News: Honda throws down front-drive gauntlet with five-track attack

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Honda has gone five steps further than other manufacturers – by slamming its Civic Type-R across Europe, benchmarking five of the continent’s legendary circuits.

Manufacturers of all kinds of vehicles struggle to resist the allure and clubhouse gloat rights that come with a successful assault on Green Hell, the northern loop of the legendary old Nurburgring circuit. So many try but a great many fail dismally. In fact, the list is so long that if the Nordschleife wasn’t so utterly incredible in every way, most would simply dismiss it as cliche.

Honda took the front wheel drive lap record in 2014 – so played the “been there, done that” card and took the Civic on a tour of duty, using top drivers to benchmark the car on five different circuits. Continue reading “Honda throws down front-drive gauntlet with five-track attack” »

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News: Insurance for soulless autonomous robot ‘cars’

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Unless your surname’s Google and you’ve got more money than well, anyone, some vehicles aren’t that easy to protect – if it doesn’t fit into an insurer’s drop-down menu on their website, you’re stuffed.

But if you’ve been scratching your head about how to insure your soulless autonomous robot car appliance, there’s good news.

Even though the automotive soothsayers reckon that it’ll be 2050 before commercialised, fully-autonomous cars hit the road, a British insurer has already stepped up. Continue reading “Insurance for soulless autonomous robot ‘cars’” »

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News: Ford mountain Everest sales assault

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Ford is going above and beyond with its Everest display at Fieldays – even building a mountain.

Its ‘Off the Grid Experience’ has – aside from the hill/mountain – has a bridge, water wade and axle articulation holes to demo the off-road capability of its Aussie-developed SUV.

Visitors to the stand will be able to have a pedal in the new Everest Titanium,under the watchful eye of professional drivers, over a course designed to show features like the vehicle’s hill skills – both descent control and launch assist. Continue reading “Ford mountain Everest sales assault” »

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News: Jag rolls out F-Pace at Fieldays

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Jaguar says its dealers are being hammered with pre-launch orders and sales enquiries for its first-ever SUV.

The F-Pace officially appears on showroom floors next month, but the first of the off-road Jags to land in New Zealand will be on show at Fieldays this week.

“The F-Pace is one of the most highly anticipated models the brand has seen and we anticipate the first edition models will sell quickly,” said Steve Kechington, general manager for Jaguar Land Rover. Continue reading “Jag rolls out F-Pace at Fieldays” »

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Jeep: Jeep Wrangler-based Brute makes other monsters cry

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Ridiculous can be both a compliment and an insult. With the Jeep Wrangler-based ‘Brute’ pickup, it is definitely the former.
 
Fiat Chrysler New Zealand has dipped into the American after-market to launch the 5.5-metre long double cab – that’s 150mm longer than Ford’s Ranger – into the New Zealand market.
 
This monstrous ute starts life on Jeep production lines as a four-door Wrangler Unlimited model – and then things go a bit mad.

The mild-mannered Jeep goes to American Expedition Vehicles in Montana, where it has its chassis modified and stretched. 

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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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