News: Best commercial May since records began

commercialjune2014_1New vehicle sales have again show strong gains, with commercials again beating all records.

According to figures released today by the Motor Industry Association, May saw sales of 10,064 new passenger and commercials.

There were 3,262 registrations of new commercial vehicles for the month of May, the strongest since the MIA began collecting records for commercial vehicles. Continue reading “Best commercial May since records began” »

News: Mercedes-Benz brings drive experience to city-centres

Take-the-Wheel-Night[1]Mercedes Benz is taking its showroom to the people, with a ‘Take the wheel’ public test drive roadshow.

This special event will feature key models in two central-city locations and offer walk up test drive opportunities to the public

Mercedes Benz New Zealand general manager Ben Giffin says the new GLA sports utility vehicle will be one of the models on show. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz brings drive experience to city-centres” »

Citroen: Citroen: 2014 C4 Grand Picasso HDi Intensive review

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DSC_0020While driving up the ‘fun’ section of State Highway 29 in Citroen’s new C4 Grand Picasso, it was reinforced to me that kiwi buyers should be considering options other than a Sports Utility Vehicle for their family carrying needs. Continue reading “Citroen: 2014 C4 Grand Picasso HDi Intensive review” »

News: Peugeot unleashes RCZ R into New Zealand

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A small number of exclusive Peugeot RCZ R coupes will become available from Peugeot dealers on June 1.

The RCZ R has been developed by Peugeot Sport, who were set the task to develop a more intense version of the RCZ coupe that offers performance for sporting use on a circuit, while retaining comfort and pleasure for everyday use.

Compared to the standard RCZ, the RCZ R features upgrades to the chassis, brakes, interior and features a hand-built engine that produces 199kW / 270bhp and 330Nm – making it the most powerful Peugeot production car yet. Continue reading “Peugeot unleashes RCZ R into New Zealand” »

Road Tests / Car Reviews: Skoda: 2014 Octavia RS TDI wagon review

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DSC_0057Many years ago, I used to give the Skoda management team a bit of grief about all of their press vehicles being black, which is one of the most difficult colours to photograph and challenging to keep clean and shiny .

Now we have a different team (yet still friendly and helpful) of people at the helm of Skoda NZ and the press cars of late have tended to be white ones. Continue reading “Skoda: 2014 Octavia RS TDI wagon review” »

Holden: Holden: 2014 VF Commodore SS V Redline review

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IMG_0495 It was almost ironic that the day I was due to return the SS V Redline back to the dealership, a recall for a potential seat belt fault was issued by Holden. It didn’t for a moment phase me or take the shine off what is a very competent and capable car. Continue reading “Holden: 2014 VF Commodore SS V Redline review” »

News: Aussie classics attract hot auction prices

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The classic car market remains buoyant in Australia with a 1961 Chevrolet Corvette C1 convertible selling under the hammer in Sydney recently for AUD $101,000.

A former trophy-winning 1960 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Convertible was the top-selling vehicle at Shannons late autumn auction in Sydney at $101,000.
Watched by a record number of online viewers, the Corvette’s sale at Shannons premises in Sydney capped off a result that saw 80% of all vehicles sell – 11 to online bidders.

Sporting cars were in demand, with a low-mileage 1988 Ferrari Testarossa bringing in AUD $96,000 after a bidding duel, while a matching numbers, substantially-original and believed three-owner 1969 HT Monaro GTS 253 made AUD $61,000. Continue reading “Aussie classics attract hot auction prices” »

News: AA says Jeep should go further

2014-jeep-cherokee-frontal-offsetAA motoring services GM Stella Stocks says Jeep has lifted its game with a 5-star ANCAP rating for the new Cherokee, but she would like to see the brand’s optional safety assist technologies made standard.

The Cherokee is the first Jeep model to receive a 5-star rating by the Australian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP). In 2012 the Jeep Wrangler (Sport, two door) and Jeep Compass (4×4 variants) earned 4-star safety ratings along with the Jeep Grand Cherokee in December 2011.

Stocks says Jeep has lagged behind its main competitors in terms of the safety features it offered. Continue reading “AA says Jeep should go further” »