News: Outlander hack; Mitsubishi taking ‘seriously’

A British company that specialises in software security has successfully managed to ‘hack’ the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

Pen Test Partners managed to use the Outlanders on-board Wifi access point to access the companies system, enabling them to control the lights, air conditioning and disable the security system.

Pen Test suggests a way to further secure the car by turning on a security feature within the wifi system. Continue reading “Outlander hack; Mitsubishi taking ‘seriously’” »

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News: Miserable dealer sells horrible BMW

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A car dealer’s ad for a vehicle he traded has painted a graphic picture of a bottom-of-the-barrel Bimmer and a very unhappy salesman.

Classic Cars of Wirral’s Richard Harris is blunt about the 1998 trade-in BMW 318ti, which is laid bare on the global auction site under the headline ‘THE WORST BMW ON EBAY?’

“Everything is in poor condition,” reads the uncompromising torrent of abuse directed at the car and its previous owner. Continue reading “Miserable dealer sells horrible BMW” »

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News: First drive: Hyundai NZ keen on plug-in Ioniq

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Hyundai New Zealand is keen to take on all three versions of the brand’s new eco-car, the Ioniq – if it can get the right product and price.

Auto Media Group’s Robert Barry is in Korea now to drive the new car – which is available in petrol hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and pure electric form.

Hyundai started Ioniq hybrid production for its local market late last year, and the Ioniq EV line for domestic demand will kick into gear this month. Continue reading “First drive: Hyundai NZ keen on plug-in Ioniq” »

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News: Driver chase sees Uber turn sub-prime lender

BR-5972_LAjandrive16_MG_a02Uber needs drivers – and drivers need cars, so it’s using its subsidiary Xchange Leasing to solve the problem.

Xchange partners with dealerships, promotes itself to drivers and even sorts out the repo bill when a driver doesn’t make payments and it all turns to custard.

With various other ride-share and private cab companies springing up – some well-funded services like Lyft representing serious competition – it’s a deft move by Uber. Continue reading “Driver chase sees Uber turn sub-prime lender” »

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News: Holden rolls out tech-savvy, specced-up ‘Black’ edition

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Holden New Zealand is set to release a super-limited ‘Black Edition’ Commodore.

The strictly limited run sees GM dip into its trick bag for 130 cars – 90 SV6s and just 40 V8 SS sedans.

“New Zealanders have a real affinity with new and exciting technology, and this is the first time Head-Up Display will be available in our SV6 model,” said Holden managing director Kristian Aquilina. Continue reading “Holden rolls out tech-savvy, specced-up ‘Black’ edition” »

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News: VW teases its fancy pick-up facelift for Amarok

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As the pick-up truck bling war escalates, Volkswagen has fired a tech-heavy shot at the competition by teasing a few pics of its Amarok facelift ‘Aventura’ launch model.

The most in-your-face show of spec comes in the form of its new cutting-edge multimedia centre and navigation system.

The new colour-display matches a colour 3D display between the classic round instruments and a well laid-out multifunction steering will should keep drivers’ eyes off the road for the shortest possible time. Continue reading “VW teases its fancy pick-up facelift for Amarok” »

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News: Life begins at 40 – GTI hits middle-age

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Volkswagen’s uber-selling Golf has had more limited editions made over the years that probably anything else on four wheels – from special anniversary kits like this one, to brand-partnerships, to the sick-making Harlequin spawned by a deal with Benneton.

The 40th birthday of GTI gives us one of the quickest GTIs yet – and one of its stablemates did set the fastest front-drive record around Green Hell, the Nurburgring’s infamous northern loop.

This is the best limited edition Golf in years – in fact, the GTI VII base car is the most deserving of those three magical letters that anything else this side of the millennial New Years party. Continue reading “Life begins at 40 – GTI hits middle-age” »

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News: Flying car ‘ready by Tokyo Olympics’

gallery_img15A Japanese start-up reckons its flying car will be hovering around the country’s capital by time the Olympic torch is lit in 2020.

A team of around 20 young engineers and designers from the Japanese auto industry are developing Skydrive, what it claims to be the world’s smallest flying car, measuring 2.9m long and 1.31m wide.

It is quite like that the product’s name will be changed – a small American software start-up called Microsoft owns that trademark, at last count. Continue reading “Flying car ‘ready by Tokyo Olympics’” »

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