New Zealand

Australian car assembly industry doomed

Australia’s car assembly industry will not survive the economic recession, and Holden will probably be the first to go, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson said today:

“Holden’s owner, General Motors, is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. The U.S. government will rescue the parent company in order to protect American jobs, but there’s no way the American government is going to rescue Australian jobs.”

Public being mislead over roading

The government is being less than honest with the public over its roading plans, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“The government has announced seven major roads, offering them as a cure for the country’s transport needs. In fact, the new roads will probably benefit the National Party’s friends in big business more than the average motorist.”

“History has shown that new roads rarely solve traffic congestion for very long. At best they usually just move the congestion somewhere else.”

Roller coaster ahead for oil prices

Cheap fuel prices are a Christmas present that may not last very long, says the carbuyer’s Dog & Lemon Guide.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson said today:

“Low oil prices mean that suppliers are already cutting back production. Sooner or later the supply of oil will no longer meet demand, and the prices must go up again.”

“Low oil prices mean that oil companies will simply close down costly oil plants. Examples of this are deep-sea oil rigs and shale oil refineries, which are only really economic when international prices are high.”

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.”

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?”

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.”

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,”

If politicians were cars …

If politicians were cars, how would they be rated by The Dog & Lemon Guide?

Helen Clark becomes a Hummer battlewagon. John Key becomes a smooth and slick 1950s American sports car, while Greens leader Jeanette Fitzsimons gets run over by Helen Clark. Act leader Rodney Hide is ‘an overweight relic of the 1980s’, who gets compared to Police Chief Wiggum from the tv show, The Simpsons. Winston Peters becomes a Ford Model T, “currently subject to a factory recall due to wheels falling off.”

Motoring expert repeats challenge to National over toll roads

The National Party still needs to answer the hard questions on toll roads, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson said today: