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Pricing and specification for the premier Levante SUV by Maserati-distributor European Automotive Imports has set some folks agog and others put out. The entry-level Levante lists at $136,990, with Sport and Luxury-optioned models available at Read More
Honda New Zealand has some grand plans for its new Civic sedan, including enticing customers away from hatches and SUVs, by offering a four-model lineup priced from $29,900. The new Gen-10 Civic sedan’s four grades Read More
New Zealand’s favourite utilities are being called up for a new combat role where they retain their factory appearance but possess military grade vehicle electronics, suspension, night vision, ballistic protection, and tyres designed to survive small arms fire.
The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is ordering a fleet of modified Toyota Hilux, Toyota Land Cruiser 70, and Ford Ranger utes for evaluation in the field, from a non-profit defense contractor in Ohio.
The Battelle Memorial Institute won the US$170 million SOCOM contract to produce armoured and unarmoured vehicles for the next five years at its manufacturing facility in West Columbus. Continue reading “US Military conscripts Kiwi’s favourite utes” »
New Zealand's favourite utilities are being called up for a new combat ...
While not available at launch, Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand is releasing a new version of the Pajero Sport with seven seats, thanks to a foldaway third row at the rear of the vehicle’s interior.
Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand (MMNZ) sales and marketing head Daniel Cook says the factory addressing a emissions issue caused by weight, meant the new seven-seat version of the Pajero Sport had arrived here sooner than expected.
“Most buyers in this segment prefer a seven-seat vehicle, so now having the Pajero Sport in this configuration should catapult us up the sales charts,” says Cook. Continue reading “Pajero Sport gets overdue third-row seat” »
While not available at launch, Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand is releas ...
Evolutionary science and human vulnerability are at the centre of a new Australian initiative called ‘Graham’ – an interactive lifelike sculpture demonstrating human vulnerability – to reduce road deaths and injuries.
The Victorian Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has launched this week its latest road safety project, highlighting how susceptible the human body is to the forces involved in transport accidents.
In a shift from its traditional road safety campaigns, the TAC has collaborated with a leading trauma surgeon, a crash investigation expert and a world-renowned Melbourne artist to produce Graham. Continue reading “Graham: the new face of car crashes” »
Evolutionary science and human vulnerability are at the centre of a ne ...
Kiwi drift car sensation Mad Mike Whiddett has driven while using a cellphone – but don’t worry, it was all in the interests of a publicity stunt.
The international drift car champion successfully completed a technically challenging drift course with his windows completely blacked out, his only vision coming through four tablets fixed to the inside of his windscreen.
A live video call across the Vodafone 4G network delivered Mad Mike’s only view of the outside world, beaming in from four smart phones attached to the roof of his drift car. Continue reading “Cellphone driving taken to extreme” »
Kiwi drift car sensation Mad Mike Whiddett has driven while using a ce ...
Navigation services provider TomTom is extending its live traffic and travel information portal, TomTom City, to 50 new cities including Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city and Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.
TomTom City is accessible from any internet-enabled computer, tablet or smartphone and provides free content showing live traffic status and incidents and other driver-based information in cities.
The key features of TomTom City include real-time traffic status, delay hotspots, and a road event reporter. Continue reading “Traffic portal extended to Wellington and Melbourne” »
Navigation services provider TomTom is extending its live traffic and ...
Truck drivers and professional bodies are all in agreement that New Zealand motorists have poor overtaking skills.
According to Stuff, Leif Blair Transport driver Les Wilson, who has been driving trucks for more than 21 years, says some drivers see his truck and trailer combination as a target to pass.
Wilson told Stuff that when it comes to overtaking large trucks such as the one he pilots, motorists don’t know how or when to do it. Continue reading “Lack of overtaking skill worries truck drivers” »
Truck drivers and professional bodies are all in agreement that Ne ...
The factory-backed right-hand drive RAMs journey to Australia and New Zealand has taken longer than the distributor would have liked but the wait has been worth it.
This American Beauty started life at the Saltillo Assembly Plant in Mexico before shipping to American Special Vehicles (ASV) in Melbourne where it undergoes a body-off-frame remanufacturing process to OEM standard into a right-hand drive vehicle for Australian and New Zealand buyers.
This process is not an aftermarket conversion, but a full factory backed process where Fiat Chrysler is allowing ASV access to technical drawings meant it could remanufacture the RAM’s firewall and other componentry to OEM standard during the build, and it has also been tested to maintain ensured crashworthiness. Continue reading “Driven: 2016 RAM 2500 Laramie 4×4 Double Cab” »
The factory-backed right-hand drive RAMs journey to Australia and New ...
Playing Pokemon Go is reportedly causing distracted users to engage in unsafe behaviour, including dangerous driving leading to car crashes, while opening up financial ramifications in car insurance.
The augmented-reality app Pokémon Go, which has recently taken the world by storm, is causing distracted users to engage in unsafe behaviour – like dangerous driving.
According to an ABC report, a west Brisbane panel beater Darren Holmes has received his first, and most probably not his last, Pokémon Go-related car repair after a female driver in Toowoomba crashed her car while using the app. The incident took place barely a week after the game’s Australian launch. Continue reading “Pokemon Go craze causing driver crashes” »
Playing Pokemon Go is reportedly causing distracted users to engage in ...