News: Corroded tow bar failure a warning to motorists

carandsuv-logoMotorists are being warned to check urgently the condition of their towbars after a corroded bar on the rear of a vehicle failed in dramatic fashion while attached to a boat trailer.

The towbar, shown in the photos, was severely corroded and snapped completely in two while in use, but fortunately, it happened in a parking lot and not on the open road, and there were no other damage or injuries.

Regularly backing a vehicle into the salt water when launching and recovering a boat attributed to the severe corrosion – which had gone unnoticed during use. Continue reading “Corroded tow bar failure a warning to motorists” »

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News: California Air Resources Board rejects VW diesel fix

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) today rejected the recall plan by Volkswagen Group of America for its 2-litre diesel passenger vehicles sold in the state between 2009 and 2015.

CARB says the Volkswagen recall plan fell short in several areas.

The proposed recall plans contain gaps and lack sufficient detail, and furthermore, the descriptions of proposed repairs lack enough information for technical evaluation says CARB. Continue reading “California Air Resources Board rejects VW diesel fix” »

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News: Hyundai New Zealand extends backing for Kiwi racer

Hyundai-New-Zealand-steps-up-support-for-Hayden-Paddon-1[1]Hyundai New Zealand has signed a three-year deal with World Rally Championship driver Hayden Paddon and co-driver John Kennard.

Paddon and Kennard, from Geraldine and Blenheim respectively, last year confirmed a three-year contract with Hyundai Motorsport to return to the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship, which starts in Monte Carlo on 22 January, for a full 14-rally season in a Hyundai i20 WRC car.

Hyundai NZ and their dealer network have backed Paddon since his original signing with Hyundai Motorsport in 2014. Continue reading “Hyundai New Zealand extends backing for Kiwi racer” »

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News: Tom Tom signs BMW

logo-1BMW cars sold here will soon have a new supplier of traffic information.

TomTom has announced they have won a deal to supply traffic information to cars made by the German make in New Zealand, Australia and Russia.

The service is already available cross car-line as part of the “Connected Drive” system. Continue reading “Tom Tom signs BMW” »

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News: Fiat Chrysler and Ford unveil new systems at CES

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The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has become an automotive showcase due to Fiat Chrysler and the Ford Motor Company revealing their latest in-car connectivity functions.

Fiat Chrysler is to demonstrate the new fourth-generation Uconnect system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a preview of the latest technology advancements in FCA vehicles.

Thousands of New Zealand drivers are using the Uconnect system and benefitting from its integration of communications, navigation, entertainment and car control systems into one, easy to use touchscreen system. Continue reading “Fiat Chrysler and Ford unveil new systems at CES” »

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News: Kia launches brand for assistance tech

image133349_bKia has launched a sub-brand to cover its drive assistance technology – Drive Wise.

The name will cover its ‘Advanced Driver Assistance Systems’, as it moves forwards on its recently announced plans to manufacturer partially-autonomous cars by 2020, and its first fully-autonomous vehicle by 2030.

Debuting at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the Drive Wise technologies are currently under development. Continue reading “Kia launches brand for assistance tech” »

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News: Fiat Chrysler and Ford unveil new systems at CES

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The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has become an automotive showcase due to Fiat Chrysler and the Ford Motor Company revealing their latest in-car connectivity functions. Continue reading “Fiat Chrysler and Ford unveil new systems at CES” »

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Concept Cars: Faraday shows off first concept, hints at the future

Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept vehicle at FF's pre-CES reveal event in Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/ AP Images for Faraday Future)
Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept vehicle at FF's pre-CES reveal event in Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/ AP Images for Faraday Future)

Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept vehicle at FF’s pre-CES reveal event in Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/ AP Images for Faraday Future)

The much-hyped Faraday Future has received mixed responses to its reveal of it first concept car at the consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but is their future produced hinted at in the car’s reveal video?

The FFZERO1 is a single-seater FF’s Variable Platform Architecture (VPA), a modular engineering system for electric vehicles, on which all future FF production vehicles will be based. Continue reading “Faraday shows off first concept, hints at the future” »

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