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Some car companies are doing everything they can to tempt people away from buying compact SUVs and crossovers.

Skoda’s new Fabia wagon is a front runner in the offerings that are both value-priced and well-featured, mainly because it’s got a tremendous amount of cargo space and it handles better than any compact SUV this side of sixty grand. Continue reading “Skoda 2016 Fabia TSI wagon review” »

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News: Subaru targets Commodore and Falcon with enhanced Legacy

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Subaru has added a Vision Assist package to premium variants of its newly launched model year 2016 Legacy all-wheel-drive range as it targets buyers of the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon.

Last year Subaru New Zealand saw a 40% increase in Legacy sales making it the third-best seller in the NZ large car segment under $70,000. 


The extra layer of safety technology is additional to the EyeSight driver assist system, already available on every current model Legacy.
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News: BMW NZ celebrating all year

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BMW New Zealand will be celebrating its past by looking forward – with new vehicle launches and a move towards electric.

BMW this week celebrated 100 years, releasing the Vision Next 100 concept, but nothing specific marked the day here.

“In New Zealand we are going to be doing a number of activities for the year, one of the parameters being looking forward to the next 100 years,” says BMW spokesperson Edward Finn, indicating much of that will be around new porch. Continue reading “BMW NZ celebrating all year” »

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News: Z retailer supports Gobabygo mobility charity

z keith murray jackson small2A young infant with cerebral palsy which affects his ability to walk and keep up with others is now is more mobile thanks to Z Energy and Gobabygo.

Mark and Uai Murray, jumped at the chance to get an adapted electric ride-in BMW for their active boy Jackson.

Volunteer-run charity Gobabygo changes the electric cars for users with impaired mobility, but it relies on donations from corporate supporters such as Z Energy. Continue reading “Z retailer supports Gobabygo mobility charity” »

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News: Biggest hint yet at future Commodore

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It is becoming increasingly clear the next Holden Commodore will be a German-sourced.

At the Geneva Motor Show yesterday, the head of GM’s Opel unit, Karl-Thomas Neumann, told media the Open Insignia will be the replacement for the Australian-build large car.

“It’s very soon coming,” Neumann told journalists. “[We will sell] as many as possible. The Australians will like this car a lot.” Continue reading “Biggest hint yet at future Commodore” »

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News: Ranger leads strongest February commercial sales yet

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February sales of 3121 commercial vehicles are the highest yet on record according to the Motor Vehicle Industry Association.

The Ford Ranger retained its position as the monthly top-selling commercial model for February with 19% market share (582 units) followed by the Toyota Hilux with 14% (444 units) and the Mitsubishi Triton with 9% market share (289 units).

Year to date the Ford Ranger maintains a lead over the Toyota Hilux with 1,243 registrations (20%) for the Ranger and 744 (12%) for the Hilux. Continue reading “Ranger leads strongest February commercial sales yet” »

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News: Tyres will play a greater role in self-driving vehicles

Goodyear Eagle-360 concept tyreThe Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company says tyres will play a more significant role as the primary link to the road as self-driving cars and trucks see the reduction of driver interaction and intervention.

It has unveiled two concept tyres at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show that could reshape the future for autonomous cars.

There are two concepts: the first being the spherical-shaped Eagle 360 is designed to feature manoeuvrability, connectivity and biomimicry for independent mobility. Continue reading “Tyres will play a greater role in self-driving vehicles” »

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News: Google self driving car hits bus

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A self-driving car being tested by Google has struck a public bus on a Silicon Valley street. It is being recorded as the first time one of the tech company’s vehicles has caused an accident during testing on city roads.

Google accepted some responsibility for the collision, which occurred on Valentine’s Day, when one of the Lexus SUVs it has outfitted with sensors and cameras, hit the side of the bus. No one was injured, according to an accident report Google wrote and submitted to California’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

According to the accident report posted online, Google’s car intended to turn right off a major boulevard when it detected sandbags around a storm drain at the intersection. Continue reading “Google self driving car hits bus” »

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