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a new challenge for the development of diesel engines. The main focus of this is looking for new ways to minimize nitrogen-oxide emissions. The technology is referred to as ‘Selective Catalytic Reduction’, or SCR. This involves injecting precise amounts of a liquid (AdBlue) into the vehicle’s exhaust gases. The solution has existed in both the heavy commercial and agricultural fields for some time. How does it work? SCR technology injects tiny quantities of AdBlue into the vehicles exhaust. When this solution combines with these gasses it breaks down the harmful mono-nitrogen oxides, producing harmless nitrogen and oxygen as a by-product.
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nteresting times in the industry, right? In the same month we’ve learnt that electric vehicle registrations in New Zealand are on the up, and that the Government is keen to see the back of offshore oil and gas exploration. We’ve got a reputation overseas for leading the charge (if you’ll excuse the awful unintended pun) when it comes to adopting new technologies on a national scale. When you look at places like Norway, the Netherlands and even the UK though, we’re well behind the eight ball when it comes to electric vehicle ownership and public charging infrastructure. That is changing though, as EVs get cheaper, have better battery ranges and the ability to plug them in for a recharge in places like Kaiwaka or Roxburgh or Masterton becomes more accessible. Every manufacturer known to man is pursuing the fledgling EV market; Tesla became the byword for performance-themed long-range electric transport. Other mainstream car brands have been playing catchup ever since. They are catching up though; pretty soon you won’t need to opt for a second-hand vehicle if you want an EV that doesn’t feature a price sticker starting with a six or a seven. Of course, that also means workshops will change too. New skills, new infrastructure, new tools. Will we see the evolution of the EV specialist workshop in the next few years? Time will tell. The national fleet doesn’t look much different in 2018 than it did five years ago. But five years from now? That could be a whole other story. Remember we’re keen for feedback on the magazine, so be sure to have your say about what you’d like to see in Auto Channel each month. Get in touch with me and the team via email@example.com.
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This process makes it possible to reduce the emission of nitrogen oxides by more than 90% and can reduce fuel consumption by up to 7%. What is AdBlue made of? AdBlue is a colourless non-toxic liquid consisting of 32.5% automotive grade urea and de-mineralised water. Automotive grade urea is exceptionally pure, and a much higher grade than is used in fertilisers. To ensure the product you use is correct to specification, look for ISO 22241 (ISO-22241-1, ISO22241-2, ISO-22241-3) on the packaging. This will ensure trouble free motoring and avoid potentially costly repairs. What vehicles use AdBlue? SCR technology is becoming increasingly commonplace, however isn’t yet fitted to every diesel car. If you’re working on a model newer than 2016, it’s highly likely it’ll use AdBlue. You can check for the AdBlue cap, commonly beside the fuel filler cap, although some cars have it internally concealed underneath the boot carpet. There will also be a warning message or light on the dashboard when running low. As with a low-fuel warning light, there is no manual way of resetting it; only topping up the AdBlue to a minimum level will remove the warning. Adding an AdBlue check/topup to your technician’s service routine is a great way to increase sales and customer satisfaction.
Does the vehicle need AdBlue to run? Technically, AdBlue isn’t required for the engine to work. However, because it keeps emissions within legal requirements, the engine is programmed to stop working or become speed limited to a maximum of 20km/h if there is insufficient AdBlue. Usage varies between models and driving style, with the average tank lasting 12,000kms or about 1-litre per 1000kms as a rough guide. Does AdBlue have a shelf-life? AdBlue can last up to 18 months, provided it’s kept in optimal conditions (that is, out of direct sunlight and at a temperature between -6°c and 25°c). If stored at a higher temperature or in a half-empty or vented container, the shelf-life can reduce dramatically to around six months, as airborne contaminants can affect the chemical composition. For this reason, local distributor Partmaster stocks AdBlue in 10L bottles with convenient funnels to prevent contamination and wastage. Is AdBlue harmful? Although non-toxic, AdBlue is classed as corrosive and can cause irritation to skin, eyes and lungs. Washing hands and any spills on the cars bodywork is recommended.
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Segedins introduces the extensive Master range THE FULL MASTER RANGE OF CONSUMABLES AND CAR CARE PRODUCTS IS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH SEGEDINS AUTO SPARES
Teng Tools Grand National Rod & Custom Show returns THE MUCH ANTICIPATED EVENT IS BACK WITH ITS FOOLPROOF COMBO OF AMAZING PRIZES AND AUTOMOTIVE EYE-CANDY
he Teng Tools Grand National Rod & Custom Show is coming again soon, as part of the ever-popular Speedshow expo event in Auckland. The ultimate show-within-a-show, the Teng Tools Grand National Rod & Custom Show attracts some stunning cars from every corner of the country. Sole sponsor of the show since 2015, last year Teng Tools gave away $22,000 worth of prizes for first, second and third place-getters in each of the 12 categories, as well as more prizes for Sponsors Choice and Peoples’ Choice award winners.
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More than just the prizes though, there is some amazing metal on display. Last year 52 cars dazzled crowds under the spotlights and this year promises to be even bigger. The Teng Tools Grand National Rod & Custom Show is on as part of Speedshow, July 21-22, 2018 at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland. Go to speedshow.co.nz/home/hotspots/tengtools-grand-national/ to check out last year’s winners in full. And visit tengtools.co.nz for further product information.
f it’s available in a bottle or a tube, then Master probably manufactures it. Segedins Auto Spares now stocks a comprehensive array of budget-minded Master consumables and other products, from performance motor oil to glass cleaner and almost everything in between. Some of the many solutions Master manufactures include fade-free brake fluid, carb and choke cleaner, fuel injector cleaner, brake cleaners and fluids, air intake cleaner and power steering fluid, along with a variety of gasket, engine block and radiator sealant products. Master SAE 10W-40 is just one of a number of premium-grade engine oil products the company produces, meeting the latest American Petroleum Institute (API) Service Category SN and all previous API engine oil categories. Elsewhere, Master concentrated Motor Flush dissolves heavy deposits and opens restricted oil passages to improve oil circulation. The company even manufactures hydraulic oil for the workshop jack, so you’re completely covered. An extensive range of Master products is available at Segedins Auto Spares now. www.segedins.com
Otago Polytech announces wideranging EV service short courses OTAGO POLYTECHNIC IS ROLLING OUT A WIDE-RANGING SERIES OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) SHORT COURSES AND MICRO-CREDENTIALS AIMED AT MEETING THE GROWING DEMAND FOR EV TRAINING IN NEW ZEALAND
Vs are increasing in popularity as the benefits of the cleaner, cheaper mode of personal transportation starts to find mainstream acceptance outside of the smaller early-adopter enthusiast groups that made up the bulk of their audience just a few years ago. There are currently 4000 EVs on the road in New Zealand. However, the Government has set a target of 64,000 EVs on New Zealand roads by the end of 2021. As the national fleet of EVs grows, so will the need for effective learning and skills assessment within the automotive industry and related service areas. With these targets and trends in mind, Otago Polytechnic has recently introduced a range of short courses focusing on EV servicing and repair.
At the end of each short course, learners are assessed and awarded an EduBit, Otago Polytechnic’s digital micro-credential assessment service. This enables learners to show what they know and have their learning recognized. Comprising a fast-expanding suite of digital microcredentials, the learning and assessments are designed to fit around an employee’s work (with online, evening and weekend course delivery). The short courses cover ‘Safe Practices’, ‘Drive System Diagnosis and Repair’, and ‘Battery Diagnosis and Repair’. Phil Ker, Chief Executive, Otago Polytechnic, says the modules are ideal for those seeking a solid
understanding of EV operation. “There is strong demand among those working in the automotive industry to increase their skills and knowledge base of EV technology,” he says. “There are currently no legislative requirements around the servicing, warranting, and safety standards of EVs. However, certification for people working on EV’s is imminent.” Both the EV Safe Practices online course and EduBit are aimed at all EV users, as well as anyone seeking an insight into health and safety requirements when working on, or around, electric vehicles.
MIA welcomes mandatory recall for at-risk Takata airbag inflators THE MOTOR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION (MIA) HAS APPLAUDED A GOVERNMENT RULING ON THE MANDATORY RECALL OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ALPHA-TYPE TAKATA AIRBAG INFLATORS IN VEHICLES ON KIWI ROADS.
he Takata airbag recall is unprecedented in scale around the world. The recall, which is massive and is creating complex logistical challenges for affected manufacturers and distributors, includes mechanisms in new and used vehicles with two different types of Takata airbags. The alpha type airbag inflator fitted to vehicles between 2001 and 2006 is more at risk of failure if activated than other types of Takata airbag inflators. “Completion of the recall will require the cooperation of government and industry to undertake and the MIA welcomes the Government’s decision to make the alpha type airbag recall mandatory,” said David Crawford, Chief Executive Officer of the MIA. In March, the MIA undertook a stocktake of affected vehicles in New Zealand. This revealed that there are around 11,280 New Zealand new vehicles with the alpha-type inflator of which 6,485 have had
the inflator replaced, with 4,795 remaining to be completed. However, 68,116 used vehicles with the alpha type inflator have now been accounted for. While 22,494 vehicles have had the inflator replaced, there remains another 45,622 to be completed. The issue is exacerbated by importers of used vehicles who have continued to import vehicles which have not had recalls closed out in the country they are sourcing their vehicles from. Mostly these vehicles have been proceeding through import compliance without checking and then are being on-sold to unsuspecting New Zealand consumers. It is then left up to New Zealand distributors to try and identify these vehicles and endeavour to manage a recall. Contrary to common misunderstanding, under New Zealand legislation New Zealand distributors of new vehicles are not obliged to undertake recalls
of used imported vehicles. New Zealand consumer legislation places consumer obligations, including recalls, on the supplier of the goods, which in this case is the importer of the used vehicle. “The MIA is not opposing imports of used vehicles, but these vehicles should not be on-sold to consumers with outstanding open recalls,” continues David Crawford. “The MIA has a code of practice which encourages New Zealand Distributors to recall used imported vehicles when these vehicles have been imported prior to a recall being announced. However, the continued importation of used vehicles with a known recall in the market vehicles are being sourced from, places an unacceptable burden on consumers.” The MIA has said it welcomes the Government’s decision to prevent any vehicle with an open recall from passing compliance and entry into the New Zealand fleet. Auto Channel Issue #2 May 2018
Vamag New Dimension 3D Aligner THE VAMAG NEW DIMENSION 3D ALIGNER, DISTRIBUTED IN NEW ZEALAND BY AUTOMASTER, MARRIES WORLD-LEADING TECHNOLOGY WITH A COMPACT UNIT THAT IS PERFECT FOR SHORT OR DRIVETHROUGH SERVICE BAYS.
he premium Italian-made 3D wheel alignment system boasts no less than six HD cameras for fast and precise measurements; a complete wheel geometry check can be completed in less than 30 seconds, thanks also to the Vamag New Dimension’s patented ‘hang-on-tyre’ clamps. Away from the hardware, the Vamag New Dimension system’s cameras use auto-focus technology, which allows for the automatic acquisition of targets. The system even self-adjusts lighting to compensate for
the brightness of the particular environment in which it’s working. The system also features simple, user-friendly software, built around an operator interface which uses 3D graphics. This ensures that a complete measurement can be obtained with just a few clicks and allows comparison of measurements with the data present in the Vamag’s integrated Autodata database. The Vamag New Dimension 3D Aligner also provides
the workshop with plenty of flexibility in how the system is set up. Each of the six measuring camera heads can be installed in a variety of different positions to suit the layout of a specific bay. The cameras can be affixed to stands locked to the floor beside the hoist or pit. Alternatively, the cameras can also be suspended from the ceiling or secured to nearby walls. Visit automaster.co.nz to download a brochure, or call 0800 214 604 for more info.
Autolink providing premium paint products and advice WHEN IT COMES TO REFINISHING EXPERTISE IN THE CENTRAL AND UPPER NORTH ISLAND, AUTOLINK’S PROFESSIONAL TEAM HAS THE PANEL AND PAINT INDUSTRY COVERED.
ith a team of four professional paint technicians now on-staff at Autolink, it’s no wonder this panel and paint industry solution provider has become so well known for its quality service offering. Grant Wilkie, Autolink general manager says that stocking the right products with global reputations is key to ensuring local expectations are met. “We’re specialists in what we do, but then again, so are our customers. That means it pays for us to have specialty products that’ll cut the mustard and provide the best finish possible on a variety of different jobs. “We carry respected brands like PPG and 3M because they are trusted internationally, and we know they will perform just as well in our market here,” he says. Where PPG paint technology is concerned, Autolink even offers customers a loyalty incentive program. “We offer this program to our customers on the PPG wet paint products purchases. For purchases made, customers are provided points that can be used at any time for the purchase of anything; the options are endless. “We feel it’s a great way to receive a benefit from your hard work that is needed to run a business in these times,” he says. Autolink knows a thing or two about PPG paint products, being a Platinum Distributor for PPG in the Auckland and Central North Island regions.
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“We’re really proud to be associated with PPG and are intrinsically locked into their system too,” Grant continues. “PPG are world leaders in automotive finishes. In fact, two out of every three cars globally are painted using PPG technology. All of their paint formulas are linked globally via computer, so if there are any product changes in Europe or the United States, our paint technicians know about it immediately here.” Of course, while it is a huge benefit to have the world’s leading products available, Grant is quick to remind that, at the end of the day, a good finish is all about having the requisite skills. The Autolink team have been fully trained in the PPG system and are able to pass on their knowledge to the wider industry. In addition to day-to-day repair and matching work,
Autolink also has technical support staff on-hand to provide technical advice to the industry, including onsite demonstration work and training guidance when staff are on PPG paint courses. Autolink also enjoys Diamond Distributor status where 3M Automotive Products are concerned. With a sales team well-versed in the huge array of 3M products suitable to the panel and paint industry in-house, Grant says any Autolink customer can feel confident they’ll get great advice on the latest solutions and technology available. “At the end of the day, we’re here to help, whether that involves providing a great product or the best possible advice,” says Grant. Visit www.autolinkdistributors.co.nz or call 0800 183 320 for more info.
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Ryco Filters launches new oil filter cap range New Zealand’s first EV truck conversion workshop opens WASTE MANAGEMENT NZ HAS OPENED AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CONVERSION WORKSHOP WHERE DIESEL TRUCKS ARE BEING TURNED INTO EVS FOR USE ON NEW ZEALAND STREETS.
aste Management NZ opened New Zealand’s first workshop dedicated to converting diesel trucks into electric vehicles at the end of March. The company plans to convert 20 of its national truck fleet in the next two years. The first conversion is almost complete, and the truck will be used to collect waste from Auckland Hospital. In addition, the workshop will also be available to other companies looking to transform their vehicles into EVs. Tom Nickels, Waste Management Managing Director, said the new workshop is a major step forward for both the company and electric vehicles in New Zealand. “Our investment in the EV workshop will create a knowledge centre for EV conversion in New Zealand and will help us move towards our long-term goal of a fleet of fully electric vehicles,” he said. “Our conversion partner EMOSS in the Netherlands has provided the kitsets and knowledge for our team to start completing conversions here in Auckland. We are also looking forward to helping other New Zealand businesses convert their fleets for a more sustainable future.” The Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable
Fund, administered by EECA, contributed $500,000 in 2017 to help build the workshop and convert the first two trucks as part of its commitment to EV development. Waste Management announced its move towards a fleet of electric vehicles in September 2016 as part of its sustainability commitment. Since then the company has launched the Southern Hemisphere’s first side-loader electric truck for residential wheelie bin waste collections, which has started work on Christchurch streets. Another side-loader electric truck will soon be in operation in Auckland. This is in addition to the electric box body truck which started work in Auckland in November 2016. Waste Management has also added more than 20 electric cars within its light fleet during this time. Waste Management states its electric vehicles can be ‘powered’ by waste through the use of sustainable landfill and energy parks. Here the company generates renewable electricity from the gases captured during the decomposition of waste that is collected. Up to 95% of gas emissions are captured through this process, putting enough power back into the national grid to power over 18,000 homes nationally.
FURTHER EXTENSIONS TO THE RYCO FILTERS RANGE ARE DESIGNED TO HELP THE MECHANIC END-USER.
he new range of Ryco Oil Filter caps allow mechanics to replace cracked or worn oil filter caps with confidence, says Product Manager Jeff Turner. The new filter caps come supplied with the required seals, are made of high strength glass-filled nylon or aluminium for a long service life and list torque values to provide correct tightening guidance. ‘We understand that a simple oil filter cap replacement is routine in the workshop, but by providing the torque values in the pack, it becomes a quick and important reminder for the fitter to tighten the housing cap to the specified torque to achieve the best seal and function from the replacement parts,” says Turner. In cartridge oil filter applications, the cap’s function is to locate and seal the oil filter into the filter housing. A quality direct replacement oil filter cap such as Ryco Oil Filter Caps will create the proper seal conditions, so the filter will be able to perform in the critical filtration areas of Efficiency, Life and Flow. The caps are conveniently designed as a direct replacement and, in some cases, offer an improved design for increased cap life. The new part numbering for the range will be prefixed with RFA, from RFA200 through to RFA208 and cover are suitable replacement parts for popular applications such Toyota Corollas with R2620P, Nissan Navara D22 with R2593P and more. For further information visit the Ryco website rycofilters.com.au/products/oil.
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to deliver some ‘world first’ innovations. It’s a labour of love, and we hope it’s going to help Kiwis get as excited about EVs as we are,” said Mr. Whineray. According to Mercury, the equivalent of 30c per litre compared with petrol, and delivering 2000kgs of annual reductions in carbon emissions, households could halve their energy costs and significantly reduce their environmental impact by having an EV. But Mr. Whineray concedes the bigger challenge is getting emotional buy-in.
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Century Batteries expands range of battery chargers and maintainers CENTURY BATTERIES HAS RECENTLY INTRODUCED TWO NEW ADDITIONS TO ITS RANGE OF BATTERY CHARGERS AND MAINTAINERS; THE 12 VOLT – 12 AMP, AND THE 6 AND 12 VOLT – 1.2AMP.
he two new chargers have been introduced to complement Century Batteries’ popular 12 Volt – 6 Amp battery charger and maintainer. The first of the latest product offering from Century includes a selectable 6 and 12 Volt 1.2 Amp 8-stage battery charger and maintainer, that is ideal to charge recreation, powersports and motorcycle batteries. The second is a 12 Volt 12 Amp 9-stage smart battery charger and maintainer. This can also be used to charge marine and deep cycle batteries for longer range caravanning or camping trip. Backed with Century’s five-year conditional warranty, the company’s range of chargers and maintainers have been designed for charging and maintaining 6 Volt and 12 Volt conventional lead acid batteries, including Sealed Maintenance Free (SMF) flooded calcium batteries, Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) and
maintainable flooded batteries and Gel electrolyte type batteries, covering every charging requirement, regardless of the application. Century’s range of battery chargers are suitable for charging batteries rated up to 240Ahâ and maintaining batteries rated up to 360Ah. Each charger features an advanced charging process, where each stage has been designed to maximize charging performance and help extend battery life, as well as a unique patented rejuvenation technology, which uses high voltage equalizing and peak pulse reconditioning to repair heavily discharged batteries. The new Century chargers also feature an ecopower mode for ultra-low power consumption, safety timers, and selectable charge rate options. For more information visit centurybatteries.co.nz or contact the Century Batteries Hotline on 0800 93 93 93.
Hunter QuickGrip adaptors speed up wheel alignment HUNTER HAS INTRODUCED NEW QUICKGRIP ADAPTORS THAT ALLOW TARGETS TO BE FITTED QUICKLY AND EASILY, FURTHER REDUCING THE TIME IT TAKES TO CONDUCT A FULL WHEEL ALIGNMENT.
istributed throughout New Zealand by Stocks Equipment, QuickGrip adaptors from Hunter are available to Kiwi wheel alignment specialists as part of the Elite model package. Additionally, says Stocks Equipment general manager, William Singleton, the QuickGrip adaptors can also be ordered as an option in place of the standard steel screw-on bracket clamps on any 3D imaging Hunter wheel aligner model. “Hunter has been a leader in wheel alignment technology, introducing 3D imaging and other improvements over the years,” says William. “The QuickGrip is yet another example of how this company stays ahead.” Hunter has patented the new QuickGrip adaptor across all models, which means that only wheel aligners made by the American manufacturer are able to feature this exclusive advancement. The QuickGrip adaptors take just seconds to fit, rather than minutes, so an operator can carry out alignments much quicker on any Hunter 3D (digital imaging) model. This in turn increases the potential amount of business a workshop can do
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in a normal working day. In addition to faster set-up times, the QuickGrip adaptors also reduce the danger of scratching or damage to rims because the spring-loaded arms clamps to the tyre, so there is no metal-to-metal contact. The work area around the wheel aligner is also less cluttered and safer, as there are no messy electronics or cables around the wheels. Hunter constructs the QuickGrip adaptors from tough polymer and they are designed to withstand an accidental drop onto the workshop floor, meaning they’ll require little, if any, maintenance. “More leading tyre businesses and service workshops now specify Hunter equipment than any other brand,” says William. “With wheel aligners high in demand, this is expected to continue following the introduction of the Quick Grip adaptors.” For more information on the new Hunter QuickGrip adaptors for wheel aligners, as well as a range of other equipment, visit georgestock. co.nz online, email equipment@georgestock. co.nz or phone 0800 863 784.
Karcher makes light work of keeping the workshop clean MODERN CLEANING MACHINES MAKES CLEANING DIRTY, OILY OR GREASY FLOORS EASY, SAVING TIME AND LEAVING THE SHOWROOM OR WORKSHOP IN PRISTINE CONDITION. FINDING THE RIGHT CLEANING SOLUTIONS FOR ANY BUSINESS IS SIMPLE, ESPECIALLY WHEN A TRUSTED MANUFACTURER LIKE KARCHER PROVIDES SO MANY OPTIONS.
epco and Appco offer a wide range of Karcher professional cleaning equipment designed to help automotive repairers and retailers present their place of business in the very best way possible. After all, for customers first impressions start outside. To keep the showroom or workshop visually in top condition, Karcher’s Sweeping Machines for the yard make cleaning up leaves, stones and general dirt easy. For hard surfaces and the building itself, hundreds of businesses trust Karcher’s High Pressure Cleaner. Inside the workshop, floors are primarily affected by stubborn and greasy dirt; an area where a Karcher Scrubber Drier is essential. Scrubber Driers, along with specialty cleaning agents, easily remove dirt,
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oil, grease, soot and tyre marks from floor surfaces. They wash the floor surface with clean water and a cleaning agent, scrub the floor, then vacuum up residual dirty water for a significantly cleaner floor. For quicker every day cleans, Karcher Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaners are extremely versatile in the workshop too; perfect for the quick removal of general dirt, stones, debris and liquids. If a client’s car needs a good clean before they return to collect it, a Karcher Gantry Car Wash System for high-output exterior car cleaning offers a fast, professional cleaning. For removing general road dirt from vehicle exteriors and engines, the performance of a hot water High Pressure Cleaner can’t be beaten. Naturally, Karcher also manufacture a Carpet Cleaner; ideal for cleaning internal car
upholstery and matting and a must-have for any service agent offering car valeting as an option for customers too. For more info, speak with a Repco or Appco sales representative. Contact your local Repco (0800 472 787) or Appco (0800 200 100) branch for details.
Blackfern Cooperative extends business services to its members TWO LEADING LIGHTS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION HAVE RECENTLY JOINED BLACKFERN COOPERATIVE’S PORTFOLIO, OFFERING THEIR SERVICES TO ITS MEMBERS.
lackfern Cooperative has recently added more well-known service providers to its portfolio for members, including payroll giant Datacom and insurance provider, Farmers Mutual Group (FMG). When running a small repair business, ensuring a robust payroll system and comprehensive insurance cover have sometimes taken a back seat to other facets of doing business in the eyes of some repairers. Blackfern’s view is simple. Yes, as a buying group it can save members money on tyres, oil and other regular purchases such as batteries, which in turn helps members increase their margins. However, workshops also sell “time”. Blackfern has been working with Datacom and FMG to provide easy time-saving access for these often side-lined or overlooked services. Datacom provides a competitive system that complies with all those often-forgotten imperatives, such as ACC levies and holiday pay. What is also great about Datacom’s system infrastructure is that workshop owners can ensure they pay their staff
even if they’re away from the business itself – or even if travelling overseas – thanks to the Datacom Net Pay phone app. FMG is a member-owned mutual which shares the cooperative culture, serving its members and the local community. Under the newly launched partnership with FMG, Blackfern Cooperative members will not only receive preferential pricing points through this supplier, they will also receive accurate face-to-face advice from a local person located in their home region; no more endless phone-time dealing with call centres or needing to make appointments based on travel into the main centres. FMG’s field officers are salaried, not commissioned insurance sales people seeking a profit. The group’s different approach means its clients receive honest consultation and advice that costs nothing. Further to this – and working in co-operation with Blackfern – FMG has developed a tailored repairer workshop product offer. The Blackfern Cooperative is a member of the NZ Coop Business Association which actively lobbies
the Government for concessions for new start-up cooperatives. Blackfern is easy to join. Membership participation is by voluntary association and there is no compulsion to purchase shares. Over 97% of its members belong to other organisations. For more information, contact Roger at Blackfern Cooperative on 027 252 2533, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.blackfern.coop
Cost-effective vehicle tracking that fits in the palm of your hand FLEXIBILITY AND BUDGET-FRIENDLY FLEET TRACKING ALSO COMES IN A COMPACT PACKAGE THANKS TO THE TRACKIMO SYSTEM.
ntil now vehicle tracking has been a costly exercise. Equipping a vehicle fleet is an expensive endeavour once tracking hardware for individual vehicles and the costs of the associated software subscriptions are taken into account. However, this has now been reduced to much more affordable levels thanks to Trackimo, which is supplied throughout New Zealand by DLG International. The ‘brains’ of the Trackimo device is a compact, slimline 47x40x7mm unit which can be attached to a vehicle, a piece of machinery, or even to your child’s bike, so you know where it is at all times. The Trackimo system can be set up to establish a geofence in order to prevent unauthorised use of a vehicle or equipment. If the tracked vehicle or machine moves outside of the perimeter of the geofence, an alert is sent to the user. The Trackimo also keeps 365 days’ history for review and reporting purposes and an unlimited number of devices can be used by any one account. What’s more, the system can also be configured to send SMSs or emails if a person needs help; an SOS
function that will come in vitally handy in case of an on-road or on-site emergency. “Most fleet users just want to know where the relevant vehicle is, so the Trackimo is perfect for them in its basic form,” says DLG International managing director, Grant Eveleigh. “However, from next month DLG International will be launching a number of fleet add-ons, which will enable full fleet management functionality. This makes Trackimo a very cost-effective and flexible solution for all sorts of businesses.” Speaking of flexibility, the Trackimo system also includes a built-in sim card which operates anywhere in the world. The cost of $299 includes the compact Trackimo hardware, the first year’s subscription, and 10 free SMSs. But it gets even better for fleets, with DLG International offering a configurable fleet option, where the hardware and subscription are separated; $199 for the hardware and $100 per year for the subscription. For more details, contact DLG International, ph. 09 571 3375, email email@example.com or visit www.dlgint.co.nz
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Turners signs five-year damaged vehicle deal with Suncorp DEAL SEES PRE-OWNED VEHICLE RETAILER HANDLING LOGISTICS FOR SALE OF DAMAGED VEHICLES WRITTEN OFF BY INSURERS.
urners Cars has signed a five-year agreement with Suncorp New Zealand to manage the logistics and sale of damaged vehicles that have been written off by Suncorp’s general insurance brands. Greg Hedgepeth, CEO of Turners Group NZ, says that the ‘End of Life’ (EOL) car market is growing and that there is a significant opportunity for Turners to sell the older or damaged cars at the end of their life, alongside the newer used vehicles that are replacing them. “Almost 30% of New Zealand’s 3.7 million light vehicle fleet is 20 years old or more, and older cars are now being replaced at a rapid rate,” said Mr Hedgepeth. “Over 156,000 vehicles were either written off or removed from the road in New Zealand in the past year, and the number of vehicles from 1995 to 1999 now being scrapped is accelerating. “The EOL and damaged vehicle division is a growing opportunity for Turners, and we are seeing good growth both here along with the rest of our business.” Suncorp New Zealand has a large percentage of the EOL market, through vehicles written off by Vero, AMP, ANZ and AA Insurance. Turners has had a long-standing partnership with Suncorp, which underwrites a number of Turner’s branded private motor vehicle insurance products
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through its intermediated general insurance provider, Vero. “We’re very pleased to continue to strengthen our partnership with Turners with this long-term deal to manage written off vehicles,” said Jimmy Higgins, Executive General Manager of Claims at Suncorp New Zealand. Damaged vehicles are sold at specialised Turners auctions every week and through TradeMe. Many are sold to automotive recyclers or are exported
overseas for scrap metal. Turners says it has over 20 damaged vehicle consultants spread throughout the country and three dedicated damaged vehicle branches in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Vehicles can either be sold from where they are located, anywhere in the country, or transported to one of 25 storage networks around the country.
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Dependable Oil by name, dependable by nature Autodata online technical resource now available in NZ THE SUBSCRIPTION-BASED ONLINE RESOURCE TOOL AUTODATA IS NOW AVAILABLE TO NEW ZEALAND TECHNICIANS.
utodata provides an online technical support resource for service agents and mechanics in a variety of territories around the globe. The company now also offers its subscription-based services to the New Zealand industry. Along with data for a wide variety of passenger vehicles, Autodata also provides technical information for motorcycle specialists in the New Zealand market. Recently added models include the Triumph Daytona 675, Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade series and Yamaha FZ8 800N. The company says its subscription service provides
OE-verified workshop information such as lubricants and capacities, tyre pressures, diagnostic trouble codes and tightening torques for over 8000 models from 62 vehicle manufacturers, covering models built as far back as 1976. In just one day, the company claims, there are more than one million page-views and over 130,000 visitors to Autodata’s online workshop application; a reflection of the substantial increase in demand for high-calibre technical information as the industry has evolved and as vehicles have become more complicated. For more information visit autodata-group.com/au/ cars/nz-subscribe
KONI introduces Special Active damper tech KONI SHOCK ABSORBERS HAS RECENTLY UNVEILED A NEW SPECIAL ACTIVE DAMPER LINE, WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT NEW ZEALAND, DISTRIBUTED BY STOCKS EQUIPMENT.
ONI Shock Absorbers recently introduced its new Special Active damper product line; the latest addition to its portfolio of performance suspension solutions. The Special Active line went on sale worldwide last month. The new product is the result of KONI Engineering having taken the latest generation of KONI’s patented Frequency Selective Damping Technology (Active Technology) and integrated it into high-performance KONI Special dampers. KONI says the new product line will provide unparalleled ride and handling, with the Special Active damper recognizing road conditions and driving style, providing for superior on-road performance. KONI’s Active technology rivals the expensive electronic ride control systems built into many new cars, delivering stability and comfort for a
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fraction of the price. Additionally, complicated electronic damping systems cannot be retrofitted into existing vehicle applications, whereas KONI Special Active dampers have a broad range of applications from older models through to modern cars, light commercial trucks, and SUVs. Since its introduction, KONI’s patented technology has been continually developed and upgraded. KONI Active Technology has been embraced by a wide variety of automobile manufacturers, including Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz, Jeep, Fiat, Lamborghini and Ferrari. Well over 1.5 million cars, buses, trucks and recreational vehicles have been factory equipped with Frequency Selective Damping Technology dampers. For more information on the new KONI Special Active damper line, visit georgestock.co.nz online, email email@example.com or phone 0800 863 784.
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he Dependable Oil Company is owned by three brothers who are hands-on in the business, meaning that customers receive a true end-to-end service, with the actual guys who run the company available at the other end of the phone. “We always aim for a same day or next day delivery,” says general manager Peter Edwards. “We’re a home-grown company and we really do strive to look after our customers. We’ve even introduced a recycling program for 20L and 200L containers, where we will pick used containers up again. We’ll even personalize our lube stickers with the customer’s own branding. “It’s little things like this that add up to a lot in our mind,” he says. Peter says that The Dependable Oil Company is a high-tech company with low overheads, meaning it can deliver the latest in marketleading lubricants, additives and consumables to all manner of clients at very fair prices. In fact, those prices haven’t increased in four years, proving that consistency of service extends beyond the quality of the product itself. Visit www.dependableoil.co.nz for more details.
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Lucas Oil takes Trans-Tasman approach to high-performance lubricants market HEAVY-DUTY AND HIGH-PERFORMANCE LUBRICANT SPECIALIST, LUCAS OIL PRODUCTS, HAS BROUGHT TOGETHER ITS NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIAN OPERATIONS TO FORM A SINGLE MARKET.
ucas Oil products have been available in the Australian market for over 20 years and were introduced to New Zealand 16 years ago. Now, the American oil company has given New
Zealand-based Logan Distribution the rights to distribute its products in both countries. Rolf Wilson, general manager of Logan Distribution, says that bringing the two markets under a single distribution umbrella will provide a number of synergies and lead to better customer service and support. “The team at Lucas Oil has been impressed with our organisational and promotional abilities here in New Zealand and we have been in discussions with them about replicating that success in Australia,” he says. “Everything has now come together, and we will be focusing our efforts on building a platform to take Lucas Oil products and its tried-and-tested range of road and race products to the next level in Australia, as well as continuing to develop the market in New Zealand.” The first task of the new trans-Tasman entity will be to streamline the company’s logistics and warehousing
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March 2018 new vehicle registrations highest on record THE CAR MARKET MADE A STRONG RECOVERY IN MARCH, WITH TOYOTA LEADING THE GAME
fter a static February, the New Zealand new car market recovered during March, with the highest figures for the month recorded since records began. New vehicle registrations totalled 14,028 for the month. “During March new vehicle registrations of vehicles were up 1% (159 units) on March 2017, reflecting a stable market,” says David Crawford, Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Industry Association (MIA). “Year to date the market is up 2% (916 units) compared to the first three months of 2017.” While registrations of passenger and SUV vehicles were down 2% during March (by 180 units for a total of 9050), the registration of 4,978 commercial vehicles underlined the continued growth in that section of the new vehicle market. Commercial vehicle registrations were up 7% (339 units) on March 2017. Toyota remains the overall market leader with 17% market share (2,421 units), followed by Ford with
11% (1,551 units) and Mitsubishi with 8% market share (1,104 units). The good news continued for Toyota during March, with the Toyota Hilux back at the top of the bestselling light commercial vehicle model table, with 915 units registered. It was a narrow margin back to the Hilux’s arch rival, the Ford ranger though; just three utes separating the two in terms of numbers registered. The Holden Colorado took third spot in the light commercial vehicle stakes, with 427 units registered during March. The top four selling models for the month of March were all light commercial vehicles. In the passenger and SUV segments, Toyota was
also the market leader for registrations with 13% market share (1,196 units) followed by Mazda with 9% (858 units) and Mitsubishi with 8% market share (722 units). The SUV medium segment regained the top segment for the month of March with 18% market share. This was followed by the Pick Up/Chassis Cab 4x4 segment also with 16% of the market, and the SUV compact with 13% market share.
Government ends offshore gas and oil exploration DECISION TO END THE ISSUING OF EXPLORATION PERMITS CARRIES AN EXEMPTION FOR ONSHORE SITES IN TARANAKI, BUT CRITICS SUGGEST GOVERNMENT’S DECISION WILL BE DETRIMENTAL TO THE NEW ZEALAND ECONOMY.
rime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Energy Minister Megan Woods have announced no more offshore oil and gas exploration permits will be issued in New Zealand territorial waters. The ban comes despite Ardern stating during last year’s election campaign that she would not cancel future permits. Labour’s deputy leader, Kelvin Davis, commented that the decision to end exploration is “the right thing to do” and “a brave and bold decision”. While the ban is on any future exploration, existing exploration permits will remain valid. Presently there are 31 active permits for oil and gas, 22 of them offshore. Some active permits last until the 2040s, so it is likely oil and gas will continue to be extracted in many locations for at least the next 20 years. There are also some small exemptions to the ban, which will see continued oil and gas exploration in onshore parts of Taranaki. Despite this, the Opposition came out swinging in response to the decision, pointing out that the decision flew in the face of advice from Treasury which warned that such a ban could cost the New
Zealand economy $6.2bn. National leader Simon Bridges, a former Energy Minister, described Ardern’s decision as “reckless”. National has promised to reverse the decision immediately should it regain power in 2020, suggesting that thousands of jobs in provincial centres, many of which rely on the oil and gas industry as a primary revenue generator, will be lost. Davis suggested such claims from the opposition
were “scaremongering” but did admit the Treasury report was reviewed by Labour prior to making the decision. He said the transition would be managed over a 30-year period though, meaning effects on the economy wouldn’t be as detrimental as the report suggested. Ardern is expected to outline plans for a managed transition towards a carbon-neutral economy by 2050. The Government also has a goal of achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2035.
Tesla still tops in EV sales race
ELECTRIC VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS ARE ON THE RISE, WITH 2018 SEEING A MASSIVE INCREASE OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.
egistrations of new fully-electric vehicles have more than doubled in the first quarter of 2018, according to Motor Industry Association (MIA) data. And despite increased competition from mainstream manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Hyundai, BMW and Volvo, Tesla remains the best-selling fullyelectric brand on offer in New Zealand. The Tesla Model S liftback was New Zealand’s bestselling fully-electric vehicle through the first three months of 2018, with 44 units sold. The American company scored a double win at the top, with the Model X SUV proving the country’s second-biggest
selling EV (with 37 units sold). Volkswagen’s new e-Golf – the German manufacturer’s first full-electric model to land in New Zealand – has hit the ground running however, with 34 units sold. The electric take on Volkswagen’s ever-popular hatchback has overtaken last year’s best-selling Hyundai Ioniq (27 units) in total registrations and promises to nip at Tesla’s heels as supply increases. In total, 162 brand new fully-electric cars were registered in New Zealand in Q1, 2018; a 225% increase over the same period last year, says the MIA. Tesla is still the market leader with a 50% share,
followed by Volkswagen (34%) and Hyundai (34%). Numbers of plug-in petrol-electric hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) were also up for the first quarter of 2018, with the 138 units registered showing a 176% increase year-on-year with 2017’s figures. The Mitsubishi Outlander (58 units) remains the clear winner in the plug-in hybrid segment, followed by the newly released Kia Niro (19 units) and Mini Countryman (14 units). There are now more than 7000 fully-electric vehicles registered on New Zealand roads. The Government aims to have 64,000 electric vehicles registered on the road by 2021.
Wheeling and dealing: your wheel sizing guide WHEELS ARE WHEELS ARE WHEELS, RIGHT? WELL, NOT QUITE — WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE SIZING FACTS AND FICTIONS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW
here the styling of your car is concerned, wheel choice is the makeor-break decider. However, it’s not just styling — wheel choice can have a notable effect on ride and handling. But, how hard could it be? Get the diameter and stud pattern right, and you’re all good to bolt those new rims on, right? Not quite. You see, while those are arguably the two most important factors when it comes to replacing the wheels on your car, they are far from the only ones worth considering, especially when it comes to the ‘offset’ — sometimes referred to as ‘backspace’ — and centre bore size, to ensure a safe fit. Measurements Width is easy to understand, denoting the breadth of the wheel. However, when it comes to taking measurement, it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming it’s the width from outer to outer, which is incorrect. The correct way to measure wheel width is with no tyre mounted, measuring between the beads, which will yield the advertised width of the wheel. Measuring total width between external edges will add up to an extra inch in width, which does need to be factored in when calculating what wheels will fit — however, this is not the measurement to be used when purchasing or specifying a new set of wheels. Diameter simply measures the diameter of a wheel — the straight-line distance passing through the centre of the circular face of the wheel. However, as simple a concept as that is to understand and measure, a number of factors regarding wheel diameter must be considered. If you have installed larger-than-factory brakes, it is vital to ensure that the chosen wheel will clear them — the factory-style 15-inch steel wheels on your sleeper project will be unlikely to clear your Wilwood six-piston calipers and 13-inch discs. Similarly, it is important to keep tabs on ‘rolling
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diameter’ — the total diameter of the wheel and tyre combination. As diameter directly affects the ‘circumference’ of a circle — the distance covered in one rotation — it is easy to unwittingly have an impact on overall gearing, affecting both speedometer accuracy and performance characteristics. Offset is a measurement of the distance, in millimetres, between the wheel’s hub mounting face and the centre line of the wheel width. A zero-offset wheel has the hub mounting face at the width centre line. Most wheels leave the factory with positive offset — that is, a hub mounting face closer to the outer edge of the wheel than the width centre line. Backspacing is an alternative measurement of offset, measuring the distance between the hub mounting face relative to the inner edge of the wheel. Backspace and offset share a positive correlation — that is, a larger backspace inherently implies a higher offset, while a smaller backspace implies a lower offset. In addition to overall width, it is the most important factor to consider for correct wheel fitment. PCD is the abbreviation of ‘pitch circle diameter’ — essentially, the wheel’s stud pattern. PCD is a key factor in whether a wheel will be able to be mounted to a vehicle’s hub. The first digit always refers to the number of studs — generally four, five, or six. The second number refers to the diameter of the circle in which the studs are arranged. The common Ford
stud pattern of 5x114.3 implies five studs arranged in a circle with a 114.3mm diameter. Centre bore measures the diameter of the hole in the centre of the wheel. This is an important consideration, because the ‘spigot’ — the lipped protrusion at the centre of a hub or brake drum — is usually what locates the wheel on the hub. It is therefore important that the wheel’s centre bore matches the hub size to ensure correct load bearing. Wheels with a larger bore size may be located on the hub with hub-centric rings to take up the empty space, while wheels with a centre bore too small may be able to be bored out to fit. However, due to the potential for structural compromise, a wheel-repair specialist should be consulted about this option. Centre bore measures the diameter of the hole in the centre of the wheel. This is an important consideration, because the ‘spigot’ — the lipped protrusion at the centre of a hub or brake drum — is usually what locates the wheel on the hub. It is therefore important that the wheel’s centre bore matches the hub size to ensure correct load bearing. Wheels with a larger bore size may be located on the hub with hub-centric rings to take up the empty space, while wheels with a centre bore too small may be able to be bored out to fit. However, due to the potential for structural compromise, a wheel-repair specialist should be consulted about this option.
Nexen Tyre debuts all-new NZ website DTM WHEEL & TYRE LTD HAS LAUNCHED A BRAND NEW NEXEN TYRE WEBSITE SPECIFIC TO NEW ZEALAND, OFFERING COMPREHENSIVE PRODUCT AND FITMENT DATA, DEALER CONTACT INFORMATION, AND MORE.
exen is the manufacturer of award-winning, innovative tyres for passenger, SUV, 4WD and commercial vehicles. And now, thanks to a brand new in-house website design project by New Zealand’s Nexen distributor DTM Wheel & Tyre Ltd, finding Nexen tyre product information and dealer contacts has been made easier. The new website — nexentyres.co.nz — showcases the entire Nexen tyre range available nationwide. The move to a standalone website for the innovative brand comes as DTM Wheel & Tyre Ltd chalk up five years as the local agent for Nexen. Until now brand information has been available as part of DTM’s online fitment guide, at dtm.co.nz. Now, consumers can search Nexen’s awardwinning tyre range by category, searching specifically for passenger, SUV, 4WD, van, light truck, performance and original equipment. The features and benefits, performance capabilities, sizes and load specifications are outlined for each product. Consumers can contact their local Nexen retailer to further their enquiry and the sales process, and there is also a news section, allowing site visitors to keep up-to-date with the latest product news and local and global events. DTM Wheel & Tyre Ltd General Manager Craig Wylde says the new website is a clear reflection of the brand’s values and growth in New Zealand. Underlining this further is Nexen Tyres’ “Full
Replacement Warranty”. Nexen will provide a full replacement manufacturer’s warranty on all Nexen Tyres supplied by DTM Wheel & Tyre. The warranty covers any resulting manufacturing defect in a Nexen Tyre product for a period of five years from the date of manufacture, providing consumers with complete confidence in Nexen’s products. “With Nexen, if there is a fault throughout the legal life of the tyre, Nexen will replace the product in full. It’s one of many elements that sets Nexen apart. Claims are very rare but they can still occur,” says Craig. “Traditional warranties offered by other tyre manufacturers are pro-rata, meaning they are given only on the basis of the remaining tread,” says Craig. “If a tyre is half worn, consumers are given half of the total cost of the tyre back.” In fact, according to Craig, since 2000 Nexen Tyre has produced over 305,000,000 tyres with zero recalls. Nexen are an original equipment tyre of choice for 58 of the world’s car manufacturers including Porsche, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Skoda, Chrysler, Kia, Audi and Suzuki. Nexen are an official partner of Manchester City Football Club, Formula DRIFT (USA Drifting Series), Nexen Tire Speed Racing and the Nexen Tyre Mazda Pro7 Racing Series in New Zealand. For product and stockist information, visit nexentyres.co.nz
Jaguar? Nah, they only build big, long limo-like sedans and sports ca--- oh, hang on What is it? Everybody’s doing it, so why not us too? Meet Jaguar’s compact crossover SUV. No, none of that sentence was a typo. What’s interesting about it? The E-Pace is at once both the strangest addition to the Jaguar model line-up, as well as the most likely to achieve mainstream success. The manufacturer has stated it firmly expects the E-Pace to become its top-selling model, building on the success of the larger F-Pace SUV. That’s because compact SUVs are so hot right now. Regardless of whether it’s part of the manufacturer’s brand heritage, no carmaker keen to make a buck or two is sitting on the side-lines during the current SUV revolution. To that end, you kind of get the feeling the E-Pace is a car Jaguar knows it has to make, as opposed to actually wants to. Is it any good? It’s no F-Type sports coupe, but then it isn’t designed to be. In saying that though, Jaguar is at pains to underline the link between many of the E-Pace’s design attributes and those of its halo sports cars. Jaguar isn’t saying the E-Pace boasts sports car-like performance (sprightly 221kW four-pot turbo petrol in the PS300 AWD aside), but rather, the designers
have ensured plenty of performance-style design cues lifted directly from the sports coupe/cabrio offering can be found here. The most notable of these elements are in the headlights, which feature assemblies that extend into the front guards with ‘J-blade’ daytime running lights, just like they do on the F-Type. Along with similar tail lights and a coupe-like window-line, other strong F-Type elements lie inside the E-Pace’s cabin, where a deeply recessed driving position framed with the same centre stack as found in the F-Type (right down to the grab handle positioned on the front passenger side) reminds of Jaguar’s sports car immediately.
Other than that? Well, it’s a compact SUV from a premium manufacturer. It’s loaded with interesting tech and is certainly a comfy car to drive and even sit in the back seat of. If you’re after a point of difference to similarly-sized fodder from Volkswagen or Mercedes-Benz or fancy a step up from everyday fare like the Mazda CX-5 or Kia Sportage, then an E-Pace will be worth a look. What’s it going to cost? Between $69,900 and $89,900 depending on which of the six grades you opt for.
It’s a SEAT, from Spain. And no, you’re saying it wrong crossover. It used to be that Skoda was the cut-price Volkswagen. Now SEAT is kind of like the cut-price Skoda, and proud of it. Things will also get even more interesting next year when Cupra becomes a stand-alone sports car sub-brand. The current Leon Cupra is a fun steer, but following the division of labour we’re expecting proper hot hatch hardware from Cupra of the firespitting Golf R, Megane RS and AMG A45 variety.
What is it? This is SEAT’s go at a medium-sized SUV and it’s rather good too. What’s that? What’s a SEAT? Oh, it’s part of the Volkswagen Group family, although the company (pronounced “Say-at”) has been building cars for decades for the Spanish market. It’s also an acronym, hence the all-caps shouty-ness. Underneath those exterior panels and inside the cabin you’ll find plenty of bits from the wider Volkswagen Group parts bin, which is no bad thing at all.
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What’s interesting about it? Taken in isolation the Ateca is another medium-sized SUV in a sea of likeminded suburban transport (read this month’s Jaguar E-Pace report for more on that subject). But the really interesting thing here is that SEAT has just arrived in New Zealand – at time of writing the company literally still has just the one showroom – yet it already has a full line-up of models. In addition to the Ateca you can buy an Ibiza compact hatch, a slightly larger Leon hatch as well as a sporty Leon Cupra version (think Golf GTI) and an Arona
Is it any good? It’s excellent. And when you factor in the Ateca is – more-or-less – a Volkswagen Tiguan in a different wrapper, the price points will become the headline. You can choose between two petrols (a 1.3-litre and a 2.0-litre delivering 110kW and 140kW respectively) and a 2.0-litre turbo diesel, which is only available as a 4x4 and is also the priciest version on offer. Stick to the 2.0-litre petrol (SEAT Ateca FR 4Drive) though and you’ll get plenty of kit for the outlay. Opt for the SEAT Sport Line accessory list and you can even specify blue, orange or red 19” alloy wheels. How to pronounce the name on the boot lid will become the second question everyone asks you. What’s it going to cost? You’ll pay between $38,900 and $52,900.
Ford’s Pony Car renaissance continues apace with fresh tech and subtle updates to styling
What is it? The reason why anyone who took the time and trouble to privately import a 10-year old left-hook Ford Mustang a few years ago possibly whimpers involuntarily now. What’s interesting about it? It might look like the previous Mustang at a glance, but there’s plenty that’s new about the 2018 update. For a start the paddle-shift auto version now features a 10-speed SelectShift automatic – yes, 10-speed. Outside, the Mustang features new all-LED headlights and a lower front grille, with newly repositioned bonnet air-intakes. At the back, there’s more LED light tech and, on V8 versions, a quad-exhaust set-up. New alloy options are available, as well as the chance to ruin yours with excessive stripy stickers if you so wish too. But in short, that svelte legendary silhouette remains as before, which is good news.
depending on how you drive it. The four-pot EcoBoost version gets more torque too, but… well, whatever. It’s the V8 that you’re signing up for, right? A new option for the 2018 Mustang is also MagneRide damper technology, which is designed to optimize ride and handling by automatically adjusting around a thousand times per second for better responsiveness
and lateral performance on the fly. You had to step up to the Mustang Shelby GT350 in order to get the MagneRide damping system in the past, but now it’s but a quick box-tick away. What’s it going to cost? Between $62,990 and $84,990. The one we’d go for – the Fastback GT manual – is $79,990.
Is it any good? Let’s start with some numbers. In GT form the Mustang’s 5.0-litre Coyote V8 packs more of a punch than ever; peak power of 339kW (450hp) is 33kW higher than in the previous iteration. Similarly, peak torque is now up to 556Nm; a jump of 26Nm. The power gains have been achieved thanks to the first application for Mustang of Ford’s new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection on a V8 engine. The boffins in lab coats say this system delivers robust low-end torque, high-rpm power and improved fuel efficiency too…
Want to meet a big sedan that scoffs at the notion no one wants a big sedan anymore? What is it? It’s BMW’s Übermensch. Despite everything you might read about manufacturers such as BMW embracing the electrified future and their slavish devotion to hotticket SUVs, sometimes one single model still sums up everything they do. For BMW, it’s the M5. Now that the M3 is an M4 (and better, yes, but somehow just not the same), the M5 remains the red-blooded through-line. No, no one is buying large sedans anymore. But the lucky few that do buy this particular large sedan will be rewarded every time they hit the starter button. What’s interesting about it? Did you know the M5 is now a 4WD? Yep, it has BMW’s new M xDrive selectable all-wheel drive system onboard. Using various modes, you can drive it in 4WD, 4WD Sport or revert back to good old rearwheel drive if you’re on a track, or you just like that kind of thing. How cool is that? Even with the all-wheel drive system this M5 is lighter than its predecessor thanks mainly to the manufacturer’s extensive use of carbon fibre. Naturally it’s no stripped-out racer though. The M5 delivers all the techy goodness you’d expect at this price point, regardless of the horsepower under the hood. Extras like M sports seats are a nice touch, as are the seat belts subtly stitched with signature M colours (red, white, blue and… er, another slightly lighter blue).
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Is it any good? Ha! Good one. It’s the new M5; it’s bloody brilliant. In all-paw mode the M5 steers like a big cat on an antelope; it’s insanely fast to react and feels absolutely glued to the road. Even in the default normal drive mode it feels lightening quick with the sort of agility that leaves you shaking your head in disbelief. Hit one of the pre-programmable red toggles on the steering wheel for Sport and the M5’s entire demeanour changes again. The 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 features new turbochargers with increased maximum injection
pressure, helping to generate 441kW (up from 423kW in the previous M5). Peak torque is a hefty 750Nm, generated from just 1800rpm. Off the line the M5 is ridiculously quick; a 0-100km/h only takes this big sedan 3.4 seconds. The M5 remains a race car disguised as an executive sedan. And we’re so very glad it continues to exist. What’s it going to cost? You’ll get a buck’s change out of $200,000. There aren’t many options to add, but then you don’t want to mess with near-perfection.
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The Groz Quick-lock is designed for quick and convenient disengagement of the coupler from grease/zerk fittings under pressure. This is usually a difficult task and often leads to broken fittings or damage to the coupler jaws. With its unique 6-point contact design, the Groz Quick-lock takes away the worry. To use, simply fit, grease, and then press the lever to release. It can also be used on non-pressurised grease fittings. Its 17mm diameter and 1/8BSP thread makes it suitable for most grease guns sold in New Zealand. Available from automotive and industrial supply outlets nationwide, or contact email@example.com for more info.
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1933 Ford roadster
Make or break
“That grille was going to make or break the car, and Brian at Fabtech absolutely nailed the brief,” Sean tells us. It started as a fibreglass mould, built with the help of John Lisle at Cascade Auto Finish. This was scanned by Sean Dunne as a threedimensional image from which to cut the grille bars — a mock-up was made from mild steel in order to check fitment, before the final stainless item was cut and welded together. The perfect fitment is one thing, but the perfect proportions are something else entirely.
DESPITE ITS LOOKS, THIS ’33 ISN’T SOME FRESH IMPORT STRAIGHT OFF THE AMERICAN SHOW CIRCUIT — IT’S AN ALL-KIWI HAND-BUILT WORK OF ART!
ow many times have you heard that
other half of the wish list.
custom arms, supported by a full complement of QA1
old nugget, ‘Photos don’t do it justice’?
This all began more than 15 years ago, with the purchase
adjustable coilovers, and rolling on a staggered set of
Well, here’s an example in which that
a Pete Osborne Productions fibreglass ’33 Ford roadster
17x7.5-inch and 20x10.5-inch Budnik Tiller billet wheels.
statement conveys the absolute truth.
body and matching chassis rails.
With those solid foundations laid, it was the perfect time
Despite the world-class photo shoot, this article must
“Surely this won’t take as long as the Chev — it’s only
for Sean to meet his partner, Ange. While Sean had a
begin with that proviso, because no medium other
half the size, so should be half the time was my thought
fair idea of what he wanted his hot rod to be, Ange’s
than reality can reveal the absolute perfection of
process,” Sean mentions. “Perhaps I should have had the
artistic mind refined that concept to work seamlessly
design and engineering that is exemplified by Sean
insight never to presume!”
from a visual standpoint, taking influence from Tom
Williams’ and Angela Gray’s 1933 Ford roadster.
The precursor to the protracted build process was the
Gale’s iconic 1933 Ford roadster. Of course, while it may
It is not only a beautiful vehicle to behold, but a
newly acquired project sitting neglected in the garage
still be recognizable as a ’33 Ford shape, extensive body
satisfying one. Even with the extreme nature of its style,
for several years as Sean dealt with other issues. When it
modifications would be required to achieve it.
the proportions are so perfectly balanced that there is
came time to chip away at it, though, he wasn’t planning
As more years passed without progress, Ange put
not one aspect you could change that would make it
on cutting any corners. Brainstorming ideas over a few
her foot down, so Sean took the car to Brian Bennett
better. For that, Sean Williams credits his partner, Ange,
beers with John Reid, from Rods by Reid, a plan was laid
at Fabtech 2000. Brian started by channelling the
as well as the many talented Kiwis whose skills brought
and, over the course of a few more years, the finished
body over the chassis rails, integrating the seats, and
that vision to life.
product emerged — a work of art in itself.
beginning work on the front end — namely the custom
Sean’s dream had always been to own a street machine
The lengthened and pinched chassis is just the start, with
hood, side panels, and grille. Despite his many work
and a pre ’49, and, after an eight-year build of his ’56
a beautifully fabricated A-arm front end, a Jaguar-style
commitments, Brian did his best to keep the build
Chev, he decided that it was time to start looking at the
independent rear with Winters Quick Change diff and
going, but, with the above work complete, both he and
Sean Williams and Angela Gray Age: 50 (Sean) Occupation: Self-employed Previously owned cars: 1956 Chev Bel Air four-door hardtop (still own it) Dream car: Just finished it Why the roadster? I always wanted a roadster, and my partner decided that something different would be the answer Build time: 15 years Length of ownership: 15 years Sean thanks: Brian at Fabtech 2000; Sean Dunne for his part in the grille; the late Bryce Wilkinson, a legend, and an amazing fabricator; Mum, for believing in me; Ben and Chris Williams, my sons, who watched the journey unfold through the years; Bryanna and Claudia, my daughters, for just asking about the roadster every couple of years; John Reid, Rods by Reid; Sparky for the interior and roof; Mark Stokes from MS Vehicle Certification; I can’t even explain my gratitude to Dan and the team at Rocket Speed Equipment — they are all genuine people who are craftsmen in their own right, and I cannot speak highly enough of them; most of all, a special thanks to the five-foot-four warrior — my partner, Ange, for her design skills, persistence, colour choices, and belief
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Sean agreed it was time to move the car on in order to get it finished. The list of outfits to take over was not an extensive one, and Dan Tyler from Rocket Speed Equipment was right at the top. “We rang Dan and asked if he would come over to look at the car and our concept, listen to our ideas, and hopefully finish the car,” Sean says. “He was very professional, receptive, and straight up.” There was no question that he was their guy. With the roadster at Rocket, progress picked up in earnest, thanks to the efforts of Dan, Bryce, Josh, and Paul, and it began to look more complete with each trip Sean and Ange made to check it out. However, having a crisp vision of what she expected, Ange had no problem requesting changes to get it perfect. “Dan, being the person he is, took on board what Ange was saying and went about changing things to the way she wanted them,” Sean explains. “I’m sure he’d tell anyone that Ange knew what she wanted, and the things she changed and picked out were pretty bang on the money, even if they seemed wrong at the time.” The list of modifications is extreme; it includes every possible aspect of the bodywork (seriously, check out the spec panel!), and spills over to include a custombuilt removable roof and that one-off curved and tinted windscreen — a unique feature that fits the roadster so perfectly that it is apt to go unnoticed if not pointed out. While Ange was undoubtedly the boss of style, everything mechanical was Sean’s responsibility, and he wasn’t prepared to half-arse it. In stark contrast to the smooth and refined aesthetics, the driveline is raw and mechanical. A GM Performance ZZ427 crate engine was chosen for its pure grunt, and, with help from a 770cfm Holley carb and Flowmaster-muffled exhaust, couples perfectly with the Tremec TKO 600 manual box. It was a full 13 years after the project started that the car reached a point at which it could be fired up and driven — a very exciting milestone. Mark Stokes, from MS Vehicle Certification, had been kept in the loop since John Reid was piecing the chassis together, and having the roadster at this point meant he could begin the final stages of the LVVTA certification process. Suddenly, the end was in sight.
In addition to her spot-on styling, Ange had some weird and wonderful ideas for what she wanted from the car. These included an electric roof, electric windows, electric and heated seats, and all the other mod-cons. Once Dan at Rocket Speed Equipment got involved, many of these were taken off the list — “He did not think we had the budget for it, and he did not like gimmicks on vehicles, as they always inherently cause issues,” Sean recalls. With the benefit of hindsight, they see that Dan was absolutely correct and their roadster is perfect the way it has turned out.
Repco Beach Hop 18 W WE SHARE THE BEST OF THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PARTY DEDICATED TO TRADITIONAL MOTORING THAT IS BEACH HOP hat can we say about the annual
Beach Hop festival, and the eighth with naming-
what you can’t plan for is the weather, and, with a
Beach Hop festival that hasn’t already
rights sponsor Repco on board — a strong sign that
dodgy-looking forecast, all we could do this year was
been said? It’s an event that should need
Noddy Watts and the crew behind it have well and truly
hope and pray. It must have worked, because we were
no introduction, and is unequivocally the
found their groove. The established formula sees a five-
treated to a stunning week reflective of the traditional
biggest automotive event of any sort in this country
day festival that never gets tedious or overwhelming,
Kiwi summer. So, without further ado, we present to
of ours. This year marked the 18th consecutive
simply because of how well planned it all is. However,
you the best of Repco Beach Hop 18!
One of the standouts, thanks to its prime position and nationwide televised ad campaign, was Mercury Energy’s electric-powered ’57 Ford Fairlane, which drew constant crowds throughout the day
At the other end of town from Justin’s Galaxie was an elite-level ’64 Ford Galaxie showstopper built in Australia, boasting incredible paintwork and interior treatment, and super-sanitary 557ci big block power in its smooth engine bay
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Below: Warren ‘Wazza’ Glass may as well have been the King of the Hop — his awesome motorized sofa snapped necks wherever it was seen, and his house on Exeter Street was awarded runner-up in the Harcourts Best Hop House awards.
When her name was called out, Linda Burrows could hardly believe it. However, it didn’t take her long to decide that she’d be taking the sweet 1956 Ford F100 prize truck — a fine choice indeed
Below: The heart of the Hop is gas-swilling, baritone-rumbling, pushrod V8s, and, as far as standouts at Waihi were concerned, it was more Blue Oval goodness. Justin Walker’s chopped, tubbed, and slammed ’64 Ford Galaxie drew almost everyone in town. They were wowed by its overkill of everything, not least the 580 cubes of supercharged big block Ford power This ’59 Buick was easily one of the standout vehicles of Repco Beach Hop 18, and, with its prime parking spot on the Whitianga waterfront, it was no surprise that Tony Anderson spent much of the day fielding questions about it. While Tony’s a Mopar man through and through, when he came across the Buick in California, he just had to have it.
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Above: One of the coolest trucks present, this rugged-looking GMC was really anything but. Built by Hayter Precision Metalworks, the hauler’s original patina hides the fact that it sits over an intricately crafted custom chassis, with an LS power plant hiding in a show-quality engine bay Left: Bob Neville’s ’28 Ford Model A boat-tail speedster reeled the onlookers in with its incredibly traditional profile and its jaw-dropping attention to detail
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