News: Driving full circle in the global Mustang

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The all-new Ford Mustang might have been designed for global markets but it is still at heart a very American car.

We had a brief drive of the new right-hand-drive production V8 and four-cylinder Ecoboost Mustangs this week in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, and came away mildly underwhelmed about some attributes of the new Ford. Continue reading “Driving full circle in the global Mustang” »

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News: GM launches ‘personal mobility’ brand; Announces record sales

danammannGeneral Motors has will brand its ‘personal mobility’ services under the one name, Maven, including a new car-sharing service.

Maven team already includes 40 dedicated employees from the connected car technology industry as well as ride and car-sharing professionals from Google, Zipcar and Sidecar.

“GM is at the forefront of redefining the future of personal mobility,” says GM president – and New Zealander – Dan Ammann. Continue reading “GM launches ‘personal mobility’ brand; Announces record sales” »

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News: For sale: One Fiat, excellent hat room

D7D6A081-2683-405C-B667-B23C9FB86039The Fiat 500 used by Pope Francis on his visit to the United States last year is being put up for auction.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, are auctioning the car at a function later this month for charity.

The vehicles were supplied by Fiat for the visit, and have special Vehicle Identification Numbers issued by the US Secret Service. Continue reading “For sale: One Fiat, excellent hat room” »

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News: Driverless testing to begin on Autobahn

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A new research project in Germany is set to take autonomous car testing to a new speed, on the famous Autobahn network.

The ‘Pegasus’ project which to set out more cost-effective and safer test methods for automated driving including motorway tests at speeds of 130 km/h.

The project will run for over three years, costing over NZ$30 million, and brings together 14 industry partners, most of them from Germany, two scientific research institutes and a technical inspection company. Continue reading “Driverless testing to begin on Autobahn” »

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News: One charger launches as another proves its worth

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Lines-company Vector has opened its latest electric vehicle charger in the west of Auckland.

The new dual-port standard charger has been installed in the carport of the new NorthWest Shopping Centre.

The station is the fourth for Vector – others are found in Newmarket, Britomart and Hobson Street – with more to come. Continue reading “One charger launches as another proves its worth” »

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News: Diesel to dip under 60 cents

FE758418-BEC6-45A4-BBD5-1A422CB3D92DDiesel is set to dip under 60 cents today at some Gull stations as part of a promotion.

Diesel prices are already at historical lows, but the company is holding a discount day today that will see Diesel at some stations sold for $0.599, Regular 91 as low as $1.459 and Force 10 at $1.609.

These are ‘lowest prices’ and will vary between stations, and is only at stations where the company controls the price. Continue reading “Diesel to dip under 60 cents” »

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News: Lexus RX SUV range gets top ANCAP ratings

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Lexus’ RX SUV line has been given a 5-star safety rating from independent vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) following extensive crash tests.

ANCAP in particular praised the high level of standard safety features on RX, such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) (via the pre-collision safety system (PCS)) and lane keeping assist (LKA).

“The RX joins a competitive SUV market and offers a range of safety technologies as standard, including AEB, lane support system and reverse collision avoidance,” says ANCAP chief James Goodwin. Continue reading “Lexus RX SUV range gets top ANCAP ratings” »

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News: Coromandel gets first commercial EV charger

kopu-signThe Coromandel region now has its first commercial EV charge – the first of what the local council hopes will be an network in the region.

The Kopu Cafe on the edge of Thames installed the charger.

John Leeman from Transition Town Thames (T3) is excited by this development, which he says is just the first step in the network of EV charging stations around the entire Coromandel. Continue reading “Coromandel gets first commercial EV charger” »

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