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Rising to the challenge
Long-time mechanic and workshop manager Peter Morgan has just celebrated 50 years in the trade.
More incentives needed
MTA and others in the auto sector are lobbying the Government for tweaks to its Clean Car Standard regime that would lessen the anomalies and make its goals more attainable.
Hydrogen on the horizon
Kiwis will see the country’s first hydrogen fuel cell EV freight trucks on the road early next year, fuelled by New Zealand-made hydrogen.
RADIATORGO: TRADE NEWS
Eastern Trucks fit for the future
Eastern Truck & Marine, on the outskirts of Napier, has spent the last 12 months consciously re-energising and refreshing the team.
Clean car regime starts
The pressure is on for car dealers to provide affordable electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles now that the Government has introduced its feebate incentive – the Clean Car Discount.
Pressure on prices
As the world’s pandemic lockdowns ease, New Zealand and other economies are counting the cost and preparing for a period of rising prices and inflation.
Honda NZ changes agency model
Six of the previous 19 independent Honda dealers have withdrawn from the brand after the company completed months of in-person consultation on a new national agency model network.
Automotive all-rounder scores scholarship
Amber Kay decided to take it upon herself to get qualified.
There is growing concern in the collision repair sector about the impacts that insurance-owned panel shops are having on their businesses
New MTA Directors
The MTA Board welcomed two additional directors to the table last month, Grant Woolford and Tom Ruddenklau.
Taking over the world, one towbar at a time
Business is booming for Towbar Express as thousands of Kiwis buy new cars, boats, caravans, ebikes, trailers and motorhomes with the money they’ve saved on international travel.
What are we doing with EV batteries?
As New Zealand, and the world, grow their electric vehicle fleets, there’s also a push on to find effective and sustainable ways to manage the lithium-ion batteries.
The cost of cutting carbon
At the end of January, the Climate Change Commission issued its draft advice to the Government, setting out an ambitious range of action New Zealand must take to achieve net zero carbon by 2050.
Pulling out all the stops
Ongoing disruption to overseas manufactured parts and other goods is expected for the rest of the year as outbreaks of Covid-19 impact factories and shipping snarl-ups continue.
The advantage of running a mechanical repair business in an inner-city car parking building is you have a big pool of potential customers right at your roller door.
MTA new owner of SAM & SYSTIME
MTA’s December purchase of New Zealand’s dominant automotive software businesses was a strategic move for the industry, the association and members, says President Dave Harris.
Preparing for the WoF trough
In about six weeks, workshops around the country are going to start seeing a sharp drop-off in business as the ‘WoF trough’ takes hold.
Charging up! Wellington specialist car restorers at The Surgery are converting classics to electric but it's not a job for the fainthearted.
Industry stalwart retires
Valued MTA Christchurch member Martin Brooks of Aceomatic Transmission Services has spent almost three decades doing his best to pass on his specialist knowledge to others in the industry.
Heartbeat of industry still strong
The motor trade continues to do reasonably well under Covid-19 conditions. Peter Morton of Herbert Morton Chartered Accountants specialises in services for the motor trade and says most of his clients are managing well.
There’s a world of automobile history planted in the paddocks around Horopito Motors, just waiting to be picked over.
Ever since Cameron Spooner was a child he loved diggers and trucks. At just 22, he bought Ohakune Automotive.
There was a lot to catch up on when around 30 former Hamilton MTA members and their partners met for a reunion recently.
Worry-Free Health & Safety
An online cloud-based system - HSE Connect can help small businesses manage Health and Safety, plus it's been designed specifically for workshops, dealerships and service stations.
Preparing for the recovery
Economist Tony Alexander shares some knowledge on the economic impact of the Covid-19 lockdown
A Family Tradition Continues
Nicholson United Autos, with its sites in Whakatane, Morrinsville and Rotorua, is celebrating 40 years of Nicholson family ownership
Nigel brings passion to fire truck project
Princess Diana, comedic actor Rowan Atkinson and a 95-year-old Dennis fire engine all have direct connections to Opunake MTA member Nigel Fraser
IAG Doing Own Repairs
IAG’s East Tamaki Repairhub has repaired over 2,000 vehicles since it opened in November last year. It concentrates on non-structural repairs which are completed, on average, within three days.
Happers Honda - The Tradition Continues
Happers Honda has a new building, but the site still marks three generations of family history and their passion for motorbikes.
Methven Motors - Work Hard, Play Hard
At Methven Motors there’s a ‘work hard, play hard’ atmosphere. Pet projects and passions are supported and the staff and business are an active part of the small rural community.
New Member Buzzing
South Auckland repairer Milan Motors recently joined MTA and its owners are keen to merge the benefits of the brand with their own community ethos.
Top Class Towing
Moving high-end cars around Auckland discreetly and safely is the specialty service provided by Exotic Towing.
Winter Run on Motorcycles
A strange thing happened after lockdown – sales of new and imported used motorcycles rocketed.