This is the car that caught Suzuki resting on its rather comfortable laurels. The Swift has been the top dog of the small car world for years, but not any more: Mazda took what wasn’t really broken, but fixed it in a way unimaginable to Suzuki, and the majority of us, and the result could shake things up. Continue reading “Mazda: 2015 Mazda2 Limited review” »
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Subaru’s 2015 Outback, which goes on sale in February will have the same prices as the 2014 Legacy wagon which it replaces. This means the 2015 Outback in most models is $5000 below the price Read More
The Hyundai Genesis arrives with the title of being the safest car yet tested by the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), it comes fully loaded in one specification as Hyundai New Zealand ticked every Read More
There was a moment during my week with the Foton Tunland 4×4 where I realised, that if I’d driven down the road with a blind fold on, I could momentarily be forgiven for believing I was behind the wheel of a current generation Toyota Hilux, because the noise of the engine, the power delivery, the feel of the transmission shift, and the steering feel and ride quality were very similar if not damned near identical. Continue reading “Foton: 2014 Tunland 4×4 double cab ute review” »
The New Zealand Mercedes-Benz distributor has announced the pricing and specification of the newly revised CLS-Class Coupe and Shooting Brake models for 2015.
Four Coupes and two Shooting Brakes grace the New Zealand line-up, and a mixture of power plants including a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel in the CLS 250 CDI, a new twin turbocharged 3-litre V6 in the CLS 400, and a 5.5-litre AMG-fettled bi-turbo V8 in the CLS 63 AMG, which now has an uprated output of 430kW. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz announces new CLS-Class line up” »
Hold on to your television marketing budgets, TV3 is likely to come calling.
Mediaworks announced this morning a deal that will see the hugely successful – and at times controversial – Top Gear franchise to its channel.
The long-term deal with BBC Worldwide will see series 22, which has just begun in the United Kingdom, screen here in a few weeks, as well as a two-part Patagonia Special – which famously ended with the cast and crew being chased out of Argentina. Continue reading “Top Gear in network shift” »
Citroens quirky new C4 Cactus crossover which has just launched here, offers New Zealand buyers the opportunity to buy a vehicle that can become a true extension of their personality.
Two engines are offered, one a 81kW Puretech Euro 6 turbocharged petrol three-cylinder with a five-speed manual transmission and the other is a e-HDi 68kW Euro 5 four-cylinder turbo diesel with a six-speed automated single clutch transmission, which Citroen refers to as ETG6. Continue reading “A Cactus that gives you Airbumps” »
The Odyssey used to be a car, but now it’s a minivan. It was one of the very few 7-seat cars you could buy back in the mid-2000s. We last tested one in 2009 (read here) when it was a mere 1545mm tall, and was still ostensibly a car. Now the Odyssey has grown up and is 150mm taller. This average growth rate of 30mm per year is 10 times faster than the world’s fastest mountain is growing (Mount St. Elias grows at around 3mm per year). Continue reading “Honda 2015 Odyssey L review” »