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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 Read More
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 Read More
Convenience or price? Canstar Blue’s most recent nationwide survey shows that 32% of Kiwis are choosing a cheaper deal on their petrol over the convenience of their local service station.
“New Zealanders aren’t too fussed about full-service stations either, with just 7% saying that they only go to the stations where the attendants pump their fuel for them, showing that we would rather get a good deal above any of the extra comforts and convenience,” says Canstar New Zealand general manager Jose George.
George adds that “Kiwis are conscious of how much money is being pumped out of their pockets on petrol and more than half are actively monitoring fuel prices”, and points out that AA Fuel Watch amongst others assists in the monitoring of petrol prices. Continue reading “Third of Kiwis travel for cheaper fuel” »
Convenience or price? Canstar Blue’s most recent nationwide survey sho ...
As the popularity of SUVs continues to grow in New Zealand, the trend is heading in a direction where they will eclipse overall passenger car sales for the first time according to one vehicle distributor.
Reflecting the increasing popularity of SUV’s, the top three passenger vehicles for the month of June were all SUV’s. Toyota Highlander was the top selling passenger model with 5% market share (414 units), followed by the Toyota RAV4 on 4% (396 units) and the Kia Sportage on 3% (316 units).
The SUV segments accounted for 36% of vehicle registrations for the month of June followed by the Pick Up/Chassis segments with 25% share. Continue reading “SUV trend continues” »
As the popularity of SUVs continues to grow in New Zealand, the trend ...
Japan has become one of the first countries to allow automakers to sell cars equipped with cameras in lieu of conventional mirrors.
The technology isn’t quite new; we’ve seen it on numerous concept cars over the past few years, including the Lamborghini Urus. In fact, Cadillac offers its CT6 flagship with a digital rear-view mirror that displays obstacle-free footage of what’s behind the car at the simple push of a button.
However, no one has been able to completely replace door mirrors with cameras on a production model because sole reliance on the technology is still illegal in most parts of the world. Continue reading “Looking forward to looking back” »
Japan has become one of the first countries to allow automakers to sel ...
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Subaru’s horizontally opposed boxer engine.
Subaru of New Zealand is celebrating with special offers for customers who purchase a new Forester, Legacy 3.6RS or XV Crossover from an authorised Subaru dealership in the months of July, August and September 2016.
On Forester, Subaru is offering a tow and protection pack with purchase, or alternatively 50-months with a 0% interest finance offer. The Forester tow and protection pack includes a tow bar, cargo tray and rear step panel. Continue reading “Subaru hands out gifts for boxer birthday” »
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Subaru’s horizontally oppo ...
Nissan’s latest sustainability report shows a 22.4% reduction in CO2 levels compared to financial year 2005 at Nissan facilities.
The company’s success in reducing emissions, promoting zero-emission vehicles and saving energy at its facilities through multiple programmes has made it the highest-performing automotive company tracked by the Carbon Disclosure Project.
Nissan’s aim is to further promote all electric vehicles forms a component of the Nissan Green Programme. Continue reading “Multiple programmes reduce Nissan’s CO2 emissions” »
Nissan’s latest sustainability report shows a 22.4% reduction in CO2 l ...
Trade Me has unveiled its new logo since its last update 16 years ago to ‘better reflect the contemporary Trade Me and where it’s headed next’.
Despite an at times mixed relationship with some dealers, the site remains the biggest advertising medium for the automotive trade.
“A lot can happen in 16 years and a lot can change – for example we didn’t do motor listings, property or jobs back then. In 2000, Trade Me was a one-year-old start up, working out its place in the Kiwi e-commerce world,” says a Trade Me spokesperson. Continue reading “‘Kev’ gets an upgrade” »
Trade Me has unveiled its new logo since its last update 16 years ago ...
Transport minister Simon Bridges and associate transport minister Craig Foss have announced a trial of Bluetooth technology to deliver audio safety messages to rental car drivers driving between Christchurch and Queenstown.
The trial, which started on July 2, is being overseen by the NZ Transport Agency in partnership with HMI Technologies and GO Rentals. It will entail the sending of safety messages from roadside transmitters via Bluetooth to devices fitted in GO rental vehicles.
“This innovative trial shows how intelligent technology has the potential to improve the safety and resilience of our existing transport network. If the trial is successful, the initiative may continue along the route and be implemented in other parts of New Zealand,” says Bridges. Continue reading “Technology trial transmits safety message” »
Craig Foss Transport minister Simon Bridges and associate transport ...
Connected driverless vehicles are one step closer to reality with a global standard “language” for vehicle-to-cloud data agreed to by more than 11 major automotive manufacturers and suppliers.
The open data standard called Sensoris, originally developed by location cloud company Here, has the backing of industry heavyweights such as Bosch, Daimler, Jaguar Land Rover and TomTom.
Here APAC director Brent Stafford says, “The Sensoris data standard will enable driverless connected vehicles to prepare for changing conditions and hazards well before the vehicle, be it a truck or car, can see them. Continue reading “Connected vehicle standard agreed” »
Connected driverless vehicles are one step closer to reality with ...