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About Us

AUTO UPGRADES SUPPLIES CUTTING EDGE VEHICLE TUNING TO ALLOW:

Superior throttle response

Driveability optimised to your driving style

Higher Power output

Increased torque

Reduced fuel consumption

Smother power delivery

Once we have tuned your vehicle and calibrated it to your driving style you will see an improvement in real-world performance in the aforementioned areas. Our tune allows your vehicle’s true potential to be unleashed!

 

OUR HISTORY

Background

While working at the very cutting edge of automotive development at the world’s largest automotive OEMs from 2001-06 it became very clear to the founder Lars Wahlmann, that the emphasis on the drive cycle emissions was causing cars to be calibrated in such a way that the cars would meet the various emissions tests but the real world emissions were actually no better as a result of this.

The software tools used in calibration of the maps that control things such as fuel injection, ignition timing and boost pressure had features to make identification of where on the maps the ECU had been running during the testing and these areas only were calibrated in order to meet the prescribed standards.

As a result of the way the legislation was written when a vehicles engine is operating in a region where it might be on an emissions drive cycle it operates in quite a different manner than when it is outside such a region. The problem is when transitioning from one mode of operation to another it is almost impossible to keep the emissions to a minimum, it is equally detrimental to fuel economy and driveability.

In short the way Automotive OEMs calibrate vehicles because of the emissions legislation and competitive market in which they operate has caused almost all of the cars on our roads today to have reasonably poor emissions, fuel economy and performance relative to what is actually possible. Auto Upgrades envisaged cars that are calibrated to deliver optimum performance, drive-ability, fuel economy and great real world emissions.

Groundwork

Over the 16 years prior to the launch of the Auto Upgrades website Lars forged critical relationships with colleagues primarily in Automotive development by working at the cutting edge of the industry with both established technologies and protocols and also with emerging ones. Lars understood in order to be able to deliver the world class tuning service that he envisaged that he would need to have a broad platform of vehicle support and required a lot of connections and partners in the industry.

Lars also envisaged connecting with his customers via ecommerce and social media platforms and gained vital experience and connections in this area, highlighted by being awarded the prestigious Excellence in Information Management award at the Auckland West Business Awards 2012 and the Innovation in Business Award at the Waitakere Business Awards in 2009.

Auto Upgrades delivers cutting edge Automotive Tuning

AUTO UPGRADES was launched to make cutting edge vehicle tuning available to the public of New Zealand.

Nothing is left to chance, our ECU remapping research and development is the most serious and dedicated in the ECU mapping and chip tuning industry bar none.

Tuning is done with the greatest care, we perform diagnostics checks on the vehicles electronic systems and vehicle electrical system including the battery, we provide a stabilised electrical system throughout the tuning process to minimise the risk of problems occurring.

We pride ourselves on our superior customer service. We provide our products in an exceptional way to surpass customer expectations. Our expert technical knowledge and product support, along with our awareness of developments in technology, allows us to make rapid and flexible responses to our customers and supply an industry leading service. Test it for yourself by booking your vehicle tune today.