News: Mitsubishi lobs a competitor into the Everest market

exterior_img_24Mitsubishi has unveiled its all-new mid-size SUV the Pajero Sport in Thailand today and says the vehicle will join its New Zealand vehicle line up early in 2016.

It will join the growing list of new-to-market ladder-chassis based SUV models such as the soon to be launched Ford Everest, and the Toyota Fortuner.

Initially only five-seat Pajero Sport models will join the local Mitsubishi range to replace the current luxury Challenger Exceed model (which has seven seats), says Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand head of sales and marketing strategy. Continue reading “Mitsubishi lobs a competitor into the Everest market” »

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News: VW overtakes Toyota as global sales rise

image116970_bVolkswagen has overtaken Toyota as the world’s largest carmaker by sales in the first half of 2015, achieving its long-held ambition three years ahead of target.

The German group on July 17 reported 5.04 million deliveries in the first half year. By comparison, Toyota said on Tuesday it sold 5.02 million cars between January and June, a 1.5% decline on year-ago levels.

In New Zealand, Volkswagen had 369 registered new vehicle sales in June 2015 (down 10% year-on-year) and 2101 year-to-date (down 2% year-on-year). Continue reading “VW overtakes Toyota as global sales rise” »

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News: Resident design joins Lexus

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Auckland design and manufacturing company Resident, has joined Lexus New Zealand as a brand partner.

“Resident’s design philosophy and innovative approach to engineering and craftsmanship has a strong connection to Lexus production values,” says Lexus New Zealand marketing general manager, Andrew Davis.

“We are looking forward to working with the Resident team, and the opportunities to connect the two brands.” Continue reading “Resident design joins Lexus” »

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News: Changes for Northern Gateway toll road

p-23316-nzhChanges which will make it easier for motorists and truck drivers to use the toll road north of Auckland come into effect this week.

The payment kiosks at Dairy Flat and Puhoi will be removed and easier in-person cash payment options will be available at 33 upper North Island BP and Caltex service stations. These over the counter payments will be accepted in cash or by debit or credit card. A $1.20 transaction fee applies.

From July 31, there will be an easier to use website, a new prepaid account option and and easier cash payment channel says the New Zealand Transport Agency. Continue reading “Changes for Northern Gateway toll road” »

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News: Launched: Everest defies commercial roots

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You have a ute that has taken the market by storm, given you overall market leadership, has been well received critically by the media, and desired by the public.

It would seem good sense then to launch an SUV off that platform? Many have done this – Holden, Isuzu, Mitsubishi and Nissan, all having ute passenger models on their fleets in recent year. Simple, rugged.

Many assumed Ford was doing the same with their new Everest, but Ford took the project to an entirely different level, ending up with a unique vehicle, capable and rugged enough that falls more naturally as a Prado (or even Land Cruiser) competitor, yet is refined enough that Ford customers stepping out of the soon-to-be-discontinued Territory, or other car-based trucks, will be incredibly happy. Continue reading “Launched: Everest defies commercial roots” »

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Road Tests / Car Reviews: Suzuki: 2015 Celerio manual hatch review

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Sometimes its nice to drive small vehicle without the huge amounts of bells and whistles that come attached to many these days.

It is also nice to drive a car that is a just a plain and simple proposition, where you actually have to think, and look, and react, rather than relying upon some electronic gadgetry within the vehicle to do it for you. Continue reading “Suzuki: 2015 Celerio manual hatch review” »

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News: Ford targeting Prado with Everest pricing

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Ford New Zealand is targeting the Toyota Prado, and ignoring arguably closer competition, with the pricing of its new Everest SUV.

Car and SUV is in Thailand for the launch of the SUV, built here off a significantly modified Ranger platform – in the same way Holden, Isuzu, Mitsubishi – and soon Toyota – do with their ute-based SUV models. Continue reading “Ford targeting Prado with Everest pricing” »

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News: Subaru drops price on XV, adds more spec

GetFileAttachmentPrices have been reduced for all three 2015 Subaru XV models, by between $1000 and $4000, but Subaru NZ says it has added more specification.

For the 2015 model year the Subaru XV has a new infotainment system, featuring touch screen technology, plus interior refinements such as a gloss black air-conditioning dial, accompanied by a chrome finish air-conditioning ventilation grille, a silver trim panel on the dash and door sill, an upgraded instrument panel with colour display, and a new premium stitched leather gear surround.

The XV 2.0i manual and auto models are now priced identically at $37,990 – down from the previous automatic RRP of $40,990 (the manual six speed was previously $38,990). Continue reading “Subaru drops price on XV, adds more spec” »

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