A broad package of initiatives designed to improve the safety of visiting drivers, and those they share the road with, is well underway.
High levels of pollution are being emitted by diesel vehicles built by a range of car makers other than Volkswagen, it has been reported. New diesel cars from companies including Renault, Nissan, Hyundai, Citroen, Fiat and Volvo allegedly produce more emissions when tested in realistic driving conditions, according to data from Europe's biggest motoring organisation.
Round-the-clock bus lanes are set to be installed in the Auckland city business district starting this week, and the Automobile Association is calling on authorities to make sure motorists know all about the changes in order to avoid being copped with a $150 fine.
Volkswagen owners around the world will be offered cash incentives in an attempt to head off multi-million pound legal actions over the emission-rigging scandal engulfing the firm.
Last night, the company sacked seven senior technicians, with more likely to follow, over the testing cover-up. Meanwhile, dramatic new evidence of how the motoring industry conspired with ministers to cover up cheating in diesel car testing has been revealed.
From the preliminary results of an internal investigation, Volkswagen has confirmed that up to 11 million of the group’s diesel-powered vehicles worldwide have been fitted with software that enables it to cheat its way past official emissions testing.
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.
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