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Going bush towing a self-levelling, carry-all trailer

February 7, 2019 | | Comments Off

The Bruder EXP-4 is a more compact version of the Australian company’s recent EXP-6, a 6.7m-long, self-contained trailer described as being ‘built for the Apocalypse.’ It can that can sleep six and is being trialled by military units across the ditch. The smaller EXP-4 sports a high-tensile steel suspension system and 300mm of...

Extreme vehicles the best of boys’ toys …

January 31, 2019 | | Comments Off

A boat that crawls up the beach crab-like to become a landing craft; a jet-ski that literally zooms about on skis; and an ATV that can fly … they’re just a few of the boys’ toys from YouTube’s Freeze Lists...

First video of new Land Rover Defender on the move …

January 8, 2019 | | Comments Off

New-generation Land Rover Defenders undergoing tests in Britain, Europe, and the United States are trialing 2.0-litre petrol and diesel Ingenium engines, although JLR won’t confirm the identity of the powertrains &#...

Jeep Gladiator designer tells of its development …

December 2, 2018 | | Comments Off

The Jeep Gladiator pick-up has finally broken cover. It goes into production next year and is expected to go on sale in New Zealand in 2020. In this video, a team from Fast Lane Trucks was at the Gladiator unveiling at the Los Angeles motor show  ...

Personal jet suit: how it all worked out

November 20, 2018 | | Comments Off

Englishman Richard Browning and his company Gravity built the world’s fastest personal jet suit. Here he talks to Wired magazine about the processes he went through to design and engineer this radical new form of transportation.  ...

3D-printed wheel from titanium powder

November 18, 2018 | | Comments Off

A California company mostly known in the automotive industry for its custom monoblock alloy wheels has teamed with a division of General Electric to produce a world-first 3D-printed wheel from titanium powder. HRE Wheels and GE Additive used Electron Beam Melting (EBM) to create the lightweight prototype wheel, pictured above on a...

Mustang Bullitt hits road on Isle of Man

November 7, 2018 | | Comments Off

The Isle of Man TT is among the most famous motorsport festivals in the world. Every year, over two weeks, 30 million fans tune in to see top motorcyclists test their talent on the incredible “Mountain Course”. But you don’t have to be on two wheels to get the best out of the course. British [&hellip...

First look at 400km/h Tesla Roadster …

September 11, 2018 | | Comments Off

Jay Leno, host of US television show Jay Leno’s Garage, takes a spin in what will be the fastest production car ever made – that’s if it gets off the ground. It’s the new-generation Tesla Roadster. The prototype has three electric motors developing 10,000Nm of torque and a claimed top speed of more than 400km/h. [&hellip...

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Turning Toyota Tundras into RHD workhorses in Queenstown

February 15, 2019 | | Comments Off

What began as an idea in Canada’s north-west has become a passion at a workshop in Queenstown, where New Zealander Malcolm King is converting North America’s Toyota Tundra pick-up trucks to right-hand drive. Not just any Tundra, but the top spec Crewmax Platinum. Because the big part-time four-wheel-drive critter comes equipped from...

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Mitsubishi up but Toyota and BMW January registrations plummet

February 9, 2019 | | Comments Off

New vehicle registrations for January show mixed results, the first sign that carmakers have reason to pause after years of year-on-year record numbers. Overall registrations of 13,938 units were short around 900 vehicles compared with a January 2018. Passenger cars and SUVs were down almost 8.0 per cent and commercials 1.0 per cent ....


Self-levelling trailer just ticket for off-road adventurers

February 7, 2019 | | Comments Off

The team at Australian outdoor company Bruder has introduced the EXP-4 performance trailer, a towable carry-all that adds another dimension to off-road adventures. See the video. The EXP-4 is a smaller version of Bruder’s recent EXP-6, a 6.7m-long, self-contained trailer described as being ‘built for the Apocalypse.’ EXP-6 can...


Porsche that Seinfeld sold for $US1.54m is fake, says lawsuit

February 5, 2019 | | Comments Off

A lawsuit lodged in New York claims a rare Porsche that comedian and car collector Jerry Seinfeld sold at a Gooding & Company auction in Florida is a fake. The restored 1958 Porsche 356A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster was bought for US$1.54 million by Fica Frio Ltd, a company registered in Jersey, Channel Islands. It [&hellip...


Skyrunner flies high among the best of boys’ toys …

January 31, 2019 | | Comments Off

A boat that crawls up the beach crab-like to become a landing craft; a jet-ski that literally zooms about on skis; and an ATV (above) that can fly … they’re just a few of the boys’ toys from YouTube’s Freeze Lists. See video  &#...


Ssangyong aids rhino campaigner – now for medical-grade honey

January 28, 2019 | | Comments Off

‘Saving the Wild’ campaigner and Ssangyong ambassador Jamie Joseph was watching a South African veterinarin treat the wounds of a female black rhino, shot in the foot by poachers in Kruger National Park. “I noticed the vet applying medical-grade Manuka honey to the wound and later found out they are desparate for more honey,” she...


What happened to 32,000 vehicles registered to car firms in 2018?

January 22, 2019 | | Comments Off

Motor Industry Association (MIA) figures show that 161,510 new passenger cars and commercials were registered in New Zealand in 2018, but an estimated 32,000 of those were registered before being offered for sale – and there is nothing on record to show that they actually ended up being sold to an end-user. According to confidential...


New Land Rover Defender trials mix of boosted 2.0-litre engines

January 8, 2019 | | Comments Off

• See accompanying video  Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) says its new-generation Defender will need a “balanced engine portfolio” in order to succeed in all global markets – that’s why prototypes are using cleaner-burning turbocharged 2.0-litre engines from the company’s Ingenium range of five four-cylinder units. Defenders...

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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...


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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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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February 15, 2019 | | Comments Off

Turning Toyota Tundras into RHD workhorses in Queenstown

What began as an idea in Canada’s north-west has become a passion at a workshop in Queenstown, where New Zealander Malcolm King is converting North...

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