News: Jaguar EVs named

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Jaguar’s entry into the market for electric vehicles is moving ahead with potential names of their electric vehicles discovered.

The company has registered the names EV-Type, I-Type and I-Pace.

It is unclear what the EV-Type will be, but the latter two are reportedly plug-in versions of the F-Type sportswear and F-Pace crossover.

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News: VW sued over ‘eco friendly’ advertising claims

VW TDI engineThe bad news continues for Volkswagen in the United States after the country’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC) moved to sue the German carmaker.

The FTC says the the US arm of VW falsely advertised more than a half million diesel vehicles as environmentally friendly when it knew they were emitting excess pollution.

The FTC filed suit against the wholly owned Volkswagen unit in US District Court in San Francisco. The agency said US consumers suffered “billions of dollars in injury” as a result of deception by VW, which has admitted to using software that allowed 580,000 diesel vehicles built since 2009 to emit up to 40 times legally allowable emissions. Continue reading “VW sued over ‘eco friendly’ advertising claims” »

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News: Bright light and caffeine help young drivers

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Caffeine and blue-green light have significant effects on improving the driving performance of chronically sleep deprived young people, an innovative QUT study has found.

Shamsi Shekari, from Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q), tested the use of blue-green light and caffeine on young drivers aged 18-25 in a driving simulator to see if it increased alertness during daytime driving.

“Driver sleepiness accounts for 20% of all crashes in developed countries, and young drivers are at an increased risk of chronic sleep deprivation,” she says. Continue reading “Bright light and caffeine help young drivers” »

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News: Controversy over Crump Hilux

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Controversy has broken out over the advertising for sale of a Toyota Hilux used as part of the iconic Barry Crump Toyota advertisements.

The Hilux, listed HERE for $25,000 was the 33rd Hilux off the production line, and the buyer says it has been confirmed by Toyota NZ as being one of the advertisement vehicles.

The advert showed Crump scaring his side-kick Scottie, with the campaign catchline, “The incredible new Toyota Hilux four wheel drive. It’s so good, it’s frightening.” Continue reading “Controversy over Crump Hilux” »

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News: MX-5 World Car of the Year

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The Mazda MX-5 has won the World Car of the Year award – the for the second time.

The sports car has also been named World Car Design of the Year. It is the first time in the history of the awards that a single model has taken both titles.

World Car of the Year was established in 2004 by an international group of automotive journalists, and the judging panel this year consisted of 73 journalists from 23 different countries. Continue reading “MX-5 World Car of the Year” »

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Road Tests / Car Reviews: Toyota 2016 RAV4 GX AWD diesel

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The original 1995 Toyota RAV4 was a short wheelbase, two-tone roller skate. I spent many a kilometre bouncing around in one, and ruing the fact you couldn’t hide anything in the pitiful-sized boot. Then there was a long wheelbase version which was just a roller skate for a bigger foot. Continue reading “Toyota 2016 RAV4 GX AWD diesel” »

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News: Self-Driving cars need dealers more – Google

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Self-driving – autonomous – cars will need dealers even more than according to the head of Google’s self-driving car project.

Speaking to the 2016 J.D. Power Automotive Forum taking place before the New York International Auto show, chief executive of the project John Krafcik, says one of the repercussions of self-driving cars will be an increase in utilisation.

“Self driving cars are going to be more expensive physical assets, so we’re going to find a way to use them more,” he said. For example when you are sleeping the car could be providing a service such as Uber. Continue reading “Self-Driving cars need dealers more – Google” »

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News: Maserati aims for ‘less boring’ self-drive system

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Maserati is developing a semi-automated driving system for its new Levante SUV that also will likely find its way into the company’s Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans in the next two years, according to chief executive officer Harald Wester.

It’s a way “to automate the boring part” of driving, Wester said of a new “highway pilot” system that is under development for the Levante and other future Maseratis.

The Levante, which just went into production in Italy in late February as the brand’s first-ever SUV, won’t reach Australasian dealers until early in 2017. Continue reading “Maserati aims for ‘less boring’ self-drive system” »

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