News: New Isle of Man record set by Subaru


A new generation Subaru WRX-STI driven by British Rally champion Mark Higgins set a lap record on the 59.54-kilometre Isle of Man TT road course, with an average lap speed of 187.44 km/h and a time of 19.26 minutes.

This broke the previous record of 185.65 km/h set three years ago by Higgins in a 2010 Subaru WRX STI.

“It was quite a lap and I am really happy to have another record in the bank. The chassis on this new car is so much better it really allowed me to pick up time in each sector in the more technical parts of the course,” says Higgins. Continue reading “New Isle of Man record set by Subaru” »

News: Ford dealers will go all out at Fieldays

Ranger-Vs.-The-WorldFord New Zealand says it has built its largest display area yet for Fieldays and features a full-scale, 4WD track entitled ‘The Ford Ranger vs the world off-road experience’.

Ford New Zealand head office staff and Ford dealership representatives from around the country will be on hand to answer any questions from visitors as the company is taking up a full five sites this year at Fieldays 2014, at Mystery Creek, Hamilton.

The ‘Ranger vs the world off-road experience’ will allow Fieldays visitors to take a ride with professional drivers in a Ford Ranger. The experience will showcase the Ranger’s capability and versatility on a course that includes a range of challenges, including a steep sided mountain, water wading pool, waterfall, boulders and logs. Continue reading “Ford dealers will go all out at Fieldays” »

News: New Jeep Cherokee launched in New Zealand


The new KL model, Jeep Cherokee models have arrived in New Zealand bringing numerous firsts and best-in-class features says the manufacturer.

According to Jeep the new KL Cherokee offers three four- wheel-drive systems with one- or two-speed power transfer units: Jeep Active Drive I, Jeep Active Drive II and Jeep Active Drive Lock.

All four-wheel-drive systems feature rear-axle disconnect, which activates when four-wheel-drive capability is not required and reduces energy loss and improves fuel efficiency. Continue reading “New Jeep Cherokee launched in New Zealand” »

Kia: Kia: 2014 Optima Limited review


kia-optima-gdi-2014-frontWith Mazda’s excellent Mazda6 showing everyone the way, Kia’s contender in the medium car segment has been given a refresh with some new styling, new features and refined ride quality. Continue reading “Kia: 2014 Optima Limited review” »

News: Torque electric at CRC Speedshow


This year’s CRC Speedshow, will features one super-car – a lightweight, high-performance Tesla Roadster – that will not be like the others on display.

With its sleek, low-slung lines and innovative bonded aluminium/carbon-fibre body, the US-built Tesla Roadster certainly looks like a super-car. And its ability to accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds means it is as fast as one. The difference is that the Tesla is ‘powered’ by electricity, not petrol.

“And if you didn’t know the Tesla was electric, it would be hard to tell by looking at it, wouldn’t it?” says Rob McEwen of the Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles who’s behind the display of electric vehicles as part of CRC Speedshow, running 19 and 20 July at Auckland’s ASB show grounds. Continue reading “Torque electric at CRC Speedshow” »

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


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” »