News: ‘Drive on left’ signs rein in tourists

driver safetyLocal councils and tourism operators are installing ‘Drive on Left’ signs at campervan and rental car carparks, intersections and popular tourist spots.

Record numbers of tourists are travelling to New Zealand — 3.3 million in the year to June — and many are opting to self-drive, says associate transport of minister Craig Foss.

“The ‘Drive on Left’ signs will help visitors safely negotiate busy driveways and intersections.” Continue reading “‘Drive on left’ signs rein in tourists” »

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News: More than 200 cars stolen using pirated software

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Two men accused of using pirated computer software to steal more than 100 vehicles may have exploited an electronic vulnerability to advance auto theft into high-tech crime. They are currently in jail in Houston.

Michael Arce, 24, and Jesse Zelaya, 22, focused on new Jeep and Dodge vehicles, which attract big money on the black market in Mexico. The men allegedly used a laptop computer to reprogram the targeted vehicles’ electronic security so their own key worked.

The stolen vehicles had a common software that’s used by auto technicians and dealers, Houston police officer Jim Woods says. Continue reading “More than 200 cars stolen using pirated software” »

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News: Community driver programme reaches milestone

community driverThe Community Driver Mentor Programme (CDMP) assisted 500 young people successfully sit their restricted driver licence test yesterday in line with government’s key ‘safer journeys road safety strategy’ to improve the safety of young drivers.

The CDMP is an excellent example of communities, volunteers and businesses coming together to help improve the lives of young people, says associate transport minister Craig Foss.

“Having a licence can open up the world for teens and young adults — providing more freedom, mobility and employment opportunities,” he adds. Continue reading “Community driver programme reaches milestone” »

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News: Captiva Equipe on sale

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The popular seven-seat Holden Captiva’s limited production Captiva Equipe is on sale this weekend.

“With more than 1000 new Captiva already sold this year, the arrival of the limited production model will strengthen the appeal of what is consistently one of the bestselling models not only in our range, but in the whole of the country,” says Holden New Zealand managing director Kristian Aquilina.

He adds that its value proposition includes its seven-seat functionality, which is favoured by families. Continue reading “Captiva Equipe on sale” »

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News: C-Class range sports Twin-turbo V6

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Mercedes-Benz New Zealand has ingeniously created a bridge between its standard C-Class range and the halo AMG C 63 V8 – the C 43.

Available in sedan, estate and coupe, the AMG C 43 features a twin-turbocharged V6 petrol, producing 270kW of power and 520Nm of torque. Mercedes says the engine uses special cylinder liners developed through the brand’s F1 work.

The C 43’s engine is paired to the 9G-Tronic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive. Continue reading “C-Class range sports Twin-turbo V6” »

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News: Mazda6 even more polished

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Mazda has unveiled the 2017 Mazda6 – more about premium refinements than change – for launch on Kiwi shores in September.

The model has undergone some subtle and satisfactory tweaks bearing in mind that it doesn’t need a lot to remain top car in the medium segment.

Its chassis is even more bespoke via Mazda’s first application of the all-new G-Vectoring Control (GVC) – a component of Mazda’s new SKYACTIV-Vehicle Dynamics technologies that provide integrated control of the engine, transmission, chassis and body to enhance the feeling of the driver integrating with the car. Continue reading “Mazda6 even more polished” »

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News: Updated Colorado gets pedestrian cred

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Holden’s latest Colorado has received a five-star ANCAP safety rating and a ‘good’ level of pedestrian protection.

AA Motoring Services general manager Stella Stocks says traditionally utes scored poorly in pedestrian protection tests.

“It’s fantastic to see Holden putting more emphasis on safety design elements outside the vehicle an area that many utes have struggled with in the past –  largely only receiving poor ratings,” she says.   Continue reading “Updated Colorado gets pedestrian cred” »

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News: Government cracks down on drink driving 

interlockAlcohol interlock sentences will soon become mandatory for serious and repeat drink-driving offenders says associate transport minister Craig Foss.

People convicted of two or more drink-driving offences within five years and any first time offenders caught driving more than 3.2 times above the legal alcohol limit will be subject to an alcohol interlock sentence.

An alcohol interlock is a breathalyser wired into a vehicle’s starting system. To start the vehicle, the driver must pass a breath test. Continue reading “Government cracks down on drink driving ” »

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