News: GNCAP vents at India’s zero-star cars

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Global NCAP has slammed several manufacturers over India-only cars that score zero-stars.

Some emerging market offerings are bad enough to spur the Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) to pressure four major car companies to pull cars from sale.

Zero-star safety ratings were given to Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Hyundai Eon and Mahindra Scorpio during a series of crash tests in Delhi. It noted some had “a high probability of life-threatening injuries,” Continue reading “GNCAP vents at India’s zero-star cars” »

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News: Sneaky coppers adopt Google van disguise

image001In the tradition of Dragnet, Get Smart and the Naked Gun movies, cops in strange disguises can be quite funny.

But if you’re living in Philadelphia, there’s a new super-sneaky trick up the city PD’s sleeve – and it’s not funny at all.

Matt Blaze, a local university computer science prof tweeted a photo of a van that was displaying a low-key Philadelphia PD logo and a Google Maps window. Continue reading “Sneaky coppers adopt Google van disguise” »

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News: Autonomous Audi knows how to be nice

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Audi’s test research car – dubbed ‘Jack’ – has learned a new trick. In kiwi language you would say he has learned how to not ‘drive like a dick’.

According to the company ‘Jack’ has learned how to show consideration for other road users. “Jack” exhibits a driving style that is adaptive to the given situation, safe and especially interactive – a research car with social competence.

The Audi A7 piloted driving concept technology platform – is now driving more naturally. This is illustrated by the way it confidently deals with hazardous points on the road. ‘Jack’ now passes trucks with a slightly wider lateral gap. It also signals upcoming lane changes by activating the turn signal and moving closer to the lane marking first – just like human drivers would do to indicate their intentions. Continue reading “Autonomous Audi knows how to be nice” »

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News: “We are the boys from down on the farm”

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It had to happen. I had bitten off more than I could chew, and as the driver in front slowed his progress up the hill – killing my momentum – so I knew I was not making it to the top.

Car and SUV was out last month – on a farm north of Auckland – putting together the two utes doing battle, not just to lead our commercial market, but also the broader new vehicle trade – the Toyota Hilux and the Ford Ranger.

Our two test vehicles are – in fairness – not entirely equal. We had on hand a Hilux SR5 diesel automatic and a Ranger Wildtrak. But this test is not about detail – we have covered enough of that in Car and SUV before. Continue reading ““We are the boys from down on the farm”” »

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News: Kombi comeback makes for happy hippies

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While big bags of kale and buckets of marinated mung beans have probably replaced the original Kombi diet, there’s a worldwide base of customers that are grown-up, cashed-up and probably signed-up to get an early drive of the Kombi reboot – Volkswagen’s California Ocean.

The west coast mightn’t quite the idylic surf spot it was when the originals landed in sandy car parks full of long-hairs and topped with piles of surfboards up to 90-feet long.

The Ocean’s interior transforms into a four adult camper – a rear two-seater bench creates a double bed on the ‘first floor’ and the old-skool pop-up roof lifts to reveal a second spacious sleeping birth. Continue reading “Kombi comeback makes for happy hippies” »

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Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz: 2016 GLC 250d review

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Mercedes-Benz, in New Zealand at least, was a little late to the compact luxury SUV market.

It’s mid-size luxury SUV the ML-Class is now called GLE-Class and the large luxury SUV the GL-Class which is now called GLS-Class, are two such model lines which have done well in their respective market segments. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: 2016 GLC 250d review” »

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News: Toyota calls time on FJ Cruiser

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It looks like a giant Tonka toy, polarises car folk more than any other 4×4 and traces its ancestry to one of Toyota’s most famous off-road beasts.

It is, of course, the modern take on the mighty FJ40 – and its days are numbered.

Production of the FJ Cruiser will shut down permanently in August with Kiwis having bought 299 of them. Dealers have firm orders until close of play in a few months. Continue reading “Toyota calls time on FJ Cruiser” »

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News: Hyundai aiming for 300 Elantra sales in 2016

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Sales of small sedans have remained steady for the last six years, even though the small car market has declined overall according to Hyundai New Zealand, and it is confident of selling 300 new Elantra models this year.

Globally the Elantra sedan is Hyundai’s biggest selling vehicle with more than 10 million units sold worldwide, and the C-segment vehicle won the prestigious 2012 North American Car of the Year.

Locally Hyundai is benefitting from the markets appetite for SUV, year-to-date it has sold 682 Tucson models despite initial supply issues at launch last year, and the series two Santa Fe continues to find favour with New Zealand buyers, it is 8% ahead year-on-year with 700 units sold thus far. Continue reading “Hyundai aiming for 300 Elantra sales in 2016” »

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