News: New Zealand-designed car gets high end audience

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thumbnail_Unknown-1Auckland-based designer Alain Brideson says he’s “delighted” to have his design work on the Etos concept car admired by US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The world leaders were given a tour of the car by Swiss company
Rinspeed at the Hanover Fair in Hamburg late Monday evening (New Zealand time). The car’s sleek exterior and dashboard components were designed and modelled by Brideson.

“It was a very nice surprise to wake up to,” says Brideson, who received an email from Rinspeed on Tuesday with photos of Obama and Merkel viewing the car. Continue reading “New Zealand-designed car gets high end audience” »

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News: Subaru, IBM deal for crashproof cars

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Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru, and IBM are looking at creating a data analytics system that will completely eliminate car crashes.

FHI’s key aim is for “zero car accidents” by improving development efficiency to achieve self-driving characteristic of Subarus by advancing safety performance and reliability, verified with its EyeSight camera system.

The system is to analyse test images from advanced safety technologies, including the EyeSight driver assist system. This would then make evaluations using cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. Continue reading “Subaru, IBM deal for crashproof cars” »

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News: Mazda MX-5 Production Reaches One-Million Units

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Mazda Motor Corporation has announced the hitting of a big milestone for the company – and sports car lovers.

Production of the MX-5 reached one million units on April 22, 2016. The milestone figure was achieved over 27 years, with mass-production of the MX-5 starting at Ujina Plant No. 1 in Hiroshima in April 1989.

“From the first generation through to today’s fourth-generation model, the reason we have been able to continue selling the MX-5 all these years is due to the strong support of fans around the world,” says Masamichi Kogai, Mazda president and chief executive. Continue reading “Mazda MX-5 Production Reaches One-Million Units” »

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News: Autocar sold to staff member

13055040_1177537028943958_7589771717728228479_oNew Zealand Autocar magazine has been sold by publishers Fairfax New Zealand – as it continues its selldown of specialist magazine titles.

The magazines sales and marketing manager Gavin Shaw will take on the role of general manager.

The sale takes effect April 30. Continue reading “Autocar sold to staff member” »

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News: Rally star duo on top of the world

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Kiwi rallying duo Hayden Paddon and John Kennard have delivered their first-ever WRC round win – and may have sold a few Hyundai i20s along the way.

It’s the first time a New Zealander has ever won a round of the FIA World Rally Championship – and Rally Argentina isn’t an easy one, with the rocky horrorshow known as El Condor one of the final stages.

The Geraldine native has already pedalled his way to the mantle of most successful Kiwi rally driver on the world stage – a title previously held by the late, great Possum Bourne. Continue reading “Rally star duo on top of the world” »

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News: BMW launches entry-level Gran Coupe

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe[1]BMW New Zealand has announced the arrival of a new 4 Series Gran Coupe model – aimed at providing a cheaper entry into the brands four-door sports models.

The new 420imodel will be available from $77,000 – just a few thousand more than an entry-level 3 Series.

“The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe first arrived in New Zealand in August 2014 and launched to rave reviews,” says managing director of BMW Group New Zealand, Florian Renndorfer. Continue reading “BMW launches entry-level Gran Coupe” »

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News: Renault renaissance comes with 10 new models

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Renault is set to take the covers off a new Koleos – a high-end SUV which it hope will have enough global appeal to help pay for the 10 new models it has introduced globally.

The D-segment SUV, says the French manufacturer, will deliver solid off-road chops with excellent on-road handling and a refined interior with plenty of passenger room.

It has one eye on China with the Koleos, having just opened a new plant in Wuhan. Continue reading “Renault renaissance comes with 10 new models” »

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News: Tech-savvy transport changes on the way

taxiSmall passenger services – many using high-tech solutions like smartphone apps – are a driving force behind changes planned by the regulatory changes planned by the government.

Transport minister Simon Bridges and associate minister Craig Foss have announced a comprehensive overhaul of the sector with a special focus on new technologies.

With the current rules dating back to 1989, and categorising cabs, shuttles, rideshares and private hire separately, a singular, more flexible, approach makes more sense. Continue reading “Tech-savvy transport changes on the way” »

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