News: Mitsubishi NZ expects fuel figure fallout

mitsigrilleMitsubishi Motors New Zealand admits that it will face some fallout from news that the Japanese manufacturer rigged results from some fuel tests – even though the four models caught up in the scandal aren’t sold here.

“Obviously, it’s incredibly disappointing to be caught up in it,” says Dan Cook, MMNZ’s head of sales and marketing strategy.

“We’re not expecting the brand to experience any major damage – but there will certainly be some. Continue reading “Mitsubishi NZ expects fuel figure fallout” »

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News: VW to make buyback offer on 500,000 cars?

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Volkswagen AG and American officials have struck a deal that could the German automotive giant offer to buy back nearly half a million diesel cars.

The deal forms part of a wider settlement of lawsuits and government fines stemming from VW Group’s emissions test cheats, which were discovered late last year .

US-based Autonews’ sources say the arrangement will be made official in front of a federal judge in San Francisco on Thursday, local time.

Customers will be offered a cash settlement, or potentially a ‘buyback’ of the vehicle.

Continue reading “VW to make buyback offer on 500,000 cars?” »

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News: Kiwi kit gets special spot at Speedshow

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Kiwi made cars, bikes and automotive products will get their own special area at this year’s CRC Speedshow.

The NZ Made display will feature a hand-picked selection of productions machines – with 15 already confirmed.

The Buy New Zealand Made campaign aims to support and promote the products, some of which are widely recognised, but others that many would not have seen before. Continue reading “Kiwi kit gets special spot at Speedshow” »

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News: Crown BMWs up for sale

15.4-340x255Got really tall kids? Your own personal driver, or just really like big luxury sedans?

The government has updated its fleet of Crown VIP cars, which means 32 BMW 730Ld cars – a specification only sold new here to the government – are up for grabs.

The cars will be sold by Turners in coming weeks. The online tender started yesterday on Monday April 18. Continue reading “Crown BMWs up for sale” »

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News: New car sales drop, used rise in Japan

TOYOTAWhile new passenger car sales continue to tumble in Japan, used sales are on the way up – the first rise in years.

The first quarter saw sales drop by 7.47% – and for March sales dropped by 10.79% year on year March 2015 saw an even bigger drop of 11.9%.

Toyota remains the country’s biggest brand. Continue reading “New car sales drop, used rise in Japan” »

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News: Clean Jeep qualifies for Japan tax break

jeepJeep has proven to Japan that all American vehicles aren’t gas-guzzling, planet-killing monsters.

Chrysler’s Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk has slipped under Japanese green car limits – the first petrol-engined American car to do so.

The 2016 Trailhawk gets 9.7L/100km – qualifying for tax break of around 58,000 yen (NZ$780), which comes of its sticker price of $5.1m yen (NZ$66,800). Continue reading “Clean Jeep qualifies for Japan tax break” »

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Cars: Kiwi special for Hyundai

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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 victory at Rally Otago with the announcement of a new special edition Santa Fe SUV.

Paddon, New Zealand’s most successful rally driver, partnered with his regular navigator John Kennard and drove a new Hyundai New Zealand built i20 rally car to win Rally Otago, giving the AP4 version of the i20 its maiden victory on debut. Continue reading “Kiwi special for Hyundai” »

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Cars: Pajero gets tech upgrade

Pajero_interior_SDAThe current Mitsubishi Pajero is nearing a decade old – and reports indicate it will soldier on for some time to come – but it now sports some new, and very current, technology.

A 2016 upgrade for Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed introduces ‘Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA)’ – also released in Pajero Sport earlier this year.

SDA allows drivers to remain in full control of the wheel and their smartphones on a 7-inch, dash-mounted touch screen via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Continue reading “Pajero gets tech upgrade” »

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