News: Front drive CRV gets luxury variant

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Honda is adding more choice to its range for two wheel drive CRV buyers, with a higher grade model known as the new SN variant.

Offering increased fuel efficiency and advanced features, the SN is expected to be popular with customers looking for a luxury SUV package in two-wheel-drive form.

The CRV SN takes style cues from the top end CRV Sport with fog lights, privacy glass, DRLs (daytime running lights) and chrome door handles, as well as the 17” alloy wheels seen in the CRV N. Continue reading “Front drive CRV gets luxury variant” »

News: Drive-away pricing announced for new Mini hatch

P90142717_lowResThe long wait for Mini fans around the country is almost over, with the all-new model officially going on sale this weekend.

“MINI fans are perhaps the most passionate of all motorists, as they unlike anyone else appreciate the dynamic handling and go-kart like performance on offer with each and every corner,” says BMW Group New Zealand managing director Nina Englert.

“With improvements in all the right places, the new Mini provides greater occupant comfort with increased interior space, a higher level of functionality with updated features and a more refined – but no less fun – driving experience.” Continue reading “Drive-away pricing announced for new Mini hatch” »

Holden: Holden Malibu CDX 2014 second review

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Our previous Malibu CDX arrived at Car and SUV test headquarters last August. Eight months on we’re revisiting it to see if we’re still as impressed.

holden-malibu-cdx-2014-sideThe Malibu is a large car masquerading as a medium-sized car in that it’s not as big as a Commodore therefore Holden doesn’t call it a large car. But it is roomy and comfortable enough for five adults. Continue reading “Holden Malibu CDX 2014 second review” »

News: Lancer races to the top of the charts

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Now in its 40th year in New Zealand, Mitsubishi’s 2-litre Lancer sedan has raced to the top of the popularity charts.

According to official motor industry figures*, in the 12 months to 31 March more buyers in the new car market’s small sedan sector chose the Mitsubishi model than any other.

Head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook says more customers chose Mitsubishi in March than at any time in the past decade, and these were mostly private buyers wanting vehicles that are appealing and perform well, yet at realistic prices. Continue reading “Lancer races to the top of the charts” »

News: Online tool supports tyre awareness week

DSC_0039An independent supplier of wheel and tyre specific data, DriveRight has developed an online tool for motorists to use to check their correct tyre pressures.

DriveRight says this online tools supports the work behind the inaugural New Zealand tyre awareness week which started April 7

According to a survey, conducted by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority of New Zealand (EECA), about 40% of drivers check their tyre pressure only once a month. That is just the recommended minimum, with 25% of drivers stating that they check their tyre pressure only every six months. Continue reading “Online tool supports tyre awareness week” »

News: Lexus will unveil compact SUV in Beijing

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Lexus says it will unveil its NX compact SUV at the 2014 Beijing international auto show.

Based on the LF-NX concept that debuted last year, the NX brings together striking design, advanced technologies and Lexus’ signature spindle grille in an SUV form.

The Lexus NX reveal is scheduled for April 20 at the China international exhibition centre, Beijing. Continue reading “Lexus will unveil compact SUV in Beijing” »

News: Honda digs a little deeper

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Honda New Zealand has donated $31,818 for the planting of 6400 native trees in the Wellington region as part of its commitment to offsetting the impact of motor vehicles on the environment.

The cheque was presented by Honda Wellington branch manager Richard Hall to greater Wellington regional councillor Nigel Wilson, as part of Honda’s TreeFund programme.

As a result, the council will work with volunteer community groups, friends of greater Wellington’s regional parks on a native tree planting programme throughout the region. Continue reading “Honda digs a little deeper” »

News: Focus on driver tyre awareness

DSC_0078Getting more New Zealanders to check their tyres is the focus of New Zealand’s first ever Tyre Awareness Week from April 7-13.

Tyres are the only source of contact between a car and the road. Many drivers check them rarely – if at all. This is why a range of government agencies, motoring industry businesses and the AA have joined together to support this week long initiative.

The focus of the week will be encouraging drivers to regularly: Continue reading “Focus on driver tyre awareness” »