News: Upgraded 86 now in Toyota dealerships

86-NZ-red-interior-July-2014Toyota has announced the arrival of the MY15 Toyota 86 and GT86 into dealerships, which receives upgrades and enhancements at no change to its recommended retail prices.

Toyota New Zealand product general manager Neeraj Lala says the MY15 cars have received a third round of enhancements since the vehicle was first introduced to the market.

“Toyota’s engineering division has continued to evolve key 86 performance attributes, delivering in the MY15 model a series of updates that will enhance the enthusiast driver’s ability to safely and confidently control the car as appropriate to the environment, whether that be on the road or the track,” says Lala Continue reading “Upgraded 86 now in Toyota dealerships” »

News: Peugeot’s global sales grow 5.5%

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Peugeot has announced a surge in profits for the first half of 2014 and believes new models in Australia and the introduction of LCV’s in New Zealand will see it’s earnings increase even further in the second half of 2014.

PSA Peugeot Citroen narrowed its first-half loss and posted the first positive contribution from its core auto division in three years, as the French carmaker’s recovery plan has started to take shape.

Peugeot says that the launch of the new Peugeot 308 in Australia later and New Zealand in the second half of 2014, and the introduction of light commercial vehicles in New Zealand should have a positive impact on the group’s second-half performance in the region. Continue reading “Peugeot’s global sales grow 5.5%” »

Jeep: Jeep: 2014 Cherokee Limited V6 review

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When the first pictures of the new Jeep Cherokee leaked out of America, many people including myself looked at it and wondered what the design team had been smoking on their tea break.

The square boxy KK series Jeep Cherokee as we all knew it, had been consigned to the rubbish bin, replaced by a modern and contemporary-looking SUV that wouldn’t look out of place in the showroom of any Korean, Japanese, or European brand.

The radical exterior design of the new KL series Cherokee divides the rugged lower body and smooth upper body by the key waterline feature and a waterfall bonnet says Jeep. Continue reading “Jeep: 2014 Cherokee Limited V6 review” »

News: New Ferrari California T launched here

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Ferrari has launched it’s “everyday-use” California T in New Zealand priced from $413,888.

Ferrari Australasia president Herbert Appleroth told Stuff.Co.NZ he expects a lot of interest in the new car, which he says is more of an everyday-use kind of Ferrari, with room for car seats or golf clubs in the back.

Appleroth says that demand always outstrips supply. Ferrari has reduced its production to 7000 cars per annum to maintain the brand’s exclusivity and residual values for owners. Continue reading “New Ferrari California T launched here” »

News: Toyota remains the global No.1 in sales

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More than five million buyers in the first six months of this year has seen Toyota retain its No. 1 position on the global sales charts.

The company says its on track to sell more than 10 million vehicles this year, which will be an industry milestone according to One Network News.

Toyota was followed by German-based Volkswagen Group in second place, recall-plagued USA-based General Motors placed third in the global rankings. Continue reading “Toyota remains the global No.1 in sales” »

News: Hi tech solutions for driver fatigue

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A group of EU-based scientists and researchers are working on a seatbelt that monitors heat rate and breathing in order to detect driver fatigue, while the Royal Auto Club Western Australia (RAC WA) has also been working on gathering data on drivers’ attention spans and what can be done to prevent fatalities due to inattention.

Nationally, it is estimated inattention was a factor in 46% of fatal crashes in 2012, with WA leading the way. Western Australians rate inattention is the biggest problem today with 93% – higher than drink driving at 83%.

Driver fatigue is one of the biggest killers on Australian roads and responsible for up to one-third of serious injury crashes. In Europe the figures linked to driver fatigue deaths and injury are worrying, with 7,000 fatigue-related fatalities annually on EU roadways. Continue reading “Hi tech solutions for driver fatigue” »

News: Study targets over 70’s driving attitudes

Older-driversA Queensland road safety researcher is looking to find out who and what influences older drivers’ driving decisions and how this feedback can improve road safety.

The big issue, as people age, is that their functional and sensory ability decline which can compromise their driving.

Heidy Hassan, from Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q), says feedback is an everyday part of life for all drivers and for older drivers it could help guide their decision to continue driving or hand back the keys. Continue reading “Study targets over 70’s driving attitudes” »

News: Record numbers at CRC Speedshow

Continental-Cars-Ferrari-unveil-Ferrari-458-Speciale-at-CRC-Speedshow-by-Velocity-NZ-1The CRC Speedshow saw a record number of 28 new car and motorcycle brands represented over the weekend of July 19-20 at Auckland’s ASB Show-grounds.

This year’s show also broke its own attendance records with the 2014 edition attracting 34,700 show-goers, the attendance numbers representing a 14% increase over the 2013 event.

Ross Prevette, director of The Event Company Ltd which owns CRC Speedshow, says the support of sponsors and exhibitors helped take the event to a new level this year. Continue reading “Record numbers at CRC Speedshow” »