News: Mahindra to acquire design icon

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Indian industrial giant, and vehicle manufacturer, Mahindra is set to acquire Italian design-house Pininfarina.

Mahindra already has interests ranging from tractors to IT outsourcing, manufacturers cars under its own name, and already owns Korean-brand Ssangyong and a majority stake in Peugeot scooters.

Pininfarina has designed cars for Ferrari, Maserati, and Rolls-Royce as well as numerous mainstream brands, as well as contract manufacturing. Continue reading “Mahindra to acquire design icon” »

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News: Ranger claims consecutive double award win

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Ford’s Ranger XLT ute has claimed a double win in NZ4WD magazine’s 4WD of The Year Awards for the second consecutive year.

Not only did the Ranger win the 4WD Ute of The Year category for the third year in a row, but it also headed off a range of other SUV, wagon and luxury 4WD models to claim the overall New Zealand 4WD of The Year title for 2015.

“Utes are hot at the moment,” says the magazine’s editor, Ross MacKay, “ and the Ranger continues to set the agenda and the pace, both in the sector and overall.” Continue reading “Ranger claims consecutive double award win” »

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News: Ford won’t recall Everest over battery fire

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Ford Australia has told media there, and in New Zealand that it will not recall any new Everest models after an investigation into a recent fire showed a faulty battery installation to be the cause of the blaze.

A News Limited motoring writer Peter “Barney” Barnwell was test driving a late model Everest from the Ford Australia press fleet when it erupted into flames in the Newcastle region of New South Wales more than a week ago.

Ford New Zealand communications and government affairs manager Tom Clancy sent out the following statement from Ford Australia: Continue reading “Ford won’t recall Everest over battery fire” »

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News: Eating while driving is Kiwis worst habit

images-2A survey about dangerous driving behaviours has revealed that eating while driving is the number one bad habit admitted by New Zealanders.

Motorists running a red-light and using a handheld cellular phone while driving a vehicle were the second and third most dangerous activities as shown by the survey commissioned by Insurance giant IAG.

IAG trades in New Zealand under AMI, State, NZI, Lumley and Lantern brands. Continue reading “Eating while driving is Kiwis worst habit” »

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News: Boxster and Cayman rebranding as 718 model series

_36I0640Porsche will rebrand its two mid-engined sports cars to become the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman when introducing the updated vehicles to the New Zealand market in 2016.

The 718 designation is a reference to the Porsche sports car of 1957 which enjoyed success in many races.

The new 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman will share not only design cues but also similar technical specifications with both cars powered by the same power turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine, says the manufacturer. Continue reading “Boxster and Cayman rebranding as 718 model series” »

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News: Falken launches new A/T tyre range for Kiwi utes and SUV

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Falken is launching 21 different sizes of its new WildPeak all-terrain (A/T) tyre into the New Zealand market for 4×4 utes and SUVs.

The manufacturer says the WildPeak A/T has already earned a good reputation in North America, thanks to its performance away from the road and quiet confidence on it. Following its launch in the US, Off-Road magazine called it “a winner”, while 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine said it is “easily one of the best all-round [tyres] ever manufactured”.

Now Kiwis can take advantage of the Falken WildPeak A/T – at competitive pricing says the local distributor. Continue reading “Falken launches new A/T tyre range for Kiwi utes and SUV” »

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News: Top ten again for Fiat Chrysler V6 diesel engine

3.0 liter EcoDiesel V-6For the third consecutive year, the Fiat Chrysler 3-litre V6 turbodiesel engine has been voted one of the World’s top ten engines

It is also the second year; in which it is the only diesel engine in the annual list produced by automotive data and testing company WardsAuto World.

“The 3-litre from Fiat Chrysler was one of three types of diesel we tested this year for Wards 10 Best Engines, and we expected a tough fight among them all,” said WardsAuto World executive editor Tom Murphy. Continue reading “Top ten again for Fiat Chrysler V6 diesel engine” »

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News: All-new Pajero Sport arrives in 2016

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Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand says it is enthusiastically anticipating 2016 on two fronts, being a continuation of more than six-years of unabated dealer sales growth and the early January arrival of the all-new Pajero Sport SUV.

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand says the new Pajero Sport model inherits and builds upon the best of the Pajero’s engineering.

Every single month since January 2010, the brand’s dealers have eased more customers into their own new Mitsubishi than in the previous year’s equivalent month. Continue reading “All-new Pajero Sport arrives in 2016” »

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