News: Aucklanders hire car they dream of owning

018a7c621b813b5a508cxWhile just 13% of New Zealanders hire a car they dream of owning, in Auckland 21% of people admit to doing so.

That result came as part of a new survey looking into New Zealanders’ car rental habits, by Canstar Blue.

It shows we are a savvy bunch when it comes to renting. Continue reading “Aucklanders hire car they dream of owning” »

News: Updates for CX-5


Mazda has given a facelift and additional specification to its CX-5 for the 2015 model year.

Mazda New Zealand Managing Director Andrew Clearwater says the original CX-5 made an unprecedented impact in New Zealand and the new model is set to do it all over again.

“This vehicle is more than just a SUV. It’s a whole new way of seeing the SUV. The beauty of the launch model was that it was fun to drive, and it was just as at home on urban streets as it was on New Zealand’s windy, off the beaten track-type roads. The new CX-5 makes that driving experience even more enjoyable while being one of the safest vehicles on the road.” Continue reading “Updates for CX-5” »

News: Reality show commissioned about iconic car wreckers


A reality television show is set to be made about iconic central plateau vehicle wreckers Horopito Motors.

Goings-on at the business, in the former town of Horopito, near Ohakune, will be chronicled in Smashed Palace, an eight-episode series to be run on Sky’s ‘The Box’ channel.”

Horopito Motors was the setting for Smash Palace, a hugely successful 1981 movie starring Bruno Lawrence. It also made an appearance in the film Goodbye Pork Pie. Continue reading “Reality show commissioned about iconic car wreckers” »

News: Automotive history up for grabs on Trade Me

Ford-GTF_0284Ford New Zealand is to auction FPV GT F #50, with a portion of the sale proceeds going to a charity partner.

Only 50 of the Ford Falcon FPV GT Fs were built for sale in New Zealand, and the very last of these, #50, will go up for auction on TradeMe on 16 February and run for two weeks, closing on 2 March.

Head of Trade Me Motors Darren Wiltshire says his team was excited to see the Ford FPV GT F listed on the site. Continue reading “Automotive history up for grabs on Trade Me” »

News: 5-star for Sonata


The new Hyundai Sonata has claimed a 5-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme.

But while the car has reached the top rung of the safety ladder, the Automobile Association has called for more features for the model.

While the Sonata boasts hill launch assist and reversing collision avoidance as standard it doesn’t include autonomous emergency braking (AEB) which is available on its luxury model, the Genesis. Continue reading “5-star for Sonata” »

News: Production begins on German Holden


The first of Holden’s new European line-up has begun production.

The first Holden Insignia VXR rolled off Opel’s production line in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

The model will be one of four new European vehicles to join the Holden range in the second quarter of 2015, with the Astra VXR, Astra GTC and Cascada convertible completing the line-up. Continue reading “Production begins on German Holden” »

News: Kiwi leads Hyundai Mobis world rally team


Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon will now lead the Hyundai Mobis world rally team for the rest of the 2015 World Rally Championship with co-driver John Kennard in an i20 WRC car.

Paddon’s 2015 WRC campaign is being supported by Hyundai New Zealand, and its dealer network.

Hyundai-Mobis is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company that supplies its production and genuine spare parts requirements. Continue reading “Kiwi leads Hyundai Mobis world rally team” »

News: Improved 2015 Mazda6 in dealerships


The Mazda6 range has been upgraded for the 2015 model year with new features and price points now available at dealerships nationally.

The new model sees refinements to the cars design as well as new features and innovations carried across from the Mazda3.

Inside the changes for the 2015 Mazda6 are extensive with a completely new dash layout, and revised front and rear console design where the focus has been placed on harmonising components and colour co-ordination. Continue reading “Improved 2015 Mazda6 in dealerships” »