Latest Road Tests and Reviews
It is fairly rare that a Kiwi name is seen on the side of a production car. Hayden Paddon is the latest to have the owner, with Hyundai New Zealand marking his historic nine minute Read More
The Baleno name will return to the New Zealand car market later this year.
The new model will slot in above the Swift in Suzuki New Zealand’s range, as a five-door hatchback, built on a new modular platform.
The platform is 100 kg lighter than the platform used on the popular Suzuki Swift. Engineers were able to lower overall weight by applying techniques developed for the new Suzuki Vitara. Continue reading “Suzuki confirms Baleno return” »
The Baleno name will return to the New Zealand car market later this y ...
Bentley yesterday delivered its first SUV, the Bentayga, as part of a special event at its Crewe headquarters.
Kevin Rose, member of the board for sales, marketing and aftersales commented claims the Bentayga is the fastest and most luxurious SUV in the world.
“The customers joining us for the event have followed the Bentayga journey since we proposed the idea of a Bentley SUV, and were among the very first in the world to put their names down on the order book for First Edition cars – many before they had even seen the finished model,” Rose says. Continue reading “Bentley delivers first SUVs” »
Bentley yesterday delivered its first SUV, the Bentayga, as part of a ...
While talk these days may focus on more complex technology – such as autonomous cars, safety technology and electric cars – Nissan is celebrating a slightly more humble piece of vehicle engineering.
The company issued a release this week celebrating the debut of a hook, on the side of the centre console.
The dashboard hook first appeared on the Nissan Almera – known as a Sentra or Pulsar at this end of the world – in March 1996, as a way of keeping hand bags or shopping bags upright. Continue reading “Nissan celebrates 20 years of the ‘curry hook’” »
While talk these days may focus on more complex technology - such as a ...
Japanese car companies are working to find ways to block increasing cases of vehicle hacking – and are finding some success.
Panasonic has developed a device to monitor signals sent between electronic control units inside a car via an internal communications network based on the widely used Controller Access Network protocol.
Unauthorized signals are detected and canceled out. Continue reading “Japanese car companies working on ‘anti-hacking’” »
Japanese car companies are working to find ways to block increasing ca ...
The covered have come off two Australasian designed and built show vehicles, Colorado Xtreme and Trailblazer Premier, at the Bangkok Motor Show.
Holden itself says the vehicles give customers a strong hint at Chevrolet and Holden’s future design direction.
Holden New Zealand managing director, Kristian Aquilina says the show vehicles were an exciting exploration into the distinct character of each vehicle, created to gauge interest and receive invaluable feedback from customers. Continue reading “Aussie developed show cars a hint at facelifted ute?” »
The covered have come off two Australasian designed and built show veh ...
Kiwi-icon Richie McCaw has a new way of getting around – when not flying helicopters that is – joining Mercedes Benz as a ‘Friend of the Brand’.
The 2016 New Zealander of the Year’s vehicle of choice is a GLE 350d.
Mercedes Benz Cars New Zealand general manager Ben Giffin says, “We are extremely proud to welcome Richie McCaw as our latest Mercedes-Benz ‘Friend of the Brand’. Continue reading “McCaw signs with Mercedes” »
Kiwi-icon Richie McCaw has a new way of getting around - when not flyi ...
The classic trucks and cars participating in this year’s Variety Trillian Bash have survived thousands of kilometres in the past week thanks to an AA service vehicle and a mechanical crew from the Royal New Zealand Airforce.
Today the 1961 Fishpot ladder truck hit trouble, and the Mooloo rig needed some TLC, the GT Radial car had a puncture – and the Subbus – made from two 1958 Bedford School buses welded together – died as it crossed Arthur’s Pass.
The Air Force and AA crews managed to get the Subbus going long enough for it to limp into a Methven garage for repairs as the Bash crews headed to bed. Continue reading “RNZAF and AA keep charity convoy rolling” »
The classic trucks and cars participating in this year's Variety Trill ...
Researched conducted by an insurance company finds drivers who are more tolerant of others’ bad habits on the road are more likely to be guilty of poor road behaviour themselves.
IAG, which trades under the AMI, State, NZI, Lumley and Lantern brands, worked with research specialists Nielsen in asking people to confess their worst driving habits.
It asked the same group of individuals what behaviours they find most annoying in other drivers; comparing the results. Continue reading “Drivers over 55 years least tolerant of mobile phone use” »
Researched conducted by an insurance company finds drivers who are mor ...