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Volvo sedan, wagon ruled safest cars ever

January 30, 2017 | | Comments Off

Both the S90 sedan and V90 wagon scored the maximum five stars – 95 per cent for adult occupant protection, 80 per cent for child occupant protection, 76 per cent for pedestrian protection and 93 per cent against the safety assist checklist. Highlight of the result was a maximum six points in the autonomous emergency [&hellip...

Ford did not expect EuroNCAP to test Mustang: safety chief

January 26, 2017 | | Comments Off

The 2015 Ford Mustang has received a ‘shocking’ two-star crash rating from EuroNCAP. It says Mustang was designed to score well in US tests, where it is equipped with more safety features. For example, a collision warning system standard on the US car was removed for the European market, which includes right-hand-drive...

Tesla’s Musk tells activist Decaprio: ‘Time for carbon tax’

January 16, 2017 | | Comments Off

Tesla’s Gigafactory 1  is near Reno, Nevada, and occupies 1215 hectares (3000 acres). Gigafactory 1 itself takes up 510,000 square metres, roughly the same area 70-odd rugby fields would cover. The factory is less than 30 per cent complete and, once finished, says Tesla CEO Elon Musk, will cover between 1.3 and 1.5 million square...

Crime bureau identifies transmitters car thieves use

December 13, 2016 | | Comments Off

America’s National Insurance Crime Bureau has identified a transmitter that car thieves use to tune into modern cars with keyless fobs and push-button start. It’s called a Relay Attack unit – and the car industry itself uses it to test the network security of its vehicle...

All-electric Nikola One truck delivers 746kW/2700Nm

December 6, 2016 | | Comments Off

Nikola Motor Company has partnered with US fleet management company Ryder to provide nationwide sales, service and warranty for its all-electric Nikola One. Buyers can reserve their truck for a “fully refundable” US$1500 deposit, with lease rates likely to be between US$5000 and US$7000 a month...

Million miles and a smile for Porsche 356

November 11, 2016 | | Comments Off

American Guy Newmark and his 1964 Porsche 356 last captured automotive attention when he clocked up 1,500,000km. Now he’s passed 1,620,000km – the magic million mile mark – and Porsche was there to record it. Newmark has had the engine rebuilt three times and has never missed a 5000km service. In this video, he tells [&hellip...

Chev Camaro ZL1 lights up the Nurburgring

October 25, 2016 | | Comments Off

They used to say that American cars could only go fast in a straight line. That’s old hat now, made even older by performances such as that recorded by the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. It blitzed a lap of Germany’s Nurburgring the other day in 7:29.60 – or only two seconds outside the 7:27.88 the [&hellip...

Is Mercedes-AMG aiming this C63 at the BMW M4 GTS?

October 11, 2016 | | Comments Off

Could the Mercedes-AMG C63 prototype in the video here be the performance arm’s answer to the BMW M4 GTS? Perhaps an ‘R’ version of the already hot C63 S Coupe? Or a return to the ‘Black Series’ name of the previous ...

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2017 World car of Year sits No. 41 on the top 50 best of British

April 24, 2017 | | Comments Off

Jaguar design chief Ian Callum told one of the judges of the World Car of the Year (WCOTY) award that the win for the Jaguar F-Pace (above) was “priceless.” That was soon after the SUV had also won the design of the year, only the second car in the 13-year history of the WCOTY to [&hellip...


Volkswagen Polo GTi likely to get boosted 2.0-litre engine from Golf

April 22, 2017 | | Comments Off

The next-generation Volkswagen Polo GTi is likely to arrive in New Zealand next year with a 2.0-litre TSI engine and not a reworked version of the current 1.8-litre unit. Reports in Europe say VW insiders have confirmed that the turbocharged 2.0-litre from the fifth-generation Golf GTi will power the hot front-drive Polo. The Golf engine...


Citroen shares new SUV with Peugeot, Opel, Vauxhall, Holden …

April 20, 2017 | | Comments Off

The French PSA Group’s acquisition of Germany’s Opel/Vauxhall from General Motors (GM) introduces more global guessing games, shown by two new SUVs under PSA management. The Citroen C5 Aircross (above) was unveiled at the Shanghai motor show and the Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X will go public at Frankfurt later in the year. Both sit on...

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Motoring media swallows story of Subaru’s ‘117.2% growth’ in NZ

April 19, 2017 | | Comments Off

Oh dear, motoring media continues to grope its way blindfolded into another day by continuing to parrot press releases, this time from Subaru NZ. The PR piece said Subaru NZ had received two awards from head office in Japan, one for a new sales record in 2016 and the other for outstanding sales growth – [&hellip...


Go-fast future is petrol-electric and super batteries, says AMG chief

April 18, 2017 | | Comments Off

The glory days of naturally aspirated petrol engines, the big-banging V8s and V12s, are history – at least for go-fast house Mercedes-AMG. And it doesn’t matter that technology has made petrol engines so efficient … there is no place in the future for a return to naturally aspirated, even with an electric motor to help [&hellip...


Toyota’s off-road concept for town-and-around ‘millennials’

April 14, 2017 | | Comments Off

Under the theme ‘Let’s go places’, Toyota has unveiled a four-wheel-drive adventure concept aimed at making last-minute adventures for city-slickers as easy as possible. It’s called the FT-4X, or ‘Future Toyota Four-Wheel-Drive Crossover’. The buyers Toyota’s marketing people have in mind are ‘millennials who are fond of...

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C-HR – a Toyota SUV that is most unlike a Toyota SUV

April 12, 2017 | | Comments Off

Toyota NZ sales manager Steve Prangnell (above) reckons SUVs in the compact segment are “drab looking compared to our car.” He’s talking about Toyota’s new C-HR, a look-at-me five-door designed under instruction from the big boss in Japan, company president and CEO Akio Toyoda. It’s what Toyoda wants from his styling studios....


Holden to deliver Commodore wagon to rival all-paw Subaru Outback

April 6, 2017 | | Comments Off

Holden NZ confirmed this week what said two months ago – that a variant of the next-generation Commodore Sportwagen would go head-to-head with the likes of the Subaru Outback in New Zealand and Australia. This website was given the ‘good oil’ in January. Early in February, Holden on both sides of the...

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China’s LDV enters ute market with double-cab for $29,990

March 16, 2017 | | Comments Off

The Chinese company that has quickly become a household word in the van market in New Zealand will launch its first workhorse ute in July at a hugely competitive starting price of $29,990, including GST. LDV’s four-wheel-drive double-cab will be available in two specifications – Comfort and Luxury – and followed later in the year...

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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...


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...


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...


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...


Ford Mondeo wagon an allrounder with good road manners

April 1, 2016 | | Comments Off

The fourth-generation Ford Mondeo seemed to sneak into New Zealand under the radar last year. One minute it was still on its way, the next it was here and had been for a few months. There was no fanfare, no Ford town crier hailing its arrival. Ford NZ said it couldn’t get every Mondeo model [&hellip...


At the wheel: Lexus gives mid-sized IS sedan a powertrain to shout about

December 1, 2015 | | Comments Off

Buy a Lexus and ‘thank you’ gifts start arriving in the mail. There might be a special edition book, a collection of music CDs, perhaps a gift from cutting edge NZ furniture and lighting design company, Resident. Customers at Lexus Auckland get VIP parking at the domestic and international terminals. There is always a gift. [&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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