News: Car hacking next big threat: expert

Andry RakotonirainyThe car of the future will be safer, smarter and offer greater high-tech gadgets, but without improved security the risk of car hacking is real, according to a Queensland road safety expert.

Professor Andry Rakotonirainy, from QUT’s Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety (CARRS), has researched the security systems of existing fleet, future autonomous and connected cars and found there was little protection against hacking, as vehicles become computers on wheels.

“The security protection on cars is virtually non-existent, it is at a level of protection that a desktop computer system had in the 1980s – the basic security requirements such as authentication, confidentiality and integrity are not strong,” he says. Continue reading “Car hacking next big threat: expert” »

News: $20 skills training for motorcyclists

Motorcycle-rider-trainingMotorcycle and scooter riders throughout Wellington are being offered the chance to be better riders through subsidised rider training, a collaborative initiative from local councils and New Zealand Transport Agency.

The subsidy reduces the cost of the skills training courses to only $20, making it possible for more riders to take part.

Motorcycles, scooters and mopeds (scooters under 50cc) are an increasingly popular option for leisure and commuting with over 7500 registered in Wellington City alone. Continue reading “$20 skills training for motorcyclists” »

Ford: Ford: 2014 Ranger Wildtrak Review

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The Ranger Wildtrak is the top-of-the-range ute for when you have to look like you need a ute, but you’re not going to be doing hard-core driving that will damage its many accessories and prominent livery.

We first drove the Ranger back in 2012 (read review here). It was the XLT which is the model down from the Wildtrak and we said it set a new benchmark in utes as it was a huge leap forward from what the likes of Mitsubishi and Nissan were offering. Continue reading “Ford: 2014 Ranger Wildtrak Review” »

News: BMW launches ConnectedDrive in New Zealand

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BMW has announced details of its BMW ConnectedDrive services and apps, which are now available in the New Zealand market.

BMW Group New Zealand managing director Nina Englert says access to these technologies will be a revolution for New Zealand consumers.

“BMW ConnectedDrive provides the most comprehensive and innovative means of connectivity between the occupants, a BMW vehicle and the outside world,” she says. Continue reading “BMW launches ConnectedDrive in New Zealand” »

News: Jonny Reid returns to BNT NZ SuperTourers

77788b22-310f-42a4-9079-3194478b186dFormer A1GP driver Jonny Reid will to return to the BNT NZ SuperTourers this weekend for the start of the new championship season.

The Aucklander teams up with Hamilton’s Ant Pedersen at the Rush Security Taupo 400 endurance meeting.

Reid twice guided the New Zealand team to second in the A1GP “World Cup of Motorsport” and later raced Porsches and V8 Supercars in Australia, as well as driving single-seaters in Europe and contesting the BNT NZ SuperTourers championship. Continue reading “Jonny Reid returns to BNT NZ SuperTourers” »

Audi: Audi: 2014 A3 1.8 TFSI Cabriolet review

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Spring in Auckland is quite the mixed bag weatherwise. One day, driving wind and rain, the next driving wind and rain, and so on. But occasionally you get a stunner, and I was lucky to get that – for just one day – while the new A3 was parked in the Car and SUV driveway.

The best thing that has happened to the A3 cabriolet over the old model is the introduction of another model to the range – the sedan. Having that pen-work already done means Audi was able to make the car look and function more like its almost-iconic A4 cabriolet – and now that model is gone bridge the gap to the A5 drop-top. Continue reading “Audi: 2014 A3 1.8 TFSI Cabriolet review” »

Concept Cars: Volkswagen Tristar concept unveiled at IAA Hannover

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To mark the 30th anniversary of it’s first Syncro concept car, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will unveil a new concept based on the T5 Transporter at the IAA commercial vehicle trade fair currently being held in Hannover, Germany.

The commercial vehicle trade fair will run from September 24 to October 2

The short-wheelbase extended-cab Volkswagen Tristar concept pick-up has a permanent four-wheel drive system with a mechanical rear axle differential lock, and 30mm additional ground clearance. Continue reading “Volkswagen Tristar concept unveiled at IAA Hannover” »

Mazda: Mazda: 2014 Mazda3 SP25 hatch & SP25 Limited sedan review

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The all-new Mazda3 is the third vehicle in the Mazda line to sport the Kodo – Soul of Motion design theme with the distinctive five-point grille that is now shared with the Mazda6, CX-5 SUV, and CX-9 SUV, as well as the recently revealed MX-5.

This third generation Mazda3 has grown longer and wider but more importantly it has matured and offers buyers more features and benefits than ever before. It does indeed set a new benchmark in the mass market small car (C segment) class with its mixture of safety technologies, head up display, and human machine interface. Continue reading “Mazda: 2014 Mazda3 SP25 hatch & SP25 Limited sedan review” »