Audi: Audi 2016 A4 TDI quattro sport review

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Back in 2008, I tested the $251,000 Audi RS6. Of course, it was suitably epic with a 430kW 5-litre V10 motor and 650Nm of torque. Why am I even mentioning this in the same review as the humble A4? Continue reading “Audi 2016 A4 TDI quattro sport review” »

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News: Holden Colorado Extreme – the $3 million ute

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Holden New Zealand has scored a Southern Hemisphere first, putting an Australian-developed concept ute on show at Fieldays.

The ‘Colorado Xtreme’ has been shown in Spain and Bangkok, and next week at Mystery Creek will be the first time it will be shown in this half of the world.

Hinting at how the updated Colorado will look when it lands in September, the Xtreme comes with a step price tag – up to $3 million dollars to develop and build. Continue reading “Holden Colorado Extreme – the $3 million ute” »

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News: Turbo model joins NZ’s top sub-$40k small SUV

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Suzuki dealers around New Zealand have just received another silver bullet in their SUV sales arsenal with the arrival of two new 1.4-litre Vitara Turbo models priced from $33,990.

The existing normally aspirated four-cylinder 1.6-litre Vitara models will remain in the local line-up as Suzuki New Zealand says year-to-date they have been the best-selling small SUV in the sub $40,000 category.

According to Suzuki New Zealand automobile marketing general manager Gary Colling the small SUV segment grew 28% in 2015 and showed no signs of letting up. Continue reading “Turbo model joins NZ’s top sub-$40k small SUV” »

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News: Hybrids and high performance mingle in Busan

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The bi-annual Busan International Motor Show (BIMOS) which opened in Korea last week was a interesting mix of new hybrid and electric vehicles from Asian car makers, mixed with luxury and high performance offerings from Europe and North America. Continue reading “Hybrids and high performance mingle in Busan” »

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News: Toyota to build global comms system

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Toyota has partnered with KDDI Corp to establish a global communications platform to get traditional networks and vehicles working seamlessly.

The Japanese giant said that the partnership aims to bring better connectivity for smartphones, cloud services and its vehicles’ infotainment systems by creating a uniform DCM (data communications module).

The DCMs will be standard equipment in nearly all new Toyota and Lexus cars sold in Japan and the United States by 2020. Continue reading “Toyota to build global comms system” »

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News: Two years later RAM breaks cover at Mystery Creek

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It’s taken more than two years to get here, but the RAM truck brand will finally launch at Mystery Creek.

Car and SUV first learned about the plan to market the brand here in May 2014, then in April 2015 the distributor formerly known as Fiat Chrysler New Zealand advised the RAM trucks would be on sale from the third quarter of 2015.

Now the fully-engineered and factory-backed right-hand drive RAM 2500 and 3500 series trucks for sale across New Zealand will be provided by a joint venture known as American Special Vehicles (ASV). Continue reading “Two years later RAM breaks cover at Mystery Creek” »

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News: Which brand is worth the most?

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Electric car maker Tesla Motors, has hit the prestigious top ten of the 100 Most Valuable Global Brands report.

Its valuation at US$4.4 billion by advertising research firms WPP and Millward Brown in its annual report see the zero emission darling slip in at 10th place.

It displaces Lexus, which was valued at US$4.3 billion in 2015, for the spot. Valuations are based on future earnings estimates that can be attributed to brand power rather than company actions. Continue reading “Which brand is worth the most?” »

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News: Prius tops Japan sales…again

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Toyota’s hybrid superstar is leading Japan’s scandal-hit automotive market for a sixth consecutive month.

For May, the pioneering Prius was again topping Japanese sales, after a month that has seen Mitsubishi snapped up by Nissan as fuel economy cheats cuts its shareprice to near-comic levels, and Suzuki on shaky ground for allegedly fiddling its fuel figures.

Sales data released this week by Japan Automobile Dealers Association and the Japan Light Motor Vehicle and Motorcycle Association shows demand for the ‘new’ Prius launched late in 2015 as seen sales jump to nearly triple the volume for the same period last year. Continue reading “Prius tops Japan sales…again” »

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