News: Kiwi car buyers want fuel efficient

image004%5b2%5dKiwi new car buyers see fuel efficiency as a big part of their purchasing decision according to a new survey.

Conducted by Ford across its markets in the Asia Pacific region, the survey found more than 83%of New Zealand consumers say that fuel efficiency is more important than power.

The survey of more than 9,500 drivers in 11 markets across the region, was undertaken in June. Continue reading “Kiwi car buyers want fuel efficient” »

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News: Jeep’s anniversary focus connects Kiwis to their history

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Coverage of Jeep’s 75th anniversary featured New Zealand prime minister Peter Fraser and lieutenant-general Bernard Freyberg in a Willy’s Jeep during World War II, reconnecting Kiwis to their wartime history and the integral role Jeep played.

On an individual level, Sherryll Leeson was stunned to see the photograph of her father, driver Ted Leeson, at the wheel of the jeep when opening the paper.

“I simply could not believe it,” says Leeson. “We’d heard the stories from dad about being lieutenant-general Bernard Freyberg’s driver and how he met Peter Fraser, but we’d never seen a picture. So I discussed it with my sister, trying to work out whether it really was Dad, but when we showed the picture to our mother, she simply said, ‘That is your father!’” Continue reading “Jeep’s anniversary focus connects Kiwis to their history” »

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News: Trailblazer joins Colorado on 5-stars

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The upcoming Holden Trailblazer – an update to the current Colorado 7 suv – has already been confirmed as 5-star safe.

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program has confirmed the rating, which the updated Colorado received earlier this month.

It comes with a range of safety technologies as standard including Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) to name a few. Continue reading “Trailblazer joins Colorado on 5-stars” »

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News: Business case needed for Amarok-based SUV says importer 

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Volkswagen Group Australia commercial vehicle director Carlos Santos has revealed to media that development work on an Amarok-based SUV has recommenced by the parent company.

“There is some very serious development happening at the moment for an SUV based on Amarok, which would be quite a large passenger- vehicle-type set-up,” Santos told Go Auto and other journalists in Melbourne.

The New Zealand Volkswagen importer European Motor Distributors says it has not received any official word yet on such a vehicle from Germany. Continue reading “Business case needed for Amarok-based SUV says importer ” »

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News: Model S reaches battery limit

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Tesla has launched a new battery option – believed to be the biggest possible in its current format.

The new P100 option, for both the Model S and Model X, is a 100kWh battery, and can be ordered new or as an upgrade to existing P90 models. It gives a range of 614km in the S or 542 in the X by EU standards.

As part of the announcement call, founder Elon Musk indicated the option is the most capacity that can be put into the vehicles in the current battery format. Continue reading “Model S reaches battery limit” »

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News: VW settles supplier strike

volkswagen-group_200x200Volkswagen and two key suppliers have settled a dispute with workers that could have seen production delays at a number of its key German plans.

The company, with Automobilguss and Cartrim, has been in marathon talks with the workers, who have seen their hours cut following Volkswagen reducing the number of contracts the companies held off the back of the emissions scandal.

The company confirmed last night an agreement had been reached with the suppliers and workers. Continue reading “VW settles supplier strike” »

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