News: Port Otago takes delivery of $6m tug boat

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Port Otago’s new $6 million tug boat, Arihi, arrived in Port Chalmers today from the shipbuilders in Turkey following a two-month 16,000km voyage as deck cargo on the MV Deltagracht.

The 18.7m Arihi, which has a 30-tonne bollard pull, will join Port Otago’s larger tugs the Otago and Taiaroa as a workboat to primarily tow the barge Hapuka and then act as backup for moving ships.

The Deltagracht’s cranes lifted the tug and other cargo, including a privately-owned yacht, into the water this morning. Continue reading “Port Otago takes delivery of $6m tug boat” »

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News: Trailblazer joins Colorado on 5-stars

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The upcoming Holden Trailblazer – an update to the current Colorado 7 suv – has already been confirmed as 5-star safe.

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program has confirmed the rating, which the updated Colorado received earlier this month.

It comes with a range of safety technologies as standard including Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) to name a few. Continue reading “Trailblazer joins Colorado on 5-stars” »

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News: ITS summit attracting global experts

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The one-day Intelligent Transportation Systems annual summit at the Aotea Centre in Auckland on October 5, is inviting expert speakers from around the globe as well as locally.

ITS New Zealand is publishing the summit programme online at itsnz.org/its-new-zealand-summit

It says leading transport decision makers, ITS and transportation technology innovators, suppliers, engineers, and academics are attending the event. Continue reading “ITS summit attracting global experts” »

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News: Evolutionary not revolutionary

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This story first appeared in the August  issue of DieselTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE

It is no secret that the NP300 series Navara will spawn a new Renault pick-up in Latin America, called the Alaskan, and a new Mercedes-Benz pick-up as yet unnamed, also for markets in Latin America, Asia, and Australasia.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has recognised the growing (and profitable) international demand for light commercials such as the Navara, with dual roles as work and recreational vehicles.

While the future Mercedes-Benz version will offer its proprietary diesel-engine technology, the Alaskan and NP300 Navara (depending on variant) are equipped with a Renault-designed twin turbocharged diesel 2.3-litre in-line four-cylinder engine that puts out 140kW of power and 450Nm of torque. Continue reading “Evolutionary not revolutionary” »

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News: Ballantyne moving from Mercedes-Benz to Isuzu Trucks

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Dave Ballantyne

Isuzu New Zealand is appointing David Ballantyne as its new national sales manager, replacing Micheal Doeg who became the new general manager for Hino Distributors.

“David is well known in the industry, as his entire career has been in heavy diesel-powered commercial vehicles and earth moving equipment,” says Isuzu New Zealand general manager Colin Muir.

“He started in field service roles, progressed into sales then senior management positions including general manager. He brings with him an absolute wealth of knowledge, experience as well as industry contacts,” says Muir. Continue reading “Ballantyne moving from Mercedes-Benz to Isuzu Trucks” »

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News: Go Bus swipes at labour rumours

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Go Bus Transport says it has over 70% of the local bus drivers it needs and is currently vetting further applications for its remaining South Auckland services’ roles, amid rumours it has been seeking labour from the Pacific Islands.

Go Bus managing director Calum Haslop says recent statements from one union and a political party about the company seeking labour from the Pacific Islands “were big on unsubstantiated allegations and rumours, but devoid of facts”. “If there is a company considering employing 200 drivers from the Pacific, or any number for that matter, it is not Go Bus,” he emphasises.

Go Bus says it did not conceal its discussion with Immigration NZ at the outset of its recruitment process, but numbers were never discussed. “We are now confident there is no shortage in South Auckland, and there has been no follow up discussion with Immigration NZ.” Continue reading “Go Bus swipes at labour rumours” »

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News: Great Wall Steed arriving in November

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The Great Wall Steed ute will be on sale in NZ dealerships in November says the Australian based distributor.

Haval Motors Australia Pty Ltd public relations and product planning executive Andrew Ellis confirmed to Auto Media Group yesterday that the Great Wall Steed line-up for New Zealand will be similar to that sold in Australia.

Ellis also confirmed the Australian distributor for Great Wall Motors would have a New Zealand presence. Continue reading “Great Wall Steed arriving in November” »

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News: Volvo’s Iron Knight sets new world record

T2016_0325Volvo Trucks’ The Iron Knight, driven by Boije Ovebrink, now holds the official speed records for the 500- and-1000 metre distances.

The Iron Knight beat the international speed record for 1000 metres from a standing start with an average speed of 169 km/h and a time of 21.29 seconds.

It also beat the corresponding record for the 500-metre distance, at 131.29 km/h and 13.71 seconds. Continue reading “Volvo’s Iron Knight sets new world record” »

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