News: New Zealand recall for Polaris Ranger

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Consumer Affairs has issued a product safety recall for the Polaris Ranger 500 and the Ranger 500 Crew side by side.

According to Consumer Affairs the defect concerns the throttle cable which may be routed too closely to the vehicles exhaust.

The plastic shield of the throttle cable may melt and cause the cable to jam, which could potentially result in an accident hazard. Continue reading “New Zealand recall for Polaris Ranger” »

News: Honda introduces zero carbon Smart Home

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Imagine a home that creates more energy than it uses. Honda’s Smart Home project, based in California, does exactly that – providing zero carbon living and transportation.

The home is capable of producing more energy on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually from the electric grid, including enough energy to power a Honda Jazz EV for daily commuting.

A Honda-developed home energy management system and an energy efficient design will allow the home’s occupant to use less than half of the energy of a similarly sized new home for heating, cooling and lighting. The home is also three times more water-efficient than a typical US home. Continue reading “Honda introduces zero carbon Smart Home” »

NQN: NQN The ultimate sleeping machine

BMW5BMW New Zealand says it made foray into the world of baby products with the upcoming launch of the all-new BMW ZZZ series cot yesterday.

Just in time for April Fools Day, the latest innovation from BMW embodies the spirit of the ultimate drive within the confines of a premium baby cot that simulates the noises and g-forces of a road journey – all in the comfort of the nursery.

BMW say they have created the ZZZ series cot to aid ‘new parents facing the age-old struggle of getting their infants to sleep’ and believe it will be an instant success within the parenting market. Continue reading “NQN The ultimate sleeping machine” »

News: Cruze recall being managed locally

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A driveshaft issue affecting more than 172,000 Chevrolet Cruze sedans in the US has also seen more than 2700 Holden Cruze sedans and hatchbacks to be recalled in Australia, including 600 vehicles which are being recalled again for the second time.

The Australian recall affects Holden Cruze 1.8-litre manual cars produced in the Elizabeth plant in Adelaide between October 18, 2012 and March 7, 2014.

Holden New Zealand sales and marketing general manager Marnie Samphier says that 46 Holden Cruze vehicles are affected in New Zealand, and the recall service will be conducted at no charge to the customer. Continue reading “Cruze recall being managed locally” »

NQN: US 60 Minutes adds noise to Tesla electric car

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An editor of the US television programme 60 Minutes has created controversy on the airwaves by dubbing the sound of a conventional car engine onto the video footage of a Tesla electric car, which is normally silent.

The story on Tesla founder Elon Musk was aired last weekend and presented by 60 minutes anchor Scott Pelley who wasn’t aware of the audio addition as he went to air.

The mistake was spotted by the car enthusiast website jalopnik.com, writer Robert Sorokanich says it almost sounded like a motorcycle. Continue reading “US 60 Minutes adds noise to Tesla electric car” »

News: NQN: World’s fastest bath tub?

310197122Trade Me seller fluorite-cat has an unusual item up for online auction currently, it’s a 400cc Honda powered bath tub on racing slicks.

This unique creation is up for grabs as the seller has other projects on the go needing funds.

Overfilling the bath with water and bubbles is not recommended when under full acceleration – and the plug is not included in the deal. Continue reading “NQN: World’s fastest bath tub?” »

News: GM recalls more vehicles for ignition switch faults

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General Motors says it will replace the ignition switch in all model years of its Chevrolet Cobalt, HHR, Pontiac G5, Solstice and Saturn Ion and Sky in the U.S. since faulty switches may have been used to repair the vehicles.

Recalling another 824,000 more vehicles in the US and 971,000 globally means GM now has a recall in place for more than 2.5 million vehicles affected by the ignition switch issue.

The parts are at the centre of the company’s recently announced ignition switch recall. About 95,000 faulty switches were sold to dealers and aftermarket wholesalers. Of those, about 90,000 were used to repair older vehicles that were repaired before they were recalled in February. Continue reading “GM recalls more vehicles for ignition switch faults” »

News: Plugged-in: The day the power ran out

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One of the key messages pushed with this type of vehicle is that it alleviates ‘range anxiety’, the concern that you will run out of battery power while out and about – unable to plug-in.

Visions to mind of pushing your poo flat car down a dark street in the middle of the night.

And the system does the trick. When you need it, the 1.4-litre, 63Kw four-cylinder kicks in – although very intermitantly. It does not operate constantly – functioning more like a hybrid. The car will roll off under its battery, before the engine kicks in, rises to a steady level, and boosts the power supply for a few moments, then cuts out again when the load is off. Continue reading “Plugged-in: The day the power ran out” »