News: Ford mountain Everest sales assault

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Ford is going above and beyond with its Everest display at Fieldays – even building a mountain.

Its ‘Off the Grid Experience’ has – aside from the hill/mountain – has a bridge, water wade and axle articulation holes to demo the off-road capability of its Aussie-developed SUV.

Visitors to the stand will be able to have a pedal in the new Everest Titanium,under the watchful eye of professional drivers, over a course designed to show features like the vehicle’s hill skills – both descent control and launch assist. Continue reading “Ford mountain Everest sales assault” »

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News: Jag rolls out F-Pace at Fieldays

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Jaguar says its dealers are being hammered with pre-launch orders and sales enquiries for its first-ever SUV.

The F-Pace officially appears on showroom floors next month, but the first of the off-road Jags to land in New Zealand will be on show at Fieldays this week.

“The F-Pace is one of the most highly anticipated models the brand has seen and we anticipate the first edition models will sell quickly,” said Steve Kechington, general manager for Jaguar Land Rover. Continue reading “Jag rolls out F-Pace at Fieldays” »

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Jeep: Jeep Wrangler-based Brute makes other monsters cry

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Ridiculous can be both a compliment and an insult. With the Jeep Wrangler-based ‘Brute’ pickup, it is definitely the former.
 
Fiat Chrysler New Zealand has dipped into the American after-market to launch the 5.5-metre long double cab – that’s 150mm longer than Ford’s Ranger – into the New Zealand market.
 
This monstrous ute starts life on Jeep production lines as a four-door Wrangler Unlimited model – and then things go a bit mad.

The mild-mannered Jeep goes to American Expedition Vehicles in Montana, where it has its chassis modified and stretched. 

Continue reading “Jeep Wrangler-based Brute makes other monsters cry” »

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News: Maserati takes luxury SUV to Goodwood

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It could be genius – or it may not – but Maserati will give its Levante luxury SUV a very public baptism of fire at the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Levante – which hits these shores early next year – is the company’s first crack at the lucrative SUV market, and its abilities on attack have been the source of much speculation.

It weighs 2100-odd kilos, is 5m long, has a 3m wheelbase and towers 1.6m high – displaying dynamic driving, at pace, up that hill, is going to take an effort. Continue reading “Maserati takes luxury SUV to Goodwood” »

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News: Replica Back to the Future DeLorean hits $91.5m at auction

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An internet auction for a replica of the Back to the Future DeLorean hit 88mph and just kept on going.

Auction bosses were left scratching their heads when the bidding war on Yahoo Auctions Japan spiralled out of control for a non-working ’replicar’ of the vehicle that starred alongside Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in the blockbuster trilogy.

The auction hit a staggering ¥9,999,999,999 (NZ$91.5m) late on Monday night, local time, after attracting a ¥1.5bn bid earlier in the night. It is the highest bid the auction site can accept. Continue reading “Replica Back to the Future DeLorean hits $91.5m at auction” »

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Mitsubishi: Mitsubishi Triton 4×4 GLS review

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The new generation of Mitsubishi Triton shrugs off it’s predecessors reputation for being as uncouth as a bull in a China shop, it is by far a much more refined proposition.

We were impressed with the new Triton on first acquaintance when we drove it briefly at the media launch drive around Wellington in April. It was smooth, quiet and responsive with relatively decent handling for a light commercial vehicle – almost car-like in fact. Continue reading “Mitsubishi Triton 4×4 GLS review” »

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News: Ford tries to patent fake engine noise

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Fake engine sounds are getting more common in cars – often piped through speakers to give the impression that vehicles are louder than they are and sound better than they do.

Others use the actual engine and bizarre arrays of piping and bends and blanks and bulbous bits to ‘tune’ the non exhaust-amplified sounds and send them back through the cabin.

The reason? Some people think cars are too quiet in the modern world. But do the even like these glorified vuvuzelas or speakers pushing out faked noises? Interestingly some do – others hate them with a vengeance. Continue reading “Ford tries to patent fake engine noise” »

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News: British brand signs on as Lions top sponsor

Land Rover announces its renewal as Principal Partner of The British & Irish Lions

The British and Irish Lions tour here next year has scored an additional boost with the re-signing of key sponsor Land Rover.

It’ll be the sixth time that Land Rover has taken the on the big sponsor mantle – supporting the tourists, of course.

Its rugby-supporting background stretches right back to the 1997 South Africa tour, and includes the Lions’ tour here in 2005 and the 2013 tour of Australia. And two World Cups. Continue reading “British brand signs on as Lions top sponsor” »

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