News: Australia’s best and least secure cars

car-keysEngineers from the NRMA Insurance’s Research Centre have assessed over 190 current-model cars across eight vehicle categories and scored them for security.

The results show that Audi, Mitsubishi and Jaguar scored highly on many categories, while on the other hand Toyota, Honda and Nissan scored the lowest in various categories.

The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) estimates that the cost of vehicle theft in Australia is over $610 million per year, and it’s consumers who pay the price through higher insurance premiums and added demands on our justice system. Continue reading “Australia’s best and least secure cars” »

News: Driverless Audi RS7 takes on race track

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Audi will take a driverless Audi RS7 Sportback on a hot lap on the Hockenheim race track this Sunday, October 19, in the season finale of the German Touring Car Championship. In the process, it will be as fast as it would be with a professional race car driver at the wheel.

Already the driverless RS7 has been tested against a real driver and it won that race. Two Audi RS7 sedans completed hot laps around the track; one piloted by a human and the other one driving autonomously. The driverless car, called ‘Bobby,’ beat the human driver by five seconds, reaching speeds of up to 240km/hour.

The Audi RS7 piloted driving concept car will handle the Hockenheim track at racing speed. With the latest Audi developments on board, the technology demonstrator will drive to its physical limits with millimetre precision. Continue reading “Driverless Audi RS7 takes on race track” »

News: Record number of Toyota hybrids sold in 2014

Toyota hybrid modelsToyota has sold its seven-millionth hybrid vehicle worldwide – with 6261 of those being sold in New Zealand, The company – which is world’s largest producer of hybrid vehicles – has sold 3.3 million hybrids in Japan, 2.5 million in the US, 770,000 in Europe, and more than 67,000 in Australia.

The total number of Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles sold new in New Zealand since 2003 is 6261, as at today, according to Toyota New Zealand staff.

he latest one-million global sales were achieved just nine months after Toyota (including Lexus) reached the six-million hybrid threshold in December last year, which doubled the three million total passed in February 2011. Continue reading “Record number of Toyota hybrids sold in 2014” »

News: Jay Leno to get own car show?

Legendary US comic and television presenter Jay Leno is set to return to television with his own show – this time on cars.

The plan,unveiled by the Hollywood Reporter, will see a show based on his web-series Jay’s Garage, make its way to cable network CNBC.

Leno is known for his huge interest in cars, and owns a massive collection housed in his ‘garage’, a building of museum proportions with his own mechanical team. Continue reading “Jay Leno to get own car show?” »

News: Online tour for Abarth factory

abarthGoogle Street View is increasingly taking its camera’s off road, and one of the first business’s to open its doors is Fiat’s Abarth division.

The result is the ‘Abarth Virtual Tour’ which is open to anyone with a computer and an internet link. It is a unique and immersive experience that discovers the Officine Abarth HQ in Turin.

Created by the copy agency, xister, and accessible from the official website abarthvirtualtour.com or from Google Maps, the tour allows users to visit every nook and cranny of the Abarth HQ. Continue reading “Online tour for Abarth factory” »

Honda: Honda: 2014 Jazz S review

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The Jazz has always been Tardis-like. You take a look from the outside and think there’s no way you’d easily fit a couple of six-footers in the rear passenger seats, but it can be done quite comfortable. Even the boot capacity is good at 363 litres (better than the Ford EcoSport compact SUV we had last week, and miles more than the perennial small car favourite, the Suzuki Swift). Continue reading “Honda: 2014 Jazz S review” »

News: Honda Accord upgrades to five stars

Screen-Shot-2014-10-15-at-8.33The Honda Accord has gained a five-star Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) safety rating following design improvements to lower the risk of injury.

The car received a 4-star rating when it was tested in July 2013 due to an elevated risk of injury to the lower legs of the driver in the frontal offset test.

The latest ANCAP test revealed improvements to design for models built from August 2014 onwards has increased the frontal offset test score to 14.79 points, up from 11.21 points for models built in June 2013 to July 2014. Continue reading “Honda Accord upgrades to five stars” »

News: Tesla launches new two-motor model: the P85 D

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The world’s first dual electric motor production car has been announced by Tesla, titled the P85 D which Tesla notes is the fastest car on the road today, with 0 to 100km/hour in 3.2 seconds and achieves speeds of up to 250km/hour. The electric car maker notes that new safety and autopilot hardware is now standard on every new Model S.

The new Tesla Model S P85 D was unveiled in the US on October 10 as an all-wheel-drive version of the top-shelf Model S P85 sedan.

Conventional AWD vehicles distribute power to the wheels from a single engine driving a complex mechanical transmission system. By contrast, Tesla’s dual motor Model S comes with either the 60 kWh or 85 kWh battery, has a motor on each axle, digitally and independently controlling torque to the front and rear wheels. Continue reading “Tesla launches new two-motor model: the P85 D” »