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The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado has received a new 2.8-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder engine as part of revisions for the 2015 model year. The all-new direct-injection 1GD Series turbo diesel engine features thermal swing wall insulation Read More
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) now mirrors its petrol and turbodiesel siblings for the 2016 model year by gaining the same new dynamic shield styling as well as some specification changes.
Globally more than 60,000 Outlander PHEVs are now on the road. Mitsubishi Japan says that come 2020 every fifth car it builds will be a PHEV or a pure electric car.
The 2016 Outlander PHEV models feature energy-saving LED headlamps, daytime running lamps and tail lights, and 18-inch machine finished alloys. Continue reading “New face and spec for 2016 Outlander PHEV” »
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) now mi ...
Fiat Chrysler have brought a chill to their Michigan-based engineers – investing in a new cold-weather testing facilty.
The company is using its all-new 4×4 dynamometer (dyno) at the Chrysler Technology Centre for the extreme testing, the existing drive cell that houses the new dyno can be chilled to 40 below zero, and create wind speeds of up to 160km/h.
Testing is done in blizzard-like conditions in order to evaluate, among other things, how a vehicle performs when dense snow clogs its air intakes. Continue reading “Fiat Chrysler puts testing on ice” »
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More than 1000 new model year 2015 Ford Rangers have started rolling onto Auckland’s wharf.
Of the more than 1000 units arriving, some 85% are high specification XLT and Wildtrak models, and of 1000 approximately 75% are automatic.
“We are launching the new Ranger with good supply and a healthy mix of variants that marries up to what Kiwis prefer in utes,” says Ford New Zealand managing director Corey Holter. Continue reading “New Ranger arrives en masse” »
More than 1000 new model year 2015 Ford Rangers have started rolling o ...
Lexus says the 2016 ES series will provide more luxury and safety, and will also have a stronger design identity when it arrives later this year.
The mid-sized luxury sedan will continue to be available in hybrid ES 300h and ES 350 petrol engine models.
The one piece Lexus, signature design spindle grille, is bolder and more strongly styled, tying the front of the car together. There are new LED headlights, and the fog lights were relocated to accentuate its wide stance. Continue reading “Revised 2016 Lexus ES series arriving soon” »
Lexus says the 2016 ES series will provide more luxury and safety, and ...
Goodyear New Zealand has launched the new all-terrain Wrangler DuraTrac tyre for applications, such as farming and construction, plus recreational activities, such as camping, fishing and caravanning.
Goodyear says it’s proprietary tractive groove technology enhances performance in deep mud, and a rugged tread rubber helps resist block chipping, chunking and tearing.
A combination of highly angled centre tread blocks and zig-zag microgrooves provide better lateral stability and enhanced wet traction, and reduces road noise says the tyre manufacturer. Continue reading “New all-terrain tyre launched by Goodyear” »
Goodyear New Zealand has launched the new all-terrain Wrangler DuraTra ...
As a child of the 1980s and big fan of Back to the Future, to finally see a working hoverboard is a bit of a ‘mind blown’ moment.
Lexus have already given us sneak peak of their hoverboard, but have finally revealed it in all its glory – being ridden around a skateboard park.
It jumps a Lexus, heads around the the skate bowl, and yes, even makes it across water. Albeit some very shallow water. Continue reading “Lexus finally shows hoverboard being ridden” »
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Mitsubishi has unveiled its all-new mid-size SUV the Pajero Sport in Thailand today and says the vehicle will join its New Zealand vehicle line up early in 2016.
It will join the growing list of new-to-market ladder-chassis based SUV models such as the soon to be launched Ford Everest, and the Toyota Fortuner.
Initially only five-seat Pajero Sport models will join the local Mitsubishi range to replace the current luxury Challenger Exceed model (which has seven seats), says Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand head of sales and marketing strategy. Continue reading “Mitsubishi lobs a competitor into the Everest market” »
Mitsubishi has unveiled its all-new mid-size SUV the Pajero Sport in T ...
Volkswagen has overtaken Toyota as the world’s largest carmaker by sales in the first half of 2015, achieving its long-held ambition three years ahead of target.
The German group on July 17 reported 5.04 million deliveries in the first half year. By comparison, Toyota said on Tuesday it sold 5.02 million cars between January and June, a 1.5% decline on year-ago levels.
In New Zealand, Volkswagen had 369 registered new vehicle sales in June 2015 (down 10% year-on-year) and 2101 year-to-date (down 2% year-on-year). Continue reading “VW overtakes Toyota as global sales rise” »
Volkswagen has overtaken Toyota as the world's largest carmaker by sal ...