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It is fairly rare that a Kiwi name is seen on the side of a production car. Hayden Paddon is the latest to have the owner, with Hyundai New Zealand marking his historic nine minute Read More
Lexus has updated its GS range – and added a performance halo car to the range.
The mid-size sedan range continues with three hybrid models; the GS 300h Limited, the GS 450h Limited and F Sport, and two V6 petrol engine GS 350’s available in Limited and F Sport grades complete with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The new addition is a GS F model with a 5.0-litre V8. Continue reading “Updates for GS range” »
Lexus has updated its GS range - and added a performance halo car to t ...
BMW New Zealand has launched the sixth generation of its flagship sedan – the 7-Series.
There will be two new models available from launch, including the very first application of BMW xDrive in a right-hand drive 7 Series model.
While government ministers roll in the back seat of a specially-specified – and no doubt cheaper – long-wheel-base 730d variant, the public is being offered a 740d xDrive model for $199,000 and a 750i for $239,500. Continue reading “Kiwi launch for BMW tech flagship” »
BMW New Zealand has launched the sixth generation of its flagship seda ...
The first week of operation of the new variable speed limits on Christchurch’s Northern Motorway had minimal impact on travel times during the morning peak congestion according to the NZ Transport Agency.
NZTA southern regional director Jim Harland says for a number of reasons the variable speed limits did not help reduce delays or driver frustration and he has asked motorists for their patience as work continues to find the best time to switch on the signs and help reduce traffic flows breaking down.
“This technology is new to Christchurch and we’re still working to find the best time to switch on the signs each day,” Harland says. “Last week this was not helped by daily changes in traffic volumes and an overall 12% increase in traffic volumes. Continue reading “Motorists asked for patience with variable speed limits into Chch” »
The first week of operation of the new variable speed limits on Christ ...
Can’t quite afford a new Tesla Model S? Well now there is a far cheaper version.
American toy company Radio Flyer – famous for their little red wagons – has launched a kids-sized Model S, complete with lithium ion batteries and a sound system.
The model starts at US$499, but can be customised with options such as a cover, silver wheels, a personalised plate and a larger battery. Continue reading “A small, small, Tesla” »
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There are likely to be a number of airbags ‘popping up’ on the outside of vehicles, industry experts predict.
Volvo already has an external airbag on some Volvo V40 models for pedestrian protection, but now airbags are being shown on the outside of cars for the protection of those inside.
ZF TRW has showcased an external side airbag to provide protection in the case of t-bone-style accidents. Continue reading “Airbags likely to move outside” »
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Holden are hoping a suite of new technology will help keep their updated Captiva SUV competitive – despite celebrating its tenth birthday.
The facelift includes a new front grille and fascia, LED daytime running lamps and revised interior design.
But the big news is inside, where the car is the first Holden launched to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto when it goes on sale this week. Continue reading “Connectivity focus for updated Captiva” »
Holden are hoping a suite of new technology will help keep their updat ...
Mazda New Zealand has one new model hitting the market, as another begins rolling off the production line.
A larger-engine option has arrived for the MX-5, adding a 2.0-litre model to the 1.5-litre already available.
The Mazda MX-5 2.0L features 118kW @ 6,000rpm power, 17 inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control air conditioning, 9 speakers, keyless entry with advance proximity function, mirrors with heating function and 2-speed windscreen wipers with rain-sensing function. Continue reading “New models underway for Mazda” »
Mazda New Zealand has one new model hitting the market, as another beg ...
Transport and energy minister Simon Bridges opened Auckland’s newest rapid-charger for electric vehicles today – confirming he will soon be switching to such a vehicle.
The new station, based like the earlier Hobson street one at a Vector substation, is at the corner of Gillies Ave and Seccombes Road.
Vector management, members of the Auckland Energy Consumers Trust, and local MP David Seymour, were among guests. Continue reading “Bridges to buy EV; Still no support for rollout” »
Transport and energy minister Simon Bridges opened Auckland’s newest r ...