News: Special Edition E-Class released

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Mercedes-Benz has taken a leaf of out its rival BMW’s book with the launch of a special edition E Class saloon with $11,000 worth of added value at no extra cost to the customer.

Mercedes-Benz New Zealand says the E 250 (petrol) and E 250 CDI (diesel) saloon ‘Special Edition’ will be available to customer order for a limited time.

Both‘Special Edition’ E 250 models are fitted with heated front seats, a 360 degree camera, wood/leather steering wheel, illuminated front door sills, Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system and a panoramic sliding sunroof. Continue reading “Special Edition E-Class released” »

News: Can’t afford a Ferrari? How about a share

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Even if you can’t afford the price of a Ferrari, you are soon likely to be able to get your hands on a share of the prancing house.

An actual share – with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announcing plans to split off the supercar maker and list 10% of it on the New York Stock Exchange.

The plan is expected to raise around US$1.15 billion, as the company tries to pay down nearly US$5 billion in debt. Continue reading “Can’t afford a Ferrari? How about a share” »

Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz: 2014 C 250 sedan review

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After a week behind the wheel of a new Mercedes-Benz S 500 sedan, swapping over into a new Mercedes-Benz C 250 might seem a bit of a come down.

To be frank, nothing could be further from the truth. While I did miss the mighty V8 engine of the S 500, I didn’t miss its rather substantial on-road footprint. The C-Class is considerably smaller and more nimble, and its four-cylinder power plant has more than enough power to propel you around miscreant trucks on the motorway. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: 2014 C 250 sedan review” »

Fiat: Fiat: 2014 Punto Pop review

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At $17,490 here you have one of the cheapest new cars on the New Zealand market, and it’s from Europe which means you can indulge in a bit of Euro brand snobbery. In fact, I’ve even seen them advertised for $16,990, and that’s just ridiculously low. Compared to what they cost in the UK, we get a pretty good deal which is definitely not the case with a lot of our marques. As far as I can tell from Fiat’s UK website the little Punto Pop sells for just over ten thousand pounds on the road which is the equivalent of twenty-one grand here. Continue reading “Fiat: 2014 Punto Pop review” »

News: Faulty US air bag issue heats up

crash-testThe US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is now urging the owners of nearly eight million cars and trucks to have air bags repaired because of potential danger to occupants in the front seats.

The agency says that owners in high humidity areas such as Florida, Hawaii, areas near the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, as well as Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Louisiana should pay special attention to the recall warning.

NHTSA has put forward a theory in documents suggesting the chemical used to inflate the airbag can be altered by high humidity, making it explode with too much force while deploying. Continue reading “Faulty US air bag issue heats up” »

News: Red stripes causing locals’ road rage

Coloured-Ped-CrossingLarge red road stripes – which are called ‘threshold treatments’ and are designed as a signal to truck drivers and motorists that they are crossing a ‘threshold’ into a residential quiet zone – have created outrage amongst Auckland residents in Balmoral and Sandringham.

According to Stuff, the thick horizontal lines have appeared on numerous side streets in Sandringham and Balmoral bordering arterial route Dominion Road, creating confusion amongst residents and motorists, as there has been a delay in the explanation of their purpose.

More than 31 intersections in side streets surrounding Dominion Road will have the red painted lines in place by mid-December when the overall quiet zone upgrade is due to be completed. Continue reading “Red stripes causing locals’ road rage” »

News: EECA ticks Goodyear and Dunlop tyres

GoodYear_Assurance_2014More than 186 new tyres have been given the Energywise mark of approval by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) which is part of a new programme to inform consumers about fuel efficient tyres.

Amongst that number EECA has approved more than 100 Goodyear or Dunlop branded passenger and SUV tyres as being fuel efficient allowing them to use the Energywise-approved tyre mark.

EECA has recently launched the Energywise-approved tyre mark and website tool to inform consumers of the tyre options available to them in the market. Continue reading “EECA ticks Goodyear and Dunlop tyres” »

News: Zero road toll for Labour Weekend?

overtake1Last year’s road toll for Labour Weekend numbered one person, and this year the Automobile Association would like to see zero road fatalities.

AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen says the weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy.

“Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre,” says Thomsen. Continue reading “Zero road toll for Labour Weekend?” »