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Australasian New Car Assessment Programme testing now covers 93% of the market – with the awarding of five-star safety ratings to both the Suzuki Vitara and Kia Optima. Both models previously ranked as top-selling unrated Read More
Ford and Jose Cuervo are testing the bioplastic for use in vehicle interior and exterior components such as wiring harnesses, HVAC units and storage bins. Initial assessments suggest the material holds great promise due to Read More
Land Rover’s Discovery Sport has far more pulling power its spec sheet gives it credit for – more than 40 times its certified towing weight.
Rated to haul a solid 2500kg (2.5 tonnes), the ‘Disco’ managed to pull a massive 108 tonnes of train carriages – tipping the scales at a whopping 60 times the SUV’s own weight.
The 10km journey through the Rhine region of northern Switzerland used Jaguar Land Rover’s 132kW Ingenium diesel and a host of very clever semi-autonomous technology. Continue reading “Train-pulling Disco’s tech tricks” »
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Honda is taking on the iconic Colorado Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in its new NSX supercar – but is ditching its savage twin turbo V6 ICE in favour of pure battery power.
Acura – the US branding for the fancier vehicles in the Honda range – is labelling it the NSX-inspired EV Concept.
It will run an experimental version of the four-motor ‘super handling all-wheel drive’ powertrain’ – SH-AWD – which powered a CRZ-based prototype that won last year’s exhibition class at the hillclimb. Continue reading “Honda takes electric NSX to Pikes Peak” »
Honda is taking on the iconic Colorado Pikes Peak International Hillcl ...
Consumer demand for SUVs has driven demand for events like an off-road show at Manfield Park next month.
The event is organised by Central Districts Four Wheel Drive Club, and convenor Trevor Hendra says the huge upsurge in sales of SUVs and crossovers has fuelled memberships of clubs like his.
“Basically, these days we have all types of events for all styles of vehicles and everyone gets to have a lot of fun,” he says. Continue reading “Manfield event ‘a muck truck Mecca’” »
Consumer demand for SUVs has driven demand for events like an off-road ...
Driverless cars, running exhaust-free off renewably-produced electricity, could one day become reality, if the current R&D activity bears fruit.
Germany’s Volkswagen has predicted that by 2030, every other vehicle sold will be an electric one.
BMW has proclaimed itself less than happy with its current market penetration rate and has pledged to plough fresh cash into its electromobility R&D activities, believing e-mobility to be the future. Continue reading “The future of cars: no fuel, no driver” »
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Toyota is celebrating 40 years of Hilux and 50 years of operation in New Zealand with a social media campaign called ‘Give your Lux some Luv.’
“The campaign invites our passionate Hilux advocates to share their stories through our online and social media channels with one ultimate fan spending $20,000 in upgrades to refine or revamp their faithful Hilux, on us,” says Toyota New Zealand Digital and Communications, Marketing Manager Morgan Dilks. Continue reading “Toyota NZ celebrates 50 years with social media campaign” »
Toyota is celebrating 40 years of Hilux and 50 years of operation in N ...
Honda has gone five steps further than other manufacturers – by slamming its Civic Type-R across Europe, benchmarking five of the continent’s legendary circuits.
Manufacturers of all kinds of vehicles struggle to resist the allure and clubhouse gloat rights that come with a successful assault on Green Hell, the northern loop of the legendary old Nurburgring circuit. So many try but a great many fail dismally. In fact, the list is so long that if the Nordschleife wasn’t so utterly incredible in every way, most would simply dismiss it as cliche.
Honda took the front wheel drive lap record in 2014 – so played the “been there, done that” card and took the Civic on a tour of duty, using top drivers to benchmark the car on five different circuits. Continue reading “Honda throws down front-drive gauntlet with five-track attack” »
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Unless your surname’s Google and you’ve got more money than well, anyone, some vehicles aren’t that easy to protect – if it doesn’t fit into an insurer’s drop-down menu on their website, you’re stuffed.
But if you’ve been scratching your head about how to insure your soulless autonomous robot car appliance, there’s good news.
Even though the automotive soothsayers reckon that it’ll be 2050 before commercialised, fully-autonomous cars hit the road, a British insurer has already stepped up. Continue reading “Insurance for soulless autonomous robot ‘cars’” »
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Ford is going above and beyond with its Everest display at Fieldays – even building a mountain.
Its ‘Off the Grid Experience’ has – aside from the hill/mountain – has a bridge, water wade and axle articulation holes to demo the off-road capability of its Aussie-developed SUV.
Visitors to the stand will be able to have a pedal in the new Everest Titanium,under the watchful eye of professional drivers, over a course designed to show features like the vehicle’s hill skills – both descent control and launch assist. Continue reading “Ford mountain Everest sales assault” »
Ford is going above and beyond with its Everest display at Fieldays - ...