News: Auckland looking at electric car sharing

electric-cars-berlin_497x260xxAuckland transport has released a request for proposal – seeking an operator to roll out a huge car-sharing scheme, using plug-in electric cars.

The proposed scheme would initially have 250 – 300 vehicles which AT will match with a similar number of car parks dedicated to care share vehicles. It’s expected that, in time, the fleet would increase to at least 500 cars.

The council suggests the costs will be borne by the private operator. Continue reading “Auckland looking at electric car sharing” »

News: A racing car for the road: 911 GT3 RS

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Porsche says it has once again broken down the barrier between sports cars and race cars by releasing the new 911 GT3 RS at the Geneva Motorshow.

Orders for this car are now being taken by New Zealand Porsche Centres with deliveries beginning in the third quarter of the year.

The 911 GT3 RS is loaded with the maximum amount of motorsport technology that is currently possible in a street-legal 911, a car that is also suitable for everyday driving says the factory. Continue reading “A racing car for the road: 911 GT3 RS” »

News: New Passat is Europe’s 2015 car of the year

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The new Volkswagen Passat sedan and station wagon which is due to launch in New Zealand in May, has just won Europe’s “Car of the Year 2015”

The announcement was made on the afternoon before the Geneva International Motor Show.

“The Passat will be the ultimate demonstration of Volkswagens ‘brilliant value’ when it arrives in New Zealand in May,” says Volkswagen New Zealand general manager Tom Ruddenklau. Continue reading “New Passat is Europe’s 2015 car of the year” »

News: Peugeot adds another engine to local 308 line-up

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Peugeot New Zealand has added a new1.6-litre turbocharged petrol Allure hatch and wagon model to the new 308 range. These new models are now available for sale at Peugeot dealerships nationwide.

The all-new 308 range now consists of three model variants in New Zealand: Access, Active and Allure.

The hatch is now available with a range of engines: a turbocharged petrol 96kW1.2-litre PureTech, a new 110kW turbocharged petrol 1.6-litre and turbocharged diesel BlueHDi 2-litre. Continue reading “Peugeot adds another engine to local 308 line-up” »

News: Only one manual Mustang GT coming

2015Mustang_t6r845dccccFord has announced pricing for the all-new Ford Mustang Fastback and Convertible.

There is only one manual transmission offered in the 5-litre V8 GT Fastback, all other engine and body configurations are solely equipped with an automatic transmission.

The new Mustang arrives later this year with a recommended retail price (RRP) starting at $56,990 for the Fastback variant featuring an automatic transmission with a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine. Continue reading “Only one manual Mustang GT coming” »

News: All-new XC 90 revealed at Volvo ocean race pavilion

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Caption: Volvo XC 90 presentation by safety specialist Jonas Wepsalainen

Volvo New Zealand this morning lifted the covers off an all-new pre-production XC 90 SUV at it’s ocean race pavilion in Auckland’s Viaduct harbour, only two weeks prior to the opening of it’s newest showroom in Auckland.

A safety specialist from the Gothenburg Volvo visitor centre, Jonas Wepsalainen, introduced the features and benefits of the all-new XC 90 to assembled media and guests.

The public reveal of the long awaited 7-seat SUV which is available in D5 diesel, T6 petrol and T8 twin engine plug-in petrol electric hybrid variants comes ahead of the new Volvo showroom in Greenlane, Auckland which will officially open its doors on Friday March 13. Continue reading “All-new XC 90 revealed at Volvo ocean race pavilion” »

News: ‘Goldie’ signs on with BMW

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Former dual-international rugby player and cricketer Jeff Wilson has signed on a new partnership with BMW New Zealand.

Wilson is now a rising star on the other side of the camera appearing on TV as a highly regarded presenter and sports commentator.

He will now be an ambassador for the brand, and is driving a new BMW X5. Continue reading “‘Goldie’ signs on with BMW” »

News: Audi reveals new R8

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Audi has revealed its updated R8 supercar, ahead of its first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show.

The headline power plant it a 5.2 FSI V10 engine with up to 449kW, capable of a 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds. The car uses a space frame constructed of aluminium, with the car carrying a large amount of carbon fibre.

That construction means the car weighs in at a relatively-light 1454kg – up to 50kg lighter than its predecessor. Continue reading “Audi reveals new R8” »