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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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Gov’t emissions penalty – NZ best seller hit with $4660 tax

July 16, 2021 | | Comments Off

The Ford Ranger ute, New Zealand’s best selling vehicle, could cost up to $4660 more from next year under the Government’s Clean Car Import Standard. That’s the number Ford’s boffins have come up with as they chew over the graduated effect the tailpipe emissions tax will have on the prices of the company’s fleet of [&hellip...

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Talk about collectables: here’s the last petrol car from Lotus

July 9, 2021 | | Comments Off

The end of the internal combustion era for Lotus is coming with the new Emira, the first new model from the British marque since 2009 and the last petrol-powered car it will produce. As Lotus promised earlier this year, the Emira acts as both a preview of its upcoming design language – seen also in the [&hellip...

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New Subaru WRX is among last of affordable treasures

July 8, 2021 | | Comments Off

The market for the few petrol-powered performance cars that don’t cost the earth will heat up as carmakers move towards electric powertrains. An example of a future collectable is the fourth-generation Subaru WRX, partially seen above in the first teaser photo from Subaru. The car is due to be unveiled later this year and available...

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Race driver puts foot down on deadline for hydrogen car

July 6, 2021 | | Comments Off

French startup company Hopium, founded by racing driver Olivier Lombard, has begun testing its prototype Machina, a sedan powered by a hydrogen fuel cell with a claimed range of 1000km. Lombard, the youngest class winner at Le Mans when he drove an LMP2 to victory in 2011 at the age of 21, plans to put [&hellip...

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The power of one: EVs and the demand on NZ electricity grid

June 30, 2021 | | Comments Off

Between 8am and 9am on a cold Thursday morning in Norway last February, five million Norwegians used as much electricity as 10 million residents of neighbouring Sweden. The reason, reported news agency Bloomberg, was not just because of the large number of electric cars (BEVs) being charged in Norway, but also the prevalence of electric...

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New Land Cruiser 300 sheds weight, drops V8 for range of V6 engines

June 10, 2021 | | Comments Off

Toyota has stuck to the tried and true with the new Land Cruiser 300. The vehicle’s dimensions – length, width, wheelbase – are pretty much the same as the outgoing 200 series,. The body/ladder chassis design stays the same, too, except Toyota says the new model is around 200kg lighter. It also gets new powerplants. [&hellip...

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For sale: Three Aston Martin Vantage DB5s for price of one

June 8, 2021 | | Comments Off

British auction house Nicolas Mee & Co is selling an automotive package deal to beat all automotive package deals – three individual Vantage editions of the Aston Martin DB5. All three are wrapped up in the one auction lot. The reserve price is £4 million, or around NZ$8 million. The unique sale features the Vantage [&hellip...

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Paint jobs go pixelated on Alpine A110S art cars

May 27, 2021 | | Comments Off

Talk about paint jobs! Argentinian-born artist Felipe Pantone has decorated with his signature style four Alpine A110S sports coupes, three of which will be sold to the public. Pantone and French company Alpine – a Renault group brand – collaborated on the art cars for a special event at the Monaco Grand Prix the other [&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...

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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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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 16, 2021 | | Comments Off

Gov’t emissions penalty – NZ best seller hit with $4660 tax

The Ford Ranger ute, New Zealand’s best selling vehicle, could cost up to $4660 more from next year under the Government’s Clean Car Import...

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