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NZ$7000 deposit for flying car with four seats …

May 6, 2021 | | Comments Off

A startup company in California is planning to build limited-edition models of a four-seater flying car, each one costing around NZ$1.1million, including pilot training...

Study into battery-electric ferries …

April 28, 2021 | | Comments Off

A computer-generated study in Germany imagines a time when commuters on the country’s Kiel Fjord waterway will be carried by zero-emissions ferries...

The shooting brake Porsche Taycan …

February 24, 2021 | | Comments Off

Less than a year after going into production, and with over 20,000 units sold worldwide, the next version of Porsche’s Taycan EV is getting close to production. It is the Taycan Cross Turismo, a four-door with a shooting brake-style body, increased ride height, and revamped suspension and driving modes. In this video, Taycan model...

Volvo crash tests – from the air …

November 16, 2020 | | Comments Off

Volvo Cars has dropped several new models from a height of 30m in a crash test first designed to help rescue services save lives. Volvo says the test helps to simulate forces that erupt in the most extreme crashes, beyond what can be simulated with traditional crash tests in controlled environments. Watch it here …...

Solar cells in ute cover for work and play …

November 2, 2020 | | Comments Off

Canadian company Worksport has developed a folding tonneau cover for pick-up trucks that contains a cutting-edge solar charging and storage system...

Meet Luca, the EV built from recycled trash

October 20, 2020 | | Comments Off

It took 18 months to build and has a range of 220km …...

Lister’s go-faster Jaguar F-Pace …

August 28, 2020 | | Comments Off

Former Fifth Gear motoring show host and Formula One driver Tiff Needell gets behind the wheel of the Stealth, Lister’s limited-edition version of the Jaguar F-Pace &#...

The story of performance house RUF …

May 1, 2020 | | Comments Off

This film tells the story of performance house RUF, how, over the past 80-odd years, it’s gone from a small local repair shop in Pfaffenhausen, Germany, to continued building cars for one sole purpose – the love of the automobile...

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NZ$7000 deposit for sci-fi flying car with four seats

May 6, 2021 | | Comments Off

A startup company in California is planning to build limited-edition models of a four-seater flying car, each one costing around NZ$1.1million, including pilot training. And it is already taking deposits of NZ$7000, held in trust by a third party and refundable if the project doesn’t get off the ground. The deposit gets you one share...


750kW hydrogen hypercar to go into production in 2023

May 4, 2021 | | Comments Off

UK-based startup Viritech has unveiled the ‘Apricale’, a prototype of what it calls “the world’s first production hydrogen hypercar”. The company says the car will go into production in 2023, limited to 25 models, each costing about NZ$2.7 million. Viritech is not saying much about Apricale’s powertrain, only that it is...


Auckland gulf ferries biggest users of fossil fuels after Air NZ

April 28, 2021 | | Comments Off

A computer-generated study in Germany (see video) imagines a time when commuters on the country’s Kiel Fjord waterway will be carried by zero-emissions ferries. The look into the future is a giant leap ahead of the current Auckland passenger ferry operation, for instance, where the vessels to Waiheke Island and elsewhere are the...


Audi: 50 years of the slogan ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’

April 15, 2021 | | Comments Off

Audi’s marketing slogan ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ is 50 years old this year – but it didn’t find its way into mainstream advertising until the early 1980s. British advertising doyen Sir John Hegarty (below) spotted the line in 1982 on a visit to the Audi factory in Germany. He had just founded the agency Bartle Bogle...


Swapping K for T: ‘Voltswagen’ an April 1 prank all along

March 31, 2021 | | Comments Off

No, it’s not an April Fools Day prank – yes, it was an April Fools Day prank, as the global motoring industry suspected all along. Volkswagen had issued a news release and tweet publicly announcing it had a new name for its electric vehicle (EV) division in the United States: Voltswagen of America. The company [&hellip...


How Subaru’s AWD system saved woman from ruthless thugs

March 29, 2021 | | Comments Off

It’s not something that will get people butting heads, but there is a difference between grip and traction. A friend who was ambushed by thugs will tell you so. So will those who study the physics of grip/traction. I mention this only because Subaru has an advertisement on an Auckland dealer’s wall saying its all-wheel-drive [&hellip...


Portable wind turbine gives campers a free-living boost

March 12, 2021 | | Comments Off

Danish company KiteX is using a Kickstarter campaign to sell its Wind Catcher, an adventure-friendly portable wind turbine that can be set up in 15 minutes and used pretty much anywhere. It offers freedom campers, for instance, a whole new independence. Paired with a compatible 3.5kW portable generator (Jackery, Goal Zero, Bluetti and so...


Gone in 60 seconds … thieves cash in on precious exhaust metals

March 10, 2021 | | Comments Off

It’s a practice that has been going on in New Zealand for decades – sawing off the catalytic converters in the exhaust system of cars to boost the power of the engine, if only marginally. But now the process has brought in the cops, including America’s FBI and global agency Interpol. Why? Because international criminals [&hellip...

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Ultimate boys’ toy – submarine about as big as two jet skis

April 23, 2020 | | Comments Off

The jet ski might indeed be one of the best watersport toys going round, but it has nothing on the lightweight Nemo submersible from U-Boat Worx, a specialist company in The Netherlands. Both craft do have one thing in common, however – they can be towed by the family station wagon or SUV, although Nemo [&hellip...

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Car of the year? Has to be the Toyota ZR Hybrid Corolla

January 2, 2019 | | Comments Off

The new Toyota Corolla didn’t make the cut in mainstream 2018 car of the year awards in New Zealand, mainly because it arrived late in the year and didn’t meet judging deadlines. But I spent enough time behind the wheel of both the 2.0-litre petrol and 1.8-litre petrol-electric Corollas to choose the ZR Hybrid Corolla [&hellip...


Numbers game: the real story behind record 2017 sales year

January 18, 2018 | | Comments Off

If you believe the public relations guff, every distributor in New Zealand last year sold record numbers of new vehicles. But that wasn’t the case. Okay, it was an overall record year, with 159,871 new vehicle registrations. But quite a few brands didn’t do as well as the PR people claim. Press releases saying this [&hellip...


HSV lines up flash Colorado ute, Chev Camaro, Silverado truck

December 8, 2017 | | Comments Off

The Chevrolet badge returns to New Zealand next year on the bonnet of the all-American Camaro sports car and Silverado pick-up truck. Both vehicles will be converted to right-hand drive by Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) at its new 28,000 square-metre plant in Melbourne. It’s where HSV will also prepare two versions of the Holden...


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...

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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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NZ$7000 deposit for sci-fi flying car with four seats

A startup company in California is planning to build limited-edition models of a four-seater flying car, each one costing around NZ$1.1million,...

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