New T-Cross

Limited edition Amarok merchandise

2018 Volkswagen Dealer of the Year Awards

On Friday the 8th March 2019, Volkswagen New Zealand hosted the Dealer Awards to celebrate the year of 2018.

This year the teams from both our Hamilton and Taupo dealerships have put in a huge effort and were able to bring home an impressive collection of awards including:


  • Metro Winner – Passenger Service Department of the Year
  • Metro Winner – Marketing Campaign of the Year
  • Metro Runner Up – Dealer of the Year
  • Metro Runner Up – Passenger Sales Department of the Year
  • Business Manager of the Year Winner – Alex Middlemiss


  • Provincial Winner – 5-Star Customer Experience – Commercial Sales
  • Provincial Winner – Parts Department of the Year
  • Provincial Finalist – Commercial Service Department of the Year

Thank you to all our customers who have made all of this possible. We really appreciate your on-going support and will continue to do the best we can for you.


IT Partners moves to an entire Volkswagen fleet

Last week we had the pleasure of delivering one more vehicle to IT Partners which completed their Volkswagen fleet.


While we were there we asked IT Partners Director, Andrew Johnson, “What made you choose to transition to VW for your entire fleet range?”

“Ebbett Volkswagen are so easy to deal with and they’re there when you need them. When we have extra staff starting, it [a new car] just happens. When we make changes, it all just gets taken care of. I sign a few bits of paper and we just get new cars all the time, it really makes life easy.”

“On top of that, the vehicles are better/safer for our team, and the VW brand fits in well with our brand values.”

“If I had to describe Ebbett Volkswagen in three words, it would be reliable, onto it, and organised.”

Ebbett loan fleet goes electric

Driving electric vehicles for a better Waikato

Volkswagen goes green with the colour blue – our Think Blue initiative

Think Blue is an overarching commitment to sustainability and positive environmental practices; it’s about developing concepts and ideas that make a difference over and above the limitations of product and technology.

The Think Blue programme aims to encourage us all to act in a more environmentally-friendly way and the extension of this programme into the Waikato allows our partners to be at the forefront of the drive for a more sustainable region and more environmentally positive actions by business.



Amarok Announced NZ Ute Of The Year 2018

Amarok. NZ ute of the year. Sweet as.

The Volkswagen Amarok has taken away the 2018 AA Driven NZ Ute of the Year award on top of wining 2018 International Ute of the Year.

“Kiwis no longer see the ute as a work horse, instead it takes pride of place in the garage as the family vehicle, so it’s up to manufacturers to meet the needs and Volkswagen has done this in spades with the Amarok. Not only does it have superb handling but European styling inside and out while introducing the most powerful V6 diesel engine in its class.”

– Award quote from the judging panel

Polo Top Car of the Year

The Volkswagen Polo is New Zealand’s Stuff Top Car of the Year

The all-new Polo wows with its high-tech features not expected from a small car

Every year hundreds of new vehicles are assessed by motoring journalists and ranked on their merits against their competitors. This year, Volkswagen Polo has won the Supreme Award as New Zealand’s best car, of all cars on the market – Stuff Top Car of the year Award 2018.

“I do get very biased with our vehicles. I think our whole range is amazing, however there is something quite special about the Polo. The new Polo personifies everything that is great about Volkswagen and we are so very happy that it has won this award.”

Tom Ruddenklau, General Manager Volkswagen New Zealand

The new generation Polo was introduced in February 2018. It includes four impressive models, offering more choice than ever. The TSI, Beats, R-Line and GTI, the result is a broad range of models to suit different lifestyles and available from $25,490.

Polo stood out among the competition for its advanced technology, good looks and on-road capabilities. A class leader for its fuel efficiency and safety, Stuff journalists have labelled the Polo “the Simply Brilliant Allrounder.” Read the full review here.

With 17 million units sold world-wide, Polo has become an icon in its own right. Since its launch, Polo has also picked up accolades off shore including the prestigious Urban car of the year award at the New York Auto Show in March this year.

Ebbett Volkswagen named Dealer of the Year for 2017

Ebbett Volkswagen received the prestigious award of the nest Volkswagen Dealership in New Zealand in 2017 for the second consecutive year.

Volkswagen New Zealand has recognised and rewarded all-round excellence at its inaugural Volkswagen Dealer of the year awards. The gala event, held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, celebrated the winners within the Volkswagen Retail network across a range of departments including Customer Experience, Parts, Service, Finance, Passenger Sales, Commercial Sales and Marketing before presenting top awards for Provincial Dealer of the Year, Metro Dealer of the Year and the overall Volkswagen Dealer of the Year.

Tom Ruddenklau, General Manager of Volkswagen New Zealand, explained that the event was an opportunity to celebrate not only success, but the delivery of the Volkswagen brand in our communities.

“Our dealer of the year awards is a momentous occasion where we recognise just how important our people are. We are blessed with world class products from Volkswagen, however it is our dealer teams who ultimately make the difference and transform our business from being a company who delivers cars to a company who brings to life a customer relationship with the Volkswagen Brand.”

The event was attended by representatives and partners from 17 Volkswagen dealerships, and Volkswagen New Zealand staff. The evening was also an opportunity for Volkswagen NZ to recognise all its newly certified staff and the four newly qualified Master Technicians taking the total from 17 to 21 across the company.

Tom Ruddenklau added

“as a nation in general we are not one to boast about how good we are, however it is important, especially among peers to recognise those that have gone above and beyond and have excelled.”

The Dealer of the Year is a program which focuses on topline results, quality and delivery of brand experience. The 2017 Dealer of the Year winners are:

Overall Volkswagen Dealer of the Year

  • Ebbett Volkswagen, Hamilton


  • Parts Department of the Year: Euro City, Napier
  • Service Department of the Year: W.R. Phillips, New Plymouth
  • Passenger Sales Department of the Year: Autoworld Timaru, Timaru
  • Commercial Sales Departent of the Year: Autoworld Timaru, Timaru
  • Marketing Department of the Year: Autoworld Timaru, Timaru\
  • Provincial Dealer of the Year: AutoworldTimaru, Timaru


  • Parts Department of the Year: Ebbett Volkswagen, Hamilton
  • Service Department of the Year: Ebbett Volkswagen, Hamilton
  • Business Manager: Ebbett Volkswagen, Hamilton
  • Passenger Sales Department of the Year: Continental Cars, Auckland
  • Commercial Sales Department of the Year: Farmer Volkswagen, Tauranga
  • Marketing Department of the Year: Tristram European, Auckland and Miles Continental, Christchurch
  • Metro Dealer of the Year: Ebbett Volkswagen, Hamilton

Our Epic Kiwi Road Trip

The Ebbett Volkswagen team kiwi road trip.

The team at Ebbett Volkswagen are sharing a VW California for one week each to create their version of the ultimate kiwi road trip. Follow their year-long adventure, and make sure to follow #kiwifornia on Instagram.