News: Macan critical to Porsche sales success

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Porsche has just launched three versions of its all-new mid-size Macan SUV onto the New Zealand market, with the diesel version being the entry level version.

The 3-litre Macan S turbo diesel is priced from $118,000, the 3-litre V6 Macan S is priced from $121,000, and the 3.6-litre Macan Turbo is priced from $156,000.

Porsche general manager Greg Clarke says the Macan SUV is a critical new model for Porsche New Zealand as well as the brand globally. Continue reading “Macan critical to Porsche sales success” »

Blogs: Doing what SUVs do

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IMG_0253As evidenced by our previous long-term experience in a Holden Volt, the team here at Auto Media Group are big funs of cars with plugs. Or more precisely cars that plug-in.

And so we are undertaking the experiment again, spending a month with Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV – Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle – to get an idea about life with a lot less petrol. Continue reading “Doing what SUVs do” »

News: Mazda gets mad with Mike

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Mazda New Zealand will be getting a healthy dose of madness over the coming year as they hitch a ride with drifting superstar Mike Whiddett.

Known to millions as ‘Mad Mike’, Whiddett has won drifting championship titles from all four corners of the globe, indisputably lives up to the title mad, and is now proudly supported by Mazda New Zealand.

Truly fanatical about Mazda, Mike currently pilots the MADBUL RX-7 and BADBUL RX-8, both of which have earned cult status of their own – fully customised from the ground up, they have been voted the world’s best looking drift cars. Continue reading “Mazda gets mad with Mike” »

News: Toyota backing for Karts

tytaIn its latest move to help develop young Kiwi motorsport talent, Toyota Racing New Zealand will back this year’s KartSport New Zealand National Schools’ Championship in Palmerston North next month.

The two-day Toyota Racing New Zealand 2014 National Schools Championship meeting will be contested at the KartSport Manawatu club’s Manawatu Toyota Raceway over the July 12-13 weekend.

Convenor John Paddy expects more than 120 school-age karters to make the trip to the Manawatu to fight for school and individual class honours. Continue reading “Toyota backing for Karts” »

News: Isuzu Ute launches MU-X SUV in New Zealand

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Isuzu Ute New Zealand (IUNZ) has launched one variant of it’s MU-X 7-seater SUV onto the New Zealand market, its a high grade specification model with leather upholstery, front and rear cabin climate air-conditioning, an on-board DVD player for rear passengers, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, rear-view camera, and satellite navigation.

More importantly according to IUNZ, the new MU-X SUV has 14 cup-holders throughout the cabin, as well as the ability to flip and fold down the second and third row of passenger seats to create an enormous cargo area.

The MU-X SUV is built in a brand new Isuzu Ute production facility in Thailand which has a capacity of more than 400,000 vehicles a year. At the moment it builds right hand drive MU-X models for local consumption as well as two export markets being Australia and New Zealand, but the company is eyeing up left-hand-drive export markets such as the Middle East and Asia/Oceania. Continue reading “Isuzu Ute launches MU-X SUV in New Zealand” »

News: Greener guilt-free Lotus performance

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Lotus says the arrival of the supercharged Elise S Club Racer will provide drivers with a greener guilt-free performance trip.

With a 0-100 km/h time of 4.6 seconds, it is based on the Lotus Elise S, the but the new Club Racer variant strips out weight, more than 20 kg less than the standard car, but Lotus has added sports suspension, plus an adjustable front antiroll bar so owners can fine tune their driving experience.

It also wears Satin black alloy wheels with high performance Yokohama Neova tyres Continue reading “Greener guilt-free Lotus performance” »

News: Kia satisfies fussy Germans

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The Kia Sportage has topped its class in a survey on owner satisfaction by JD Power automotive consultants, centred on the hard-to-please German market.

Furthermore Kia Motors itself has risen five places in the overall manufacturers’ standings, as more people report positive experiences with Korea’s oldest car company.

European drivers, especially those in Germany, are notoriously hard to please and tend to favour vehicles from their own manufacturers, so these results are significant says Kia. Continue reading “Kia satisfies fussy Germans” »

News: Subaru aims for Nurburgring trifecta

SubaruSubaru Tecnica International (STI) will take on the German Nürburgring 24-Hour Race this month in a new generation all-wheel-drive WRX STI racing car.

It is the seventh consecutive year in which the team has headed to the infamous and challenging ‘Green Hell’ in the German Eifel Mountain region for this 24-hour endurance race.

Subaru is aiming for its third victory in the SP3T class, in a race program takes place from June 19 to 22. Continue reading “Subaru aims for Nurburgring trifecta” »