Hyundai: Hyundai: 2015 Santa Fe Elite diesel review

2015 Santa Fe Elite front 3:4

For nearly a decade I’ve been covering the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek, where Hyundai New Zealand has established a huge presence in the form of their VIP parking area and marquee, as well as being the exclusive vehicle supplier to the agribusiness event. Continue reading “Hyundai: 2015 Santa Fe Elite diesel review” »

News: Mahindra-backed Rally NZ returns to the Coromandel

GoldRushLogo_2015_v1Rally New Zealand is back on the Coromandel for the second year in a row with the Mahindra Goldrush Rally of Coromandel.

This is the fifth round of the Brian Green Property Groups NZ Rally Champs and will take place on Saturday 22 August with up to 60 cars vying for pole position.

“We’re so pleased to host Rally NZ for another year,” says Thames-Coromandel District Council Mayor Glenn Leach. “The feedback we have received from organisers was that the drivers loved the route and the hospitality shown by the Coromandel community.” Continue reading “Mahindra-backed Rally NZ returns to the Coromandel” »

Alfa Romeo: Alfa Romeo: 2015 Giulietta Distinctive TCT QV Line review

Alfa Romeo Giulietta QVLine 2015 front quarter

The Giulietta name was first seen on an Alfa Romeo in 1954 which is also the year that Elvis Presley began his recording career. Owning an Alfa Romeo is a good talking point, but the purpose of this review is a little less conversation, a little more action, and more action is definitely what’s been provided in the 2015 model, especially if you get the Quadrifoglio Verde model with the 1.75-litre engine out of the beautiful 4C coupe. Continue reading “Alfa Romeo: 2015 Giulietta Distinctive TCT QV Line review” »

News: Kiwi racer gets own Volvo


In a move that harks back to the Radisch Telstar and Millen Maxima, young Kiwi V8 SuperCar driver Scott McLaughlin now has a car bearing his name.

Volvo has released details of the Scott McLaughlin Limited Edition S60 and V60 Polestar models, ten of which are to be sold here in New Zealand.

Based on Volvo’s existing S60 and V60 Polestar models, the new editions get Ohlins adjustable suspension, Brembo 6-piston brakes, and unique Scott McLaughlin detailing among other changes. Continue reading “Kiwi racer gets own Volvo” »

News: Toyota confirms continued sailing funding


Toyota New Zealand has confirmed it will continue its financial backing of Emirates Team New Zealand for the 2017 Americas Cup.

Toyota has backed the team since its inception, but with controversy and change surrounding the team and sport some had questioned if existing partners would stick with the team.

The next America’s Cup is taking place in Bermuda, and the company says its support will be more important than ever. Continue reading “Toyota confirms continued sailing funding” »

Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz: 2015 E 250 Night Edition Cabriolet review

2015 E 250 Cabrio front 3:4

Many years ago when I was a youngster, a music video with Olivia Newton-John used to play on the television that featured the Australian singer driving a silver Mercedes-Benz convertible.

Now I can’t remember the name of the song, but the image of the sleek looking silver-grey Mercedes-Benz convertible with the three pointed star badge taking pride of place on the bonnet has never left my consciousness. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: 2015 E 250 Night Edition Cabriolet review” »

Jeep: Jeep: 2015 Grand Cherokee Overland CRD review

Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland diesel 2015 front quarter 2

I’m sitting in Wellington airport as I write this review, listening to a woman talking loudly on the phone next to me advising her client how not to go bankrupt. What’s more distracting is that her client’s name is Darren, so every time she mentions his name it’s doubly attention-grabbing. The conversation pulls my focus away and proves how difficult it is for me to do two things at once. Continue reading “Jeep: 2015 Grand Cherokee Overland CRD review” »

News: Insignia: the importance of niche


Holden admits its new Insignia VXR, the third of its new products from German-Opel is not going to be a big seller. And like the Cascada and Astra before it, they are ok with that.

The 2.8-litre V6 turbocharged all-wheel-drive $69,990 is a niche product targeted at an older male market skew, and the two key competitors in the market are the all-wheel-drive Subaru Legacy and the Volkswagen Passat 4Motion sedan, and CC 4Motion.

According to Holden New Zealand marketing manager Marnie Samphier, less than 500 new vehicles a year are sold in this particular category, and Holden’s first shipment is 20 vehicles to get the ball rolling. Continue reading “Insignia: the importance of niche” »