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Motor Equipment News May 2019

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2 11330 NETT CIRCULATION Six months Ended 1st Half 2008 Editor: John Oxley Email: Contributors: Ross MacKay Advertising manager: Annie Cope Email: Automotive Group Sales Manager: Dan Prestige Email: Publisher: Cathy Parker Email: Subscription Manager/Enquiries: Annette Colbert Email: Proofreading: George Ward Adrenalin Publishing Ltd 14C Vega Place, Mairangi Bay PO Box: 65092 Mairangi Bay, Auckland 0754 Phone: 09 478 4771 • Facsimile: 09 478 4779 Subscriptions: Motor Equipment News–an 11 issue magazine subscription in New Zealand is $59 (incl GST). Please call us for overseas rates. CONTENT Copyright Motor Equipment News is copyright and may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the written permission of the publisher. Neither editorial opinions expressed nor facts stated in advertisements are necessarily agreed to by the editor or publisher of Motor Equipment News and, whilst all efforts are made to ensure accuracy, no responsibility will be taken by the publishers for inaccurate information, or for any consequences of reliance on this information. Printing: ImageCentre ISSN 1175-1908 Website 10,623 NET CIRCULATION First quarter 2017 May 2019 12 OEM news 20 Batteries & battery equipment 28 EValuation 29 Clutch & driveline 31 Diagnostics 35 AAAA Expo 38 Diesel Industry News 42 Business directory 44 Motor sport E D SPE A K Better tighten your belts Economists are warning that costs across all sectors are likely to increase as a result of measures initiated by the Government, with particular emphasis being placed on higher wage bills as a result of minimum wage increases. Although these will have a positive effect on the pay packets of the lowest-paid workers, there is likely to be a knock-on effect as people higher up the scale expect more to maintain the differential between the low-skilled and higher-skilled. According to Retail NZ's retail Radar report, a quarterly survey among retailers which canvasses issues and business sentiment in the sector, the wage increases are going to affect the input prices of all goods produced in New Zealand. At the same time increased pressure on the value of imports, with the fluctuation around the New Zealand dollar and higher business costs around insurance and compliance, was putting a squeeze on retailers' margins, says Retail NZ interim chief executive Greg Harford. The outcome will be felt in the automotive sector as much as anywhere else. Car servicing is in many cases already a "grudge purchase", and with increased pressure on pay packets to buy food and other commodities, it seems likely many people will put off servicing their cars for as long as possible to save money. The new car market is already starting to soften, with sales for March 5.4 percent lower than this time last year, and the whole market 3.7 percent down on the first three months of 2018. And it's likely used car sales will follow. Says MIA CEO David Crawford: "It indicates that after a sustained period of growth the 2019 market is likely to be down on last year." Faced with what might well be a bleak winter for some, today might be a good time to dust off those "special offers" and start attracting customers into your workshops before they start feeling the pinch. Find solutions for every brake job at Or freecall the Bendix Brake Advice Centre on 1800 819 666 Bendix is a trademark of Honeywell International Inc. Your customers demand more from their vehicles everyday with heavy loads and driving on construction sites. Feel confident that Bendix Heavy Duty Disc Brake Pads work as hard as they do. READY TO WORK HARDER, COOLER AND LONGER. Performance WORSE BETTER 0 2 4 6 8 10 FADE PAD LIFE ROTOR LIFE BRAKE NOISE OPERATING FRICTION LEVEL WHEEL CLEANLINESS Bendix Heavy Duty Competitor

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