News: HSV introduces most powerful Maloo yet

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Only ten HSV customers in New Zealand will get the opportunity to purchase a unique Christmas present this year.

HSV is set to launch a limited edition GTS Maloo which adopts the 430 kilowatt /740 Newton-metre 6.2 litre supercharged LSA engine, as well as many of GTS’s safety and performance technologies.

Limited to just 10 vehicles in New Zealand, and with each build plate individually numbered, production is due to begin early November with vehicles expected to be available in dealerships during December. Continue reading “HSV introduces most powerful Maloo yet” »

Renault: Renault: 2014 Koleos 4×4 2.5-litre review

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I’m constantly intrigued by new words and whenever I review a car I find out the etymology behind the name. Koleos is Greek and, as far as I can tell, spelled κολεός. Try putting that in Google Translate and, well, you’ll find a very Latin name for a very female part of the body.

But I digress, and today I’m driving around in a black Koleos. It’s a medium-sized SUV with a few Nissan X-Trail underpinnings that has proper off-road four-wheel drive capabilities, although looking at the tyres and given the amount of rain we’ve just had I’m not that keen on driving on anything that isn’t at least a partial product of fractal distillation. Continue reading “Renault: 2014 Koleos 4×4 2.5-litre review” »

News: Green Party offers subsidy on electric cars

10592871_10152273896786372_4541300409965479224_nThe green party has launched a policy today offering a $1000 rebate to buyers of electric vehicles.

Part of its broader energy policy, the party has also committed to spending $10 million to boost the roll out of fast-charging stations for the vehicles.

The rebate will be limited to the first 10,000 electric vehicles sold under the program. Currently New Zealand’s electric fleet stands at around 200. Continue reading “Green Party offers subsidy on electric cars” »

News: Fancy a Lexus RC under the Christmas tree?

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New Zealand customers will have a choice of two Lexus RC coupe models when Lexus’ latest addition arrives in New Zealand just in time for Christmas.

General manager product Neeraj Lala says New Zealand Lexus customers will be among the first globally to experience the RC.

“The RC F will deliver something they have never experienced before – the most powerful production V8 Lexus has yet created.” Continue reading “Fancy a Lexus RC under the Christmas tree?” »

News: Plenty of life left in Pajero says Mitsubishi.

2014-Mitsubishi-Pajero-front-on-The Mitsubishi Pajero, now in its fourth generation, has been around since the eighties.

Yet this year has brought record interest in the 3-tonne-towing SUV, with sales levels not seen for a decade or more says Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand Limited. It sees the resurgence continuing as the new 2015 Exceed and GLS models enter the market this month.

“The new models add plenty of visual and specification enhancements to Pajero”, says Mitsubishi’s sales and marketing strategy chief Daniel Cook. “These are sure to appeal to buyers and promote the seven-seat turbo diesel SUV higher on their preference list”. Continue reading “Plenty of life left in Pajero says Mitsubishi.” »

BMW: BMW: 2014 435i Coupe review

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The 4 Series is BMW’s answer to Audi’s A5, and I quite like the A5. The A5 slots between the A4 and A6, just as the 4 Series slots between the venerable 3 Series and the quite mighty 5 Series. The 4 Series follows BMW’s even-numbered coupe nomenclature as opposed to the odd-numbered sedans, and therefore it cuts a fine sleek line as it drives slowly towards the car park that is nearer to the front door of the office than that of the minions.

It shares the same basic undergarments as the 3 Series but is 26mm longer, 43mm wider and 16mm lower. This means that the 4 Series looks like a trained boxer, all squat and ready to pounce compared to the more relaxed 3 Series. Continue reading “BMW: 2014 435i Coupe review” »

News: October dealership arrival for Mazda3 diesel

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The Mazda3 line up is about to get a new addition which is a high performance diesel hatch packed with luxury and technology says the company.

The new Mazda3 SP22 Limited is powered by the 2.2l Skyactiv-D diesel engine which produces 129 kW of power and 420 Nm of torque while delivering fuel consumption from just 5L/100km.

Due for New Zealand release in early October, the SP22 Limited is only available in a hatch and it will sit alongside the top of the range Petrol SP25 Limited hatch. However an array of unique features distinguish it from the SP25 including a front grille with red accent, LED fog lamps, high-gloss lower rear bumper and Bright 18-inch Alloy wheels. Continue reading “October dealership arrival for Mazda3 diesel” »

News: C-Class hits the right note

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2014-C-Class-interior-redThe Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes makes up around third of the company’s volume in New Zealand, and those buyers are a loyal lot to the brand.
AutoTalk travelled to Melbourne recently to sample the latest C-Class generation, which has begun its roll out.

Mercedes-Benz New Zealand general manager Ben Giffen suggests the company are expecting a volume of around 40-50 units a month for the model. He says that good supply is available.

The C200 with its 2-litre turbo-charged petrol engine is likely to be the sales leader, overshadowing the 1.6-litre diesel option. There are also C250 petrol and diesel options available. Continue reading “C-Class hits the right note” »