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Australasian New Car Assessment Programme testing now covers 93% of the market – with the awarding of five-star safety ratings to both the Suzuki Vitara and Kia Optima. Both models previously ranked as top-selling unrated Read More
Ford and Jose Cuervo are testing the bioplastic for use in vehicle interior and exterior components such as wiring harnesses, HVAC units and storage bins. Initial assessments suggest the material holds great promise due to Read More
Hyundai is giving the development car that will become one of its motorsport-inspired ’N’ models an epic torture test this weekend.
The Korean manufacturer has chosen a very public forum as part of the development of the i30 2.OL Turbo N – the epic Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race.
The key part of this in-competition testing regime is the trial-by-fire of its performance powertrain. Continue reading “Hyundai sub-brand gets torture test” »
Hyundai is giving the development car that will become one of its moto ...
TradeMe-chasing auction site lixtor.co.nz will put a $1 reserve Lamborghini Gallardo on the block – but only if it gets 50,000 members signed up, with $25 in their Lixtor accounts.
“The auction is a fun way to raise awareness about Lixtor and show Kiwis that they have a choice when it comes to online auctions,” says Lixtor founder and CEO Henry Aung.
“Our auction platform has several attractive features, including the fact we don’t charge success fees. However, we need more members to reach ‘critical mass’ and ensure a great experience for everyone buying and selling on Lixtor.co.nz.” Continue reading “Lixtor chases TradeMe with used Lambo” »
TradeMe-chasing auction site lixtor.co.nz will put a $1 reserve Lambor ...
UK government data shows that the Britain is on an EV fast track, with the number of plug-in vehicles more than doubling since last year.
There were 45,326 plug-in and hybrid cars registered at the end of 2015, according official data. Just 20,522 were on the books 12 months before.
Compare that to 2010, and just 134 electric vehicles were registered according to Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) data. Continue reading “Plug ‘n’ play frenzy – EVs up 120%” »
UK government data shows that the Britain is on an EV fast track, with ...
A storm is brewing over claims that Suzuki skirted Japanese regulations around some of its fuel economy tests, using imported data from wind tunnel tests to complete tests that it is legally obligated to run outside.
The company, which had already admitted to that it had collected tunnel data, denies using it to augment results.
Japanese regulations require manufacturers to use a method known as a ‘coasting test’ to gather data on rolling and air resistance. Continue reading “Japan officials put the wind up Suzuki” »
A storm is brewing over claims that Suzuki skirted Japanese regulation ...
Chinese-owned British brand MG is taking on one of a dog owners’ least-favourite things – dog fog.
MG’s new GS SUV has gone to extremes during the 1.2m kilometres of testing – literally.
From -30 in Sweden to a sweltering 46 degrees in Alice Springs – the testers have included a relatable-yet-weird new one – the wet dog test. Continue reading “MG takes on ‘dog fog’” »
Chinese-owned British brand MG is taking on one of a dog owners’ least ...
While pitching itself to younger buyers of premium, entry-level vehicles, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz A180 holds firmly onto the three-pointed stars non-negotiable call for quality, elegance, and style in its manufacture. Continue reading “2016 Mercedes-Benz A180 Review” »
While pitching itself to younger buyers of premium, entry-level vehicl ...
What could arguably be described as the funniest car in West Auckland is up for sale, along with a very special set of personalised plates. The Ford Escape, once owned by the late legendary comedian Ewen ‘The Westie’ Gilmour, will be auctioned on TradeMe with a percentage of the sale being donated to Variety – The Children’s Charity.
“My brother was a huge supporter of Variety, especially the annual fundraising Bash event, so a percentage of the sale price of the car will go towards his old GT Limo team to help us get on the road for the 2017 event,” said Gilmour.
“Ewen’s set of old personalised plates, YTS3W, which is ‘Westy’ backwards, is also available as part of our fundraising initiative. They would make the perfect addition to any car, especially his old car.” Continue reading “Westie bash machine goes on the block” »
What could arguably be described as the funniest car in West Auckland ...
Dubai cops may be a bit more bling with their collection of Euro supercars, but but Tokyo Metro Police haven’t done badly when it comes to cool new toys either.
Nissan’s go-fast arm Nismo has given the metropolitan department three powered-up 370Zs, in Japan’s traditional two-tone black and white.
Unfortunately the police in spiritual home of rice rocket street racing won’t be chasing much more than column-centermetres in the specced-up new machines – they’re for promoting road safety, not enforcing it. Continue reading “Z-cars for Tokyo cops” »
Dubai cops may be a bit more bling with their collection of Euro super ...