News: Lancer races to the top of the charts


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


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


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” »

News: BMW announces the M4 convertible

P90144817_lowResBMW says the newly released M4 Convertible shares the elegant lines of its open-top 4 Series siblings.

Its styling cues – including a signature power dome for the bonnet, exterior mirrors in twin- stalk style and flared front and rear wheel arches bulging over forged light- alloy wheels with mixed tyres in 18-inch (optional 19-inch) format – all identify it clearly as a member of the M3/M4 model family says BMW.

Powering the M4 Convertible is the newly developed six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and high-revving character already familiar to the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe. The power unit generates maximum output of 317 kW/431 hp from its 3.0-litre displacement and serves up peak torque of 550 Newton metres across a wide rev band. Continue reading “BMW announces the M4 convertible” »

News: New Nissan X-Trail now available at dealers


Don’t be fooled by the curvaceous styling say Nissan executives, the new X-Trail has greater dimensions than the previous squared-off model.
According to Nissan one in three new cars sold in New Zealand is an SUV and the market has grown three-fold in the years since the first generation T30 series X-Trail was launched in 2001.

Nissan New Zealand managing director John Manley says the medium SUV segment in which X-Trail competes grew 38% in 2013, reflecting the consumers move from other vehicles to this sector.

Officially on sale from April 4, there are four of the new T33 series X-Trail model variants now waiting for customers in Nissan dealerships across New Zealand. Continue reading “New Nissan X-Trail now available at dealers” »

News: New Zealand recall for Polaris Ranger


Consumer Affairs has issued a product safety recall for the Polaris Ranger 500 and the Ranger 500 Crew side by side.

According to Consumer Affairs the defect concerns the throttle cable which may be routed too closely to the vehicles exhaust.

The plastic shield of the throttle cable may melt and cause the cable to jam, which could potentially result in an accident hazard. Continue reading “New Zealand recall for Polaris Ranger” »