News: Second funding round from Mazda Foundation

West-Coast-RDA-2The Mazda Foundation which receives funding from every vehicle sold through the Mazda dealer network has donated more than $75,000 to 22 individuals and groups across New Zealand in a second annual funding round.

Each year, the Mazda Foundation holds three rounds and selects New Zealanders community groups and charities that are in need of support.

A combination of education facilities, conservation programs, individuals, charities and organisations were granted funding. One programme included the Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre (MERC) which received funding to host the inaugural Sir Peter Blake Kaitiakitanga MERC Environmental Challenge. Continue reading “Second funding round from Mazda Foundation” »

News: Mercedes-AMG teams up with Kiwi winter athletes


Mercedes-AMG has combined with some of New Zealand’s professional ski and snowboard athletes to create a stunning new video. Filmed at the Snow Farm in Cardrona, in New Zealand’s south island, the video fuses the high-performance of AMG, with the capabilities of professional winter sport.

Filmed by professional automotive photographer, Chris Benny, the video features a thrilling range of Mercedes-Benz vehicles including: the C 63 AMG ‘Edition 507’ Coupé, G 63 AMG, SL 63 AMG and E 63 AMG ‘S’ models.

Incorporating drivers from the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy, all activities were performed on a closed, controlled course. Continue reading “Mercedes-AMG teams up with Kiwi winter athletes” »

News: Warning lights for motorists and the trade


Canstar Blue’s latest consumer satisfaction survey looking at national car servicing chains shows that it’s not just Penny from the Big Bang Theory that ignores engine warning lights. A quarter of Aucklanders and Wellingtonians have done so too, and an even higher percentage of drivers from those cities have never checked the oil levels in their cars.

Half in the survey get their cars serviced to remedy a specific problem rather than on a recommended schedule based on distance travelled, and a third only get their car fixed if it fails a warrant. Despite the improving economy, nearly half of respondents report getting their car serviced less often to save money, and more than 40% perform some elements of a basic car service at home to save money.

Perhaps most surprisingly, more than a quarter believe that modern cars don’t require regular servicing, and this belief is more commonly held in Auckland and Wellington and by Gen Ys and Gen Xs. Continue reading “Warning lights for motorists and the trade” »

Nissan: Nissan: 2014 Qashqai Ti review

Nissan Qashqai Ti 2014 front quarter

‘It’s OK’ and ‘I’m fine’ are the two most common lies spoken in the world, so if I say about this new Nissan Qashqai Ti ‘it’s OK’, am I lying? Let’s find out.

The Qashqai is Nissan’s fairly handsome crossover SUV. It’s not a plastic surgery failure like the smaller Juke, and it cuts a chiselled line that’s more in proportion than the bigger Murano SUV. The Ti is the top-of-the-line Qashqai, with the range starting at the $35,990 ST. Continue reading “Nissan: 2014 Qashqai Ti review” »

BMW: BMW: 2014 M4 Coupe review

BMW M4 Coupe 2014 front quarter

The M4 is like someone took my shopping list, bought everything on it but on impulse sneaked in an extra packet of bacon. And I like bacon. It’s got the power and the noise, the looks and the toys to keep me happy. I don’t need rear seat practicality and I will put up with the tight squeeze in the boot because this is a coupe and that’s what coupes do: they make compromises in carrying capacity in order to look nicer. Continue reading “BMW: 2014 M4 Coupe review” »

News: GT-F Falcon auction benefits Aussie cancer charity


Two Ford Falcon GT-F sedans have sold at auction for AUD $393,700 — more than twice their regular selling price — with the proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Bidding for car number 001 and car number 500, of a batch of 500 vehicles for Australia; another 50 have been set aside for New Zealand, started on auction website eBay a week ago.

When the final bids came in at 8pm (AEST) on Sunday August 24, car 001 sold for AUD $157,600 while car 500 went under the hammer for AUD $236,100. Continue reading “GT-F Falcon auction benefits Aussie cancer charity” »

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