News: Market leading Ranger gets upgrades and Euro V engine

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From September Ford is adding it’s Sync III communications system to the XLT and Wildtrak variants of the top selling Ranger Ute, and from November it is installing a new Euro V compliant engine.

In the year to August 31, 2016, the Ford Ranger is now more than 1400 units ahead of the Toyota Hilux and more than 2000 units ahead of the Corolla.

Ford New Zealand marketing manager Cameron Thomas says the company is not resting on its laurels. Continue reading “Market leading Ranger gets upgrades and Euro V engine” »

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News: Holden releasing Colorado pricing before on sale date

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Holdens is announcing the list of recommended retail pricing for the new Colorado a few days ahead of its official on-sale date of Saturday, September 10.

As the Ranger ute is to Ford, the Colorado pick-up is Holden New Zealand’s top-selling vehicle, so the local distribution arm of General Motors is maintaining the current retail pricing on all 4×2 Colorado variants while 4×4 models see a $1000 increase across the range.

“The value equation offered by Colorado is better than even before, with new standard features equating to thousands of dollars of added enhancements,” says Holden New Zealand, managing director Kristian Aquilina. Continue reading “Holden releasing Colorado pricing before on sale date” »

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News: Flowers over car accessories

paymarkPaymark network spending patterns reveal that Father’s Day gifts have changed over the years, with increased spending on flowers over car accessories.

The data shows that overall the value of underlying spending that passed through the Paymark network decreased 0.8% in seasonally adjusted terms between July and August. This was partly due to lower spending on fuel, but there were also declines amongst other sectors.

However, it will take several more weeks to determine whether the spending momentum has slowed or whether a pre-occupation with the Olympic Games or other distractions are to blame during the month. Continue reading “Flowers over car accessories” »

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News: First Autonomous Vehicle on NZ Roads within Months

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The country’s first official demonstration of an autonomous driving vehicle using New Zealand roads is set to take place within months.

The New Zealand Traffic Institute (Trafinz), Volvo, New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and the Ministry of Transport have come together to show how an autonomous vehicle will handle New Zealand’s road conditions.

Car manufacturer Volvo will demonstrate the technology on a 10-15km stretch of public road in Tauranga as part of the national Trafinz transport conference. Continue reading “First Autonomous Vehicle on NZ Roads within Months” »

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News: Daimler sets sights on EVs

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German carmaker Daimler plans to roll out at least six, and possibly as many as nine, electric vehicle (EV) models as part of its push to compete with Tesla and Audi.

The maker of Mercedes-Benz remains on track to unveil a new electric car at the Paris motor show next month after saying in July it had accelerated development of premium electric cars, a segment currently dominated by Tesla.

German trade magazine Automobilwoche earlier cited company sources saying Daimler intends to bring to market more than six EV models between 2018 and 2024. Continue reading “Daimler sets sights on EVs” »

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News: Holden chops the past in branding campaign

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Holden New Zealand has launched a new branding campaign that sees it attempt to part with its Commodore-led image of the past.

Auto Media Group was given early access to its new advertisement this week, which was released online last night.

Called ‘The Chop’, the advert was filmed in Uruguay by Kiwi production company Robber’s Dog in conjunction with Holden’s agency Special and features a mullet-coifed man ditching his unseen old car, scaring the locals a little, before receiving a makeover. He ends up walking towards his new Holden Astra. Continue reading “Holden chops the past in branding campaign” »

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News: Mitsubishi NZ expecting no impact from further fuel-test issues

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Mitsubishi Motors in Japan has been told to stop selling a number of key models over issues with fuel efficiency testing – including some sold here.

The latest models affected by the fuel efficiency scandal include variants of the Pajero, Outlander and RVR – known as the ASX here.

“Our investigation confirmed that the fuel economy on eight models were as much as 8.8% and on average 4.2% lower than advertised,” the Japanese transport ministry said in a statement. Continue reading “Mitsubishi NZ expecting no impact from further fuel-test issues” »

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News: Google edges into Uber territory

waze 1Commuters in San Francisco will soon be able to use an app to connect with drivers heading in the same direction.

Google has been testing the service with 25,000 people employed by local tech companies. But it is now launching it across San Francisco.

Commuters will use the Google-owned Waze app to find out which drivers are willing to give them a ride. The service has been running in Israel since July 2015. Continue reading “Google edges into Uber territory” »

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