News: Mercedes-Benz announces new CLS-Class line up

CLS 500 Coupe - 3-1

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” »

News: Top Gear in network shift

p01lc1xnHold 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” »

Cars: A Cactus that gives you Airbumps

2015 Citroen C4 Cactus front 3:4

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” »

Honda: Honda 2015 Odyssey L review

honda odyssey 2015 front quarter

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” »

News: Audi VR experience: the dealership in a briefcase


Audi dealerships will begin to introduce a new virtual reality (VR) headset sales tool by end of 2015 in order to enhance the Audi showroom experience for customers.

The Audi VR experience gives customers the opportunity to configure their preferred car at the dealership through VR headsets and experience it in a unprecedented way. The headset showcases the entire model portfolio of Audi, including all possible equipment combinations.

By doing this Audi has now become the first automotive manufacturer to develop a dedicated retail software solution for VR headsets. Continue reading “Audi VR experience: the dealership in a briefcase” »

News: Commodore name to stay


Holden is still being coy on what will replace the Commodore when it goes out of production in 2018 – but they have confirmed the name will stay.

The company says customer feedback drove the decision to keep the name for the replacement large car.

Holden executive director of sales Peter Keley confirmed the name today. Continue reading “Commodore name to stay” »

News: CRV receives 2015 update


Honda has facelifted its CRV SUV for 2015 – importantly making intelligent safety technology standard across the range.

Honda’s laneWatch camera and emergency stop signal are now standard, as well as LED daytime running lights.

The model range now includes the CRV 2WD Sport with a 2L SOHC i-VTEC Engine and the CRV 4WD Sport and Sport NT, both with a 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC Engine. A Sport+ exterior kit is also available. Continue reading “CRV receives 2015 update” »

News: More spec, same money in Touareg rejig


Volkswagen NZ has launched its 2015 Touareg line up, with more specification at the same starting price.

The entry-level Touareg V6 TDI 160w is priced at $89,900 , but now includes $4,350 worth of extra specification including Bi-Xenon headlights, keyless entry and a heated steering wheel and shift paddles.

The Touareg V6 TDI 180kW has a reduced price of $104,900, and now also comes with $6,100 in extras, including Keyless entry and heated steering wheel with shift paddles and a memory package with other added benefits. Continue reading “More spec, same money in Touareg rejig” »