Media Releases

These are the most recent media releases from the Dog and Lemon Guide.
Ask us if you'd like to be emailed media releases as they come out.

Car industry collapse could decimate Kiwi economy

The meltdown in the world’s car industry could have far-reaching effects for New Zealanders, says a car industry expert.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide says the global car industry crisis is far more serious than problems faced by the world’s banks.

“Unlike the financial sector, which essentially produces numbers, the motor industry makes real products and employs real people. Virtually all our major trading partners have motor industries that are in decline or collapse. There’s no way this won’t drag our economy down, too.”

Ford plant announcement won’t save local industry

Ford’s announcement that it will keep its Victorian engine plant open until 2010 will do little to save the Australian car assembly industry, says a leading car industry expert.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide, says the fate of the Australian assembly industry rests with US president Barack Obama, not Ford Australia.

“Ford & General Motors are essentially bankrupt. The U.S. government will eventually rescue them because it has no choice.”

Proposed motorcycle law change doesn’t go far enough

A proposed law change that would require motorcyclists to drive with their headlights on at all times doesn’t go far enough, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“It’s common sense that a motorcyclist with his headlights on is easier to spot than a motorcyclist with his headlights off. Why stop at motorcycles? It’s surely just as obvious that a car with its headlights on is also easier to spot than a car with its headlights off?”

Australian car industry bailout doomed to failure

The Australian government’s $6billion car industry bailout is simply rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, says a leading car industry expert.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide, says that unless Australia is prepared to block all imported cars, its industry is doomed.

“While I sympathise with the workers and businesses who rely on the car assembly to survive, the government’s package is simply corporate welfare that will not save the industry.”

Call for National to disclose its relationship with toll road company

The National Party must disclose its true relationship with toll road company Macquarie New Zealand, says the car buyer’s watchdog, The Dog & Lemon Guide.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“John Key’s advisor on toll roads works for a toll road company. This same company is likely to get the contract to operate toll roads on behalf of the government. There may be an entirely innocent explanation for this relationship. If so, why won’t John Key front up and answer questions on the subject?”

National evades tough questions over toll roads

With less than three weeks till the election, the National Party still hasn’t answered the hard questions on toll roads, says the car buyers’ watchdog, The Dog & Lemon Guide.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“It seems likely that a National government will hand out toll road contracts to a businessman who’s a former head of the National party and who is also National’s advisor on toll roads. This is a blatant conflict of interest, yet National refuses to answer questions on the subject.”

Australia should prepare for the end of its car assembly industry

The recent loss of 500 jobs at Ford Australia is the beginning of the end for car assembly in Australia, says a leading car industry expert.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide, predicts that both Ford and General Motors are highly likely to go bankrupt within the next year. Matthew-Wilson’s view is shared by the international credit ratings agency, Standard & Poors.

Don’t invest in classic cars – expert

Classic cars are a very poor investment, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

Dog & Lemon Guide editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, says:

“With the current economic turmoil, people are looking for safer investments, and some are buying up classic cars in the hope that these vehicles will gain in value. My advice is: don’t,”

Expert predicts bloodbath in the New Zealand car industry

A third of New Zealand’s car dealers could go out of business in the next 18 months, says a leading car industry commentator.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide, says:

“Sales of new cars for private use were down more than 16% on the same month last year in August, while new commercial vehicle sales were down almost 23%. Used car registrations were down 39% compared to a year ago,”

Daytime running lights will be compulsory in Europe from 2011

The European Commission has ruled that all new cars operating in the EU must have daytime running lights from February 2011.

Daytime running lights make it easier to see vehicles and have been shown to improve road safety.

Daytime running lights are smaller than headlights. They are mounted on the front of the vehicle and switch on automatically when the engine is started. They are often mounted lower than headlights and put out less light.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide, says Australia should adopt a similar measure.