News: Holden chops the past in branding campaign

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Holden New Zealand has launched a new branding campaign that sees it attempt to part with its Commodore-led image of the past.

Auto Media Group was given early access to its new advertisement this week, which was released online last night.

Called ‘The Chop’, the advert was filmed in Uruguay by Kiwi production company Robber’s Dog in conjunction with Holden’s agency Special and features a mullet-coifed man ditching his unseen old car, scaring the locals a little, before receiving a makeover. He ends up walking towards his new Holden Astra. Continue reading “Holden chops the past in branding campaign” »

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News: Mitsubishi NZ expecting no impact from further fuel-test issues

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Mitsubishi Motors in Japan has been told to stop selling a number of key models over issues with fuel efficiency testing – including some sold here.

The latest models affected by the fuel efficiency scandal include variants of the Pajero, Outlander and RVR – known as the ASX here.

“Our investigation confirmed that the fuel economy on eight models were as much as 8.8% and on average 4.2% lower than advertised,” the Japanese transport ministry said in a statement. Continue reading “Mitsubishi NZ expecting no impact from further fuel-test issues” »

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News: Google edges into Uber territory

waze 1Commuters in San Francisco will soon be able to use an app to connect with drivers heading in the same direction.

Google has been testing the service with 25,000 people employed by local tech companies. But it is now launching it across San Francisco.

Commuters will use the Google-owned Waze app to find out which drivers are willing to give them a ride. The service has been running in Israel since July 2015. Continue reading “Google edges into Uber territory” »

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News: US crossover to join Holden range

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Holden revealed a range of new or facelifted product overnight – including the sourcing of a large US-built SUV to take on the Toyota Highlander and Hyundai Santa Fe.

At a business briefing event held at Holden’s GM Australia Design Studios in Melbourne, the brand showed five incoming products – including the seven-seat Acadia SUV due in showrooms in 2018.

It also showed the long-awaited new Astra hatch and facelifts for the Barina, Trax and Colorado-7 replacing Trailblazer. Continue reading “US crossover to join Holden range” »

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News: Updated vehicle safety list released

AA vehicle safety ratingsVehicles are becoming safer but not necessarily more expensive according to the latest 2016 Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR) guide.

AA Motoring Services general manager Stella Stocks says the guide shows that safe choices are available at every point in the market.

“A large number of the vehicles with excellent ratings are available secondhand for less than $15,000 and many for less than $10,000,” she says. Continue reading “Updated vehicle safety list released” »

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News: Volvo’s recruitment drive for electric and self-driving cars

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Volvo is launching one of the largest engineering recruitment drives in its 89-year history in the interests of safety, autonomous driving and electrification technologies.

The company plans to recruit around 400 engineers in the next twelve months, primarily in the area of software development. The majority of these new recruits will be based at the company’s R&D headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The company also recently partnered with ride-sharing company Uber to jointly develop autonomous driving cars. Continue reading “Volvo’s recruitment drive for electric and self-driving cars” »

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News: New Lexus LC 500 coupe makes racing debut

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Lexus is unveiling a Japan Super GT500 series racing car derived from its LC 500 luxury coupe launching globally in 2017.

Testing of the new car is expected to start next month with the new coupe making its debut in Japan’s Super GT500 series during the next year.

It is replacing the current Lexus RC F derived car in the GT500 series. Continue reading “New Lexus LC 500 coupe makes racing debut” »

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News: Kiwis miss out on accent calibration for Sync 3 

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Ford’s new Sync 3 system has been calibrated to better understand the Australian accent – but the same courtesy is not being extended to New Zealand customers.

Ford New Zealand spokesperson Tom Clancy says New Zealand has not been given the same functionality but instead gets a generic English setup.

He emphasises though that this has not resulted in any issues or complaints here on what is effectively a significant step-up on Sync 2, encompassing a whole new system combining navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, phone and a graphical app platform called AppLink. Continue reading “Kiwis miss out on accent calibration for Sync 3 ” »

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