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Consumer demand for SUVs has driven demand for events like an off-road show at Manfield Park next month. The event is organised by Central Districts Four Wheel Drive Club, and convenor Trevor Hendra says the Read More
Nissan North America has said that 3.2 million cars are being called in with major safety problems where airbags or seat belts could fail in a crash.
A front seat sensor has proven to be defective – and is it detects whether a passenger is an adult or child, even if there’s a passenger there at all. It may mistake an adult for a child, or the seat as empty, and turn airbags off completely
The recall applies to US-sold 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima, 2013-2016 Nissan Altima, NV200, LEAF and Sentra, 2013-2017 Nissan Pathfinder, 2014-2016 Nissan NV200 Taxi, Infiniti QX60 and Q50, 2014-2017 Nissan Rogue, 2015-2016 Nissan Murano, Chevrolet City Express and 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles. Continue reading “Nissan recalls 4m cars” »
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BMW’s stylish little i3 electric city car will get half as much range again under new specs.
The i3s with long-anticipated range improvements will be rolling on Euro streets within three months.
Theoretically, the new battery will join the current Li-ion one – although BMW is yet to categorically say either way. Continue reading “Baby Bimmer gets big long legs” »
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Kiwis are waiting up to 12 months to buy the world’s first hybrid seven seat SUV – and are pre-purchasing them without a test drive in a bid to secure a vehicle.
Volvo New Zealand are preparing to launch the XC90 plug-in hybrid, and say they have plans to increase the number of electric vehicles available to Kiwis in line with the brand’s plans to sell up to one million electrified cars globally by 2025.
The Swedish company will offer at least two hybrid versions of every model in its range and release its first all-electric car in 2019. Continue reading “Kiwis ordering plug-ins before test drive – Volvo” »
Kiwis are waiting up to 12 months to buy the world’s first hybrid seve ...
Lexus has gone from beige to dynamic and now, it seems, to stroppy.
Unveiled at the Beijing motor show this week, the new Lexus IS sports sedan is unashamedly aggressive, sharply styled and seemingly taking aim at helping customers keep mid-life crises at bay.
Lexus New Zealand GM of product Spencer Morris admits that the IS has been a “consistent favourite in New Zealand amongst drivers who are young at heart.” Continue reading “Lexus IS gets grumpy new face” »
Lexus has gone from beige to dynamic and now, it seems, to stroppy. ...
The new Mini is no longer all that ‘new’ with Britain’s Plant Oxford celebrating 15 years since the first car rolled off its production line.
The larger Mini Hatch was built seven years after the BMW Group acquired the brand in 1994.
Oxford have since produced more than 2.5 million Minis, expecting to hit the 2 million mark later this year. Continue reading “‘New’ Mini now a tearaway teen” »
The new Mini is no longer all that ‘new’ with Britain’s Plant Oxford c ...
Toyota says all of its quake-damaged Japanese factories would be back to full production between May 6-14.
The production lines halted by earthquakes earlier this month may be hit by parts supplies issues after May 14.
Toyota said that it would gauge supply consistency and then decide on which course of action it will take after the 14th. Continue reading “Toyota fires up quake-hit factories” »
Toyota says all of its quake-damaged Japanese factories would be back ...
Japan has created a task force to prevent sneaky tricks being used by car makers to serve up false data to trusting customers – and regulatory bodies.
The move has come in the wake of Mitsubishi’s admission that it manipulated results during fuel efficiency testing.
Global scrutiny on Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal – although a very different case to Mitsubishi’s – underlined just how much weight regulators needed to place on any wrongdoers. Continue reading “Japan creates cheat-busting task force” »
Japan has created a task force to prevent sneaky tricks being used by ...
A self-driving syndicate of tech and car companies is pushing hard to get the world into autonomous robo-cars.
The coalition names Google, Uber and Ford among its membership, and aims to urge government action on creating a cohesive and common set of laws to replace the current mix n’ match approach where regulations can differ wildly from state to state.
“The best path for this innovation is to have one clear set of federal standards,” ex-US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official David Strickland said. Continue reading “Corporate giants’ autonomous obsession” »
A self-driving syndicate of tech and car companies is pushing hard to ...