News: Auckland set to become Mustang central over weekend

ford mustangAuckland is set to become Mustang central tomorrow, ahead of Labour Weekend.

The Ford Mustang ‘Drive-Thru Friday’ experience, powered by Ford and Uber, gives Uber customers the opportunity to get a ride in a brand new Ford Mustang and meet some of its top sports stars. This will be followed by the 37th National Mustang Convention on Saturday, and a final Mustang assembly on Sunday.

Since the first Ford Mustangs rolled off the assembly line 52 years ago, the Mustang has become one of the world’s most iconic vehicles, symbolising the freedom of the open road and embodying Ford’s ‘fun to drive’ DNA. Continue reading “Auckland set to become Mustang central over weekend” »

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News: Kia flagship Auckland showroom on the way

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Kia Motors has announced plans for a new ‘first of its kind’ flagship showroom for Auckland City and the central suburbs.

The new showroom in the heart of the Newmarket automotive district – and on the back of strong growth in the automotive market – is set to showcase Kia’s new lineup of cars and SUVs. 

The Newmarket showroom comes on top of plans for development in other regions, with new dealerships under way in Gisborne, Manawatu and Wairarapa, in addition to new facilities recently established in the Waikato, Kapiti and South East Auckland. Continue reading “Kia flagship Auckland showroom on the way” »

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News: Public attitudes to road safety under spotlight

seatbeltPublic attitudes to road safety have revealed some encouraging trends as well as some worrying behaviour says associate transport minister Craig Foss.

The 2016 Public Attitudes to Road Safety survey, released on the Ministry of Transport’s website, shows public support for road safety advertising and police enforcement remains high but that it doesn’t always translate into safe driving behaviour.

“While the majority of Kiwis clearly support road safety messages, too many of us are ignoring those same messages when out on the road,” says Foss. Continue reading “Public attitudes to road safety under spotlight” »

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News: Escaping the Kuga with more tech, sharper price

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Ford is rebranding its revamped small SUV as the Escape from December as the vehicle is arriving at dealerships with a refreshed design, new engines, more technology, and a sharper price tag.

Ford says it is responding to customer demand for a broader line-up with the addition of a front-wheel drive mid-range Escape Trend and sharpened pricing across the range.

The changes for the new Escape SUV over the previous Kuga SUV include a refreshed design inside and out for a distinctive look, improved specification and features across the range, and improved value for money and better fuel economy for 2.0-litre models thanks to automatic start/stop as standard. Continue reading “Escaping the Kuga with more tech, sharper price” »

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News: Warehouse extension confirms Holden’s market commitment

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Holden has confirmed it’s ongoing commitment to the New Zealand market today by unveiling a multi-million dollar extension to its national distribution centre in Mangere, South Auckland.

The 2500 square metre facility extension began in September 2015.

The now 7500 square metre national distribution centre holds more than 40,000 stock keeping units (SKU) for the Holden, AC Delco, and Isuzu Trucks automotive brands. Continue reading “Warehouse extension confirms Holden’s market commitment” »

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News:  Big Boys Toys to showcase super cars

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Big Boys Toys is back for its seventeenth year, with a lineup geared to excite again.

The event is scheduled for October 28 to 30 at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds.

This year visitors will get to sample supercars, including the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 which is being flown in for its first exhibition in New Zealand.  Continue reading “ Big Boys Toys to showcase super cars” »

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News: Abarth 124 Spider arriving Q1, pricing announced

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Fiat Chrysler New Zealand is announcing the recommended retail pricing on the Abarth 124 Spider is $52,990 for the six-speed manual or $54,990 for the six-speed automatic, plus on-road costs.

Fiat Chrysler New Zealand’s Fiat and Alfa Romeo brand manager Mark Corbett says the Abarth 124 Spider will be arriving in dealer showrooms in the first quarter of 2017.

“We’ll have a couple of units coming in before Christmas for dealer launch activities as well as for the motoring media to gauge their first impressions of our new sports car,” says Corbett.  Continue reading “Abarth 124 Spider arriving Q1, pricing announced” »

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News: Two million electric vehicles by end of 2016?

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Current predictions anticipate that the number of electric vehicles (EVs) will exceed the benchmark of two million by the end of 2016.

China leads the EU and the US in market size, with Nissan Leaf taking the top spot for bestselling model followed by Tesla’s Model S and two Chinese-made models report The Guardian article ‘Electric cars set to pass 2 million landmarks globally by the end of 2016’ by Damian Carrington.

A surging market in China is leading the way and Chinese-made models have pushed into the top five bestselling models, reports Carrington. Europe is the second biggest market, followed by the US, but their traditional car manufacturers face a stern challenge from China and from Tesla, whose much-anticipated Model 3 is expected to go into production in 2017. Continue reading “Two million electric vehicles by end of 2016?” »

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