News: Laser light goes into series production


In mid 2014 BMW says it will be the first manufacturer worldwide to offer a production vehicle equipped with headlamps featuring a completely new laser light concept. Continue reading “Laser light goes into series production” »

News: 2014 Subaru Outback 2-litre diesel Premium


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Cosmetic enhancements rather than a revolutionary upgrade are the order of the day for the Model Year 2014 Subaru Outback 2-Litre diesel with the addition of an upscale Premium variant.

F8127295-7BB6-4E1D-B2B3-DA3046595062Both Outback diesels are supplied with Satellite navigation, and additionally the Premium variant comes with leather upholstery, sunroof and eight way power adjustable driver’s seat. Continue reading “2014 Subaru Outback 2-litre diesel Premium” »

Nissan: Nissan Juke Ti-S 2013 Review


We drove a Juke Ti back in April 2012 and our main complaint was that it was slow, and that’s not surprising seeing as the standard Juke has a piffling 86kW at 6000rpm. The gods of grunt have waved their hands over the Juke Ti-S, though, endowing its 1.6-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine with a turbocharger which lifts power to 140kW, and four-wheel drive to make sure it gets it all to the ground.

IMG_2742It’s like the difference between firing an air rifle and a bazooka.  Gone is the need to try to force the pedal through the firewall to get any kind of acceleration because torque is also substantially increased from 158Nm at 400rpm to 250Nm in a nice flat band from 2000-5000rpm. The Juke Ti-S seems like it gets to 100kph in around 8 seconds which is pretty respectable for this type of car; the Ti languishes like a tortoise, taking around 12 seconds to get to 100kph. Continue reading “Nissan Juke Ti-S 2013 Review” »

Maserati: First drive: Maserati Quattroporte GTS V8


Robert Barry was surprised and delighted by the new Maserati Quattroporte GTS V8 sedan on the media drive programme held recently in Sydney.

Until the recent press launch of the new Quattroporte GTS V8 sports sedan, I was a Maserati novice, to be frank. I had never sat in a car from the Modena and now Turin-based Italian manufacturer, let alone had the privilege and delight of driving one.

The Italian marque celebrates its 100th year in 2014, yet it didn’t produce its first production road car – the 3500GT – until 1957. For the 40 years prior, it had been purely a manufacturer of competition vehicles, for circuit and targa racing. Continue reading “First drive: Maserati Quattroporte GTS V8” »

News: Prickle-free operating costs on Citroen C4 Cactus

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Citroen has devised a pay as you drive finance offer for customers in some European countries which will roll out with the third quarter launch of the C4 Cactus SUV.

Local importer Sime Darby Automobiles says it is aware of the European finance offer, but just like the pricing and the specification of the new car, this is a feature that is also under negotiation with the factory.

Citroen divisional manager Simon Rose says that more likely that not, such a finance deal on the new C4 Cactus could be made available to New Zealand, particularly the ‘halo’ models. Continue reading “Prickle-free operating costs on Citroen C4 Cactus” »

News: Facebook fans choose future legends

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Scott McLaughlin

New Zealand’s rising motorsport stars will be the focus of a new display at the 2014 CRC Speed show, but the final selection will be made by their fans on Facebook.

Dubbed the Kiwi Young Guns, the feature recognises the talent of young New Zealanders across all forms of two and four-wheeled motor sports.

CRC Speedshow director Ross Prevette says the idea evolved from the New Zealand Legends of Speed display at last year’s show. Continue reading “Facebook fans choose future legends” »

Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz C200 Dynamic Sedan 2013 Review


Your entry into the Mercedes-Benz C-class starts with the C200 at just under $70,000, and you can go right up to the C63 AMG which is a beast of a car at just under $167,000. At the fiscally sensible end of the scale the C200 comes in three flavours: C200, C200 CDi (diesel-powered), and C200 Dynamic (our test car).

mercedes-benz-c200-dynamic-sedan-rear-quarterThis Dynamic model gets 18-inch wheels, satellite navigation, a glass sunroof and electric seats with 3 memories per side. Everything about the seats is electrically adjustable. The other big improvement over the standard C200 are the headlights. It has Intelligent Light System with Bi-Xenon headlamps, Active Light System, variable light distribution, headlamp cleaning system and dynamic headlight beam control. Basically, as you turn the wheel, extra lights illuminate to the side of you to help you see as you turn. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz C200 Dynamic Sedan 2013 Review” »

Humour: Jaguar makes the most of movie stereotype

In its first ever Superbowl advertisement, Jaguar has decided to make the most of the movie-image of the classic British villain.

Ignore the footage itself and listen to the sound of the F-type! Continue reading “Jaguar makes the most of movie stereotype” »