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Bay Nissan is dealer of the year

Bay Nissan is dealer of the year

August 6, 2007, Midday. Nissan New Zealand has named Bay Nissan of Tauranga its Dealer of the Year 2007.

In judging the award, Nissan looks at the total contribution of all departments of the dealership, as well as customer satisfaction levels.

It measures sales and after sales customer service and awards a score based on responses to surveys sent to Nissan buyers by Nissan New Zealand.

Bay Nissan received the highest combined score of all Nissan dealerships in New Zealand.

It’s the eighth time Bay Nissan has won the award.

Dealer principal, Michael Farmer, will travel to Tokyo in October to be the guest of the Nissan Motor Company at a special Global Awards Ceremony.

“Bay Nissan, since its inception, has placed a huge emphasis on delivering the highest level of service to our customers,” Farmer said.

“Nothing is more important to us at Bay Nissan than knowing that our customers have confidence in our ability to honestly and fairly meet their motoring needs.”

This award comes at a time when Bay Nissan has just begun building its new dealership on Hewlett’s Road, Mount Maunganui.

The new facility will open early next year.

MTA gives vehicle immobilisers conditional okay

August 6, 2007, Midday. The motor Trade Association (MTA) has decided to give conditional support to a rule mandating vehicle immobilisers.

It wants mandatory fitment deferred until 2010 and to apply only to vehicles eight years or younger at time of entry to New Zealand.

Customers also should have the choice of the level of protection and the immobilisers should be fitted at point of sale to accommodate the customer’s choice.

The MTA also says immobilisers that break down should be repaired, not bypassed, “but at this point there is uncertainty about whether it would be practical for immobilisers to be checked at the time of the WoF”.

GM revs up its profit

August 6, 2007, Midday. General Motors, recently the subject of criticism and speculation after being overtaken by Toyota, has accelerated past forecasts.

The American giant has announced a second-quarter profit of $US891 million, helped by cost-cutting and by sales growth in key markets.

This was its third consecutive quarterly profit compared to a loss of $US3.4 billion in the same period a year earlier.




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