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Almost four out of five – 77% – New Zealand motorists are wary of being ripped off when they take their vehicle for a service. That’s one of the findings from a new survey by Read More
Tesla Motors co-founder Ian Wright will come to Christchurch specifically to deliver an address at TEDx Christchurch 2015: Think Again.
The Northland native co-founded Tesla Motors, which now has a market capitalisation of more than US$30 billion and is famous worldwide for its high-end electric cars.
After leaving Tesla in 2005, he started Wrightspeed, aimed at revolutionising transport by providing electric drive trains for industrial fleets. Continue reading “Tesla co-founder heads to TEDx Christchurch” »
Tesla Motors co-founder Ian Wright will come to Christchurch specifica ...
Like a trendy club, the hatchback class is full of the good-looking and sharply dressed, but if you take one home, will you regret it in the morning? You could have a Volkswagen Golf, a Mazda3, or a Ford Focus (amongst others) as alternatives to the Honda Euro Civic. What moves does it have to catch your eye? Continue reading “Honda 2015 Civic Euro LN review” »
Like a trendy club, the hatchback class is full of the good-looking an ...
Mercedes-Benz has built a Transformer.
The German manufacturer’s Concept IAA (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile), unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, literally changes its body to improve aerodynamics.
The four-door ‘coupe’ automatically changes to a super-slippery mode’ at 80km/h, achieving an impressive drag coefficient of 0.19. Continue reading “Mercedes concept changes aero space” »
Mercedes-Benz has built a Transformer. The German manufacturer’s Co ...
BMW chief executive Harald Krueger collapsed during the company’s Frankfurt Motor Show press conference.
The BMW event on Tuesday (local time) was canned after the 49-year-old fell shortly after it began.
Doctors treated Krueger after what BMW spokesman Maximilian Schoeberl described as a “moment of dizziness.” Continue reading “BMW boss collapses at motor show” »
BMW chief executive Harald Krueger collapsed during the company’s Fran ...
When the number of models you have is not far behind the number of units you are moving, it may be time to rationalise your range.
That is what Peugeot’s New Zealand distributor Sime Darby has done with the latest update of its 208, cut from nine to just two models, a simpler range made possible by the arrival of what Kiwi buyers really want in a car – a good automatic transmission.
Divisional manager Simon Rose says Sime Darby will be looking to do the same with other models in their range, and leveraging off their Australian distributorship to allow indent on less popular models. Continue reading “Peugeot rationalises with new 208” »
When the number of models you have is not far behind the number of ...
New Zealand delivery of the next-generation Holden Astra was confirmed as the covers came off the new model in Frankfurt.
The Opel-badged Astra was revealed at the year’s largest motorshow, and is part of Holden’s five-year plan to introduce 24 new models.
The Astra will hit these shores late of next year, confirmed Holden managing director Mark Bernhard. Continue reading “Next-gen Holden Astra confirmed for NZ” »
New Zealand delivery of the next-generation Holden Astra was confirmed ...
Hyundai will showcase a new performance sub-brand ‘N’ at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Korean manufacturer is enjoying a rapid growth spurt, and hopes its WRC foray will convert to sales to performance car enthusiasts.
“We’re changing and challenging expectations of the Hyundai Motor brand,” said its performance division boss Albert Biermann. Continue reading “Hyundai gets performance sub-brand ‘N’ on track” »
Hyundai will showcase a new performance sub-brand ‘N’ at the Frankfurt ...
Hyundai New Zealand (HNZ) reckons the re-introduction of the Tuscon nameplate to the New Zealand market will further strengthen the brand’s position as the leader in the mid-size SUV market for private buyers.
HNZ general manager Andy Sinclair says that names rather than numbers resonate better with some buyers.
He is confident that buyers of the first-generation Tucson, who were put off by the change to the ix35 nameplate will be persuaded to come back and buy a new Tucson. Continue reading “Bigger, better, pricier Tucson returns” »
Hyundai New Zealand (HNZ) reckons the re-introduction of the Tuscon na ...