News: Holden makes presence felt at Melbourne MotorEx show

Three of Holden’s most historically significant concept cars, EFIJY, Hurricane and Coupe 60, took centre stage over the weekend at Meguiar’s MotorEx Melbourne 2014.

“Holden enjoys participating in events like Motorex and exposing our much coveted concept cars to a wider audience,” says GM Holden spokesman Mark Flintoft

“There is no intention to capitalise on this exposure as such. We simply see the event as an opportunity to share a stunning car with motor fans and to be proud of our talented design team.” Continue reading “Holden makes presence felt at Melbourne MotorEx show” »

News: RUC makes small diesel cars unviable says Hyundai GM

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The boss of New Zealand’s most popular diesel passenger brand claims Government taxes have now reached a level where it is no longer viable to own a diesel car for its economy.

The comments about the effects of the latest rise in the cost of Road User Charges (RUC) were made by Hyundai New Zealand general manager Andy Sinclair to motoring journalist Rob Maetzig of the Taranaki Daily News.

Road user charges now cost $58 per 1000km for the owners of all light diesel vehicles as at July 1. Continue reading “RUC makes small diesel cars unviable says Hyundai GM” »

NQN: No need to yell at the kids in the back seat

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Toyota USA have solved the age old problem of parents having to discipline their children on the move by raising their voice.

The feature is called “Driver Easy Speak” and it is an option in the latest 2015 Toyota Sienna MPV. It uses a built-in microphone to amplify a parent’s voice through speakers in the back seats according to the Associated Press (AP).

Toyota says it added Easy Speak “so parents don’t have to shout to passengers in the back.” But the chances are many parents will yell into the microphone, according to AP. Continue reading “No need to yell at the kids in the back seat” »

News: Form meets function

Awning-lamp-plus-bracketWith an ultra slim profile of only 11mm, a heavy duty Grilamid lens and low power consumption of less than 3W, Hella says its new, fully sealed LED awning lamp is ideal for interior and exterior use.

It comes complete with charcoal as well as white end caps and can be accessorised with a matching 45° mounting bracket to angle the beam further says Hella.

Hella says this new low profile LED awning lamp is a lighting solution which will find many applications. The Swiss made Grilamid lens is resistant to shock, long term UV-exposure and commonly used chemicals and washes. Continue reading “Form meets function” »

Road Tests / Car Reviews: Toyota: 2014 Corolla GX and ZR sedan review

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Buying a Corolla is a bit like buying Cadbury’s chocolate: it’s not flash, but it’s dependable. And you know that it’s going to make you fat if use it too much. It achieves its purpose with a minimum of fuss and with the knowledge you paid a fair price.

While the GX is milk chocolate (a little plain, but fills the gap nevertheless), the ZR is a dark, minty block with a slightly silkier texture. It’s still not the kind of chilli and kaffir leaf-infused chocolate that you’d buy in an upmarket boutique, but it does come with a fancier wrapper and more cocoa solids.

Buying a car often comes down to taste: it’s a rocky road to try to please everyone. So if you’re going to remove the wrapper on one of these Corollas, which one is it going to be? Continue reading “Toyota: 2014 Corolla GX and ZR sedan review” »

Jaguar: September debut for Jaguar XE

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Jaguar will unveil the latest addition to its sports saloon car family, the Jaguar XE, in London on September 8th.

The new Jaguar XE will come with a world-first all surface progress control (ASPC) system ensuring rear-wheel drive traction from standstill in any conditions.

Jaguar says ASPC can electronically gain traction with far less drama than a human driver can achieve. The system works like a low-speed cruise control to deliver optimum traction in the most slippery conditions without skidding and without the driver using the pedals. Continue reading “September debut for Jaguar XE” »

Mercedes-Benz: August arrival for new C-Class

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Mercedes-Benz New Zealand Ltd has announced pricing and specification for the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class (model designation W 205) which will be available from dealerships on August 23rd.

The new C-Class sedan will initially be launched with five variants into the New Zealand market boasting equipment tailored directly to core customer’s desire.

The C 200 (petrol) is not only the most popular C-Class model, but the most popular model of the entire Mercedes-Benz range. The new model in New Zealand receives equipment and performance enhancements to meet customer desires. Continue reading “August arrival for new C-Class” »

Ford: Ford: 2014 Ford Transit Cargo review

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The new Ford Transit Cargo is now a global product which heads up the Transit family of commercial vehicles which are marketed across Europe, Asia and the Americas.

In New Zealand, Ford has introduced three versions of the Transit Cargo, the 350L long wheelbase van at $60,490 (high roof an additional $3200), the 350E LWB high roof Jumbo at $70,420, and the 470E long wheelbase high roof Jumbo at $71,640. Continue reading “Ford: 2014 Ford Transit Cargo review” »