News: Sharper prices and interest-free finance on Forester


Subaru has sharpened its retail pricing on the revised five model Forester-SUV range and is offering a five year interest free finance package on new models purchased until the end of June.

The price revisions have been assisted by the strength of the Kiwi dollar against the Japanese Yen, enabling the local distributor to negotiate a better buying price with the factory.

Lineartronic transmission has been introduced on the Forester 2.0 litre Diesel as part of the 2015 model year revisions, a manual model is no longer available. Continue reading “Sharper prices and interest-free finance on Forester” »

News: Dynamic shield Outlander launched


After just two years in the market Mitsubishi has given the Outlander a comprehensive makeover even though the New Zealand distributor says that currently sales remain as strong as ever.

More than 70% of Outlanders are sold to fleet buyers, and while some people may not have been enamoured of the styling of the previous generation car, which will remain on the PHEV variant for the foreseeable future, the company says that sales were unaffected by the styling change and were greater than the previous generation.

However, the MY16 Outlander wears the new dynamic shield style which will become the design direction for future new products says Mitsubishi Motors. The new design was led by the Japanese manufacturer’s recently appointed design chief Tsunehiro Kunimoto, who joined Mitsubishi Motor Corporation in April 2014 after a 40 year career at Nissan. Continue reading “Dynamic shield Outlander launched” »

News: Triton gunning for bigger sales and market share


Mitsubishi Motors NZ (MMNZ) says it was New Zealand’s fastest-growing mainstream brand in 2014, and with Utes now accounting for 20% of all new vehicles, it predicts that sales of the all-new Triton will double to 2500 units in 2015.

One in five new vehicles sold in New Zealand is a ute, and MMNZ is aiming for 10% of the market in 2015 which it says should see around 25,000 units sold.

It has already wholesaled 900 units of the new Triton to its dealer network for delivery in the next three months. More than 116 units have been retailed since March 25 Continue reading “Triton gunning for bigger sales and market share” »

News: The Hills are alive with the sound of…i8


Arrowtown’s most famous resident, golfing fanatic, and philanthropist, Sir Micheal Hill has taken delivery of a a new BMW i8 hybrid supercar, one of five customer cars now in the country.

His new BMW was one of the very first customer shipments of the i8 into New Zealand, there are now three cars in the North Island and two located in the South Island.

The car will no doubt become a familiar sight around The Hills, the Arrowtown PGA golf course created and owned by Hill, which has also recently hosted the BMW New Zealand Open. Continue reading “The Hills are alive with the sound of…i8” »

News: Women take centre stage at 2015 CRC Speedshow


Emma Gilmour, Kat Benson and Deborah Day are among the first confirmed

participants set to feature at the 2015 CRC Speedshow as part of a 20-strong display celebrating New Zealand’s top female racers, organisers and personalities.

The new Women in Motorsport display will showcase women of all ages who participate in both two and four-wheeled motor sports, hence Gilmour, Benson and Day were chosen for their well known success. Continue reading “Women take centre stage at 2015 CRC Speedshow” »

News: Fourth consecutive win for Suzuki New Zealand


Suzuki New Zealand has confirmed it’s reputation for outstanding customer service with a fourth consecutive win in the Roy Morgan Research 2014 customer satisfaction awards, as the car manufacturer of the year.

Roy Morgan Research has presented 23 awards to businesses that topped their respective fields with outstanding levels of customer satisfaction, as judged by almost 10,000 consumers.

Kiwibank, 2degrees, Apple and Suzuki New Zealand each reconfirmed their reputations for outstanding customer service with a fourth consecutive win, while Bunnings returned to form three years after its last victory and Paper Plus, Ballantynes, Burger Fuel, TSB Bank and Hannahs all made it two-in-a-row. Continue reading “Fourth consecutive win for Suzuki New Zealand” »

News: Audi produces first batch of synthetic e‑diesel fuel

PopUp595_397AU150268_small-2After a four-month commissioning phase a pilot plant in Dresden, Germany has started production of synthetic Audi e‑diesel fuel derived from carbon dioxide.

To demonstrate its suitability for everyday use, the German federal minister of education and research Dr Johanna Wanka put the first five litres into her official car, an Audi A8 3.0 TDI quattro earlier this week.

“This synthetic diesel is made using CO2, and is a huge success for our sustainability research. If we can make widespread use of CO2 as a raw material, we will make a crucial contribution to climate protection and put the fundamentals of the “green economy” in place,” says Wanka. Continue reading “Audi produces first batch of synthetic e‑diesel fuel” »

News: Skoda NZ wants 1000 new car sales in 2015


Caption: Skoda Auto regional manager Petr Skutina and Skoda ambassador cyclist Simon van Velthoven

Skoda NZ wants to break the 1000 sales mark in 2015 and says the newly launched Fabia compact hatchback will account for at least 150 sales or 14% of total volume.

The mid-size Octavia range of lift-backs and wagons will account for 40% of its new car sales in 2015, leaving the other 46% of sales split across the Rapid space-back and lift-back variants, Yeti SUV, and Superb sedan and station wagon.

Skoda Auto’s regional manager for Australia and New Zealand Petr Skutina told AutoTalk last week at the Fabia media launch in Cambridge, that the brand is experiencing steady growth in New Zealand and the factory is keen to to see it become a volume player locally. Continue reading “Skoda NZ wants 1000 new car sales in 2015” »