News: Auckland drivers warned of ANZAC road closures

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As the Grafton Gully cycleway project enters the final months of construction, the NZ Transport Agency reminds drivers of project-related closures of Wellesley Street East in central Auckland.

Wellesley Street East between Princes Street and the motorway ramps was closed earlier this month until next Monday 28 April to complete construction of the cycleway tunnel under the road near AUT and Auckland University.

There are full closures of both Wellesley Street East and the State Highway 1 (SH1) off-ramp, along with restricted movements from the SH16 off-ramp. Continue reading “Auckland drivers warned of ANZAC road closures” »

BMW: Road Tests / Car Reviews: BMW X5 M50d 2014

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DSC_0066For those people who wanted to buy a large luxury SUV (or SAV in BMW parlance), the biggest conundrum was did they plump for the diesel version or the petrol version.

Obviously at this end of the luxury market paying for fuel was not necessarily a large consideration for buyers, it was more about which fuel suited their lifestyle and vehicle use. Continue reading “Road Tests / Car Reviews: BMW X5 M50d 2014” »

Hyundai: Road Tests / Car Reviews: Hyundai Accent Elite 2014 second review

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DSC_0005 Car manufacturers often find that a popular model will often become the victim of its own success, as each new generation of a car line becomes bigger and more expensive.

To a certain degree this applies to several Hyundai models, notably the new generation i30 which has matured into a competitor for the VW Golf and Toyota Corolla with specification and price tags to match. Continue reading “Road Tests / Car Reviews: Hyundai Accent Elite 2014 second review” »

News: Peugeot returns to Dakar in 2015

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After smashing the Pikes Peak Hill Climb record in 2013 with the 208 T16 hill climb car, Peugeot Sport, Red Bull and Total have again joined forces for another challenge: the 2015 Dakar Rally.

To take on the 10,000km rally, Team Peugeot Total has recruited Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres who will drive its new rally car, the 2008 DKR.

Team Team Peugeot Total says 2010 Dakar victor Carlos Sainz, brings extensive experience and car-development skills to the table, as well as the event’s five-time winner on two wheels, Cyril Despres, who has chosen Peugeot to kick off a new career on four wheels. Continue reading “Peugeot returns to Dakar in 2015” »

News: Smartphone app rewards good drivers with lower premiums

SmartDriver_HomeSafer drivers can benefit from lower insurance premiums based on their individual driving performance – thanks to a free smartphone app offered by Tower.

‘SmartDriver’ monitors and assesses an individual’s driving behaviour based on 250 km of travel. Drivers who score well can then gain a discount on motor premiums of up to 20%.

Tower chief executive officer David Hancock says the insurance industry does not have a reputation for innovation, but Tower is committed to delivering relevant products and better value to customers. Continue reading “Smartphone app rewards good drivers with lower premiums” »

Land Rover: Road Tests/Car Reviews: 2014 Range Rover Sport SDV8

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range-rover-sdv8-2014-front The Range Rover Sport is a sleeker, meaner entry point into the Range Rover experience. When you want a Range Rover with all the frills, but you want it forty grand cheaper than an actual Range Rover, the Sport fills that gap.

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