The wrong kind of smoke drifting inside
NZ Autocar Magazine
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Fires and motorsport go hand in hand. Formula Drift star James Deane and passenger got a taste of that when the Ford Mustang RTR racer they were riding in burst into flames mid-lap. The incident took place in a media session during the lead-up to the Long Beach Formula Drift event held recently.  With Deane pitched sideways in a smokey drift, a wall of fire quickly erupted from the engine bay. Deane, unfazed, managed to get the car stopped quickly without crashing. The driver then operated the kill switch on the dash, but not before the fire made rapid progress to the interior. The two ..read more
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GM appoints Heath Walker as Marketing Director
NZ Autocar Magazine
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11h ago
Mr Heath Walker is filling the post of Marketing Director for General Motors Australia and New Zealand, effective April 23, 2024. Mr Walker brings a wealth of marketing and communications experience, gained from working across various industries. These include IT, sports, and auto. He has experience with Tesla, Nissan and, most recently, Scania in Australia. Jess Bala, Managing Director of GM Australia and New Zealand commented “It is an exciting time at GM as we prepare to launch Cadillac. We are also expanding the GMSV offering to include the new GMC Yukon Denali in 2025.  “We are deli ..read more
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Mazda CX-80 adds to its seven-seater SUV line-up
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11h ago
The new Mazda CX-80 has broken cover and is due here soon. It follows in the footsteps of the recently launched CX-60 and CX-90. Like the latter, this can also tote seven occupants. CX-80, which shares Mazda’s Large Architecture platform with the two earlier arrivals, is 4995mm in length, 1890mm in width and 1750mm tall. It has the extended wheelbase of the CX-90 (3120mm, 250mm longer than that of CX-60), giving it room for the extra row of seats at the rear.  Sharing Kodo design features, the CX-80 also has a minimalist aesthetic likes its stablemates, eschewing lines for curves. Mazd ..read more
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Motorsport Diary: Kiwis racing overseas this weekend
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13h ago
by Matthew Sampson  April 18, 2024 This is definitely a weekend for the motorsport fans. In addition to the ITM Taupo Super400 (more information can be found here), Shane van Gisbergen will run NASCAR and Xfinity Series double duties at Talladega. There’s also IndyCar, the World Endurance Championship, and so much more. While there’s no Kiwis in it, there’s also the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. We’re spoilt for choice! Sit back, enjoy the weekend, and take in as much of the action as possible. Viewing times and information below! Shane van Gisbergen: Xfinity Series ..read more
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Shelby Super Snake – Mustang with Malice
NZ Autocar Magazine
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16h ago
This is the Shelby Super Snake from Shelby American and it packs a venomous 619kW (830hp). That makes it the most deadly of its type yet. “We designed the Shelby Super Snake to be the pinnacle of our performance cars based on Ford’s Mustang,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American.  “By collaborating with the Ford Motor Company, Whipple Superchargers and other top brands, our Las Vegas team created our best Shelby Super Snake yet.” The 5.0L V8 powered SSS is so named because of its supercharger that gives it supercar power. A new exhaust also offers better airflow. The suspension, bra ..read more
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Kia wins Major Car Design Award
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1d ago
At the 2024 Car Design Award ceremony in Milan, Italy, Kia has taken out the accolade for ‘Brand Design Language’. During its 2021 brand relaunch, Kia unveiled its new design philosophy ‘Opposites United’. It makes use of tension, harmony, and dynamism in new vehicle creations. Kia has now been recognised for its differentiated product designs created under the new design philosophy. The car design jury said “With its Opposites United philosophy, Kia design has taken a non-conformist approach with the aim of inducing change, unafraid of taking risks.  “Kia’s new models break the mould a ..read more
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Lamborghini Huracan successor to be named Temerario?
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1d ago
Lamborghini is set to debut its Huracan replacement, likely to be named Temerario after recent trademark activity by the manufacturer. The Temerario swaps an atmo V10 for a hybrid V8, aiming its sights at the Ferrari 296 GTB. This is designed not so much for efficiency as adding dynamic character, enabling torque vectoring and improving power delivery. Think of it as Revuelto-lite. The Huracan recently got a final send-off with the ultra-limited STJ. Based on spy shots from the web of the car wearing camouflage we’ve done our best to show what the Temerario could look like when it is unveiled ..read more
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Nissan Reveals its Solid State Battery Production Facility
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Japanese automaker Nissan recently completed its prototype solid state battery production facility at its research centre. It is also building a pilot production line at its Yokohama Plant that should be completed this year. Eventually it plans to manufacture laminated solid state battery cells that the company will market in 2028. Nissan was the first major car maker to launch a production EV, the Leaf, in 2010. But progress in the development of EVs by the big four Japanese manufacturers has slowed in the interim. That said, Nissan started building a prototype solid state battery productio ..read more
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New Zealand Loses Car Fanatic and Motorsport Patron
NZ Autocar Magazine
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Sir Colin Giltrap, the businessman who founded and directed the influential Giltrap Group, died last night aged 84. Sir Colin, who also contributed greatly to motorsport, spent a lifetime in the motor vehicle industry, establishing the Giltrap Group over 60 years ago. The organisation, headquartered at 119 Great North Road, is now run by sons Richard and Michael Giltrap. His empire kicked off in the 1960s when he co-founded Hamilton car dealership, Monaco Motors. Forays into Auckland dealerships began in the 1970s with the acquisition of a Mazda and Audi dealership in Great North Rd.  I ..read more
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Nissan Qashqai Opts for Warrior Look
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A refreshed Nissan Qashqai now features warrior-look styling that reminds of Ariya’s. An enlarged grille is finished in dark and silver chrome, resembling Japanese armour. Nissan says the best selling vehicle in the UK for the past two years running now competes more effectively with rivals like Sportage and Tucson. Styling includes sharper lines and a more aggressive front end. DRLs resemble eyebrows above the new projector eye-shaped adaptive headlights. The front bumper profiled is new, so too the rear one which gets a more upmarket look. At the rear are new LED lights styled like those a ..read more
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