News: Japanese engineers envisage ‘flying car’ Olympics


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Engineers in Japan have set their sights on lighting the Olympic torch at the 2020 Tokyo games with a flying car.

The plan is to reportedly drive the car around the athletic track in the new national stadium before flying it into the air to light the cauldron in the climactic moment of the opening ceremony, reports News.com.au.

The vehicle will be a single person electric tricycle with propellers positioned on the front and rear corners to provide a vertical take off and landing (VTOL) system and its design will see it operated with the steering wheel and accelerator pedal either in the air or on the road. Continue reading “Japanese engineers envisage ‘flying car’ Olympics” »

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News: Kia in Eden Park partnership

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Kia New Zealand has announced a deal with iconic Eden Park to have its branding featured on the stadium.

The branding will be displayed within the park, as well as an exterior sign facing Sandringham Road, beginning with the third Bledisloe Cup test match on October 22, 2016.

“Kia is a huge supporter of sport both here in New Zealand and overseas,” says Todd McDonald, general manager of Kia Motors New Zealand Limited. Continue reading “Kia in Eden Park partnership” »

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News: Auckland set to become Mustang central over weekend

ford mustangAuckland is set to become Mustang central tomorrow, ahead of Labour Weekend.

The Ford Mustang ‘Drive-Thru Friday’ experience, powered by Ford and Uber, gives Uber customers the opportunity to get a ride in a brand new Ford Mustang and meet some of its top sports stars. This will be followed by the 37th National Mustang Convention on Saturday, and a final Mustang assembly on Sunday.

Since the first Ford Mustangs rolled off the assembly line 52 years ago, the Mustang has become one of the world’s most iconic vehicles, symbolising the freedom of the open road and embodying Ford’s ‘fun to drive’ DNA. Continue reading “Auckland set to become Mustang central over weekend” »

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News: Kia flagship Auckland showroom on the way

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Kia Motors has announced plans for a new ‘first of its kind’ flagship showroom for Auckland City and the central suburbs.

The new showroom in the heart of the Newmarket automotive district – and on the back of strong growth in the automotive market – is set to showcase Kia’s new lineup of cars and SUVs. 

The Newmarket showroom comes on top of plans for development in other regions, with new dealerships under way in Gisborne, Manawatu and Wairarapa, in addition to new facilities recently established in the Waikato, Kapiti and South East Auckland. Continue reading “Kia flagship Auckland showroom on the way” »

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News: Public attitudes to road safety under spotlight

seatbeltPublic attitudes to road safety have revealed some encouraging trends as well as some worrying behaviour says associate transport minister Craig Foss.

The 2016 Public Attitudes to Road Safety survey, released on the Ministry of Transport’s website, shows public support for road safety advertising and police enforcement remains high but that it doesn’t always translate into safe driving behaviour.

“While the majority of Kiwis clearly support road safety messages, too many of us are ignoring those same messages when out on the road,” says Foss. Continue reading “Public attitudes to road safety under spotlight” »

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News: Escaping the Kuga with more tech, sharper price

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Ford is rebranding its revamped small SUV as the Escape from December as the vehicle is arriving at dealerships with a refreshed design, new engines, more technology, and a sharper price tag.

Ford says it is responding to customer demand for a broader line-up with the addition of a front-wheel drive mid-range Escape Trend and sharpened pricing across the range.

The changes for the new Escape SUV over the previous Kuga SUV include a refreshed design inside and out for a distinctive look, improved specification and features across the range, and improved value for money and better fuel economy for 2.0-litre models thanks to automatic start/stop as standard. Continue reading “Escaping the Kuga with more tech, sharper price” »

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News: Warehouse extension confirms Holden’s market commitment

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Holden has confirmed it’s ongoing commitment to the New Zealand market today by unveiling a multi-million dollar extension to its national distribution centre in Mangere, South Auckland.

The 2500 square metre facility extension began in September 2015.

The now 7500 square metre national distribution centre holds more than 40,000 stock keeping units (SKU) for the Holden, AC Delco, and Isuzu Trucks automotive brands. Continue reading “Warehouse extension confirms Holden’s market commitment” »

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News:  Big Boys Toys to showcase super cars

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Big Boys Toys is back for its seventeenth year, with a lineup geared to excite again.

The event is scheduled for October 28 to 30 at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds.

This year visitors will get to sample supercars, including the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 which is being flown in for its first exhibition in New Zealand.  Continue reading “ Big Boys Toys to showcase super cars” »

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