News: DriveLive initiative saves drivers time and money

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The New Zealand Transport Agency is using high-tech bluetooth and WIFI sensors that collect and share live traffic information to help drivers plan ahead and work out the best time to travel.

A network of BlipTrack sensors, from Denmark-based BLIP Systems, have been installed by the NZTA on roads around Auckland International Airport, Kãpiti, Tauranga, and parts of the Bay of Plenty.

These sensors record in real-time, journey times, and queue wait times from sites around the North Island of New Zealand. Continue reading “DriveLive initiative saves drivers time and money” »

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News: SUV variant to follow new Toyota Hilux

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Toyota Motor Corporation has simultaneously unveiled a new seven-seat SUV in Thailand and Australia which shares the underpinnings of the recently revealed 2015 Hilux, and it too will be also be launched in New Zealand.

Toyota New Zealand general manager-product Spencer Morris confirmed today that the new Thai-built Fortuner SUV will be launched locally after the debut of the new Hilux, and that there will be a range of model grades for customers to choose from.

The Fortuner will join the growing number of ute-based diesel-powered seven-seat SUVs sourced from Thailand, including the soon to be launched Ford Everest, the Holden Colorado 7, the Isuzu MU-X, and the Mitsubishi Challenger. Continue reading “SUV variant to follow new Toyota Hilux” »

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News: Dealerships make the most of Speedshow opportunity

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A number of high profile Auckland car dealerships, as well as OEM manufacturers, made the most of the CRC Speedshow to put their respective brands in front of thousands of visitors.

The Ferrari division of Continental Car Services, The Giltrap Group (Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini), Winger Hyundai, Peugeot New Zealand, Ford New Zealand, Toyota Racing Series, and authorised Ford performance parts and tuning specialist CTB were all present at the event.

During the Speedshow weekend Winger Hyundai capitalised on the appearance of NZ rally driver Haydon Paddon who is currently campaigning a works-team Hyundai i20 in the 2015 World Rally Championship. Continue reading “Dealerships make the most of Speedshow opportunity” »

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News: Volvo acquires Polestar brand

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Volvo Cars has acquired 100% of Polestar, the Swedish high performance car company, including the Polestar brand. Polestar will now be used as the model name for special high performance Volvos.

Polestar will also in future utilise Volvo’s twin engine electrification technology to develop next generation performance cars.

Volvo and Polestar have been working in motor sport since 1996 and in recent years signed a cooperation agreement to jointly develop Polestar versions of Volvo cars, that combine a Volvo driving experience with a high level of power and handling. Continue reading “Volvo acquires Polestar brand” »

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Citroen: Citroen: 2015 C4 Puretech hatch

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For the 2015 model year Citroen importer Sime Darby Automobiles has taken the unique step of rationalising the C4 range to a model choice of one at a retail price of $34,990 plus on road costs. Continue reading “Citroen: 2015 C4 Puretech hatch” »

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News: Holden extends Netball deal

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Holden New Zealand has extended its partnership with Netball New Zealand by a further two years.

The existing partnership was inked in 2008 with Holden becoming the sports official automotive partner.

NNZ chief executive Hilary Poole says the continued partnership with Holden is exciting for Netball as a whole. Continue reading “Holden extends Netball deal” »

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News: October on sale date expected for refreshed BT-50

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Mazda New Zealand says the refreshed BT-50 should land here in the third quarter and expects that it will be on sale from October onwards.

It’s parent company Mazda Motor Corporation (MMC) has commenced production of the newly revised BT-50 Ute at the company’s Auto Alliance Thailand (AAT) manufacturing plant.

The BT-50 defied the conventional image of the pickup truck when the current model was introduced in 2011 as an “active lifestyle vehicle” with modern and refined styling according to MMC . Continue reading “October on sale date expected for refreshed BT-50” »

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News: Gen Y prefers to buy new shoes than tyres

tireA Canstar Blue survey about tyre-buying habits has unearthed some dangerous behaviours from Generation Y New Zealanders.

Gen Ys are taking more risks when it comes to their tyres, with 40% being aware of the risks of driving on incorrectly inflated or bald tyres, but doing it anyway, says Canstar New Zealand general manager, Jose George.

“Close to a third of the younger generation are also more willing to fork out their cash on a pair of shoes than they are on a good set of tyres (32%), showing just how easy it is to prioritise the things we want over the ‘boring’ things that can keep us safe. Continue reading “Gen Y prefers to buy new shoes than tyres” »

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