News: Toyota: No discounting war with new Hilux

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Toyota New Zealand general manager of sales Steve Prangnell says the company has set a sales forecast of 5400 units for its new Hilux in 2016 – with the aim of making a profit on each one.

“We are not going to enter the discounting war,” he told media at the Hilux launch today. “Our game plan is to not watch the competitors.”

“Our strategy is to execute our game plan and not to watch the score board,” says Prangnell. Continue reading “Toyota: No discounting war with new Hilux” »

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News: Citroen returns to WRC

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Citroën has announced plans to return to the sport it dominated through the 2010’s – the World Rally Championship.

“With eight world titles and a record 94 wins, Citroën has certainly enjoyed unrivalled success in the WRC,” reiterated Linda Jackson, chief executive officer of the Citroën Brand.

“Rallying is a fascinating sport, which tests the performance, reliability and solidity of the cars and drivers in some magnificent settings,” Jackson says. “The category is taking off again, with increasingly widespread live television coverage and the arrival of China on the calendar in 2016. Continue reading “Citroen returns to WRC” »

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News: Another Car of the Year adds safety nod

coty-2015Another Car of the Year award has added a safety category – acknowledging the importance of the issue to buyers.

The AMI Autocar Car of the Year will announce a safety award as one of their categories as part of their awards in early December.

The award was added off the back of research AC Neilson research showing that 78% of New Zealanders identified safety as an important factor when choosing a new car. Continue reading “Another Car of the Year adds safety nod” »

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News: Runaway shopping trolley causes $15,000 of damage

shopping-cart-crashRunaway shopping trolleys are the cause of about 200 car claims each year, according to research carried out by IAG New Zealand.

In the last five years, 983 Kiwis have claimed for damage to their car caused by an out-of-control shopping trolley, with repair costs peaking at $15,000 for more expensive vehicles.

Tests carried out by IAG’s Research Centre in Sydney showed that loaded shopping trolleys can pick up speeds of up to 15km/hour, according to senior manager Robert Macdonald. Continue reading “Runaway shopping trolley causes $15,000 of damage” »

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News: Kia backs Nines

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The hugely-successful Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines has a new backer – Kia Motors New Zealand.

Kia is now an official sponsor of the event, as well as the official vehicle and automotive partner.

The Auckland Nines, held at Eden Park next February, is set to have a sellout crowd. Continue reading “Kia backs Nines” »

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News: Visiting driver test welcomed

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The Automobile Association has released a new interactive test for drivers visiting New Zealand – a move welcomed at a government level.

Associate transport minister Craig Foss says the Visiting Drivers Training Programme will help inform visiting drivers, improve safety and save lives.

The programme is free; however, users are given the option of paying $10 for a certificate that entitles them to discounted rates at rental vehicle firms Thrifty and Europcar. Continue reading “Visiting driver test welcomed” »

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Holden: Holden: 2015 Holden Commodore SS-V Redline sedan review

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Proper English grammar dictates that “it’s not the best ever, but it’s the best yet.”

However given the finality of the production of the V8 Commodore sedan and station wagon range come late 2017, I think we can truly say the VF Series II is the best ever rear-wheel-drive GM Holden Australia designed and built passenger vehicle. Continue reading “Holden: 2015 Holden Commodore SS-V Redline sedan review” »

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Road Tests / Car Reviews: Volvo: 2015 XC60 D4 Luxury review

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The Volvo XC60 SUV has been the Swedish manufacturers best selling vehicle yet since its introduction in 2009, and although it is no doubt due for replacement in the not too distant future, the company has recently updated the choice of engines to the new frugal and powerful Drive-E series. Continue reading “Volvo: 2015 XC60 D4 Luxury review” »

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