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Toyota New Zealand has introduced media – including Auto Media Group – to its ‘new-but-used’ Prius plug-in. As we reported earlier this year, the cars are imported used and refurbished and adapted through its Signature Read More
Transport Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed the announcement that New Zealand will host a world-first trial of pizza delivery using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – commonly known as drones. Domino’s Pizza Enterprises (Domino’s) have announced Read More
The new 2017 Holden Colorado provides buyers with a better interior, greater refinement, increased safety and capability as well as a more mature design.
Technical improvements include the addition of new electric power steering, an updated centrifugal torque converter for the automatic transmission as well as a reduction in noise, vibration, and harshness.
The 3500kg braked towing capacity remains, most of the Colorado range sees a payload capability increase from 900kg to a proper metric tonne. Continue reading “More refined Colorado arriving soon” »
The new 2017 Holden Colorado provides buyers with a better interior, g ...
Police in the Eastern District are reminding young drivers to stick to licence conditions for their own safety and that of road users after some incidents.
Over the weekend police stopped a 19-year-old learner driver in Napier for speeding. As he had passengers in the car he was in breach of his licence conditions and he was also processed for drink driving, resulting in a licence suspension of 28 days and an order to make a court appearance. Continue reading “Imperative that young drivers stick to licence conditions” »
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Peter Schreyer is celebrating 10 years at Kia Motors as chief design officer, and his appointment as vice president for the whole Hyundai Motor Group, of which Kia is a part.
Schreyer accepted the position of chief design officer at the Korean manufacturer in 2006 and with it the task of steering the brand through a design revolution – described as one of the most significant turning points in the history of Kia Motors.
The car that is seen as epitomising the design philosophy of Schreyer and his team is the box-shaped Kia Soul, which first appeared as a motor show concept vehicle before going on sale at the end of 2008. It was among the first Kia models to wear the ‘Tigernose Grille’. The Soul foreshadowed the rise of the urban SUV, a genre that is now the most popular form of motor vehicle in the world. Continue reading “Schreyer celebrates 10 years and unified brand ” »
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Before meeting with BMW New Zealand managing director Florian Renndorfer to discuss the company’s electric vehicle plans, I had the chance to test out the firm’s likely volume plug-in model, the 330e iPerformance.
As I entered his office, he asked what I thought of the car. And for the want of a better word, I answered, “Unremarkable.”
“That’s exactly where that vehicle needs to be,” Renndorfer said. “It needs to be something people can pick up and go, ‘This is just a normal car.’” Continue reading “BMW banks on plug-ins” »
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Volvo and Uber have entered a $411 million joint venture to develop fully autonomous driverless cars.
This type of partnership heralds the way in which the global automotive industry is evolving in response to new technologies – and follows General Motors’ deal with service Lyft and Ford’s announcement this week of its own ride-sharing self-driving car.
Both companies will use the same base vehicle for the next stage of their own autonomous car strategies. This will see Uber adding its own “self-developed” autonomous driving systems to the vehicle. Continue reading “Volvo to build Uber’s autonomous car” »
Volvo and Uber have entered a $411 million joint venture to develop fu ...
A world-first trial by the NZ Transport Agency in partnership with HMI Technologies and GO Rentals to send Bluetooth audio safety messages to rental car drivers between Christchurch and Queenstown is proving successful.
GO Rentals general manager James Dalglish says the company have 60 devices across its fleet on South Island.
“We’re running the proof of concept over three months,” he says. He adds that trial feedback “has been incredibly positive from both Kiwi and international customers”. Continue reading “Thumbs up for Bluetooth audio safety message trial” »
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Volvo Trucks is developing a custom-built 2400 horsepower (1789kW) semi unit called the Iron Knight as a world speed record breaking tribute to its FH series.
The truck manufacturer says that newly generated design and technical solutions from the Iron Knight will be transferred into its future series-production trucks. It was the result of a co-operative effort between the technicians, engineers and designers at Volvo Trucks.
On August 24 the Iron Knight will have a crack at the 500 and 1000 metre speed record, from a standstill with racing driver Boije Ovebrink behind the steering wheel . Continue reading “Volvo Trucks develops Iron Knight record breaker” »
Volvo Trucks is developing a custom-built 2400 horsepower (1789kW) sem ...
Holden has announced a new three-year deal with Triple Eight Race Engineering to form the Red Bull Holden Racing Team from 2017. The decision means a 26-year relationship with Walkinshaw Racing comes to an end.
The new three-year deal will see the Holden racing team run under the Red Bull Holden Racing Team banner from 2017 onwards as it shifts to a ‘single factory team motorsport strategy’.
The decision terminates the relationship between Holden and Walkinshaw Racing, which delivered six driver championships and seven Bathurst 1000 crowns. Continue reading “Holden cuts racing ties with Walkinshaw” »
Holden has announced a new three-year deal with Triple Eight Race Engi ...