News: “Take the wheel” roadshow moves to Auckland

MBNZ-QT-16Following on from the Mercedes-Benz‘Take the Wheel’ test-drive concept in Queenstown, a collection of Mercedes-Benz compact cars will be showcased in Auckland from September 8 – 13.

This event will feature favourites from the Mercedes-Benz range in the downtown area, and offer walk up test drive opportunities to the public of sought after models including the new GLA-Class compact SUV.

“The recent launch of the GLA-Class with its combined comfort on the road, and an off road capability has resonated strongly with the New Zealand public,” says Mercedes-Benz New Zealand general manager Ben Giffin. Continue reading ““Take the wheel” roadshow moves to Auckland” »

News: BMW race series finds scholarship winner

image001Tom Groote has been chosen as the winner of the inaugural BMW E30 race series sponsorship.

As part of the sponsorship, he receives entry into all six rounds of the Castrol BMW E30 race series, as well as fuel, tyres, plus the use of an E30 race car for the duration of the championship.

BMW NZ says it supports the E30 race series by way of an incentive for racers to purchase parts at an authorised BMW retailer, plus it has given a contribution towards the scholarship car. Continue reading “BMW race series finds scholarship winner” »

News: All-new Mazda MX-5 in dealerships next year


Mazda Motor Corporation today unveiled the fourth generation Mazda MX-5 at events held simultaneously in Japan, USA and Spain. The all-new MX-5, which adopts both Skyactiv technology and Mazda’s KODO—soul of motion design language, will be rolled out to global markets starting in 2015.

The MX-5 represents Mazda’s vehicle-engineering philosophy—the pursuit of driving pleasure. “Innovate in order to preserve” was the motto for the fourth generation, as the development team searched for innovations that go beyond simple evolution.

Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director, Mazda New Zealand says he believes the Mazda MX-5 truly symbolises the heart of Mazda. Continue reading “All-new Mazda MX-5 in dealerships next year” »

News: Mitsubishi unveils Concept-S in Paris

ConceptS_FrontTwo years after unveiling its Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid vehicle at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has again chosen France’s “Mondial de L’Automobile”, opening on October 4, to premiere another new PHEV vehicle.

This time it is the Outlander PHEV Concept-S.

Taking “sporty and sophisticated” as its theme, Mitsubishi says the refined interior and exterior design expresses the unique combination of spirited 4×4 performance from its twin-motor PHEV system, soothing silent running, and superior on-road performance. Continue reading “Mitsubishi unveils Concept-S in Paris” »

News: Making safety ratings easier to understand

image113441_bANCAP says it is making it easier for consumers to identify the requirements against which each car has been tested, through the addition of a date stamp component to its ANCAP safety rating logos.

In order to provide consumers with the safest cars possible and encourage continuous improvement in vehicle safety design, ANCAP says it is continuing to raise the bar for each of its safety star ratings year by year.

The new date stamp component (e.g. “Tested 2014″) signifies the rating year requirements against which a vehicle has been tested. Continue reading “Making safety ratings easier to understand” »

News: Motorsport park boss moves to Police

Heather Verry

Heather Verry

Manfeild Park CEO Heather Verry has resigned with effect from November 28 to become the chief executive of the New Zealand Police Association.

In the past five years Verry has steered the Feilding operation through a period of significant growth, sometimes under trying circumstances, says Manfeild Park trust board chairman Ben Vanderkolk.

“We can credit her with a substantial turn around in the integrity, presentation, reputation and standing of the park at all levels,” says Vanderkolk. Continue reading “Motorsport park boss moves to Police” »

News: Private car sale strands buyer

324101229A Blenheim woman who bought a 1994 Honda Odyssey through a TradeMe auction has been fighting for redress as the vehicle broke down four days after purchase.

Crystal Port told The Marlborough Express she bought the car so she could take her family to Christchurch to visit her father during his cancer treatment, but they only made it to Kaikoura before it broke down.

According to the newspaper, the Odyssey cost Port $1700 and the TradeMe auction had stated “the car rides very smooth, no engine problems whatsoever.” Continue reading “Private car sale strands buyer” »

BMW: BMW: 2014 M235i Coupe review

BMW M235i 2014 front quarter

I stepped out of the BMW M4 (read the review here) and into the M235i expecting a significant downgrade, but I was wrong. The M235i is the swift dagger to the M4’s broadsword; it feels lighter and sharper and less likely to require two hands.

The M4 is capable of wreaking much more havoc, but the M235i is still a weapon wielded in the right hands given that it comes with a three-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine producing 240kW and 450Nm of torque. This means a 4.8-second dash to 100kph and enough overtaking power to give the traction control something to think about at 70kph. Continue reading “BMW: 2014 M235i Coupe review” »