News: The $100k Hyundai arrives in New Zealand dealerships


The Hyundai Genesis arrives with the title of being the safest car yet tested by the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), it comes fully loaded in one specification as Hyundai New Zealand ticked every available box, and it eclipses the $80k Santa Fe Elite Limited SUV to become the first ever $99,990 (plus on road costs) Hyundai to be retailed in local dealerships during the first quarter of this year.

Hyundai New Zealand says the new Genesis luxury sedan will appeal to astute-thinking traditional rear-wheel-drive buyers, who are predominantly males aged 50 plus, and who believe product content and capability are more valuable than notions of brand.

The car will also be available through provincial as well as metropolitan dealers, which should target a greater number of these astute-thinking buyers and Hyundai New Zealand general manager Andy Sinclair says that the percentage of sales penetration for Genesis may well be stronger in the provincial areas. Continue reading “The $100k Hyundai arrives in New Zealand dealerships” »

Mazda: Mazda: 2015 Mazda2 Limited review

Mazda2 Limited 2015 front quarter

This is the car that caught Suzuki resting on its rather comfortable laurels. The Swift has been the top dog of the small car world for years, but not any more: Mazda took what wasn’t really broken, but fixed it in a way unimaginable to Suzuki, and the majority of us, and the result could shake things up. Continue reading “Mazda: 2015 Mazda2 Limited review” »

Foton: Foton: 2014 Tunland 4×4 double cab ute review

2014 Foton Tunland 4x4 front 3:4

There was a moment during my week with the Foton Tunland 4×4 where I realised, that if I’d driven down the road with a blind fold on, I could momentarily be forgiven for believing I was behind the wheel of a current generation Toyota Hilux, because the noise of the engine, the power delivery, the feel of the transmission shift, and the steering feel and ride quality were very similar if not damned near identical. Continue reading “Foton: 2014 Tunland 4×4 double cab ute review” »

News: Mercedes-Benz announces new CLS-Class line up

CLS 500 Coupe - 3-1

The New Zealand Mercedes-Benz distributor has announced the pricing and specification of the newly revised CLS-Class Coupe and Shooting Brake models for 2015.

Four Coupes and two Shooting Brakes grace the New Zealand line-up, and a mixture of power plants including a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel in the CLS 250 CDI, a new twin turbocharged 3-litre V6 in the CLS 400, and a 5.5-litre AMG-fettled bi-turbo V8 in the CLS 63 AMG, which now has an uprated output of 430kW. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz announces new CLS-Class line up” »

News: Top Gear in network shift

p01lc1xnHold on to your television marketing budgets, TV3 is likely to come calling.

Mediaworks announced this morning a deal that will see the hugely successful – and at times controversial – Top Gear franchise to its channel.

The long-term deal with BBC Worldwide will see series 22, which has just begun in the United Kingdom, screen here in a few weeks, as well as a two-part Patagonia Special – which famously ended with the cast and crew being chased out of Argentina. Continue reading “Top Gear in network shift” »

Cars: A Cactus that gives you Airbumps

2015 Citroen C4 Cactus front 3:4

Citroens quirky new C4 Cactus crossover which has just launched here, offers New Zealand buyers the opportunity to buy a vehicle that can become a true extension of their personality.

Two engines are offered, one a 81kW Puretech Euro 6 turbocharged petrol three-cylinder with a five-speed manual transmission and the other is a e-HDi 68kW Euro 5 four-cylinder turbo diesel with a six-speed automated single clutch transmission, which Citroen refers to as ETG6. Continue reading “A Cactus that gives you Airbumps” »

Honda: Honda 2015 Odyssey L review

honda odyssey 2015 front quarter

The Odyssey used to be a car, but now it’s a minivan. It was one of the very few 7-seat cars you could buy back in the mid-2000s. We last tested one in 2009 (read here) when it was a mere 1545mm tall, and was still ostensibly a car. Now the Odyssey has grown up and is 150mm taller. This average growth rate of 30mm per year is 10 times faster than the world’s fastest mountain is growing (Mount St. Elias grows at around 3mm per year). Continue reading “Honda 2015 Odyssey L review” »

News: Audi VR experience: the dealership in a briefcase


Audi dealerships will begin to introduce a new virtual reality (VR) headset sales tool by end of 2015 in order to enhance the Audi showroom experience for customers.

The Audi VR experience gives customers the opportunity to configure their preferred car at the dealership through VR headsets and experience it in a unprecedented way. The headset showcases the entire model portfolio of Audi, including all possible equipment combinations.

By doing this Audi has now become the first automotive manufacturer to develop a dedicated retail software solution for VR headsets. Continue reading “Audi VR experience: the dealership in a briefcase” »