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Australasian New Car Assessment Programme testing now covers 93% of the market – with the awarding of five-star safety ratings to both the Suzuki Vitara and Kia Optima. Both models previously ranked as top-selling unrated Read More
Ford and Jose Cuervo are testing the bioplastic for use in vehicle interior and exterior components such as wiring harnesses, HVAC units and storage bins. Initial assessments suggest the material holds great promise due to Read More
Electric car maker Tesla Motors, has hit the prestigious top ten of the 100 Most Valuable Global Brands report.
Its valuation at US$4.4 billion by advertising research firms WPP and Millward Brown in its annual report see the zero emission darling slip in at 10th place.
It displaces Lexus, which was valued at US$4.3 billion in 2015, for the spot. Valuations are based on future earnings estimates that can be attributed to brand power rather than company actions. Continue reading “Which brand is worth the most?” »
Electric car maker Tesla Motors, has hit the prestigious top ten of th ...
Toyota’s hybrid superstar is leading Japan’s scandal-hit automotive market for a sixth consecutive month.
For May, the pioneering Prius was again topping Japanese sales, after a month that has seen Mitsubishi snapped up by Nissan as fuel economy cheats cuts its shareprice to near-comic levels, and Suzuki on shaky ground for allegedly fiddling its fuel figures.
Sales data released this week by Japan Automobile Dealers Association and the Japan Light Motor Vehicle and Motorcycle Association shows demand for the ‘new’ Prius launched late in 2015 as seen sales jump to nearly triple the volume for the same period last year. Continue reading “Prius tops Japan sales…again” »
Toyota's hybrid superstar is leading Japan’s scandal-hit automotive ma ...
A British company that specialises in software security has successfully managed to ‘hack’ the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
Pen Test Partners managed to use the Outlanders on-board Wifi access point to access the companies system, enabling them to control the lights, air conditioning and disable the security system.
Pen Test suggests a way to further secure the car by turning on a security feature within the wifi system. Continue reading “Outlander hack; Mitsubishi taking ‘seriously’” »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSioTiaX_-Q A British company that ...
A car dealer’s ad for a vehicle he traded has painted a graphic picture of a bottom-of-the-barrel Bimmer and a very unhappy salesman.
Classic Cars of Wirral’s Richard Harris is blunt about the 1998 trade-in BMW 318ti, which is laid bare on the global auction site under the headline ‘THE WORST BMW ON EBAY?’
“Everything is in poor condition,” reads the uncompromising torrent of abuse directed at the car and its previous owner. Continue reading “Miserable dealer sells horrible BMW” »
A car dealer’s ad for a vehicle he traded has painted a graphic pictur ...
Hyundai New Zealand is keen to take on all three versions of the brand’s new eco-car, the Ioniq – if it can get the right product and price.
Auto Media Group’s Robert Barry is in Korea now to drive the new car – which is available in petrol hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and pure electric form.
Hyundai started Ioniq hybrid production for its local market late last year, and the Ioniq EV line for domestic demand will kick into gear this month. Continue reading “First drive: Hyundai NZ keen on plug-in Ioniq” »
Hyundai New Zealand is keen to take on all three versions of the brand ...
Uber 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” »
Uber needs drivers - and drivers need cars, so it’s using its subsidia ...
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” »
Holden New Zealand is set to release a super-limited ‘Black Edition’ C ...
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” »
As the pick-up truck bling war escalates, Volkswagen has fired a tech- ...