News: Kia broadens its green credentials

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Kia Motors says it is raising the stakes as one of the world’s leading green car producers.

Two years after breaking into the 100 Best Global Green Brands, Kia has now moved well inside the top 50. Latest rankings show Kia has moved up to 37th position on the list, which is put together by Interbrand, to measure sustainable environmental activities.

As Kia prepares to launch the Soul EV, its first global electric car and one of the greenest vehicles on the planet, the company has also announced that its global vehicle manufacturing is greener and more sustainable than ever, in spite of rising sales and production levels. Continue reading “Kia broadens its green credentials” »

News: Toyota unveils new compact SUV concept

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TOYOTA-C-HR-(2)Toyota has released images of a new concept car that provides the first hint of a type of vehicle the company wants to bring to the small SUV market.

The Toyota C-HR concept, which will have its world premiere next week at the Paris Motor Show, presents a new design concept and introduces a new ‘diamond architecture’ styling theme to the segment and features a hybrid powertrain.

The front view debuts new styling themes that hint at a future design direction for Toyota vehicles, while it also features a distinctive lower body, angular rear shoulders and redesigned wheel arches which have been designed to contrast with a sleek cabin profile. Continue reading “Toyota unveils new compact SUV concept” »

Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz: 2014 CLA 250 Sport 4Matic review

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A few months ago we drove the CLA 45 AMG 4Matic (read review here) and were thoroughly impressed with its ability, but we felt the terrier-like nature of the car could become tiresome for some consumers.

Enter stage left the CLA 250 Sport 4Matic, which we found was an equally well equipped and entertaining drive, but a vehicle that’s much less frenetic than its AMG sibling, and one that we feel would be a more comfortable day to day proposition for people commuting into the office or doing the school run. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: 2014 CLA 250 Sport 4Matic review” »

News: Renault prototype EOLAB – 1L per 100km

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EOLAB-2Renault has made big claims for its latest prototype, the EOLAB, which the French car manufacturer claims will deliver ultra-low fuel consumption of 1L per 100km, equivalent to 22g of CO2/km.

To achieve the low figure the designers focused their efforts on three main areas: minimising weight, refining aerodynamics and using ‘ZE Hybrid’ technology, a new initiative which permits zero emissions motoring during everyday use.

Conceived around a B-segment platform, the prototype incorporates around 100 new, realistic technological developments that are designed to be introduced gradually on upcoming Renault vehicles. Continue reading “Renault prototype EOLAB – 1L per 100km” »

News: Inactive roadwork sites frustrate drivers

roadworkA Queensland University of Technology study has found that drivers frustrated at slowing down at inactive roadwork sites are ignoring reduced speed limits.

The results of the QUT centre for accident research and road safety – Queensland CARRS-Q study were presented at the Occupational Safety in Transport Conference.

Dr Ross Blackman, a CARRS-Q road safety researcher, says speed limit credibility was being put at risk when reduced speed limits and related traffic controls remained in place at inactive roadwork sites. Continue reading “Inactive roadwork sites frustrate drivers” »

News: Gilmour targeting strong LA finish

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Kiwi rally driver Emma Gilmour is looking to maximise the extra seat time at the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship’s (GRC) only double-header round of the season, in Los Angeles, this weekend.

Gilmour is the sole female racing and has only four rounds left to show her speed in the 10-round series and secure a return drive for 2015.

Shakedown this week in her Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) Hyundai Veloster Turbo went positively, with Gilmour further fine-tuning the car. Continue reading “Gilmour targeting strong LA finish” »

Holden: Holden: 2014 Captiva LTZ diesel review

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It feels a bit weird putting 2014 in this article because the Captiva 5 we are testing started life in 2006 and has only had a couple of minor upgrades during the last 8 years. We first drove it in 2007  and you can read that article here. It’s a testament to how progressive the Captiva was when it first came out, and that is backed up by the fact that it’s still the most popular SUV (it was the best-selling in August). Continue reading “Holden: 2014 Captiva LTZ diesel review” »

Mini: MINI: 2014 Cooper S hatch quick drive

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At the same time as I had the keys to the latest Mini Cooper S in my pocket, I happened upon a documentary from Britain’s BBC as to why the German automotive industry was so much better than their own.

Among a number of obvious reasons – vehicle quality, labour relations, arrogant management – was that the Germans work heavily to develop, and then protect, their brands.

And that work is clearly evident in the history of the Mini. BMW have managed to take what was an iconic small vehicle decades ago, and turn it into a brand, which in the space of a decade has become so strong that they can stick it to a range of vehicles with little but come round headlights and cutesy styling nods to the past.

Continue reading “MINI: 2014 Cooper S hatch quick drive” »