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Another summer drew to a close and another birthday went by as I got this issue of Motor Equipment News into production for March, but I have to say this has been one of the best issues in terms of support from our many and various advertisers. A big thank you to them because without their ongoing support, Motor Equipment News would not be the vibrant and interesting publication that I enjoy editing.

parts and consumables. Check out page 24.

In this issue’s oil feature starting on page 16, we asked our oil and lubrication suppliers to tell us how they differentiate themselves from their competitors and maintain a point of difference while servicing you – their customers. It makes for interesting reading and I hope you all take some time to review your current suppliers in light of this information.

Enjoy your reading, and I hope you find this issue informative.

We’ve also had significant support from the OEM in this month's feature on genuine parts, with Hyundai, Honda, Toyota and Holden dealer Davie Motors all contributing their many and varied reasons why the trade should buy and use genuine Copyright Motor Equipment News is copyright and may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the written permission of the publisher. Neither editorial opinions expressed nor facts stated in advertisements are necessarily agreed to by the editor or publisher of Motor Equipment News and, whilst all efforts are made to ensure accuracy, no responsibility will be taken by the publishers for inaccurate information, or for any consequences of reliance on this information.

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Suppliers to Those Setting the Standards

But equally important are the automotive aftermarket suppliers who provide the trade with valuable and vital parts and equipment. You will find news and information from such notable companies such as Bosch (page 8), Meyle Products (page 10), INA from Schaeffler Gruppe (page 12) and others.

Best regards, Robert

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Ninjas take on Variety Bash Comedian Ewen “The Westie” Gilmour and his reptilian sidekick are to participate in the annual Variety Bash themed as Overage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The team will be travelling in a green 1983 Mitsubishi Delica van affectionately known as The Turtle, so finalising their costumes was an easy decision. “A slight tweak on the name was all it took to launch the once-teenage turtles into 2012 and middle-agedness,” says Ewen Gilmour. “Like the original turtles, I’m not getting any younger so I’m going to play their greying sensei, Splinter, while my travelling companion will be an older incarnation of one of the heroes in a halfshell,” said Ewen. Recognised as the NZ Comedian of the Decade (2000-2010), Ewen is also a Variety Ambassador and will be participating in his 12th Variety Bash. “This year is a little different as I’m Bashing as part of a private team, rather than a corporate group. Therefore we’re on a mission to find one or two significant sponsors to partner with The Turtles. “We’re willing to consider any offers and I’ll also include a performance at an end of year function or staff event if the right level of support is forthcoming.” The team is also running an auction on TradeMe,

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via the username OMNT. Items going under the hammer include a VIP table at the comedy show and the services of Ewen at a comedy show or as a wedding celebrant. Signage opportunities on The Turtle are also up for grabs, such as on each side of the vehicle, the windscreen banner and flag poles. One sponsor who has come on board in support of the OMNT is Turtle Wax, who have donated product to the team. “We’d encourage people to make a gold coin donation when they see us and in return we’ll be giving away new Turtle Wax product to some lucky recipients,” said Ewen. “Thanks to our sponsor, I know The Turtle will also be one of the best-looking entries in the 2012 Bash.” The Variety Bash gets underway in Auckland on Sunday March 11 and concludes seven days later in Taupo. The 1,700km long Bash will mix big-city environments with smaller rural towns, school visits, community projects and community events. The route will take the 20 teams through the centre of the North Island and includes overnight stops in National Park, Hawera, Ohakune, Wellington, Castlepoint and Napier

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Lifting the bar Smarter robots are helping Best Bars Ltd, to lift performance and create higher quality products in record time. While Best Bars has used robotic welders and other automated processes, such as plasma cutting, for some time, it is now employing new, smart systems to make it all work seamlessly together and with spectacular results, according to manufacturing manager Clifford Jackson. “Set-up times have reduced dramatically and that makes a big difference in terms of flexibility – it means we can be more efficient and provide a better service to our customers,” says Mr Jackson. Systems have been enhanced with smarter robot welders that can be programmed to virtually eliminate down time, produce a higher quality and more precise product. The robots have increased functionality compared to previous generation welders and are able to deliver more consistent products. This investment in automation allows Best Bars to offset cost imposts similar to those faced by all manufacturing businesses, while continuing to provide customers with safety critical component at an affordable price. “Welding is critical in products such as tow bars,” says Mr Jackson. “If it isn’t done correctly it can cause issues and delays throughout the

manufacturing process, as well as affecting performance and therefore safety.” Upon completion of the current investment programme in mid-2012, around 85 percent of Best Bars production will be robotically welded. With towbars being a safety critical component, this provides customers with the knowledge that their Best Bars product is supported by the best in design, testing and manufacturing processes. “Although a person can weld in the same time, a robot can do it consistently to specification every time. Our people have been retrained in areas such as quality control, which also has a positive impact on health and safety in the factory and the engagement of our staff.” The new smart system at Best Bars incorporates a process known as Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED), which is one of the lean production methods for reducing waste in a manufacturing process. It provides a rapid and efficient way of converting a manufacturing process from running the current product to running the next product. This rapid changeover is key to reducing production lot sizes and thereby improving flow, says Mr Jackson. It’s yet another example of how Best Bars is adopting latest technology and production systems to keep ahead of the competition and maintain its

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relevance in the NZ market, especially at a time when manufacturing in New Zealand is under enormous pressure. Best Bars is committed to winning against both imported and local competition by differentiating on quality, service and innovation. “If you can surpass customer expectations with an innovative idea and impress them on quality and delivery, all at an acceptable price, it’s a very compelling story and one we aim for at Best Bars,” adds Mr Jackson. REAdER REPly 120306


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Tallon has launched its all-new Elite Socket with USB and 12V connections. Encompassing a USB port, the new Elite Socket is a unique ‘plug and play’ product that allows users to easily mount, remove and relocate electronics that need power as well as data to function. The Tallon Elite Socket can be mounted nearly anywhere on a vehicle and is compatible with 24-volt systems. As well as being able to supply power and data where needed

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Tomorrow’s batteries today Bosch has invested a 50 percent stake in the groundbreaking battery development company LiMotive with a view to supporting the German-Korean organisation’s futuristic battery projects. Bosch will bring its unrivalled automotive electrical and software expertise to the LiMotive organisation, supporting the battery developer as it works toward President Jingun Lee’s ambitious goal of “actively shaping the future of electromobility”. LiMotive was formed in 2008 and has since worked intensively on innovative lithium-ion battery systems with the primary aim of dominating the electric vehicle market, which is set to grow progressively in the coming years. Bosch has already demonstrated its battery system expertise through the development of its own electric vehicle systems and power tool battery technologies, and this is the primary reason that the automotive technology leader will make the perfect partner to LiMotive and its other 50 percent

shareholder Samsung. The success of Bosch’s financial and technological investments are already having a positive impact on LiMotive’s sales, with order books already full with big names, including BMW and Chrysler LLC and Fiat Group both signing on. BMW’s i3


all-electric vehicle will hit series production in 2013 and Chrysler LLC and Fiat Group’s 500EV is set to do the same – both vehicles will utilise LiMotive’s technology. These lithium-ion batteries are primarily aiming for higher energy density. Today’s standard lithiumion batteries have an approximate capacity of 22 kWh, weigh around 220 kg, and occupy considerable vehicle space. LiMotive’s batteries aim to double this standard energy density level and make a driving range of 200 km possible. Their lifespan will be up to 300,000 km with an active operating time of 8,000 hours. “We will get there by optimising the materials in the cell’s chemistry – for instance with new cathodes, innovative separators and electrolytes,” says Mr Lee. The LiMotive project strengthens

the entire Bosch Batteries programme by ensuring Bosch’s overall battery range is future-proof. Bosch says it is leading the charge toward truly green vehicles, supported by futuristic battery technology. Bosch is even implementing solutions right down to the servicing and repair of electric vehicles. Its global Bosch Car Service Network, spanning over 14,000 workshops in 147 countries, will not only be able to perform service and diagnostic procedures on all-electric vehicle in the future, but will also be able to remove, replace and recycle their batteries. It all forms a complete solution, created by progressive thinking and active investments in technology and ingenuity. To be a part of the progress, call Bosch on 1300 307 040 (Australia) or 0800 452 896 (New Zealand). REAdER REPly 120308



A full range of tyre service equipment Italian joint venture), these machines represent the very best of what China has on offer,” says GDC Equipment managing director Gary Cotterell. Gary says he has personally been actively involved in the ongoing development of the Automaster and Pro Series machines for more than seven years.

swing tyre changer, all the way up to the very latest in lever-less technology and design.” Wheel aligners

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If garages are considering expanding into tyres service or thinking about upgrading current equipment, GDC says it has the correct model to suit all requirements and budget. GDC has three different quality and pricing levels within the Automaster Tyre service range consisting of Automaster, Automaster Pro Series and Automaster Italy. “So whether you are looking for a quality entrylevel low-cost machine to suit a small tyre store or mechanical workshop, or something from the mid range Pro Series line up (developed by a Chinese/

This new range for GDC Equipment is produced in Italy by a small familyowned company called M&B Engineering. Just like all the other supplier factories that are selected to carry the Automaster logo, M&B Engineering are entirely dedicated to providing top-quality equipment, value for money and unparalleled after sales service. “With a basic range kept in stock in NZ and a full range available to order ex-Italy, we can supply 100 percent Italian-manufactured machines to suit all requirements, ”says Gary Cotterell. “M&B produce everything from the basic side

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The Automaster VH5 8CCD Camera aligner has cordless sensor heads that transmit via bluetooth. These aligners are sourced from a manufacturer that specialises only in alignment machines and are respected as one of the best. They contain top-quality, highlyaccurate Japanese manufactured CCD cameras that eliminate the issues normally found with Chinese aligners. The vehicle specs are supplied by Autodata and contain more than 20,000 models. GDC is very excited about the new Automaster VH6 3D aligner and says that it should be in stock by the end of March. This aligner has been developed and produced in the same factory as the VH5 and uses Americanmanufactured cameras to ensure the reliability and accuracy. Money back guarantee

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Heavy duty suspension from All Euro Parts An independent European car specialist, All Euro Parts Ltd, has just been appointed the master distributor in New Zealand for Meyle heavy-duty automotive suspension parts. Meyle Products are engineered in Hamburg, Germany by Wulf Gaertner Autoparts AG. The owneroperated company is represented in 120 countries across the world, distributing a range of more than15,600 Meyle parts. Product development is centralised at the Hamburg headquarters. With in-depth expert knowledge, Meyle engineers supervise manufacturing processes at both companyrun production sites and trusted manufacturing partners. This way Wulf Gaertner Autoparts AG says it ensures that the same stringent quality standards are met at locations around the world. All Euro Parts director Auric Mirfin says he sought the distribution rights to Meyle Products because he was disillusioned with the quality of the parts and the unreliable continuity of supply from other aftermarket suspension suppliers for his own workshop, Autohaus European in Snells Beach, north of Auckland. The German spare parts

manufacturer’s commitment to quality is reflected by its range of Meyle-HD parts. HD stands for heavy-duty and highlights the parts’ improved strength and durability compared to OE. The current range of HD parts has more than 600 products. By offering a fouryear warranty on Meyle-HD parts, Wulf Gaertner Autoparts AG states its uncompromising commitment to quality. It is Auric’s intention to seek out other independent parts suppliers and resellers across New Zealand who require a quality range of parts such as those offered by Meyle Products. “This is a nice opportunity to nationally establish a small group of suppliers and resellers who can buy parts competitively to meet the demand for our ageing European car fleet,” says Auric. “We already carry a large range of stock in-house for our customers and would like to expand the availability of Meyle Products throughout New Zealand on a sub-distributor basis,” he says. The wide range of Meyle Products cover suspension and other parts for almost every major European automotive brand including: AlfaRomeo, Audi, BMW, Citroen, Fiat,

Ford, GM-Opel/Vauxhall, MercedesBenz, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Saab, Seat, Volvo, and Volkswagen. Wulf Gaertner Autoparts AG markets Meyle parts for eight product groups: steering and

Changes to give way rules At 5am on Sunday 25 March, two of the give way rules are changing to make New Zealand’s roads safer. Whether you drive, walk, cycle or ride, you’ll need to know about the changes to stay safe on our roads. Change 1: The left-turn versus rightturn rule

This new rule will require all traffic turning right to give way to all vehicles coming from the opposite direction and turning left. Facing no signs or signals Facing the same signs or signals

This new rule will apply at crossroads, T-intersections and driveways where two vehicles are both facing no signs or signals or the same signs or signals. Think: If you’re turning right, give way. Change 2: Uncontrolled T-intersections

The new rule will require all traffic turning right from a terminating road (bottom of the T) with no signs or signals, to give way to all vehicles on the continuing road (top of the T). Think: Top of the T goes before me. This change brings the rules into line with T-intersections with Stop or Give


Way signs on the terminating road. This change will also apply at driveways including public driveways such as at a supermarket or hospital. Vehicles should continue to give way to pedestrians on a footpath, or cyclists and pedestrians on a cycle path or shared path. Other give way rules remain the same

Not all of the give way rules are changing – only the two we’ve mentioned. Traffic signs and signals are there to show you what you need to do so you should continue to obey these. If you’re turning, you’ll still need to give way to all vehicles not turning. If all other give way rules (and signs and signals) don’t determine who gives way, give way to vehicles coming from your right. There is no change at roundabouts. Why are the rules changing?

Overall, the give way rule changes will reduce the level of judgement needed in complex and dynamic traffic environments, and are expected to promote smoother traffic flow and improve safety.

Public awareness campaign

For more information, including an online quiz and video, go to Five things to remember:

• Only two give way rules are changing. • They change at 5am on Sunday 25 March 2012. • Change 1: Left turn v right turn. Remember: if you’re turning right give way. • Change 2: Uncontrolled T-intersections. Remember: Top of the T goes before me. • Driveways are like T-intersections – so ‘Top of the T goes before me’ still applies. REAdER REPly 120310A

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Revved up 2012 Automotive Week A commercial focus on Australia’s aftermarket performance, racing and tuning products highlighted 2012 Australian Automotive Week, held in Melbourne from March 11 to 18. Supported by the Victorian Government, the 2012 Australian Automotive Week include a new programme to showcase Australian-designed and manufactured high performance accessories, equipment, parts and tools. Timed to capitalise on the Formula one Australian Grand Prix, a full calendar of industry events organised by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) created opportunities for local companies to showcase their technologies to both the local and international markets. AAAA senior manager Ben Bartlett said the industry welcomed the Victorian Government’s support for the aftermarket sector of the Australian automotive industry. “Australia’s automotive aftermarket contributes more $8 billion a year to economic activity and employs 300,000 people. This special Australian Automotive Week program is a first for our industry sector and is recognition of its importance,” says Ben Bartlett. Aftermarket business focus

AAAA hosted activities scheduled for Australian Automotive Week included: International buyer delegations from the Middle East and North America. They attended site visits to local manufacturers and business-to-business

matching meetings with Australian exporters. Media tour by North American automotive magazine editors to meet local manufacturers and exporters. A Victorian Motorsport Product Showcase – a purpose built 240 square metre pavilion at the Formula one Australian Grand Prix exhibiting stateof-the-art Australian high-performance brands. This was a feature attraction for motoring enthusiasts attending the race. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Conference exploring the theme “Harnessing technology to ensure a sustainable future”. Keynote speakers included: Scott Luckett, Vice President Technology Standards, Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, USA – “Rapid advances in technology will affect your business - are you ready?” Glenn Cooper, Executive Chairman Coopers Brewery – “Positioning your brand in the digital marketing age”. Brenton Cannizzaro, Principal, the Memphis Agency – “Business marketing through social media”. Concurrent sessions covered quality, supply chain, stock control using vehicle registration data, consumer law update, managing currency risk and human resources. AAAA Gala Dinner with a special motorsport industry guest speaker. “The Australian automotive aftermarket is innovative and there are many locally-designed and

BenBartlettPRTC.jpg: Ben Bartlett, AAAA Senior Manager, Government Relations and International.

manufactured high quality performance, racing and tuning components helping teams win races here and overseas. Building on the international success of other high-profile Australian brands, local manufacturers including Pedders Suspension, Harrop Engineering and Dyno Dynamics are today in demand in export markets such as Asia, Europe and North America,” says Ben Bartlett. Visit

Prevent stress with INA parts Load changes, stop-and-go traffic, frost, heat and dirt all affect belt drive components which are one of the most heavily stressed parts in the engine compartment. And when they fail, they cause severe damage. If the timing belt drive is affected, this will cause serious damage during operation, including engine breakdown. In the accessory drive, defective components lead to immediate front-end accessory failure and in the worst case to an engine breakdown. This is why INA experts recommend making a routine check of the belt drives during every garage visit. Depending on the age, mileage and specified replacement intervals, it may be necessary to replace the belt drive system, especially the belt, prematurely – in particular, if it is visibly damaged. “When buying a used car, its age, price and mileage are major criteria for distinguishing between normal wear and tear and material defects. The fact that the belt was torn before it had reached the replacement interval specified by the manufacturer does not justify the assumption that the


defect was not there when the car was handed over and that it was not caused by wear and tear. Manufacturers’ specifications are not legally binding in so far as their non-observance does not give rise to a material defect. Preventive maintenance is the key word! Repairers and car owners must become more sensitive to the safetyrelevance of timing drive and FEAD components. To ensure sustained operating precision and maximum safety, garages can rely on belt drive components from INA, the trusted partner of many leading automobile and engine manufacturers. As well as hydraulic and mechanical belt tensioners, idlers and overrunning alternator pulleys, INA supplies tailormade solutions including detailed technical information and required mounting hardware (i.e. bolts, washers etc.). INA tension roller sets and INA tension roller kits with a water pump round out the range of repair solutions complying with manufacturer specifications.

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Stocking up for M3 When Greg Murphy, Paul Manuel and up-and-coming racer Richard Moore decided to set up their brand new performance car workshop, known as M3, they wanted it to be state-of-the-art in everything from tools and equipment to fixtures and fittings. Even the stainless steel handrails leading up to and around the edge of the mezzanine staff rest area features the M3 logo cut into the metal, which represents the three Ms in their surnames. All very bespoke. And so it is with the equipment that Paul, Richard and the other six technicians use on the three V8 Super Tourer Holden Commodores driven by Greg, Paul and Richard, as well as with customer cars. Taking pride of place in their new East Tamaki premises are four shiny new Rotary 2-post baseless hoists that seemed to be perpetually raising and lowering cars. These, along with a Corghi tyre changer and Corghi wheel balancer, have been supplied by Stocks Equipment. “We wanted the workshop to reflect how we approach our racing and our relationship with our sponsors – thoroughly professional and great attention to detail,” says Paul Manuel. The floor is so clean people could almost eat dinner off it and the lack of clutter and feeling of space is enhanced by the baseless design of the Rotary hoists. Paul says they are very impressed with the American designed hoists and selected them especially for their ability to lift vehicles with very low clearances off the floor. “They’re excellent,” he says. “They lift to good height for working or storing another vehicle underneath, they are very stable and fast, too.” The 2-post SPOA10S5G5 model Rotary hoists are certified to lift up to 4.5 tonnes and feature asymmetrical 3-stage front and 2-stage rear arm coverage and standard polymer adaptors that thread up or have the optional stackable inserts. They come standard with 3-phase (415 Volt) connection, but can be ordered as a single phase model. They’ll also benefit from the in-house service and inspections offered by Stocks Equipment that will ensure they remain in safe and high performing condition throughout their life. The Italian race pedigree of Corghi tyre and wheel servicing machines meant these were also top of the list for the new M3 workshop. This has been established just a few metres away from the Eastern Automotive


Paul Manuel, right, and Richard Moore with their new Rotary hoist-equipped workshop, M3.

business that Paul has been involved with for more than 12 years. The new venture has a clear racing and high performance focus and was something that Greg had wanted to be involved with for some time. His long-term friendship and trust in Paul played a big part in getting it off the ground, particularly with his decision to race in a New Zealand-based series for the first time in 15 years. Complete with a machining centre and integrated panel fabrication shop, M3 has been a hive of activity since the three Commodores for Greg, Paul and Richard arrived and will continue to be the base for the team through the season, which started at Hampton Downs last month (February) and continues to the final event in Christchurch at the end of October. The V8 Super Tourer Commodores the three are racing utilise a four-door touring car shell built on a controlled race chassis, powered by a 7-litre fuel-injected engine. The aim of the series, which is being marketed as the V8 Series of Champions, is to provide an affordable new generation, future-proofed V8 touring car, similar in concept to a current Australian V8 Supercar but at less than half the cost. The chassis is built to not only accommodate both the current VE Commodore from Holden and FG Ford Falcon bodies, but any other similar sized four-door production vehicle such a Toyota Camry, BMW 5

series, etc. The new V8 Super Tourer series cars produce 575 horsepower and feature a 6-speed sequential gearbox. As you may have guessed, M3 racing is an all-Holden team! But it’s not all about the V8 Super Tourers. The purpose of M3 is to build,

upgrade or simply service any form of race car, as indicated by the two vehicles on and under the Rotary hoist in the centre of the main photo, which are being set up especially for drifting. REAdER REPly 120314


Ideal for auxiliary batteries Projecta has released two lowvoltage disconnect (LVD) units for fitment to auxiliary batteries, which are now available in New Zealand. Providing the ideal solution for protecting expensive deep cycle batteries from excessive discharging, the units automatically disconnect the load when the voltage has dropped to the disconnection point. When deep cycle batteries run down to very low power levels they can be difficult to recharge without professional equipment and it may also reduce their serviceable life. The 12V 30A Low Voltage Disconnect is ideal for 4WD vehicles, camper trailers and smaller caravan applications whilst the 12V 50A model is designed for larger caravans and motorhomes. They are also suited to marine use. The voltage detection on these new units is fully adjustable to best suit the application and multicoloured LEDs provide a clear indication of the connection status. Both the 30A and 50A units

have potted electronics to prevent the ingress of water and dust, are compact in size and each comes complete with robust mounting points built into the housing. The Projecta Low Voltage Disconnect units are available from leading automotive accessory and caravan/motorhome outlets throughout New Zealand under part numbers LVD30 and LVD50. The LVD50, one of the two new Lowvoltage Disconnect units from Projecta.

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Changes in the lubricant market Motor Equipment News spoke to oil and lubricant suppliers and asked for their take on the current marketplace and what they were doing to differentiate themselves and their product from their competitors.

Meeting environmental targets

The market for passenger vehicle engine oil is getting more complicated as OE manufacturers attempt to meet environmental targets and improve vehicle performance says Allied Lubricants, a supplier of Mobil lubricant products. Fuel efficiency is an important aspect along with extension of oil drain intervals and emissions control. Lubricant viscosity is trending towards thinner grades from the 15W-40 standard of recent years to 5W-30. This trend to thinner viscosity will no doubt continue in the coming years to a 0W-20 grade as OE manufacturers chase increasing fuel efficiency targets, says Allied Lubricants. Diesel vehicles often have particulate filters fitted in the exhaust system that require different oil chemistry (low SAPs) to avoid clogging of the filter. Vehicle manufacturers, particularly the European builders, are stipulating specific oil properties for their own new engine designs. Typically no single oil can satisfy this divergence unless customers use a premium synthetic product such as Mobil 1 which offers ultimate performance and keeps the engine running like new, according to Allied Lubricants. Allied Lubricants says the newly introduced Mobil Super 3000 range includes products that are fully Dexos1 and Dexos2 licenced and available to the New Zealand market at competitive prices. Allied Lubricants says it will discuss the General Motors specifications further with anyone who wishes to purchase this product and it will provide a Mobil lubricants solution that is fully licensed against the Dexos specification. If workshops are unsure whether their current product, is licenced Allied Lubricants would suggest they request a copy of the licence from their current supplier. More information is available from . What can your oil supplier do for you?

That’s the question Castrol asked itself more than two years ago. Then Castrol conducted a survey of more than 2,000 workshops globally, asking the staff how it could improve its Professional range of lubricants which are solely available to the trade. Castrol says it identified that further differentiation was needed for the


Professional brand, so in addition to the OEM recommendations, it also needed to offer different features to workshop customers to ensure they sustained margin and profit. Castrol marketing manager Jayne McEwan says that the company works in tandem with leading OEMs to develop products that exceed rather than just meet their performance requirements. “We have long-standing global strategic partnerships with the world’s leading car manufacturers. Working in close collaboration with these expert partners, we jointly develop new technological innovations and co‐engineer lubricants,” she says. “The results go way beyond standard approvals and specifications. They are perfectly matched to the very latest engine technology and are specifically developed to meet our partners’ unique technology requirements. That’s why Castrol Professional products are not just approved by leading car manufacturers: our products are the only ones they actually recommend.”

The recent launch of Castrol Edge Professional (formerly known as Castrol SLX Professional), Castrol Magnatec Professional and Castrol GTX Professional has seen some new features and benefits that have been exclusively designed for automotive workshops and service centres. All three Castrol Professional products feature microfiltration technology which is benchmarked to the same level of quality as the oil used by OEM manufacturers when filling an engine for the first time. Castrol Edge Professional is fully-synthetic premium oil which contains exclusive fluid strength technology. As engine pressures have doubled in the last decade, Castrol has moved to make Edge Professional its strongest and most adaptive range of engine oil yet. In a fluid strength test using two identical engines, one containing Edge Professional and the other a competitor brand, Castrol says that Edge was proven to be 40 percent stronger. This was after a six day test where both engines Continued on page 20

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• Latest API & ACEA performance specifications • Enhanced protection against engine wear • Superior protection against extreme heat • Decreased oil consumption

• Reduction in engine deposits • Full Zinc for optimum anti-wear protection • Now with manufacturer approvals (HPR 5) • Can be used where previous semi synthetic product was recommended

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ran at full throttle, travelling 22,000 km, using 13,500 litres of fuel, consuming four catalytic converters and four sets of tyres! In addition, the test also broke two gearboxes. To further build differentiation into Castrol Edge Professional, the lubricant has a signature UV dye with a unique fluorescence when viewed under a bright UV light. Castrol Edge Professional is not only approved but it is recommended by OEM customers such as: Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mini, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen and Volvo Car Corporation. Castrol believes this is a true endorsement based on the credentials of Edge Professional and that no other product from a competitor oil brand is able to reach that exclusive standard. A new signature optical green dye is also used in the new Castrol Magnatec Professional, in addition to the microfiltration technology. This offers further proof to customers that their vehicles have been serviced with a Castrol Professional product. Magnatec Professional has also exceeded micron wear limit in the industry sequence 4A wear test. Castrol says that Magnatec Professional formulations provide outstanding low temperature wear protection in comparison to competitor products.


Castrol GTX Professional has also benefitted from microfiltration technology and exceeds the latest industry specifications. It has been independently proven to provide up to 50 percent better engine sludge defence than required by the latest API SN industry standard. To ensure the exclusive benefit of microfiltration and the signature UV and Optical dye for Castrol Professional users such as workshops and service centres, Castrol says it will not be available in smaller retail take-home packs for consumers. Jayne McEwan recently told Motor Equipment News that since the introduction of the new trade professional programme to New Zealand late last year the company is continuing with the roll-out. “This is the biggest thing we have done for the trade customer in over 10 years, and the key driver for them is that the product and the features and benefits of Castrol Professional are exclusive to them. This exclusivity offers explanation of the premium service offered and discourages comparisons. It also promotes the status of the workshop and reassures their customers that they are getting a specialist service,” she says. “We will continue to roll out more new Castrol Professional products later in 2012 and 2013.”

OIL fEatUrE NEWS and additives.” While there are many cheap products on the market, using the correct product for the application is crucial according to Total Lubricants. “You may be saving in the short term by using a cheap or inferior product but in the long term you will pay the price. This is especially so for large and heavy machinery,” says Total Lubricants head technical advisor Tony Blackburn. “We hear a lot about the cost of downtime, but the truth is that if you are running a fleet of 20 trucks and you have two to three of those out of action due to seal replacements or

worse, it is costing the business a lot of money. “And not just the labour cost to get the equipment back on the road, but also the cost of the staff wages, lost income, and replacement parts,” Tony continues to say. “You need to work out how often this is happening and how much it is costing the company annually. It could be as simple as using a better lubricant product.” Penrite: Innovation for 85 years

Since 1926 Penrite Oil Company says it has been

blending high-quality oils for all applications. By using its 85 years of experience and expertise, and the latest R & D technology, Penrite says it is constantly formulating and developing superior products. Penrite says its range of engine oils offer the latest industry specifications, the Extra Ten, OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) approvals and full zinc for maximum anti-wear protection and superior performance. Penrite says it continues to lead and manufacture lubricants that meet and exceed the latest





The oil and lubricant market has changed markedly over the past 12–18 months according to Total Lubricants. Economic factors such as the global financial crisis, increased oil prices and instability in the Middle East as well as the Christchurch Earthquakes and the rising Kiwi dollar have severely impacted New Zealand industry. Logging exports in the quarter ending September 2011 were down approximately 20 percent, there have been fewer building consents issued and many major infrastructure projects put on hold. With the rising dollar the agriculture market has maintained a very conservative approach to all new spending and investment. All this coupled with an extremely competitive market, and now over 50 lubricant suppliers in New Zealand, means that service and retention of existing customers is crucial. Total Lubricants in New Zealand says it has built a reputation on providing the best possible service and support. Locally-owned, it is strongly aligned with Total internationally and has the backing of one of the world’s largest oil companies but provides local knowledge and expertise that is unique to a New Zealand-owned and operated company. Managing director Reuben Thickpenny says he has worked tirelessly with his team to be recognised as providing the best service in the country. His strategy from the beginning has always been clear. “To provide service you have to be there to speak to your customers, face-to-face in the first place,” says Reuben. “This means more branches and sales staff to better service customer needs. Total Lubricants have invested heavily to make sure that we can service our customers. “We also offer regular training around the country to suppliers and staff so they are constantly kept up-to-date with any changes in the market and new or improved products. We also recognise the need to keep improving the quality of knowledge within the company to benefit our customers. “Secondly as a supplier you must provide a top-quality product,” Rueben continues to say. “Nobody has the money to waste on inferior products that may damage equipment or reduce its life cycle. Total Lubricants products are made from a minimum of Base II oil which makes the products more stable to begin with using the best technology

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OIL fEatUrE NEWS industry specifications. For example: From Penrite’s motorcycle range, MC – 4ST Full synthetic 5 is an API SN/SF and JASO MA blend and from the premium engine oil range HPR 5 is a API SN/CF ACEA A3/B4. Many Penrite oils have been formulated for the unique Australasian conditions and this philosophy has been captured by the Extra Ten. If the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) industry recommends a SAE 10W 40 viscosity grade, Penrite makes a 10W 50 (ie: HPR10) Penrite’s Extra Ten provides the same start-up pumpability as its competitor products but superior wear protection at operating temperatures. OEM approvals gives workshops and their customers peace of mind against voiding warranties and ensuring what goes into the engine is approved by the vehicle manufacturer who originally built it. Penrite’s HPR 5 has gained OEM approval MB 229.5 and BMW LL – 01. In addition it meets OEM specifications – to name a few: VW 502.00/505.00 and Ford M2C – 913B. Depending on the application, Penrite’s engine oils offer full zinc levels, to maximise metal on metal protection such as the 10 Tenths Racing 15W – 50. With a PAO and Ester base, the Racing range is designed for high performance road and track use. On the other side of the coin, Penrite has a low


and mid-SAPS engine oil for passenger, light and heavy-duty petrol and diesel vehicles including those equipped with long life catalysts and/or Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) such as Penrite’s Enviro 5W 30, which has VW 504.00/507.00, Porsche C30 MB-229.51, and BMW Longlife-04 approvals. For petrol only engines, Enviro GF – 5, is now GM dexos1 licensed. What does this really mean for workshops?

Penrite has the breadth of range workshops need to cover their entire business requirements. In addition, Penrite has speciality products that others don’t. Customers can be sure they are using the highest-quality oil for the specified application. As mechanical technology advances and the complexity of lubricants available on the market increases, so do the risks associated with using a substandard or incorrect oil. It is imperative the correct oil is used in each application to avoid costly damage and warranty claims on products that don’t meet the latest industry specifications or OEM approvals. Any sort of damage resulting from this sort of misapplication can be very expensive. However, the greatest damage could be to a workshop's reputation and ultimately business. Workshops and customers will love the 100 percent product guarantee and will be surprised at the greater margins driven by this high-quality product, according to Penrite.

It was an amazing feat…a feat which set a new world record…a feat which proves you should be using Wynn’s oil supplements to reduce friction and wear in your car. On April 15th, 1984, all the oil was drained from the engine of a standard Holden Commodore that had been previously treated with Wynn’s patented Friction Proofing™ oil supplement. Protected only by the residual film Wynn’s left after the oil was drained, the Commodore then set off to drive to Alice Springs – 1524 kilometres away – in the quest of a new world record for a drive without a single drop of oil in the engine. The driver was Hans Tholstrup, Australia’s most famous adventurer, and he was accompanied for the entire journey by Alex Monaghan (M.I.A.M.E, M.S.A.E) a highly qualified automotive engineer who is Technical Adviser to the Automotive Association of the Northern Territory. The aim was to complete the marathon oil-less journey in 24 hours, without once switching off the Commodore’s engine. Amazingly, both aims were achieved and the car reached Alice Springs right on schedule. Even more amazingly, Wynn’s provided such complete protection that the Commodore’s engine was totally undamaged and has since been driven many thousands of kilometres with no sign of oil-burning or other problems.

What this means to you.

Wynn’s does not advocate running any engine without the correct quantity and grade of lubricant. The test was designed purely to show the protective qualities of Wynn’s lubricant supplements…protection which is maintained under the most adverse conditions. It’s a fact that the majority of engine wear occurs under “start-up” conditions when oil has drained from the engine’s cylinders, pistons and valve gear. This allows brief metal-to-metal contact before the oil starts circulating again. This test proved that Wynn’s does not drain away from the engine’s vital parts. (*World-record oil-less run of 1524Kms in 24 hours verified by the Automobile Association of the Northern Territory for the Guinness Book of Records. Previous record was 1031Kms set over several days with numerous stops). It’s there all the time, protecting and preserving the engine…reducing friction and wear. It was graphic proof that When it’s Wynn’s Works!


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Gulf Western Oil says it has been involved with an ever-increasing number of oil analysis trials over the last few years, with a large majority of new customers changing over to a better product both in performance and overall costs. With monitoring via oil analysis, Gulf Western has managed to increase oil drain intervals with its premium products such as Top Dog XDO and Top Dog Global Plus within the transport, agriculture and earthmoving markets. Upgrades from CI-4 lubricants and lower are required for regulations controlling emissions with EGR (exhaust gas recirculation), DPF (diesel particulate filters), Ad-Blue or SCR (selective catalytic reduction) all requiring API CJ-4 Lubricant specifications. There are a number of possibilities in regard to consumption issues and most are not directly oil-related according to Gulf Western. In the past, detergents were the main cleaning agents in lubricants. Now, far more complex additive pack technologies have come into play which involves non-foaming dispersants that Gulf Western use instead of the older technology. These dispersants are commonly made mainly of calcium and magnesium which vary from blend and brand. Some are superior and completely different to others. This is one of the causes of oil consumption on brand and specification change. This consumption issue will usually clear with a




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number of oil changes. Let’s not forget, says Gulf Western, that oil has three main functions, which are to lubricate, clean and cool the engine. Oil will burn and turn very black and sooty in a very short time, according to Gulf Western. This is commonly due to the previous oil quality or time spent in the sump. Deposits of sludge build up within the engine compartment corners and carbon also builds up on the oil rings. When oil is changed to a better quality, these deposits of sludge are washed out into the oil and the carbon taken off the rings. These carbon deposits stop oil going past the rings and polish the bore. After a number of oil changes, this consumption issue usually progressively disappears and the engine will be clean again. Remember, says Gulf Western, oils will clean out an engine with all the byproducts discharged out with the oil change. With extended drain intervals, monitored by analysis, soot levels will be elevated. It says the trick is to have a blend that can evenly disperse the soot throughout the oil volume in the sump, remaining viscous, maintaining protective oil film strength and maintaining a good TBN (Total Base Number). Oil Analysis will show these results and Gulf Western says it can subsequently extend drain intervals with safety and extend engine life at the same time. In summary, Gulf Western says it has a premium product range, a number of OEM approvals, and it sources the base oils and additive packs from world-class suppliers with formulations controlled by the most recognised authorities in the world. Gulf Western Oil says it only uses OEM/API-approved additives, and in addition it has quality certification ISO 9001 and offers a written guarantee and seal of quality which it says that few suppliers will offer in writing.

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With so much focus being put on lowering emissions to protect human health and the planet for future generations, the levels of zinc or ZDDP (zinc dialkyldithiophosphate) in automotive oils is being reduced, according to Wynns. The reason for this is that zinc contains phosphorus and when phosphorus reaches components in the exhaust system such as oxygen sensors and catalytic converters, it can impair their performance. Often you may hear about “the poisoning of a catalytic convertor.” This is where the phosphorus bonds to the catalyst's surface and the catalyst can no longer do its job. This leads to higher emissions which is bad for the environment and ultimately human health. New performance categories of lubricants such as API SN ILSAC GF-5 or ACEA C categories have limits to the level of phosphorus allowed to ensure an effective emissions system life. Zinc is a family of compounds which has been used in engine oils for decades due to its effective performance and low relative cost. It is a multifunctional additive that minimises oxidation, thus help to ensure a long lubricant life and also reduce wear by creating a sacrificial layer which minimises metal-to-metal contact. This is why many motoring enthusiasts have become concerned about the use of lowered zinc levels contained in today’s engine oils. Less zinc means less protection to vital components which increases wear and fatigue to high load and stress areas inside the motor. Wynn’s says it has had the answer to this new issue for over 70 years, in the form of its original product that has formed the cornerstone for its products: Wynn’s Friction Proofing. Wynn’s Friction Proofing can improve the lubricant's film strength and help to minimise wear with its patented blend of additives. This

blend of unique chemistry is not only beneficial for new motor vehicles but also for beloved classic’s which were never designed to be run on today’s lubricants with much lower levels of zinc. Wynn’s says it has been researching and refining its proprietary formulation since 1939 to ensure minimal engine wear and long fluid life. Wynn’s says it strives to produce additive chemistry which not only increases the performance of lubricants but ensures there is no detrimental effect on emissions systems. Wynn’s says its Friction Proofing is not a simple zinc booster as can be found elsewhere, but is a true no compromise performance package. The protective qualities of Wynn’s Friction Proofing were best demonstrated on April 15th, 1984 when all the oil was drained from the engine of a standard Holden Commodore that was previously treated with Wynn’s Friction Proofing. Protected only by the residual film that the Wynn’s product left behind, the Commodore then set off to drive from Darwin to Alice Springs,

1,524 kilometres away in the quest of a new world record for a drive without a single drop of oil in the engine. The aim was to complete the marathon oil-less journey in 24 hours, without once switching off the Commodore’s engine. Amazingly, both aims were achieved and the car reached Alice Springs right on schedule. Even more amazingly, Wynn’s provided such complete protection that the Commodore’s engine was totally undamaged and has since been driven many thousands of kilometres with no sign of oil burning or other problems. Wynn’s does not advocate running any engine without the correct quantity and grade of lubricant. This test proved that the protective property of Wynn’s does not drain away from the engine’s vital parts. The world record oil-less run of 1524 kms in 24 hours was verified by the Automobile Association of the Northern Territory for the Guinness Book of Records. The previous record was 1031 kms set over several days with numerous stops.

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Hyundai gears up

Hyundai Motors New Zealand experienced unprecedented growth of more than 19 percent last year which has seen its local service car park growing exponentially. To meet the demands of such market growth and the size of the staff and infrastructure to support it, the Auckland-based company quite literally moved across the road to newer purposebuilt offices and warehousing. The new building in Clemow Drive, Mount

Wellington also incorporates a new national training centre as well as a vastly expanded parts and service operation. The new building has allowed more than 50 percent growth in parts and distribution capacity and Hyundai Motors New Zealand has also invested heavily in technology to improve distribution efficiency. “We resisted the urge to separate parts and distribution from the sales and marketing functions as others have done. We’ve also looked the past

five years of sales growth and we took the decision to increase our capability to deliver a world-class parts solution, because we can’t afford not to,” says Hyundai Motors NZ COO Tom Ruddenklau. “It’s critical for us to have a hands-on approach to our parts and service support so that we can see what is happening and can react quickly. For example, since the move to newer and larger premises we have tripled our airfreight shipments. We receive seven of these a week as well as one forty-foot long sea freight container. The freight task is significant but incredibly important. “We’re serious about servicing our growth and our existing customer base, because if we don’t gear up to meet their expectations someone else will-we find we have increasing attention from competitors for our parts and service business,” says Tom Ruddenklau. “The independent service trade is increasingly important to Hyundai in this competitive environment, and we continually seek to improve our service and our offer so that all Hyundai owners get the experience they deserve.” Hyundai Motors New Zealand has also committed serious investment into its purpose-built Technical Training Centre which can operate up to 200 days a year and cater for up to 32 people in one session. REAdER REPly 120324

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Vehicle manufacturers are now turning out new models with increasingly complex technical innovations such as high-tech electronics, fuel systems, braking, suspension and safety options. These can make life difficult for the aftermarket repair industry by encouraging owners to have their vehicles serviced at franchise dealerships. This is a strategy that all vehicle manufacturers are developing. Diagnostics are becoming increasing difficult, especially for repairers that have not invested in specialised and expensive computer equipment. Panel repair shops now have to deal with increasing complex metals and technical requirements when matching body panels together and meeting the original manufacturer’s safety standards. Whilst independent parts stores and the chain resellers do a good job covering basic, fast-moving parts, there are many items that will never be available through the aftermarket and purchasing other than genuine parts can be risky. It used to be that franchise dealers were always considered to be more expensive to buy parts from but this has changed in recent years and many genuine parts cost less from the dealer than elsewhere. Holden New Zealand, for example, is

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With more than 686,000 Toyota vehicles on our roads, there is a vast and varied car park for Toyota New Zealand to supply with parts and service consumables. 2012 represents Toyota New Zealand’s 35th year of providing parts and panels to trade customers from its 22,000 square metre warehouse housed behind the National Customer Centre in Robert's Line, Palmerston North. To put that space into perspective, it’s almost the equivalent of five football fields! But it wasn’t always this way. In 1977 when Toyota New Zealand acquired the Robert’s Line site from

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Much to the relief of Hino Distributors NZ Ltd, the new Hino 300 series light and medium duty trucks have been officially launched to market with a travelling roadshow that will visit all of its dealerships in March. With a full range of narrow, wide and crew cab models in short, medium, long and extra long wheelbase configurations, and with body units that are built to go or custom built, there’s a model and configuration to meet most market requirements. The new-generation 300 series offers more spacious cabins to suit Kiwi-sized drivers and passengers, with thinner windscreen pillars for better visibility, bigger doors for entry and exit, and all models receive a suspension seat for the driver to aid long distance driving comfort. Hino says its new-generation 300 Series makes claim to the title of the safest light-duty truck on the New Zealand market. It is the first light-duty truck in New Zealand with vehicle stability control (VSC) as a standard feature. VSC assists the driver in maintaining control of the vehicle. It is designed to help prevent the vehicle from skidding out of control should it deviate from the driver’s intended path through a corner. The VSC and traction control system can be switched off to assist in control of the drive wheel

traction when the vehicle is in muddy conditions. Standard equipment on all models includes SRS airbags for both driver and passenger coupled with emergency locking retracting (ELR) pretensioning seatbelts. All Hino 300 Series models have four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS braking, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assist. Hino says it was the first manufacturer to offer fourwheel ventilated discs in the light-truck market with the launch of the Hino Dutro model, and this feature is still unique to Hino. Brake Assist is designed to assist the driver in emergency braking, where the driver is attempting to apply the high pedal force required to obtain the shortest possible braking distance. Together these technologies ensure that maximum stopping power is available, regardless of how the vehicle is laden and the prevailing road conditions. All manual transmission and AMT models have Hino’s ES (Easy Start) hill-start assist. Easy Start maintains braking force after the driver takes their foot off the brake pedal and automatically releases the brake once the clutch engages and the vehicle begins to move. Easy Start operates in both forward and reverse. The 300 Series safety package also includes a front

under-run protection system (FUPS) on all wide cabin models for the first time on a light-duty truck. FUPS helps prevent a vehicle from going underneath a truck in the event of a front-on collision while also protecting the vehicle’s steering components, thereby assisting the driver to maintain control of the vehicle. Hino says the 300 Series meets the internationally recognised European Structural Standards Regulation No. 20 (ECE-R29) for cabin strength. (Hino’s extensive range of light, medium and heavy duty trucks now comply with the ECE-R29 crash test standard.) The company says that special attention has been paid to maximising visibility and minimising blind spots. The windscreen pillars on new wide cab models are only 65mm wide, compared with 100mm or more for 300 Series’ nearest competitors. High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps are standard equipment on new Hybrid models and safety features include a tilt-cab warning lamp on all single cab models. Better efficiency from diesel and hybrid models

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Euro 5-compliant diesel engine. The improved Euro-5 and Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle (EEV) compliant 4.0-litre Hino turbo-diesel engine is offered with two power ratings. Wide cab manual models have 121kW of power at 2500rpm and 464Nm of torque at 1400rpm, and six-speed transmission, while the standard cab, wide cab automatic and hybrid models are rated at 110kW and 420Nm. The standard cab has the choice of five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, the wide cab auto also has six-speed transmission,

while new Hybrid has a new five-speed automated manual transmission. Hino says it has extracted more power and torque from the same engine capacity as the previous generation 300 Series. The gains in power, torque and fuel efficiency have been achieved through careful attention to engine design, turbocharger pressures and the high pressure (common-rail) electronic fuel injection. Injection pressures have been increased and a new intercooler adopted. The 300 Series meets the requirements of ADR 80/03 and the Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle standard (EEV), which is tougher that Euro 5

– without needing urea additives such as Ad Blue. Key features of the Hino engine include a high pressure common-rail fuel system, a variable-nozzle turbocharger, cooled exhaust-gas recirculation system and closed crankcase ventilation. According to Hino, the engine has the best diesel particulate active reduction system (DPR) system in class, an 800,000km service interval and an automatic self-cleaning system which begins when the filter is only at 30 percent of overall capacity. Hino says it has the added reliability of three fuel filters, including two with water separators mounted on the chassis and a main long-life filter mounted on the engine. All models have an 80 amp alternator for optimum reliability. Daily inspection has been made more convenient by placing key items such as the coolant reservoir on the driver’s side of the vehicle. For engine servicing, single-cab models have a manual-tilt cabin and crewcab models have an inspection cover in the floor. The exhaust emissions also easily meet the EEV (Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle) standard, regarded as the cleanest available in the market. The hybrid model range has a new parallel hybrid system, with increased performance and a new Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). Hino says the new 300 Series has a new exterior design that offers class-leading aerodynamics for improved fuel economy; the new wide cab model’s coefficient of drag is significantly better than that of its major competitors. REAdER REPly 1203130

Welding industrial fabrics Hot air overlap welding

A hot air welder is used in in-house welding applications where hot air is directed between the sheet overlaps. The hot air overlap welding process allows the fabrication of a variety of industrial fabrics used in the

hot wedge contacts the overlapped materials. The hot wedge welding process allows fabrication of geosynthetic membranes onsite such as landfill site liners, pond liners, mining and containment liners and tunnel liners. Equipment

following applications: truck and rail curtain-sider manufacture, tarpaulins, sail fabrication, flexible door fabrication, signage and banner fabrication, roofing and waterproof membrane welding. Hot wedge overlap welding

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The key here is in the equipment itself. The tools used in these above applications are automatic walking/ moving welders which allow welding of flexible sheet materials in continuous welding runs. Some refer to these machines as robot welders because welding speed, welding temperature and airflow can all be precisely controlled and repeated time after time. Tools can be supplied to suit either in-house or on-site welding.

The Techspan automatic welding machines are very unique – allowing welding of a variety of seam widths thanks to accessory overlap and hem kits, which can be interchanged within minutes. This means one machine can be employed for a wide range of welding applications. All Techspan welding equipment is manufactured in Europe meeting the highest standards and providing innovative design and precision

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Techspan Automatic welding tools provide the perfect solution in eliminating the need for fancy skills or years of welding experience. Almost anyone can perform perfect welding – thanks to the easy set-up and repeatability of welding parameter settings. Techspan have put a great deal of emphasis on providing easy-to-find equipment specification, training videos and more online. The latest Techspan website is packed with all the information needed. Tech tip # 7 supplied by Tim Fastnedge Email :

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Space available at NZ’s heavy equipment hub made over $1,000,000, cementing the benefits of exhibiting at THE Expo. THE Expo attracts visitors from all over New Zealand and overseas who are seriously involved in the sector. The 2009 event attracted 13,222 visitors, with 85 of those attending being actively involved in the industry. The inaugural event in 2005 saw 15,592 attendees to the exhibition at Mystery Creek Events Centre. There are many areas to display vehicles and machinery, additional Exhibition sites are now available at the Transport and Heavy Equipment Expo (THE Expo) held at Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton, 7 – 9 March 2013. The industry event, held every four years, is the only event in New Zealand where heavy equipment enthusiasts can network, purchase equipment and check out new developments in the industry, all at the one location. THE Expo is a snapshot of the transport, heavy equipment, freight, forestry, construction and associated trades, paving the way forward in the sector. By securing space at THE Expo, businesses have the opportunity to connect with an average of 14,500 trucking devotees. THE Expo Prospectus is available online at It is essential for companies involved in the industry to have a presence at THE Expo, not only to meet with clients and showcase equipment and services, but to also increase sales. At the 2009 event, 24 percent of exhibitors made over $50,000 each in sales and more than 10 percent

to exhibitors’ static sites. The Power and Performance Zone is dedicated to demonstrating equipment to potential clients, whereas the Live Drive area allows customers to test drive vehicles on sealed roads. The experienced 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 REAdER REPly 1203131 Suppliers Association.

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TruckCam AB, Sweden, a manufacturer of truck wheel alignment equipment is now offering its products for sale in NZ through newly-appointed agents Sulco Tools and Equipment. Sulco says that TruckCam equipment is endorsed by many of the world’s heavy commercial vehicle

manufacturers including Volvo Trucks, Scania, and Mercedes Benz Trucks. According to Sulco, the TruckCam camera wheel alignment system is the most advanced system on the world market. Thanks to the integrated gyro and inclinometers, precise and accurate measurements are guaranteed. The system can be used for measuring all wheel angles on heavy commercial (heavy-duty) vehicles, such as trucks, trailers, agricultural vehicles, mobile cranes, buses and vans. As each system comes with the TruckCam All-in-One Software, it also enables checking of frame deformations. The computer program guides the user through the measuring process and prints out exact measuring reports before and after alignment. Sulco says the main advantages of the system are: • The combination of camera, gyro and inclinometers provides the highest accuracy and repeatability. • Ability to compensate for influences on measurements from floor/ground and/or tyres. • Very fast operating time based on rolling method technologies. • Wireless communication allows highest flexibility. • Live reading of values during adjustment. • No levelling of camera sensors and/or reflective targets needed. • Mistakes during operation reduced to a minimum.

Sulco says that the TruckCam units are modular and that buyers are able to have a machine configured to their exact workshop applications and requirements with future add-ons possible due to the design of the equipment. Sulco have sales/support personnel trained in the operation of the equipment and is able to offer advice on installations and follow-up training, etc. Sulco says it see the TruckCam line as being complementary to is range of light vehicle alignment equipment. REAdER REPly 1203132

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With lighting, everything else falls into place. The interior lighting in the all-new 2013 Mondeo (Fusion in the US) proves that and moves beyond simple functionality. Ford researchers realise that a person’s attention span is limited, and lighting can play a key role in providing a driver with critical and non-critical drivingrelated information without diverting attention. Lighting in a vehicle is about space and dimension, says Mahendra Dassanayake, Ford technical leader for Design, but there’s more to it. “Lighting gives you a sense of orientation,” says Dassanayake. “It’s a unique combination of functionality and comfort. Lights, graphics and displays are critical to drivers; we need to make sure that information is presented to the customer in an effective way.” Developing the ice blue colour available in the ambient, or accent, lighting palette was critical, since it is a shade that can help keep drivers and passengers more alert. This makes it easier for a driver to absorb all the other messages coming from inside the vehicle. The same balance has been used to make sure that the ambient colours potentially available in the 2013 Ford Mondeo enhance the driving experience. Ford researchers have tested how the lighting affects the vehicle’s interior from the driver’s perspective, checking the textures and materials under a multitude of lighting conditions to make sure that glare and reflection are limited on smooth surfaces and that eye strain would be minimised.

customer decide,” Dassanayake said. “It’s offering them a choice.” An interior to remember

But there’s more to it: If the stylish silhouette of the Ford got heads turning in January on the floor of the North American International Auto Show, now it’s time to get to know what’s beyond the surface. “Buying a car is very similar to dating,” said Interior Chief Designer Michael Arbaugh. “You saw the exterior of the new vehicle, and were drawn to it. Now when you see the interior, you realise it’s more than just looks – you want to be in a long-term relationship.” The interior is airy and open, with a higher centre console that’s been achieved by moving the instrument panel back toward the windshield. The console is complemented by comfortable, thinner seats that support the driver-centric theme, resulting in a cockpit-like layout that’s sporty and sexy while still completely functional.

“We kept the interior focused on the driver,” said Arbaugh. “We knew that our customers would be captivated by the driving experience, and we wanted to provide them with a sophisticated and harmonious ambience.” Craftsmanship inside the new Mondeo is key. Dynamic structural elements throughout, like the real metal grills over the speakers, show that every detail of the vehicle has been aesthetically enhanced. Surfaces are softer to the touch, and nothing has been left to chance – even the volume knob is curved to better fit the customer’s fingers. “It doesn’t just look sophisticated, upscale and highquality,” said Arbaugh. “It feels that way, too. “We think it’s the perfect package, one that will make drivers fall in love.” *Colours available in New Zealand are still to be determined. REAdER REPly 1203133

Starting with science

It all starts with how the brain recognises light. “The brain does not see colour,” Dassanayake said. “What we call colour of light is actually a form of electromagnetic energy with different wavelengths. “Light is like a pond, with ripples as the wavelengths. These ripples form and reflect and interact with each other, just like a ray hits a surface and sends a signal and then another sends a signal, and the sensation between the two is what people perceive as blue or red or green.” Certain levels or combinations of light trigger enzymes in the brain. Those enzymes cause emotional responses within the body – states we recognise as stress or calmness or happiness. “The emotions are created based on the secretions of these enzymes that are associated with certain light wavelengths,” Dassanayake said. “There are certain triggers.” So it’s not your imagination – colour can affect how you feel. In fact, it affects everything from your buying choices to your blood pressure. For example: • There are shades of yellow that stimulate parts of the brain, bringing clear-headed, decisive action. • Green, on the other hand, affects the nervous system, causing us to breathe slowly and deeply, helping the heart to relax by slowing the production of stress hormones. • Red – arguably the most attention-getting of colours – likely will evoke the strongest emotions, be that passion or anger. On the Ford Fusion (Mondeo) in North America, the palette is ice blue, purple, blue, orange, red, white and green*. The palette allows the customer to set and change each colour, depending on wants and needs. With a seven-colour palette, customers have several options. “We’re opening this up to let the



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Another racing star is born Bernard Carpinter reports on Nick Cassidy’s success in the 2012 Toyota racing series.

Cassidy with NZGP Trophy

The 2012 Toyota Racing Series was by far the best yet, with no fewer than 15 overseas drivers coming Down Under to gain experience and keep race-fit during the northern winter. But 17-year-old Aucklander Nick Cassidy consolidated his reputation as New Zealand’s next motor racing star by winning the series convincingly and adding the New Zealand Grand Prix title as well. A revised format for the TRS saw it staged as five rounds over consecutive weekends – ideal for international drivers wanting to get as much racing as possible into a short time frame. And the Toyotas are serious race machine. Based on a Tatuus Formula Renault 2.0 chassis but with different bodywork and a strong Toyota Celica 1.8 litre engine, they are faster than the Formula Renaults that are a very popular category in Europe. Josh Hill – son of Damon Hill, grandson of Graham Hill, both world champions – returned for his second TRS, after some good results in British Formula Renault. Another driver with a Formula One connection was Austrian Lucas Auer, whose uncle Gerhard Berger was a Formula One race winner. Italian Raffaele Marciello is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, being groomed for possible Formula One stardom. Other countries represented included France, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Thailand, India, Brazil and Puerto Rico. Most of the drivers were teenagers on the way up. The series started at Teretonga (Invercargill) with a popular victory for Josh Hill. Some of the


older fans remembered seeing Graham Hill race in New Zealand during the Tasman Cup days, and young Hill was also aware of the family history: “My grandfather won the New Zealand Grand Prix,” he said. Two Kiwis took the next two places, Invercargill’s Damon Leitch – whose parents had named him after Damon Hill – and Aucklander Jono Lester. The main race day at the Invercargill circuit produced appalling weather – about eight degrees, rain, a piercing cold wind, thunder and even a couple of spells of hail. Not surprisingly, there were a lot of crashes and a lot of safety-car periods. Van Asseldonk won both races but at the end of the day Leitch and Cassidy were on top of the points table, having survived all three races whereas van Asseldonk had crashed in race one. Leitch had a second, third and fourth, Cassidy an eighth and two seconds. Timaru provided better weather for round two, which opened with Cassidy beating Leitch to make the two young Kiwis first equal in the series. Leitch led but Cassidy passed round the outside at the end of the main straight. Cassidy then won the feature race, run in trying conditions – the track was damp at the start so almost all the drivers fitted wet-weather tyres, but then in the race the track dried out and the tyres faded fast. Cassidy adopted the correct strategy – he restrained himself for a while to preserve his tyres then attacked when others’ tyres were failing.

He passed Brazilian Bruno Bonifacio and then van Asseldonk, opening a big lead. Leitch scored his first victory in the final heat, which started from a partially reversed grid, and he came away second in points behind Cassidy. Third overall was Felix Serralles from Puerto Rico who had proved fast and consistent over the opening two rounds. British driver Jordan King had shown some good speed in the first two rounds, but also experienced some bad luck. Things turned round for him at Taupo’s third round. King won the first heat, just ahead of van Asseldonk, and added a fourth and a third to claim the round victory. In race two he was down in 12th at one stage but passed a lot of cars to get through to fourth. Cassidy won race two from Marciello but could manage only eighth in the feature race, the Denny Hulme Trophy, because he had chosen to fit his extra set of new tyres in race two instead of keeping them for the finale. From the start of the feature race, Van Asseldonk squeezed Hill wide coming out of turn one and pulled away for a well-deserved victory. Leitch could not match his earlier results but did enough to stay second in the series, with Hill – who scored two seconds at Taupo – third ahead of van Assledonk, Serralles and King. For the fourth round at Hampton Downs, double TRS champion Mitch Evans joined the series, aiming to keep race-fit in the European off-season and retain his Grand Prix title in the final round at Manfeild. Evans, still only 17, spent last year racing

Josh Hill in the wet at Teretonga

GP3 in Europe with support from Australian Formula One star Mark Webber. In his rookie season Evans won races in GP3 and for a time led the series, which is two steps down from Formula One and uses turbo cars that are faster than the TRS machinery. Evans immediately showed his class by qualifying fastest and winning the first race, ahead of van Asseldonk and Cassidy. But just after the start of race two there was a series of collisions which resulted in Evans and Hill being forced out of the race. Marciello stayed on track to record his first win of the series. The feature race, the historic New Zealand Motor cup, saw star Kiwis Evans and Cassidy start on the front row. Evans got a bad start and dropped places, and though he charged back to second he could not quite catch Cassidy. Cassidy won the round from van Asseldonk and Auer while van Asseldonk propelled himself into second place in the series, 126 points behind Evans. Leitch dropped to third after a horror weekend that included a mechanical problem in qualifying, a penalty in race two and a collision with fellow Kiwi Lester just before the end of the feature race. The series wound up with the big one, the New

Damon Leitch leads the TRS field at Teretonga

Zealand Grand Prix at Toyota’s home track of Manfeild. Evans qualified on pole and won the Saturday race, the Dan Higgins Trophy, from van Asseldonk and Cassidy. Race two started from a top-six reversed grid, which helped Serralles score the win, with Evans second and Cassidy happy to come in fifth as that clinched the series championship for him. In the 35-lap Grand Prix Evans led away from pole, pursued by Cassidy and van Asseldonk. Crashes brought three early safety-car periods but each time Evans was able to fend off Cassidy and pull away. With seven laps to go Evans had a comfortable lead – but then he came down the front straight with the engine sounding awful, and he had to park the car in the infield. The distraught youngster said the car had started smelling and then misfiring. Cassidy had been under great pressure from van Asseldonk for a few laps but survived and swept on to win the Grand Prix by a few lengths from the Dutchman. “Before the race I looked at the Grand Prix trophy and it’s got names like Jackie Stewart and Chris Amon on it,” Cassidy said. “It’s great to get my name on that; it’s a pretty emotional day.”

However his series win – by a large margin from van Asseldonk – was more important for his career, Cassidy said. “That’s huge,” he said. “Opportunities come with that. I’m hoping to race in the Australian V8 Supercar Development Series or in Europe this year.” Hill had been running fourth, which would have given him third after Evans’ demise, and also third in the series. Unfortunately he had to retire with a holed radiator, so Leitch held on to third in spite of another horror weekend which included a lost nose-cone and getting stuck in a gravel trap. Final series points: 1 Cassidy 914, 2 van Asseldonk 738, 3 Leitch 633, 4 Hill 629, 5 King 591, 6 Auer 589, 7 Nathaenel Berthon (France) 555, 8 Serralles 547, 9 Marciello 535, 10 Bonifacio 525. REAdER REPly 1203135

Mitch Evans



Stunning weekend for V8SuperTourers

Photo credit Geoff Ridder.

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Andy Booth


quarter racing – I can’t wait to watch it all on TV3; it’s going to be an amazing show. Then, to get the penalty for spinning Murph – well, we felt that wasn’t right, but we’ll have to live with it. “Still, to come through the weekend fifth in the points after the first weekend is fantastic. “I’d like to acknowledge my partner in AV8 Motorsport, Wayne Anderson and the other V8SuperTourer directors. I’ve seen how insanely hard he and all the V8SuperTourer team have worked. This has been an incredible weekend and anyone that knocked the whole concept needs to have a look at themselves, as we have changed the face of New Zealand motorsport with this series.” In terms of Booth’s fellow Auckland-based teammate André Heimgartner – the youngest competitor in the V8SuperTourer field – Booth says he and the

rest of AV8 Motorsport are very proud of how he’s gone. “We knew it would be a big learning curve for André, but he’s got undeniable natural pace. I’m impressed with how he’s learned about touring car racing this weekend – he’s got amongst the action. All in all, it’s a great debut.” Heimgartner qualified seventh-quickest, finished race one in 15th place after being penalised for making contact with another competitor, then raced strongly in race two to improve to 12th. The 16-year-old completed the weekend with a solid fifth place in the third race to hold eleventh overall in the V8SuperTourer sprint championship ahead of multiple motor racing champion Craig Baird. Booth and Heimgartner compete in the second V8SuperTourers round at the Powerbuilt Tools Raceway in Christchurch over Easter.

Photo credit Geoff Ridder.

“Fantastic and amazing” is how Andy Booth describes the first weekend of V8SuperTourer racing which took place at Hampton Downs from 17 to 19 February. Booth finished the opening round in fifth position on the V8SuperTourers’ points table and said, “I’m really pleased to be among the front-running cars the very first time we’ve been racing. The crowd’s reception has been incredible. The fans we’ve spoken to have absolutely loved the new V8 format and with 28,000 people at Hampton Downs for this first weekend of racing shows the crowd has voted with their feet.” Booth, from Auckland’s Birkenhead, says he has had nothing but positive feedback from the sponsors of his #23 Woodstock VE Commodore V8SuperTourer. “The team from Woodstock are rapt, completely thrilled to have been a part of such a successful debut for this new series.” Having qualified third-quickest behind Greg Murphy and Kayne Scott, Booth started the first race with a strong run at the front of pack. “I was very proud to have led the first V8SuperTourer race for 13 laps,” says Booth, who got a fantastic start to then finish third. “I also really enjoyed being part of the front bunch in race two on Sunday morning – it was honest wheel-to-wheel racing with Jonny Reid, Ant Pedersen and Eddie Bell. That’s something – being able to race this closely – that these cars allow us to do with a lot of confidence. However we had something not quite right in the car’s set-up so I was pleased to secure fourth place in that one.” The final race of this opening round covered 30 laps around the 2.6km Hampton Downs circuit and Booth describes it as being something like a full-scale battle. “I’ve never had a busier race that I can think of!” Starting from fourth, Booth battled with longtime rival John McIntyre, then got spun by another competitor. “It was disappointing to be spun, but it was an entertaining ride nonetheless! Talk about close-

Photo credit Geoff Ridder.

Top five for McIntyre and Richards

John McIntyre

of 25 laps,” says Richards. “This highlights the fact the tyres are performing consistently as well.” The grid for Sunday’s third race was determined by points earned from qualifying and the first two races – McIntyre started 8th and Richards 11th. The intensity of competition stepped up another notch with considerably more passing and ‘panel rubbing’. “The third race really was intense. We had safety cars and plenty of passing – I had a great battle with Andy Booth while trying to defend against Andy Knight. There was certainly a lot going on and it was great to come through to end the weekend with a podium place,” says McIntyre, who finished second to Auckland’s Ant Pedersen with Gold Coast-based Kiwi Scott McLaughlin third between McIntyre and Richards. “From here, I think we’re only going to see the racing get closer and closer as everyone learns more about the cars. We can’t wait for round two in

Christchurch at Easter!” The inaugural season of V8SuperTourer racing comprises a four-round sprint championship and a three-round endurance championship. In the sprint championship standings, McIntyre is sixth with 411 points and Richards is tenth with 328. Murphy leads the series with two race wins and 625 points. The next V8SuperTourer round takes place at Easter when John McIntyre Racing heads to Christchurch for three races over two days at Powerbuilt Tools Raceway. More information about McIntyre, Richard and the team can be found on, or follow John McIntyre Racing on Facebook or ‘JohnMcIntyreRac’ on Twitter. The weekend’s race schedule can be found in the round one calendar section of the V8SuperTourers website REAdER REPly 1203137

Photo credit Geoff Ridder.

John McIntyre and team-mate Steven Richards finished the first-ever round of V8SuperTourer racing with top five places in the third and longest race of the weekend. McIntyre bought the #47 Blackwood Protector FG Falcon home in second place, with Richards in the #556 CRC-backed Ford V8SuperTourer finishing fourth in the 30-lap feature race. “Being on the podium today is largely down to the team who kept toiling all weekend,” says the Nelson-based three-time New Zealand V8 touring car champion. “We’ve had some long nights and we really struggled with the cars this weekend, which just aren’t where we want them to be. But in that last race, we’ve had more passing than I’ve seen in touring car racing for a long time. My congratulations to Ant Pedersen for winning the first feature race – having Murph, and now Ant, win races at our first weekend highlights the fact this has been a phenomenally competitive start for this new category.” Richards also felt happier to finish the weekend on the podium after being tapped by another competitor in the weekend’s second race, as he was in the first on Saturday afternoon. “We’ve had a relatively solid day today, so full credit to the whole JMR team who have put in some long hours,” says the Melbourne-based Kiwi. “To have two cars in the top five in the final race was a great result and shows we’re heading in the right direction. Between now and the next round in Christchurch in April, there’s a lot more hard work to do.” Sunday morning’s 25-lap race saw McIntyre finish sixth, having started ninth, and Richards came through from 13th to tenth. McIntyre’s mid-pack to-and-fro battle with Andy Knight was described by commentators as the ‘battle of the race’. Greg Murphy won the race from Jonny Reid and Kayne Scott. “It was significant to note that both JMR cars were delivering faster and faster laps as the race went on – both John and I achieved our quickest lap in the 23rd


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