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Motor Equipment News July 2019

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2 Motor Equipment News July 2019 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 July 2019 14 OEM news 22 Lighting feature 24 Diagnostics 29 EValuation 30 Fieldays 32 Diesel Industry News 34 Business directory 36 Motor sport E D SPE A K Investigate the NZTA There seems to be a growing trend among public servants to create controversy – perhaps to show they're doing some semblance of work! The latest is about safety and imported used cars. For years we've had ANCAP ratings, scientifically-proven star safety guides developed using repeatable crash tests, and backed by two governments as well as road safety advocates and motoring associations and clubs, in conjunction with the world's top crash test assessment body, Euro NCAP. They have served us well, are continually revised to ensure they keep up with the times, and are without doubt the best way that's available of assessing whether a car is safe or not. However, some time ago the New Zealand Transport Agency decided it would create its own "guide" to safety for used cars, based on totally unscientific "evidence" of crashes, without taking into account how the crashes happened, if it was a car or driver problem, what conditions were like, etc, etc, etc. In other words, rule of thumb! Now this agency – which seems to be a law unto itself – has declared certain cars which were five stars safe when new under ANCAP suddenly become one star under its "guide" the moment they are used. And has further declared that they should be outlawed from importation. We know "common sense" is often an oxymoron when it comes to public servants, but this one takes the cake. I'm all for greater road safety, and ensuring that cars in use are safe to drive. However, using a totally arbitrary "guide" when there's a perfectly sound scientific ANCAP one already in existence beggars belief. Maybe what we should be investigating is not how to confuse the public with broad sweeping statements that have no evidential truth, but in looking into the NZTA itself, and how it operates. At the moment we have total deflection away from the real problems. What's happening about safer roads – not lower speed limits, but making the roads safer to drive on? Better driving – not slowing everybody down to a crawl? Policing texting at the wheel and unsafe cellphone use, not just ignoring it? Not to mention drugged driving. My personal belief is that the NZTA has lost its way, has no idea how to handle these problems, and so chooses to ignore them, instead skirting around the main issues by highlighting relatively minor ones, not the biggies. 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. FOR CLEANER RIMS ON EUROPEAN VEHICLES With Bendix Euro+ there is less dust on the rims, improved stopping power and quieter, smoother braking. Cleanliness BETTER After braking with Euro+ from Bendix New rim before any braking 80 90 70 50 30 10 60 40 20 0 NEW RIM BEFORE ANY BRAKING AFTER BRAKING WITH STANDARD BRAKE PAD AFTER BRAKING WITH EURO+ FROM BENDIX

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