Mazda: Mazda: MX-5 ticks all the right boxes

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It may be slighted as a ‘hairdresser’s car,’ by some circles, but you can’t take away the fact that Mazda’s MX-5 is the biggest selling sportscar on the planet. More than a million of the lightweight ‘pure’ roadsters currently roam the planet, and with a ground-up new car now in showrooms, that number’s sure to grow. Continue reading “Mazda: MX-5 ticks all the right boxes” »

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News: Mercedes brings SUVs downtown

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Merced Benz is showing its SUV line-up to the public in its modern natural environment – downtown Auckland.

The brand is displaying its line-up as part of a ‘Star Power’ display at Halsey Wharf this week from Thursday through to Sunday, with the public invited to view, and even test drive new technology.

Mercedes-Benz Cars New Zealand general manager Ben Giffin is excited to expose the new line-up at the viaduct location. Continue reading “Mercedes brings SUVs downtown” »

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News: French chef joins German brand

SimonWrightChef Simon Wright, best known for his restaurant The French Cafe, has joined Mercedes Benz as an ambassador.

The French Café has been recognised by millions of independent reviewers as Trip Advisor’s number one Australasian fine dining restaurant in the 2015 Traveller’s Choice Awards.

Mercedes-Benz Cars New Zealand general manager Ben Giffin says they are extremely proud to welcome Wright to the brand. Continue reading “French chef joins German brand” »

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News: Faraday Future will reveal electric concept car at CES 2016

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Secretive U.S automotive start-up company Faraday Future has announced on its website that it will reveal an electric concept car at the CES 2016 show in Las Vegas in January.

“On January 4, 2016, Faraday Future will unveil a concept inspired by our design and engineering vision. The future of mobility is closer than you think. Come and see,” says the company’s website.

Based in Gardena, California, in a research and development centre formerly occupied by Nissan USA according to Inc, Faraday Future says it will launch with fully-electric vehicles that will offer smart and seamless connectivity to the outside world. Continue reading “Faraday Future will reveal electric concept car at CES 2016” »

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News: Toyota in conservation partnership

IMAGE---DOC-and-TNZ-Partnership---Kiwi-kids-conservation-programme---native-bird[2]Toyota is helping get kids into nature as part of a deal with the Department of Conservation.

Over the next five years, DOC and Toyota will work together to motivate Kiwi kids and their families to get out and explore the special places that are right on their doorstep.

Lou Sanson, Director-General of Conservation says, “Our work with Toyota will encourage a whole new generation of young people to become guardians of our land and sea.” Continue reading “Toyota in conservation partnership” »

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News: EECA report reinforces EV case

Screen-Shot-2015-11-24-at-10.39Taking into account electricity production, electric vehicles driven in New Zealand produce 80% less carbon dioxide than petrol alternatives according to new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority research.

A Life Cycle Analysis report commissioned by the agency to confirm that EVs are better for the environment than petrol or diesel powered vehicles, across the lifecycle of the vehicle as well as in use.

The Life Cycle Analysis was conducted by an international consultancy team of ARUP and Verdant Vision using ISO methodology to assess environmental impacts based on eight different indicators. Continue reading “EECA report reinforces EV case” »

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News: Govt has ‘head in the sand’ on electric vehicles

DSC_0014The government has its head in the sand on electric vehicles, says New Zealand First.

“National is blind to the glare of opportunity in the electric vehicle industry,” says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Winston Peters.

“It is refusing to concede that electric vehicles will reduce emissions, save New Zealand a fortune on oil imports and will protect our green image,” he says. Continue reading “Govt has ‘head in the sand’ on electric vehicles” »

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News: VW cuts $1.6bn as US diesel scandal widens

tdi_motor_685x325Volkswagen will cut 1 billion euros (NZD $1.62 billion) from its 2016 budget as its emissions scandal expands to include tens of thousands more US vehicles.

The spending cut is VW’s first since the financial crisis in 2009.

On Thursday, November 19, VW and Audi’s officials told the EPA that all 3-litre diesel engines from model years 2009 through 2016 had higher emissions than allowed. Continue reading “VW cuts $1.6bn as US diesel scandal widens” »

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