News: Holden jobs go as Cruze axed

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Holden will cut approximately 400 jobs at its Adelaide plant by the end of the year, after it announced it would stop making the Holden Cruze model.

The scrapping of the locally-built small car model by Holden, will slash the workforce at the Holden plant at Elizabeth from about 1200 to 800 by the end of 2016, ahead of the complete shutdown of the plant in late 2017. Workers were told of the decision at internal meetings last Friday afternoon.

Holden managing director Mark Bernhard says the company will continue to make Holden Commodore sedans and wagons at the factory until late in 2017. Continue reading “Holden jobs go as Cruze axed” »

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News: Toyota commits to Prius despite hybrid takeover

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Toyota New Zealand says it is committed to selling the Prius in New Zealand as its flagship hybrid – despite mainstream model hybrids eating into its market.

Prius sales peaked in New Zealand in 2009 with 422 sold. The next year with the launch of the Camry Hybrid, sales went into decline, falling as low as a claimed 28 – NZTA statistics say 22 – units last year.

Toyota NZ general manager of sales Steve Pragnell says their new generation Prius, launched in New Zealand last week, will rebuild sales for the model. Continue reading “Toyota commits to Prius despite hybrid takeover” »

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News: Want to buy Batman’s limited edition Jeep Renegade?

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Batman fans in Europe and the USA can now walk into a Jeep showroom to buy a new limited edition Renegade SUV as driven by the caped crusader in the latest film ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’.

In the movie which opens locally on March 24, Batman’s alter ego Bruce Wayne, played by Oscar winner Ben Affleck, climbs behind the wheel of a Jeep Renegade SUV to get to the centre of the action.

The film sequence revealing Wayne and his Renegade nimbly dodge collapsing buildings, fire bombs and walls of fire is already on the screen thanks to an alliance between Jeep and Warner Bros. Pictures. Continue reading “Want to buy Batman’s limited edition Jeep Renegade?” »

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News: Volvo replaces car keys with Smartphone App

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From 2017, Volvo customers will be offered a smartphone app for their mobile phones to replace a physical car key to start the engine and lock or unlock their vehicle.

The new offering will utilise Bluetooth-enabled digital key technology.

The widespread reliance on smartphones for everyday tasks has led Volvo to become the world’s first car manufacturer to offer a keyless car that will give drivers more options and flexibility for the use of their vehicles. Continue reading “Volvo replaces car keys with Smartphone App” »

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Road Tests / Car Reviews: Volkswagen: 2016 Passat TSI and Bi-TDI R-line wagon review

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There is no denying the new B8 series Passat carline has moved up in size, and much like its rival the Ford Mondeo, it’s no longer a mid-size vehicle, its now a large car, with internal rear legroom that rivals traditional rear-wheel-drive cars such as the Holden Commodore. Continue reading “Volkswagen: 2016 Passat TSI and Bi-TDI R-line wagon review” »

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News: Wingers in racing tie-up

fashionThe Winger Group is hitting the track – and not a motorsport one.

The company, which has dealers in Auckland, the Waikato and Queenstown has signed up to present the Oaks & Derby Festival at Alexandra Park, from 4 to 11 March.

The festival is centred around two nights of the very best harness racing in the country, but this year organisers are also focused on delivering a significant fashion event. Continue reading “Wingers in racing tie-up” »

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News: High anticipation for new Sportage

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Kia New Zealand says sales for its new Sportage are off to a brisk start, with pre-launch orders at ‘record highs’.

“The 2016 Sportage SUV is the most anticipated new model we have ever launched,” general manager Todd McDonald says. “Our dealers are seeing unprecedented interest from their customers and are placing a record number of orders.

Sportage has long been a key model for the company since it was launched 21-years ago, and the last generation was successful both here and abroad. In New Zealand the company sold as many as they could lay their hands on for a significant period after its launch, and worldwide 1.6 million units have sold since 2010. Continue reading “High anticipation for new Sportage” »

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News: Ford shows Kuga; Plans for online ventures

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Ford has taken to a technology show to reveal its updated Kuga SUV, and rolled out plans for its technology and ‘connected’ ventures at the same time.

Chief executive Mark Field’s keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona focused on Ford’s transition from an automotive company to an auto and a mobility company through Ford Smart Mobility – the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience, and data and analytics.

Fields confirmed FordPass, the company’s new customer experience platform, debuts this year in Europe. Continue reading “Ford shows Kuga; Plans for online ventures” »

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