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Koenigsegg Agera RS speeds to 450km/h …

November 7, 2017 | | Comments Off

Swedish carmaker Koenigsegg is claiming a world record speed of 450km/h for its Agera RS. Factory test driver Niklas Lija piloted the car to an average 450km/h over two runs on a closed public road in the Nevada desert. Lija’s speed was 20km faster than the existing mark held by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport [&hellip...

Classic Rolls-Royce with a 7.0-litre V8 engine …

November 3, 2017 | | Comments Off

ICON is a company based in Los Angeles that restores and customises classic cars. In this edition of Jay Leno’s Garage, ICON president Jonathan Ward stops by the garage to talk to Leno about a car that sits in Ward’s ‘Derelict’ category: a 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud – with a 7.0-litre V8 from General Motors [&hellip...

Leno’s team gives old cars new life …

October 23, 2017 | | Comments Off

This week, American TV host Jay Leno updates some of the restorations going on in Jay Leno’s Garage...

Turning two Porsches into one …

October 12, 2017 | | Comments Off

A fellow turned up at Californian coachbuilder West Coast Customs with two Porsches and asked company CEO Ryan Friedlinghaus to turn them into one, a classic 1959 Porsche 356 – but with a difference. In this week’s Jay Leno Garage, Leno gets behind the wheel of the specially prepared car and talks to its creator, [&hellip...

Hauling moonshine whiskey in a 1951 two-door Ford …

October 4, 2017 | | Comments Off

Sixty years ago, the movie Thunder Road was about a moonshiner hauling whiskey through the back woods of Kentucky and Tennessee. It starred Robert Mitchum, who carried the hooch in a souped-up 1950 two-door Ford. The story goes that the car was actually a modified 1951 Ford Deluxe. Anyway, Jay Leno remembers the movie, if [&hellip...

Japanese designer’s Ferrari-based supercar …

September 26, 2017 | | Comments Off

Japanese designer Ken Okuyama spent some years with Italian design house Pininfarina. He helped pen such cars as the Ferrari Enzo and Maserati Quattroporte. These days he runs his own design shop, in Tokyo. In this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Okuyama shows off the Kode57, his most recent product. It’s based on a Ferrari [&hellip...

Jaguar Land Rover heads into the future …

September 13, 2017 | | Comments Off

British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JRL) will electrify all its vehicles from 2020. Some will be mild hybrids, others plug-in hybrids, yet others battery-electric. In this video, JRL executives, led by chief Dr Ralf Speth, talk about the company’s future development...

World of Disney and ultimate expedition vehicle …

September 11, 2017 | | Comments Off

In the 1980s and ‘90s, Californian Bran Ferren was the president for research and technology at Walt Disney Imagineering. The job took him to remote places scouting for film locations. Getting there often required adapting vehicles for the purpose. This led to an interest in off-road expedition vehicles. In 2001, Ferren began building...

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Jeep USA tests new Wranglers in rugged Kiwi country

November 16, 2017 | | Comments Off

The new Wrangler JL won’t be seen in New Zealand until next year – but Jeep USA has been testing four North American-market prototypes over rugged country around Wanaka and Queenstown. Jeep has already revealed static official pictures of the next-generation two-door and four-door Wrangler, but this is the first time either variant...


1970 VW Beetle to tackle annual off-road spectacular

November 13, 2017 | | Comments Off

It’s been described as one of the coolest entries in recent years, the appearance in next year’s Baja 1000 off-road race of a heavily modified 1970 Volkswagen Beetle. And behind the team in the annual California-Mexico event will be the might of VW America. “For decades Volkswagen Beetle vehicles, Beetle-based...


‘Huge market’ awaits Bosch’s off-the-shelf EV powertrain

September 4, 2017 | | Comments Off

German parts supplier Bosch has developed a “start-up powertrain for electric vehicles”, a plug-in system combining electric motor, transmission and power control electronics into one package. It calls it the ‘e-axle’, short for ‘electronic axle drive’. And it hopes carmakers that don’t yet have EV s in showrooms will buy...


Rare aluminium-bodied Ferrari found in Japan is up for auction

August 30, 2017 | | Comments Off

A unique Ferrari Daytona found earlier this year in a garage in Japan will be auctioned at the carmaker’s headquarters in Italy next week, alongside a new LaFerrari Aperta. Why the special event? Because the 1969 365 GTB/4 Daytona (above and below) is believed to be the only street-legal Daytona made with an all-aluminium body....


German carmakers urged to build an EV to challenge Tesla

August 29, 2017 | | Comments Off

A senior advisor to German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged the country’s carmakers to “build a car that travels 50 kilometres further than a Tesla and costs 10,000 euros less.” Merkel’s chief of staff Peter Altmaier said he was disappointed that neither Mercedes-Benz, BMW, or the Volkswagen Group had come close to matching...


Porsche 917 used in Le Mans film sells for NZ$19m

August 23, 2017 | | Comments Off

The car that gave Porsche its first Le Mans win and co-starred alongside Hollywood hero Steve McQueen in the film Le Mans has sold for US$14.08 million (NZ$19.2m). The orange and blue Porsche 917K was auctioned at the annual Pebble Beach shindig in California. It is now the most expensive Porsche on the planet. The car [&hellip...


Hydrogen fuel-cell breakthrough: Aussie plans exports of energy

August 21, 2017 | | Comments Off

Research in Australia could result in the country supplying sustainable fuel-cell energy for ‘green’ cars throughout the Asia-Pacific. The Canberra-based Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has developed a membrane reactor to turn liquid ammonia into pure hydrogen. A CSIRO scientist said the process...


Diesel pollution: ‘Welcome to Fort NOx’, said the protest signs

August 20, 2017 | | Comments Off

Managing editor Alastair Sloane has been overseas talking to electric vehicle (EV) groups, specifically the Norwegian EV Association, which has spearheaded the growth of EVs in Europe. He was in Berlin, on the sidelines of protests over the effects of diesel pollution, the result of which is further boosting sales of EVs. The sale of...

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Land Rover responds to clean air critic that ‘diesel is the devil’

September 13, 2017 | | Comments Off

Jaguar Land Rover has defended its diesel engine technology after criticism of the fuel from the founder and director of Clean Air London, Simon Birkett. “Diesel is the devil, and we do need to ban it,” Birkett told a panel of automotive experts at the inaugural Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest, a three-day event in [&hellip...

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Kia and Isuzu the go-getters in 2013-2017 sales figures

September 6, 2017 | | Comments Off

Registrations of traditional passenger sedans and hatchbacks have tumbled over the past five years, as New Zealanders move towards SUVs and utes. In August 2013, for instance, the Holden Commodore sat at No. 5 on the top 15 list. Last month it was No. 10. A month earlier it was No. 11. Five years ago [&hellip...


At the wheel: an open and shut case in top-down Merc

May 29, 2017 | | Comments Off

Hard-charging Kiwi motorcycle great Graeme Crosby tells the story of racing in the Isle of Man TT for the first time in 1979. He sort of ‘smelled’ his way round the 48km circuit. “It’s such a long way that it’s hard sometimes to remember exactly where your are,” he once told me. “There is one [&hellip...

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Holden Astra – European flavour blended with a ‘taste of Kiwi’

March 3, 2017 | | Comments Off

Holden has tasked its award-winning advertising agency, Special Group, to change how Holden is perceived in New Zealand. It wants the agency to help transform the brand, give it a taste of Kiwi, point it more towards premium space. It’s not that Holden has gone away; just that, over time, the brand has lost its [&hellip...


Kia, Suzuki big improvers in January sales sleight-of-hand

February 5, 2017 | | Comments Off

Record January registrations in New Zealand point to the usual end-of-year sleight of hand, where many vehicles sold in the last month of the year aren’t registered until the first month of the next year. That way an unregistered 2016-year vehicle bought in December, for example, appears on the NZ Transport Agency books as first...


Hayden Paddon on crash death: ‘Please don’t speculate’

January 21, 2017 | | Comments Off

New Zealand rally star Hayden Paddon wrote this after he crashed during the first stage of the Monte Carlo rally. A spectator near the crash site died. This is Paddon’s unedited statement.  Hi everyone, Upon reflection, I wanted to issue a statement about yesterday’s events. Firstly, our thoughts are with the family and friends...


All-electric Nikola One truck has claimed range of up to 1900km

December 6, 2016 | | Comments Off

America’s Nikola Motor Company (NMC) has revealed its Nikola One hydrogen-fuelled truck and says it has accepted nearly US$3 billion in “future orders.” It took the covers off the big semi at its Salt Lake City headquarters, saying the truck’s all-electric drivetrain was good for a zero-emissions range of 1280 to 1930km. The big...


Germany proposes ban on petrol, diesel cars by 2030

October 12, 2016 | | Comments Off

The country that gave the world the internal combustion engine is moving to outlaw it. Germany’s federal politicians have passed a resolution calling for the European Union to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2030. The proposal gained cross-party support in the Bundesrat, or Federal Council, effectively the upper house of the German...

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Drive safe – ‘Turn on the bubble machine’ when you start car

There is a statistic from the road toll that the Government needs to take into account as it considers raising the maximum speed limit on some roads...

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November 16, 2017 | | Comments Off

Jeep USA tests new Wranglers in rugged Kiwi country

The new Wrangler JL won’t be seen in New Zealand until next year – but Jeep USA has been testing four North American-market prototypes over...

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