News: Crude oil price falls, but don’t expect cheaper diesel

North-Sea-Brent-crude-oilWhile the New Zealand transport industry enjoys price stability at the pump, international fuel prices remain extremely volatile, the Road Transport Forum tells DIESELtalk.

International crude oil prices continue to fall on the back of lower demand from Europe and Asia, while oil production has increased, but at same time the Kiwi dollar has also fallen, which has lead to stable prices – but the situation could be much different.

“We have a weaker dollar buying a cheaper product, so prices remain stable as the two factors of price and currency offset each other,” says Road Transport Forum chief executive Ken Shirley. Continue reading “Crude oil price falls, but don’t expect cheaper diesel” »

News: Huge 25-year celebration tonight

imvia-letterhead2More than 420 members of the vehicle trade and supply chain will come together tonight to celebrate ‘slightly more’ than 25 years of the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association.

The black tie function has been organised in conjunction with Auto Media Group Limited, the publishers of AutoTalk, and managing editor Richard Edwards is excited with the response to the event.

“This event sold out, and then some,” says Edwards. “This will be one of the biggest social gatherings of automotive trade professionals ever, and is going to be a great night. Continue reading “Huge 25-year celebration tonight” »

News: Fairfax-backed pricing app targets dealers

Screen-Shot-2014-10-16-at-12.05A new app aimed at generating sales lead is rolling out to cover vehicle dealers – with Auckland and Wellington already covered.

The ‘Pricemaker’ app allows prospective vehicle buyers – a number of different markets are covered by the system – to make an enquiry through the app, which is sent to all the local dealers who have signed up.

The dealers have 24 hours to respond with their best offer and the shopper can choose to visit, test drive, and ask questions of the seller, he says Continue reading “Fairfax-backed pricing app targets dealers” »

News: Second HILOR auction at Turners

Hilor_croppedTurners Trucks and Machinery is holding its second online auction through Trade Me on behalf of the HILOR joint venture with a $1 dollar reserve on all items.

The HILOR joint venture for the electrification of the Auckland railway system has ended, which means all the assets must now be disposed of.

Those assets up for auction this week are quite diverse, and include such items as late model Toyota Hilux 4WD utes, flood lights, DeWalt power tools, medical kits, crow bars and portable buildings. Continue reading “Second HILOR auction at Turners” »

News: Full range of Renault LCVs at all dealerships

work-new1Renault New Zealand has announced it now has all three light commercial vehicles available for sale in local dealerships.

The French brand currently has three main dealerships in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, with the full Renault LCV range.

General manager Chris Blair says that its fair to say that the introduction of the Kangoo, Trafic and Master models add some French flair to small, medium and large business users – and is long overdue. Continue reading “Full range of Renault LCVs at all dealerships” »

News: One year anniversary of electric rubbish truck

Enviro-9000_0042One year after being purchased by Kapiti Coast District Council, New Zealand’s first electric rubbish truck has been clocking up the kilometres.

The Enviro 9000 electric refuse collection truck was first received by Council from Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) in May 2013 for acceptance testing. After passing initial trials it was formally accepted last October.

The vehicle has driven more than 26,000 km, collecting rubbish from public bins in Otaki and Waikanae. The vehicle, which cost $200,000, is estimated to reduce running costs by $105 per week, compared to its diesel counterpart, and has saved just over $4100 so far. Continue reading “One year anniversary of electric rubbish truck” »

News: Dorchester crosses 75% of Turners

dorchester16Dorcester Pacific is getting very close in terms of its takeover of Turners Auctions – now controlling more than three-quarters of the shares.

As of Wednesday, Dorchester held or had acceptances for 76.28% of shares.

It requires a 90% stake to trigger a compulsory full takeover. Continue reading “Dorchester crosses 75% of Turners” »

News: Lights off at key intersection

LED_traffic_lightThe NZ Transport Agency has issued a waring that it is turning off the traffic lights to a key Whangarei intersection as it moves on to the next stage of Whangarei’s State Highway 1 improvements.

There will be two changes affecting road users from 7pm this Friday, October 17, until 3pm Saturday, October 18, 2014.

The signals at the intersection of SH1 (Western Hills Drive) and Selwyn Avenue West will be switched off and turned into a manually controlled intersection with lane restrictions. Drivers using the intersection will need to follow the manual instructions given by the point guard on duty. Continue reading “Lights off at key intersection” »

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