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Australasian New Car Assessment Programme testing now covers 93% of the market – with the awarding of five-star safety ratings to both the Suzuki Vitara and Kia Optima. Both models previously ranked as top-selling unrated Read More
Ford and Jose Cuervo are testing the bioplastic for use in vehicle interior and exterior components such as wiring harnesses, HVAC units and storage bins. Initial assessments suggest the material holds great promise due to Read More
Delphi Automotive has paid NZ$21.7m to buy a Kiwi 3D firm that makes tricky dashboards and gauge clusters.
The auto parts behemoth is banking on PureDepth Inc, which counts slot machine graphics among its specialities, to help enhance its gauge offerings – picking a trend towards high-tech interiors.
Delphi’s PureDepth buy-up is the latest in a string of acquisitions that see the company – which earned NZ$617m for the first quarter – looking to reposition itself in the market. Continue reading “Kiwi 3D firm snapped up by Delphi” »
Delphi Automotive has paid NZ$21.7m to buy a Kiwi 3D firm that makes t ...
Most would be terrified of getting a parking ticket or speed camera fine in the boss’ car.
But a Christchurch man tried to sell his employer’s car yesterday – and was caught only because a switched on Greymouth car dealer became suspicious.
An ownership check revealed the deal wasn’t so sweet as the car belonged to the man’s boss – so the dealer called the police. Continue reading “Man arrested trying to sell boss’ car” »
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Nissan North America has said that 3.2 million cars are being called in with major safety problems where airbags or seat belts could fail in a crash.
A front seat sensor has proven to be defective – and is it detects whether a passenger is an adult or child, even if there’s a passenger there at all. It may mistake an adult for a child, or the seat as empty, and turn airbags off completely
The recall applies to US-sold 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima, 2013-2016 Nissan Altima, NV200, LEAF and Sentra, 2013-2017 Nissan Pathfinder, 2014-2016 Nissan NV200 Taxi, Infiniti QX60 and Q50, 2014-2017 Nissan Rogue, 2015-2016 Nissan Murano, Chevrolet City Express and 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles. Continue reading “Nissan recalls 4m cars” »
Nissan North America has said that 3.2 million cars are being called i ...
BMW’s stylish little i3 electric city car will get half as much range again under new specs.
The i3s with long-anticipated range improvements will be rolling on Euro streets within three months.
Theoretically, the new battery will join the current Li-ion one – although BMW is yet to categorically say either way. Continue reading “Baby Bimmer gets big long legs” »
BMW’s stylish little i3 electric city car will get half as much range ...
Kiwis are waiting up to 12 months to buy the world’s first hybrid seven seat SUV – and are pre-purchasing them without a test drive in a bid to secure a vehicle.
Volvo New Zealand are preparing to launch the XC90 plug-in hybrid, and say they have plans to increase the number of electric vehicles available to Kiwis in line with the brand’s plans to sell up to one million electrified cars globally by 2025.
The Swedish company will offer at least two hybrid versions of every model in its range and release its first all-electric car in 2019. Continue reading “Kiwis ordering plug-ins before test drive – Volvo” »
Kiwis are waiting up to 12 months to buy the world’s first hybrid seve ...
Lexus has gone from beige to dynamic and now, it seems, to stroppy.
Unveiled at the Beijing motor show this week, the new Lexus IS sports sedan is unashamedly aggressive, sharply styled and seemingly taking aim at helping customers keep mid-life crises at bay.
Lexus New Zealand GM of product Spencer Morris admits that the IS has been a “consistent favourite in New Zealand amongst drivers who are young at heart.” Continue reading “Lexus IS gets grumpy new face” »
Lexus has gone from beige to dynamic and now, it seems, to stroppy. ...
The new Mini is no longer all that ‘new’ with Britain’s Plant Oxford celebrating 15 years since the first car rolled off its production line.
The larger Mini Hatch was built seven years after the BMW Group acquired the brand in 1994.
Oxford have since produced more than 2.5 million Minis, expecting to hit the 2 million mark later this year. Continue reading “‘New’ Mini now a tearaway teen” »
The new Mini is no longer all that ‘new’ with Britain’s Plant Oxford c ...
Toyota says all of its quake-damaged Japanese factories would be back to full production between May 6-14.
The production lines halted by earthquakes earlier this month may be hit by parts supplies issues after May 14.
Toyota said that it would gauge supply consistency and then decide on which course of action it will take after the 14th. Continue reading “Toyota fires up quake-hit factories” »
Toyota says all of its quake-damaged Japanese factories would be back ...