Kia: Kia: 2014 Soul SX 1.6 review


kia-soul-sx-1.6-2014-frontMinor acts of altruism are good for your soul, and so it was with great coincidence and pleasure that I was able to follow and help apprehend a drunk driver, maintaining a phone conversation with police traffic HQ using Kia’s Bluetooth connectivity. Continue reading “Kia: 2014 Soul SX 1.6 review” »

Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz: All-wheel-drive GLA and CLA models arrive


CLA250_3_4fcnr5It was ironic that Mercedes-Benz held its Australasian media launch of the new all-wheel-drive CLA 250 Sport 4Matic and GLA 250 4Matic models during one of the worse winter storms to hit the North Island in July.

However, this didn’t dampen the driving experience, rather it was the perfect weather to put the new 4Matic system of both the sexy-looking coupe-like CLA sedan and the compact GLA SUV to the acid test. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: All-wheel-drive GLA and CLA models arrive” »

News: VW sales hit 3 million for 2014


The Volkswagen brand delivered over three million vehicles in the first half of the year, for the first time in the company’s history.

A total of 3.07 million vehicles were handed over to customers worldwide, representing an increase of 3.8%, compared to 2.95 million vehicles sold in 2013 between January-June.

The German brand’s June 2014 sales figures in Australia reached 6597 units sold, rising by 1377 units compared to June 2013, according to the latest VFACTS figures. Continue reading “VW sales hit 3 million for 2014” »

News: Lifetime design achievement award for Kia chief


Peter Schreyer

Since his appointment as chief design officer with Kia Motors in 2006, Kia’s design guru, Peter Schreyer, has gathered a number of awards for his leadership in propelling Kia vehicle styling to new heights.

The latest recognition comes in the form of a Lifetime Design Achievement Award from EyesOn Design.

It was presented by the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology (DIO) during its Vision Honoured awards for his work overseeing the global design strategy of Kia Motors. Continue reading “Lifetime design achievement award for Kia chief” »

News: BMW engines driven by Green Mobility

BMW Green mobiltySix wins out of seven was the tally for BMW at the 2014 Green Mobility Trophy awards presented by the German car magazine Auto Zeitung. The BMW i3 was the clear standout.

A total of 13,733 Auto Zeitung readers took part in this year’s vote.

With its current range of models and engines, BMW has taken out six awards awards out of a total of seven categories. Three of these class victories were achieved by automobiles of the new BMW i brand, while two others went to the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition and the 4-cylinder petrol engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology. Continue reading “BMW engines driven by Green Mobility” »

News: Volvo unleashes Polestars both on road and racetrack

Volvo Polestar RacingThe Townsville 500 weekend turned out to be trying for Volvo Polestar Racing. Although, Volvo driver, Scott McLaughlin, showed strong form in qualifying with two fourth places, there were technical issues.

“We qualified really well and I led the first race. But unfortunately there was a safety car session and a few things happened and we ended up falling back to sixth,” says McLaughlin.

Team-mate Robert Dahlgren was on pace in qualifying, four tenths from pole position for the second race, but unfortunately had 18th as best result in the races. Continue reading “Volvo unleashes Polestars both on road and racetrack” »

News: BMW, Daimler developing wireless recharging system


BMW and Daimler have announced joint plans to develop a wireless inductive charging system for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles.

The high-voltage batteries can be recharged quickly and easily by means of the BMW i Wallbox that forms part of the 360° ELECTRIC portfolio.

Although there is no set date as to when the technology will arrive in Australia and New Zealand, the plan is to see it launched onto the market in the mid term. The system will consist of a floor-mounted base plate and an extremely lightweight charging coil at the bottom of the car. Continue reading “BMW, Daimler developing wireless recharging system” »

News: Volvo’s cleanest, most powerful SUV

CSUV-VolvoVolvo has unannounced details on the all-new XC90 all-wheel drive, with seven seats and emissions of around 60g/km coming out later this year and labelled it the ‘cleanest and most powerful SUV on the market’.

Volvo’s XC90 will combine power and clean operation when it is launched later this year. It will offer drivers up to 400 horsepower but with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of around 60g/km (NEDC driving cycle).

“There are no compromises when you drive an all-new XC90,” says Volvo car group research and development senior vice president Peter Mertens. “In the past you could either have power or low CO2 emissions. But with the new XC90 you can have both.” Continue reading “Volvo’s cleanest, most powerful SUV” »