News: Air New Zealand moves to biodiesel and electric vehicles

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Air New Zealand is changing its ground fleet and airport service vehicle fleet to electric, or biodiesel-powered vehicles, where an electric option is not available.

It has ordered 28 Renault Kangoo Zero Emission (ZE) Vans as part of an electric fleet order of 75 light vehicles in its ground fleet.

Australia Post started trialling a fleet of two Kangoo ZE Vans in Melbourne and another two in Sydney as part of its venture into fleet electrification in June 2014. Continue reading “Air New Zealand moves to biodiesel and electric vehicles” »

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News: Loaded Optima targeting Mondeo market share

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Kia New Zealand boss Todd McDonald is focussed on taking market share from the Ford Mondeo in the mid-size sedan segment with the all-new JF series Optima sedan.

The 2016 JF Optima is all-new bar the carry-over 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, but there’s a good reason Kia New Zealand didn’t opt for a newer 2-litre direct injection turbocharged unit on offer in other export markets.

McDonald told AutoTalk that he decided to retain the 138kW 2.4-litre engine rather than opt for the turbocharged unit because the older engine has a service interval that’s twice as long as the newer engine. Continue reading “Loaded Optima targeting Mondeo market share” »

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News: Honda begins sales of all-new Clarity FCV

Calrity-Fuel-CellHonda Motor Company today began sales in Japan of its all-new fuel cell vehicle (FCV), the Clarity.

Honda claims the Clarity has the world’s top-class cruising range among zero emission vehicles, of approximately 750km.

Combined with the improved efficiency of the powertrain, and a reduced energy requirement for driving, a 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen storage tank installed to this vehicle provides an extended cruising range – an increase of approximately 30% compared to the previous FCV models. Continue reading “Honda begins sales of all-new Clarity FCV” »

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News: New Zealand gets new Spark before Australia

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The new Holden Spark 1.4-litre hatch will be on sale in New Zealand in March before it shakes up the Australian microcar market in April.

Holden New Zealand is pricing the car at $16,490 for the LS manual (customer order only) to $17,990 for the LS automatic, and $19,990 for the LT automatic.

Holden New Zealand’s general manager – sales Sean Tupp confirmed to Autotalk today that dealers are receiving their demonstrators vehicles within a week, and the car is available for public sale from late March. Continue reading “New Zealand gets new Spark before Australia” »

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Road Tests / Car Reviews: Skoda 2016 Fabia TSI wagon review

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Some car companies are doing everything they can to tempt people away from buying compact SUVs and crossovers.

Skoda’s new Fabia wagon is a front runner in the offerings that are both value-priced and well-featured, mainly because it’s got a tremendous amount of cargo space and it handles better than any compact SUV this side of sixty grand. Continue reading “Skoda 2016 Fabia TSI wagon review” »

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News: Subaru targets Commodore and Falcon with enhanced Legacy

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Subaru has added a Vision Assist package to premium variants of its newly launched model year 2016 Legacy all-wheel-drive range as it targets buyers of the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon.

Last year Subaru New Zealand saw a 40% increase in Legacy sales making it the third-best seller in the NZ large car segment under $70,000. 


The extra layer of safety technology is additional to the EyeSight driver assist system, already available on every current model Legacy.
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News: BMW NZ celebrating all year

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BMW New Zealand will be celebrating its past by looking forward – with new vehicle launches and a move towards electric.

BMW this week celebrated 100 years, releasing the Vision Next 100 concept, but nothing specific marked the day here.

“In New Zealand we are going to be doing a number of activities for the year, one of the parameters being looking forward to the next 100 years,” says BMW spokesperson Edward Finn, indicating much of that will be around new porch. Continue reading “BMW NZ celebrating all year” »

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News: Z retailer supports Gobabygo mobility charity

z keith murray jackson small2A young infant with cerebral palsy which affects his ability to walk and keep up with others is now is more mobile thanks to Z Energy and Gobabygo.

Mark and Uai Murray, jumped at the chance to get an adapted electric ride-in BMW for their active boy Jackson.

Volunteer-run charity Gobabygo changes the electric cars for users with impaired mobility, but it relies on donations from corporate supporters such as Z Energy. Continue reading “Z retailer supports Gobabygo mobility charity” »

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