News: Record number of Toyota hybrids sold in 2014

Toyota hybrid modelsToyota has sold its seven-millionth hybrid vehicle worldwide – with 6261 of those being sold in New Zealand, The company – which is world’s largest producer of hybrid vehicles – has sold 3.3 million hybrids in Japan, 2.5 million in the US, 770,000 in Europe, and more than 67,000 in Australia.

The total number of Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles sold new in New Zealand since 2003 is 6261, as at today, according to Toyota New Zealand staff.

he latest one-million global sales were achieved just nine months after Toyota (including Lexus) reached the six-million hybrid threshold in December last year, which doubled the three million total passed in February 2011. Continue reading “Record number of Toyota hybrids sold in 2014” »

News: Jay Leno to get own car show?

Legendary US comic and television presenter Jay Leno is set to return to television with his own show – this time on cars.

The plan,unveiled by the Hollywood Reporter, will see a show based on his web-series Jay’s Garage, make its way to cable network CNBC.

Leno is known for his huge interest in cars, and owns a massive collection housed in his ‘garage’, a building of museum proportions with his own mechanical team. Continue reading “Jay Leno to get own car show?” »

News: Online tour for Abarth factory

abarthGoogle Street View is increasingly taking its camera’s off road, and one of the first business’s to open its doors is Fiat’s Abarth division.

The result is the ‘Abarth Virtual Tour’ which is open to anyone with a computer and an internet link. It is a unique and immersive experience that discovers the Officine Abarth HQ in Turin.

Created by the copy agency, xister, and accessible from the official website abarthvirtualtour.com or from Google Maps, the tour allows users to visit every nook and cranny of the Abarth HQ. Continue reading “Online tour for Abarth factory” »

Honda: Honda: 2014 Jazz S review

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The Jazz has always been Tardis-like. You take a look from the outside and think there’s no way you’d easily fit a couple of six-footers in the rear passenger seats, but it can be done quite comfortable. Even the boot capacity is good at 363 litres (better than the Ford EcoSport compact SUV we had last week, and miles more than the perennial small car favourite, the Suzuki Swift). Continue reading “Honda: 2014 Jazz S review” »

News: Honda Accord upgrades to five stars

Screen-Shot-2014-10-15-at-8.33The Honda Accord has gained a five-star Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) safety rating following design improvements to lower the risk of injury.

The car received a 4-star rating when it was tested in July 2013 due to an elevated risk of injury to the lower legs of the driver in the frontal offset test.

The latest ANCAP test revealed improvements to design for models built from August 2014 onwards has increased the frontal offset test score to 14.79 points, up from 11.21 points for models built in June 2013 to July 2014. Continue reading “Honda Accord upgrades to five stars” »

News: Tesla launches new two-motor model: the P85 D

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The world’s first dual electric motor production car has been announced by Tesla, titled the P85 D which Tesla notes is the fastest car on the road today, with 0 to 100km/hour in 3.2 seconds and achieves speeds of up to 250km/hour. The electric car maker notes that new safety and autopilot hardware is now standard on every new Model S.

The new Tesla Model S P85 D was unveiled in the US on October 10 as an all-wheel-drive version of the top-shelf Model S P85 sedan.

Conventional AWD vehicles distribute power to the wheels from a single engine driving a complex mechanical transmission system. By contrast, Tesla’s dual motor Model S comes with either the 60 kWh or 85 kWh battery, has a motor on each axle, digitally and independently controlling torque to the front and rear wheels. Continue reading “Tesla launches new two-motor model: the P85 D” »

Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz: 2014 S 500 sedan

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The luxury flagship of Mercedes-Benz has always introduced greater levels of comfort, safety and sophistication through each new generation, and the new S Class is no exception.

My first introduction to the S Class occurred when I was a spotty-faced teenager, my athletic coach Kevin Taylor owned a first-generation W116 series 280S sedan as his daily driver, and I was smitten by the build quality and design detail that this car offered.

Even though by todays standards it was relatively sparsely equipped, central locking, a factory stereo, electric steel sliding sunroof and power steering were about the few luxury items. It certainly didn’t have air conditioning or electric windows. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: 2014 S 500 sedan” »

News: Pole position for BMW in 2014 sales race

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BMW has outsold German rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz in September thanks to strong demand in Europe, but the gap between the three luxury car brands has narrowed as they head into the final quarter of 2014.

The German car manufacturer says sales of its core premium brand rose 6.1% last month to 167,584 cars and SUV vehicles, beating its two direct competitors, Audi and Mercedes Benz, according to Reuters.

Adding sales of its Mini brand, BMW posted a new record for September in its European home region where closest challenger Audi suffered a 1.6% sales drop. Continue reading “Pole position for BMW in 2014 sales race” »