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The GVI Team - 30+ Years of helping kiwi's into the drivers seat

We are GVI - get to know us!

When you deal with us, you deal with the owners of the business Peter Johnston (PJ) his son Hayden and their small experienced team.

At GVI, we pride ourselves on having a team of dedicated professionals who share a passion for delivering exceptional service and building lasting relationships with our customers. Each member of our team brings a unique set of skills and experiences that contribute to our collective success. We believe that our people are our greatest asset, and we are excited to introduce you to our valued team members

GVI Penrose Sales

GVI - Glenn Haslem
Glenn Haslem
General Manager
Favourite Car: Jeep Wrangler TJ

Glenn, aka “The Hazzman” heads up the team. With 35 years in the industry and over two decades of management experience working for big names like the Giltrap Group and Moyes Motor Group. Glenn is passionate about giving great service and ensuring your experience with GVI is not only professional and pressure free, but also a bit of fun! Outside of work Glenn can be found either driving his Jeep around with his two girls, looking at Jeep accessories or paying his girls to clean his Jeep.

GVI - Matt Price
Matt Price
Auckland Sales Manager
Favourite Car: Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series V8 Turbo Diesel

Originally from sunny Nelson, Matt has been part of the team for 6 Years now and started with us as a salesman in our Ssangyong New Vehicle team. Matt has moved his way up through the ranks and now heads our GVI Used Vehicle Team! Knowledgeable and enthusiastic Matt is always on hand to guide the team and work with you to ensure all your wants and needs are catered for! When he’s not at work Matt can be found on his boat or spending time with his Fiancé Margot enjoying Auckland’s many fine eateries!

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GVI - Darren Bruce
Darren Bruce
Senior Sales Consultant
Favourite Car: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

With 30+ years experience in the automotive industry, Darren first started with GVI in 2009 and if it has four wheels or more, he's likely driven it or helped his clients secure one. Darren would have to be the industries most pleasent man and offers his clients a comfortable and considered buying experience without pressure. Outside of work Darren loves travelling, especially to the mighty USA and is looking forward to ticking off even more yet unconquered destinations on the world map when able.

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GVI - Jackie Young
Jackie Young
Sales Consultant
Favourite Car: Honda Civic FK8 Type R
Can speak Mandarin

First starting at GVI in 2013, Jackie has the joy of being a young man with relentless energy and enthusiasiam and he uses that to his customers advantage to find the right vehicle in the quickest time. Jackie also speaks Mandarin and Cantonese fluently, an incredibly valuable asset for all of his many clients and his phone is always on, so if you want prompt service with calls & answers returned super fast, then Jackie is your man.

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GVI - Paul Brom
Paul Brom
Senior Sales Consultant
Favourite Car: Ford Escort RS Cosworth

Paul comes to us from an incredibly varied background having owned a chain of successful food bars and a famous 80's night club! With his wild days now behind him Paul's focus is on his three passions, his family, good food and of course fishing! Paul has been with the GVI team for over 8 years and always looks forward to meeting new people and helping them become satisfied new car owners.

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Electric Team

GVI - Geary Sutjahjo
Geary Sutjahjo
EV Specialist
Favourite Car: Toyota Chaser JZX100
Can speak Can speak Malay and Indonesian

From selling radio controlled electric cars to selling the real thing, Geary has come a long way! The youngest in the team, Geary has embraced the EV Life with both hands and is close to denouncing his evil ICE ways completely….except for maybe the odd weekend JZX cruise! Geary has developed an in-depth knowledge of EVs and is enjoying educating new comers on the joys and benefits of making the move to EV! Friendly and enthusiastic Geary is here to hold your hand and answer all your questions!

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GVI - David Khan
David Khan
Sales Consultant
Favourite Car: Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG

David comes to us with many years of automotive experience, having both sold cars & managing sales teams but most of all always looking after his customers incredibly well. You'll never not hear back from David and if there is a question he can't answer, then he'll quickly find it out & let you know. Everyone loves David's bright smile, positive attitude and attention to his customers, and if you would like to deal with someone who listens to what you would like to achieve, and then finds the right solutions, David is here & ready to help.

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GVI - Vincent Huysmans
Vincent Huysmans
Sales Consultant
Favourite Car: Mazda RX7 Series 6

Vincent's journey with GVI began in the groom bay, his dedication and hard work quickly earning him a promotion to managing our yard team. Now, Vincent has taken on a new challenge as part of our sales team. His transition from the yard to sales was a natural progression, driven by his passion for cars and his desire to see people well taken care of. Vincent's friendly, modest and genuine nature makes him a trusted advisor to our customers. He takes the time to understand their needs and helps them find the perfect vehicle to match their lifestyle and budget. When not at work Vincent enjoys boxing, dirt biking and tinkering with his JDM classic vehicles...that his mum would love out of her garage! We are proud to have Vincent as part of our team and look forward to seeing him continue to thrive in his new role!

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GVI Service Centre Ellerslie 09-579 6083

GVI - Eugen Sokin
Eugen Sokin
Service Manager
Favourite Car: BMW E30 M3

Eugen heads up our Service team and uses his 25 years of automotive experience to ensure both a high level of quality & a 'fix it right first time' ethic are achieved. He'll often be the person you meet when you have to show or describe what's needed for your vehicle, plus he'll tick off the job once complete. Eugen has been a huge fan of anything with wheels since before he could even walk and while he loves his European & Japanese cars, he holds a secret hankering to one day own a Jeep Wrangler.

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GVI - Luan  Phan
Luan Phan
Service Advisor
Favourite Car: Any cool JDM classic, but especially the mighty Toyota Chaser!

When you phone through direct to our Service team (09-5796083) Luan will most likely be the first person you'll speak to. He'll ask all of the right questions to ensure the best result from your visit and he'll book a time that suits you best - don't forget to enquire about booking a free loan car! Luan simply loves cars and he'll do his best to look after yours like it is his own. On weekends you'll find him around the bonnet of his collection or friends cars making fine adjustments, whether they needed it or not!

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GVI Tauranga

GVI - Mike Sheaff
Mike Sheaff
Sales Manager

Having grown up with a family who owned a motorcycle shop, Mike has always been around motor vehicles, so after working as a Qualified Accountant in Wellington, London and the Caribbean, it’s not surprising that when the opportunity to get involved in the family car business arose back in 2001 the suit and tie was traded in. Mike loves the industry and over the past 18 years has been involved in selling both new and used vehicles plus managing a full workshop. Mike can genuinely say there is never a dull day in the car industry! Mike and his father have been looking after people in the bay for 30 years so if you are after honest and friendly advice, let Mike help you chose your next great ride!

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GVI - Nigel Easterbrook
Nigel Easterbrook
Sales Consultant

Nigel has joined the Tauranga team after relocating from The Hustle and bustle of Auckland early in 2021. he brings years and years of experience in the motor trade selling both new and used cars over the years. He also spent a couple of years living and working in Japan in the motor trade. if you have any queries about Japanese cars then Nigel is the man to talk to.

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GVI - Karl Schlegel
Karl Schlegel
Sales Consultant
Favourite Car: 1990 Mitsubishi GTO Twin Turbo

Did you know that the average person owns around eight cars in their lifetime? Well, I've had a particular affinity for GTOs, having owned nine of them myself! My roots are in the beautiful Waikato, but I've spent the majority of my life soaking up the coastal vibes in Papamoa. With a professional background as a qualified financial consultant, I dedicated three years to serving as a mobile mortgage advisor. This role sharpened my expertise in financial advising and client relations. However, the advent of COVID-19 brought new challenges to face-to-face interactions, prompting me to pivot my career towards Finance & Insurance (F&I) and my lifelong passion for automobiles nudged me towards car sales. My life has always been intertwined with motorsports in various forms – from exhilarating track and speedway racing to the high-speed thrills of jetski racing. If it has an engine or can travel at breakneck speeds, you'll find me right there, in the thick of the action. I bring this passion and energy to our team, ensuring that every client engagement is fueled by genuine enthusiasm and I'm excited to share this journey with you, whether you're a motorsport enthusiast or simply seeking a deep understanding of what makes a great vehicle!

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Finance and Warranty Specialists

GVI - Danny Shen
Danny Shen
Business Manager
Favourite Car: Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9
Can speak Cantonese and Conversational Mandarin

After a couple of different career shifts including training as a Barrister! Danny has settled into the Finance and Insurance position where his mathematical prowess and keen attention for detail are well utilised! Danny is diligent and polite and will work hard to ensure the tailored finance package he creates best matches your needs and means. When hes not working hard securing the best deal for customers from our lenders he can be found behind the bar at some of the hottest Asian style clubs in Auckland!

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GVI - Honi Rooney
Honi Rooney
Business Manager
Favourite Car: Nissan skyline R34

Honi brings both a wealth of finance experience plus the biggest smile ever to the dealership. Having worked with the likes of one of the big Turners operations as a Finance specialist, Honi can advise on all of the best options and financers to suit your needs, especially in these times of rising interest rates and tricky credit criteria. You'll love his relaxed style and even better, he keeps a mixed & varied range of wrapped lollies on his desk for his customers - yum!

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Lunchtime manager

GVI - Finn
Company Dog

After 13 years of outstanding service our previous Lunchtime manager 'Sabine' has retired over the rainbow bridge, she will be missed but never forgotten

Our new Lunchtime Manager is Finn, a delightful German Shorthaired Pointer x Vizsla, bringing boundless energy and a touch of mischief to our office every day.
Finn, also known as "Cat Dog" or "The Big Brown Dog" has a few very important jobs around here. He's our Chief Morale Officer, head of the Welcoming Committee, and stress-reliever-in-chief. Whether you're a customer, delivery person, or just someone passing by, Finn will be there with a wagging tail and a goofy grin.
Finn's favourite pastimes include lap sitting, playing fetch with anything remotely throwable, and sneaking lunch from unsuspecting team members. His boundless energy and quirky antics keep us all entertained and remind us not to take life too seriously! So, next time you visit us, don't forget to say hello to Finn – he's always ready to make a new friend!

You can trust GVI

We are one of the largest importers of used Japanese motor vehicles into New Zealand with over 25 years experience. Our quality used cars for sale are hand-selected by our experienced car buyers here and in Japan. We stand behind every vehicle we sell and G.V.I is well known for its quality honest cars which come with guaranteed speedo readings and warranty back up. With over 50,000 vehicles sold and counting we have an army of satisfied and loyal customers.

Contact Details
Phone. 09 525 5885 09 525 5885
0800 4 GENUINE

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