News: Star Wars reveal for updated Captiva

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Holden leveraged its ongoing partnership with Star Wars to reveal the updated Captiva last night.

The car made its debut at a Star Wars: The Force Awakens fan and media event.

Taking place at the Sydney Opera House, Harrison Ford hosted an exclusive Q&A with fans and media whilst the new Captiva showcased hologram technology, developed by the creators of Star Wars’ newest droid, BB-8. Continue reading “Star Wars reveal for updated Captiva” »

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News: Cute overload: BMW presents 50th GoBabyGo vehicle

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BMW New Zealand allowed a group of its customers the chance to drive around inside its Mt Wellington headquarters recently.

The smiling drivers were recipients of BMW electric cars, specially modified by GoBabyGo, a group that adapts ride-in electric toy cars specifically for each disabled child who successfully applies, to give them the experience of independent mobility.

The distributor hosted a special Christmas function for the charity, making a $20,000 donation. Continue reading “Cute overload: BMW presents 50th GoBabyGo vehicle” »

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News: New RX offers more spec and tech

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Lexus is hoping that it’s newly launched fourth generation RX SUV will not only recapture current customers but also attract new ones from the three German luxury marques.

It may not be an impossible dream as the new model offers a comprehensive amount of tech and spec, particularly the Limited models which come fully loaded according to the distributor and offer best bang for buck.

New Zealand customers first saw the Lexus RX arrive in 2003 with the international launch of the second model generation, and it quickly became the most popular selling model here. Continue reading “New RX offers more spec and tech” »

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News: Dealer sued over IS truck

566efb2bc46188ff5c8b4613Trading in his Ford F-250 truck has lead to death threats and abusive calls for a Texan plumber – and now he wants compensation.

Plumber Mark Oberholtzer, of Galveston Texas, trade in his 2005 F-250 to Automation Ford Gulf Freeway, a Houston dealership.

The pickup was sold at auction, exported, and ended up int he hands of Islamic State in Syria. Fitted with a large gun in the tray, photos of the vehicle have gone viral, including appearing on US television. Continue reading “Dealer sued over IS truck” »

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News: Mahindra to acquire design icon

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Indian industrial giant, and vehicle manufacturer, Mahindra is set to acquire Italian design-house Pininfarina.

Mahindra already has interests ranging from tractors to IT outsourcing, manufacturers cars under its own name, and already owns Korean-brand Ssangyong and a majority stake in Peugeot scooters.

Pininfarina has designed cars for Ferrari, Maserati, and Rolls-Royce as well as numerous mainstream brands, as well as contract manufacturing. Continue reading “Mahindra to acquire design icon” »

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News: Ranger claims consecutive double award win

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Ford’s Ranger XLT ute has claimed a double win in NZ4WD magazine’s 4WD of The Year Awards for the second consecutive year.

Not only did the Ranger win the 4WD Ute of The Year category for the third year in a row, but it also headed off a range of other SUV, wagon and luxury 4WD models to claim the overall New Zealand 4WD of The Year title for 2015.

“Utes are hot at the moment,” says the magazine’s editor, Ross MacKay, “ and the Ranger continues to set the agenda and the pace, both in the sector and overall.” Continue reading “Ranger claims consecutive double award win” »

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News: Ford won’t recall Everest over battery fire

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Ford Australia has told media there, and in New Zealand that it will not recall any new Everest models after an investigation into a recent fire showed a faulty battery installation to be the cause of the blaze.

A News Limited motoring writer Peter “Barney” Barnwell was test driving a late model Everest from the Ford Australia press fleet when it erupted into flames in the Newcastle region of New South Wales more than a week ago.

Ford New Zealand communications and government affairs manager Tom Clancy sent out the following statement from Ford Australia: Continue reading “Ford won’t recall Everest over battery fire” »

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News: Eating while driving is Kiwis worst habit

images-2A survey about dangerous driving behaviours has revealed that eating while driving is the number one bad habit admitted by New Zealanders.

Motorists running a red-light and using a handheld cellular phone while driving a vehicle were the second and third most dangerous activities as shown by the survey commissioned by Insurance giant IAG.

IAG trades in New Zealand under AMI, State, NZI, Lumley and Lantern brands. Continue reading “Eating while driving is Kiwis worst habit” »

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