Mazda: Mazda: 2014 Mazda3 SP22 Limited hatch review

2014 Mazda3 SP22 Limited front 2

There have been previous diesel versions of the Mazda3 available in global markets but sensibly the New Zealand distributor held back from local sale until there was an automatic transmission available, as previously only a manual transmission had been available with the oiler engines. Continue reading “Mazda: 2014 Mazda3 SP22 Limited hatch review” »

News: Ford Ranger Wildtrak longterm test #2

2013 Ranger Wildtrak with trailer

Its taken almost two years to get my hands on a Ranger Wildtrak, because at launch Ford New Zealand simply couldn’t get enough production to satisfy customer demand let alone put a car on the press fleet for the motoring media to drive. Continue reading “Ford Ranger Wildtrak longterm test #2” »

Jeep: Jeep: 2014 Cherokee Trailhawk review

Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 2014 front quarter

That grille and the menacing eyes simply scare difficult terrain out of the way. Underpinning the seriousness of Jeep’s commitment to dominating the road less paved, you can wade through water up to 508mm deep due to additional electrical and body seals plus a high air intake, there’s 224mm of ground clearance, the approach angle is almost 30 degrees, the departure angle is 32 degrees and the ramp breakover angle is almost 23 degrees. Continue reading “Jeep: 2014 Cherokee Trailhawk review” »

Cars: Toyota increases market share to 20%

2014 Toyota Corolla ZR Levin front 3:4

Toyota New Zealand (TNZ) says it maintained its position as the number one new vehicle manufacturer in 2014 and increased its market share to 20%.

As New Zealand’s new car market increased an estimated 13% during 2014, TNZ increased its sales to 25,247 units across both passenger and commercial vehicles. Continue reading “Toyota increases market share to 20%” »

News: War of words brewing over Ute market leadership

2014 Ford Ranger #1

A war of words is brewing over the leadership of the Ute market in New Zealand.

Before 2014 was even over Toyota launched an advertising campaign pushing the ageing Hilux as the number 1 selling 4×4 utility in New Zealand, while Ford today have come out to claim the overall top sales spot formerly held by the Japanese manufacturer for 32 years. Continue reading “War of words brewing over Ute market leadership” »

Cars: Fewer large cars no barrier to safety says AA

2014 Mazda3 SP22 Limited front 3:4

While big cars didn’t dominate the ANCAP list for 2014, the range of small to medium vehicles with 5 star safety ratings continues to grow according to the New Zealand Automobile Association. Continue reading “Fewer large cars no barrier to safety says AA” »

News: ANCAP aligns protocols with Euro NCAP

2014 Hyundai Genesis front 3:4

From 2015, The Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) will align its testing protocols with those of the European NCAP.

While the physical crash tests are close to identical, analysis of the resulting data is slightly different. From now, Euro NCAP results will be released in New Zealand and Australia without being reassessed by ANCAP, however they will still carry the ANCAP brand. Continue reading “ANCAP aligns protocols with Euro NCAP” »

News: Life saving helmet tech to connect cyclists with drivers


In a world first, Volvo Cars, protective gravity sports gear manufacturer POC and Ericsson will unveil a safety technology connecting drivers and cyclists for the first time ever at International CES in Las Vegas (January 6-9, 2015).

The latest accident data from Europe reveals about 50% of all cyclists killed in traffic have collided with a car.​

The technology consists of a connected car and helmet prototype that will establish 2-way communication offering proximity alerts to Volvo car drivers and cyclists and thereby avoid accidents. Continue reading “Life saving helmet tech to connect cyclists with drivers” »