News: Kiwi racer gets own Volvo


In a move that harks back to the Radisch Telstar and Millen Maxima, young Kiwi V8 SuperCar driver Scott McLaughlin now has a car bearing his name.

Volvo has released details of the Scott McLaughlin Limited Edition S60 and V60 Polestar models, ten of which are to be sold here in New Zealand.

Based on Volvo’s existing S60 and V60 Polestar models, the new editions get Ohlins adjustable suspension, Brembo 6-piston brakes, and unique Scott McLaughlin detailing among other changes. Continue reading “Kiwi racer gets own Volvo” »

News: Toyota confirms continued sailing funding


Toyota New Zealand has confirmed it will continue its financial backing of Emirates Team New Zealand for the 2017 Americas Cup.

Toyota has backed the team since its inception, but with controversy and change surrounding the team and sport some had questioned if existing partners would stick with the team.

The next America’s Cup is taking place in Bermuda, and the company says its support will be more important than ever. Continue reading “Toyota confirms continued sailing funding” »

Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz: 2015 E 250 Night Edition Cabriolet review

2015 E 250 Cabrio front 3:4

Many years ago when I was a youngster, a music video with Olivia Newton-John used to play on the television that featured the Australian singer driving a silver Mercedes-Benz convertible.

Now I can’t remember the name of the song, but the image of the sleek looking silver-grey Mercedes-Benz convertible with the three pointed star badge taking pride of place on the bonnet has never left my consciousness. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: 2015 E 250 Night Edition Cabriolet review” »

Jeep: Jeep: 2015 Grand Cherokee Overland CRD review

Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland diesel 2015 front quarter 2

I’m sitting in Wellington airport as I write this review, listening to a woman talking loudly on the phone next to me advising her client how not to go bankrupt. What’s more distracting is that her client’s name is Darren, so every time she mentions his name it’s doubly attention-grabbing. The conversation pulls my focus away and proves how difficult it is for me to do two things at once. Continue reading “Jeep: 2015 Grand Cherokee Overland CRD review” »

News: Insignia: the importance of niche


Holden admits its new Insignia VXR, the third of its new products from German-Opel is not going to be a big seller. And like the Cascada and Astra before it, they are ok with that.

The 2.8-litre V6 turbocharged all-wheel-drive $69,990 is a niche product targeted at an older male market skew, and the two key competitors in the market are the all-wheel-drive Subaru Legacy and the Volkswagen Passat 4Motion sedan, and CC 4Motion.

According to Holden New Zealand marketing manager Marnie Samphier, less than 500 new vehicles a year are sold in this particular category, and Holden’s first shipment is 20 vehicles to get the ball rolling. Continue reading “Insignia: the importance of niche” »

News: Subaru shares winter driving tips


It is snowy out there – or at least our friends in the South Island tell us.

Subaru New Zealand has issued a list of tips for those of you who have to drive in the snow – particularly if you are heading for the ski fields.

Practice makes perfect: If you haven’t driven in winter weather for a while, find an empty, snow-covered parking lot and spend time accelerating, turning and stopping. After a few minutes of practice, you will have a better feel for how your vehicle will handle and you will be better prepared for driving in snowy conditions. Continue reading “Subaru shares winter driving tips” »

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