Northern News : April 11th 2012
13 NORTHERN NEWS, APRIL 11, 2012 Pacific Motor Group Klinac Lane Waipapa Ph 09 407 4700 Ron Barker 0274 521 617 John Jenkinson 0274 829 394 www.pacificmotorgroup.co.nz 2004 FORD FALCON BA XR6 68,000KM $16,900 2004 MAZDA Axela 2.3 Sport Tiptronic 75,000km just arrived $18,995 2006 FALCON BF2 XR6 Luxury Pack dual climate air, premium sound $19,995 HONDA odyssey 7 seater leather 2.4 Petrol 65,000km towbar $18,995 2006 NZ NEW BMW Z4 COUPE, 15,000KM, SMELLS AND LOOKS LIKE NEW $49,995 2009 MAZDA BT50 SDX 4X4 AUTOMATIC, LOW KM'S, FULLY LOADED WITH THOUSANDS OF $$ WORTH OF EXTRAS JUST ARRIVED 2010 MAZDA 3 SEDANS & HATCH'S * BALANCE OF FREE SERVICING * BALANCE OF MANUFACTURERS WARRANTY * BALANCE OF FREE ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE * FIRST IN FIRST SERVED DRIVING NORTHLAND FOR 100 YEARS Trades Welcome - Onsite Finance + many more cars to choose from 4406208AD "JUST LANDED" "SCOOP PURCHASE" Ph/Fax (09) 407 6627 55D Cobham Road, Kerikeri Mob: 0274 532 220 COURTESY CARS AVAILABLE 3420464AU Moving Premises Soon For all your WOF and automotive servicing needs. Comprehensive vehicle repairs: Cars, Vans, Utes, 4 x 4s, Light Trucks. NorthlandMotoring Your guide to what's new on the road Advertising feature Nuda may not get Kiwis revved up Identity crisis: BMW's Husqvarna Nuda roadbike emerges. By PAUL OWEN It s hard to predict the fate of the Husqvarna Nuda 900, which is the first real roadbike to emerge from the former Swedish dirtbike brand under BMW s manage- ment. The Nuda s completely dif- ferent from every other motorcycle on the market, and Kiwi bikers will no doubt have to first acquire a taste for it before it will begin to sell in any significant volume in this market. The Swedish company began building motorcycles in 1903. These days, the Husqvarna name is applied to four separ- ate companies, only one of which is owned by BMW and makes motorcycles. Unfortunately for BMW s lofty ambitions for Husq- varna, the Nuda appears to be a bike that has yet to decide what it is. Is this parallel-twin pow- ered naked streetbike a tourer? Is it a track bike, something to take to non- competitive track days? There are two Nuda models, the 900 that costs $17,490 , and the 900R for $19,990. Neither feels fully devel- oped in terms of its chassis dynamics despite the latter possessing a significant up- grade in suspension and braking. At a glance: Engine: 898cc liquid- cooled dohc 8v parallel- twin stoked by fuel injection. Transmission: Six-speed sequential gearbox, chain final drive. Frame: Tubular steel trellis with cast alloy rear swingarm. Safety the priority in licensing changes The Motor Trade Associ- ation says the Government s announce- ment that it intends looking at reforms to deliver a simpler and more efficient vehicle licensing system has been well signalled to the industry and comes as no surprise. We have been aware for some time that Gov- ernment intends to look closely at potential changes. They have made no secret of the fact that they see poten- tial savings and efficiencies, however, it is an area that needs careful scrutiny if any improvements are to have a long-term ben- efit, MTA spokesman Ian Stronach says. Government s ration- ale is that these reforms have the potential to save millions of dollars in unnecessary costs and time for households, businesses and the Gov- ernment. While it s also been signalled that safety will remain a key priority in considering any changes, MTA is concerned that any inspection process should take into account New Zealand s unique motoring environment and that safety is the upmost priority. We appreciate the need to operate systems and processes as efficiently as possible. With an average age of more than 13 years, and getting older all the time, New Zealand s national fleet is old by First World standards, we would expect the potential risks that come with that to figure in Government s thinking, Mr Stronach says. In its 2011 Vehicle Servicing and Com- pliance Survey, MTA found that 9 per cent of all light vehicles surveyed had no current WOF. This equates to around a quarter of a million cars, vans and utes on the road without a WOF, potentially some of which are not in a roadworthy condition. MTA believes that there is an opportunity for government to also look at wider transport issues such as environ- mental and health costs. While MTA is all in favour of efficiencies, any outcome that too strongly takes into account economic gains, could end up proving more costly in terms of public safety.
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