BMW: BMW: 2015 125i M Sport review

BMW 125i 2015 front quarter

We gave it a good thrash from Auckland to Whangarei and back where it amply demonstrated its overtaking potential – 6.2 seconds to 100kph is plenty for most occasions. Through the Brynderwyns the 1-Series handled with aplomb. Lowered suspension and some nice wide 245s on 18-inch wheels at the back and 225s at the front keep it flat and planted on the road, although when the surface was rough, you could really feel that sports suspension, and that’s not even in Sports or Sports Plus modes which firm it up more. One of my passengers (female former vintage Porsche owner, sitting in the front in the bucket seats) loved it, and the other in the back didn’t. Continue reading “BMW: 2015 125i M Sport review” »

News: Volkswagen NZ recalling 70 Amarok utes to check brakes


Volkswagen New Zealand is recalling 70 Amarok utes due to a potential issue with the bolts for the front brake callipers.

The Amarok is also being recalled in Australia.

According to the website, which is hosted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the issue with the front brake callipers has arisen because the bolts may not have been tightened with the specified torque. Continue reading “Volkswagen NZ recalling 70 Amarok utes to check brakes” »

News: World’s fastest woman heading to CRC Speedshow

Jessi-Combs-in-CRC-workshopThe world’s fastest woman on four wheels, and CRC Industries ambassador, American Jessi Combs will be in New Zealand next month to front CRC Speedshow’s Women in Motorsport display.

In 2013, Combs piloted the land-speed record car, dubbed the North American Eagle, to a top speed of 708 kilometres per hour (440.709 mph) on the dry lakebed in Alvord Desert, Oregon, breaking the previous record set in 1965.

The North American Eagle car broke the 50 year old record with Combs behind the wheel with a 45,000 horsepower engine. Continue reading “World’s fastest woman heading to CRC Speedshow” »

News: The tech lover’s wheels

Screen-Shot-2015-06-16-at-2.08This is the most popular electric car in New Zealand so far this year, BMW New Zealand communications boss Ed Finn slipped into the conversation when AutoTalk picked up the BMW i3 for a brief weekend test last month.

He then proceeded to slip the point in again, and then a few more times after.

Ok, we get the hint. Continue reading “The tech lover’s wheels” »

Cars: Renault: 2015 Clio R.S. Cup

2015 Clio RS Cup front 3:4

When the locally-owned Renault distributor brought back the Clio Authentique and Expression light hatchbacks back to the New Zealand market, we knew that it wouldn’t be long before the more sporting Clio R.S. model also made an entrance. Continue reading “Renault: 2015 Clio R.S. Cup” »

News: Turning beer into biofuel

DB-Export-Brewtroleum-logo-(grey)DB Export is on a mission to harness the power of drinking beer to save the world. In a New Zealand first, DB Export is attempting to make the country’s first ever commercially viable biofuel from the by-products of brewing beer.

By creating this biofuel, which emits less carbon than petrol, Kiwi’s can save the world by doing what they do best – drinking beer, says DB Export.

DB Export ‘Brewtroleum‘ will be made using ethanol derived from beer by-product which will be mixed with normal petroleum to create Brewtroleum – by July 2015. Continue reading “Turning beer into biofuel” »

News: No flag for Kiwi’s best yet podium finish


Marking his first anniversary with Hyundai Motorsport with backing from the New Zealand dealer network, rally driver Hayden Paddon secured a career-best second place at this weekend’s Rally Italy Sardinia.

Paddon and the HPRG team are supported by exclusive partners Hyundai New Zealand, PlaceMakers and Pak n’ Save, along with associate support from Z Energy, Scott Sports, New Balance New Zealand and All About Signs Timaru.

The Kiwi teams result surprised rally organisers who weren’t expecting to need a New Zealand flag for the podium presentation. A quick ask-around the assembled fans saw a New Zealand supporter lend their flag to ensure the Kiwis were properly represented. Continue reading “No flag for Kiwi’s best yet podium finish” »

News: Upgraded Aurion launches in two weeks


The 2015 Toyota Aurion – due in dealerships from July 1 – features an improved line-up featuring more specification, more safety and more sports detailing.

“The Aurion is designed for customers who prefer the distinctive, and matches the space and specification of a grand tourer sedan with a genuinely powerful and proven V6 engine,” says Spencer Morris, Toyota New Zealand general manager of product.

“The 2015 range showcases superior design elements and improved standard features across the range, all designed to make the Aurion experience more enjoyable than ever.” Continue reading “Upgraded Aurion launches in two weeks” »