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TMP, the company that owns and operates the international motorsport park at Taupo, say it is to be renamed the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park. The motorsport park’s future was re-assured following a financial and management Read More
Another Car of the Year award has added a safety category – acknowledging the importance of the issue to buyers.
The AMI Autocar Car of the Year will announce a safety award as one of their categories as part of their awards in early December.
The award was added off the back of research AC Neilson research showing that 78% of New Zealanders identified safety as an important factor when choosing a new car. Continue reading “Another Car of the Year adds safety nod” »
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Runaway shopping trolleys are the cause of about 200 car claims each year, according to research carried out by IAG New Zealand.
In the last five years, 983 Kiwis have claimed for damage to their car caused by an out-of-control shopping trolley, with repair costs peaking at $15,000 for more expensive vehicles.
Tests carried out by IAG’s Research Centre in Sydney showed that loaded shopping trolleys can pick up speeds of up to 15km/hour, according to senior manager Robert Macdonald. Continue reading “Runaway shopping trolley causes $15,000 of damage” »
Runaway shopping trolleys are the cause of about 200 car claims each y ...
The hugely-successful Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines has a new backer – Kia Motors New Zealand.
Kia is now an official sponsor of the event, as well as the official vehicle and automotive partner.
The Auckland Nines, held at Eden Park next February, is set to have a sellout crowd. Continue reading “Kia backs Nines” »
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The Automobile Association has released a new interactive test for drivers visiting New Zealand – a move welcomed at a government level.
Associate transport minister Craig Foss says the Visiting Drivers Training Programme will help inform visiting drivers, improve safety and save lives.
The programme is free; however, users are given the option of paying $10 for a certificate that entitles them to discounted rates at rental vehicle firms Thrifty and Europcar. Continue reading “Visiting driver test welcomed” »
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Proper English grammar dictates that “it’s not the best ever, but it’s the best yet.”
However given the finality of the production of the V8 Commodore sedan and station wagon range come late 2017, I think we can truly say the VF Series II is the best ever rear-wheel-drive GM Holden Australia designed and built passenger vehicle. Continue reading “Holden: 2015 Holden Commodore SS-V Redline sedan review” »
Proper English grammar dictates that “it’s not the best ever, but it’s ...
The Volvo XC60 SUV has been the Swedish manufacturers best selling vehicle yet since its introduction in 2009, and although it is no doubt due for replacement in the not too distant future, the company has recently updated the choice of engines to the new frugal and powerful Drive-E series. Continue reading “Volvo: 2015 XC60 D4 Luxury review” »
The Volvo XC60 SUV has been the Swedish manufacturers best selling veh ...
Kia has revealed plans to add an all-new low emissions SUV to its model line-up. The Niro – labelled a ‘hybrid utility vehicle’ (HUV) – marks the development of Kia’s first dedicated eco-car platform.
Niro will maintain all the practicality of a compact SUV, while offering fuel economy, and has been engineered in isolation from existing Kia models. It will be designed for a specific set of environmentally-conscious technologies and next-generation powertrains.
Hyoung-Keun Lee, vice-chairman and chief at Kia Motors says: “By encouraging our engineers to take a ‘blank canvas’ approach, we have tried to develop a car that will appeal to a broader range of consumers.” Continue reading “Niro hybrid revealed as Kia plans to go green” »
Kia has revealed plans to add an all-new low emissions SUV to its mode ...
It was a case of better late than never when the new generation of Ford Mondeo arrived on New Zealand soil in April this year.
The car made it’s U.S debut as the Fusion in 2012, but European production, where cars for right-hand-drive markets are sourced, was moved from the previous factory in Genk, Belgium to a more modern facility in Valencia, Spain. Continue reading “Ford: 2015 Mondeo Titanium Ecoboost hatch review” »
It was a case of better late than never when the new generation of For ...