SMART is our way of thinking and represents 5 key principles that we live & breathe. SMART thinking guides decision making in all areas of our business and ensures that we are delivering vehicle transformations that make your life easier, safer and more efficient.
Established in 1990, Auto Transform is a New Zealand-owned family business based at a purpose-built vehicle adaptation facility in Wiri, Auckland. We’ve built our success from the ground up by consistently delivering superior transformations for commercial, passenger and mobility vehicles. In the sphere of automotive customisation in New Zealand, we’re known as innovators who work from a solid foundation of product knowledge and real-life experience.
Benefits at a glance:
No job too big, too small or too difficult
From one-off vehicles to full fleets
Expert in-house designers working with 3D CAD
Solutions for all budgets, from economy to luxury
Market-leading technology at every stage
End-to-end project management
Under-one-roof implementation for quick turnaround
We're a Kiwi-owned business providing world-class vehicle solutions. When you fit out your vehicle with Auto Transform, you're supporting a local family business.
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Starting out as Van Extras
Before we were Auto Transform, we were Van Extras, a vehicle customisation business that helped tradies to get what they needed from their vehicles.
Demand drives expansion
As Van Extra’s reputation grows, so do the orders. We move into a bigger facility to meet demand.
Continued growth allows us to invest in our first purpose-built factory.
Producing our own seats
To fill a gap in the market, we design and produce our first transformation product – bucket seats with a quick release feature that allows vans to carry passengers or loads.
Quality control and lean manufacturing
To further improve quality and factory efficiency, we integrate TPS lean manufacturing principles and Telarc Q-base quality control systems into our production system.
Moving into mobility adaptations
Recognising the need for mobility solutions in the New Zealand market, we begin designing and implementing vehicle adaptations that cater for wheelchair transportation.
From Van Extras to Auto Transform
The name Van Extras no longer fits our business accurately, so we rebrand as Auto Transform – a name that encompasses every aspect of vehicle customisation.
Scanning spaces in 3D
Auto Transform has always embraced new technology when it has proven benefits. The acquisition of our first 3D scanner, to accurately map interior spaces and exterior panels, is one example of our technological advancement.
Our biggest transformation yet
As part of our rebrand, we relocate to a massive built-for-purpose factory and office complex in Wiri. The new premises match their purpose perfectly to support quality assurance and quick turnaround.
New product warehouse
Auto Transform continues to grow, so we add a second shift to our manufacturing operation and build a warehouse for stock. Being able to store more products and materials on site further lifts our ability to meet demand.
Take a look around our state of the art facility
The team at Auto Transform are a passionate bunch who aim to deliver to the highest possible standard on every job.
We’ve embraced the latest technology to ensure client-approved designs are accurately executed in a time and cost-efficient way.
1. 3D scanner
Before design a fitout, we map the exact dimensions of the space we have to work with. We do this using a portable 3D scanner that delivers accurate, high resolution scans of vehicle interiors.
2. Computer-aided design (CAD)
An accomplished CAD designer will develop your design on-screen, informed by 3D scans, product knowledge and your requirements. This process allows you to see your vehicle transformation before it’s implemented.
3. Capacity planning system
Our capacity planning software allows us to accurately schedule vehicles for transformation, which speeds up turnaround time without compromising quality. When our facility is operating at full speed, we can transform up to 65 vehicles per week.
4. Product testing
In addition to importing proven components from global sources, we also develop our own products for vehicle transformation. These are fully tested using our in-house crash testing rig.
Expert project management
We offer a full turnkey solution for vehicle transformation. This means you can skip the stress of managing different suppliers. From arranging signage and window tinting to GPS installation, we can organise everything.
Our dedicated customer service team will ensure your vehicle is ready on time. We have a designated contractor shed that allows all third-party contracts to complete additional work as the vehicle is undergoing its fitout. Not only does this save time, it eliminates additional transport costs and security risks.
If you have a preferred contractor, we can arrange a time for them to visit our site and complete their work. This will be coordinated at the appropriate stage of the fitout. During the fitout, you will be regularly informed of your vehicle’s status, so you know exactly what’s going on.
High Capacity, Quick Turnaround
Our Wiri facility was designed from the ground up to be the ultimate vehicle transformation destination.
At its western end, the Auto Transform facility contains our reception area, showroom, offices and staff communal spaces. The rest of the 3000m2 building is devoted to the precision processes of vehicle transformation and testing. On an average month, our fitout teams can transform 250 vehicles. Adjunct services, such as signwriting and automotive electrical work, are provided on the same site in a separate building.
Our ability to work on many vehicles at once ensures customers won’t have to wait weeks for their transformation. We have the fastest turnaround times in the New Zealand vehicle fitout industry and our ability to do everything on one site reduces the risk of transit damage to vehicles.
Our products are crash tested to keep you safe.
We offer the smartest modules in the market.
We're a team of forward thinkers with the latest tech.
We're there for you every step of the way.
We don’t just fit out vehicles, we fully transform them.
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