News: C-Class Coupe to arrive mid-2016

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Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the C-Class Coupe in Germany which echoes the design philosophy of the larger S-Class Coupe.

It will arrive in New Zealand for sale in dealerships around mid-2016 according to the local distribution arm of the factory.

The svelte new Coupe is 15mm lower than the C-Class sedan and features a high beltline and frameless doors with free-standing exterior mirrors which Mercedes-Benz says underscores the vehicle’s sporty character. Continue reading “C-Class Coupe to arrive mid-2016” »

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News: Mazda funding buys pet food and emergency vehicle equipment

Assistance-dogs-3The Mazda Foundation supported by sales from the national dealer network has awarded its second round of funding for the year to deserving Kiwis.

Around 29 individuals, community groups and charities around New Zealand have received grants to the total value of nearly $75,000.

Grants handed out this round included two groups supporting those living with disabilities. Continue reading “Mazda funding buys pet food and emergency vehicle equipment” »

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News: New Audi A4 arrival in the first quarter of 2016

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Audi AG has opened the order book for the new A4 sedan and Avant in European markets, and it’s officially due in New Zealand in the first quarter of 2016.

Audi New Zealand marketing manager Fiona Woolley says the choice of petrol or diesel engines, and range of specification for the New Zealand bound A4 sedan and Avant models is yet to be confirmed by the importer.

According to Audi AG, the new A4 offers cutting-edge drive technologies and a wide range of infotainment and driver assistance systems in both midsize models. Continue reading “New Audi A4 arrival in the first quarter of 2016” »

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News: International stars confirmed for Leadfoot

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American actor and race car driver Patrick Dempsey and Scottish rally star Alister McRae will attend the 2016 Leadfoot Festival.

Organiser and racing legend Rod Millen announced the star drivers at the events launch in Auckland last night.

Dempsey owns Dempsey Racing and has competed in prestigious pro-am events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car race, and Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Dempsey Racing is presently racing two Porsche 911 GT America’s in the Tudor United Sports Car Series. Continue reading “International stars confirmed for Leadfoot” »

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News: Volvo holding XC90 under recall

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Volvo Cars New Zealand has actioned a recall on its new XC90 – affecting more cars that have not been delivered than already in customer hands.

The fault relates to a side trim panel that could affect the deployment of a curtain airbag to the third row seats. No incidents have been reported.

The 12 affected car owners are being notified in person and delivery of the the remaining 34 cars in transit and at dealerships has been temporarily suspended. Continue reading “Volvo holding XC90 under recall” »

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Road Tests / Car Reviews: Subaru: 2015 Forester 2.0D SLT review

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A big hat, an immense afro and a Barbie-esque neck. These are the only ways you’re going to feel cramped with the Forester’s headroom. And that’s if you have all three together. It’s like driving along in quiet convertible with low grey cloud. Continue reading “Subaru: 2015 Forester 2.0D SLT review” »

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News: New face and spec for 2016 Outlander PHEV

Outlander_PHEV_0299_hiresThe Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) now mirrors its petrol and turbodiesel siblings for the 2016 model year by gaining the same new dynamic shield styling as well as some specification changes.

Globally more than 60,000 Outlander PHEVs are now on the road. Mitsubishi Japan says that come 2020 every fifth car it builds will be a PHEV or a pure electric car.

The 2016 Outlander PHEV models feature energy-saving LED headlamps, daytime running lamps and tail lights, and 18-inch machine finished alloys. Continue reading “New face and spec for 2016 Outlander PHEV” »

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News: Fiat Chrysler puts testing on ice

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Fiat Chrysler have brought a chill to their Michigan-based engineers – investing in a new cold-weather testing facilty.

The company is using its all-new 4×4 dynamometer (dyno) at the Chrysler Technology Centre for the extreme testing, the existing drive cell that houses the new dyno can be chilled to 40 below zero, and create wind speeds of up to 160km/h.

Testing is done in blizzard-like conditions in order to evaluate, among other things, how a vehicle performs when dense snow clogs its air intakes. Continue reading “Fiat Chrysler puts testing on ice” »

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