The Ateco Group, or the Australian Tractor and Engineering Company as it was originally founded, started life as a general engineering company. At that time, Ateco offered a wide range of engineering and complete vehicle solutions within what was then a highly regulated and tariff protected, locally manufactured vehicle and transport industry.
In 1985 the company was acquired by Neville Crichton, a successful businessman and entrepreneur who had worked in his native New Zealand, Australia and the United States across a broad range of automotive business. Crichton was attracted to Ateco by its license to import Suzuki vehicles to the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). He correctly saw that a sea change in Australian automotive tariffs and automotive import rules would open the car market and produce a range of business opportunities for car companies that had left the Australian car market or never launched here.
Even in an industry renowned for its rapidly evolving business and products, the history of the Ateco Group shows it to be a uniquely dynamic and fast-moving company that grabs opportunities, maximises them and provides Original Equipment Manufacturers or OEMs with excellent growth in markets serviced by Ateco Group companies.
The Ateco Group, the largest Australasia-owned independent automotive distribution company, has moved to a new office, training and warehouse facility in the Sydney suburb of Lidcombe to meet growing demand for the products of the brands it represents in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
The Parramatta Lions will be able to spend more time on the road to making Parramatta a better place to live, work and grow, raising funds for a wide range of charities and providing vital assistance in emergencies thanks to LDV Parramatta which has provided the Parramatta Lions with a brand new LDV G10 van to use for their work.
The Maserati Levante Vulcano is on sale in Australia with seven of the 150 produced for Europe and Asia coming to Australia.
As if its imposing presence on the road and the inimitable rumble of its 5.7 litre Hemi V8 engine was not enough, the 2019 RAM 1500 Laramie will be unmistakable on Australian roads thanks to its new grille and 30 cm high raised chrome badging on the tailgate. The new ‘high viz’ RAM badging for the 1500 Laramie is the most obvious change to the RAM 1500 model since its launch last year. The RAM 1500 Express has also gained a new reversing camera and the Trailer Brake Control.