News: 93% coverage for ANCAP

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Australasian New Car Assessment Programme testing now covers 93% of the market – with the awarding of five-star safety ratings to both the Suzuki Vitara and Kia Optima.

Both models previously ranked as top-selling unrated models in their class.

“We’ve awarded the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating for the Suzuki Vitara, which is a real boost for consumers and Suzuki,” says ANCAP chief executive officer James Goodwin. “The Vitara performed well in physical crash testing and includes reversing collision avoidance and a manual speed limiter as standard.” Continue reading “93% coverage for ANCAP” »

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News: Agave by-product car parts from Ford and Jose Cuervo

agaveFord and tequila-maker Jose Cuervo are testing a bioplastic made from the agave plant for use in vehicle interior and exterior components such as wiring harnesses, HVAC units and storage bins.

Initial assessments suggest the material holds great promise due to its durability and aesthetic qualities. Success in developing a sustainable composite could reduce vehicle weight and lower energy consumption while paring back the use of petrochemicals and the impact of vehicle production on the environment.

“As a leader in the sustainability space we are developing new technologies to efficiently employ discarded materials and fibres while potentially reducing the use of petrochemicals and light-weighting our vehicles for desired fuel economy,” says Debbie Mielewski, senior technical leader at its sustainability research department. Continue reading “Agave by-product car parts from Ford and Jose Cuervo” »

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News: Renault lands tiny EV in NZ

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Renault New Zealand has landed the cute little Twizy two-seat electric vehicle – in spite of not yet being able to put it on the road.

Launched in France in 2012, the diminutive Twizy carries its passengers in tandem, and with a full charge will go up to 69km, with a top speed limited to 80km/h.

Classed as a ‘quadracycle’, the Twizy has car-like controls and offers occupants more protection than a motorcycle, including an airbag and seatbelt. Continue reading “Renault lands tiny EV in NZ” »

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News: Kia’s eco-friendly focus bears fruit

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A car’s status as green is not merely dependent on what comes out its exhaust pipe as Korean-brand Kia knows only too well.

This is evident in the lower greenhouse gas emissions levels, less waste and reduced water use across the Korean car manufacturer’s domestic production sites over the past 12 months. The changes come from a focus on recycling, employee sustainability initiatives, the reduction of unit waste and cleaner more modern production methods.

Kia’s domestic plants, located in Sohari, Gwangju and Hwasung, Korea, accounted for 56.5% of all Kia global production in 2015 – 1.72 million units. Continue reading “Kia’s eco-friendly focus bears fruit” »

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News: Mazda partners new driver training provider

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Mazda NZ is joining forces with the TrackTime Driving Academy to help reduce the national crash rate by improving the driving skills of Kiwi motorists.

Created by motorsport figure Mike Eady, TrackTime trains all levels of drivers with a particular focus on ensuring the safe operation of motor vehicles by employees in the workplace.

The new partnership will see the TrackTime team using a fleet of new-generation Mazda vehicles including the Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-3, CX-5, and BT-50. Continue reading “Mazda partners new driver training provider” »

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News: Chinese car communicates with drone

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The mobile operating systems featured on car dashboards in the form of Apple Car Play and Android Auto have made heads turn over the last few years.

Alibaba took this even further when it recently stunned with the unveiling of the first vehicle that features an operating system that covers all its systems and connects them to other electronics in ways not seen before.

The Roewe RX5 SUV’s features originate from Alibaba’s YunOS, which allows the car to automatically pay for fuel, parking, and tolls, and which recommends both vehicle settings and destinations for each individual occupant. Continue reading “Chinese car communicates with drone” »

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News: Urgent action needed on licensing system: RTF

RTF Chief Executive Ken Shirley

RTF Chief Executive Ken Shirley

An independent review of the whole of the New Zealand driver licensing system by KPMG highlights current failures and the Road Transport Forum (RTF) is calling for these critical issues to be addressed urgently in light of the heavy transport driver shortage.

“Rigorous administration of driver licenses is critical to public safety and the integrity of the whole driver licensing system,” says RTF Chief Executive Ken Shirley.

“The Forum is concerned at the fundamental weakness of the current system as identified in the review and has an expectation that those issues will be addressed as quickly and as thoroughly as possible,” he says. Continue reading “Urgent action needed on licensing system: RTF” »

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News: Holden taking 2017 Colorado to accessory extremes

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Holden is launching its heavily revised and upgraded 2017 Colorado Ute during tonights State of Origin game between Queensland and New South Wales in Sydney, Australia at ANZ Stadium.

The 2017 Colorado has new front styling and a new interior, more active safety technology, and a greater range of factory accessories inspired by the Colorado Xtreme concept vehicle .

As part of the equipment upgrade, there is a new forward facing camera with active safety features such as forward collision alert and lane departure warning. Continue reading “Holden taking 2017 Colorado to accessory extremes” »

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