News: China produces i3 knock-off, fools no one

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Can’t quite afford a new BMW i3? How about a knock-off.

A Chinese motorcycle company has released a car that carries a striking resemblance to BMW’s electric city-car. The Jinma KWM2200 is a low-speed electric vehicle with a price tag of just $5200.

While the front looks noticeably like the i3, and there is a nod to the BMW at the rest, that is where the likeness ends. Continue reading “China produces i3 knock-off, fools no one” »

News: 43% of all electric cars sold last year

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A report by European researchers has revealed how quickly the world is taking up electric cars, with 43% of all electric powered vehicles ever produced sold last year.

But, according to the report by the German Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research, the 320,000 units sold, accounted for less than half a percent of the 85 million new vehicles sold worldwide.

According to the report, Nissan’s Leaf is the best-selling electric car in automotive history. The Netherlands has the second-biggest market share of electric cars, after Norway – and the United States leads in the total number, but the market share is well under 1%. Continue reading “43% of all electric cars sold last year” »

Holden: Holden: 2015 Cruze SRi-V hatch review

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The Holden Cruze SRi-V is a bit like Dolly Parton: there’s a lot to talk about at the front. The new facelift has seen a lot of cosmetic surgery that’s resulted in what can be described as ‘conversation starting’.

We last had a Cruze (SRi) when I drove to Fieldays in Hamilton in it. At the time I called it the ‘perfect second car’ – it was a no-fuss, solid performer that you might not drive 9 to 5, but perhaps would run to the shops in it or pick up the kids from school. Continue reading “Holden: 2015 Cruze SRi-V hatch review” »

News: Ford’s number one selling ute gets a makeover

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New Zealand’s top selling ute in 2014 will benefit from a range of mid-life updates when it arrives in Ford dealerships from the third quarter of 2015.

Ford revealed the updated 2015 Ranger Ute at the Bankok Motor Show which has gained a raft of new electronic safety features as well as upgraded and more economical diesel engines.

The advanced features available in the range, including SYNC 2 connectivity, lane keeping aid, forward alert, adaptive cruise control, driver impairment monitor, tyre pressure monitoring system, hill descent control, hill launch control, and front and rear parking sensors. Continue reading “Ford’s number one selling ute gets a makeover” »

News: DS 5 voted best production car at Geneva show

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Not only did the Citroen DS 5 make its world debut at the Geneva International Motor Show, it was voted “best production car in show” by two key French media outlets.

Citroen says the award is important both for the car – set for launch in Europe in June 2015 – and for the DS Brand, which is currently in full launch phase.

Following the Divine DS concept car’s “best concept car” prize at the Paris Motor Show in September 2014, the flagship of the DS Brand, was singled out as “best production car in show” at Geneva by two French media outlets Auto Plus magazine and RTL radio. Continue reading “DS 5 voted best production car at Geneva show” »

Mazda: Mazda: 2015 Mazda6 Skyactiv-D Limited wagon

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Disclaimer: Writer is predisposed to cars painted in metallic silver, as well driving diesel engines, and is particularly fond of station wagons or SUVs.

Despite their best efforts, there is always a distinctive clatter to a diesel engine when starting up and idling and the new Mazda6 Skyactiv-D is no exception, but it is still one of the most refined units you’ll come across in the mid-size mass market. Continue reading “Mazda: 2015 Mazda6 Skyactiv-D Limited wagon” »

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