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Community touch ‘rewarding’
Who: Chris Bowater.
What: Chief executive.
Where: Bowater Hyundai.
Born to sell cars: Chris Bowater.
How long have you been in the
Born with petrol in my veins (third
generation), last 11 years directly involved
in the Bowater Motor Group managing our
Honda, Z Fuel and, more recently,
including Hyundai and Isuzu business.
How long with Bowater Hyundai?
We opened the new Hyundai dealership
back in 2007. Since then the dealership has
out-grown our initial premises,
necessitating that we needed to upsize –
just opened last week on the corner of
Rutherford and Hardy Streets our
completely refurbished much larger
What I do:
My main role is assisting our team of
people to be the very best they can be and
making sure we are constantly and
consistently delivering an outstanding
experience for each and every one of our
customers, from buyers through to those
servicing their vehicles.
What do you enjoy most about your
It is all about the people and the
community. We are a family business and
I like that we are involved with our
community; personally, the ultimate
reward in life is knowing that you have
done all that you can.
A white mini 1100 with fats and a racing
steering wheel – it was a very cool little
What do you drive now?
A white 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite.
I have been eyeing up the Hyundai Genesis
Coupe for a while, but it has always been
an overseas model. Very happy to say it
will be here in New Zealand for sale at the
end of the year.
Outside of work, what are your
Family, boxing, rugby and travel.
Respecting, and valuing people and
relationships in business and everyday life
brings not only business success, but is
also ultimately enriching in itself.
Lots of Alfas
Fiat Chrysler will unveil seven new Alfa
Romeo models to increase sales of the
sports car brand fivefold, a report says.
Alfa plans to release a convertible Spider
by 2016, followed by the sedan and wagon
versions of the Giulia and Alfetta models in
2017 and 2018, respectively, according to
Germany’s AutoBild magazine.
Road safety experts here will be interested
in the UK safety charity Brake which is
helping bereaved families there calling for
tougher charges and penalties for drivers
who kill and injure, to provide justice for
victim families and deter risky driving. The
British Ministry of Justice is considering
whether to change charges and penalties
for serious driving offences. Following
that, the Sentencing Council will review its
guidelines to judges.
The EU has endorsed plans to introduce
compulsory accident monitoring systems
in vehicles from 2017. The Europe-wide
system to handle emergency calls sent
automatically by cars or triggered
manually by people in the car in case of a
crash must be working by October 2017.
In 2012 Renault teamed up with Caterham
to design, and build sports cars but it’s
now reported that because of differing
views on developing the vehicles, Renault
is ending the partnership before any
vehicles are finished. Caterham is to
continue on its own with vehicles
scheduled to launch in late 2016. It
remains to be seen if they will share the
same architecture and Renault
Jag SUV seen
Jaguar’s new SUV, first seen as the C-X17
concept car has been spotted out testing.
The SUV sits on the same all-aluminium
platform as the upcoming XE compact
sedan, and will take on the Audi Q5 and
BMW X3 in the premium mid-sized SUV
F1 in 2015
Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone
says a United States-backed team led by
NASCAR’s Gene Haas is among two new
teams likely to join the series next season.
Ecclestone said he has held talks with
the sport’s governing body and there was
agreement about expansion next season.
‘‘They will be accepted, and we’ve also
accepted another team as well, although
whether they’ll make it or not is another
story,’’ Ecclestone said.
The other 2015 bidder is believed to be
an Eastern Europe-based entry backed by
Colin Kolles, who was with defunct teams
HRT, Midland and Spyker.
FIA president Jean Todt confirmed
applications were being considered. They
will need approval from the governing body
and the commercial rights holder, headed
Haas said he had not heard from Eccle-
stone or the FIA.
‘‘We haven’t been notified by the FIA, but
Bernie is kind of half Formula One, so I’m
sure what he says goes,’’ Haas said. ‘‘I have
no doubt that even if Mr Ecclestone says
he’s OK with it, there’s probably another
few weeks of legal paperwork’’ before FIA
would issue a license.
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