Go­ing gang­busters

Motor Equipment News - - CONTENT - ED SPEAK

What a year this has been for the New Zealand mo­tor in­dus­try. Just when we thought things might start to slow down, they ac­tu­ally speeded up, and as I write we’re on the way to yet an­other record in new car sales.

At the same time used car im­ports are con­tin­u­ing apace, and al­though tra­di­tion­ally the big­ger of the two tal­lies, there are def­i­nitely signs that new cars are catch­ing up with used im­ports.

All of this means good news for the re­pair and ser­vice sec­tor, with the ex­tra ve­hi­cles hit­ting the road os­ten­si­bly mak­ing up for losses in­curred due to the War­rant of Fit­ness changes of 2014.

Those three years have seen some changes in our in­dus­try, but the doom­say­ers haven’t had their way this time, and it seems to have been of ben­e­fit to both work­shops and the gen­eral public.

One chal­lenge fac­ing all of us, one way or the other, is the push to get as many elec­tric ve­hi­cles onto our roads. It’s al­most a re­li­gious-like fer­vour for some peo­ple, but let’s hope there are enough right-minded peo­ple to en­sure we don’t push too far, too fast, and per­haps find our­selves a bridge too far!

All that said, it’s been a great old year for us at Mo­tor Equip­ment News, and we’re con­tin­u­ing apace as we move to­wards a new year.

I know the whole team is look­ing for­ward to a good break and a bit of a rest, and at the same time I know they will join me in wish­ing all our readers and our ad­ver­tis­ers a re­ally great Christmas break and a happy new year.

Oh, and if you fancy spend­ing time in the bright lights, make sure you get a sober driver, bus, taxi or uber to get you home if you’ve had a drink or two – oth­er­wise those bright lights may well turn into blue ones, and we don’t want that, do we?

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