News: New Legacy and Outback are top US safety picks


Subaru’s new generation Legacy and Outback have received the highest safety ranking in testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in North America.

Both cars have been awarded “Top safety pick+” status – along with the “superior” rating for front crash prevention for versions equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist system. EyeSight variants earned the maximum six out of six points for front crash prevention.

The results mean Subaru now has seven models that have earned 2014 safety awards from IIHS – four with ‘Top Safety Pick’ and three with ‘Top Safety Pick+’. Continue reading “New Legacy and Outback are top US safety picks” »

News: Driver distraction growing in Queensland

distracted-driversDriver distraction is continuing to be a big issue in Queensland after a Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) survey revealed that driver distraction is a growing concern with mobile phone use the key worry for surveyed members.

Queensland’s motoring body has called on motorists to keep their eyes on the road, after research revealed the majority of Queenslanders believed driver distraction was a growing problem.

More than 90% of motorists surveyed by RACQ say it is a bigger issue now than it was five years ago, and nearly 40% think mobile technology such as smart phones were to blame. Continue reading “Driver distraction growing in Queensland” »

News: Classics go under the hammer in Sydney


Chrysler-AirflowThe Shannons Sydney winter auction will see a 1930’s and a 1950’s classic car – go up for auction next Monday, August 25.

From the United States comes a 1934 Chrysler Airflow CU ‘Eight’ four-door sedan, regarded as being the first mass-produced streamlined car.

Meanwhile from the UK, a 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster that was launched at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show with a speed of 190km/h in an era when most sporting cars could barely reach 160km/h will also be coming down under. Continue reading “Classics go under the hammer in Sydney” »

News: Jaguar XE offers Wi-Fi connectivity


The new Jaguar XE due out next month comes equipped with a wide range of state-of-the art technologies, which includes Jaguar InControl to essentially make the car act as a WiFi hotspot in any location.

The new XE’s InControl infotainment system is designed around an 8-inch touchscreen. An intuitive user interface gives access to all features and functions, and voice control using plain speech means that drivers can keep their eyes on the road at all times.

“In-car technologies in this ever-more connected and fast-paced world are an integral part of your driving experience. With the all-new XE we’re introducing an entire suite of driver aids and entertainment systems,” says Mike Bell, Jaguar’s global connected car director. Continue reading “Jaguar XE offers Wi-Fi connectivity” »

Mini: MINI: 2014 Cooper Hatch review

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The Mini is 55 years old, being first produced in 1959. 55 years is the same amount of time as the longest serving UK prisoner, serial killer John Straffen, had served when he died in 2007. However, this Mini initially slayed its competition, was killed off in 2000 and then was reborn into a not-quite-so-mini Mini in 2001 under BMW’s ownership where it has continued to be popular, although arguably less iconic. Continue reading “MINI: 2014 Cooper Hatch review” »

News: Maserati celebrates centenary at Monterey car week


Maserati celebrated its 100th anniversary at Monterey car week, at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where – in 1968 – a Maserati Mistral Coupé took top honours as Best of Show.

As the honoured marque at this year’s 64th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the lawn was packed with examples illustrating Maserati’s century of history, including – in the Maserati centennial racing class – a 1954 A6GCS Spyder, 1955 Maserati 250F Monoposto, and 1956 Maserati 300S Fantuzzi Spyer. The ’54 A6GCS took the trophy for best Gran Turismo noted for its beauty and highest level of performance in a gran turismo. One of the most fascinating cars designed by Pininfarina in 1954, the A6GCS proved a source of inspiration for the designers of the Alfieri concept of today.

The Alfieri concept 2+2 made its North American debut during a centennial celebration at the Mazda raceway during the Rolex Monterey motor-sport reunion, where Maserati was also the honoured marque. As Lorenzo Ramacioitti, head of Fiat Chrysler automobile global design, presented the stunning concept, he said: “This car has a racing breed,” but added that it has “a kick of poetry.” The Alfieri also made a turn on the Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Continue reading “Maserati celebrates centenary at Monterey car week” »

News: Top safety ratings for VW and Lexus


The latest round of ANCAP safety ratings have been released with 5 stars awarded to the Volkswagen Polo and two Lexus models – the CT200h and IS.

Each of these models has achieved the top rating of 5 stars as a result of their strong performance in each of the physical crash tests and the inclusion of key safety technologies.

The Volkswagen Polo has held a 5 star ANCAP safety rating since 2010 with Polo models from August 2014 offering additional safety assist technologies such as emergency stop signal and secondary brake collision assist as standard. Continue reading “Top safety ratings for VW and Lexus” »

Kia: Kia: 2014 Sportage Urban Limited review

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More and more private and fleet buyers are beginning to cotton on to the fact that they don’t need to have an all-wheel-drive SUV.

What they can have now is a front-wheel-drive version with all the bells and whistles, normally found on a top specification 4×4 variant.

Kia Motors New Zealand was among the first to introduce front-wheel-drive SUV models to this market segment with its second generation Sportage Urban in base LX and mid-range EX grades. Continue reading “Kia: 2014 Sportage Urban Limited review” »