Audi: Audi: 2015 TT Coupe S Line review

Audi TT 2015 front quarter

When I did judo as a kid we were taught techniques after being thrown that would make it difficult for your opponent to turn you onto your back to avoid osaekomi waza, or pinning techniques. You made yourself low and wide to hug the mat, and adjusted your bodyweight to stay flat. This is what the Audi TT feels like to drive. It feels as if you wouldn’t be able to turn it over to expose the soft underbelly. Around the corners its grappling technique with the tarmac is black belt, sports car quality. Continue reading “Audi: 2015 TT Coupe S Line review” »

Humour: Toyota lifts its leg

This Toyota Germany advertisement from last year hit our office inbox and had everyone here laughing.

What do you think of this cheeky video? Continue reading “Toyota lifts its leg” »

News: Another added-value Mercedes-Benz arrives


Mercedes-Benz passenger cars have announced the arrival of another added-value limited edition of the E-Class which it has called the ‘Night Edition’.

A limited number of E-Class ‘Night Edition’ models are now available to order for customers in New Zealand through the authorised dealer network.

Enhancing the ‘vision package’, the new ‘Night Edition’ incorporates the AMG sport plus package as well as a host of extra equipment, and will be available for the E-Class Sedan, Coupé and Cabriolet models. Continue reading “Another added-value Mercedes-Benz arrives” »

News: Team Golf wins BMW ultimate driving challenge

150310_BMW-WEB_Team-Rugby,-Cricket-and-GoxxA number of sporting celebrities competing in the BMW New Zealand Open participated in a different sort of challenge – driving a fleet of BMW models as part of a series of skill tests at Highlands Motorsport Park.

The rugby, cricket and golf representatives, were put through their paces by BMW Driving Experience instructor, Mike Eady.

The competitors included, golfers Mike Hendry and Steve Williams, former All Blacks Andrew Mehrtens and Justin Marshall, cricketer Mark Richardson plus dual rugby and cricket international, Jeff Wilson. Continue reading “Team Golf wins BMW ultimate driving challenge” »

News: Daimler AG wins recognition from Women’s world car of the year


The Mercedes-Benz S-Class won both the luxury car segment in Women’s World Car of the Year and achieved the overall Supreme Award for 2014 and judges on the panel of the international awards this week presented certificates of recognition to Daimler AG at the Geneva Motor Show.

Ola Källenius, Member of the board of management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz cars, marketing and sales accepted the award.

Källenius has held a number of executive positions and has been Chairman of the Mercedes-AMG GmbH from 2010 to 2013. He joined the former Daimler-Benz AG in 1993. Continue reading “Daimler AG wins recognition from Women’s world car of the year” »

News: All-wheel-drive variant tops new B-Class range


Mercedes-Benz New Zealand Ltd has announced pricing for the newly revised B-Class which features enhancements to the interior and exterior, as well as redefined design and equipment lines.

The line up for the New Zealand market includes a new B 250 4Matic variant which Mercedes-Benz says is the only vehicle in its class with an all-wheel drive system.

The next generation B-Class can easily be identified by its refreshed styling: including a new bumper, wide radiator trim with two louvres and integrated daytime running lamps in the headlamps. The rear bumper has also been modified and now features a contoured covering and chrome trim highlights. Continue reading “All-wheel-drive variant tops new B-Class range” »

Lexus: Lexus: 2015 NX300h F Sport Hybrid review

Lexus NX300h 2015 front quarter

There’s a small gaggle of compact luxury SUVs vying for the attention of the moderately well-heeled, and the Lexus NX300h is waving a green flag. The hybrid is boldly styled with the angular front design featuring a strong grille and deep recesses. Continue reading “Lexus: 2015 NX300h F Sport Hybrid review” »

News: Auckland looking at electric car sharing

electric-cars-berlin_497x260xxAuckland transport has released a request for proposal – seeking an operator to roll out a huge car-sharing scheme, using plug-in electric cars.

The proposed scheme would initially have 250 – 300 vehicles which AT will match with a similar number of car parks dedicated to care share vehicles. It’s expected that, in time, the fleet would increase to at least 500 cars.

The council suggests the costs will be borne by the private operator. Continue reading “Auckland looking at electric car sharing” »