News: Flying car ‘ready by Tokyo Olympics’

gallery_img15A Japanese start-up reckons its flying car will be hovering around the country’s capital by time the Olympic torch is lit in 2020.

A team of around 20 young engineers and designers from the Japanese auto industry are developing Skydrive, what it claims to be the world’s smallest flying car, measuring 2.9m long and 1.31m wide.

It is quite like that the product’s name will be changed – a small American software start-up called Microsoft owns that trademark, at last count. Continue reading “Flying car ‘ready by Tokyo Olympics’” »

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News: Airbag maker Takata going ‘pop’ huge concern for industry

airbagTakata – an airbag supplier to top auto makers – is straining under the weight of the massive airbag recall.

Japan’s transport ministry have extended the recall to another seven million vehicles, this time for cars with airbags that don’t have the drying agent that slows deterioration of the bags’ inflators.

American transport safety officials have said that moisture and temperature changes could make the airbags unstable and prone to explode. This would cause fragments of metal to fire through the car’s interior. This has been blamed for at least 13 deaths worldwide. Continue reading “Airbag maker Takata going ‘pop’ huge concern for industry” »

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News: Holden offering ‘pay as you go’ motoring

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Holden is targeting younger buyers with its new Spark small car – and is launching a new finance option to suit.

The company is offering the car on a subscription-style finance system. Included in the $99 weekly payment is servicing, warranty, insurance and roadside assistance.

The fine print shows the deal is a three-year finance agreement at 9.99% pa. The car can be handed back at the end of the term or a $7000 balloon payment made. Holden’s usual partner Heartland is behind the deal Continue reading “Holden offering ‘pay as you go’ motoring” »

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News: HSV retires LS3 with loaded limited editions

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ClubSport-R8-SV-Black-Front-3-4-688x460Limited Edition HSVs have a tendency to leave two great big smoking lines out of dealer showrooms – and, for the really rare ones, a few examples of well-honed circlework in the carpark.

There’s actually a valid scientific reason for it, something to do with the resonant frequency of an HSV cabin and the soundwaves that are bellowed by LS3 V8s in their natural habitat.

HSV’s regional manager for New Zealand, Andrew Lamb, reckons the limited edition ‘last run’ of 340kW HSVs allocated to dealers here will get the brand faithful excited – especially as the Kiwi-sold cars will be individually numbered. Continue reading “HSV retires LS3 with loaded limited editions” »

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News: Award for megazap that lets Audi flex its tech

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AudiSQ7TDIAudi has always been a brand that’s willing to push the technical envelope. and while there have been occasions when crossed fingers and steamed it open, or simply ripped the top off it

It has occasionally managed to miss the mark, but over the years has held on to an enviable strike rate when it comes to technology – and pulled another innovation gong overnight at UK motoring magazine Autocar awards overnight.

The latest Audi SQ7 TDI has won the Autocar Innovation Award 2016 for the electric performance boosters, handling improvers and the a 48-volt electric sub system allow two big new tricks to be developed for the sporty-spec diesel SUV, without impacting any other electricity-fed features. Continue reading “Award for megazap that lets Audi flex its tech” »

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News: Mad techs at Honda’s looney lab make NSX reality

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Honda’s first next-gen NSX supercar has rolled off the production line that was build specifically to turn it from dream to reality.

“Today marks the realisation of a big dream here at the PMC and the culmination of more than 30 years of manufacturing experience and expertise here in Ohio,” said Clement D’Souza, engineering large project leader for the NSX at the bleeding edge Performance Manufacturing Centre.

To say that the PMC team was let off the budgetary leash with the NSX is a bit of an understatement – but it is the only place that the long-awaited car will be produced. Continue reading “Mad techs at Honda’s looney lab make NSX reality” »

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News: Five-star failure from ‘premium’ Haval

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havalblingPremium-pitched Chinese SUV brand Haval has taken a big hit to its reputation, failing to meet crash test expectations.

Leading independent vehicle safety advocate, ANCAO, has given a four-star safety rating to the Haval H9.

The H9 is the largest of the three SUVs being sold by Haval, which is the premium nameplate of China’s Great Wall Motors. Continue reading “Five-star failure from ‘premium’ Haval” »

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News: Hyundai sub-brand gets torture test

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Hyundai is giving the development car that will become one of its motorsport-inspired ’N’ models an epic torture test this weekend.

The Korean manufacturer has chosen a very public forum as part of the development of the i30 2.OL Turbo N – the epic Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race.

The key part of this in-competition testing regime is the trial-by-fire of its performance powertrain. Continue reading “Hyundai sub-brand gets torture test” »

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