Fiat: Fiat: 2015 Panda Easy review

Fiat Panda Easy 2015 front quarter

If you’re happy with just two wheels fifteen grand is enough to get you some serious road bike bragging rights if you go for an Avanti Chrono Evo II Team Di2 road. Or you can get four wheels and a motor that doesn’t require pasta and electrolytes by purchasing the Fiat Panda Easy. The Fiat Panda comes with a roof, seats that won’t injure your perineum and you don’t need to wear lycra. Both come with gears that you change manually, but they are actuated electronically. Continue reading “Fiat: 2015 Panda Easy review” »

Cars: Exclusive dealer track days for RC F Carbon


The newly launched RC F Carbon coupe will be available by order only from Lexus dealers; meaning each car ordered for New Zealand will come with a degree of personalisation to suit the buyer.

“Making the RC F Carbon available by dealer order ensures exclusivity when it comes to ownership in New Zealand,” says Lexus New Zealand product general manager Neeraj Lala.

“Lexus is also working with its dealers to establish a year-round Lexus track day programme, so that owning an RC F Carbon will be a unique experience.” Continue reading “Exclusive dealer track days for RC F Carbon” »

News: Mini NZ joins charity run


Mini New Zealand has again partnered with organisers of the Pork Pie Charity Run and is throwing its support behind the bi-annual event which gets underway this Easter.

Starting in Kaitaia on Friday and finishing in Invercargill six days later, the 50 Minis participating in the length-of-the-country drive will be raising money for KidsCan – and have raised more than $100,000 for the charity already.

“The event is not only an opportunity to relive the classic ‘Goodbye Pork Pie’ movie and retrace the original route through the country, but to also gather MINI drivers and enthusiasts from all over the nation for this true Kiwi event,” says Mini marketing manager Simonne Mearns. Continue reading “Mini NZ joins charity run” »

News: Deputy principal wins Mazda2 at Auckland Zoo


Auckland Zoo and Mazda have announced the winner of the Meerkats in a Mazda2 competition, intermediate school deputy principal Wendy Naidu

Naidu texted in the correct number (432) of meerkat soft toys that were in the car, winning her a brand new Mazda2 GSX valued at more than $21,000.

“It sounds strange, but I had a feeling I was going to win it. I was at work when I got the call and even that day I was thinking about it,” says Naidu. Continue reading “Deputy principal wins Mazda2 at Auckland Zoo” »

News: China produces i3 knock-off, fools no one


Can’t quite afford a new BMW i3? How about a knock-off.

A Chinese motorcycle company has released a car that carries a striking resemblance to BMW’s electric city-car. The Jinma KWM2200 is a low-speed electric vehicle with a price tag of just $5200.

While the front looks noticeably like the i3, and there is a nod to the BMW at the rest, that is where the likeness ends. Continue reading “China produces i3 knock-off, fools no one” »

News: 43% of all electric cars sold last year


A report by European researchers has revealed how quickly the world is taking up electric cars, with 43% of all electric powered vehicles ever produced sold last year.

But, according to the report by the German Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research, the 320,000 units sold, accounted for less than half a percent of the 85 million new vehicles sold worldwide.

According to the report, Nissan’s Leaf is the best-selling electric car in automotive history. The Netherlands has the second-biggest market share of electric cars, after Norway – and the United States leads in the total number, but the market share is well under 1%. Continue reading “43% of all electric cars sold last year” »

Holden: Holden: 2015 Cruze SRi-V hatch review

Holden Cruze SRiV 2015 front wheel

The Holden Cruze SRi-V is a bit like Dolly Parton: there’s a lot to talk about at the front. The new facelift has seen a lot of cosmetic surgery that’s resulted in what can be described as ‘conversation starting’.

We last had a Cruze (SRi) when I drove to Fieldays in Hamilton in it. At the time I called it the ‘perfect second car’ – it was a no-fuss, solid performer that you might not drive 9 to 5, but perhaps would run to the shops in it or pick up the kids from school. Continue reading “Holden: 2015 Cruze SRi-V hatch review” »

News: Ford’s number one selling ute gets a makeover


New Zealand’s top selling ute in 2014 will benefit from a range of mid-life updates when it arrives in Ford dealerships from the third quarter of 2015.

Ford revealed the updated 2015 Ranger Ute at the Bankok Motor Show which has gained a raft of new electronic safety features as well as upgraded and more economical diesel engines.

The advanced features available in the range, including SYNC 2 connectivity, lane keeping aid, forward alert, adaptive cruise control, driver impairment monitor, tyre pressure monitoring system, hill descent control, hill launch control, and front and rear parking sensors. Continue reading “Ford’s number one selling ute gets a makeover” »