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Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk said on Sunday the automaker was updating its semi-autonomous driving system Autopilot, which could potentially have prevented a fatality in May. Musk said the update, which will be available Read More
A story published by the NZ Herald earlier today (August 1) about the East West Link project is incorrect says the New Zealand Transport Agency.
The NZ Herald has since corrected the story.
The Transport Agency says its has no absolutely no intention of bulldozing work it recently completed as part of the regenerated Onehunga Foreshore. Continue reading “NZTA bulldozes incorrect NZ Herald reporting” »
A story published by the NZ Herald earlier today (August 1) about the ...
Manfeild Park in conjunction with Otaki-based Firefly Cinemas is set to host three drive-in movies during the last week of October.
The ‘plot’ features an extra twist insofar as “wannabe patrons” have a chance to join in the selection of films for the October 28, 29 and 31 run accompanied by themes, says Manfeild Park sales and sponsorship manager Michael Barbour.
“The idea of drive-in films came from consideration of more uses for the main grassed arena between Manfeild Stadium and South St,” he says. “We’d been thinking about films for a while and realised this part of our venue, which can accommodate about 200 cars, is perfect. Continue reading “Manfeild diversifies to drive-in movies” »
Manfeild Park in conjunction with Otaki-based Firefly Cinemas is set t ...
Does the future of driving start with flushing your toilet?
When Mutsuro Yuji, chief of the central sewage plant in the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka, first heard about the idea of making hydrogen from biogas — the combination of methane and carbon dioxide produced by the breakdown of feces — he was sceptical. “I thought it was a joke,” he says.
But a $12-million investment from Japan’s government, plus research, engineering, design and building work by Mitsubishi, Toyota and Kyushu University revealed a viable concept. Continue reading “World’s first toilet-to-tank filling station” »
Does the future of driving start with flushing your toilet? When Mu ...
Pricing and specification for the premier Levante SUV by Maserati-distributor European Automotive Imports has set some folks agog and others put out.
The entry-level Levante lists at $136,990, with Sport and Luxury-optioned models available at $155,990.
The pricing effectively puts the Levante midpoint between competitors, including the BMW X5 and the smaller Porsche Macan. It also makes the brand more accessible as it costs $13,000 less than the Ghibli range starter. Continue reading “Levante’s competitive pricing hits mark” »
Pricing and specification for the premier Levante SUV by Maserati-dist ...
Honda New Zealand has some grand plans for its new Civic sedan, including enticing customers away from hatches and SUVs, by offering a four-model lineup priced from $29,900.
The new Gen-10 Civic sedan’s four grades span the entry-level 1.8-litre S priced from $29,900, the more upscale 1.5-litre Civic Turbo from $35,500, the sports-orientated Civic RS Turbo from $39,900, and the luxury-focused Civic NT Turbo from $42,900.
The distributor deems the target of 600 sales by March next year weak as it has already received 55 preorders, including some from owners of the larger Accord Euro sedan and the Civic Euro hatchback. Continue reading “Honda reanimates Civic in line with lessons learned” »
Honda New Zealand has some grand plans for its new Civic sedan, includ ...
Mazda New Zealand is confident that a petrol-only CX-9 SUV, in a sector known for its orientation toward diesel will not backfire, as many people don’t like diesel and it has diesel’s performance without the extra add-ons.
The vehicle featured at Auckland’s Food Show where Mazda New Zealand’s general manager for vehicle sales and marketing Glenn Harris explained that the CX-9 sets a precedent in the segment as petrol-only accompanied by a 2.5-litre ‘Skyactive-G’ turbocharged engine producing 170kW of power and 420Nm of torque teamed to six-speed automatic transmission with front and all-wheel drive options.
“The CX-9 uses 8.8-litres per 100km on a ‘real world’ combined cycle compared to 7.7-litres per 100km for what is likely to be its key competitor, the Hyundai Santa Fe, and a tough to achieve 11-litres per 100km on the outgoing CX-9.” Continue reading “Petrol upstages diesel with CX-9” »
Mazda New Zealand is confident that a petrol-only CX-9 SUV, in a secto ...
Japan is set to be the first country to use self-driving cars for the delivery of goods purchased online.
The ‘on-demand service delivery’ from a second-party source, a joint effort between delivery company Yamato Transport and information technology company DeNA, will be tested on the road as early as March next year for the duration of a year.
The service is called ‘Roboneko’ or robot cat, which is a reference to the company’s black cat logo. Continue reading “Japan rolls out driverless vehicle for grocery delivery” »
Japan is set to be the first country to use self-driving cars for th ...
Automotive UK video specialist company CitNOW, has revealed that the face of the dealership sales industry will dramatically change by 2020 as a result of videos’ increasing influence.
In a research paper titled: How video has changed the face of the automotive industry forever, the company forecasts significant changes to the industry such as salesmen and workshop technicians spending more time in presenting videos rather than on other duties.
The report notes that: “The very nature of their roles could shift to job descriptions like ‘video relationship managers’ and ‘technical presenters’ within five years, as video becomes the number one business tool for the automotive industry”. Continue reading “Video will usurp showroom visits” »
Automotive UK video specialist company CitNOW, has revealed that the f ...