News: Last Camry/Aurion to be produced in Australia

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Toyota has unveiled the last model Toyota Camry to be built at its manufacturing plant located in Altona, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia.

All New Zealand bound Camry’s have been sourced from the Australian plant since the late 1980s.

The new-look 2015 Camry and Camry Hybrid as well as the facelift Aurion sedan will be in production until the company stops Australian manufacturing at the end of 2017. Continue reading “Last Camry/Aurion to be produced in Australia” »

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News: Ford’s Hot Wheels approach to interest kids

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The Ford Motor Company took a unique approach to interest kids in science and engineering as part of the annual ‘Take your child to work day’ by building the world’s biggest Hot Wheels car track loop yet.

When completed Ford made a world record attempt with a Hot Wheels car track loop that exceeded 12 feet tall.

The attempt was the brainchild of Ford dynamometer technician Matt West, who had built increasingly larger Hot Wheels loops with his six-year-old son Blade at their home in Monroe, Michigan. Continue reading “Ford’s Hot Wheels approach to interest kids” »

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News: Women engage with cars differently says new judge

Juliet-PotterThe founder of a car website specifically designed to cater to women has joined the women’s world car of the year jury.

Australian Juliet Potter designed and launched autochic.com.au in 2000, as a first of its kind in the world at the time by establishing a number of ground-breaking initiatives.

“Women engage with cars differently to men and it’s time to learn to speak to women and to step up the customer experience as a whole. And I’m not talking token gestures.” Continue reading “Women engage with cars differently says new judge” »

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Jeep: Jeep: 2015 Grand Cherokee SRT review

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There’s a delicious irony about piloting a high-performance V8-powered Jeep SUV which most self respecting people will never take off road.

The 2015 Grand Cherokee SRT is a long distance cruiser rather than a bush bashing bruiser as witnessed by the availability of a sport and track mode setting on the adaptive damping system. Continue reading “Jeep: 2015 Grand Cherokee SRT review” »

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News: Head start for new Sorento

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Kia Motors New Zealand has managed to make a big start to sales of its new Sorento, amassing a sizeable order book before the official launch.

The company hit a target of preselling 100 Sorento, putting them 20% of the way to fulfilling their plans to sell 500 for the 2015 year.

Part of that target will be powered by a new model for the range, a 3.3-litre V6, in front wheel drive only, that has Kia Motors New Zealand general manager Todd McDonald excited, and expecting volume of around 150. Continue reading “Head start for new Sorento” »

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News: Sharper prices and interest-free finance on Forester

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Subaru has sharpened its retail pricing on the revised five model Forester-SUV range and is offering a five year interest free finance package on new models purchased until the end of June.

The price revisions have been assisted by the strength of the Kiwi dollar against the Japanese Yen, enabling the local distributor to negotiate a better buying price with the factory.

Lineartronic transmission has been introduced on the Forester 2.0 litre Diesel as part of the 2015 model year revisions, a manual model is no longer available. Continue reading “Sharper prices and interest-free finance on Forester” »

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News: Dynamic shield Outlander launched

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After just two years in the market Mitsubishi has given the Outlander a comprehensive makeover even though the New Zealand distributor says that currently sales remain as strong as ever.

More than 70% of Outlanders are sold to fleet buyers, and while some people may not have been enamoured of the styling of the previous generation car, which will remain on the PHEV variant for the foreseeable future, the company says that sales were unaffected by the styling change and were greater than the previous generation.

However, the MY16 Outlander wears the new dynamic shield style which will become the design direction for future new products says Mitsubishi Motors. The new design was led by the Japanese manufacturer’s recently appointed design chief Tsunehiro Kunimoto, who joined Mitsubishi Motor Corporation in April 2014 after a 40 year career at Nissan. Continue reading “Dynamic shield Outlander launched” »

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News: Triton gunning for bigger sales and market share

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Mitsubishi Motors NZ (MMNZ) says it was New Zealand’s fastest-growing mainstream brand in 2014, and with Utes now accounting for 20% of all new vehicles, it predicts that sales of the all-new Triton will double to 2500 units in 2015.

One in five new vehicles sold in New Zealand is a ute, and MMNZ is aiming for 10% of the market in 2015 which it says should see around 25,000 units sold.

It has already wholesaled 900 units of the new Triton to its dealer network for delivery in the next three months. More than 116 units have been retailed since March 25 Continue reading “Triton gunning for bigger sales and market share” »

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