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Team Protecta raise $13,000

Team Protecta from Protecta Insurance made it to Bluff, raising a fantastic $13,000 for charity.

It is estimated that this year’s Bangers to Bluff rally has raised over $40,000 for Multiple Sclerosis NZ and Hopeworks Foundation.

Team Protecta’s “Banger,” a 1996 six-cylinder Ford Fairmont, managed to reach Bluff in one piece and was sold at auction for $1,700 as part of their donation.

The team also thanked everyone that supported and was apart of their trip.

In particular, Andrew Shearer who did a fantastic job in selling ten books of raffle tickets, Walter Rands-Trevor who was part of the organising committee and was in Team Protecta’s car for the whole trip, Carey Marsh and Pippa Harris for assisting Walter with driving, navigating and generally providing a lot of hilarity, and Stephen Glading, Managing Director of Protecta Insurance, for letting Team Protecta enter to raise so much money for the charities.

Team Protecta are already looking forward to the next rally in 2020. 

About the rally

Participants in twelve vehicles set themselves the challenge of travelling from Auckland to Bluff in a convoy of cheap cars, each bought for $2000 or less, in order to raise funds for charity.

The event ran over 13 days, starting on April 10 and finished on April 22.

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NZ’s largest vintage car show

Around 1000 classic cars will be on show at New Zealand’s largest vintage car show in Auckland on Sunday.

The 46th annual Ellerslie Classic Car Show will showcase the country’s best vehicle restorations, with some believed to be worth millions of dollars.

Over 70 car clubs have come together for the annual event.

There will be three judged competitions to find the best classic cars in the country.

Teams event

Clubs can enter a team or more of two cars and they are judged for the coveted Intermarque Concours d’Elegance shield and the prestige of hosting the next event.

Masters class

Judged to the same rules as the Teams Event, this competition is for clubs who wish to enter single cars.

Survivors class

This event is to find the best over 35 year old unrestored car.  More originality and age points are available than the other competitions.

Public admission from 10am to 4pm, with entry being $15 and free for under 12s. 

Click here to find out more.

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Jucy’s electric campervans

Thousands of international tourists visiting NZ could be driving electric campervans within two years following a new electric vehicle (EV) trial.

Two French eco tourists will take part in a trial which will see them travelling thousands of kilometres throughout the North Island in a prototype Jucy campervan powered only by electricity.

The objective of the trial is to help convert one of the country’s largest rental campervan fleets to electric power within the next two years – something the company’s owner says will help position NZ as a sustainable tourist market.

Jucy CEO, Tim Alpe says the company aims to introduce a new category of electric vehicle to its fleet to meet growing demand from millennial tourists.

“Electric vehicles are the future of the Jucy campervan fleet and this trial is the ideal platform to test our product offering for customers,

“This market segment in particular want more environmentally sustainable travel options, at the same time this gives our tourists more choice and cheaper running costs,” says Alpe.

Paris Sorbonne University environmental law student Heloise de Bokay says tourism is becoming less sustainable which is why they wanted a more eco friendly mode of transport to explore NZ.

“Electric cars are a more sensible solution in your country as more than 80 percent of your energy comes from renewable sources – compared to only 22 percent in France,” she says.

Alpe says further expansion of the programme will need additional investment in charging infrastructure and vehicles that can travel further distances.

Dan Alpe, chief operating officer of Jucy.

Campervans are the perfect vehicle to be electrically powered as tourists tend to drive during the day and can then recharge overnight at their campground.

“One of the biggest barriers we will face in the short term is lack of infrastructure to support EV charging.

“We are working with camping grounds to introduce suitable facilities for overnight charging but there is also a need to bring in rapid chargers on the roads between main centres.

“At the same time, there are range limitations of the vehicles that need to be overcome to ensure tourists can travel long distances across the country, without the need to constantly recharge their battery.

“Our future as a sustainable tourist market will be short lived if our customer experience is impacted by the range their vehicle can travel each day,” he says.

Alpe says the company plans to introduce charging stations at their branches as well as Jucy Snooze hotels across NZ and Australia.

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Take care when advertising EVs

The VIA’s latest announcement reminds all dealers that when selling an electric vehicle (EV), the “State of Health” is by far the most accurate way of measuring battery condition.

The bar display on the vehicle is only an indicator, and should not be promoted in advertising – a print-out of the battery’s State of Health should be used instead.

In a recent case, a dealer advertised a Nissan Leaf showing a photo of the battery condition indicator with 12 bars, but made no other mention of battery condition. 

The buyer found he couldn’t travel the distance he expected, and rejected the vehicle. A check showed that the battery health was significantly lower than would be expected with 12 bars.

The Tribunal found that the photo of the indicator, which the buyer had relied on, was misleading, and upheld the rejection.

For any questions on this or any issues relating to EVs, please contact VIA Technical Manager Malcolm Yorston on 0800 VIA VIA (842 842) or email

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NZ to receive JLR’s financial services

New Zealand will become Jaguar Land Rover’s first import market for their branded financial services product.

Steve Kenchington, general manager of Jaguar Land Rover NZ, said that spikes in demand for their vehicles have paved the way for a new financial package, provided in partnership with Heartland Bank.

Chris Flood, Heartland Bank’s Deputy CEO, says Heartland were delighted to be selected as financial services supplier to Jaguar Land Rover.

“We are proud to partner with Jaguar Land Rover, a strong and iconic brand in the New Zealand marketplace.”

“A key part of Heartland’s strategy is to grow its business through partnering with intermediaries, enabling us to reach more customers at the point of sale. We look forward to working with Jaguar Land Rover and believe our partnership will bring significant value for our mutual customers.”

“Jaguar Land Rover’s local sales have grown substantially over the past five years as new models have been introduced to the range and economic factors such as a strong housing market and an increase in immigration have provided a further boost.

“The introduction of a financial product under our own label was the next evolutionary step as the brand has further matured in the New Zealand market, and complements our existing 5 Year Service Plan sold with every new Jaguar Land Rover model in New Zealand, ” he said.

Customers purchasing a Jaguar Land Rover model under the new product will be given a guaranteed minimum buyback price.

“This means our customers will have further confidence that the vehicle they buy from us today will retain its value until they are ready to trade in, upgrade, refinance, keep or return it, when it reaches that point in its lifecycle.”

Jaguar Financial Services and Land Rover Financial Services will be available in Authorised Retailers from 15th January 2018.

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EVs power ahead

Electric vehicles, EVs, are powering ahead in the Nelson-Tasman region, with figures trebling over the past year.

According to the latest Ministry of Transport statistics, 105 EVs are now registered in the Nelson-Tasman region – up from only 50 at the start of 2017.

Per head of population the region has one of the highest uptakes of EVs at around 0.14 per cent. Auckland leads with more than 0.18 per cent.

NelNetwork Tasman regulatory and commercial manager, Emma Lanigan told Stuff that factors in the Nelson-Tasman region likely to contribute to that uptake included high car ownership rates, a prevalence of off-street parking, commuting distances well suited to EVs, consumer preferences and demographics.

Network Tasman installed a fast-charging station behind Richmond Library in mid-2016, with stations in Nelson and Takaka following in January 2017 – all three are free to use.

The stations are in high demand. During 2017, the number of users charging at the station behind Richmond Library increased from about 60 a month in January to 250 in December. In that same period, the number of users at the Takaka and Nelson stations rose from about 30 a month to 125 and 180 respectively. 

The Car Company Nelson has also been selling every EV that they buy.

Damien Taylor, of The Car Company Nelson, said to Stuff that the popularity of electric vehicles was “pretty much as we expected.”

The price of second-hand EVs was “competitive” compared with petrol vehicles. The Car Company sold most EVs for between $20,000 and $25,000, Taylor said.

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Vehicle trader ordered to pay

2011 Nissan Murano

Keith Turner, a vehicle trader who works from home, appeared before the judge in Napier District Court on Friday for failing to pay back $7,000 he took from a couple who believed they were purchasing one of his cars.

Patricia Ross and partner Ray Ohia paid the amount to Turner for an imported Nissan Murano in 2016.

The import company refused to release the car to Turner as he already owed the company more than $16,000.

Ross and Ohia eventually went to the vehicle importer and purchased the car directly.

The dispute has been up in the air since November 2016, when the Disputes Tribunal ruled Turner to refund the sum to the Hawkes Bay couple.

The money did not arrive and consequently they applied for both a warrant to seize the property to cover the debt, and an arrest warrant to force Turner to attend a financial assessment hearing.

However, Turner refused to allow him the bailiff to enter his house early last year, so the matter went before a judge in October.

Turner told the Judge that he had not denied the bailiff access, and said the bailiff was free to attend his property any time – the judge directed a bailiff to return to Turner’s house a second time.

When the bailiff turned up last month, Turner again refused to let him in again. 

Another court hearing was held on December 19, but Turner did not appear on time, the matter was adjourned until Friday.

Turner’s debt to Ross and Ohia now stands at $8472.50.

When the judge told Turner the court had power to order him to do community work if the debt was not paid, and that if he did not do the work he could get an alternative sentence “if you follow my drift”, Turner said he would start making payments.

In a separate case , Turner has been ordered to pay a Hawke’s Bay church group $11,150 over another car deal.

The case was originally covered by

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NZTA to roll out 41 EVs

The New Zealand Transport Agency is looking to add 41 electric vehicles, EVs to its current fleet and are seeking more information regarding the implementation of EV infrastructure.

In a request for information notice, the NZTA is ideally looking for a fleet charging solution that would “enable staff to confidently move to and from NZTA locations in fully electric vehicles.” The request also covers the need for information about providing, installing, operating and maintaining charging stations. 

The New Zealand Transport Agency’s decision to look at boosting its electric vehicle fleet and invest in charging infrastructure has been welcomed by Drive Electric.

Drive Electric Chairman, Mark Gilbert

Drive Electric, a not-for-profit group, which promotes the benefits of EV technology in New Zealand, congratulates NZTA on the move.

“NZTA’s proposal to add 41 EVs to its fleet in 2018 shows it is leading from the front in adopting technology that will eventually dominate the automotive sector in just a few years,” Drive Electric chairman Mark Gilbert says.

“With the Labour-New Zealand First government looking to the public sector to adopt EV technology as part of its coalition agreement, NZTA is getting on the wave early.”

Having the agency which is responsible for maintenance of New Zealand’s highways support EVs in this manner has the potential to drive up public interest, Gilbert says.

NZTA’s intention to invest in its own charging infrastructure to support the EV fleet is also a positive sign, Gilbert says.

“Looking into this type of investment shows the organisation is serious about using EVs in the long-term and wants to make it easy for staff to drive the vehicles. It is a signal we hope other government agencies will pick up on.”

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Toyota takes out double

A bumper December has resulted in sales of new passenger vehicles coming in at 108,608 last year – 5.8 per cent ahead of 2016’s total of 102,644.

There were 8,151 units registered in the last month of 2017, which was a one per cent rise from 8,069 in December of the previous year.

The top-selling model for the year and month was Toyota’s Corolla on 7,801 units for 2017 and 1,116 in December, which represented an annual market share of 7.2 per cent. The RAV4 was second for the year on 4,635 and 4.3 per cent. Third spot went to the Kia Sportage with a market share of 3.3 per cent thanks to 3,559 sales.

The Corolla was 2017’s best-selling new passenger vehicle.

The marques ladder for 2017 was also topped by Toyota on 20,919 units and a market share of 19.3 per cent. Mazda took the runners-up spot with 9,927 units and 9.1 per cent. Holden secured an 8.9 share with 9,709 registrations to come third.

Overall, Toyota NZ is celebrating 30 years as the dominant brand for passenger and light commercial vehicles in this country. In 2017, its 68 dealers sold 33,008 new vehicles for a 20.7 per cent share of the market, according to the marque. It says this was up by 5,533 on 2016 for a jump of 20.1 per cent.

Neeraj Lala, general manager of new-vehicle sales, expects Toyota to remain at the top in 2018. “We have another exciting year ahead with a number of significant new models, including an updated Hilux. We expect market growth to continue, particularly in the SUV segment where we have six models.”

Another marque patting itself on the back is Mitsubishi Motors NZ, which reports overall growth of 29 per cent year on year.

“The Outlander has been a Kiwi family favourite for some time and the ASX resonates with a broad range of New Zealanders,” says Daniel Cook, general manager of vehicle sales and marketing. “With the Eclipse Cross having joined the family, we’re confident of continuing our market-leading growth in 2018.”

Cook describes breaking through 10,000 overall new-vehicle sales during 2017 as “massive – we set this target for a calendar year back in 2009 and haven’t let up since”.

Eight years of year-on-year growth have seen Mitsubishi increase its total car and light commercial market share to 7.4 per cent supported by “new releases, updates and a comprehensive approach to customer service”. It says it has been ahead of the curve in key areas – especially with ute and SUV sales.

“We have also kept innovation at the forefront of our new releases, such as the Outlander PHEV, New Zealand’s most popular plug-in hybrid SUV,” adds Cook. “We still have some big ambitions, so it’s important we set ourselves a challenge to build on recent success. We’re operating in a dynamic, highly competitive market offering more choice to consumers than ever.”

Last year was one that entered Subaru of New Zealand’s record books with more than 3,000 units sold. Its 3,347 new-car sales secured a market share of 3.1 per cent.

Managing director Wallis Dumper says that by November the marque was 27 per cent ahead year on year from 2016. The Outback made up nearly half of its total sales achieved in 2017. After a good 2016, it exceeded sales expectations to sit 15 per cent ahead last year.

“There has been remarkable demand for the new XV,” says Dumper. “The high numbers flying out of our dealerships means we don’t have enough supply to keep up with demand. In response to the unprecedented demand for our eight-model range of Boxer-engined beauties, we have received more production allocation from Japan.

“We were targeting this never-achieved-before figure of 3,000 sales at the beginning of last year and couldn’t have done it without our 16 partners across New Zealand.”

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Ford Ranger is Kiwi favourite

Ford Ranger is overall best-selling vehicle in 2017, the third year in a row, and best-selling ute for the fourth year in a row.

“It’s a fantastic result for the Ford Ranger – third year in a row as NZ’s overall best-selling vehicle. We’d first of all like to thank our customers for choosing Ford, our great dealer network and of course the engineers that built such a good truck,” said Simon Rutherford, Managing Director Ford New Zealand.

“The engineers certainly continue to get recipe right with the Ranger. Then again they’re from the same company that built the F-150 and that truck is going on its 43rd year at number one. Ford does know a thing or two about making great trucks.”

Customer insight
Ford New Zealand recently conducted a survey of NZ Ranger customers to understand more about why Ranger customers are huge advocates of the car. 

They love their Ford Ranger because it’s a great all-round ute with outstanding driving capability and towing capacity – being the best-seller wasn’t necessarily a factor.

“Being the number one ute certainly gets us excited but for customers it’s more about overall performance, capability and being the best ute for what their lifestyle entails,” said Jeremy Nash, Marketing Manager, Ford New Zealand.

“Overwhelmingly, Ranger drivers love the outdoors. Almost 75 per cent of Ranger customers cited fishing, boating, hunting and general outdoor adventures as among their favourite interests and the Ranger was the best match for those interests.”

The third most popular reason customers chose the Ranger was that it also suited their families, which made the 5 Star Safety rating an important requirement.

“If you took even a brief look around on our roads over Christmas, you would have seen countless ways the Ranger is out there supporting the Kiwi lifestyle – fishing, boating, family road trips, and every other outdoor adventure. That’s what has made the Ranger the Kiwi favourite,” added Nash.


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New Tesla Supercharger

Tesla has expanded its Supercharger Network to allow connected travel between Auckland and Wellington.

The new station at Palmerston North is equipped with four charging bays which are available to use 24/7, where it joins existing Supercharging stations at Taupo and Hamilton.

A Tesla Supercharger can add up to 270 km of range in just 30 minutes of charging.

Superchargers are designed for city to city travel, allowing owners to travel for about three hours, take a quick break, and get back on the road charged up.

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