News: Volvo unleashes Polestars both on road and racetrack

Volvo Polestar RacingThe Townsville 500 weekend turned out to be trying for Volvo Polestar Racing. Although, Volvo driver, Scott McLaughlin, showed strong form in qualifying with two fourth places, there were technical issues.

“We qualified really well and I led the first race. But unfortunately there was a safety car session and a few things happened and we ended up falling back to sixth,” says McLaughlin.

Team-mate Robert Dahlgren was on pace in qualifying, four tenths from pole position for the second race, but unfortunately had 18th as best result in the races. Continue reading “Volvo unleashes Polestars both on road and racetrack” »

News: BMW, Daimler developing wireless recharging system


BMW and Daimler have announced joint plans to develop a wireless inductive charging system for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles.

The high-voltage batteries can be recharged quickly and easily by means of the BMW i Wallbox that forms part of the 360° ELECTRIC portfolio.

Although there is no set date as to when the technology will arrive in Australia and New Zealand, the plan is to see it launched onto the market in the mid term. The system will consist of a floor-mounted base plate and an extremely lightweight charging coil at the bottom of the car. Continue reading “BMW, Daimler developing wireless recharging system” »

News: Volvo’s cleanest, most powerful SUV

CSUV-VolvoVolvo has unannounced details on the all-new XC90 all-wheel drive, with seven seats and emissions of around 60g/km coming out later this year and labelled it the ‘cleanest and most powerful SUV on the market’.

Volvo’s XC90 will combine power and clean operation when it is launched later this year. It will offer drivers up to 400 horsepower but with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of around 60g/km (NEDC driving cycle).

“There are no compromises when you drive an all-new XC90,” says Volvo car group research and development senior vice president Peter Mertens. “In the past you could either have power or low CO2 emissions. But with the new XC90 you can have both.” Continue reading “Volvo’s cleanest, most powerful SUV” »

News: Kiwi celeb auctions S 60 for Cure Kids

Veitch_Volvo-S60Kiwi sports reporter, Tony Veitch, is auctioning his custom Volvo S60 T6 R-design sports car – worth $65,000 – on TradeMe as he upgrades to a 2014 Volvo S60 T6 – with anything over $50,000 going to the Cure Kids Charity.

The auction closes this Saturday, July 12. The S60 is available to view at Archibald and Shorter, 572 Great South Road in Auckland.

The Volvo-designed performance car shows performance figures of 0-60 in 5.7 seconds from the 3000cc 6 cylinder polestar optimised 242kW engine, limited to 250km/h. Continue reading “Kiwi celeb auctions S 60 for Cure Kids” »

News: A new CRV, only different for NZ buyers

CRVFront34whiteAWDWith the introduction of the CRV Sport Limited and the CRV AWD Limited, Honda is offering customers new styling at a competitive price.

The upgrades are valued at $6,000, but are priced at $1,900 for a limited time.

Both Limited models add a honeycomb sports grille, aero front bumper, aero rear bumper, tailgate spoiler and metallic side running boards. Continue reading “A new CRV, only different for NZ buyers” »

News: Enhanced model line up energises BMW dealer network


BMW New Zealand says a highly specified and value enhanced model line up has energised its dealer network and it is on track to finish the year as the number one premium brand.

The German brand has finished the second quarter as the number one brand in the premium automotive segment.

“BMW claimed leadership of the premium segment for the full year 2012, retained the position of 2013 and is on-track for a three-peat come the end of this year,” says BMW Group New Zealand, managing director Nina Englert. Continue reading “Enhanced model line up energises BMW dealer network” »

News: Limited supply of WRX STI


M4158002200aPerformance enthusiasts in New Zealand will have to move quickly because global demand for the new Subaru WRX STI from the US and Australian markets will see supply restricted here.

The New Zealand market has been allocated 100 WRX vehicles and 30 of the WRX STI which remains the brand’s performance flagship.
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FPV (Ford Performance Vehicles): FPV: 2014 FPV GT review


DSC_0047Video killed the radio star, and the rise and rise of the SUV has unfortunately also killed off the demand for the large performance executive and family sedan.

Which is a great pity, because for fast point to point, comfortable motoring, a grand touring sports sedan will out perform most mass market SUV’s. Continue reading “FPV: 2014 FPV GT review” »