News: Toyota signs on again for renovation series

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Toyota New Zealand has signed on for a second season of renovation show Our First Home.

“Our First Home is a great opportunity to grow and support the best of Kiwi life,” says Toyota New Zealand general manager of marketing, Andrew Davis.

“Buying and renovating your first home is becoming an increasingly privileged rite of passage for young New Zealanders and we are really excited to team up with TVNZ once again to support the next round ofOur First Home contestants.” Continue reading “Toyota signs on again for renovation series” »

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News: Musk: Fuel prices hitting EV sales

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Tesla founder Elon Musk has said current low-worldwide fuel prices are likely to hit the market for electric vehicles hard.

That came as part of an interview with CNN’s Kristie Lu Stout this week, where he also noted plans to build Teslas in China.

“[The] industry as a whole, I think, will definitely suffer from lower oil prices,” Musk said. “It just makes economic sense.” Continue reading “Musk: Fuel prices hitting EV sales” »

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News: Subaru updates XV

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Subaru New Zealand’s Impreza-based XV crossover has been given a ‘freshen’ for the new year.

The model is available in three specifications – 2.0i ($37,990), 2.0i-L ($40,990) and 2.0i-S ($44,990).

The update sees all variants getting new 17-inch wheels, a new front grille and number, shark fin antenna, a black rear spoiler and clear rear lamps. Continue reading “Subaru updates XV” »

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News: $190,000 payout over waiting-list bungle

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A pensioner has successfully sued a United Kingdom car dealer over an error that saw him skipped on the waiting list for a rare car.

According to The Telegraph, Porsche Centre Bolton has been ordered to pay over $190,000 to Kevin Hughes after selling the rare 911 GT3 RS 4.0 he’d ordered to another buyer.

Hughes has placed a $22,000 deposit for the car, of which only 30 were delivered in the UK. Hughes was told he was “first in the queue” if the dealership was allocated a car. Continue reading “$190,000 payout over waiting-list bungle” »

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Chrysler: Chrysler: 2016 300 SRT sedan review

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There is a wonderful expression amongst petrol-heads: “there ain’t no substitute for cubic inches,” and it is one colloquial phrase which is wholly appropriate to the latest 300 SRT sedan.

For the 2015/2016 model year the local Fiat Chrysler Automobiles distributor has rationalised the current 300 sedan range to two models, the 3.6-litre V6 300 S and the 6.4-litre Hemi V8 300 SRT. Continue reading “Chrysler: 2016 300 SRT sedan review” »

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News: Five stars for new Mercedes and Jaguar

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The new Mercedes Benz and Jaguar XE have both claimed 5-star results in the latest round of safety testing.

The cars were awarded the rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme, with chief executive James Goodwin nothing both have high standards of autonomous safety technology.

“These vehicles further demonstrate we are entering a new era of vehicle safety where the standard inclusion of safety assist technologies such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) will help to eliminate or reduce the severity of a crash,” Goodwin says. Continue reading “Five stars for new Mercedes and Jaguar” »

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News: Driving full circle in the global Mustang

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The all-new Ford Mustang might have been designed for global markets but it is still at heart a very American car.

We had a brief drive of the new right-hand-drive production V8 and four-cylinder Ecoboost Mustangs this week in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, and came away mildly underwhelmed about some attributes of the new Ford. Continue reading “Driving full circle in the global Mustang” »

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News: GM launches ‘personal mobility’ brand; Announces record sales

danammannGeneral Motors has will brand its ‘personal mobility’ services under the one name, Maven, including a new car-sharing service.

Maven team already includes 40 dedicated employees from the connected car technology industry as well as ride and car-sharing professionals from Google, Zipcar and Sidecar.

“GM is at the forefront of redefining the future of personal mobility,” says GM president – and New Zealander – Dan Ammann. Continue reading “GM launches ‘personal mobility’ brand; Announces record sales” »

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