News: MX-5 World Car of the Year

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The Mazda MX-5 has won the World Car of the Year award – the for the second time.

The sports car has also been named World Car Design of the Year. It is the first time in the history of the awards that a single model has taken both titles.

World Car of the Year was established in 2004 by an international group of automotive journalists, and the judging panel this year consisted of 73 journalists from 23 different countries. Continue reading “MX-5 World Car of the Year” »

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Road Tests / Car Reviews: Toyota 2016 RAV4 GX AWD diesel

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The original 1995 Toyota RAV4 was a short wheelbase, two-tone roller skate. I spent many a kilometre bouncing around in one, and ruing the fact you couldn’t hide anything in the pitiful-sized boot. Then there was a long wheelbase version which was just a roller skate for a bigger foot. Continue reading “Toyota 2016 RAV4 GX AWD diesel” »

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News: Self-Driving cars need dealers more – Google

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Self-driving – autonomous – cars will need dealers even more than according to the head of Google’s self-driving car project.

Speaking to the 2016 J.D. Power Automotive Forum taking place before the New York International Auto show, chief executive of the project John Krafcik, says one of the repercussions of self-driving cars will be an increase in utilisation.

“Self driving cars are going to be more expensive physical assets, so we’re going to find a way to use them more,” he said. For example when you are sleeping the car could be providing a service such as Uber. Continue reading “Self-Driving cars need dealers more – Google” »

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News: Maserati aims for ‘less boring’ self-drive system

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Maserati is developing a semi-automated driving system for its new Levante SUV that also will likely find its way into the company’s Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans in the next two years, according to chief executive officer Harald Wester.

It’s a way “to automate the boring part” of driving, Wester said of a new “highway pilot” system that is under development for the Levante and other future Maseratis.

The Levante, which just went into production in Italy in late February as the brand’s first-ever SUV, won’t reach Australasian dealers until early in 2017. Continue reading “Maserati aims for ‘less boring’ self-drive system” »

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News: Suzuki confirms Baleno return

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The Baleno name will return to the New Zealand car market later this year.

The new model will slot in above the Swift in Suzuki New Zealand’s range, as a five-door hatchback, built on a new modular platform.

The platform is 100 kg lighter than the platform used on the popular Suzuki Swift. Engineers were able to lower overall weight by applying techniques developed for the new Suzuki Vitara. Continue reading “Suzuki confirms Baleno return” »

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News: Bentley delivers first SUVs

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Bentley yesterday delivered its first SUV, the Bentayga, as part of a special event at its Crewe headquarters.

Kevin Rose, member of the board for sales, marketing and aftersales commented claims the Bentayga is the fastest and most luxurious SUV in the world.

“The customers joining us for the event have followed the Bentayga journey since we proposed the idea of a Bentley SUV, and were among the very first in the world to put their names down on the order book for First Edition cars – many before they had even seen the finished model,” Rose says. Continue reading “Bentley delivers first SUVs” »

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News: Nissan celebrates 20 years of the ‘curry hook’

Nissan-Almera-curry-hook-300x160While talk these days may focus on more complex technology – such as autonomous cars, safety technology and electric cars – Nissan is celebrating a slightly more humble piece of vehicle engineering.

The company issued a release this week celebrating the debut of a hook, on the side of the centre console.

The dashboard hook first appeared on the Nissan Almera – known as a Sentra or Pulsar at this end of the world – in March 1996, as a way of keeping hand bags or shopping bags upright. Continue reading “Nissan celebrates 20 years of the ‘curry hook’” »

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News: Japanese car companies working on ‘anti-hacking’

100491525-hacking-computewr-code-lock-gettyp.1910x1000Japanese car companies are working to find ways to block increasing cases of vehicle hacking – and are finding some success.

Panasonic has developed a device to monitor signals sent between electronic control units inside a car via an internal communications network based on the widely used Controller Access Network protocol.

Unauthorized signals are detected and canceled out. Continue reading “Japanese car companies working on ‘anti-hacking’” »

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