Motoring blog

Our blog features motoring news, tips and expert advice bought to you by the AA Motoring team.

27 April 2011

Petrol or diesel – no clear cut winner

The recent release of the NZAA‘s official 2011 operating costs have highlighted the confusion many motorists now face when choosing between petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles.  After all the data coll... Read more

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4 April 2011

March 2011 petrol and diesel prices

Petrol prices rose 16c in response to the sharp rise in oil prices at the end of February, matching the July 2008 record of $2.19. AA PetrolWatch calculates the 14% rise in oil price equated to exactl... Read more

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7 March 2011

February 2011 petrol and diesel prices

Oil prices jumped US$15 a barrel at the end of February, the highest price since August 2008, but oil companies held off raising retail prices until March due to the Christchurch earthquake, instead f... Read more

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7 February 2011

January 2011 petrol and diesel prices

A small price rise in January but it took the price of 91 octane petrol up to the magic $2/litre mark. The increase reflects rising oil prices which reached US$100 a barrel, although the impact on the... Read more

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26 January 2011

Downsize or keep the fuel-thirsty large car?

As fuel prices increase you may think it would make perfect sense to automatically consider downsizing to a more fuel efficient vehicle. Surely, if you could reduce your fuel bill overnight why wouldn... Read more

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31 December 2010

AA Petrolwatch 2010

Petrol and diesel prices as at end December A sharp rise in retail prices during December as crude oil prices rose nearly US$10 a barrel during the month due to the global economic recovery and specul... Read more

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22 December 2010

Used hybrids - fuel savings vs. purchase price

More and more hybrid models are entering the new car market. This means the number of used petrol/electric vehicles will continue to increase and start to become an attractive alternative to those sim... Read more

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19 August 2010

Manual transmissions: losing their fuel economy advantages

Manual transmissions are losing their economy advantage - even in small cars. Manual transmissions have always been more efficient than automatics but the advantage has been significantly reduced in r... Read more

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8 April 2010

Nitrogen-filled car tyres

An industry promotion which raises its head occasionally centres around the so-called benefits of having car tyres filled with nitrogen. Wondrous claims are often made that are either mis-leading or s... Read more

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31 December 2009

AA Petrolwatch 2009

Petrol and diesel prices as at end December Petrol prices remained stable in the lead up to the busy Christmas and New Year travel period, after initially rising three cents per litre in early Decembe... Read more

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