News: CRV receives 2015 update

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Honda has facelifted its CRV SUV for 2015 – importantly making intelligent safety technology standard across the range.

Honda’s laneWatch camera and emergency stop signal are now standard, as well as LED daytime running lights.

The model range now includes the CRV 2WD Sport with a 2L SOHC i-VTEC Engine and the CRV 4WD Sport and Sport NT, both with a 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC Engine. A Sport+ exterior kit is also available. Continue reading “CRV receives 2015 update” »

News: More spec, same money in Touareg rejig

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Volkswagen NZ has launched its 2015 Touareg line up, with more specification at the same starting price.

The entry-level Touareg V6 TDI 160w is priced at $89,900 , but now includes $4,350 worth of extra specification including Bi-Xenon headlights, keyless entry and a heated steering wheel and shift paddles.

The Touareg V6 TDI 180kW has a reduced price of $104,900, and now also comes with $6,100 in extras, including Keyless entry and heated steering wheel with shift paddles and a memory package with other added benefits. Continue reading “More spec, same money in Touareg rejig” »

Cars: Sonata leads the naming change for Hyundai

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The newly renamed midsize Sonata sedan range leads the product charge for Hyundai in 2015, to be followed by the Genesis luxury sedan at the end of January, a facelift i30 will arrive in quarter two, and a newly renamed Tucson SUV as well as a facelift i40 range will launch in the third quarter. Continue reading “Sonata leads the naming change for Hyundai” »

News: Dashcam recording didn’t breach privacy

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The New Zealand privacy commissioner says that dashboard camera footage taken in a moving vehicle can be shared with the general public and not breach the privacy laws provided the video does not identify people.

According to NZME the issue arose when footage released by Neil Ellis from a dashboard camera onto the web showed what he claimed was a Park ’n Fly driver at Auckland Airport taking his car on a wild ride. The video was viewed more than 80,000 times in less than two days. Continue reading “Dashcam recording didn’t breach privacy” »

News: Hyundai eyes ute market with Santa Cruz concept

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The reveal of the Santa Cruz Pickup Concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit shows that the Hyundai Motor Company is contemplating an entry into a growing and competitive market segment.

The Santa Cruz remains at this stage a pure concept only – no plans have yet been announced for its design and production. However, the company says market opportunities for a Hyundai utility vehicle globally are very real, especially in New Zealand. Continue reading “Hyundai eyes ute market with Santa Cruz concept” »

News: Remote customers shouldn’t pay more for fuel: AA

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Despite the continuing fall in fuel prices, motorists in remote locations are yet to enjoy the savings.

According to the AA, fuel company margins are the highest they’ve been since the 1980s, and the fuel companies can still afford to cut pump prices by 5 cents per litre (5cpl) or more, even though nationwide prices dropped another 7cpl this week. Continue reading “Remote customers shouldn’t pay more for fuel: AA” »

News: Chevrolet’s new Bolt concept EV designed in Melbourne

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The first Aussie-built Chevrolet Bolt EV concept car has been unveiled today at GM Australia’s advanced design studio in Port Melbourne.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV concept is a long-range all-electric vehicle constructed in collaboration with GM Korea and GM North America.

Meanwhile, GM Australia Design contributed to the development of the Chevrolet concept and was responsible for the construction of the functional show car, being one of only two design centres within GM with this capability. Continue reading “Chevrolet’s new Bolt concept EV designed in Melbourne” »

News: NZ to get Honda supercar

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While Jazz, Civic and CRV may lead Honda on volume in New Zealand, the company has confirmed it will have something more interesting as a halo model next year.

Managing director Nobuya Sonada has confirmed today the NSX supercar will be launched here.

“The NSX is a part of Honda’s DNA, and we are proud to bring this icon to New Zealand,” Sonada says. “The release of the NSX is perfectly timed with Honda’s return to Motorsport, and it celebrates our international direction as a company.” Continue reading “NZ to get Honda supercar” »