News: Leadership changes at Isuzu trucks

Colin Muir - Isuzu GM

Colin Muir – Isuzu GM

Isuzu Trucks New Zealand has appointed Colin Muir as general manager following the resignation of Oliver Foote.

Muir will officially take the reins on July 25.

Muir graduated from the University of Stirling in Scotland with a BA Hons in Marketing and came to New Zealand in 2002 as business manager for Gough, Gough and Hamer, before joining Isuzu in 2009 as sales and marketing manager. Continue reading “Leadership changes at Isuzu trucks” »

News: Friday target to re-open SH1 link in Northland

6a00d83451c7dc69e20168e98c81eb970cThe NZ Transport Agency says good progress is being made on repairs to State Highway 1 on the Brynderwyn Hills in Northland.

“Everything will depend on the weather and our final safety checks, but we are on track to have our repairs completed on Friday evening so that we can re-open both lanes to all traffic,” says NZTA regional journey manager Jacqui Hori-Hoult.

The highway was closed when heavy rain at the weekend caused an underslip affecting 20 metres of the main road link between Northland and Auckland. Continue reading “Friday target to re-open SH1 link in Northland” »

News: Fiat and Renault to build new van


Fiat and Renault have announced an industrial partnership, which will see both brands jointly develop a new light commercial vehicle, due to be released in the second quarter of 2016.

Fiat which owns Chrysler, says the vehicle bearing the Fiat Professional brand would be an Italian design, built on a Renault platform at a plant in France.

It is the first industrial partnership between Fiat and Renault, two of Europe’s largest mass-market car makers. Continue reading “Fiat and Renault to build new van” »

News: RONS investment proved correct says transport minister


Transport minister Gerry Brownlee defended the governments strategic investment in the Roads of National Significance programme in a speech to the Road Transport Forum conference last week.

“When we came into government in 2008 we introduced the Roads of National Significance Programme because successive governments had neglected transport infrastructure, and we faced what we assessed to be about a 30 year catch-up task,” says Brownlee.

“Between 2005 and 2012 total road travel – in terms of kilometres travelled – was almost unchanged. Continue reading “RONS investment proved correct says transport minister” »

News: New additions to Hella inspection and workshop lamp range


The range of Hella inspections lamps has been further expanded by the addition of Nova 20, 50 and 20 C+R lamps to complement the existing Nova 30.

Completely new to the range are the handheld LED torches – Flash 100, 200 and 300.

As the “big brother” to the Nova 30, the powerful Nova 50 (5000 lumen) offers about 30% more light output than the 30W model says Hella. It says this virtually “unbreakable” and splash proof heavy duty work lamp is ideal for indoor and outdoor use. Continue reading “New additions to Hella inspection and workshop lamp range” »

News: Repco and SAM computers hook up

RepcoNew Zealand’s leading automotive aftermarket parts supplier and specialist software system provider have announced a partnership to provide automation between their respective systems.

“We’re delighted to be adding SAM’s 2000-odd sites to our 91 store physical footprint,” says Mark Brunton, Repco executive general manager. “This will increase our speed and efficiency of service significantly, as well as reducing our trade customers’ administration costs.

“This is particularly important as the industry enters a period of significant change, where our automotive trade customers will be looking for means of maintaining and growing their profitability.” Continue reading “Repco and SAM computers hook up” »

News: Not a grab bag says transport minister

Gerry Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee

Transport minister Gerry Brownlee says the governments focus will remain on high priority strategic transport initiatives that support the economy, improve road safety, and deliver value for money.

In a speech to the Road Transport Forum conference last Friday, Brownlee spoke about the Accelerated Regional Roads Programme – a package of State highways around New Zealand, which the government will accelerate by drawing on the Future Investment Fund.

“I was surprised at the time to hear that the Road Transport Forum wasn’t supportive of the investment, labelling it pork barrel politics, and questioning the economic rationale for some of the projects,” says Brownlee. Continue reading “Not a grab bag says transport minister” »

News: Open days for southern corridor improvements

southern-corridor-img3People will have their first opportunity to look at the initial project designs and provide feedback for the southern corridor improvements in Auckland at open days being organised by NZTA from next week.

The initial designs for the important upgrades along the Southern Motorway (State Highway 1) have been completed and public feedback will help shape the next stage of detailed design, says NZTA acting highway manager Steve Mutton.

The $220m project is one of a number of key works included in the Government’s accelerated programme to improve transport infrastructure in Auckland. Continue reading “Open days for southern corridor improvements” »

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