News: Audi readies self-driving car for production

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The latest generation of the Audi RS7 piloted driving concept vehicle has surpassed its previous performance at the Sonoma Raceway in California.

Piloted driving will make its production debut in the next generation of the luxury-class sedan, the Audi A8. The systems can assume control of the car during parking or in stop-and-go traffic on freeways at speeds up to 60 km/h.

“In Sonoma, we took the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept to its physical limits lap after lap, and it handled the task with uniform precision,” says Audi engineer Thomas Müller.“The car turned in lap times that were better than those of racing drivers.” Continue reading “Audi readies self-driving car for production” »

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News: AA membership bonanza

aaThe AA has enjoyed a stellar year of growth signing up a record 121,007 new personal members in the 12 months to the end of June.

This breaks the record set during the previous 12 months of 112,276 new personal joins, and runs against a global trend of static or declining motoring club membership.

AA general manager membership and brand, Dougal Swift, says the association’s decision to continually add new member benefits beyond the traditional and iconic AA Roadservice drives the growth. Continue reading “AA membership bonanza” »

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News: KTM sports car released in New Zealand

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KTM’s road-focused sports car the X-Bow GT has been released in New Zealand, two years after its unveiling at the 2013 Geneva motor show..

The GT has since become the biggest seller for the Austrian-based KTM company, accounting for 80% of all new X-Bow sales in Europe.

Now it is available to own in New Zealand says the local distributor X-Bow NZ Limited. Continue reading “KTM sports car released in New Zealand” »

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News: Limited edition celebrates 25 years of HSV ClubSport

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HSV has released a limited edition ClubSport R8 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its ClubSport nameplate.

The name ClubSport first featured on an HSV in 1990 with the introduction of the VN model which featured a 5.0L V8 generating 180 kilowatts of power and 400 Newton-metres of torque, plus 16 inch alloys and FE2 suspension.

Fast-forward 25 years and while the level of passion hasn’t changed, technology, performance and design have certainly evolved. Continue reading “Limited edition celebrates 25 years of HSV ClubSport” »

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News: New hero Colorado model at dealerships.

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A new hero model for the Holden Colorado pick-up range called the Z71 is now arriving in New Zealand dealerships.

The Colorado Z71 adds more content to the model year 2016 Colorado LTZ 4×4 double cab pick up to create a competitor for the Ford Ranger Wildtrak and the limited edition Volkswagen Amarok Black Label.

Holden general manager marketing Marnie Samphier says there is huge demand for such high specification “tricked up” trucks and the Z71 is a new and permanent addition to the 4×4 Colorado pick up range. Continue reading “New hero Colorado model at dealerships.” »

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News: Private focus for new Carnival

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The third generation four-star ANCAP rated Carnival 8-seat multipurpose vehicle (MPV) has gone on sale, and Kia Motors New Zealand expect it will continue to sell one a week as it did in 2014.

Kia Motors New Zealand general manager Todd MacDonald admits the local market for 8-seat MPVs such as the Carnival is a small one, but says that the 25 “Fifa Spec” 2015 Carnivals that were supplied to the U20 Football World Cupheld in New Zealand recently as part of the international sponsorship deal were all sold to dealers before the tournament ended.

Last year Kia Motors New Zealand says it retailed 52 Carnival models in a market that was dominated by the Dodge Journey which saw 562 registrations and the Hyundai I-Max which saw 381 registrations, of which 53 were private buyers and the balance went to daily rental car companies. Continue reading “Private focus for new Carnival” »

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News: Imports top most-stolen list

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Used import vehicles have topped the list of the country’s most stolen vehicles.

Just three of the badges named in the list released from AA Insurance’s claim details are found on New Zealand new models.

The Honda Torneo topped the most frequently stolen list for the fourth consecutive year. Continue reading “Imports top most-stolen list” »

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Road Tests / Car Reviews: Skoda: 2015 Fabia Dynamic Sport review

Skoda Fabia 81kW 2015 front quarter

I just bought some bi-fold cupboard doors: $1200 for four pieces of melamine and some hinges. Granted, they are 2.3m tall and 1.8m wide, but I could have had 5 nights in Bali (including the flight) for the same amount. Continue reading “Skoda: 2015 Fabia Dynamic Sport review” »

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