News: Peugeot returns to Dakar in 2015

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After smashing the Pikes Peak Hill Climb record in 2013 with the 208 T16 hill climb car, Peugeot Sport, Red Bull and Total have again joined forces for another challenge: the 2015 Dakar Rally.

To take on the 10,000km rally, Team Peugeot Total has recruited Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres who will drive its new rally car, the 2008 DKR.

Team Team Peugeot Total says 2010 Dakar victor Carlos Sainz, brings extensive experience and car-development skills to the table, as well as the event’s five-time winner on two wheels, Cyril Despres, who has chosen Peugeot to kick off a new career on four wheels. Continue reading “Peugeot returns to Dakar in 2015” »

News: Smartphone app rewards good drivers with lower premiums

SmartDriver_HomeSafer drivers can benefit from lower insurance premiums based on their individual driving performance – thanks to a free smartphone app offered by Tower.

‘SmartDriver’ monitors and assesses an individual’s driving behaviour based on 250 km of travel. Drivers who score well can then gain a discount on motor premiums of up to 20%.

Tower chief executive officer David Hancock says the insurance industry does not have a reputation for innovation, but Tower is committed to delivering relevant products and better value to customers. Continue reading “Smartphone app rewards good drivers with lower premiums” »

Land Rover: Road Tests/Car Reviews: 2014 Range Rover Sport SDV8

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range-rover-sdv8-2014-front The Range Rover Sport is a sleeker, meaner entry point into the Range Rover experience. When you want a Range Rover with all the frills, but you want it forty grand cheaper than an actual Range Rover, the Sport fills that gap.

Continue reading “Road Tests/Car Reviews: 2014 Range Rover Sport SDV8” »

News: Nissan drops the price on 370Z

Untitled1Nissan has significantly reduced the retail price on both the manual and automatic versions of its 370Z sports car.

The 370Z coupe with a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission has a new list price of $59,990 a reduction of $16,710, while the 370Z coupe with 7-speed automatic with M-Mode has a new list price of $63,495, a reduction of $15,205.

Nissan says the 370Z contains a superior level of performance, specification and sophistication and now offers even greater value for money. Continue reading “Nissan drops the price on 370Z” »

News: Road tests / Car Reviews: Volvo V40 T5 Cross Country 2014

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IMG_0276It may sit 40mm higher than a standard V40 hatch but the all-wheel-drive V40 T5 Cross Country pictured here is more of a crossover hot hatch than a hardcore off-road SUV.

Don’t let the raised driving height, durable front and rear body kit, side scuff plates and rear skid plate fool you into thinking otherwise. Continue reading “Road tests / Car Reviews: Volvo V40 T5 Cross Country 2014” »

News: GT Turbo will reboot your thinking says Kia

photoKia’s first hot hatch the all-new Pro_cee’d GT Turbo has just been launched in New Zealand and the company claims it will reboot consumer perceptions about the brand.

According to Kia the Pro_cee’d GT Turbo is designed not to be the most powerful car in class, but one that offers civility and everyday usability.

The Pro_cee’d GT Turbo is being introduced here as a stablemate to the Cerato Koup Turbo. Both models feature the turbocharged version of Kia’s 1.6-litre Gamma direct-injection engine, developing 150kW and 265Nm of torque. Kia Motors provide the Koup for those who prefer an automatic transmission, whilst the new Pro_cee’d GT comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Continue reading “GT Turbo will reboot your thinking says Kia” »

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