News: Renault prototype EOLAB – 1L per 100km


EOLAB-2Renault has made big claims for its latest prototype, the EOLAB, which the French car manufacturer claims will deliver ultra-low fuel consumption of 1L per 100km, equivalent to 22g of CO2/km.

To achieve the low figure the designers focused their efforts on three main areas: minimising weight, refining aerodynamics and using ‘ZE Hybrid’ technology, a new initiative which permits zero emissions motoring during everyday use.

Conceived around a B-segment platform, the prototype incorporates around 100 new, realistic technological developments that are designed to be introduced gradually on upcoming Renault vehicles. Continue reading “Renault prototype EOLAB – 1L per 100km” »

News: Inactive roadwork sites frustrate drivers

roadworkA Queensland University of Technology study has found that drivers frustrated at slowing down at inactive roadwork sites are ignoring reduced speed limits.

The results of the QUT centre for accident research and road safety – Queensland CARRS-Q study were presented at the Occupational Safety in Transport Conference.

Dr Ross Blackman, a CARRS-Q road safety researcher, says speed limit credibility was being put at risk when reduced speed limits and related traffic controls remained in place at inactive roadwork sites. Continue reading “Inactive roadwork sites frustrate drivers” »

News: Gilmour targeting strong LA finish


Kiwi rally driver Emma Gilmour is looking to maximise the extra seat time at the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship’s (GRC) only double-header round of the season, in Los Angeles, this weekend.

Gilmour is the sole female racing and has only four rounds left to show her speed in the 10-round series and secure a return drive for 2015.

Shakedown this week in her Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) Hyundai Veloster Turbo went positively, with Gilmour further fine-tuning the car. Continue reading “Gilmour targeting strong LA finish” »

Holden: Holden: 2014 Captiva LTZ diesel review

Holden Captiva 5 LTZ 2014 front quarter

It feels a bit weird putting 2014 in this article because the Captiva 5 we are testing started life in 2006 and has only had a couple of minor upgrades during the last 8 years. We first drove it in 2007  and you can read that article here. It’s a testament to how progressive the Captiva was when it first came out, and that is backed up by the fact that it’s still the most popular SUV (it was the best-selling in August). Continue reading “Holden: 2014 Captiva LTZ diesel review” »

Mini: MINI: 2014 Cooper S hatch quick drive

2014 MINI Cooper S  front 3:4

At the same time as I had the keys to the latest Mini Cooper S in my pocket, I happened upon a documentary from Britain’s BBC as to why the German automotive industry was so much better than their own.

Among a number of obvious reasons – vehicle quality, labour relations, arrogant management – was that the Germans work heavily to develop, and then protect, their brands.

And that work is clearly evident in the history of the Mini. BMW have managed to take what was an iconic small vehicle decades ago, and turn it into a brand, which in the space of a decade has become so strong that they can stick it to a range of vehicles with little but come round headlights and cutesy styling nods to the past.

Continue reading “MINI: 2014 Cooper S hatch quick drive” »

Jaguar: Jaguar XE unveiled at Earls Court

2015 Jaguar XE 3:4 front LHD

Last week Jaguar unveiled its new XE sports sedan to dealers and distributors from around the globe in Earls Court, London.
The XE will go on sale in 2015, with the high-performance S model at the top of the range.
The company says the XE S rewards drivers with the responsiveness and refinement of its supercharged 3.0-litre V6. The engine is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift controls, giving the driver immediate access to the vehicle’s incredible reserves of power. Accelerating to 0-60mph in just 4.9 seconds, the XE S has an electronically-limited maximum speed of 155mph. Continue reading “Jaguar XE unveiled at Earls Court” »

Road Tests / Car Reviews: Skoda: 2014 Yeti City TSI V Yeti Outdoor TDI


For 2014 the two model Skoda Yeti range has received a revamped front end and mildly modified tailgate to bring it into line with the new corporate exterior design as worn by the all-new Rapid, all-new Octavia, and revamped Superb car line.

Thankfully the unique spirit of the Yeti has not been lost in its rejuvenation. Continue reading “Skoda: 2014 Yeti City TSI V Yeti Outdoor TDI” »

News: Ford’s SYNC2 to debut on Falcon and Territory

2015-Territory-InteriorThe new Ford Falcon and Territory are set to debut Ford’s in-vehicle-infotainment, SYNC2, the second generation of the company’s in-car communications and entertainment system.

The vehicles will be available for sale in New Zealand dealerships in the first quarter of 2015.

Ford says that SYNC2 offers customers three distinct ways to interact with the system, through the high-resolution 8-inch colour touch screen, physical buttons and advanced voice control. The driver can control the car’s entertainment system, climate control, satellite navigation and linked mobile devices – like compatible smartphones – with voice commands. Continue reading “Ford’s SYNC2 to debut on Falcon and Territory” »