Northern News : December 14th 2011
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PH 407-6430 www.waipapacars.co.nz Mal A/H 407-9738 0274 860 844 1.4 Ltr, 5dr hatch, Auto, 71,000kms ON SPECIAL FOR $12,990 2008 HYUNDAI GETZ 3204814CG NorthlandMotoring Your guide to what's new on the road Advertising feature Electric cars turn on the speed Two seater: Honda electric EV-ster, diminutive but gutsy. More conventional: Toray's pure electric roadster the Teewave AR1. By DAVE MOORE We knew Honda was coming up with one, but battery-powered sports cars seemed to dominate Japan's biennial motor show. Honda's done open two-seaters with a mid- engine before, but for the first time in Tokyo the public was exposed to its first electric sports car, which goes by the name EV-ster. It looked so close to production state that you could taste it. The car is tiny at 3570mm in length and sits on a wheel-at-each- corner wheelbase of 2325mm, but makes up for its diminutive size with a crisp, wedgy design style and per- formance and technical specs that defy belief. The origami-esque EV- ster is powered by an electric motor that turns the rear wheels and is fuelled by a 10kWh lithium-ion battery. Honda says it will reach 100kmh in just five seconds and a top speed of 160kmh. It takes about three hours to fully charge the car using our 240v sys- tem, though in Japan and the United States, which use 110v, it will take all of six hours to charge to its maximum 160km driving range. So obviously a lot of work has to be done before it's genuinely a day-to-day fun-driving prospect. The EV-ster employs all manner of light materials, including carbon-fibre, aluminium, while offering a multi- tude of information systems. Honda uses two joy- sticks to do the job of a single steering wheel, and while the company is to be congratulated for looking at different ways of driving for the future, I know of no electronic driving or racing game fan who prefers joysticks to a conventional pedal box and steering wheel. A little more conven- tional, both in the way it looks as well as how it drives, was Teewave's AR1, an open two-seat sports car designed by former F1 guru Gordon Murray's company for Toray Industries. Because the AR1 uses the underfloor battery pack and drive train from Mitsubishi's iMiev electric car, the time taken from initial sketches to final showcar was a startling nine months, during which the pure-electric road- ster's carbon-fibre frame, seats, and body panels were created. Their qual- ity, like Honda's, is right up there at production- ready levels. Weighing about 850kg-- the batteries take up more than 29 percent of that total -- the Teewave manages to hit 100kmh in about 11.5 seconds which may not sound very quick, but when you consider that the car uses the tiny iMiev's power unit, its Austin-Healey Sprite-ish performance is more than commendable. Its top speed is only a little down on the EV- ster at 147kmh but the driving range might add a couple of extra trips to the shops at 180km plus. Driving around in a silent performance car, it will be up to drivers if they wish to mimic real car sounds. Modest gains in vehicle market The Motor Trade Associ- ation says the overall new vehicle market recorded modest gains during November after a sluggish October. Good activity in the commercial vehicle sec- tor especially meant a more positive feel to the overall market. MTA spokesman Ian Stronach says there were modest improvements across all the sectors, but commercial vehicles con- tinued to lead the way. Figures released by the NZ Transport Agency show that in November 7328 new vehicles were sold compared to 7026 in October, an increase of 302 units (4 percent). New passenger car sales of 5644 units were up by 216 units (4 percent) compared to October. Year to date, new passenger car sales are still ahead of 2010 by 1212 units (2 percent). Actual sales of used imported cars were the highest in six months at 6,962 units. This was up 695 units (11 percent) in November compared to October 2011. The motorcycle market also enjoyed a modest but much needed lift in November, with growth coming in the larger (over 600cc) sector. Sales of 498 units were up 19 units (4 percent) over October. Overall, year to date motorcycle sales are now behind last year's levels by only 55 units (1 percent).
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