News: Focus on more customer-friendly technology

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Ford has thrown down the gauntlet to the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3 private buyer, by bringing a technology-laden Focus hatch to market with a zippy new 1.5-litre EcoBoost turbocharged engine.

The new engine, a new face, a new dashboard centre stack, and more new technology features brings the 2016 Focus up to date with its competitors.

While not a completely all-new car, the new Focus has received a significant amount of redesign and engineering. More than 1 million are built in 8 factories for consumption in 140 different markets, so Ford stresses it was important to listen to the customer and provide more user-friendly technology in the car. Continue reading “Focus on more customer-friendly technology” »

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News: AA releases safety ratings

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The Automobile Association has released its 2015 Used Car Safety Ratings guide, which includes 220 models, and is based of real-world crash data from here and across the Tasman.

This year the guide shows that 44% of used vehicles assessed received an excellent or good rating for occupant protection in a crash.

However, just 10% – 21 out of 217 – of the vehicles assessed earned a safe pick rating, which means they also provide good protection for occupants in other vehicles, pedestrians and motorcyclists in a crash. Continue reading “AA releases safety ratings” »

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News: Revised Prado receives Euro 5 diesel engine

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The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado has received a new 2.8-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder engine as part of revisions for the 2015 model year.

The all-new direct-injection 1GD Series turbo diesel engine features thermal swing wall insulation technology. The thermal barrier technology helps the engine achieve a maximum thermal efficiency of 44%.

Fuel filtration has been enhanced with the addition of a secondary high-pressure fuel filter to protect expensive and precise fuel system components. Continue reading “Revised Prado receives Euro 5 diesel engine” »

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News: Ducato 4×4 campervan-concept debuts at Dusseldorf

150827_Fiat-Professional_Ducato-4x4-Expedition_01a-1Fiat Professional used the Dusseldorf Caravan Show to gauge market reaction to its Ducato 4×4 Expedition show campervan concept.

There are no plans yet to put the Ducato 4×4 Expedition into a series production; Fiat Professional is analysing the market to stay abreast of new trends.

Visitors to the Fiat Professional stand will be invited to fill in a questionnaire to learn more about their expectations in terms of products and services for motorhomes and a survey is also available on FIATcamper.com website. Continue reading “Ducato 4×4 campervan-concept debuts at Dusseldorf” »

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News: Straight to the top for Subarus at Turoa

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Subaru-TW-OwnersThe snow was falling and Subarus were everywhere as Turoa ski field hosted another fantastic Subaru Top Weekend on August 22-23 at Mt Ruapehu.

An early start for Subaru owners paid off, as the top car parks reserved for them started filling up from 6:45am.

In record time, the top car parks at Turoa were filled up with Subarus by 8:30am on Saturday and 8.45am on Sunday, as the All Wheel Drives were waved up ahead of the long line waiting for lower car parks. Continue reading “Straight to the top for Subarus at Turoa” »

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News: New Audi Q7 focus on driver assistance

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Audi is launching its new Audi Q7 in Queenstown this week – revealing one engine in two specification levels for the lineup.

The two models are both powered by an all-new 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel, putting out 200kW and 600Nm of torque. The only drivetrain option is an 8-speed automatic with ‘Quattro’ all-wheel-drive.

The Q7 with this engine can run to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds, using 5.7 litres per 100km. It is Euro 6 and requires AdBlue catalyst. Continue reading “New Audi Q7 focus on driver assistance” »

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