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” »

Road Tests / Car Reviews: Toyota: 2014 Hiace ZX automatic review

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Earlier this year Toyota announced a series of cosmetic interior and exteriors updates for the 2014 Hiace range as well as a mildly retuned suspension package for better road comfort and handling.

So we decided it was time to review one of the most popular vans on New Zealand roads.

Delivery vans are mobile offices, and more than ever they need to be as well-equipped as a passenger car, if not better, and they also need to be more car-like to drive, given that the working day has gotten longer and more and more hours are spent behind the steering wheel. Continue reading “Toyota: 2014 Hiace ZX automatic review” »

News: October dealer debut for Lexus NX

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The premium compact Lexus NX SUV will grace New Zealand dealerships from October according to the local distributor.

Lexus says the NX SUV combines bold exterior design details and a luxurious, technologically advanced interior.

It also says the NX features bespoke styling cues designed to ensure all seven models will stand out from the crowd. Continue reading “October dealer debut for Lexus NX” »

News: Last Volvo XC-90 on run out to dealers

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Production of the XC-90 SUV at the Volvo Torslanda factory in Gothenburg, Sweden has come to an end after 12 years, and the New Zealand distributor was only able to order 35 units for its run-out sale.

Now only 24 of those 35 XC-90 R-Design vehicles on the way from Sweden to New Zealand remain available to customers after the runout price of $69,990 (plus on road costs) offer was announced a week ago.

That’s a $15,000 saving on the recommended retail price of $84,990, says Volvo New Zealand. Continue reading “Last Volvo XC-90 on run out to dealers” »

Cars: From Morocco to England on one tank of diesel

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A Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid sedan has travelled the 1968km from Tangier in North Africa to Goodwood in England without having to refuel, while still having enough fuel left for a further 160km.

British journalist Andrew Frankel and a co-driver set off from Tangier in Morocco in a standard E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid, crossed through Spain and France and reached their destination in Goodwood in England after driving for more than 27 hours. Continue reading “From Morocco to England on one tank of diesel” »