of fitness (CoF) system

Kiwis sold short

Currently, light vehicles operated as a transport service (such as taxis and rental cars) and heavy vehicles are inspected for a CoF. The current six-monthly CoF default inspection frequency will be retained, with

“The Government seems obsessed with the principle that, because New Zealand’s inspection regime is unique, it needs to be changed, says MTA spokesperson Ian Stronach. “That’s a very narrow view which they don’t apply consistently. Ultimately, this decision sells all New Zealanders short. “While providing the appearance of savings, the changes may in fact increase costs and the risks to motorists, while at the same time lead to the loss of more than 2,000 jobs from within the automotive industry according to the MTA. “The opportunity for any substantial changes to the licensing system has been deferred – instead we have a piecemeal deconstruction of the vehicle inspection regime that has served and protected motorists well for many years. “Many drivers rely on this as their primary safety and operational assurance. In an automotive environment like ours, that is too long and too far. Minor repairs will turn into major work, negating any theoretical savings. “Surely the onus must be on improving safety levels, not eroding them. Even recently released research by the Monash University Injury Research Institute which was co-sponsored by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) casts doubt on the likely outcome and cost of the changes being proposed; if the so called experts aren’t sure of what might happen, why are we pushing ahead?. “Government could have streamlined our cumbersome annual licensing process, made individual motorists more accountable for the risks they represent and improved the integrity of the existing inspection process. Instead

they are selling this reform to New Zealanders on the back of the potential that they can save themselves around $50 a year.” According to the MTA carrying out fewer inspections will mean some providers will simply opt out of the business, meaning some motorists will have to travel further and take more time to have an inspection carried out, as well as adding to the jobless total, while pushing more skilled people out of the industry. Missed opportunity

The Motor Industry Association says it was always in support of extending the time period between vehicle inspections. “We saw this issue as being relevant to vehicle owners, and not one about job protection for the corner garage. The current system may have been suited to vehicles built in the 1950s and 1960s, but was no longer appropriate for the modern motor car”, says CEO Perry Kerr. “Our research shows that new vehicles are regularly serviced during their first three-year period and we know the franchise dealer will, while servicing the vehicle, ensure that it is safe to operate on our roads. Likewise the MIA said it believed yearly inspections were also appropriate for vehicles more than three-years-old. “The one area of the Government’s overall review, which we see as a missed opportunity, was to restructure the annual vehicle licensing fee and to remove the ACC component (which makes up the majority of the annual licensing fee) and to transfer this component into the price of fuel (petrol and diesel) at the pump. “This would therefore ensure those people driving the most kilometres were paying the highest ACC fee. Without addressing the ACC component of the registration levy not a lot has changed,” says Kerr. reader reply 0130208

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Hunter gets a fast workout Steve Rushbrooke says that with the new Hunter HawkEye Elite wheel aligner at his new Te Awamutu tyre store, it won’t be long before the 250 alignments per month they were averaging on just one machine are eclipsed. Steve has also hung on to the Hunter DSP600 Digital Imaging Aligner that has served him so well, in order to cope with the growing demand. The new store has six bays, including a drive-out area for trucks/trailers and heavy equipment.

“It’s been purpose-built to suit our business, on land that has been in our family for more than 60 years,” says Steve. Steve and the team have found the new Elite easy and quick to set up it, and have little trouble achieving a full alignment check in less than the claimed 60 seconds. The patented QuickGrip (quick release) adaptors and threedimensional targets make set-ups so much easier than with the older machine, taking just seconds, rather than minutes. They use spring-loaded clamping arms that

adjust easily to various wheel sizes, along with a simple thumb lever to lock the clamp in place. They attach quickly, without having to worry about needing to perfectly centre the target, since the mounting position has no effect on measurement accuracy, gripping the tyre instead of the rim edge. This eliminates risk of damage to expensive alloy wheels a protective rubber ring at the base of the adaptor provides the only contact with the wheel. As soon as the clamps are fitted, the computer in the Elite matches

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the readings to the data on the vehicle stored in its memory bank and the information is flashed on screen almost instantly, once the vehicle roll-forward is completed, thanks to the Win Align alignment software which runs on the latest Windows operating system. Additionally, the lightweight adaptor and target assembly (less than 3kg each) are easy to handle and install. Constructed from tough polymer materials, they can stand up to the rigours of daily workshop life and the target itself contains no electronics, so requires very little maintenance, and there are no messy wires connecting the targets with the cabinet. The patented digital imaging sensors that incorporate four high-resolution cameras instantly update adjustment readings on-screen – and adjust automatically for the height of the vehicle on the hoist. Working with the newly designed targets, HawkEye Elite sensors provide 3D modelling of wheel position and orientation for the most accurate alignment measurements. Another feature of the HawkEye Elite is Codelink, which automatically takes care of steering angle sensor settings and allows for ESP systems to be reset on European and other late model vehicles, further simplifying the alignment task. reader reply 0130210


Michael Griffin re-joins Stocks our equipment lines will be an asset for our lower North Island customers as he can provide full equipment training, product knowledge and finance.” Previously Michael represented Stocks Equipment in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty before deciding to try his hand back in the trade again. “I really enjoyed setting up a brand new testing station and running my own business, but I did miss the interaction with others in the automotive trade and when an

opportunity came to sell my business, I took it,” says Michael. “Wellington is a new territory for me and while I have been away there have been changes and updates on the Stocks Equipment front. Hunter released the new Elite model wheel aligner, which is a fantastic piece of technology as it can perform wheel alignment checks in less than 60 seconds together with the new Hunter Roadforce touch wheel balancer. And there are some updates with Corghi too with their wider range of leverless

tyre changers designed especially for low profile tyres, run flats, etc. It’s an exciting time to be coming back .” Michael’s territory will initially include all of greater Wellington, Kapiti Coast, Horowhenua, Manawatu and the Wairarapa, where he calls on tyre stores, car dealerships, Capricorn members and general automotive workshops. Michael Griffin’s contact details are 027 493 7906 and reader reply 0130211

Michael Griffin has re-joined Stocks Equipment, representing the company in the lower North Island.

After taking time out to set up a vehicle testing station, Michael Griffin has re-joined the Stocks Equipment sales team in New Zealand. The former UK-trained truck mechanic has taken up the role of regional equipment specialist for the lower North Island, based in Wellington. “After an absence of two years, we are delighted to have Michael return to our team,” says Stocks Equipment general manager William Singleton. “He has a very strong Hunter technical sales background and his knowledge and skills of all


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Tyreland says it is an unusual business model which is turning the heads of many independent tyre retailers and automotive service centres looking to perform better in the extremely competitive New Zealand tyre market. The Tyreland model is a joint venture. Which brings together a group of like-minded owner/ operator tyre retailers as shareholders in the Tyreland group. “The joint venture model is a refreshingly different style that our people find more attractive than the franchise model with its pyramidshaped chain of command and money flow,” says Tyreland spokesperson Ian Fraser “Each Tyreland member retains the independent ownership of the dealership, and control of operation and profits. The only fees are a one-off joining fee which provides a shareholding in the group and a say in its governance, plus a monthly service fee.” Tyreland says it is the South Island’s leading independent tyre specialist. Established in 1998, it now consists of nine tyre shops, each of which has captured excellent market share. This success is based on a philosophy of providing exceptional service, quality tyres and sustainable margins. While each Tyreland member is independent and can retail the tyre brands of choice, the group enjoys privileged buying arrangements with

some of the world’s well known brands. These brands include Cooper, Michelin, Yokohama, Bridgestone, BF Goodrich and Nankang. A recent achievement was Tyreland being declared the leading New Zealand retailer for Cooper Tires, fitting more Cooper brand tyres than any of its competitors. “That’s a spectacular achievement for a South Island-only company and it is testimony of the group’s ability to punch above its weight,” says Ian Fraser. Tyreland also has a significant rural customer base, in large part due to its long and successful business relationship with giant South Island farmer-owned co-operative, CRT. The group’s preferred brand of tractor tyre is BKT. Members benefit from the range of professionally developed support devices under Tyreland’s brand umbrella. These include its unique VIP customer rewards programme, shared customer care protocols, and an active support network, including business systems, customer data base, building and vehicle liveries, advertising and website. “Tyreland is in the mood to grow and we are currently looking to consolidate our geographical market positions in the South Island. We are also open to expressions of interest from enthusiastic prospective members in the North Island,” says Ian.

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An innovative online tool has been introduced by Bendix' allowing Bendix member workshops to actively promote business by designing and building their own promotional flyers. Utilising the advanced Bendix website, members only can now access the innovative online tool to create customised and professionally designed promotional flyers to effectively draw in additional business and drive their own sales. Automotive and transport workshops can select from the range of technically advanced Bendix products they wish to promote to their clients. These include General CT, 4WD, heavy duty, Ultimate, brake shoes, all passenger products, truck and trailer, brake lubrication, brake fluid and brake parts cleaning. A base template will automatically appear ready for customisation. A bold heading can then be inserted followed by the appropriate text, the start and end dates of the promotion plus the business name and contact details. Once the promotional flyer has been created, two PDF options become available at the press of a button. One PDF comes with trims for a professional printer to print right up to the edge of the paper and a second option that enables the PDF to be emailed or printed using an internal office printer. A file will then appear in the “My Promotional Flyers” area, allowing the newly created flyer to be stored for use at a later date along with any other promotional flyers already created, thus providing a ready to use library of on-going professional looking sales aids. “This is an exciting value added membership benefit for our Bendix member customers, allowing them to create customised professional looking artwork to promote their business, with the prospect of increasing sales,” says Bendix marketing services manager Ian Bott. “The programme is simple and easy to use, without additional graphic design costs,” he said. The new “Build Your Own Promotion” is now live for Bendix members only on or and an instructional video is available to provide further assistance. reader reply 0130212



Lucas batteries from Appco Appco offers automotive trade customers a full three tier range of Lucas automotive batteries. These include the Ultra High (UHP) Performance' High Performance (HP), and Extra Heavy Duty (EHD) batteries. The three tiers represent different levels of battery performance as well as different features and benefits. Lucas UHP batteries feature the sealed maintenance-free (SMF) technology, including a recombinant lid system which collects any gas released during the charging process, converts it back into a liquid, and recombines it with the acid. This completely eliminates the need for water top-up, while also protecting installers from any possible acid splash. The lid design also incorporates a safety spark arrestor plug. This is a one way valve system that allows excessive gases to escape the battery, but prevents external ignition sources from entering the battery itself. Workshops need to be aware that there are significant differences in battery case technology that are all being distributed under the SMF banner. The first generation of these batteries actually utilises a generic lid design with standard screwin top caps that are typically covered by the top label. This system is designed as a shortcut in the manufacturing process, enabling a single lid type

to be used for all battery variations. This type of lid design does not efficiently recombine the gases within the battery back into electrolyte. As a result premature failure is a potential danger due to liquid loss. This type of battery is also still exposed to external ignition sources. Severe loss to property is a potential consequence from a battery exploding due to the internal gases being ignited. Another feature of the SMF case design is the ergonomic carry handle, which when folded away presents a fully flat battery top. For over-the-top style clamping systems this means there is never any danger of handles and vent caps preventing the easy and safe installation of the battery. The built in state of charge and electrolyte indicator enables both the technician and the consumer to determine the battery's state of charge. The Lucas High Performance range has slightly lower CCA ratings than it's Ultra High Performance equivalent. The product features an open top lid system with screw in vent caps rather than the recombining lid technology requiring the need for water top-up occasionally if water levels drop below the top of the plates. When testing the product the use of a hydrometer is required in order to accurately measure the levels of sulphuric acid within the battery as the High Performance

lid does not feature a magic eye indicator. The Lucas Extra Heavy Duty range of batteries has slightly lower CCA ratings than their High Performance equivalent and also features an open top lid design.

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Getting the best Scan Tools have become increasingly important to all types of workshops as a necessary means of automotive diagnosis. In this advertising feature Motor Equipment News has endeavoured to collate a selection of the latest equipment to help workshop owners and managers to make an informed choice. We also take a look at compressors and torque wrenches. Should you invest in a scan tool? According to Ed Baard at Sulco Tools and Equipment, more than eight years ago Scan Tools were priced around $14,000, but now products such as the Autosnap are available from just under $3,000 plus GST, which makes them more affordable to the independent workshop owner. Ed says that investing in a scan tool will save wasted time and money and minimise the risk of losing a customer if they discover your workshop is ill-equipped to diagnose their vehicle, plus there is the potential to earn additional revenue from finding faults and fixing them. “It’s important for independent workshops to gain knowledge by using scan tools,” says Ed.

“Workshop technicians will not learn about the modern systems if all the scans are sent away to another workshop because of a lack of suitable equipment. There is the issue of time and money wasted sending the vehicle to another workshop and getting the driver back to work if the Auto Electrician is too busy to help immediately. “Scan Tools also save time when diagnosing vehicle faults,” says Ed. “You may with a bit of luck find the fault by testing all the sensors with a multimete but then you run the risk of creating more fault codes. “With a scan tool you will find the fault codes more often, and in many cases such as the airbags and ABS, all you have to do is clear the codes and the check lights will go out. With a scan tool you can also analyse the live data to see if any of the sensors are out of range.” Ed says that Sulco have a range of scan tools to fulfil workshop requirements, including the Autosnap at $2,995 plus GST, universal scan tools including Autoland Vedis and Carman, European specialist scan tools such as Autocom and Autoland Vedis plus Carman AT and VCI for Japanese trucks. reader reply 0130216

Sulco introduces the iScan-II WT do some programming, says Sulco. On BMWs it can do single ECU offline programming that programmes series models, including the E65, E60, E90, and E70. On Volvos it has a generic ETM reload and the TCM update.

Scanning in the cloud.

Sulco says that many workshops want more coverage on European models such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW, and the new Autoland iScan-II WT provides three scanning solutions in one unit, handheld, cloud, and interface module simulator (IMS). The Autoland iScan-II WT hand-held unit is very capable on Europeans, and it has all of the quick service features workshops look for in a scanner, such as reading and clearing DTCs, looking at live data values, activating components, clearing adaptations, and resetting service reminders. Coding the machine is easy, and it will even


This software lives in the cloud server, and users can download a user interface software to a PC, and run a RS232 cable between their PC and the i ScanII WT BU. The next step is to run the normal diagnostic connector from the BU to the car. (AC-EC + AC-EC 16 pin). Technicians choose the DOL from the BU menu choices, and then it is in the PC car link mode. Bring up the PC link software on the PC and choose the desired brand, model, and function. Now technicians are using the second scanner. Its software is different from that on the handheld. The DOL has a bug trace or logging feature that will allow feed back to the engineers so the software can grow more capable.

Interface Module Simulator (IMS) Autoland has engineered the WT to work as the factory interfaces do. The IMS has a large menu of choices. Technicians can pick IMS MB, IMS BMW, IMS VASS, IMS Jag/LR/Ford/Mazda, IMS TYT, IMS Volvo, or IMS Porsche! Each manufacturer has different licensing requirements and they change frequently, so it is best to check those out.

Each of the OE manufacturers has their own multiplexor. Mercedes has been using the C3Star and is moving on to the fibre optics capable C4 SDConnect. BMW used the yellow DK head for all until they required the orange OPS for many cars around MY 2004. Then it was the OPPS and now it is ICOM A, B, and C. Volvo has Dice. VW-Audi has the VAS5054A. Land Rover shares the VIM with Jaguar. Ford shares its VIM with Mazda, which is now a separate software. Toyota uses the Mongoose. Porsche has the KTS 650.

Each line differs in functionality. Mercedes DAS and Xentry is PC based, and many workshops have this software on PC. With it they can code and programme all that does not require SCN. Mercedes allows licensing for access to their FDOK server and SCN coding of TCM and ECM’s for additional fee’s. BMW’s DIS/TIS/SSS allows all coding and

tool FEATURE NEWS programming on MY cars up to 2010, as long as they do not have a higher i level than is available in the 04 of 2009 DIS update. BMW allows all functions VIA J2534 access to accept keys. Volvo is currently allowing the application of the Vida 2010A through the I-Scan II for diagnostics, not programming. Currently if workshops want to programme new Volvo modules they require a subscription and the factory Dice. VW Audi allows all diagnostic and requires subscriptions to its Geko server for SVM/Geko coding. Land Rover Jaguar allows all diagnostics through the WT. Ford allows licensing through the factory and has legitimised the i Scan II and the WT as acceptable interfaces. Toyota is allowing diagnostics as well as programming.

Porsche’s PIWIS works through the IMS and allows all factory functions on MY cars that it covers. (>2008) With the i SCAN-II WT as the interface Sulco says workshops eliminate the need for more than $40,000 in factory MUX’s!

The benefits of using the OE software. • Information • Wiring diagrams • Component locators • Connector pin outs • Expected values • Guided fault trace • System function descriptions

Training coverage varies. Mercedes offers information systems such as SDMedia, Dis-assembly Assistant, SIM DAS and SIM XENTRY, and WIS.

VW Audi training is here; http://www. BMW has a TIS, electronic troubleshooting guides in a traditional manual layout. Mini Cooper and BMW EWD discs are virtually mounted using Daemon Tools Lite. Autoland Scientech offers technical assistance with the purchase of the WT on each of these lines. Volvo’s training; vtiShare/VIDATechInd/index.htm. For Ford consider using-your-ford-p-77.html. Mazda/Land Rover/Jaguar is almost the same as Ford. Toyota is here Toyota%20Reflash%20Video%20Example.wmv Porsche’s PIWIS has no outside training available. reader reply 0130216a

Affordable and accurate scan tool

According to GDC Equipment the approved dealer for the Autel MaxiDAS DS-708, this particular tool is fast becoming “the tool to have,” and is developed by distinguished industry experts. GDC Equipment says it is a state-of-art vehicle diagnostic system that delivers accurate, comprehensive, easier and faster diagnosis. The new generation platform stands out over a variety of tools by providing incredibly high performance with user friendly operation. For the first time, workshops and technicians can find a dealer-level diagnostic solution designed for the aftermarket. GDC Equipment says that specific Australian Ford software, as well as updated Australian Holden software, software for hybrid vehicles, and Chinese cars including Great Wall, Geely, Chery, and BYD, has just recently been released. The MaxiDAS CPU consists of an ARM9 and ARM7 dual processor, and the Windows CE operating system has been developed so everyone in the workshop, from the beginner to the most advanced technician, can use this tool. GDC Equipment says the MaxiDAS DS-708 provides correct live data readings and fault code diagnosis all the time.

“This is a very important thing to consider as you would be better off with no scan tool rather than one that gives false information, a problem with some low cost tools ”says GDC Equipment managing director Gary Cotterell. Gary says the Maxi-DAS DS-708 is an affordable diagnostic tool that actually works, with coverage and capabilities equal to or better than tools that cost double or even triple the price. “You should at least compare them before you make your purchasing decision” he says. The MaxiDAS DS-708 package is $3,995 plus GST, and this includes two years of software updates free of charge, and a free one year subscription, Boyce Autolibrary (valued at $1,100). The package also includes toll free phone support and regular emails with new developments and technical support. A 100 percent money back guarantee is also included, so it is a risk free purchase. “You can lease to own for $29 per week with no deposit or booking fees. This is an incredibly small outlay for a product that can easily generate income of more than $50,000 per year,” says Gary Cotterell. “Our partners Interequip Australia hold the

exclusive distribution rights in Australia and NZ for the MaxiDAS tool, and we are the only factory approved NZ distributor. “Rest assured with GDC you will get full factory warranty support, legitimate Australian Holden and Ford software that does not breach Intellectual property laws and the security of knowing you will not have future updating issues. “You can also purchase a genuine Autel MaxiDAS DS-708 through your local Autostop or Extreme Automotive branch.” The MaxiDAS DS-708 has a 7 inch full colour touch screen and all the features needed. It contains one of the most comprehensive vehicle software packages available, with more than 40 vehicle makes covering Japanese, Korean, European , American, Chinese and Australian vehicles, with specific software for each manufacturer covering all on-board systems of most makes and models of vehicles on NZ roads. The vast coverage, fast start up and simple auto scan functions make this tool the first choice for workshops that have multiple scan tools. The DS-708 comes standard with all the plugs and adaptors needed so there are no extra hidden costs. reader reply 0130217


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Launch X-431 Diagun III • Designed for easy operation • Bluetooth & Wi-Fi compatible • Colour inductive touch screen • Twin DataStream display • High capacity battery • USB printer interface Normally $5,500+gst Special price $3,999+gst

Launch X-431 Pad • New generation tablet scanner • Compact design • Built in printer • Windows 7 OS • Bluetooth & Wi-Fi compatible • One key update • Colour touch screen Normally $8,500+gst Special price $6,500+gst

With any scanner purchase, we will also offer one Crecorder for free. Special price valid until end of Feb 2013, price does not include GST, delivery cost and assembly fee. While stock lasts. A large range of equipment available

Launch says the new X-431 GDS is a new generation high-end integrated diagnostic machine that was developed with the end user in mind. It can switch to a multi-function module from a single function module, and has integrated wi-fi communication which makes it both network and user-friendly, thereby enabling diverse automotive troubleshooting. The main module has integrated display, print and diagnostics, and the remaining function modules are unified and can be used independently. Users can purchase any functional modules that they actually need, and each module can connect and communicate with the main module via the standard USB.

Features: • Wireless Internet communications and Ethernet port for high-speed Internet access. • Provides automotive data, past cases and Internet search • Provides one touch module upgrading, one touch feedback and one touch search • VGA interface for 800×600 and 1024×768 resolution projector • Modular design enables customers to purchase additional modules needed • Provides engine diagnosis, as well as oscilloscope functions, engine ignition analysis, sensor simulation, and multi-meter functions • Introduced higher computing standards to automotive diagnostics achieving a more stable operation and more reliable diagnosis • Unique and innovative ergonomic design • Global diagnostic software from Asia, Europe, and the United States provides comprehensive coverage of the local car park • Software upgrades more than 1,000 times annually

X-431 Diagun III Launch says the X-431Diagun III is a new professional vehicle diagnostic tool designed and developed for repair technicians. The company says it is easy to carry and convenient to use, and it’s more intelligently designed for garage technicians to use thanks to its colour inductive touch screen. The X-431 Diagun III in conjunction with the Launch DBS car diagnostic adaptor provides integrated design and supports wired and Bluetooth wireless diagnosis. Two DataStream waveforms are displayed in one screen which makes for easier comparison and analysis

Specifications: • 400 MHz ARM9 CPU • 480 X 272, 4.3” colour touch screen • 1G TF card • USB upgrade and printer interface • Bluetooth wireless communication • Standard USB 2.0 ports • DC 12v Adaptor

Launch X-431 Pad Launch says the X-431 PAD is a new generation colour touchscreen tablet diagnostic scanner that is configured with Windows Embedded Standard 7 OS, a builtin printer and a plug-in DBS car connector. Launch says the compact screen structure still allows up to 12 groups of oscillogram data flow to be displayed as well as allowing many convenient one-key shortcuts. The X-431 has 3G wi-fi as well as network capability, one-key update and vehicle diagnostic functions (via Bluetooth communication); as well as VGA/HDMI projection, Oscilloscope functions, engine ignition analysis, Sensor simulation and test, multimeter, battery test function, and endoscope functions.


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SP Tools says it’s compressor range is now available through Automotive Supplies to trade buyers in New Zealand and backed by three year warranties.

SP Tools says these quality compressors are manufactured in Europe by Fini, which has more than 60 years of development and experience. The Fini brand name is well respected in the European compressed air sector according to SP Tools. Fini has branches in France, Sweden and China and a distributor network and sales partnerships throughout the world. The entire production cycle is carried out by Fini in its European factories including design, machining, assembly, inspection, packaging and delivery. Every Fini product is made in compliance with all required market regulations. This compliance is

scrupulously followed by trained staff, in order to guarantee that all specific tests are passed. To demonstrate its dedication to quality, in 1996 Fini decided to certify its management system in compliance with UNI EN ISO 9001 Standards, which has as its main objective the processes towards meeting customer requirements and continuous improvement. Fini technical staff and engineers work together to improve the efficiency and the quality of its products, by making use of the most modern technologies and sophisticated equipment available to them. SP Tools says that Fini has greatly invested in systems to produce products that meet its high quality standards. It has the latest generation robotised systems, computer systems and CAD three-dimensional software for design purpose, and assembly and inspection is carried out on large

automated lines. According to SP Tools, Fini works incessantly with the main objective being manufacturing products in line with the markets expectations and demand. Technological innovation, attention to progressive improvement, migration towards modularity and integration are a typical constant of Fini. It is for this reason that large investments are made in training programmes by Fini which are periodically sent to its sales and distribution network. According to SP Tools, Fini’s attention to detail is its strong point and its starting base, while the reliability and long life of its products is the result. Fini offers a wide range of products that can satisfy all compressed air requirements from the home to large industrial needs, combining functionality, efficiency, aesthetics and practicality of use. reader reply 0130219

Take calibration seriously

According to HTC, industry leaders and regulators all agree that a calibrated torque tool must be used to manually check all wheel nuts for correct torque. In fact, it is recommended that a

manually calibrated torque wrench is used for the final tightening - and that impacting tools are not used to tighten wheel nuts to levels approaching the recommended torque settings. HTC says it is recognised that failure

to tighten wheel nuts to the specified torque, in the correct sequence, is one of the main causes of wheel loss or wheel insecurity. Over-tightening, causing stretched/broken studs or studs being pulled through the hub, is another cause of wheel loss/damage and downtime. HTC says that it is not worth the risk to use un-calibrated torque wrench. It says that a calibrated torque wrench is workshop owner's first line of defence against being liable as the cause of wheel loss, damages, or injuries. In HTC’s experience, the majority of torque wrenches that have not been calibrated in the last 12 months, are out of spec by more than the allowable margin of four percent. The solution is simple and easy

according to HTC because it carries out repairs with genuine parts, and it will calibrate and certify manual torque wrenches to international standards and under Telarc Q Base,from 1.2Nm to 1,500Nm onsite or larger torque tools up to 35,000Nm in its torque laboratory. HTC says it’s onsite service covers the whole country and eliminates almost all down time as workshops are not left without a tool. If repairs take longer than expected, HTC says it offers hire wrenches at a discounted rate to keep clients working. When HTC calibrates one of its customer’s wrenches it’s automatically loaded into their computer system and all clients will be sent a reminder when the tool is next due for calibration. reader reply 0130219a

CALIBRATION DEAL HTC repair, calibrate and certify manual torque wrenches from 1.2 Nm to 1500Nm onsite. Our onsite service covers the whole country and eliminates almost all of the down time as you are not left without your tool.

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Limping Hyundai The AECS Helpdesk presents a case study of how it fixed a 2008 Hyundai H1 diesel van, with a replacement engine, that wouldn’t allow full acceleration without bogging down into limp home mode. Problem presented

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This van had its sump holed in its original engine, losing all of its oil. The replacement engine came from an identical 2012 van which was damaged in an accident. The engines appeared to be identical so were most of the sensors and actuators. There were many problems getting the van to go, but it finally got going by swapping all the engine’s sensor and actuators. The engine was accelerating fine when driven easily but bogged down when the driver accelerates fully. After bogging down it went into limp home mode and only drove very slowly. Every time the engine goes into limp home a fault code is set: “rail pressure too low”.

The garage with the problem vehicle has technical support from AECS as part of an equipment purchase package. Since the garage only bought a Launch scan tool AECS tried to test as much as it could, but a number of oscilloscope recordings were needed. The vehicle was transported to AECS headquarters in Hastings, rather than being sent to an ATS scope owner, as would normally be done.

Where to start? As in almost all cases with common rail diesels, the most important signs are the rail pressure and the injector pattern. However, in this case the engine was running

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well, it was only the rail pressure fault followed by the limp home that was the trouble. AECS decided to start with a scan tool recording

System knowledge Knowledge of the system is vital before technicians can do any diagnostics. The rail pressure in this Hyundai Bosch CP3 system is achieved by a gear lift pump inside the high pressure pump, which draws fuel from the tank and pushes the fuel through a suction control valve (SCV) into the high pressure pump. The high pressure pump pumps into the fuel rail, which has the injector tubes and a pressure sensor connected to it. Also connected to the end of the fuel rail is a pressure discharge valve (PDV). The SCV controls the pressure in the rail by allowing diesel into the pump. Allowing more diesel into the pump than what is used will increase the pressure and vice versa. The PDV controls the pressure in the rail by opening or closing the rail to the return a certain amount. The opening rate of the PDV valve is a variable electromagnetic force working against the variable hydraulic diesel fuel pressure. The ECU will determine the rail pressure set point (desired rail pressure) based on operating conditions. Both the SCV and PDV will get to work to make the actual rail pressure match the desired rail pressure by changing the current through both those valves, through duty cycle control.

Let’s measure AECS used the Launch scan tool’s recording function just to see where to go.

The actual pressure kept perfectly following the desired pressure while slowly accelerating to cut-off speed and decelerating (first part of the graph). When full acceleration takes place the desired pressure goes up to 136 MPa, but the actual pressure does not rise above 92MPa when the vehicle falls into limp home, yet the pressure is able to get up higher than 92MPa.

Why? Why does the pressure follow fine while slowly getting up to max and not when getting up to max pressure quickly? Remember there are no hints or tips under the bonnet. At first AECS suspected the frequency air mass sensor, as a quick snap open of the electronic throttle might have created a sudden air rush. The sudden air rush could have set the requested torque (and desired rail pressure) too high. AECS has seen a number of similar frequency air mass sensors reporting an air quantity which was too high. The SCV, pump and PDV might not have been able to raise the pressure quickly enough, causing the fault. Lowering the frequency with the ATS scope signal generator made this engine run beautifully. A new air mass sensor was ordered, but did not fix the problem.

A scope is a must This is where the scope is a must. AECS recorded with the ATS 5004d 4 channel scope. The channels recorded are: Ch1 Press dump valve, Ch2 Injector, Ch3 Suction control valve, Ch4 Rail Pressure sensor. The PDV (Ch1) and SVC (Ch3) were converted by the scope software into analogue lines. Both were set up so that an increase

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Launch GDS scan tool recording of the actual rail pressure (yellow trace) vs desired pressure (blue trace). Note the different MPa scales.

NEWS tool FEATURE in the duty cycle should have an increase in pressure as result. AECS tested that with the ATS 5000 signal generator. First it accelerated gently, just like the recording with the scan tool.

With the ATS 5000 scope and signal generator AECS activated the SCV to fully open and the PDV to fully closed. This should increase the rail pressure dramatically on this running engine. No matter what

this system is the PDV discharge line, so if there is a faulty pressure relief valve, it must be this valve which is leaking.

Bingo AECS checked the return line with a clear hose while the valve was fully activated (closed) with the signal generator of the ATS scope. During light acceleration a tiny bit of return flow was visible, but during hard acceleration full flow took place, just as the kink appeared in the graph. A new rail with PDV was ordered and

ATS 4 channel scope recording of rail pressure, SCV, PDV and injector.

Both the SCV and the PDV traces did not move to ridiculous values, meaning that the ECU has the rail pressure under control, i.e. the actual rail pressure follows the desired rail pressure. Next it had to accelerate fully.

AECS did, according to the scan tool it could not get the pressure above 110 MPa at 4500 RPM. The rail pressure should easily rise to double that. AECS supplied the pump with external diesel to make sure there were no restrictions in the supply. No difference.

fitted-with perfect results. The old PDV was taken apart and some dirt was found in the valve. The ball bearing needs to seal properly when the magnetic field of the solenoid pushes onto the ball. In this case a tiny bit of grit kept the valve open on a small leak, increasing the square surface area of the valve where the hydraulic rail pressure acted upon. An increase in pressure created a strong enough force to open the ball bearing valve in against the electromagnetic force the solenoid valve needle put on the

PDV exploded view.

Conclusion This job ended up being very expensive as a result of the work all workshops involved had done. AECS spend 24 hours on this job, which puts it among the harder cases it has dealt with. Yet it was so simple in the end, it always is. reader reply 0130221

ATS recording during full acceleration, when engine falls into limp home.

The full acceleration recording told an important story. The pressure did not rise linear: at the indicated area the pressure seems to suddenly stop rising quickly, yet the only items that are affecting the pressure (pump, SCV and PDV) seem not to be responsible for backing the pressure increase off.

What’s faulty? There could still be four possible faults: SCV, PDV, pump, rail pressure sensor. All of these items had been replaced at some stage. Testing was the next step.

Next AECS suspected the rail pressure sensor. It altered the signal from the rail pressure sensor to a higher value, but still the engine was bogging down with fully activated SCV and PDV valves.

Pressure relief valve Looking at the scope recording where the kink is in the pattern, it looks just like the pressure graph of a mechanical Diesel pump increasing rotational speed, when the mechanical pressure relief valve opens to the return. However this system has no mechanical pressure relief valve, or has it? The only return to the tank in



Time recognises Goodyear innovation The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company’s air maintenance technology has been named one of Time magazine’s “Best Inventions of the Year 2012.” Each year Time magazine’s technology editors list the year’s most important innovations. This year’s list includes 25 inventions, which in addition to Goodyear’s air maintenance technology, includes NASA’s Z-1 space suit, the Tesla Model S electric car and indoor clouds.  Goodyear’s air maintenance technology (AMT) will help ensure the optimum tyre pressure is maintained and as a result, could mean substantial savings at the fuel pump. All of its components, including the miniaturised pump, will be fully contained within the tyre. “As soon as the pressure in these Goodyear tyres gets too low, they know it,” the Time editors wrote about Goodyear’s AMT. “An internal pressure regulator opens to allow air to flow into a pumping tube, and as the wheel

turns, the flattened part helps squeeze air from the tube through an inlet valve into the tyre.” “We are honoured to be named as one of Time magazine’s ‘Best Inventions of the Year 2012’,” said Goodyear’s chief technical officer Jean-Claude Kihn. “This award recognises the

outstanding work of our engineers in Akron and Luxembourg, as well as our efforts to bring innovative new products to market. “A tyre that can maintain its own inflation is something drivers have wanted for many years,” says Mr Kihn. “This is the kind of technological breakthrough that people will recognise.” Goodyear’s air maintenance technology is currently under development by Goodyear in Akron and Luxembourg and is not yet available for purchase. Time joins Popular Mechanics and Car & Driver magazines in recognising Goodyear’s air maintenance technology. In October, Popular Mechanics named AMT a 2012 Breakthrough Award winner. In December 2011, Car & Driver selected AMT as one of its 10 “most promising future technologies.” A full list of the 2012 Time magazine Best Inventions of the Year is available online at reader reply 0130222

Streamline parts supply The catalogue includes disc pads, seat belts, steering and suspension parts, timing equipment, braking parts, driveline parts, cooling products, gaskets and seals, electrical gear, ignition parts and much more. Parts not already included in the catalogue are sourced swiftly through Auto Trade Direct’s strong supply networks. Respected supply partners have been selected to cater specifically for the automotive trade industry, differentiated from the products available from Super Retail Group’s, Supercheap Auto.

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In 2013 automotive trade businesses looking to save time and money now have a new parts specialist – Auto Trade Direct (ATD) – that says it is offering a quick and easy service for the industry. Auto Trade Direct says it is powered by the Super Retail Group (Supercheap Auto, FCO) and says it offers a stable distribution and supply network as well as a team of experienced trade professionals. From small to large workshops, the Auto Trade Direct team says it allows automotive professionals to source all parts needed for the job through one provider and it says it offers three key differentiators; ease, experience and accuracy. Auto Trade Direct was created by the Super Retail Group in partnership with Paul Flay, an automotive trade professional with more than 30 years’ experience in the industry. Paul and the Super Retail Group recognised the need for an automotive industry parts specialist dedicated to servicing the needs

of the trade industry and worked together to develop Auto Trade Direct, which was launched in September 2012. One telephone call to Auto Trade Direct puts workshops directly through to an account manager with a minimum of 15 years industry experience, ensuring callers always have the support of a knowledgeable expert to deliver the required parts or can guide the customers to what is needed. The Auto Trade Direct team says it has access to more than 100,000 products supplied by known brands including NGK, KYB, Bosch, Exedy, ACL, Mackay hoses, Superpro, Tridon, Ryco Filters, and APV. If ATD don’t have the product it will find it and get it to the workshop – leaving them to concentrate on servicing their customer needs. The ATD account managers ensure accuracy and timely delivery of all products, direct to the workshop door, through an industry-leading cataloguing system. reader reply 0130222a Jonathon Webb at the wheel



Schaeffler honours best suppliers The Schaeffler Group, manufacturers of LuK, INA and FAG automotive and industrial product brands, recently honoured its best suppliers of production materials. Quality, reliability, competitive cost structures, service, innovation and global presence are all aspects in which the 16 suppliers from eight countries who received the 2012 Schaeffler Supplier Award demonstrated excellence. Schaeffler has more than 70

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manufacturing locations worldwide that receive production material from around 1,250 suppliers from all over the globe and 46 of these suppliers were invited to the company’s headquarters in Germany for the award ceremony. The 16 most outstanding suppliers were selected from this group following a detailed selection process. Schaeffler Group CEO Dr. Juergen M. Geissinger and board member Dr. Gerhard Schuff, thanked these companies for their work and presented the awards to: Amatsuji Steel Ball MFG Co., Ltd., Japan • ArcelorMittal FCE S.A., Luxembourg • Baumann Federn AG, Germany • Brand KG; Germany • C. D. Wälzholz KG, Germany • GKN Sinter Metals GmbH Radevormwald, Germany • Hugo Kern und Liebers GmbH & Co. KG, Germany • Hupfer GmbH, Germany • Jiangyin Xingcheng Special Steel Co., Ltd, China • Johs. Förderer Söhne GmbH & Co. KG, Germany • K.D. Feddersen & Co., Germany • Massucco Industrie S.p.A., Italy • Oskol Electrometallurgical Kombinat, Russia • Porite Taiwan Co., Ltd., Taiwan • SFS Intec AG, Switzerland • Uchiyama Manufacturing Corp., Japan Dr Geissinger says the highest growth rates in the coming years are expected in regions such as Asia and North America, and not in Europe. This means that the same high standards are required from suppliers in all regions. “Coordinated, uniform processes, transparency regarding information and material flows, highly-qualified employees and extensive training at all locations in all regions is required to ensure that we provide the same high quality and the best service all over the world,” hr said. The objective according to Geissinger is to increase added value locally. This means Schaeffler will increase the involvement of local suppliers in future and integrate them into its global network. Suppliers must be able to supply purchased parts, raw materials, and services at the required quality and in the required timeframe at competitive prices in all regions. In 2012 Schaeffler purchased manufacturing material, and steel in particular, components, and modules at a value of around €$3.5 billion . The Schaeffler Supplier Awards for manufacturing materials are presented every two years, alternating with the “Premium Supplier Awards” as part of its purchasing cooperation with Continental AG. reader reply 0130224


A wave of power Projecta’s most powerful 12V pure sine wave inverter, the IP2000, has gone on sale in New Zealand. The new model, which delivers 2000 Watts of clean and reliable power, is the new flagship of the Projecta Intelli-Wave range, offering benefits of an AC transfer switch and rugged construction. Closely replicating mains power, the 2000 Watt pure sine wave inverter includes a built-in automatic AC transfer switch allowing appliances to be powered from either mains power or the inverter (battery power). Such an AC transfer makes it ideal for permanent installation in caravans, motor homes, boats, recreational and work vehicles with minimal disruption when switching between mains and battery power, and vice versa. The IP2000 quickly adjusts to high start-up loads from appliances such as fridges, air compressors or any motor-driven units, to deliver 140 percent of rating for three minutes or 200 percent for three seconds. It will indicate an overload when this occurs but will keep running, allowing time to turn off appliances rather than the inverter just tripping out – very useful when running a laptop computer as it allows time for files to be saved. A remote LCD control panel that displays battery voltage, power usage and load capacity allows the inverter to be mounted out of sight whilst still having full control and access to vital information. A built in Eco mode automatically sends the inverter to “sleep” mode when no appliances are detected. It automatically wakes up when an appliance is switched on and it can also be manually woken up via the inverter or the remote control panel, thus reducing standby power consumption. It features 30-sec. 1-hour, 3-hour or off modes. The IP2000 can be hard-wired to power sockets through the vehicle, eliminating the need for both mains and inverter power points and the need to manually switch plugs or dials between two power sources. Engineered and designed to meet AS/NZ Standard AS4763, the inverter is equipped with fully approved 240V sockets and comes complete with a 1100mm battery cable with battery lugs. This powerful and sophisticated inverter, with an output of 240V AC 50Hz 2000W continuous (4000W peak),

also comes with a 2-year warranty. The Projecta IP2000 is available from automotive outlets throughout New Zealand. The Projecta IP2000 Pure Sine Wave Inverter reader reply 0130225

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White is the top colour

White and white pearl dominates the global automotive colour popularity ranks for the second consecutive year, according to the 2012 DuPont automotive colour popularity report. Black and black effect moves into second place in the global ranks, largely due to the increased popularity in the Asia Pacific market as this colour has a worldwide perception of high quality and luxury. Silver fell to third, as its popularity has waned. The DuPont report, in its 60th year, is the largest and longest running report of its kind in the automotive industry. It is the only report to include global automotive colour popularity rankings and regional trends from 11 leading

automotive regions of the world. White/white pearl moved to top the ranks in Europe in 2012, and was in the leading position as the most popular car colour in North America (U.S. and Canada), Japan, South Korea, Russia, South Africa and Mexico. Overall, white and white pearl represents 23 percent of the global market in DuPont’s 2012 report.  Over the past decade, white has held significant rankings in automotive colour popularity and is widely seen in other consumer products worldwide.  During this timeframe, white’s popularity had been highlighted across all vehicle segments, though historically, it had been most popular among the

truck segment. Past advancements in pearlescent whites enabled this colour to initially break into the luxury segments.  “Today, white tri-coats are more readily applicable to the global manufacturing base and evoke quality and value among a variety of vehicle segments,” says DuPont colour marketing manager Margaret Lockhart.   “Solid whites have been seen in vanilla shades, stone shades and the current preference of bright whites.” Black/black effect led among vehicle colour popularity in China, but took second place in the global ranks with 21 percent of the world’s share of automotive colour.  Silver rounded out the top three global colour choices, topping the ranks in South America, Brazil and India, but slipped four percentage points to just 18 percent of the overall global automotive market from 22 percent last year.  “Silver peaked during the start of the digital age between 2000 and 2006,” says Lockhart.  “We’re seeing more luxury vehicle purchases now that the economy has started to stabilize, and vehicles painted black/black effect are seen as luxury status symbols in several key global markets.” Red, grey and brown/beige each gained a percentage point since last year’s report, while blue maintained equal share from the 2011 rankings.

The top global vehicle colours in DuPont’s report are as follows: 1.White/White Pearl – 23 percent 2.Black/Black Effect – 21 percent 3.Silver – 18 percent 4.Gray – 14 percent 5.Red – 8 percent 6.Blue – 6 percent 7.Brown/Beige – 6 percent 8.Green – 1 percent 9.Yellow/Gold – 1 percent 10.Others – 2 percent DuPont and The Carlyle Group recently announced a definitive agreement whereby Carlyle will purchase DuPont Performance Coatings for USD $4.9 billion in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2013, subject to regulatory approvals. DuPont says it remains committed to serving the automotive industry after the sale of the Performance Coatings business. Following the sale closing, DuPont will generate more than $3 billion in sales of advanced materials to the auto industry. The company says it is committed to working closely with automotive customers to apply its sciencepowered innovations related to light weighting of vehicles, revolutionary and environmentally friendly refrigerants, bio-based seat fabrics and headliners, and next-generation biofuels. reader reply 0130226

Winning Ultimate Shine

Recently Meguiar’s awarded the title of “New Zealand’s Ultimate Shine” for 2012 to Rachelle and Brendon Armstrong’s 1946 Ford Coupe. The Ultimate Shine Competition was open for entries from September 1 to October 31 2012, allowing a time for contenders to prepare cars and get the photos needed for the competition. Meguiars says a high standard of entries was received this year. The high gloss and reflective shine on the cars entered was impressive, making it much harder to cast that final vote. The objective of the Ultimate Shine Competition is to reward the car(s) that best represent the term ultimate shine, therefore it came down to the reflection and shine seen on the


cars in the photos. The entry criteria was simple – the car had not just be shiny but have a mirror-like reflective shine. The Ultimate Shine title is given to the car that best represents what Meguiar’s stands for as a brand. The winning 1946 Ford Coupe was not only favoured by many of the judges, it also won a high percentage of the public votes, staying in the top five throughout the competition. The Ford Coupe has beautiful curves that reflect the surrounding environment, the depth of colour and wet look shine right down to the wheels and tires combined to give the best representation of what Meguiar’s is all about. Rachelle and Brendon Armstrong winning prize included $1,000 cash prize, a Meguiar’s product prize pack and a VIP photo shoot. The competition is scheduled to run again from September 2013 when the New Zealand’s Ultimate Shine title will be re-crowned.

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Isuzu world champions Isuzu New Zealand recently won the World Isuzu Technicians Competition (I1-GP) in Japan, beating the best Isuzu technicians from around the globe, including defending champions Australia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, the UK and Japan. New Zealand champions Mark Broadbent and Ashley Bennellick, along with coach Trevor Moreland first represented New Zealand in 2011 and narrowly missed out on a podium finish but have now secured first place in the 2012 competition by the narrowest of margins over host nation Japan. Mark is from Auckland Truck Specialists, Ashley is from TDM (Transport Diesel & Marine) in Auckland and coach/manager Trevor Moreland is from Isuzu New Zealand. Many of the 25 international teams competing at the Isuzu Training Centre in Tokyo, have been training for more than six months for the event, testament to the high calibre of technicians in New Zealand.

The event consisted of a timed written exam and two timed practical events based on simulated “real life” service related processes including fault finding (electrical and mechanical) and an engine repair. The strongest area for the Kiwi contingent was the engine repair as they powered ahead of Japan to take the title. Isuzu aftersales manager Trevor Moreland said prior to this year’s I1GP that he was confident of achieving an even higher placing in Japan than 2011. “Ashley and Mark had worked incredibly hard this year to secure another national title and combined with their 2011 experience at the worlds I was confident they would do even better,” says Moreland. “I’m incredibly proud of my team for their hard work and dedication in their pursuit of becoming the best Isuzu technicians on the planet, and now they can truly say they are the best of the best.

L to R - Isuzu executive vice president Ryozo Tsukioka, Mark Broadbent, Trevor Moreland (Coach), Ashley Bennellick

“The 2012 world title now belongs to New Zealand, the first win for our country in the competition's seven year history, it really is a proud moment.” Isuzu New Zealand has been chasing the top spot after placing second in 2007, in only the second time this

country had competed in the I1-GP. The winners of the I1-GP are ineligible to compete at the 2013 event so Trevor Moreland is now on the hunt for two technicians to defend the title in Japan later this year. reader reply 0130227

Bearing elements for amphibious excavators For construction work in a harbour and land reclamation work amphibious excavators are used on all construction projects that are located on lakes, rivers or in coastal areas. But working in water also has its challenges according to ContiTech Vibration Control. Movements of the excavator and weight transfer resulting from the additional weight when the bucket is full cause various stresses and have an effect on the entire stability of the machine. ContiTech Vibration Control has developed a conical bearing suitable for the demands of amphibious excavators. Built into the excavator slew bearing, the bearing keeps the amphibious vehicle on course during construction work. ContiTech says what is special

about the new bearing is its dimensions. With a load transferal capacity of approximately 50 to 150kN, the bearing can handle large loads and thus can fulfill the requirements of construction work on harbours and coastal areas. For use as an excavator slew bearing, two separate bearing elements are braced against each other over a rod. Inside, the conical bearing has a large rubber pad, which provides good lateral stability due to its specially designed contour. Thanks to its high spring stiffness of 2,200N/mm, the conical bearing effectively reduces the swaying of the amphibious construction vehicle. Installation of the bearing means it is tear-proof and thus optimal for use in construction machines. It can also be used optionally as an un-

braced individual element. “The new bearing was specially developed for the elastic bearing of an excavator on a floating pontoon, but it will certainly soon find uses in other application areas,” said ContiTech product developer Henri Scherrens. reader reply 0130227a

The conical bearing from ContiTech Vibration Control can withstand loads of up to 150 kN. For use as an excavator slew bearing, two separate bearing elements are braced against each other over a rod.



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Iveco at Dakar 2013 Italian truck manufacturer Iveco recently competed at the Dakar 2013 with a squad of five rally trucks. Considered the world’s premiere off-road rally, the Dakar challenged teams over some of South America’s most difficult terrain. Dakar champion in 2012, Team De Rooy drove one Iveco Powerstar and four Iveco New Trakkers along the route which starts in Peru, before crossing through Argentina and ending in Chile. Iveco launched a project named “You are in the Dakar,” in collaboration with Radio Deejay, a popular Italian radio station, and Deejay TV. Through this initiative, an extreme sports journalist and blogger named Gross and Radio Deejay’s very own DJ Vic reported on the high profile event throughout race. Gross acted as the official voice of Team Iveco and its drivers (Miki Biasion, Gerard De Rooy, Hans Stacey, René Kuipers and Jo Adua) following each stage of the race and sent daily updates to http:// A filmmaker accompanied him, recording a Dakar-Iveco documentary about the race, vehicles and drivers along with behind-the-scenes footage from the team’s camp. The website com/en showed the race results and performance stats for Team De Rooy. Photos and video footage sent from South America were posted online for fans to review. The design of the website is divided into two sections. This idea reflected the two sides of an Iveco Trakker, a heavy vehicle that is ideal for both daily on/off-road transport applications, as well as extreme off-road situations such as the Dakar. The first section of the website profiles the New Trakker by showcasing its technical specification and highlighting what makes it stand out from the competition. The second section of the website is dedicated to the Dakar. All stages of the race were listed along with a dedicated team

In training for the Dakar 2013 Team De Rooy driver Miki Biasion

area, complete with biographies on the five competing drivers. The Iveco Trakker driven by Team De Rooy finished in 4th place overall in this year’s Dakar, behind three

specialist KAMAZ-Master Russian trucks, which built and driven by the factory team to first, second and third place!. reader reply 0130229

Shine up for The Expo construction and associated trades. It is the only event in New Zealand where heavy equipment owners can network, purchase equipment and check out new developments in the industry, all at the one location. The event takes place March 7-9 2013 and includes seminars, training and recruitment area, Live Drive, Power and Performance Zone plus a vintage and classic trucks area which will be hosted by television presenter Bill Hohepa. Free tickets to THE Expo are

The Show ‘n’ Shine competition returns to the Transport and Heavy Equipment Expo (THE Expo) in March 2013, and with an impressive prize pool up for grabs, it is urging truck drivers to enter. Organisers of The Expo says that the Show ‘n’ Shine is a competition that gives truck drivers a chance to shine up their rigs and show off the artwork and lights which transform a truck into a piece of art. The competition is an initiative that not only encourages industry support, but recognises the hard work and pride that truck drivers

available for trade and industry members who pre-register on www. General admittance tickets will be sold at the gate during the event. The Mystery Creek Events Centre team organises THE Expo with the support and input from industry associations; Motor Industry, NZ Truck-Trailer Manufacturers Federation and NZ Equipment Suppliers Association. reader reply 0130229a

have in their trucks. The Show ‘n’ Shine competition is a free-to-view public event held on Saturday March 9th just outside the main entrance to THE Expo at Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton. Interested parties have until Friday February 15th to complete the online registration form at www. THE Expo is held every four years at Mystery Creek Events Centre, home of NZ National Fieldays, and is a showcase of the transport, heavy equipment, freight, forestry,



Toyota makes motor sport history

Shirriffs leads the Superbike pack at Ruapuna. Photo: fotocd

Bernard Carpinter reports on the start of the 2013 motor racing championships The 2013 New Zealand motor racing championships got under way at Teretonga, with a few of the newgeneration NZV8s and a strong field of 15 international drivers for the Toyota Racing Series. The new-generation (Schedule TLX) NZV8s feature a common race-type chassis, extra power, six-speed sequential gearboxes and metal bodywork of any large four-door sedan for which a suitable V8 engine can be found. Three turned up at Teretonga, Holden Commodores for Aussie Jason Bargwanna and Cambridge driver Nick Ross, and a Toyota Camry for Hamiltonian Martin Short. Two other cars are under construction but could not be completed in time. And Short made history when he drove the brandnew Camry to victory in the opening race of the championship. He was the first to win an official


Australasian V8 touring car championship race in any car other than a Ford Falcon or Holden Commodore. The Camry was built by Richards Team Motorsport, headed by Stephen Richards and based at Tony Richards Toyota in Paeroa. The engine was developed for long-distance sports-car

Martin Short making history in the Toyota Camry. Photo: Euan Cameron

races such as the Daytona 24-hour. “That’s awesome, absolutely great,” Short said after the 10-lap race. “We only got the car going on Tuesday and it works great straight out of the box. It’s got good acceleration out of the corners, it puts the power down well.”


Rookie James Munro, 15, leads Michael Collins in a Formula Ford race at Teretonga. Photo: Euan Cameron

Former Bathurst 1000 winner Bargwanna chased Short through the opening laps of the first race but then an electrical problem forced him to slow and come into the pits. The crew disconnected the alternator and he returned to the race, running on the battery and finishing third in class behind Ross. But Bargwanna struck back to win the next two races, helped by strong starts. In the final race the new cars started behind the old ones and the Aussie was dynamite as he carved through the traffic to establish a five-second lead after half a dozen laps. “That was my strategy – to push hard in the early laps and use my experience in passing those cars,” he said. Short finished second both times, but he followed Ross for a long time in race two before Ross made a gear-change mistake and slowed momentarily. The field of the older (TL) cars was short of big-name drivers, most of whom had moved over to the rival V8 SuperTourer series. Talks are well underway involving NZV8s, V8 SuperTourers and MotorSport New Zealand with a view to uniting the two main series in 2014. If that happens the big championship would probably be spread out through the year rather than being crammed into a few months over the summer. New talent in the form of rookie Turua-based brothers AJ and Brad Lauder – just 18 and 16 respectively – made an impressive debut in the TL class, both driving Falcons. Between them they won

all three races, AJ taking the first and third and Brad the second. They had expert assistance from their grandfather Frank Radisich, a top driver in his younger days and of course the father of Paul Radisich. The 15 internationals competing in the Toyota Racing Series (TRS) included five returning for a second season. They are quality young drivers looking to advance their careers or just keep race-fit between seasons, and the format of five meetings on successive weekends is perfect for those based in the Northern Hemisphere where it is too cold to race in January. To illustrate the quality of the field, Felix Serralles (Puerto Rico) and Alex Lynn (UK) finished third and fourth respectively in the 2012 British Formula 3 championship, a very important series that has been a stepping stone to Formula One for many drivers. Aucklander Nick Cassidy won the 2012 series and he was defending his title. Invercargill’s Damon Leitch also returned to the series after success last year and Bay of Plenty driver Michael Scott moved up to the TRS after showing good potential in the last Formula Ford championship. Austrian Lucas Auer was the first to shine, qualifying fastest for the first race and winning it with apparent ease. He is the nephew of former F1 star Gerhard Berger and says his uncle is helpful with advice. Cassidy was second ahead of Lynn and Serralles. Brazilian Pipo Derani had pole position for race two

TRS driver Felix Serralles leads Alex Lynn and Steijn Schothorst at Teretonga. Photo: Euan Cameron

and he made full use of it, pulling away to win from Serralles, Lynn, Cassidy and Auer. The racing was mostly processional. The feature race, the Spirit of a Nation Cup, required a safety-car period early on, while Serralles was leading. On the resumption Lynn got a jump on him and pulled alongside, even slightly ahead, going into the very fast Loop corner at the end of the main straight. Their wheels touched – possibly because of a strong wind gust – and Lynn was launched high in the air, over a tyre barrier. The car landed upside-down and rolled onto its wheels. It looked bad but the British driver walked away uninjured and later praised the safety of the car’s chassis. Serralles carried on to win the race and take a fivepoint series lead over Auer, with Derani third overall and Cassidy fourth. The Kiwi had been forced to start the final race from 16th on the grid after striking tyre problems – including a puncture – during the second qualifying session. Christchurch driver James Munro, just 15, made a stunning debut in Formula Ford as he took the chequered flag in his first two races in the category, although a time penalty for jumping the start dropped him an official fourth in race two. Michael Collins (Christchurch) and Brendon Leitch (Invercargill) each won a race and shared the lead in the series.

Superbikes Meanwhile, the New Zealand Superbike Championships got under way, but without ninetimes champion Andrew Stroud, who had broken his collarbone in a crash at Manfeild in December. That seemed to leave the field open for Australian Robbie Bugden, who had already won the NZ title four times, but some of the other Kiwi riders were keen to have a crack at him. Bugden duly won the first two races at Ruapuna, including New Zealand Grand Prix. His only opposition came from fellow Suzuki rider Craig Shirriffs, the Feilding racer pushing the Aussie hard for the first half of the race before he had to slow down because his front tyre was losing its grip. Bugden races for Peter “Red” Fenton’s Christchurchbased Volvo Triple R team, and said the GP victory had special significance for them. “The team’s been through hell and back over the last two years,” Bugden said, referring to the earthquakes. “It’s great to do this for the team. I spend three or four months a year in New Zealand now. I love the place.” Round two at Timaru saw more of the same in race one, Shirriffs right on Bugden’s tail all the way but unable to pass. In race two Shirriffs again shadowed the Aussie star most of the way but this time he pounced just before the end, braking very late and shooting up the inside as they went into the chicane before the final straight. “That was my plan all along,” Shirriffs said. “I was faster than him there and if I’d passed him anywhere else he would have got me back. I went in a bit hot and ran wide. Robbie said afterwards he thought I wasn’t going to make the corner.” The finish to race two was particularly exciting because Hamilton rider Nick Cole (Kawasaki) had caught up with the leading pair and was right behind Shirriffs. At the end of that meeting Bugden led Shirriffs by 10 points with Christchurch rider Dennis Charlett (Suzuki) third in his comeback Superbike season. reader reply 0130230



Double win for Woolhouse

A record crowd watched Whangarei driver Daniel “Fanga Dan” Woolhouse (Castrol Edge Holden Commodore V8) claim his second win in a row at the third round of the 2012/13 Cody's D1NZ national drifting championship in the Bay of Plenty on Sunday. More than 5,000 spectators flocked to the two-day meeting held on a tight, technical temporary drift course in the grounds of Mount Maunganui's Bay Park stadium with the win seeing former D1NZ champion and recent Whangarei round winner Woolhouse further extend his early season lead in the overall series points standings and take the lead in the three-round BP Ultimate 98 triple crown competition from round one winner Curt Whittaker (Autosure 2JZ Nissan R34). On a day which saw top qualifier and three-time former D1NZ champion Gary “Gaz” Whiter (Tectaloy Nissan S14 V8) end his day against one of the unforgiving concrete walls and high-profile international “Mad Mike” Whiddett (Red Bull/Speedhunters Mazda RX7) fight back from a bruising Top 16 clash with Gary Tenana only to lose out to series young gun Nico Reid (Luxury Sports Nissan S15) in the Top 8, Woolhouse won the day from Aucklanders Andrew Redward (Achilles Tyre Mazda RX7 V8) and Hugo Mclean (Grabatool/Hoonigan Toyota Levin 20B). Mclean, who has developed a cult following around the world thanks to his now Mazda rotary-engined Toyota Levin, was the big mover of the meeting, battling his way into podium contention after qualifying in 25th position.  While his passage into the Top 16 was helped when battle partner Bruce Tannock (Achilles Tyre Nissan S13) hit the wall, he had to work doubly hard for his other wins, having to go One More Time to beat defending Cody's D1NZ title holder Curt Whittaker to progress to the Top 8 and One More Time again against series pioneer Sean Falconer (Falconer Motorsport Nissan S13) to get to the Top 4. Though he was finally beaten there by eventual runner-up Andrew Redward, Mclean took on and beat Whangarei round runner-up Nico Reid in the battle for


the final podium spot, his first in the D1NZ Pro ranks. The big news in the Pro-Am support class was the performance of local driver Jodie Verhulst (Mag & Turbo Tauranga/Elf Toyota Supra), the country's top female drifter qualifying third and finishing second overall to round two category winner Darren Kelly (DKM Fabrication Nissan Skyline R32). Kelly, on the come-back trail after blowing a turbo and scoring no points at the first round of this season›s Cody›s D1NZ series at Manfeild, had another dream run at the Baypark stadium, claiming the top spot in qualifying before beating Vincent Hopkins (Nissan Skyline R32) in the Top 16, Joe Kukutai (Kukutai Transport Nissan Skyline R32) in the Top 8 and Michael Thorley (Femme Fatale Nissan Laurel) in the Top 4.  Verhulst also had a strong early run beating Adrian Rivers to progress to the Top 8, Adam Davies to make it into the Top 4 and former motorcycle champion Sam Smith from Pukekohe to get into the final two.  Of the other local drivers competing at the event, Cole Armstrong (V Energy Nissan Skyline R34) qualified eighth, but lost out on his Top 16 battle

with Nico Reid. Ben Belcher (Green Brothers Racing Mazda RX7) qualified 27th but lost to Armstrong in the Top 32 and Aden Omnet ( Toyota Altezza) qualified 16th but lost out to Sean Falconer in the Top 16. Jodie Verhulst's partner, Drew Donovan, also lost his Top 16 battle but it was always going to be a struggle; having run a bearing in his car's Chev V8 engine in practice on Saturday. He and his crew worked most of the night to fit a borrowed Nissan six-cylinder one so that Donovan could compete on Sunday. V8 Supercar racer Shane van Gisbergen (Federal Tyres Ford Falcon V8) returned to the Cody's series for his second outing in the Federal Tyres› Rattla Motorsport Ford Falcon at Baypark, and after qualifying 12th overall won his Top 32 battle against fellow Aucklander Sky Zhao (2 Degrees Nissan 570Z) but lost out to Zak Pole (Bullit HD Nissan Skyline R33) in the Top 8. The battle for Cody's D1NZ National Drifting Championship honours heads to Hampton Downs now where the fourth round of the 2012/13 title chase will be fought out over the March 01-02 weekend.  

Trifecta for Ken Smith

Fastest qualifier Clark Proctor (March 73A-1)

Kiwi racing great Ken Smith (Lola T332) was the toast of the large crowd at the first NZ Festival of Motor Racing - celebrating Denny Hulme meeting at Hampton Downs, the 71-year-old, in his 55th year of competition at a national level, completing a winning MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Revival Series trifecta with a lights-to-flag win in the final 15-lap feature. Defending MSC series champion Steve Ross (McRae GM1) ran the wily veteran close - the margin at the chequered flag just 0.139 of a second - and fastest qualifier Clark Proctor (March 73A-1) made up time on both over the last three laps, but as was the case in the other two MSC series races over the weekend, Smith was in front when it counted. “Clark actually said to me before the race that if I got alongside him he would let me go because he reckoned he‘d sooner hunt me down for 15 laps rather than have me hunt him down and I was fine with that, chuckled Smith.” And Steve Ross? “He did get alongside me at one stage with both of us sliding around a bit but I knew I could get four or five car lengths on him coming out of that final corner but whether I could have held him out for another one lap or 10 I don‘t know.” Smith and Proctor got the better of Ross off the rolling start but Ross had muscled his way past Proctor by the second lap and was ahead of the first of the UK visitors, Greg Thornton (McRae GM1), faststarting Australian Paul Zazryn (Lola T332) and fellow visitors Peter Dunn (March 73A/05),  Michael Whatley (Surtees TS8) and Mark Dwyer (Lola T400) when the yellow flag came out while safety workers retrieved Bill Hemming‘s stranded Elfin MR8. After two laps under the yellow flag Smith got the best of the re-start with Ross and Proctor tucking in behind and easing away from Thornton, Zazryn, Whatley, Dwyer, Dunn and Brett Willis (Lola T330). As the race progressed Thornton retained a lonely fourth place, Zazryn, Wrigley and Dwyer remained close and category young gun Alan Dunkley (Lola T142) started making his presence felt. Brett Willis was

One new car debuted over the weekend was Auckland series stalwart Poul Christie‘s ex Peter Gethin McLaren M10B.

also moving forward, catching and passing Dwyer and closing on Whatley. On the last lap Dunn managed to find a way past Paul Zazryn as did Alan Dunkley on Mark Dwyer. Zazryn was again the first of the Australian drivers home and expressed himself very happy with his progress. “To come over here, learn the track, make a few changes to the car and do what we‘ve done, it‘s been fantastic, “he said.” I like to have a go and that‘s exactly what I‘ve been able to do this weekend. Dunkley expressed similar sentiments after his successful last lap ambush on Mark Dwyer. “I wasn‘t dead set on passing him,“ said the 24-yearold who drives the oldest car in the field, ”but when I saw an opportunity I pulled out one of my old karting moves, parked myself where he wanted to be midcorner then kicked the clutch so I could get the jump on him down the straight.“ Veteran Michael Whatley had a similar tale to tell,

despite losing fourth gear - and with it a couple of hard-won places - over the last two laps. “I‘ve always been good on cold tyres at the beginning of a race,“ he explained.” My car slides all over the place anyway so I guess I‘m used to it.” Happy, meanwhile, just to be back on the grid at the meeting was former New Zealand saloon car ace, Peter Sundberg who joined the MSC F5000 series three years ago but did not run last season. “I‘ve had some health issues, which are now resolved fortunately, so yesterday was my first time back in the car in two years, “he said.” It‘s great to be back too, and the car is fantastic, though to be fair I have spent most of the time this weekend running round on my own. It would have been nice to have been able to follow someone around and learn something but when I was out there was no way I was going to let anyone catch me up!”   reader reply 0130232


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