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Paddon and Hyundai launch young rally driver scholarship

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Hyundai New Zealand is facilitating one aspiring Kiwi rally driver to get a big boost to their career.

This is the result of Paddon and Hyundai New Zealand collaborating to create the Hyundai NZ Young Driver Shootout and Scholarship.

The winner will be afforded the opportunity to drive the Hyundai NZ AP4 i20 rally car in two rounds of the 2017 New Zealand Rally Championship. The car will be operated and run by Paddon Rallysport, including testing and training with Paddon, as well as the potential for an expanded programme in 2018.  Continue reading “
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News: ANCAP ratings heat up SUV competition

ANCAPThe BMW X1 and the new Volkswagen Tiguan have received five-star ANCAP ratings.

Both models reduce the risk of serious injury to pedestrians by their active bonnet which raises the hood of the car in a crash.

The BMW X1 takes that approach one step further with the inclusion of automatic emergency call, e-call, which alerts emergency services if the vehicle is involved in a crash through its telematics and intelligent navigation systems. Continue reading “ANCAP ratings heat up SUV competition” »

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News: Autonomous EV shuttle on Christchurch trial next year 

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The first New Zealand trial of a fully electric autonomous 15-person shuttle will take place around Christchurch Airport Campus next year.

HMI Technologies is buying a French Navya 15-person shuttle for the trial.  The vehicle is fully autonomous, has no steering wheel and is electric powered. 

It is expected to arrive in Christchurch before Christmas, with the trial scheduled to begin early in 2017. Continue reading “Autonomous EV shuttle on Christchurch trial next year ” »

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News: Daimler revealing more pickup details soon


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Daimler will announce further details this month on the design, strategy, and markets for it’s new Mercedes-Benz pickup that it is jointly developing with the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Daimler and the Alliance started the joint development of the first Mercedes-Benz pickup truck in 2015 saying it will share some of its architecture with the all-new Nissan NP300. 

Last week at the Paris Motorshow the joint venture partners advised media the new Mercedes-Benz light commercial is taking shape and set-up of the Alliance’s production facilities in Spain and Argentina is fully on track. Continue reading “Daimler revealing more pickup details soon” »

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News: Hyundai donates another car to St John

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Hyundai New Zealand has donated a new Hyundai Tucson to St John for use in a regional operational response role.

The company has supplied St John with more than 300 vehicles – including a Hyundai Santa Fe, Tucson, ix35 SUVs, i30 and i40 cars and iLoad vans – for first-response operational duties, regional management use, education, First Aid training and service delivery.

Since 2005 – over its 11-year relationship with St John – the donated vehicles have travelled more than 34,000,000km, an average of 115,000km per vehicle.

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News: Auction of cars used by pontiff for charity

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K1 pope number plateThree identical cars that Pope Francis used are being auctioned online to fund support for Syrian refugees and Polish people in need.

The pontiff was driven in three navy blue Volkswagen Golf cars during his July 27 to 31 stay in the southern city of Krakow in Poland for World Youth Day events. The cars bore the registration plates K1 POPE, K2 POPE and K3 POPE according to the Associated Press. Continue reading “Auction of cars used by pontiff for charity” »

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News: LDV throws down light commercial EV gauntlet

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The New Zealand distributor for LDV commercial vehicles says the electric versions of its V80 delivery van and cab/chassis are landing here in the first half of 2017.

In light of the government’s support for electrification of the light commercial fleet, LDV New Zealand is seeking expressions of interest from both the private and public sector for it’s EV models.

Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but LDV New Zealand says it is aiming for the price point to be somewhere between $60,000 to $70,000, nearly double the price of a diesel V80 but significantly undercutting the smaller electric Renault Kangoo ZE delivery van. Continue reading “LDV throws down light commercial EV gauntlet” »

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News: Ram 2500 picks up Aussie towing award

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Australian publication Caravan World is bestowing its 2016 Tow Car of the Year award upon the Ram 2500.

The magazine and website are putting the American vehicle ahead of all the traditional tow cars as the best choice to tow a caravan.

The Ram 2500 tested by Caravan World is imported directly from Ram’s North American factory by the Ateco Group and remanufactured in Australia by Walkinshaw Automotive (American Special Vehicles) to meet Australian Full Volume Compliance rules. Continue reading “Ram 2500 picks up Aussie towing award” »

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