News: Nissan drops the price on 370Z

Untitled1Nissan has significantly reduced the retail price on both the manual and automatic versions of its 370Z sports car.

The 370Z coupe with a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission has a new list price of $59,990 a reduction of $16,710, while the 370Z coupe with 7-speed automatic with M-Mode has a new list price of $63,495, a reduction of $15,205.

Nissan says the 370Z contains a superior level of performance, specification and sophistication and now offers even greater value for money. Continue reading “Nissan drops the price on 370Z” »

News: Road tests / Car Reviews: Volvo V40 T5 Cross Country 2014

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IMG_0276It may sit 40mm higher than a standard V40 hatch but the all-wheel-drive V40 T5 Cross Country pictured here is more of a crossover hot hatch than a hardcore off-road SUV.

Don’t let the raised driving height, durable front and rear body kit, side scuff plates and rear skid plate fool you into thinking otherwise. Continue reading “Road tests / Car Reviews: Volvo V40 T5 Cross Country 2014” »

News: GT Turbo will reboot your thinking says Kia

photoKia’s first hot hatch the all-new Pro_cee’d GT Turbo has just been launched in New Zealand and the company claims it will reboot consumer perceptions about the brand.

According to Kia the Pro_cee’d GT Turbo is designed not to be the most powerful car in class, but one that offers civility and everyday usability.

The Pro_cee’d GT Turbo is being introduced here as a stablemate to the Cerato Koup Turbo. Both models feature the turbocharged version of Kia’s 1.6-litre Gamma direct-injection engine, developing 150kW and 265Nm of torque. Kia Motors provide the Koup for those who prefer an automatic transmission, whilst the new Pro_cee’d GT comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Continue reading “GT Turbo will reboot your thinking says Kia” »

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” »