News: MG takes on ‘dog fog’

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Chinese-owned British brand MG is taking on one of a dog owners’ least-favourite things – dog fog.

MG’s new GS SUV has gone to extremes during the 1.2m kilometres of testing – literally.

From -30 in Sweden to a sweltering 46 degrees in Alice Springs – the testers have included a relatable-yet-weird new one – the wet dog test. Continue reading “MG takes on ‘dog fog’” »

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Mercedes-Benz: 2016 Mercedes-Benz A180 Review

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While pitching itself to younger buyers of premium, entry-level vehicles, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz A180 holds firmly onto the three-pointed stars non-negotiable call for quality, elegance, and style in its manufacture. Continue reading “2016 Mercedes-Benz A180 Review” »

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News: Westie bash machine goes on the block

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What could arguably be described as the funniest car in West Auckland is up for sale, along with a very special set of personalised plates. The Ford Escape, once owned by the late legendary comedian Ewen ‘The Westie’ Gilmour, will be auctioned on TradeMe with a percentage of the sale being donated to Variety – The Children’s Charity.

“My brother was a huge supporter of Variety, especially the annual fundraising Bash event, so a percentage of the sale price of the car will go towards his old GT Limo team to help us get on the road for the 2017 event,” said Gilmour.

“Ewen’s set of old personalised plates, YTS3W, which is ‘Westy’ backwards, is also available as part of our fundraising initiative. They would make the perfect addition to any car, especially his old car.” Continue reading “Westie bash machine goes on the block” »

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News: Z-cars for Tokyo cops

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Nisaan370zcop1Dubai cops may be a bit more bling with their collection of Euro supercars, but but Tokyo Metro Police haven’t done badly when it comes to cool new toys either.

Nissan’s go-fast arm Nismo has given the metropolitan department three powered-up 370Zs, in Japan’s traditional two-tone black and white.

Unfortunately the police in spiritual home of rice rocket street racing won’t be chasing much more than column-centermetres in the specced-up new machines – they’re for promoting road safety, not enforcing it. Continue reading “Z-cars for Tokyo cops” »

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Cars: Alfa Romeo: Giulia is a well-formed Italian hottie

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Alfa Romeo – returning to what Sergio Marchionne correctly asserts are ‘real’ Alfas – delivers the goods with Giulia.

Light, lithe, packed with power – and the key spec, rear-wheel drive. Say ciao to the lovely Giulia.

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News: Honda bringing a hybrid to Goodwood

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Honda plans to give the planet a big cuddle at next month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

It’ll be bringing a little hybrid. Well, it’ll be bringing a little hybrid fury.

The long-awaited next-gen NSX – will smash the legendary hillclimb with McLaren-Honda F1 driver Jenson Button piloting the very track-friendly new machine. Continue reading “Honda bringing a hybrid to Goodwood” »

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News: Mitsi PHEVer as plug-in hits target

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Things mightn’t be too special at Mitsubishi these days – now under control of Nissan after being caught out for manipulating its fuel economy data.

But for the first time since those raging Evolutions, it’s got a vehicle that’s hit a market sweet spot – and that’s the Outlander PHEV.

Its global target for the big PHEV was 100,000 vehicles – and it’s smashed it, since it went on sale in some markets in 2012. Continue reading “Mitsi PHEVer as plug-in hits target” »

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News: Small concepts show Volvo evolving

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Volvo has lifted covers on a pair of concept cars that signal a move into small, globally-pitched cars – and sends the Swede in brand new direction.

In line with Volvo’s ambitious goal to sell up to a million electric cars by 2025, the new 40 series range includes both and electric vehicle and a plug-in hybrid.

The 40 series cars will be the first built around Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which has been specifically created for smaller cars. Continue reading “Small concepts show Volvo evolving” »

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