Toyota

That’s when they still built them properly

There is a story on 3News about a Toyota Hilux that has been to the moon and back…twice.

Kiwi Glenn Holmes has a vehicle that has almost done enough kilometres to travel to the moon and back twice.

Instead of going to into space, Mr Holmes has managed to rack up more than 1.2 million kilometres on the clock by doing his newspaper run – 300km a day around Manawatu.

He was doing that when it reached 1 million, a milestone he never planned to reach. In fact, when he bought the car 22 years ago he had never planned to hang onto it for that long.

“I thought I’d keep it two years and sell it to buy another one, but that didn’t happen so [I] just kept trucking along,” Mr Holmes says.

The ute takes more time and money to maintain than Mr Holmes has at the moment.

“I used to change the oil every 5000km,” he says, “which in this vehicle equated to an oil change every first Monday of the month.”   Read more »

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Ranger out muscles Hilux for 2014

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Hilux is no longer the king of the utes.

The Ford Ranger has toppled them which is unsurprising given how poos the Hilux has become since 2005.

Car sales in New Zealand are the strongest they’ve ever been, with the Motor Trade Association (MTA) reporting a 21 percent increase last year.

But something that might surprise farmers and tradies is that the Ford Ranger ute is now the most popular light commercial vehicle in the country, taking the title off the Toyota Hilux for the first time in more than 30 years.

“The Ranger, they’re everywhere. It’s amazing but they’re just great value all-round, great vehicles,” says Bruce Ramsay of Dyers Road ITM, a Christchurch company that has just upgraded its vehicle fleet with 15 new Ford Ranger utes.

According to MTA figures, the Ranger’s now the most popular ute in the country. Nearly 6500 of them were sold last year.   Read more »

Dirty politics derangement syndrome – Wendyl Nissen

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Better grab my box of tissues. Wendyl Nissen has had a big sook in the NZ Herald about wanting to be on the side of angels.

There is a lot of crap out there currently about dirty politics and it’s getting tedious.

Self-important luvvies getting in a tizzy thinking they are important enough to actually be targeted for treatment.

Both Cactus and I confirm they were never paid by anyone to discredit Wendyl Nissen. All posts were a labour of love.

We also add it was a mighty hard task to discredit her anyway as no one discredits Wendyl in print better than Wendyl herself.

 

Wendyl Nissen says that she hasn’t bothered to read the posts on WOBH about her articles, and doesn’t want anyone else to either.

We think she should.  That’s why the team at WOBH want to be helpful for people looking to see what we and other readers have said about Wendyl Nissen’s criticism of various food products and other issues she claims to be an expert in.   Read more »

Dirty Len Brown drives a dirtier car while imploring us all to take trains

Len Brown, well known for his dirty rooting is now int eh gun for his dirty car after launching a campaign for us to be clean and green and continuing to push his train-set.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown has opted for a less fuel efficient official car, just weeks after launching a new strategy to cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, it has been reported.

A new Holden Commodore has been delivered to Mr Brown for use as the official mayoral car — his third Holden in seven years, with a carbon footprint more than 70 per cent bigger than some of the alternatives, Radio New Zealand reported.

The Holden Calais V-Series V6 has a carbon footprint 50 per cent bigger than a Skoda Superb and 73 per cent bigger than a Toyota Hybrid Camry, the broadcaster said, and comes just over a month after Mr Brown launched the Low Carbon Auckland Action Plan, which aims to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2040.

Part of the plan encourages the use of more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Mr Brown told Radio New Zealand it was the only suitable option for his needs.

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The Great Ute Debate: Which ute wins a tug of war?

Here are three videos I found to explore the discussion we had recently about the pulling power of utes.

Many people stated that towing capacity and pulling power was imperative for their ute.

While it was useful at work most also use their ute on weekend for recreational towing of the boat, or trailers with Quads, and motorbikes.

Some people commented that the Volkswagen Amarok might appear to have good towing and pull capacity but they were unconvinced.

So let’s look at a fun way to compare this. By the way if any manufacturers want to compete in a WOBH supervised event similar to these then drop me an email.

VW Amarok vs Ford Ranger:

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The Great Ute debate

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I need your help in deciding what ute to get.

Now for the purposes of this discussion we are talking about a double cab 4×4 ute…not some next to useless low slung fancy thing that is useless for anything other than carting around one bludger at a time.

Ok, so I have had a test drive of a Ford Ranger and at the moment I am testing a Volkswagen Amarok. I can’t test all utes out there, so I want to crowdsource my decision-making process…and possibly design the perfect ute along the way.

I need your help though and want to run a series of surveys to see where we end up, and to create a decision-making series of posts.

Today is the first post in the series…let’s start with the basics.

The premise of this discussion is origin.

Should origin be a deciding factor in the ute you buy?   Read more »

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Another sign of a healthy economy

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New vehicle purchases are their highest since 1994.

Commercial vehicle purchases are up 20%, which is more tangible evidence of improved business confidence and expansion.

New Zealand continues to perform at levels not seen in decades: March 2014 is the best since 1994 at 11,238 registrations, up 18% year-on-year and bringing the First Quarter total to 30,824 units, up 15% on 2013. Commercial vehicles are up 20% in March and 19% year-to-date. In the brands ranking, Toyota (16%), Ford (10.7%) and Holden (8.5%) reign supreme as usual, but Mitsubishi is catching up, up 3 spots on February to #4 and 7.8% share, passing Hyundai, Mazda and Nissan.

In terms of proper blokes vehicles…utes…Ford has knocked Toyota off their perch.  Read more »

I need a new ute, got any ideas?

I am looking for a new ute, there are plenty on the market, but what should I get.

I need a double cab, 4WD, shoot off the back and running board capabilities and a tuff deck of some sort…having a bluetooth phone connection is handy but not essential.

A Toyota Hilux: The former go to truck for a good keen man. Though a few owners, both commercial and recreational tell me they aren’t as happy as they used to be with Toyota’s offerings now. They are also on the expensive side.

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A Nissan Navara: People I know who have these trucks rave about them.

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Some poor bugger isn’t going to get their new ute!!

Somebody won’t be getting a new black Hilux ute.

Public service announcement: Positions Vacant. We seek a skilled spatially aware driver for our car transport company, must be aware of bridge heights!!

THIS truck driver might want his time over again.

He made an embarrassing misjudgement, trying to squeeze his car carrier under the M1 at Springwood but ended up smashing a ute perched on his trailer.

The incident was captured on dashboard cam by a shocked motorist about 5pm Wednesday.

As the truck goes to make a right-hand turn on to Underwood Rodad, the driver underestimates the height of his vehicle and smashes a black Toyota Hilux into the concrete bridge.

It was a near miss for other vehicles riding the carrier, the roofs of a VW buggy and white ute barely scrape under.

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Toyota bails, car industry now dead across the Tasman, killed by unions

Toyota has finally jacked it in, announcing they are closing their plant in Australia, joining Ford and Holden in halting manufacturing of cars in Australia.

The end of car manufacturing in Australia – confirmed with Toyota’s announcement that it would shut local production in 2017, taking thousands of jobs with it – could tip Victoria and South Australia into recession, industry experts and economists have warned.

The automotive giant’s global boss, Akio Toyoda, travelled to the Altona plant and told 2500 workers their jobs would go in three years. The decision is a massive blow for the Victorian economy in particular, where more than 25,000 jobs are likely to go across the car and automotive components industries. Unions claim 50,000 skilled jobs may be lost nationally. Toyota will follow Ford and Holden out of the country, with all three car makers announcing in the last year that they would cease manufacturing by 2017. All three brands will now import all their vehicles.

Those jobs weren’t real anyway…heavily subsidised, loans, grants and tax breaks for the companies. The unions can hardly complain with the workers heavily unionised and paid far above their actual worth or productivity justified.

That isn’t stopping them from blaming everyone but themselves.

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten blamed Toyota’s demise on the Abbott government. ‘‘It’s an unmitigated disaster,’’ he said.

‘‘The car industry has died under the Abbott government. It’s a disgrace.’’   Read more »