News: US crossover to join Holden range

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Holden revealed a range of new or facelifted product overnight – including the sourcing of a large US-built SUV to take on the Toyota Highlander and Hyundai Santa Fe.

At a business briefing event held at Holden’s GM Australia Design Studios in Melbourne, the brand showed five incoming products – including the seven-seat Acadia SUV due in showrooms in 2018.

It also showed the long-awaited new Astra hatch and facelifts for the Barina, Trax and Colorado-7 replacing Trailblazer. Continue reading “US crossover to join Holden range” »

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News: Updated vehicle safety list released

AA vehicle safety ratingsVehicles are becoming safer but not necessarily more expensive according to the latest 2016 Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR) guide.

AA Motoring Services general manager Stella Stocks says the guide shows that safe choices are available at every point in the market.

“A large number of the vehicles with excellent ratings are available secondhand for less than $15,000 and many for less than $10,000,” she says. Continue reading “Updated vehicle safety list released” »

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News: Volvo’s recruitment drive for electric and self-driving cars

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Volvo is launching one of the largest engineering recruitment drives in its 89-year history in the interests of safety, autonomous driving and electrification technologies.

The company plans to recruit around 400 engineers in the next twelve months, primarily in the area of software development. The majority of these new recruits will be based at the company’s R&D headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The company also recently partnered with ride-sharing company Uber to jointly develop autonomous driving cars. Continue reading “Volvo’s recruitment drive for electric and self-driving cars” »

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News: New Lexus LC 500 coupe makes racing debut

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Lexus is unveiling a Japan Super GT500 series racing car derived from its LC 500 luxury coupe launching globally in 2017.

Testing of the new car is expected to start next month with the new coupe making its debut in Japan’s Super GT500 series during the next year.

It is replacing the current Lexus RC F derived car in the GT500 series. Continue reading “New Lexus LC 500 coupe makes racing debut” »

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News: Kiwis miss out on accent calibration for Sync 3 

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Ford’s new Sync 3 system has been calibrated to better understand the Australian accent – but the same courtesy is not being extended to New Zealand customers.

Ford New Zealand spokesperson Tom Clancy says New Zealand has not been given the same functionality but instead gets a generic English setup.

He emphasises though that this has not resulted in any issues or complaints here on what is effectively a significant step-up on Sync 2, encompassing a whole new system combining navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, phone and a graphical app platform called AppLink. Continue reading “Kiwis miss out on accent calibration for Sync 3 ” »

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News: NZ pioneers prototype device hailed as future of transport

Tom QiOtago Polytechnic associate professor Tom Qi has developed a transport prototype that could represent the future of transport – and its inception in New Zealand.

The prototype, says Stuff, has generated interest around the world and attracted multiple partners.

While some details of Qi’s six-year-long project remain under wraps, he confirmed that the small transportation device, which he doesn’t want to call a car anymore, is designed to be parked in a house where it can be charged. Continue reading “NZ pioneers prototype device hailed as future of transport” »

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News: Toyota plugs-in Prius

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Toyota New Zealand (TNZ) has introduced media – including Auto Media Group – to its ‘new-but-used’ Prius plug-in. 

As we reported earlier this year, the cars are imported used and refurbished and adapted through its Signature Class vehicle refurbishment facility at Thames. 

The cars are likely a stop-gap as the company previously said it had put up its hand for the next generation plug-in Prius, the Prime.  Continue reading “Toyota plugs-in Prius” »

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News: World-first UAV pizza delivery trial for New Zealand

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Transport Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed the announcement that New Zealand will host a world-first trial of pizza delivery using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – commonly known as drones.

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises (Domino’s) have announced in Auckland today that they have joined forces with UAV industry leader Flirtey to launch the first commercial drone delivery service in the world.

“Domino’s and Flirtey have chosen New Zealand for the trial because our forward-thinking aviation regulations encourage innovation, while protecting safety,” Bridges says. Continue reading “World-first UAV pizza delivery trial for New Zealand” »

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