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Toyota New Zealand has introduced media – including Auto Media Group – to its ‘new-but-used’ Prius plug-in. As we reported earlier this year, the cars are imported used and refurbished and adapted through its Signature Read More
Transport Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed the announcement that New Zealand will host a world-first trial of pizza delivery using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – commonly known as drones. Domino’s Pizza Enterprises (Domino’s) have announced Read More
The Insurance & Financial Services Ombudsman has issued a reminder that insurance cover becomes invalid if licence conditions are breached, as well as having legal consequences.
For dealers that can apply to both staff and those test driving vehicles.
Insurance cover is another benefit to encourage learner drivers to get licensed, says IFSO’s Karen Stevens. Continue reading “No safeguard if licence conditions breached” »
Karen Stevens The Insurance & Financial Services Ombudsman has ...
New technology is set to solve a problem that has plagued drivers for generations – how to reverse a trailer without creating a jack-knife.
From next year, Jaguar Land Rover says it will release a new semi-autonomous feature called Advanced Tow Assist.
According to the British car maker, Advanced Tow Assist allows even the most inexperienced drivers to manoeuvre a trailer into position automatically – and will even intelligently alert the driver if they are approaching a jack-knife situation.
Jaguar Land Rover NZ general manager Steve Kenchington says the technology utilises the vehicle’s existing surround camera system to enable drivers to guide a trailer into position with minimal effort. Continue reading “New ‘autonomous technology’ makes backing trailers a breeze” »
New technology is set to solve a problem that has plagued drivers for ...
Local councils and tourism operators are installing ‘Drive on Left’ signs at campervan and rental car carparks, intersections and popular tourist spots.
Record numbers of tourists are travelling to New Zealand — 3.3 million in the year to June — and many are opting to self-drive, says associate transport of minister Craig Foss.
“The ‘Drive on Left’ signs will help visitors safely negotiate busy driveways and intersections.” Continue reading “‘Drive on left’ signs rein in tourists” »
Local councils and tourism operators are installing ‘Drive on Left’ si ...
Two men accused of using pirated computer software to steal more than 100 vehicles may have exploited an electronic vulnerability to advance auto theft into high-tech crime. They are currently in jail in Houston.
Michael Arce, 24, and Jesse Zelaya, 22, focused on new Jeep and Dodge vehicles, which attract big money on the black market in Mexico. The men allegedly used a laptop computer to reprogram the targeted vehicles’ electronic security so their own key worked.
The stolen vehicles had a common software that’s used by auto technicians and dealers, Houston police officer Jim Woods says. Continue reading “More than 200 cars stolen using pirated software” »
Two men accused of using pirated computer software to steal more than ...
The Community Driver Mentor Programme (CDMP) assisted 500 young people successfully sit their restricted driver licence test yesterday in line with government’s key ‘safer journeys road safety strategy’ to improve the safety of young drivers.
The CDMP is an excellent example of communities, volunteers and businesses coming together to help improve the lives of young people, says associate transport minister Craig Foss.
“Having a licence can open up the world for teens and young adults — providing more freedom, mobility and employment opportunities,” he adds. Continue reading “Community driver programme reaches milestone” »
The Community Driver Mentor Programme (CDMP) assisted 500 young people ...
The popular seven-seat Holden Captiva’s limited production Captiva Equipe is on sale this weekend.
“With more than 1000 new Captiva already sold this year, the arrival of the limited production model will strengthen the appeal of what is consistently one of the bestselling models not only in our range, but in the whole of the country,” says Holden New Zealand managing director Kristian Aquilina.
He adds that its value proposition includes its seven-seat functionality, which is favoured by families. Continue reading “Captiva Equipe on sale” »
The popular seven-seat Holden Captiva’s limited production Captiva Equ ...
Mercedes-Benz New Zealand has ingeniously created a bridge between its standard C-Class range and the halo AMG C 63 V8 – the C 43.
Available in sedan, estate and coupe, the AMG C 43 features a twin-turbocharged V6 petrol, producing 270kW of power and 520Nm of torque. Mercedes says the engine uses special cylinder liners developed through the brand’s F1 work.
The C 43’s engine is paired to the 9G-Tronic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive. Continue reading “C-Class range sports Twin-turbo V6” »
Mercedes-Benz New Zealand has ingeniously created a bridge between its ...
Mazda has unveiled the 2017 Mazda6 – more about premium refinements than change – for launch on Kiwi shores in September.
The model has undergone some subtle and satisfactory tweaks bearing in mind that it doesn’t need a lot to remain top car in the medium segment.
Its chassis is even more bespoke via Mazda’s first application of the all-new G-Vectoring Control (GVC) – a component of Mazda’s new SKYACTIV-Vehicle Dynamics technologies that provide integrated control of the engine, transmission, chassis and body to enhance the feeling of the driver integrating with the car. Continue reading “Mazda6 even more polished” »
Mazda has unveiled the 2017 Mazda6 – more about premium refinements th ...