Volvo’s two decades of SRS
June 28, 2007, 2pm. Volvo is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first airbag-equipped car, from which point it went on to pioneer the first seat-mounted side airbag and the inflatable curtain.
It also played a major role in developing the airbag as a supplemental system, rather than as a replacement for three-point seat belts.
Lots of change at Kia
June 28, 2007, 2pm. There are changes in the Korean-car retail business in New Zealand as one Kia dealer prepares to close and another readies to open.
Newmarket European’s lot in Auckland’s Newmarket closes in August because its land is needed for the Southern Motorway viaduct replacement and dealer principal Ian Gibson has been unable to find suitable alternative premises.
Meanwhile, Ebbett Motors, well known in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, is to establish a Kia dealership in Taupo, bringing the number of dealers nationwide to 23.
Over at Hyundai, two prominent families, the Spencers of Caxton Paper Mills fame and the Giltraps, have formed a joint venture to run the New Zealand operation.
Former Hyundai operations general manager Howard Spencer has been named managing director, replacing Phillip Eustace, now the executive director.
Stability control acceptance speeds up
June 28, 2007, 2pm. The number of vehicles fitted with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) here is rapidly increasing, according to Land Transport New Zealand.
It says 54 per cent of new passenger vehicles sold in April were equipped with the crash avoidance technology.
The Australian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCP) says “ESC can dramatically reduce the chances of being involved in certain types of crashes. Vehicles fitted with ESC are significantly less likely to be involved in crashes than those that are not.”
ESC is also known as Electronic Stability Program (ESP) by Holden; Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) by Ford; Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) by Toyota; and Active Stability Control (ASC) by Mitsubishi.