News: Technology trial transmits safety message

Craig Foss

Craig Foss

Transport minister Simon Bridges and associate transport minister Craig Foss have announced a trial of Bluetooth technology to deliver audio safety messages to rental car drivers driving between Christchurch and Queenstown.

The trial, which started on July 2, is being overseen by the NZ Transport Agency in partnership with HMI Technologies and GO Rentals. It will entail the sending of safety messages from roadside transmitters via Bluetooth to devices fitted in GO rental vehicles.

“This innovative trial shows how intelligent technology has the potential to improve the safety and resilience of our existing transport network. If the trial is successful, the initiative may continue along the route and be implemented in other parts of New Zealand,” says Bridges. Continue reading “Technology trial transmits safety message” »

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News: Connected vehicle standard agreed

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Connected driverless vehicles are one step closer to reality with a global standard “language” for vehicle-to-cloud data agreed to by more than 11 major automotive manufacturers and suppliers.

The open data standard called Sensoris, originally developed by location cloud company Here, has the backing of industry heavyweights such as Bosch, Daimler, Jaguar Land Rover and TomTom.

Here APAC director Brent Stafford says, “The Sensoris data standard will enable driverless connected vehicles to prepare for changing conditions and hazards well before the vehicle, be it a truck or car, can see them. Continue reading “Connected vehicle standard agreed” »

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News: Kia boosts Soul range

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Kia is taking a bolder approach to its city crossover in New Zealand with the expansion of its Soul SUV range.

The Soul Urban model was introduced initially with a 1.6-litre engine to test the market earlier this year and Kia says it has been so successful it is now confirmed as a mainstream model, along with a 2.0-litre version.

The styling of the Urban adds black body mouldings to the front bumper and side sills, highlighted with a chrome strip and black wheel arch extensions and larger 18” sport alloy wheels. Continue reading “Kia boosts Soul range” »

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News: Hyundai expanding eco, luxury, and performance car lines

This story first appeared in the June issue of AutoTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE

Hyundai-expanding-eco-luxury-and-performance-car-lines-PIC-1At the recent Busan International Motor Show (BIMOS), Hyundai Motor Company announced it will have another 12 eco vehicles in production by 2020 including two pure EV cars as well as plug-in hybrids.

The company strategy is to continue to grown and develop its luxury car line (Genesis), an Eco car line (Ioniq), and a motorsport derived sub brand (N) in addition to Hyundai passenger cars and SUV models.

The company is also developing an electric SUV for 2018 which will have a range of 328km from one charge, and another hydrogen electric SUV which is smaller than the current Tucson HEV, also in development. Continue reading “Hyundai expanding eco, luxury, and performance car lines” »

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News: ANCAP first for CX-9

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The old Mazda CX-9 was never Australian New Car Assessment rated, but the new one has gone straight to the top of the class.

The seven-seater SUV did well in each of the destructive tests and achieved a five-star rating.

AA motoring services general manager Stella Stocks says a five-star rating in New Zealand’s highly competitive market is an added advantage because buyers are increasingly looking for this certification. Continue reading “ANCAP first for CX-9” »

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News: Kiwis might see Alaskan in 2017

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The newly released Renault Alaskan one-tonne pickup is certainly on the radar of the local importer but as yet the French Manufacturer is not confirming production timing for right-hand-drive markets.

Sources close to Renault New Zealand told Auto Media Group they would expect to see the Alaskan releasing into the New Zealand market somewhere around mid to late 2017.

According to Groupe Renault one-tonne pickups account for 17% of the 5 million vehicles annually produced around the globe, and there is a projected market growth of 19% by 2019, of which the manufacturer wants a greater share. Continue reading “Kiwis might see Alaskan in 2017” »

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News: Ahead of the curve with retail AdBlue packs

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This story first appeared in the June issue of DieselTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE

Independent fuel retailer Gasoline Alley Services Ltd (GAS) has a unique claim to fame by becoming the first retail fuel network to offer AdBlue diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) in take away packs to both fleet and private vehicle users nationwide.

GAS managing director Tim Ellis told DIESELtalk the company saw the opportunity to be ahead of the curve, by sending out stock of 10-litre and 20-litre AdBlue packs to all 123 GAS sites across New Zealand at the end of last year.

GAS is partnering with its supplier ChemSafe Industries Manufacturing Ltd (Chemsafe) in this market initiative as it sees there will be a growing need for AdBlue DEF as more light commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles equipped with selective catalytic reduction systems (SCR) enter service in the national fleet. Continue reading “Ahead of the curve with retail AdBlue packs” »

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News: Renault unveiling Alaskan one tonne pick up in Colombia

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Renault has announced it will be unveiling its new one-tonne pick-up, the Alaskan, in Medellin, Colombia on the evening of June 30.

According to Renault, the Alaskan will be a high-end pick-up for business and leisure use, as well as for everyday motoring. It will capitalise on Renault’s crossover know-how with models such as the Captur and Kadjar.

Renault will host a live press conference on Twitter and Periscope from 5.30 pm Colombian local time, following by an exclusive unveiling on Facebook at 5.40 pm local time. Continue reading “Renault unveiling Alaskan one tonne pick up in Colombia” »

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