News: Special edition Captiva


Holden New Zealand is leveraging the most out of their popular Captiva – launching a special edition ‘Active’ model.

Based on the LTZ version of the Captiva 7, the Active adds gloss black or gun metal painted 19 inch allow wheels, body coloured wheel arch trims, embossed front head rests, special basing, moulded flour mats and tinted windows.

HNZ marketing manager Marnie Samphier is confident that the new Captiva 7 Active will only add to its popularity. Continue reading “Special edition Captiva” »

News: Award for F12


One of the most relevant car of the year awards has been announced. Relevant if you have around $700k in your pocket that is.

The Robb Report – the guide of record for those who enjoy the finer, and more expensive things in life, has named Ferrari’s F12berlinetta as its 2014 car of the year.

In an “unprecedented landslide decision,” the car was selected by editors and a panel of guest judges made up of members of the ‘Robb Report Club’. Continue reading “Award for F12” »

News: Kiwi driver goes for Arctic adventure

Kiwi V8 Supercar ace Scott McLaughlin has had a strong start to the racing year with his new Volvo Polestar Racing, toping the podium in Melbourne – and has since headed to the top of the world to celebrate.

McLaughlin and team mate Robert Dahlgren flew to one of Volvo’s winter testing bases to drive a number of Polestar-engineered road cars.

Located in Jokkmokk, 10km above the polar circle, the test track is set on a frozen lake with a number of different testing scenarios designed to push Volvos to the limit. Continue reading “Kiwi driver goes for Arctic adventure” »

Abarth: Abarth EsseEsse 500c 2014 review


Abarth 3I knew I looked a little odd in the Fiat 500 from the moment I picked it up. I am six foot and sized like a long-retired prop. In a car the size of a small picnic table, that leaves me hanging out the seams. Continue reading “Abarth EsseEsse 500c 2014 review” »

Road Tests / Car Reviews: Toyota 86 RC 2014 review


toyota-86-rc-2014-front-quarter-lowWhen you’ve eaten the salmon terrine for the entrée and the rib eye fillet for the main, you don’t ask how many calories the crème brulee has because that’s ridiculous. Therefore I don’t care what the fuel economy of the Toyota 86 RC is because I was too busy blipping the throttle on the downshifts and leaving it in far too high a gear just so I could hear the awesome exhaust note. For the record, it was 9.5l/100km which is way more than if you drove it like a hyper-miler (in which case Toyota quotes 6.9l/100km)

Continue reading “Toyota 86 RC 2014 review” »

News: Honda releases Pioneer side by side range


Honda Motorcycles has released the pricing on its all new Pioneer side by side series which is now available at dealerships nationally.

The Pioneer 700-2P (two person) is priced from $18,995 excluding GST. The 700-4P which offers increased seating capacity for 4 people is priced from $20,795 excluding GST.

At the heart of the 2014 Pioneer is a liquid cooled 675cc fuel injected engine. Dual stage EFI mapping provide the Pioneer with an automatic sport or work mode. A durable automotive style transmission with a heavy-duty torque converter provides smooth shifting and exceptional engine braking says Honda. Continue reading “Honda releases Pioneer side by side range” »

News: Loose screw causes Porsche engine recall


German sports car manufacturer Porsche is recalling all 785 of its 2014 production 911 GT3 cars for a complete engine replacement due to potential fire concerns.

Two engine fires in GT3 models saw the company advise customers not to drive their new cars because of concerns about the internals of the flat-six 3.8-litre engine.

According to Porsche technicians a loosened screw joint on the connecting rod, led to the rod damaging the crank case and causing an oil leak, which then ignited. Continue reading “Loose screw causes Porsche engine recall” »

News: Lotus debut at CRC Speedshow


Following the opening of its new Auckland showroom in Newmarket, British sports car manufacturer Lotus make its CRC Speedshow debut this July.

Lotus Auckland general manager James Berry says the manufacturer’s strong ties with motor-sport meant creating a Lotus display at CRC Speedshow was a ‘no-brainer’.

“There could be few brands better suited to be at CRC Speedshow than Lotus with its unique record in motor-sport and its range of road cars that can trace both their lineage and their performance directly back to motor-sport,” says Berry. Continue reading “Lotus debut at CRC Speedshow” »