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May 29, 2007, 10am News Round-up


Mini aims to live up to its name

Mini aims to live up to its name

May 29, 2007, 10am. Revisions later this year are said to significantly increase Mini fuel economy.

BMW says the frugal Cooper D (pictured) will be capable of 3.25 litres per 100km with CO 2 emissions of just 104g/km.

The improvements come from high-tech engine tweaks.

Also included in the models, which enter production in August, are brake energy regeneration, an engine start-stop function for when the vehicle’s stationary and a display to show the most economical gear to use.

Report signals merger of transport agencies

May 29, 2007, 10am. Land Transport New Zealand and Transit New Zealand are likely to merge and some of their roles moved across to the Department of Transport.

The proposal is included in the final of a series of Government reviews into value for money in the land transport sector.

"Transport agencies need to work more collaboratively and with a common purpose," said transport minister Annette King.

The report also recommends that all fuel excise duty, road user charges and motor vehicle registration fees be used for land transport expenditure.




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