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New Zealander Marcus Armstrong is preparing for his first Formula Renault race in Europe, taking on the long fast straights and sweeping turns of the Nurburgring Formula One circuit in Germany. The Nurburgring race is Read More
UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne, who recently announced the party’s own EV policy, attended the opening of an electric vehicle (EV) charging station at Staglands Wildlife Reserve. The party’s policy allows a grant of up to $5000 Read More
As the popularity of SUVs continues to grow in New Zealand, the trend is heading in a direction where they will eclipse overall passenger car sales for the first time according to one vehicle distributor.
Reflecting the increasing popularity of SUV’s, the top three passenger vehicles for the month of June were all SUV’s. Toyota Highlander was the top selling passenger model with 5% market share (414 units), followed by the Toyota RAV4 on 4% (396 units) and the Kia Sportage on 3% (316 units).
The SUV segments accounted for 36% of vehicle registrations for the month of June followed by the Pick Up/Chassis segments with 25% share. Continue reading “SUV trend continues” »
As the popularity of SUVs continues to grow in New Zealand, the trend ...
Japan has become one of the first countries to allow automakers to sell cars equipped with cameras in lieu of conventional mirrors.
The technology isn’t quite new; we’ve seen it on numerous concept cars over the past few years, including the Lamborghini Urus. In fact, Cadillac offers its CT6 flagship with a digital rear-view mirror that displays obstacle-free footage of what’s behind the car at the simple push of a button.
However, no one has been able to completely replace door mirrors with cameras on a production model because sole reliance on the technology is still illegal in most parts of the world. Continue reading “Looking forward to looking back” »
Japan has become one of the first countries to allow automakers to sel ...
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Subaru’s horizontally opposed boxer engine.
Subaru of New Zealand is celebrating with special offers for customers who purchase a new Forester, Legacy 3.6RS or XV Crossover from an authorised Subaru dealership in the months of July, August and September 2016.
On Forester, Subaru is offering a tow and protection pack with purchase, or alternatively 50-months with a 0% interest finance offer. The Forester tow and protection pack includes a tow bar, cargo tray and rear step panel. Continue reading “Subaru hands out gifts for boxer birthday” »
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Subaru’s horizontally oppo ...
Nissan’s latest sustainability report shows a 22.4% reduction in CO2 levels compared to financial year 2005 at Nissan facilities.
The company’s success in reducing emissions, promoting zero-emission vehicles and saving energy at its facilities through multiple programmes has made it the highest-performing automotive company tracked by the Carbon Disclosure Project.
Nissan’s aim is to further promote all electric vehicles forms a component of the Nissan Green Programme. Continue reading “Multiple programmes reduce Nissan’s CO2 emissions” »
Nissan’s latest sustainability report shows a 22.4% reduction in CO2 l ...
Trade Me has unveiled its new logo since its last update 16 years ago to ‘better reflect the contemporary Trade Me and where it’s headed next’.
Despite an at times mixed relationship with some dealers, the site remains the biggest advertising medium for the automotive trade.
“A lot can happen in 16 years and a lot can change – for example we didn’t do motor listings, property or jobs back then. In 2000, Trade Me was a one-year-old start up, working out its place in the Kiwi e-commerce world,” says a Trade Me spokesperson. Continue reading “‘Kev’ gets an upgrade” »
Trade Me has unveiled its new logo since its last update 16 years ago ...
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” »
Craig Foss Transport minister Simon Bridges and associate transport ...
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” »
Connected driverless vehicles are one step closer to reality with ...
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” »
Kia is taking a bolder approach to its city crossover in New Zealand w ...