Honda: Honda 2015 Odyssey L review

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The Odyssey used to be a car, but now it’s a minivan. It was one of the very few 7-seat cars you could buy back in the mid-2000s. We last tested one in 2009 (read here) when it was a mere 1545mm tall, and was still ostensibly a car. Now the Odyssey has grown up and is 150mm taller. This average growth rate of 30mm per year is 10 times faster than the world’s fastest mountain is growing (Mount St. Elias grows at around 3mm per year). Continue reading “Honda 2015 Odyssey L review” »

News: Audi VR experience: the dealership in a briefcase

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Audi dealerships will begin to introduce a new virtual reality (VR) headset sales tool by end of 2015 in order to enhance the Audi showroom experience for customers.

The Audi VR experience gives customers the opportunity to configure their preferred car at the dealership through VR headsets and experience it in a unprecedented way. The headset showcases the entire model portfolio of Audi, including all possible equipment combinations.

By doing this Audi has now become the first automotive manufacturer to develop a dedicated retail software solution for VR headsets. Continue reading “Audi VR experience: the dealership in a briefcase” »

News: Commodore name to stay

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Holden is still being coy on what will replace the Commodore when it goes out of production in 2018 – but they have confirmed the name will stay.

The company says customer feedback drove the decision to keep the name for the replacement large car.

Holden executive director of sales Peter Keley confirmed the name today. Continue reading “Commodore name to stay” »

News: CRV receives 2015 update

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Honda has facelifted its CRV SUV for 2015 – importantly making intelligent safety technology standard across the range.

Honda’s laneWatch camera and emergency stop signal are now standard, as well as LED daytime running lights.

The model range now includes the CRV 2WD Sport with a 2L SOHC i-VTEC Engine and the CRV 4WD Sport and Sport NT, both with a 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC Engine. A Sport+ exterior kit is also available. Continue reading “CRV receives 2015 update” »

News: More spec, same money in Touareg rejig

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Volkswagen NZ has launched its 2015 Touareg line up, with more specification at the same starting price.

The entry-level Touareg V6 TDI 160w is priced at $89,900 , but now includes $4,350 worth of extra specification including Bi-Xenon headlights, keyless entry and a heated steering wheel and shift paddles.

The Touareg V6 TDI 180kW has a reduced price of $104,900, and now also comes with $6,100 in extras, including Keyless entry and heated steering wheel with shift paddles and a memory package with other added benefits. Continue reading “More spec, same money in Touareg rejig” »

Cars: Sonata leads the naming change for Hyundai

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The newly renamed midsize Sonata sedan range leads the product charge for Hyundai in 2015, to be followed by the Genesis luxury sedan at the end of January, a facelift i30 will arrive in quarter two, and a newly renamed Tucson SUV as well as a facelift i40 range will launch in the third quarter. Continue reading “Sonata leads the naming change for Hyundai” »

News: Dashcam recording didn’t breach privacy

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The New Zealand privacy commissioner says that dashboard camera footage taken in a moving vehicle can be shared with the general public and not breach the privacy laws provided the video does not identify people.

According to NZME the issue arose when footage released by Neil Ellis from a dashboard camera onto the web showed what he claimed was a Park ’n Fly driver at Auckland Airport taking his car on a wild ride. The video was viewed more than 80,000 times in less than two days. Continue reading “Dashcam recording didn’t breach privacy” »

News: Hyundai eyes ute market with Santa Cruz concept

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The reveal of the Santa Cruz Pickup Concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit shows that the Hyundai Motor Company is contemplating an entry into a growing and competitive market segment.

The Santa Cruz remains at this stage a pure concept only – no plans have yet been announced for its design and production. However, the company says market opportunities for a Hyundai utility vehicle globally are very real, especially in New Zealand. Continue reading “Hyundai eyes ute market with Santa Cruz concept” »