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Chinese EV the Nio EP9 sets record lap at Nurburgring

May 16, 2017 | | Comments Off

Chinese electric hypercard the Nio EP9 electric hypercard has set a new lap record at  Germany’s Nurburgring circuit. It recorded 6min:45.9sec for the 20.8km run, a full 7 seconds quicker than the 6min:52.01sec the Lamborghini Huracan Performance set earlier this year as the fastest production car. In doing so, the EP9 beat the time...

Sitting alongside the driver in the new Ford GT

May 13, 2017 | | Comments Off

Ford has held the official media launch of the GT supercar at its testing ground in the US state of Utah. Only 1000 will be built, each costing around $NZ1 million. In this video, Matt Burt, editor of Britain’s Autocar magazine, talks about the car’s origins, from the GT 40 Kiwis Bruce McLaren and Chris [&hellip...

Beefed-up Toyota Land Cruiser world’s fastest SUV

May 9, 2017 | | Comments Off

A heavily modified Toyota LandCruiser has unofficially claimed the title of world’s fastest SUV, being timed at 370.18km/h, or 230.02mph. The Land Speed Cruiser’s 5.7-litre V8 delivers around 1500kW and was built by the company’s Motorsports Technical Center, and made its debut at the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas.  ...

Beefed-up Toyota Land Cruiser world’s fastest SUV

May 9, 2017 | | Comments Off

A heavily modified Toyota LandCruiser has unofficially claimed the title of world’s fastest SUV. The Land Speed Cruiser was built by the company’s Motorsports Technical Center, and made its debut at the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas...

Volvo sedan, wagon ruled safest cars ever

January 30, 2017 | | Comments Off

Both the S90 sedan and V90 wagon scored the maximum five stars – 95 per cent for adult occupant protection, 80 per cent for child occupant protection, 76 per cent for pedestrian protection and 93 per cent against the safety assist checklist. Highlight of the result was a maximum six points in the autonomous emergency [&hellip...

Ford did not expect EuroNCAP to test Mustang: safety chief

January 26, 2017 | | Comments Off

The 2015 Ford Mustang has received a ‘shocking’ two-star crash rating from EuroNCAP. It says Mustang was designed to score well in US tests, where it is equipped with more safety features. For example, a collision warning system standard on the US car was removed for the European market, which includes right-hand-drive...

Tesla’s Musk tells activist Decaprio: ‘Time for carbon tax’

January 16, 2017 | | Comments Off

Tesla’s Gigafactory 1  is near Reno, Nevada, and occupies 1215 hectares (3000 acres). Gigafactory 1 itself takes up 510,000 square metres, roughly the same area 70-odd rugby fields would cover. The factory is less than 30 per cent complete and, once finished, says Tesla CEO Elon Musk, will cover between 1.3 and 1.5 million square...

Crime bureau identifies transmitters car thieves use

December 13, 2016 | | Comments Off

America’s National Insurance Crime Bureau has identified a transmitter that car thieves use to tune into modern cars with keyless fobs and push-button start. It’s called a Relay Attack unit – and the car industry itself uses it to test the network security of its vehicle...

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Volvo to drop diesel engines as emissions laws get tougher

May 22, 2017 | | Comments Off

Volvo Cars NZ general manager Coby Duggan was officially first made aware of the company’s proposed shift away from diesel engines at a recent conference of Asia-Pacific distributors. “When it was tabled, some markets voiced concern at the approach, whereas others were more relaxed,” Duggan said. “We are yet to see confirmation...

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China’s electric hypercar sets blistering record at Nurburgring

May 16, 2017 | | Comments Off

Chinese start-up carmaker Nio can now claim its EP9 electric hypercar is the fastest road-legal car around Germany’s Nurburgring circuit. Not only did it set a new lap record, it beat the 7min:5.12sec time it set last October by an unheard of 20 seconds. (See video of the October run below). The EP9 has just [&hellip...

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How Facebook campaign lured buyers for Skoda’s new SUV

May 16, 2017 | | Comments Off

The first sign Skoda’s head office in New Zealand knew it was on to a good thing with its seven-seat Kodiaq SUV was when it posted on Facebook images of the vehicle itself, many months before it landed in the country. The ‘Likes’ came quickly, along with a favourable comment here and there. NZ general [&hellip...

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Porsche builds one-millionth 911 with a salute to 1963 original

May 12, 2017 | | Comments Off

Porsche has given its one-millionth 911 a few design blasts from the past, including a wooden steering wheel with a 1964 crest and a manual gearbox with wood-capped gear lever. The Porsche 911 Carrera S number 1,000,000 rolled off the production line near Stuttgart painted in a deep Irish green and with its seats covered [&hellip...

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Special Toyota Land Cruiser hits 370km/h – take a look at video

May 9, 2017 | | Comments Off

A Toyota Land Cruiser with a 5.7-litre V8 petrol engine modified to deliver around 1500kW via a special race transmission has become the world’s fastest SUV. The so-called Land Speed Cruiser was built by Toyota’s Motorsports Technical Centre in the US. It sprinted to an unofficial but GPS-verified top speed of 370.18km/h (230.02mph....

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Toyota blocks Ford plans to call Territory replacement the Edge

May 9, 2017 | | Comments Off

Ford’s replacement for the Territory SUV is almost certain to be called the Endura and not the Edge – because the name Edge is owned in this part of the world by Toyota. Indeed, Toyota NZ recently renewed its trademark with the Hilux Edge, a swept-up example of the workhorse breed. The name was last [&hellip...

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‘Signal Shield’ blocks phone calls so drivers won’t be distracted

May 5, 2017 | | Comments Off

More drivers have died on New Zealand roads in the first four months of 2017 than in the same period last year, according to NZ Transport Agency statistics. There are no statistics on the causes – distraction, carelessness, or whether the victim behind the wheel was actually at fault. But driver deaths at the end [&hellip...

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Lexus sedans must be sportier to battle SUVs, says brand boss

May 3, 2017 | | Comments Off

The ratio of traditional passenger cars to crossover/SUVs in the NZ market mirrors the concern a senior Toyota executive has over the future of the Lexus range of sedans. Tokuo Fukuichi (above), Toyota board member, Lexus branding chief and head of advanced design, says Lexus sedans will need to become sportier if they’re to battle...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Ford Mondeo wagon an allrounder with good road manners

April 1, 2016 | | Comments Off

The fourth-generation Ford Mondeo seemed to sneak into New Zealand under the radar last year. One minute it was still on its way, the next it was here and had been for a few months. There was no fanfare, no Ford town crier hailing its arrival. Ford NZ said it couldn’t get every Mondeo model [&hellip...

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At the wheel: Lexus gives mid-sized IS sedan a powertrain to shout about

December 1, 2015 | | Comments Off

Buy a Lexus and ‘thank you’ gifts start arriving in the mail. There might be a special edition book, a collection of music CDs, perhaps a gift from cutting edge NZ furniture and lighting design company, Resident. Customers at Lexus Auckland get VIP parking at the domestic and international terminals. There is always a gift. [&hellip...

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Mitsubishi Triton: Fifth-generation offers a new route for the ute

November 2, 2015 | | Comments Off

I went to Japan in late 2005 to drive the fourth-generation Triton. I expected the usual route for a ute: a beat over mix of good and bad roads and some 4WD work. Instead, Mitsubishi confined the drive to its high-speed banked test circuit. Why? Because it said it wanted to show the double-cab test [&hellip...

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September 26, 2015 | | Comments Off

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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May 22, 2017 | | Comments Off

Volvo to drop diesel engines as emissions laws get tougher

Volvo Cars NZ general manager Coby Duggan was officially first made aware of the company’s proposed shift away from diesel engines at a recent...

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