News: Motoring Writers’ Guild elects new president

Liz Dobson

Liz Dobson

The New Zealand Motoring Writer’s Guild has elected NZ Herald/Driven assistant motoring editor Liz Dobson as its president for the next 12 months.

Dobson takes over from immediate past president David Linklater, who has led the guild for the last three years.

Dobson says that she is committed to bolstering the membership of the guild by implementing new measures to attract new journalists into motoring and motorsport writing. Continue reading “Motoring Writers’ Guild elects new president” »

News: Best ANCAP rating yet for Hyundai Genesis


The all-new luxury Hyundai Genesis sedan will be launched into New Zealand at the start of 2015 having achieved the highest score in the 21-year history of the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) achieving 36.88 points out of a possible 37 and a maximum 5-star safety rating.

The Genesis is the latest Hyundai to achieve the maximum ANCAP safety rating for a marque that has consistently performed strongly in crash tests in recent years.

Hyundai has provided as standard nearly every safety feature on the ANCAP check list including autonomous emergency braking – a feature that has been excluded from many new models arriving in New Zealand. Continue reading “Best ANCAP rating yet for Hyundai Genesis” »

News: New FT 50 confirms Toyota NZ’s commitment to motorsport


Toyota has marked its tenth anniversary of the ‘wings and slicks’ single-seater Toyota Racing Series by launching an all-new FT 50 race car designed in Italy by Tatuus.

It’s a multimillion dollar commitment by the New Zealand arm of Toyota Motor Corporation to continue a local motor-sport championship which will breed future Formula One drivers, such as Russian driver Daniil Kyvat who will replace Sebastien Vettel at Red Bull Racing.

Kyvat raced in the Toyota Racing Series in 2011, he finished fifth overall in the championship winning the Dan Higgins Trophy at Manfield, and he stepped on to the podium five times during that season. Continue reading “New FT 50 confirms Toyota NZ’s commitment to motorsport” »

News: Australia’s best and worst secure cars


Engineers from the Australian-based NRMA (National Roads and Motorists Association) Insurance’s research centre have assessed more than 190 current-model cars across eight vehicle categories and scored them for security.

There is no equivalent research done in New Zealand, and as Australian and New Zealand models are broadly similar the NRMA findings will be of interest on this side of ‘the ditch’.

The results show that Audi, Mitsubishi and Jaguar scored highly on many security categories, while on the other hand Toyota, Honda and Nissan scored the lowest in various categories. Continue reading “Australia’s best and worst secure cars” »

News: Advertising boob creates 517 accidents


A risqué mobile advertising display in Russia’s capital city Moscow created so many accidents in one day that local police have now impounded the 30 trucks emblazoned with the image of a woman’s breasts.

The massive billboard advertisements were placed on the side of the box body trucks, and featured a woman’s breasts cupped in her hands, with the slogan “they attract” written across her nipples.

The stunt was created by an advertising agency specialising in mobile advertisements but it didn’t go quite to plan. Continue reading “Advertising boob creates 517 accidents” »

News: Commodore GTR specifically for Kiwis


Holden has released a limited edition Commodore designed especially for the New Zealand market.

To coincide with the launch of MY15 VF Commodore – along with the celebration of 60 years in New Zealand – the brand has created another limited edition GTR sedan, this time based on the VF series.

The company had previously carried out a similar and successful marketing exercise on the previous VE sedan some years ago, when Holden Australia executive director Peter Keeley was the boss of Holden NZ. Continue reading “Commodore GTR specifically for Kiwis” »

News: Now is still good time to buy: consumers

conconf-340x246Households still feel better off financially compared to a year ago (+9 from +10 in September), in the latest ANZ/Roy Morgan consumer confidence survey.

This has consistently been in positive territory for a year now – the best run since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008.

And in good news for vehicle sales, consumers say it’s still a great time to buy a major household item, improving marginally to +40 from +38. Continue reading “Now is still good time to buy: consumers” »

News: SUVs are 6 of 10 best cars in NZ


A pack of SUVs dominate the top finalists for the 2014 New Zealand Car of the Year (COTY).

The NZ Automobile Association and NZ Motoring Writers’ Guild (NZMWG) will announce the Car of the Year at the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland on December 4.

Members of the guild and AA judges who have driven the top 10 cars will independently rank each of them on a number of elements including value, design and quality – the best of which will become the 2014 New Zealand Car of the Year. Continue reading “SUVs are 6 of 10 best cars in NZ” »