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GM chief talks to Bloomberg about Corvette …

July 20, 2019 | | Comments Off

GM president Mark Reuss talks about the new mid-engine C8 Corvette, driver assistance systems, and workforce relations with Bloomberg’s David Westin on “Bloomberg Markets.&#...

Mazda rotary runs at its most efficient on hydrogen …

July 18, 2019 | | Comments Off

American engineer Jason Fenske, of Engineering Explained, describes exactly what happens inside a Mazda rotary engine running on hydrogen. It turns out the design of the engine is pretty much ideal for burning hydrogen.  ...

How Koenigsegg does its ‘crash’ tests …

May 28, 2019 | | Comments Off

Mainstream carmakers might crash-test hundreds of vehicles in order to meet safety standards. But it’s a different story for Swedish supercar company Koenigsegg, which might only turn out 12 to 15 cars a year. Each one can cost many millions of dollars, so crashing and trashing even one would be absurdly expensive. This video, from...

Renault Megane RS Trophy-R sets lap record

May 23, 2019 | | Comments Off

The Megane RS Trophy-R, driven by Renault Formula One team pilot Nico Hulkenberg, completed an official full lap of the Nurburgring in 7 minutes 40.1 seconds, three seconds quicker than the Honda Civic Type R’s  7 minutes 43.8 seconds...

New Jeep Wrangler on its way to NZ …

March 21, 2019 | | Comments Off

Jeep’s new JL Wrangler is expected to be launched in New Zealand around May/June. This video deals with the Rubicon version, the two- and four-door model engineered specially for hardcore off-road conditions. Rubicon comes standard with heavy duty stuff, including axles, front and rear locking differentials, electronic front stabiliser...

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 &#...

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GM boss identified right-hook Chevrolet Corvette back in 2014

July 20, 2019 | | Comments Off

The president of General Motors, Mark Reuss, gave the strongest hint five-and-a-half years ago that a right-hand-drive Chevrolet Corvette was in the production pipeline. It was at the Detroit motor show, in January 2014. Reuss was then GM’s product development chief and had just told reporters that the US carmaker would for the first...

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Hydrogen highway: Toyota, Hyundai go in one direction, Mazda the other

July 18, 2019 | | Comments Off

Toyota New Zealand (TNZ) is planning to show off its hydrogen-powered Marai sedan. “We’re looking at options for it,” said Morgan Dilks, the carmaker’s communications man. The options include doing what rival Hyundai is about to do with its zero-emissions Nexo SUV – take it on a road trip around the country. But first both...

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Mitsubishi defies slump in new vehicle registrations

July 7, 2019 | | Comments Off

New vehicle registrations in New Zealand are slowing as the market readjusts to changing economic conditions after a boom five years of record numbers. Registrations for the six months to the end of June were down around 6 per cent, or almost 4500 units, on the same period last year, says the Motor Industry Association [&hellip...

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Banned wheelchair-access vehicle maker sues NZ transport bodies

June 27, 2019 | | Comments Off

A company forced by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) to stop building wheelchair-access vehicles is suing the government body and its offshoot the Low Volume Vehicle Technical Association (LVVTA) for losses “expected to exceed $5 million.” Lawyers for vehicle manufacturer Drive NZ Classic Ltd (DNZC) have filed a statement of claim in...

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Ex-Recaro agent builds patent-pending sports seats for Holden concept

June 8, 2019 | | Comments Off

It’s 200mm higher and 150mm wider than a regular Holden Colorado ute, rides on 35-inch all-terrain wheels, has bespoke steel bumpers front and rear, a scooped carbon-fibre bonnet that weighs 7kg, patent-pending sports seats designed in New Zealand … and it’s on show at Fieldays next week. But that’s all it is – a concept...

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Carmakers finding solutions to problems that don’t exist?

June 3, 2019 | | Comments Off

Where is the automotive industry going next with the development of so-called smart devices? Is it nearing information overload? Findings solutions to problems that don’t exist? Take, for example, inventions from American start-up Byton and Britain’s venerable Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). Byton not long ago revealed its production-ready...

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Nurburgring lap record Renault Megane Trophy-R in NZ next year

May 23, 2019 | | Comments Off

The Renault Megane RS Trophy-R, the front-drive performance hatchback that has just set the lap record (see video below) for its class around Germany’s Nurburgring circuit, will go on sale in New Zealand early next year. “We haven’t got any exact dates yet but the Trophy-R will be here in the New Year,” said Renault [&hellip...

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Going camping in trailer made out of composite of chicken feathers

May 22, 2019 | | Comments Off

Teardrop camping trailers are nothing new – but one made largely by hand out of a composite of chicken feathers certainly is. It’s called the Earth Traveler T250LX, a single-axle trailer weighing just 135kg and built by the Earth Traveler company in the US state of New Mexico. The adaptable four-person living shelter has strength...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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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July 20, 2019 | | Comments Off

GM boss identified right-hook Chevrolet Corvette back in 2014

The president of General Motors, Mark Reuss, gave the strongest hint five-and-a-half years ago that a right-hand-drive Chevrolet Corvette was in the...

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