Cars: Fewer large cars no barrier to safety says AA

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While big cars didn’t dominate the ANCAP list for 2014, the range of small to medium vehicles with 5 star safety ratings continues to grow according to the New Zealand Automobile Association. Continue reading “Fewer large cars no barrier to safety says AA” »

News: ANCAP aligns protocols with Euro NCAP

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From 2015, The Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) will align its testing protocols with those of the European NCAP.

While the physical crash tests are close to identical, analysis of the resulting data is slightly different. From now, Euro NCAP results will be released in New Zealand and Australia without being reassessed by ANCAP, however they will still carry the ANCAP brand. Continue reading “ANCAP aligns protocols with Euro NCAP” »

News: Life saving helmet tech to connect cyclists with drivers


In a world first, Volvo Cars, protective gravity sports gear manufacturer POC and Ericsson will unveil a safety technology connecting drivers and cyclists for the first time ever at International CES in Las Vegas (January 6-9, 2015).

The latest accident data from Europe reveals about 50% of all cyclists killed in traffic have collided with a car.​

The technology consists of a connected car and helmet prototype that will establish 2-way communication offering proximity alerts to Volvo car drivers and cyclists and thereby avoid accidents. Continue reading “Life saving helmet tech to connect cyclists with drivers” »

News: The Dukes go car shopping

The latest ad to go viral is this one, showing the original stars of the Dukes of Hazzard in need of some new wheels.

America’s seems to be keen to help them out. Continue reading “The Dukes go car shopping” »

News: The 2014 NZ Car of the Year is also the people’s choice


Not only is the Mazda3 the New Zealand Car of the Year for 2014 as voted by the NZ Motoring Writer’s Guild, it has won the approval of the public.

Ahead of the NZ Car of the Year award announcement on December 4, the AA ran a social media campaign to ascertain out of all cars launched this year – which one would be the People’s Choice car of the year.

With 14% of the nearly 20,000 total votes, the Mazda3 won the People’s Choice – more than double the votes of its closest rival, the Honda Jazz. Continue reading “The 2014 NZ Car of the Year is also the people’s choice” »

News: NZ’s most awarded premium automotive brand

141222_BMW i3BMW says it is New Zealand’s most awarded new vehicle marque following the announcements of all major Car of the Year (COTY) and category winners for 2014.

The German manufacturer claimed nine COTY or category wins, outscoring both mainstream mass market brands and premium competitors in the process.

Awards were bestowed on the all-new BMW M3/M4 with four category wins, the X5 claimed three while the 4 Series received one. The brand new i3 was recognised with one overall COTY title. Continue reading “NZ’s most awarded premium automotive brand” »

News: Grand Vitara and Kizashi remain integral says Suzuki NZ


Despite an independent British website reporting that the Grand Vitara SUV and Kizashi sedan have discontinued manufacture, Suzuki NZ says the two models remain integral components in its line up.

Suzuki will start 2015 by offering a limited edition of the automatic Grand Vitara, with an Adventure pack comprising satellite navigation, a reversing camera, nudge-bar and roof racks at no extra cost.

The Grand Vitara will continue to be offered alongside the all-new Vitara model that is scheduled to arrive in the second half of 2015 says Suzuki New Zealand. Continue reading “Grand Vitara and Kizashi remain integral says Suzuki NZ” »

Blogs: Ford: Longterm 2014 Ranger Wildtrak blog

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This time last year the Auto Media Group office was lucky enough to have Holden’s plug-in Volt in residence for a couple of months. Our longterm(ish) car this summer is a little more market-relevant Continue reading “Ford: Longterm 2014 Ranger Wildtrak blog” »