News: BMW makes ‘substantial donation’ towards EV highway

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BMW New Zealand has made a ‘substantial donation’ towards the roll out of electric vehicle fast-charging infrastructure.

The company announced today a partnership with charging-operator Charge Net NZ, which will see the company donate a significant but undisclosed sum for the installation of DC fast chargers.

It will also bring its ChargeNow charging brand to New Zealand. That brand will cover some of its own chargers, as well as share branding on the Charge Net units. Continue reading “BMW makes ‘substantial donation’ towards EV highway” »

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News: Lack of road safety education costs young lives

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Road Safety Education Limited (RSE) has released a study that shows that the gap between driver licensing and road safety education contributes to the young dying on New Zealand roads.

Young drivers are involved in 27% of fatal crashes and crash frequency increases by a factor of thirty in the brief time that a learner driver is awarded their license and moves to unsupervised driving.

In the past decade 1015 drivers between the ages of 15-24 have lost their lives on New Zealand roads, which equates, on average, to a young family member every week. Continue reading “Lack of road safety education costs young lives” »

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News: Kia builds own eight speed transmission

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Kia Motors has unveiled a lightweight eight-speed automatic transmission that will improve the performance and economy of future front wheel drive models.

Designated the FWD 8AT, the new transmission has been developed inhouse by Kia’s engineers and will make its debut in 2017 production vehicles. Thereafter it will be introduced progressively to other FWD models.

The FWD 8AT is being described as a “breakthrough” because it possesses lighter weight and similar dimensions to a conventional six-speed automatic transmission used in front driving vehicles. Continue reading “Kia builds own eight speed transmission” »

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News: Colorado reframing Holden brand

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Holden New Zealand is on a journey to reframe customer perceptions of the brand and the newly revitalised MY17 Colorado utility is another weapon in that marketing arsenal.

There is no doubt the Australasian media launch of the Colorado has been a drawn out affair, but Holden wanted to make a song and dance about the amount of specification and engineering that has been invested into the new vehicle.

Holden New Zealand general manager marketing Marnie Jane Samphier says the company has created a local television advertising campaign to project the vehicle to the broad audience that such a vehicle now attracts. Continue reading “Colorado reframing Holden brand” »

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News: Survey reveals Kiwis slack on tyre buying

dunlop tyreWhen it comes to buying car tyres, over half of New Zealanders at 58% do no research and just 42% check out prices before buying.

Men at 49% are more likely than women at 35% to invest time into pre-purchase research.

This is according to a Canstar Blue survey which measured customer tyre satisfaction across dry weather handling, wet weather handling, stopping ability, value for money, tyre life, and overall satisfaction. Continue reading “Survey reveals Kiwis slack on tyre buying” »

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News: Hyundai’s new fuel cell van revealed

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Hyundai’s H350 fuel cell concept LCV, which comes with a range of 422km and emits only water ,has been unveiled.

The fuel cell powered van was unveiled at the IAA commercial vehicle show in Hanover.

Unlike a conventional electric vehicle (EV), which requires a number of hours to recharge, the 175-litre hydrogen tank can be filled in under four minutes – similar to the time it takes to refill a tank of gasoline or diesel in a vehicle with a traditional internal combustion engine. Continue reading “Hyundai’s new fuel cell van revealed” »

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News: Toyota to offer night time-only shifts

toyotaToyota is hoping to rebalance its factory shifts in Japan, introducing introduce a ‘night-shift-only’ schedule that pays more.

The idea is to make up for child-rearing workers who are increasingly opting for daytime-only shifts.

The daytime-only option was introduced in 2013, mainly for women with children, as part of efforts to promote women in the workplace. But the system created an imbalance, making it more difficult to keep the lines going. Continue reading “Toyota to offer night time-only shifts” »

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News: McLaren denies Apple looking to invest

mclaren logoMedia speculation that Apple is in talks with McLaren to buy it have been denied by the high-performance car company.

“We can confirm that McLaren is not in discussion with Apple in respect of any potential investment,” said McLaren spokesperson JP Canton.

McLaren Technology Group – which includes McLaren Automotive, McLaren Racing and McLaren Applied Technologies – has been battling financially and in 2015 it took on a diversification strategy into wearable technology, health care and electronics when it produced just over 1,600 cars a year. Continue reading “McLaren denies Apple looking to invest” »

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