Media releases

7 March 2017

Compact SUV shines light on safety tech with 5 stars from ANCAP

Due to hit the New Zealand market by May this year, Toyota’s latest offering is a compact SUV – the C-HR – which received a 5 star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP). The ANCAP rating is based on tests conducted by Euro NCAP which reveal a solid performance across all areas under review, adult, child and pedestrian protection along with a solid suite of safety assist and crash prevention technology on board. During the crash tests, which include frontal offset, full width frontal and pole the C-HR demonstrated good cabin integrity with well controlled displacements for the foot pedals and steering wheel. There was a light risk of serious chest injury for both the driver and rear passenger in the full width frontal test. Maximum protection was provided in the side impact and pole tests. The C-HR also comes equipped with a set of safety features that, until recently, were more common on luxury brands including a lane support system, emergency brake assist and autonomous emergency braking along with adaptive cruise control. AA spokesman Liam Baldwin says while the Toyota C-HR is not the most spacious compact SUV in the segment, it ticks a lot...

31 January 2017

AA calls for please explain on price rises

The Automobile Association is calling for fuel companies to explain to motorists why the national price of fuel rose 5 cents per litre during January, despite no increase in commodity prices or a drop in the exchange rate.

26 January 2017

ANCAP 2 star safety rating for Ford Mustang

There’s no denying the popularity of the Ford Mustang in New Zealand. Pre-launch hype generated a significant buzz with those keen to buy an all-American right-hand drive muscle car.

26 January 2017

Holiday brains lead to lost keys and lock-ins

Taking your car keys for a swim, leaving them in the bush, burying them in the boot under the groceries or giving them to the kids to play with – these are just a handful of the ways Kiwis managed to lock themselves out of their cars so far this summer.

23 January 2017

AA Traveller’s favourite family beaches

Packing the car full of kids, stuff and maybe the dog can be an ordeal, but the hardest part is finding somewhere everyone actually wants to go.

13 January 2017

Kiwis identify the best spots for when you’ve just got to go

Convenience and character – turns out that’s what we look for in a public loo.

31 December 2016

Crashes claiming far too many Kiwi lives

The Automobile Association is deeply disappointed that road deaths have risen in 2016. Provisional data shows 328 New Zealanders have been killed in 2016. That follows 319 deaths the year before. The previous five years’ annual road tolls have been:

22 December 2016

Avoid becoming a road crash statistic these holidays

The AA says you can reduce your chances of becoming a road crash statistic this holiday season with some simple steps to prepare yourself and your car for the drive.

21 December 2016

Don’t rely on luck – AA’s call to motorists this summer

You’re on the motorway surrounded in traffic when suddenly your car breaks down – what do you do? For many people their first instinct is to get out of the car, leaving it up to luck, and the skills of other drivers, to ensure a fast moving vehicle doesn’t lose control and hit them.

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