News: Superbowl – the automotive guide

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The Superbowl has come and gone again, and with it millions spent on some of the best ads of the year, including by car companies.

We have watched them all – and listed them here for your viewing pleasure.

Our picks? We think Audi’s effort is beautiful, but it probably gets beaten – just – by Kia’s effort with actor Christopher Walken. Continue reading “Superbowl – the automotive guide” »

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News: Industry denies convicted mechanics fake WOF claim

Unknown-2The New Zealand Transport Agency and the New Zealand Automobile Association have rejected the allegation of a former Christchurch mechanic that issuing fake warrants of fitness is an industry wide issue.

According to Stuff, 28-year-old, Jeremy Burrell told police he “felt pressured to act in this way” after admitting issuing 15 fake warrants receiving payment for 10 of them.

Burrell pled guilty in the Christchurch District Court to a charge of dishonestly using a document to get a financial gain. Sentencing will take place on April 22. Continue reading “Industry denies convicted mechanics fake WOF claim” »

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News: Hilux-derived Fortuner SUV impresses

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After the disappointing unladen ride quality of the new Toyota Hilux on smooth tarmac and bitumen, I wasn’t expecting great things of the Fortuner, but the new Toyota SUV was a very pleasant surprise.

The seven-seat family and fleet-friendly SUV arrive here with seven airbags and a five-star ANCAP safety rating. We drove it at the official media presentation in Napier yesterday.

While the front double wishbone suspension mirrors the Hilux, the rear of the Fortuner utilises a coil-sprung rear suspension which still gives the car excellent ground clearance and loading capacity, but, more importantly, a comfortable ride for the occupants. Continue reading “Hilux-derived Fortuner SUV impresses” »

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News: Toyota expecting strong Fortuner sales despite petrol momentum

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Toyota New Zealand says despite more new petrol-powered and front-wheel-drive SUVs being sold in 2015, it is confident of strong sales for its new diesel-only Fortuner.

It is picking a first-year sales target of 720 for the model, which will enter an increasingly-busy segment already occupied by the Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Holden Colorado and Isuzu MUX.

The ladder-chassis SUV uses the engine and drive train from the Hilux pick-up, but has a unique body with seating for seven. Continue reading “Toyota expecting strong Fortuner sales despite petrol momentum” »

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News: Subaru using festival to showcase product

Subaru Pace Cars – Subaru’s WRX and the all-new Levorg will be performing pace car duties at the Leadfoot Festival. Photo credit Neville Bailey


Subaru Pace Cars – Subaru’s WRX and the all-new Levorg will be performing pace car duties at the Leadfoot Festival. Photo credit Neville Bailey

Subaru New Zealand is using its partnership with this weekend’s Leadfoot Festival as a chance to showcase its performance credentials.

Leadfoot Festival pays respect to the most significant and outstanding drivers, whom property owner and motorsport legend Rod Millen has personally hand selected from around the world along with their distinguished racing machines to participate in the February 6/7th event.

Two Subaru models will act as pace cars for the impressive and diverse cars and motorbikes, providing their on-track safety while they race the clock up Millen’s purpose-built driveway a Levorg and WRX, which will also continue its tradition as a pace car. Continue reading “Subaru using festival to showcase product” »

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News: Big tech in new small Holden

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2FAB3148-5D85-464E-8214-D78FF430B8A3Holden has released details of its new generation Spark small car – set for launch in March.

When compared to its predecessor, the new Spark has a sleeker exterior appearance and lower profile, thanks to a slightly longer wheelbase, thinner pillars, a reduction in height and wheels pushed to the cars corners.

Under the bonnet, Spark is powered by a new 1.4-litre engine capable of producing 73kW of power and 128Nm of torque. Continue reading “Big tech in new small Holden” »

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News: Million dollar marketing spend for Volvo NZ

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Volvo New Zealand says a new marketing campaign for the brand is costing $1 million.

In what appears to be a first for the New Zealand market, Volvo will be sending anyone who buys a Volvo over the 12-week campaign to its home market, Sweden, to visit Gothenburg.

As part of the trip for two, they will visit Gothenburg where preparations are now underway for the world’s first autonomous driving trial – Volvo will test 100 of its autonomous cars on public roads driven in normal traffic by members of the public starting within the next 12 months. Continue reading “Million dollar marketing spend for Volvo NZ” »

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News: Toyota completes Daihatsu takeover

Toyota president Akio Toyoda and Daihatsu president Masanori Mitsui

Toyota president Akio Toyoda and Daihatsu president Masanori Mitsui


Toyota Motor Corporation has announced a deal – reported earlier this week in AutoTalk – that will see them fully takeover partner Daihatsu.

Daihatsu will lead development of small and Kei car vehicles for both of the brands – its current specialty.

Explaining the decision, Toyota president Akio Toyoda said, “This is an opportunity for us both to stop feeling that we need to go it alone, and trust each other to take full advantage of our respective strengths.” Continue reading “Toyota completes Daihatsu takeover” »

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