News: $15,990 open for small Suzuki


Suzuki New Zealand had officially launched the Suzuki Celerio, replacing the Alto and Splash in its small car range.

The Thai-built Celerio has had a troubled start, with right-hand-drive variants taken temporarily off the road in some market due to a brake failure issue.

The company is pushing the space and economy aspects of the car, noting its official combined fuel cycle test factory figures show is 8.3% more economical than the automatic Alto. Continue reading “$15,990 open for small Suzuki” »

News: Mercedes opens order book on C63


Mercedes Benz has announced pricing of their upcoming Mercedes-AMG C63 S model.

Available from the third-quarter of this year, the model will be available from $164,900 for the sedan and $167,900 for the estate.

Despite the name, the car is now powered by a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine closely related to the power unit in the Mercedes-AMG GT S. Producing 375 kW of power, the C 63 S consumes just 8.6 litres per 100 kilometres (combined), Mercedes claiming it is the most fuel-efficient eight-cylinder car in the high-performance segment. Continue reading “Mercedes opens order book on C63” »

News: Commercials lead in Colonial result

jim_gibbons110x150Colonial Motor Company has released its financial results for the second half of 2014, with revenue up but profits down slightly as lower dairy prices and a competitive market hit its bottom line.

Revenue for the group, which has truck, tractor and automotive retail and servicing operations, was up 15% over the same period of 2013, at $410.4m – including the contributions of Jeff Gray BMW, that was acquired during the period.

Company trading profit was down 3% from the second half of 2013 to $8.355m. Continue reading “Commercials lead in Colonial result” »

News: NX200t debuts first turbocharged Lexus engine


Lexus’ first petrol turbo engine and the first ever turbo charged Atkinson Cycle engine has arrived in the New Zealand market.

The new 175kW turbo-charged four-cylinder 2-litre engine powers the NX200t SUV line, which consists of four grades; the NX200t 2WD, AWD, F Sport and Limited.

The new engine uses D-4ST fuel injection technology to create responsive and smooth acceleration says Lexus. Continue reading “NX200t debuts first turbocharged Lexus engine” »

News: New XC-90 retail price starts under $100k


The new Volvo XC-90 SUV is due to arrive in New Zealand before the end of June with prices starting at $97,900. The plug-in hybrid T8 Twin Engine model will retail from $134,900.

A left-hand-drive 2015 XC-90 will be on display for prospective buyers to view at the Volvo Ocean Race village at the Volvo Pavilion in Auckland between February 27 and March 15 2015.

The XC-90 debuted in August 2014 at a gala event in Stockholm, Sweden. Reaction to the XC90 exceeded expectations, with all 1,927 First Edition vehicles selling in less than 48 hours. Continue reading “New XC-90 retail price starts under $100k” »

News: Only two limited edition HSV models bound for NZ


Australian performance specialist HSV has released details of a new limited edition model based off the Senator Signature but only two will be available to New Zealand buyers.

It is the first limited edition model based on the Senator to be launched to market since the last one in 2008 and it will be offered in four exterior colours – heron, phantom, prussian steel and nitrate.

The Senator SV build will be restricted to 50 vehicles for Australia and just two vehicles for New Zealand, with their production to occur in February. Continue reading “Only two limited edition HSV models bound for NZ” »

News: Third-generation Audi TT launches virtual cockpit


Audi New Zealand has launched the third generation TT and TTS coupe and roadster into New Zealand with the new Audi virtual cockpit instrument panel.

Trend setting progressives are the target market for the new TT and TTS, whom Audi says will be enticed by the cars design, technology and sporty attitude.

The all-aluminium TT has some interesting technology features such the virtual cockpit which features a fully digital instrument cluster that has two design settings, classic and progressive, and which also replaces the separate centrally-placed MMI screen which was found in the previous model. Continue reading “Third-generation Audi TT launches virtual cockpit” »

Humour: Would you speed date a girl in a Mustang?

To get into the spirit of Valentines Day, Ford thought it would set up some lonely blokes on a blind date – with a stunt driver.

The date starts with the guys meeting their date at a cafe. The woman plays a ‘dumb blonde’ stereotype in the cafe, giggling and telling her dates that she isn’t into many adventurous activities before offering to drive them home in her V8 Mustang.

She then tells her passengers she isn’t very experienced at driving cars with a manual transmission, leaving one guy to even mutter “oh sh*t” before taking off. Continue reading “Would you speed date a girl in a Mustang?” »