News: Maserati takes luxury SUV to Goodwood

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It could be genius – or it may not – but Maserati will give its Levante luxury SUV a very public baptism of fire at the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Levante – which hits these shores early next year – is the company’s first crack at the lucrative SUV market, and its abilities on attack have been the source of much speculation.

It weighs 2100-odd kilos, is 5m long, has a 3m wheelbase and towers 1.6m high – displaying dynamic driving, at pace, up that hill, is going to take an effort. Continue reading “Maserati takes luxury SUV to Goodwood” »

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News: Replica Back to the Future DeLorean hits $91.5m at auction

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An internet auction for a replica of the Back to the Future DeLorean hit 88mph and just kept on going.

Auction bosses were left scratching their heads when the bidding war on Yahoo Auctions Japan spiralled out of control for a non-working ’replicar’ of the vehicle that starred alongside Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in the blockbuster trilogy.

The auction hit a staggering ¥9,999,999,999 (NZ$91.5m) late on Monday night, local time, after attracting a ¥1.5bn bid earlier in the night. It is the highest bid the auction site can accept. Continue reading “Replica Back to the Future DeLorean hits $91.5m at auction” »

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Mitsubishi: Mitsubishi Triton 4×4 GLS review

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The new generation of Mitsubishi Triton shrugs off it’s predecessors reputation for being as uncouth as a bull in a China shop, it is by far a much more refined proposition.

We were impressed with the new Triton on first acquaintance when we drove it briefly at the media launch drive around Wellington in April. It was smooth, quiet and responsive with relatively decent handling for a light commercial vehicle – almost car-like in fact. Continue reading “Mitsubishi Triton 4×4 GLS review” »

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News: Ford tries to patent fake engine noise

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Fake engine sounds are getting more common in cars – often piped through speakers to give the impression that vehicles are louder than they are and sound better than they do.

Others use the actual engine and bizarre arrays of piping and bends and blanks and bulbous bits to ‘tune’ the non exhaust-amplified sounds and send them back through the cabin.

The reason? Some people think cars are too quiet in the modern world. But do the even like these glorified vuvuzelas or speakers pushing out faked noises? Interestingly some do – others hate them with a vengeance. Continue reading “Ford tries to patent fake engine noise” »

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News: British brand signs on as Lions top sponsor

Land Rover announces its renewal as Principal Partner of The British & Irish Lions

The British and Irish Lions tour here next year has scored an additional boost with the re-signing of key sponsor Land Rover.

It’ll be the sixth time that Land Rover has taken the on the big sponsor mantle – supporting the tourists, of course.

Its rugby-supporting background stretches right back to the 1997 South Africa tour, and includes the Lions’ tour here in 2005 and the 2013 tour of Australia. And two World Cups. Continue reading “British brand signs on as Lions top sponsor” »

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News: Jeep tops German awards

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Jeep – it seems – is as German as blue jeans and over-stuffed hot dogs.

Readers of leading German 4×4 and SUV magazine Off Road has named three models from Chrysler’s Jeep range as their top purchase choices in their respective categories.

Chosen from a massive 126 vehicles on sale in Germany, the Renegade – Jeep’s first foray into youth-focused sub-compact territory – impressively took close to 45% of the category’s total votes. Continue reading “Jeep tops German awards” »

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News: Volvo NZ to offer factory pick up

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Volvo New Zealand is offering buyers the chance to collect their new vehicle early – in Sweden.

Swedish car manufacturer Volvo is now offering Kiwis the chance to pick up their newly minted vehicles straight off the production line at the company’s factory in Gothenburg. Proud new owners can then take their cars for a spin around Sweden – or beyond into Europe – before returning them to the factory for shipping to New Zealand.

Volvo has offered its Factory Delivery Experience to U.S. customers for 60 years, and this year around 1400 Americans will combine a Scandinavian holiday with their new car purchase. Continue reading “Volvo NZ to offer factory pick up” »

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News: National EV signage launched

CkkLkJYWgAAmrWM.jpg-largeThe move to consistency in New Zealand’s electric vehicle infrastructure appears to be taking its first step.

New signage, developed by the Christchurch City Council and approved by the NZ Transport Agency, uses an easily recognisable symbol to identify where electric vehicles can be charged.

The signage can now be rolled out for use on State Highways and local roads across the country. Continue reading “National EV signage launched” »

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