Chris Burger has taken over as general manager of Ateco Automotive, the Auckland, New Zealand-based importer of Alfa Romeo and Fiat cars and Fiat light commercial vehicles.

Burger joins Ateco with wide experience in the New Zealand automotive industry having been with Honda retail operations for over eight years and more recently dealer principal of Orix New Zealand.

Burger takes over from Lawrie Malatios, who has returned to the retail business by opening an Alfa Romeo and Fiat dealership in the Auckland suburb of Takapuna, after his stint as Ateco's first general manager following the Australian-owned company's takeover of the Italian franchises.