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Your car is probably your next biggest asset to your home, and you will spend a considerable amount of time in your car over your lifetime.
Life is too short to be worrying about your car. You need a car that suits your lifestyle. 
We have a comprehensive range of the world's best valued and most reliable cars ready for you to experience. You can drive your dream today. It is that easy.   

Since 1945, The Bowater Motor Group has been providing the Nelson region with quality vehicles and servicing that is second to none. Now, even more so than ever before, it is possible to drive your dream.
The future of car technology has arrived.
With our stores, showrooms and customer centres spread all over the wider Nelson region we are confident that our long history in the area means that we not only know what works best around here, but what will work best for you.   

Think Bowaters and three things come to mind...
Quality, excellence and vehicles to suit a lifestyle.

Whether for urban, business or off-road, let Bowater's begin your journey.
If you're going somewhere - The Bowater Motor Group will take you there.

Electrification and the future of motoring

As the latest round of the Climate Change conference gets underway at COPS26 in Glasgow, it is a very pertinent time to be discussing the future of personal mobility. 

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The next generation in Toyota technology, the production photos of the 2022 Toyota bz4x - an all electric SUV. 

This article is as real as it gets from the perspective of a company that has been in the business of providing transportation solutions to the top of the South Island for nearly 80 years.

The simple fact of the matter is that we all need to move about from place to place, sometimes transport heavy things, or move families of either very young people, or very old people, longer distances than they can comfortably walk. The arguement with the last point can be made for a more efficient and better functioning public transport infrastructure, but the realities of our present system make this somewhat unrealistic in the top of the south. Our region is very large, and our relatively small population is spread far and wide, and spread very thinly in some areas. 

Personal mobility is at the core of this conversation. As a culture we have become very time sensitive, and most of us feel we have the need or urgency to do things immediately. Car pooling is certainly a positive step toward enabling that a single trip is as efficient as possible but getting into work or school and home again is just one of the many uses we all have for cars. Once you add in the commercial sector into the conversation it begins to get very complicated very fast. 

If we want to address the elephant in the room, that being the changing climate, maybe it is time to start looking at our own options when it comes to the choices we are making around personal mobility. This is a BIG conversation, so let's jump into it.

New all electric Lexus will be under $80k and will get clean car discount.

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Lexus continues the expansion of its comprehensive electrified range of vehicles with its first full battery electric UX 300e.
The UX 300e will land shortly after the introduction of the New Zealand Government’s Clean Car Discount which sees the UX 300e qualifying for a rebate of $8,625 under the low emissions scheme currently*.

Lexus New Zealand Chief Executive, Neeraj Lala, says it’s exciting to reveal the marque’s first battery electric vehicle, which is a crucial step on a journey focused deliberately on low emissions for the company.

Open under Covid Level 3

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As our region moves to Alert Level 3 we would like to emphasize that your safety and the safety of our staff is our highest priority, and we have strict hygiene and safety protocols in place.

While operating at Alert Level 3 we are able to do the following:

  • Provide contactless vehicle servicing.
  • You can still Test drive - it is sanitised and contactless.
  • Carry out contactless delivery of vehicles.
  • Remote sales and finance assistance.

Visiting any of ou BMG Stores is only possible by prior appointment, please contact us to book a time, our team will be happy to assist.

Bowater Toyota
Nelson : ph 03 546 9269
Richmond : ph 03 544 1117
Motueka : ph 03 528 9600

Bowater Hyundai, Isuzu & Renault
Nelson : 03 545 8032

Mag & Turbo 
Nelson : 03 546 7008

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