Cautious Kia expands diesel range
May 24, 2007, 4pm. Kia’s following its Korean corporate master Hyundai by expanding and actively promoting its diesel car and SUV range in New Zealand.
The company says it’s planning to add several new diesels, among them the Magentis CRDi (pictured), which it reckons will particularly appeal to fleets and company owners.
However, John Keenan, Kia’s head in New Zealand, says the company doesn’t want to “overload the market with diesel models they may not want or are not practical”.
He says it has only been since the introduction of the Euro 4 emissions standard that diesel cars have been developed with the drivability and technology that “meet the expectations of the buyer and society at large”.
High fossil fuel tax seen as greenhouse measure
May 24, 2007, 4pm. "A simple but substantial carbon tax on fossil fuels, sufficiently high to permanently change driver behaviour,” is being touted by Bob Field, Toyota New Zealand’s chief executive.
It would “reduce greenhouse gas emissions more, and at lesser compliance cost, than all the other regulations being contemplated combined," he said.
To avoid a carbon tax imposing hardship on low-income people, income taxes should be reduced at the lower end.
Field says “decisive action” to resolve the problem facing the motor industry of cutting greenhouse gas emissions has been frustrated by protracted debates on regulatory issues.
Most governments had opted for a range of market interventions by subsidising renewable energy initiatives or by imposing minimum standards on the products and services that consume fossil fuels.
"The biggest problem with these market interventions is they primarily influence the new inputs into the market only, and do little to influence existing car driver behaviour," he said.
Mitsi, Yuasa put current in electric car
May 24, 2007, 4pm. Mitsubishi has announced a joint venture with GS Yuasa to produce lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles from 2009.
The batteries are expected to deliver 10 times greater capacity than today’s batteries and can be recharged from high-speed three phase outlets or standard household mains.
They’ll be fitted to Mitsubishi’s fully electric i-car, coming in 2010, and can be used by other auto manufacturers as well as in various industrial applications.