News: Crown BMWs up for sale

15.4-340x255Got really tall kids? Your own personal driver, or just really like big luxury sedans?

The government has updated its fleet of Crown VIP cars, which means 32 BMW 730Ld cars – a specification only sold new here to the government – are up for grabs.

The cars will be sold by Turners in coming weeks. The online tender started yesterday on Monday April 18. Continue reading “Crown BMWs up for sale” »

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News: New car sales drop, used rise in Japan

TOYOTAWhile new passenger car sales continue to tumble in Japan, used sales are on the way up – the first rise in years.

The first quarter saw sales drop by 7.47% – and for March sales dropped by 10.79% year on year March 2015 saw an even bigger drop of 11.9%.

Toyota remains the country’s biggest brand. Continue reading “New car sales drop, used rise in Japan” »

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News: Clean Jeep qualifies for Japan tax break

jeepJeep has proven to Japan that all American vehicles aren’t gas-guzzling, planet-killing monsters.

Chrysler’s Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk has slipped under Japanese green car limits – the first petrol-engined American car to do so.

The 2016 Trailhawk gets 9.7L/100km – qualifying for tax break of around 58,000 yen (NZ$780), which comes of its sticker price of $5.1m yen (NZ$66,800). Continue reading “Clean Jeep qualifies for Japan tax break” »

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Cars: Kiwi special for Hyundai

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It is fairly rare that a Kiwi name is seen on the side of a production car.

Hayden Paddon is the latest to have the owner, with Hyundai New Zealand marking his historic nine minute victory at Rally Otago with the announcement of a new special edition Santa Fe SUV.

Paddon, New Zealand’s most successful rally driver, partnered with his regular navigator John Kennard and drove a new Hyundai New Zealand built i20 rally car to win Rally Otago, giving the AP4 version of the i20 its maiden victory on debut. Continue reading “Kiwi special for Hyundai” »

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Cars: Pajero gets tech upgrade

Pajero_interior_SDAThe current Mitsubishi Pajero is nearing a decade old – and reports indicate it will soldier on for some time to come – but it now sports some new, and very current, technology.

A 2016 upgrade for Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed introduces ‘Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA)’ – also released in Pajero Sport earlier this year.

SDA allows drivers to remain in full control of the wheel and their smartphones on a 7-inch, dash-mounted touch screen via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Continue reading “Pajero gets tech upgrade” »

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News: Digital Kiwi stars in V8 Supercars app

image137151_cVolvo’s using our very own young gun Scott McLaughlin as the hero in its new racing app.

Fans are put behind the wheel in a virtual challenge against the Kiwi race driver on a flying lap of the most legendary race on the Aussie calendar – the Bathurst 1000.

The The Välkommen by Volvo uses clever HARK technology, which listens for audio triggers from a second screen and lets users control the game action with their mobile devices. Continue reading “Digital Kiwi stars in V8 Supercars app” »

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News: Renault zaps EV market

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Renault New Zealand has sparked up the EV market, today announcing the cutesy Zoe will be sold here – without a shocking pricetag.

The Zoe – a European favourite in the electric car space – is no slouch on spec either – it uses the company’s Range OptimiZEr system to give it a useful 250km range.

The Zoe’s top speed is 135km/h, and with its 65kW wound rotor electric engine it can hit 50km/h in four seconds and the legal limit in 13.5s. Continue reading “Renault zaps EV market” »

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News: Ford GT orders open

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Those wanting to hang their fluffy dice in one of Ford’s new GT supercars can officially apply from today.

The limited availability of the Ford GT is likely to mean a quick sell-out of the production run – and some appearing on eBay at outlandish prices fairly quickly.

Buyers will be treated to a tailored purchase process put together by Ford Performance, as recognition that the stunning car will be strictly limited to 500 cars for the first two years. Continue reading “Ford GT orders open” »

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