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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...

1932 – the invention of the Ford V8 engine

April 16, 2020 | | Comments Off

This video deals with the development of Ford’s early line of V8 engines...

Giving new Land Rover Defender the once-over

September 11, 2019 | | Comments Off

The 2020 Land Rover Defender has been unveiled and British motoring writer Paul Hudson takes us through a first look at the new 4&#...

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Aussie company develops world’s first domestic hydrogen battery

March 2, 2021 | | Comments Off

It’s being called the world’s first commercially available energy system that uses new or existing rooftop solar panels to create and store hydrogen power in a battery about the size of a large refrigerator. Weighing 324kg, it sits outside the house or business and connects to a solar inverter and the mains water through a [&hellip...

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Cherokee Indian nation wants Jeep to drop ‘Cherokee’ name

February 27, 2021 | | Comments Off

The chief of the Cherokee Nation in the USA wants Jeep to stop using the tribe’s name on its vehicles. “I’m sure this comes from a place that is well-intended, but it does not honor us by having our name plastered on the side of a car,” Chuck Hoskin Jr., principal chief of the Cherokee [&hellip...


EVs are on the move, but where are their batteries going?

February 23, 2021 | | Comments Off

The car, over the next 10 years or so, will become a consumer electronics product full of micro-processors. “It will have 80 to 100 software controllers – in the end it will work like a smartphone,” Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has said. But the switch to battery-electric propulsion from the internal combustion engine will...


Tesla fans and foes spar over new-look steering wheel

January 29, 2021 | | Comments Off

Fans and foes of electric vehicle maker Tesla are bombarding online sites with opinions on what’s right or wrong about its new steering wheel, a ‘yoke’ design for refreshed versions of the Model S sedan and Model X SUV. Some claimed the aviation-type helm was a masterful design; others said it was too futuristic. Tesla’s [&hellip...

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Apple EV project sparks talk of manufacturing deal with Ford

January 11, 2021 | | Comments Off

The ‘Project Titan’ electric car (EV) tech giant Apple reportedly shelved after a couple of years of research and development is believed to be up and running again on the strength of a next-generation battery. News agency Reuters and dedicated US website MacRumors report Apple has built a new battery packed with more energy-dense...

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Aston Martin at centre of rubbish report about emissions from EVs

January 10, 2021 | | Comments Off

A report endorsed by Aston Martin questioning the green credentials of electric cars (EVs) has been widely discredited after it emerged it was based on doctored data and written by a public relations company set up by the wife of an Aston Martin executive. Aston Martin’s new chief executive, Tobias Moers, said before the Christmas...


New fuel for jet engines comes from the air we breathe

January 4, 2021 | | Comments Off

Oxford University researchers plan within the next few years to have a commercial jet aircraft fly from England to the United States on fuel made from natural greenhouse gas. The team says its study of a reverse-engineering process could transform carbon dioxide in the air into fuel for jet engines and, if successful, result in [&hellip...

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VW-owned outfit develops solid-state EV battery first

December 9, 2020 | | Comments Off

US start-up QuantumScape (its largest shareholder is Volkswagen) has said it’s developed a solid-state battery based on a deceptively simple idea. Instead of a conventional liquid electrolyte – the stuff that ferries lithium ions between electrodes – it uses a solid eloctrolyte. Also, the battery’s negative terminal, called its...

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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...


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...

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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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Aussie company develops world’s first domestic hydrogen battery

It’s being called the world’s first commercially available energy system that uses new or existing rooftop solar panels to create and store...

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