Road Tests / Car Reviews: Skoda: 2015 Fabia Dynamic Sport review

Skoda Fabia 81kW 2015 front quarter

I just bought some bi-fold cupboard doors: $1200 for four pieces of melamine and some hinges. Granted, they are 2.3m tall and 1.8m wide, but I could have had 5 nights in Bali (including the flight) for the same amount. Continue reading “Skoda: 2015 Fabia Dynamic Sport review” »

News: Fuel prices hitting Kiwi’s transport choices

canstarA new survey by consumer research company, Canstar Blue has lifted the petrol cap on Kiwis’ service station habits showing that 43% of New Zealanders’ quality of life is impacted by the cost of fuel.

In the same survey in 2014, 60% of people believed that fuel costs were affecting their quality of life, making for a downward trend but highlighting an ever-present problem, says Canstar New Zealand general manager, Jose George.

“Drivers are taking measures into their own hands to try and lessen the financial effects of fuel, with 45% reducing their use of the car air conditioner, and most likely their comfort along with it to save some cash. Continue reading “Fuel prices hitting Kiwi’s transport choices” »

Peugeot: Peugeot: 2015 Peugeot 308 SW Allure review

Peugeot 308SW 2015 front quarter

Buttons and dials need to be manufactured and assembled. Each button needs its own design and graphic, each dial must be smooth, and then they have to occupy space on the dashboard, so the layout needs to be ergonomic, intuitive and easy to reach for the driver. Continue reading “Peugeot: 2015 Peugeot 308 SW Allure review” »

News: Most powerful Mini yet launches down under


The most powerful model to grace the Mini line up, the new Mini John Cooper Works hatch, officially went on sale yesterday (July 1).

Mini invited a small group of media to the Mini Garage in Newmarket, Auckland today to preview the new car ahead of a track day experience to be held in September at Hampton Downs.

The Mini sales and brand manager for New Zealand Brett Waudby told the media that the new hot hatch will appeal to brand lovers who want a step up in performance from the current Cooper S model, and he reckons it will also appeal to performance fanatics who might have considered a different brand. Continue reading “Most powerful Mini yet launches down under” »

News: Turbo four-cylinder to replace Lexus V6 model


Lexus will expand its turbo engine model line-up with the launch of the IS 200t sports sedan towards the end of the year.

The IS 200t will replace the V6-powered IS 250 model and arrives in the country in the last quarter.

It will be the second Lexus vehicle to feature the luxury marque’s 2.0-litre turbo engine following the launch of the NX 200t compact SUV. Continue reading “Turbo four-cylinder to replace Lexus V6 model” »

News: New MX-5 receives “best of the best” award


Mazda was awarded the “Red Dot: best of the best” prize for the all-new Mazda MX-5 on June 29 at a ceremony in Germany.

The all-new Mazda MX-5 will be available to New Zealand customers in mid to late August, it will be the fourth generation model to arrive in local dealerships.

The “best of the best” prize goes to ground-breaking designs across many industries; only 1.6% of all submissions received the distinction during this year’s Red Dot Award: product design. Continue reading “New MX-5 receives “best of the best” award” »

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