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” »

News: Nissan shows off new Navara


Nissan has taken the covers off one of its key model updates – its next generation Navara – in Thailand.

Taking strong-cues from its Pathfinder and X-Trail SUVs, the new NP300 Navara looks more sculpted, and less blocky, than the highly successful D40 model it will replace.

“Since we built our first pick-up in 1933, over 14 million customers around the globe have come to depend on a Nissan pick-up to transport their families, work-mates and cargo, sometimes in the toughest of circumstances,” says Andy Palmer, Nissan’s chief planning officer. Continue reading “Nissan shows off new Navara” »

Audi: Audi: 2014 A3 1.8T Sport sedan review


audi-s3-sedan-2014-frontYou’d think that getting out of a 221kW Audi S3 and straight into a 132kW A3 might be a bit of a let-down, but it actually wasn’t bad at all.

In comparison to the S3, the A3 gets much nicer throttle mapping for the downshifts and a whole extra gear ratio with 7 on tap from the S Tronic gearbox. The available power from the 1.8-litre turbo engine means 7.3 seconds to 100kph, which is quite respectable and very usable in day-to-day driving.

Continue reading “Audi: 2014 A3 1.8T Sport sedan review” »

Audi: Audi: 2014 S3 Sportback quattro review


audi-s3-2014-frontI was walking with a friend when a yellow Lamborghini Murcielago passed us near Westhaven Marina. She asked me why people buy cars like that in bright colours.

“Advertising,” I replied. It’s all about advertising the fact that you can spend half a mil’ on a car, and you want people to know. Plus, it looks cool. She didn’t understand the ‘looks cool’ bit. Continue reading “Audi: 2014 S3 Sportback quattro review” »

News: Honda wants great things from new Jazz


Honda has laid down the gauntlet to the light and small car market, it wants to double sales of its new Jazz.

Honda hopes that the value for money proposition offered by the new Jazz hatchback will see the car increase its market share from more than 900 sales last year to more than 1,800 this year.

The entry level 1.3-litre Jazz S offers a reversing camera, satellite navigation, bluetooth, touch screen, alloy wheels, hill start assist, emergency stop signal, magic seats, and a five year warranty from $23,700. Continue reading “Honda wants great things from new Jazz” »

News: Kia GT scores 5-star safety rating


The Kia pro_cee’d GT has been given a 5-star safety rating in the latest round of ANCAP testing for the New Zealand and Australian markets.

It ranked highly in tests, scoring a 36.19 out of 37 rating from the ANCAP engineers.

ANCAP officials say the pro_cee’d GT passenger compartment held its shape well in the frontal offset test, with pedal and steering wheel displacements well controlled, adding that driver and passenger contact with the airbags was stable. All doors remained closed during the impact and could easily be opened afterwards. Continue reading “Kia GT scores 5-star safety rating” »

News: Toyota builds fisherman’s dream ute


Toyota NZ has teamed up with extreme fisherman Matt Watson in creating a uniquely fishing friendly Hilux ute that will make its public debut at Fieldays this week.

Designed by Watson himself, the Hilux 4WD double cab SR5 has been kitted out with an array of Toyota accessories and modifications that he reckons would hook the most die-hard fisherman.

Watson says the Hilux SR5 has everything you’d expect to be able to land the big one – plus a few things you might not. Continue reading “Toyota builds fisherman’s dream ute” »

News: BMW details new X6 sports activity coupe


BMW has released global details and pictures of its new X6 Sports Activity Coupe which launches in December 2014.

An international media release from BMW says the design of the new X6 blends the versatility of a BMW X model with the elegance typical of the brand’s Coupes.

The interior combines generous space with model-specific sports features and a luxurious ambience, while attractive design and equipment packages further highlight the exclusive style of the new BMW X6. Continue reading “BMW details new X6 sports activity coupe” »