Jeep: Jeep: 2014 Jeep Cherokee Diesel Limited review

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It’s quietly amusing to those of us with long memories, that the marriage of Daimler Chrysler and Mitsubishi ended in a fairly nasty and expensive split while the recent union between Fiat and Chrysler-Jeep seems to have worked rather well thus far. Continue reading “Jeep: 2014 Jeep Cherokee Diesel Limited review” »

News: Mitsubishi exec says new Triton will double it’s sales

Triton2015-4xMitsubishi Motors New Zealand is predicting that the first all-new Triton ute in nine years will have a five-star safety rating, and will double its sales tally here.

The Triton and the L200 from which it was derived have been around since 1978, and this is the first full redesign of Triton in nine years.

Mitsubishi’s head of sales Daniel Cook says the new Triton ute has; a bigger tray capacity, a stronger body, a driver’s knee air bag, significantly greater torque than before, requires less frequent servicing, and it offers fuel economy from 7L/100km. Continue reading “Mitsubishi exec says new Triton will double it’s sales” »

News: Nissan’s ‘Father of the Z’ executive dies

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The Japanese national and company executive who built the Datsun brand in the U.S. market and created the “Z’ brand has died at the age of 105 years in a Tokyo hospital from heart failure.

Former president of Nissan Motor Company USA, Yutaka Katayama was known as the “father of the Z” and he won international respect for the Datsun model at a time when Japan-made products were synonymous with slipshod quality according to the Associated Press (AP).

He also built the Datsun brand from scratch in the US market, stressing maintenance services, courting dealers and employees alike as well as making the first coloured films of the cars which was a marketing innovation at the time says AP. Continue reading “Nissan’s ‘Father of the Z’ executive dies” »

News: Mazda to feature at Goodwood speed festival

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Mazda will be the central feature marque at the 2015 Goodwood festival of speed being held in the United Kingdom in June.

It will take centre stage at the world’s most prestigious motoring festival, celebrating its challenger spirit with the racing legends of its sporting past and the cars of its current range.

From being the only Japanese manufacturer to win the Le Mans 24 Hour Race, to its development of the rotary engine, and its reinvention of the affordable sports car with the MX-5 – Mazda says it has never stopped challenging in its quest to produce great cars. Continue reading “Mazda to feature at Goodwood speed festival” »

News: SuperShow and the Eagles will attract motor home buyers

401243-202138-34The prospect of selling a new motorhome to more than 700 members of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association will see a number of manufacturer and resellers exclusively show new products at next months Covi Motorhome SuperShow at Auckland’s ASB show grounds.

TrailLite, Allisee Autohomes, RV Supercentre, SmartRV and Auckland Motor Homes are among a number of motorhome and RV industry players who have chosen the event to launch new models for 2015.

It is the only event of its type in New Zealand that is endorsed and supported by the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA). Continue reading “SuperShow and the Eagles will attract motor home buyers” »

News: Restored aluminium Gullwing receives Mercedes-Benz stamp of approval

MERC_300SLgroup-116A rare aluminium bodied 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing has received the Mercedes-Benz stamp of approval after a thorough and detailed restoration by it’s New Zealand owner says the local distributor.

Following inspection and due diligence from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Centre and Archive, the restored 300 SL Gullwing has been presented with a certificate of authenticity or ‘expertise’, verifying its identity.

It is number 27 of just 29 aluminium bodied vehicles in existence, and was first displayed to the public, since its restoration, at the Ellerslie Intermarque Concours d’Elegance in which it won the Master Class Event for the best vehicle in show. Continue reading “Restored aluminium Gullwing receives Mercedes-Benz stamp of approval” »

News: $15,990 open for small Suzuki

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Suzuki New Zealand had officially launched the Suzuki Celerio, replacing the Alto and Splash in its small car range.

The Thai-built Celerio has had a troubled start, with right-hand-drive variants taken temporarily off the road in some market due to a brake failure issue.

The company is pushing the space and economy aspects of the car, noting its official combined fuel cycle test factory figures show is 8.3% more economical than the automatic Alto. Continue reading “$15,990 open for small Suzuki” »

News: Mercedes opens order book on C63

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Mercedes Benz has announced pricing of their upcoming Mercedes-AMG C63 S model.

Available from the third-quarter of this year, the model will be available from $164,900 for the sedan and $167,900 for the estate.

Despite the name, the car is now powered by a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine closely related to the power unit in the Mercedes-AMG GT S. Producing 375 kW of power, the C 63 S consumes just 8.6 litres per 100 kilometres (combined), Mercedes claiming it is the most fuel-efficient eight-cylinder car in the high-performance segment. Continue reading “Mercedes opens order book on C63” »