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A world-first trial by the NZ Transport Agency in partnership with HMI Technologies and GO Rentals to send Bluetooth audio safety messages to rental car drivers between Christchurch and Queenstown is proving successful. GO Rentals Read More
Over a period of 30 months and in partnership with the island country’s transportation authority, the supplier will put fully autonomous prototypes into service by 2019.
Delphi is set to participate in a large-scale pilot programme of its automated driving technology in Singapore at the beginning of 2017 to further test its equipment in an intensely metropolitan area.
Prior to that it conducted an historic trip across the US in a car outfitted with this technology in 2015. Continue reading “Delphi’s driverless car deployment in Singapore” »
Over a period of 30 months and in partnership with the island countr ...
As from today, Personalised Plates no longer holds the contract to market and sell personalised plates with the New Zealand Tranport Agency (NZTA).
“We have been privileged to have had the opportunity for the past 28 years, but now it’s someone else’s turn,” says a Personalised Plates spokesperson.
“Farewell – it’s been a blast.” Continue reading “Farewell and it’s been a blast from Personalised Plates” »
As from today, Personalised Plates no longer holds the contract to mar ...
A story published by the NZ Herald earlier today (August 1) about the East West Link project is incorrect says the New Zealand Transport Agency.
The NZ Herald has since corrected the story.
The Transport Agency says its has no absolutely no intention of bulldozing work it recently completed as part of the regenerated Onehunga Foreshore. Continue reading “NZTA bulldozes incorrect NZ Herald reporting” »
A story published by the NZ Herald earlier today (August 1) about the ...
Manfeild Park in conjunction with Otaki-based Firefly Cinemas is set to host three drive-in movies during the last week of October.
The ‘plot’ features an extra twist insofar as “wannabe patrons” have a chance to join in the selection of films for the October 28, 29 and 31 run accompanied by themes, says Manfeild Park sales and sponsorship manager Michael Barbour.
“The idea of drive-in films came from consideration of more uses for the main grassed arena between Manfeild Stadium and South St,” he says. “We’d been thinking about films for a while and realised this part of our venue, which can accommodate about 200 cars, is perfect. Continue reading “Manfeild diversifies to drive-in movies” »
Manfeild Park in conjunction with Otaki-based Firefly Cinemas is set t ...
Does the future of driving start with flushing your toilet?
When Mutsuro Yuji, chief of the central sewage plant in the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka, first heard about the idea of making hydrogen from biogas — the combination of methane and carbon dioxide produced by the breakdown of feces — he was sceptical. “I thought it was a joke,” he says.
But a $12-million investment from Japan’s government, plus research, engineering, design and building work by Mitsubishi, Toyota and Kyushu University revealed a viable concept. Continue reading “World’s first toilet-to-tank filling station” »
Does the future of driving start with flushing your toilet? When Mu ...
Pricing and specification for the premier Levante SUV by Maserati-distributor European Automotive Imports has set some folks agog and others put out.
The entry-level Levante lists at $136,990, with Sport and Luxury-optioned models available at $155,990.
The pricing effectively puts the Levante midpoint between competitors, including the BMW X5 and the smaller Porsche Macan. It also makes the brand more accessible as it costs $13,000 less than the Ghibli range starter. Continue reading “Levante’s competitive pricing hits mark” »
Pricing and specification for the premier Levante SUV by Maserati-dist ...
Honda New Zealand has some grand plans for its new Civic sedan, including enticing customers away from hatches and SUVs, by offering a four-model lineup priced from $29,900.
The new Gen-10 Civic sedan’s four grades span the entry-level 1.8-litre S priced from $29,900, the more upscale 1.5-litre Civic Turbo from $35,500, the sports-orientated Civic RS Turbo from $39,900, and the luxury-focused Civic NT Turbo from $42,900.
The distributor deems the target of 600 sales by March next year weak as it has already received 55 preorders, including some from owners of the larger Accord Euro sedan and the Civic Euro hatchback. Continue reading “Honda reanimates Civic in line with lessons learned” »
Honda New Zealand has some grand plans for its new Civic sedan, includ ...
Mazda New Zealand is confident that a petrol-only CX-9 SUV, in a sector known for its orientation toward diesel will not backfire, as many people don’t like diesel and it has diesel’s performance without the extra add-ons.
The vehicle featured at Auckland’s Food Show where Mazda New Zealand’s general manager for vehicle sales and marketing Glenn Harris explained that the CX-9 sets a precedent in the segment as petrol-only accompanied by a 2.5-litre ‘Skyactive-G’ turbocharged engine producing 170kW of power and 420Nm of torque teamed to six-speed automatic transmission with front and all-wheel drive options.
“The CX-9 uses 8.8-litres per 100km on a ‘real world’ combined cycle compared to 7.7-litres per 100km for what is likely to be its key competitor, the Hyundai Santa Fe, and a tough to achieve 11-litres per 100km on the outgoing CX-9.” Continue reading “Petrol upstages diesel with CX-9” »
Mazda New Zealand is confident that a petrol-only CX-9 SUV, in a secto ...