Audi: Audi: 2015 S1 Sportback review

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The term pocket rocket has been applied to many small hot hatches, but none have been more deserving of the title than the new Audi S1 Sportback.

Here is a compact turbocharged four-cylinder 2-litre all-wheel-drive city hatchback with a six-speed manual transmission that will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds. Continue reading “Audi: 2015 S1 Sportback review” »

News: Street party at Harley-Davidson dealerships

Street-Gallery-84Harley-Davidson has confirmed its new Street 500 model will be on sale from Saturday February 21, 2015 and each dealership in New Zealand will be simultaneously holding a ‘Street Party’ on that day.

Auckland Harley-Davidson chief executive Ray Pratt says he’s looking forward to the occasion as local motorcycle riders get the chance to take to the road and be among the first in NZ to open the throttle on the new Street 500.

The new model is the brand’s first learner approved motorcycle, and it offers the chance for learner license holders to experience riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for the first time. Continue reading “Street party at Harley-Davidson dealerships” »

Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz: 2014 E250 Special Edition review

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It is becoming more and more common in the premium sedan market for manufacturers to offer a limited production model with extra specification and equipment for the same price as the normal standard car. BMW is a master of the limited edition model with umpteen thousand dollars of added value at no extra cost, and now Mercedes-Benz has jumped on the bandwagon. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: 2014 E250 Special Edition review” »

Lexus: Lexus: 2015 RC350 F Sport review

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The RC350 is a car you could put anywhere and it would still photograph beautifully. It was by chance that I had booked a trip to Ohakune in order to do the Tongariro Crossing on the same weekend that I had the RC350. I honestly could have spent a whole day finding vistas that included snow-capped Mount Ruapehu, but as it was, Ohakune Mountain Rd and its sinuous rise to the ski fields of Ruapehu set the scene. The brilliant blue sky did the rest, but the Lexus still stole the show. Continue reading “Lexus: 2015 RC350 F Sport review” »

News: Prius c gets a make over for 2015


Toyota’s Prius c hybrid hatchback has been refreshed for 2015 with new exterior design details, an upgraded interior and three new body colours.

Heralding the biggest change for 2015 is a restyled front for all model grades, while the Prius c s-Tech grade is further enhanced with the addition of privacy glass, LED headlights, and LED feature fog lights.

Three new exterior colours have been released for 2015 are Zest, Tango and Cool Soda which brings the number of available colours in the range to nine. Continue reading “Prius c gets a make over for 2015” »

News: Revamped 2015 Kia Rio released


Kia Motors New Zealand has just released the revamped 2015 Rio which features new design alloy wheels and changes to the front and rear styling.

Currently the most popular Kia model globally, the enhancements are designed to ensure that Rio remains in high demand says the manufacturer.

The front bumper and tiger nose grille, now have ‘winglets’ incorporated into the fog lamp recesses, while the rear gains a newly reshaped bumper. Continue reading “Revamped 2015 Kia Rio released” »

News: Superbowl ads roll out again


As the 2015 Superbowl brings the US to a standstill, for advertisers, including vehicle manufaturers, it provides one of the single biggest audiences at one time for the year.

AutoTalk has dug out the car ads released so far this year, so you do not have to go hunting.

Our favourite – shown above, is not for a car, but for a motorsport. Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson, played by comedian Nick Offerman, suggests you get some Nascar in your life. There is a lot of ‘fricking’, a man and a US flag banana hammock, and the new truth: “When our idea of danger is eating gluten, trouble is afoot.” Continue reading “Superbowl ads roll out again” »

News: 2015 Outback gets 2014 Legacy wagon prices


Subaru’s 2015 Outback, which goes on sale in February will have the same prices as the 2014 Legacy wagon which it replaces.

This means the 2015 Outback in most models is $5000 below the price of the previous 2014 Outback model says Subaru New Zealand managing director Wallis Dumper.

The 2015 Outback is available in three petrol and two diesel engined models, all with Lineartronic automatic transmission and manual paddle shifters. Continue reading “2015 Outback gets 2014 Legacy wagon prices” »