News: Skoda NZ wants 1000 new car sales in 2015


Caption: Skoda Auto regional manager Petr Skutina and Skoda ambassador cyclist Simon van Velthoven

Skoda NZ wants to break the 1000 sales mark in 2015 and says the newly launched Fabia compact hatchback will account for at least 150 sales or 14% of total volume.

The mid-size Octavia range of lift-backs and wagons will account for 40% of its new car sales in 2015, leaving the other 46% of sales split across the Rapid space-back and lift-back variants, Yeti SUV, and Superb sedan and station wagon.

Skoda Auto’s regional manager for Australia and New Zealand Petr Skutina told AutoTalk last week at the Fabia media launch in Cambridge, that the brand is experiencing steady growth in New Zealand and the factory is keen to to see it become a volume player locally. Continue reading “Skoda NZ wants 1000 new car sales in 2015” »

News: Subaru aiming to pick up big car buyers


Subaru has launched its new generation Subaru Legacy, with its sights on the larger end of the sedan market.

The local distributor says it considers the new model – which drops the usually popular wagon model – as a ‘large-sized medium car’.

Subaru New Zealand managing director Wallis Dumper says the company wants to provide an option for those displaced by the impending end of large, rear-wheel-drive Australian cars. Continue reading “Subaru aiming to pick up big car buyers” »

News: EV charging station opens in Newmarket

Screen-Shot-2015-04-17-at-11.20A new – and free – electric vehicle charging point has been opened at lines company Vector’s Newmarket office.

Vector CEO Simon Mackenzie says Vector is proud to deliver another energy solution.

As the EV market expands, Vector is positioning itself to support this growth and make EVs even more attractive for Aucklanders by providing them with convenient locations to charge up. Continue reading “EV charging station opens in Newmarket” »

News: Hyundai sends message to space


Hyundai has used its new Genesis and a team of stunt drivers to send a lovely message to a dad in space.

Imagine the budget on this promotional project! Continue reading “Hyundai sends message to space” »

News: Triton rises to 5-stars

image116536_bxThe Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) has awarded the new generation Mitsubishi Triton a 5-star ANCAP safety rating.

It has also awarded 5-star ratings to the BMW i3, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Renault Captur and Tesla Model S.

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and Mini Cooper have scored 4 stars. Continue reading “Triton rises to 5-stars” »

News: Ford readies for life with new ‘flagship’


In communications to journalists leading up to the launch of the new Mondeo, Ford NZ’s communications manager Tom Clancy called the car their ‘flagship’ – a sure sign Falcon is now pushed very much into the back of the company’s mind.

The long-awaited new model is rolling out to dealers this month, where it will become the model to push to those not just wanting a medium-segment vehicle, but those wanting a bigger Ford as well.

Managing director Corey Holter is obviously expecting big things. Continue reading “Ford readies for life with new ‘flagship’” »

News: BMW NZ pulls off April 1 trade-in


Most April fools day gags have a pay off of laughs, but BMW New Zealand’s 2015 effort included rewarding someone with a new car.

The ‘joke’ allowed Tianna Marsh to swap her 15-year old Nissan Avenir for a brand new BMW 1 Series worth almost $50,000.

“BMW is world-renowned as being the maker of the Ultimate Driving Machine, but also as the creator of many memorable April Fool’s Day pranks,” says BMW NZ managing director Nina Englert. Continue reading “BMW NZ pulls off April 1 trade-in” »

News: Pricing revealed for CLA shooting brake line up


Mercedes-Benz passenger cars has announced pricing and specifications for the three variants of the CLA shooting brake that it will be available to customer order in New Zealand dealerships.

The CLA 200 shooting brake produces a maximum output of 115kW and 250Nm of torque from the 1.6L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, while fuel consumption is quoted at 5.7L/100km (combined).

The sporty CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC shooting brake delivers 155kW and up to 350Nm of torque. As per the equivalent coupé variant, its appearance is characterised by AMG styling, a diamond grille, intelligent light system, 18” AMG wheels and a lowered AMG engineered sports suspension. Continue reading “Pricing revealed for CLA shooting brake line up” »