Auckland is getting revved up with a series of free events to celebrate the return of the V8 Supercars, including drive-in movies and opportunities to meet V8 Supercars champion drivers. The ITM 500 Auckland V8 Supercars return to Pukekohe Park Raceway from Friday 6 – Sunday 8 November, with no-holds-barred sprint action, motorsport racing and family entertainment.
Authorities in the US have discovered that Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sold in the US have been fitted with special software that limits dangerous emissions only during pollution testing.
When it comes to the ideal family car New Zealanders can't go past a sports utility vehicle (SUV).
New Zealand demand for SUVs is among the highest in the world and industry experts expect they will make up half of all new passenger car sales within three years. They already represent 47 per cent of new cars sold this year, with the most popular being the Toyota RAV4.
Police have carried out nearly half a million fewer breath tests in the last year. Auckland had the greatest drop in the number of tests, falling 42 per cent to 82,757.
Road policing national operations manager Inspector Peter McKennie said the overall drop was a reflection of police being "a little bit smarter about how we do things".
Apple is working on their own self-driving car effort, code-named Project Titan.
Road signs could feature safety messages in foreign languages in an effort to reduce the number of crashes involving overseas drivers on New Zealand roads. The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has ordered electronic signs and is investigating ways of translating key messages as tourists continue to feature in a disproportionate number of road accidents in Westland, Southland and Otago.
The Government has refunded $578,000 to motorists after overcharging them for their vehicle licences. The vehicle licensing system is supposed to ensure that people who drive the safest cars pay the least in annual fees while those who drive the least safe pay the most. But the car risk data ACC uses is under fire for not being roadworthy itself.
A new online training module focusing on safe driving provides offshore travel sellers with the information they need to prepare people for a self-drive holiday in New Zealand.
The module, developed by Tourism New Zealand is the latest in a series of modules and was developed in answer to growing concern in New Zealand about the safety of visiting drivers. It will be available in seven languages and includes information from the New Zealand Transport Agency and the New Zealand Road Code.
The Honda Tarneo has claimed the top spot of car thefts in NZ according to AA Insurance, saying that although the probability of the Honda Torneos being stolen is far higher than any other car there are no more of them on the road than any other vehicle.
Following last months news that Honda, Toyota and Nissan cars are being recalled in New Zealand, Honda has added more vehicles to the growing recall for air bags that can explode with too much force.
The company said it's expanding a previous recall of passenger air bag inflators from high-humidity states in the USA to the entire country. That will add just over a million 2001 to 2005 Civics and 2003 to 2007 Accords to the recall. The two sedans are Honda's No. 2 and No. 3 sellers so far this year in the US.
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