Blogs: Living with a Holden Volt – part one and two

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Car and SUV recently handed back Holden’s Volt plug-in electric/hybrid vehicle after a two-month extended test drive.

Why did we do this? Because we already knew we liked the vehicle. We drove it on arrival over a year ago and enjoyed it, but questioned the $85,000 price tag. Continue reading “Living with a Holden Volt – part one and two” »

News: Snow Park partners with Audi

6530264The new Snow Park ice driving experience, which is starting its operation near Wanaka in July 2014, has announced that it will officially partner with Audi.

“It is the only ice driving experience in the southern hemisphere and is only available in July, making it truly unique and exclusive,” says manager Steve Gould.

The complete package includes luxury accommodation, gourmet dining and ice driving. A range of additional activities are available such as clay target shooting, curling and an ice bar are available for the winter adventurer. Continue reading “Snow Park partners with Audi” »

Jeep: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Overland 2014 review

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For those people who aren’t familiar with the origins of the Jeep brand, the Overland name dates back to the 1900s.

Overland front 34John Willys bought the brand from another company and created the Willys-Overland motor company in 1912, which then went onto create the first Jeep for the US military, known as the Willys MB in 1941.

Under the stewardship of Daimler-Chrysler, Jeep brought the Overland name back into the market in 2003 when it created a new luxury trim level for the Grand Cherokee, which sat above the Laredo and Limited specification grades. And still does. Continue reading “Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Overland 2014 review” »

Jaguar: Jaguar F-Type convertible 2014 review

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It has been a long time coming but the new Jaguar F-Type convertible is absolutely the spiritual successor to the iconic E-Type roadster which was first launched in the 1960’s.

It’s about time.

The Jaguar XJ-S which saw the light of day in the 1970s was to big and too heavy to be a proper sports car, it was more a grand tourer, as was the 2+2 XK coupe and convertible, the second generation of which remains in production today. Continue reading “Jaguar F-Type convertible 2014 review” »

News: How do you give a driverless car a ticket?

Gov. Brown Signs Legislation At Google HQ That Allows Testing Of Autonomous VehiclesThe Department of Motor Vehicles in California is scratching it’s collective head on how to regulate vehicles that rely on computers and not people to drive them.

The Federal government is years away from developing regulations for autonomous vehicles and California says it is concerning about developing regulations that could be substantially different to other states, leaving a patchwork of rules that businesses and consumers will hate.

Driverless vehicles could be available commercially by 2020. Already Google has tested a fleet of sensor equipped driverless Prius and Lexus vehicles in California, logging up many thousands of kilometres. Other automotive manufacturers are doing likewise. Continue reading “How do you give a driverless car a ticket?” »

News: Student’s racing car bound to Exscite

Waikato Formula SAE team: From back left, Daniel Lamb, Avinash Chavda, Ben Jackson, Dr Mike Duke, Kevin Duncan and Sam Brien. From front left, Michael Hoogendoorn, Brad Webb, Dr Mark Lay and Isaac Hayes. Absent: Mark Shrimpton.

Waikato Formula SAE team: From back left, Daniel Lamb, Avinash Chavda, Ben Jackson, Dr Mike Duke, Kevin Duncan and Sam Brien. From front left, Michael Hoogendoorn, Brad Webb, Dr Mark Lay and Isaac Hayes. Absent: Mark Shrimpton.

A Formula SAE racing car designed, built and raced by Waikato University students will feature in a new exhibit in the Waikato Museum.

The Formula SAE car will be on display in the museum’s Exscite interactive science gallery from 17 March until 9 May this year.

Students have worked with museum curator Salina Ghazally to develop the display to give Exscite visitors an insight into the development of the car and the science of racing.. Continue reading “Student’s racing car bound to Exscite” »

News: Benz rules social media

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According to a survey Mercedes-Benz is now the most successful automotive brand on social media.

On Facebook it gained the most fans amongst all vehicle brands, with more than 3.2 million new users last year.

With around 22 million interactions, Mercedes-Benz users were the most active automotive fans say figures published by socialbakers. Continue reading “Benz rules social media” »

Road Tests / Car Reviews: Suzuki: 2014 SX4 S Cross 1.6 LTD 2WD review

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There are no pretentions when you get a Suzuki. You know what you’re getting yourself into as you can be pretty sure you’re going to drive a car that provides a large amount of bang for your buck. Of course, this comes with compromises, but as today’s cars are a hundred thousand times better than those of twenty years ago, the kinds of things we might envy are nice-to-haves rather than essential features.

suzuki-sx4-s-cross-2014-sideAs you walk towards the SX4 S Cross it’s more Vitara than Swift in the nose. The styling is a little nose-heavy and it looks better in the flesh than in photos. There’s a strong line that starts at the base of the A pillars, flows down across the top of the lights and into the grille. The grille is bisected by the bumper and continues underneath in grey with strong lateral lines. The two-tone paint finish works well, giving the SX4 S Cross a slightly elevated look. Continue reading “Suzuki: 2014 SX4 S Cross 1.6 LTD 2WD review” »