News: All-wheel-drive variant tops new B-Class range

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Mercedes-Benz New Zealand Ltd has announced pricing for the newly revised B-Class which features enhancements to the interior and exterior, as well as redefined design and equipment lines.

The line up for the New Zealand market includes a new B 250 4Matic variant which Mercedes-Benz says is the only vehicle in its class with an all-wheel drive system.

The next generation B-Class can easily be identified by its refreshed styling: including a new bumper, wide radiator trim with two louvres and integrated daytime running lamps in the headlamps. The rear bumper has also been modified and now features a contoured covering and chrome trim highlights. Continue reading “All-wheel-drive variant tops new B-Class range” »

Lexus: Lexus: 2015 NX300h F Sport Hybrid review

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There’s a small gaggle of compact luxury SUVs vying for the attention of the moderately well-heeled, and the Lexus NX300h is waving a green flag. The hybrid is boldly styled with the angular front design featuring a strong grille and deep recesses. Continue reading “Lexus: 2015 NX300h F Sport Hybrid review” »

News: Auckland looking at electric car sharing

electric-cars-berlin_497x260xxAuckland transport has released a request for proposal – seeking an operator to roll out a huge car-sharing scheme, using plug-in electric cars.

The proposed scheme would initially have 250 – 300 vehicles which AT will match with a similar number of car parks dedicated to care share vehicles. It’s expected that, in time, the fleet would increase to at least 500 cars.

The council suggests the costs will be borne by the private operator. Continue reading “Auckland looking at electric car sharing” »

News: A racing car for the road: 911 GT3 RS

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Porsche says it has once again broken down the barrier between sports cars and race cars by releasing the new 911 GT3 RS at the Geneva Motorshow.

Orders for this car are now being taken by New Zealand Porsche Centres with deliveries beginning in the third quarter of the year.

The 911 GT3 RS is loaded with the maximum amount of motorsport technology that is currently possible in a street-legal 911, a car that is also suitable for everyday driving says the factory. Continue reading “A racing car for the road: 911 GT3 RS” »

News: New Passat is Europe’s 2015 car of the year

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The new Volkswagen Passat sedan and station wagon which is due to launch in New Zealand in May, has just won Europe’s “Car of the Year 2015”

The announcement was made on the afternoon before the Geneva International Motor Show.

“The Passat will be the ultimate demonstration of Volkswagens ‘brilliant value’ when it arrives in New Zealand in May,” says Volkswagen New Zealand general manager Tom Ruddenklau. Continue reading “New Passat is Europe’s 2015 car of the year” »

News: Peugeot adds another engine to local 308 line-up

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Peugeot New Zealand has added a new1.6-litre turbocharged petrol Allure hatch and wagon model to the new 308 range. These new models are now available for sale at Peugeot dealerships nationwide.

The all-new 308 range now consists of three model variants in New Zealand: Access, Active and Allure.

The hatch is now available with a range of engines: a turbocharged petrol 96kW1.2-litre PureTech, a new 110kW turbocharged petrol 1.6-litre and turbocharged diesel BlueHDi 2-litre. Continue reading “Peugeot adds another engine to local 308 line-up” »

News: Only one manual Mustang GT coming

2015Mustang_t6r845dccccFord has announced pricing for the all-new Ford Mustang Fastback and Convertible.

There is only one manual transmission offered in the 5-litre V8 GT Fastback, all other engine and body configurations are solely equipped with an automatic transmission.

The new Mustang arrives later this year with a recommended retail price (RRP) starting at $56,990 for the Fastback variant featuring an automatic transmission with a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine. Continue reading “Only one manual Mustang GT coming” »

News: All-new XC 90 revealed at Volvo ocean race pavilion

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Caption: Volvo XC 90 presentation by safety specialist Jonas Wepsalainen

Volvo New Zealand this morning lifted the covers off an all-new pre-production XC 90 SUV at it’s ocean race pavilion in Auckland’s Viaduct harbour, only two weeks prior to the opening of it’s newest showroom in Auckland.

A safety specialist from the Gothenburg Volvo visitor centre, Jonas Wepsalainen, introduced the features and benefits of the all-new XC 90 to assembled media and guests.

The public reveal of the long awaited 7-seat SUV which is available in D5 diesel, T6 petrol and T8 twin engine plug-in petrol electric hybrid variants comes ahead of the new Volvo showroom in Greenlane, Auckland which will officially open its doors on Friday March 13. Continue reading “All-new XC 90 revealed at Volvo ocean race pavilion” »