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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...

TV host looks at second-generation Honda NSX

August 31, 2017 | | Comments Off

In this edition of Jay Leno’s Garage, the US television host looks at the second-generation Honda NSX, or Acura NSX as it is known in North America. Leno is joined by NSX designer Michelle Christensen and project leader Ted Klaus. Honda’s office in New Zealand is not sure when the NSX will be available here...

The last of the coach-built Mercs …

August 21, 2017 | | Comments Off

In the latest Jay Leno Garage episode, US television personality Leno takes us on a tour of his 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE, the last of the coach-built cars...

Ford GT parks up in Jay Leno’s Garage …

July 15, 2017 | | Comments Off

US television host Jay Leno has got himself a Ford GT. It’s one of only 1000 Ford will build, each one costing upwards of US$500,000. One of the reasons Leno likes it is because it retains the Ford badge, unlike Toyota who named its high-end models Lexus, or Honda who came up with Acura. Here, [&hellip...

Jay Leno’s Garage: going ‘Bush’ in a Ford F-150

July 5, 2017 | | Comments Off

The US season premiere of Jay Leno’s Garage celebrates cars built in America, by Americans, using all American parts. In this episode Jay heads to former President George W. Bush’s ranch in Texas to ask about his Ford F-150 pick-up, then he challenges comedian Wanda Sykes to a race … in a minivan. He takes [&hellip...

Lord, Mr Ford – one of the great songs about cars …

June 26, 2017 | | Comments Off

There’s been plenty of songs about cars, but Jerry Reed’s Lord, Mr Ford is one of the best. The story above mentions the role and the song he sung in Smokey and the Bandit. Reed also appeared in the whacky 1998 movie The Waterboy, with Adam Sandler. Reed died in 2008, aged 71. This video [&hellip...

American website tests Ford Ranger in NZ …

June 25, 2017 | | Comments Off

The Ford Ranger badge was last sold in the United States in 2010. Since then Ford has built the Ranger for pretty much every other market expect the US. That changes in 2019 when a refreshed version of the ute will be available in North America. Meantime, US website Autoblog sent a reporter to New [&hellip...

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‘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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Norway driving the world towards electric vehicles

July 21, 2017 | | Comments Off

The picture above of me at the wheel of an electric Tesla Model S 100D sedan was taken the other day between Stockholm and Oslo, cities around 530km apart. I’m in Scandanavia to talk to electric vehicle groups, specifically the secretary-general of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association (NEVA). Her name is Christina Bu – and...

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Jay Leno’s Garage: going ‘Bush’ in a Ford F-150 – see video

July 5, 2017 | | Comments Off

The US season premiere of Jay Leno’s Garage celebrates cars built in America, by Americans, using all American parts. In this episode Jay heads to former President George W. Bush’s ranch in Texas to ask about his Ford F-150 pick-up, then he challenges comedian Wanda Sykes to a race … in a minivan. He takes [&hellip...

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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...

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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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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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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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September 21, 2017 | | Comments Off

All-American Equinox replaces Captiva in the Holden SUV line-up

Back in February, automotivenews.co.nz had this story: ‘Holden is understood to be looking at a variant of the next-generation Commodore Sportwagon...

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