News: Driver chase sees Uber turn sub-prime lender

BR-5972_LAjandrive16_MG_a02Uber needs drivers – and drivers need cars, so it’s using its subsidiary Xchange Leasing to solve the problem.

Xchange partners with dealerships, promotes itself to drivers and even sorts out the repo bill when a driver doesn’t make payments and it all turns to custard.

With various other ride-share and private cab companies springing up – some well-funded services like Lyft representing serious competition – it’s a deft move by Uber. Continue reading “Driver chase sees Uber turn sub-prime lender” »

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News: Holden rolls out tech-savvy, specced-up ‘Black’ edition

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Holden New Zealand is set to release a super-limited ‘Black Edition’ Commodore.

The strictly limited run sees GM dip into its trick bag for 130 cars – 90 SV6s and just 40 V8 SS sedans.

“New Zealanders have a real affinity with new and exciting technology, and this is the first time Head-Up Display will be available in our SV6 model,” said Holden managing director Kristian Aquilina. Continue reading “Holden rolls out tech-savvy, specced-up ‘Black’ edition” »

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News: VW teases its fancy pick-up facelift for Amarok

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As the pick-up truck bling war escalates, Volkswagen has fired a tech-heavy shot at the competition by teasing a few pics of its Amarok facelift ‘Aventura’ launch model.

The most in-your-face show of spec comes in the form of its new cutting-edge multimedia centre and navigation system.

The new colour-display matches a colour 3D display between the classic round instruments and a well laid-out multifunction steering will should keep drivers’ eyes off the road for the shortest possible time. Continue reading “VW teases its fancy pick-up facelift for Amarok” »

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News: Life begins at 40 – GTI hits middle-age

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Volkswagen’s uber-selling Golf has had more limited editions made over the years that probably anything else on four wheels – from special anniversary kits like this one, to brand-partnerships, to the sick-making Harlequin spawned by a deal with Benneton.

The 40th birthday of GTI gives us one of the quickest GTIs yet – and one of its stablemates did set the fastest front-drive record around Green Hell, the Nurburgring’s infamous northern loop.

This is the best limited edition Golf in years – in fact, the GTI VII base car is the most deserving of those three magical letters that anything else this side of the millennial New Years party. Continue reading “Life begins at 40 – GTI hits middle-age” »

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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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