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Almost four out of five – 77% – New Zealand motorists are wary of being ripped off when they take their vehicle for a service. That’s one of the findings from a new survey by Read More
Everyone likes a bargain and getting a deal on a new set of wheels can be a cause for celebration, but be cautious before handing over cash says the Automobile Association.
Recent news reports of two couples fleeced of $50,000 between them in separate but nearly identical scams.
One involving the fake sale of a campervan and the other a caravan – prove that caution rather than trust must be the rule applied when considering expensive vehicle purchases. Continue reading “Exercise caution before handing over cash: AA” »
Everyone likes a bargain and getting a deal on a new set of wheels can ...
A five-minute video produced by Tourism New Zealand and fronted by Chinese reality TV star Huang Lei promotes learning important New Zealand road rules by using the free tourist-focused Road Code quizzes at Drivingtests.co.nz
Available in English, Spanish, German and Chinese, the 66-question driving theory test contains a subset of questions that could be asked in the learner licence exam, and features the most important rules that drivers used to driving on the right-hand side of the road need to know.
“Drivers from overseas can find our road markings, roundabouts and intersections confusing, not only because they have to navigate them while driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road, but also because signs and markings are not standardised worldwide,” says Darren Cottingham, director of DrivingTests.co.nz. Continue reading “Tourist drivers safer using free online driving test” »
A five-minute video produced by Tourism New Zealand and fronted by Chi ...
The Toyota Hilux has secured a 5-star safety rating under the Australian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) ahead of its New Zealand launch in November.
It is the first light commercial vehicle to be awarded a good rating for pedestrian protection by ANCAP.
Pedestrians will also benefit from daytime running lights (DRL) being standard on all Hilux variants. DRLs have been shown to reduce the risk of pedestrians stepping out in front of approaching vehicles. Continue reading “Pedestrian-friendly 5-star Toyota Hilux arrives soon” »
The Toyota Hilux has secured a 5-star safety rating under the Australi ...
Volkswagen Group has appointed the head of its Porsche unit as chief executive – and the man who will need to deal with the company’s global diesel cheating scandal.
Matthias Mueller has replaced long-time VW boss Martin Wintercorn, who resigned last week as details of the diesel emissions rort emerged.
Mueller, 62, has vowed to win back the trust of its customers. Continue reading “New VW boss appointed amid scandal” »
Volkswagen Group has appointed the head of its Porsche unit as chief e ...
From the back it’s got a bit of Alfa Brera about it. From the side the long front overhang and short rear overhang give it a muscular, long look – much longer than it actually is. The Astra is a car that has some presence, managing to pack some particularly alluring lines into a car that’s conveniently sized for the city. Continue reading “Holden: 2015 Astra GTC Sport review” »
From the back it’s got a bit of Alfa Brera about it. From the side the ...
An invisible paint could help reduce the hundreds of Kiwi cyclists killed or injured on NZ roads each year.
Ministry of Transport figures shows that around 825 cyclists are killed or injured on NZ roads every year, with a large proportion of accidents involving cyclists occurring at night.
Volvo developed the unique reflective spray called Life Paint, designed to react to a car’s headlights. Continue reading “Invisible Volvo paint making cycling safer” »
An invisible paint could help reduce the hundreds of Kiwi cyclists kil ...