News: Man arrested trying to sell boss’ car

handcuffsMost would be terrified of getting a parking ticket or speed camera fine in the boss’ car.

But a Christchurch man tried to sell his employer’s car yesterday – and was caught only because a switched on Greymouth car dealer became suspicious.

An ownership check revealed the deal wasn’t so sweet as the car belonged to the man’s boss – so the dealer called the police. Continue reading “Man arrested trying to sell boss’ car” »

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News: Nissan recalls 4m cars

nissanaltimaNissan North America has said that 3.2 million cars are being called in with major safety problems where airbags or seat belts could fail in a crash.

A front seat sensor has proven to be defective – and is it detects whether a passenger is an adult or child, even if there’s a passenger there at all. It may mistake an adult for a child, or the seat as empty, and turn airbags off completely

The recall applies to US-sold 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima, 2013-2016 Nissan Altima, NV200, LEAF and Sentra, 2013-2017 Nissan Pathfinder, 2014-2016 Nissan NV200 Taxi, Infiniti QX60 and Q50, 2014-2017 Nissan Rogue, 2015-2016 Nissan Murano, Chevrolet City Express and 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles. Continue reading “Nissan recalls 4m cars” »

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News: Baby Bimmer gets big long legs

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BMW’s stylish little i3 electric city car will get half as much range again under new specs.

The i3s with long-anticipated range improvements will be rolling on Euro streets within three months.

Theoretically, the new battery will join the current Li-ion one – although BMW is yet to categorically say either way. Continue reading “Baby Bimmer gets big long legs” »

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News: Kiwis ordering plug-ins before test drive – Volvo

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Kiwis are waiting up to 12 months to buy the world’s first hybrid seven seat SUV – and are pre-purchasing them without a test drive in a bid to secure a vehicle.

Volvo New Zealand are preparing to launch the XC90 plug-in hybrid, and say they have plans to increase the number of electric vehicles available to Kiwis in line with the brand’s plans to sell up to one million electrified cars globally by 2025.

The Swedish company will offer at least two hybrid versions of every model in its range and release its first all-electric car in 2019. Continue reading “Kiwis ordering plug-ins before test drive – Volvo” »

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News: Lexus IS gets grumpy new face

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Lexus has gone from beige to dynamic and now, it seems, to stroppy.

Unveiled at the Beijing motor show this week, the new Lexus IS sports sedan is unashamedly aggressive, sharply styled and seemingly taking aim at helping customers keep mid-life crises at bay.

Lexus New Zealand GM of product Spencer Morris admits that the IS has been a “consistent favourite in New Zealand amongst drivers who are young at heart.” Continue reading “Lexus IS gets grumpy new face” »

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News: ‘New’ Mini now a tearaway teen

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The new Mini is no longer all that ‘new’ with Britain’s Plant Oxford celebrating 15 years since the first car rolled off its production line.

The larger Mini Hatch was built seven years after the BMW Group acquired the brand in 1994.

Oxford have since produced more than 2.5 million Minis, expecting to hit the 2 million mark later this year. Continue reading “‘New’ Mini now a tearaway teen” »

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