News: More refined Holden Trax into dealerships

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Holden has launched a much improved model year 2015 Holden Trax compact SUV, with the addition of a top of the range 1.4-litre turbo LTZ model, to build on its 11% market share of the segment in New Zealand.

Year to date Holden’s compact SUV has sold more than 371 units, it lies fourth in the under $40k market behind the Mitsubishi ASX (410), Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (431) and the Hyundai ix35 (897).

The 1.4-litre iTi engine is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission and this LTZ model will sit above the 1.8-litre engine in the expanded Trax line-up, offering customers an engine option that provides 103kW of power and 200Nm of torque, with fuel economy of 6.9L/100km. Continue reading “More refined Holden Trax into dealerships” »

Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz: 2014 CLS 250 CDI Shooting Brake

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What is a shooting brake you ask? Thats a very good question.

According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, the term shooting-brake originated in the 19th century, and was used to describe a particular style of motor-vehicle that carried shooting parties, their equipment, and their game.

Wikipedia says the term brake was coined to describe a chassis used to break in horses, and was subsequently used to describe a motor-vehicle.

Early 19th century shooting brakes were often custom built to order for their wealthy clients, normally members of the British aristocracy. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: 2014 CLS 250 CDI Shooting Brake” »

Green Motoring: Lexus: 2014 CT200h Limited vs F Sport review

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The road from Whatipu to Titirangi is narrow, bumpy and changes direction like a gazelle trying to outrun a cheetah. We were in the CT200h F Sport and my partner said to me that she was feeling sleepy, and the problem was with my ‘smooth driving’, the comfortable seats and the lack of noise from the Lexus. This Lexus makes your driving seem better than it is: the thing it excels at is turning the road into a muffled silk ribbon like I am the world’s best chauffeur. Continue reading “Lexus: 2014 CT200h Limited vs F Sport review” »

News: Upgraded 86 now in Toyota dealerships

86-NZ-red-interior-July-2014Toyota has announced the arrival of the MY15 Toyota 86 and GT86 into dealerships, which receives upgrades and enhancements at no change to its recommended retail prices.

Toyota New Zealand product general manager Neeraj Lala says the MY15 cars have received a third round of enhancements since the vehicle was first introduced to the market.

“Toyota’s engineering division has continued to evolve key 86 performance attributes, delivering in the MY15 model a series of updates that will enhance the enthusiast driver’s ability to safely and confidently control the car as appropriate to the environment, whether that be on the road or the track,” says Lala Continue reading “Upgraded 86 now in Toyota dealerships” »

News: Peugeot’s global sales grow 5.5%

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Peugeot has announced a surge in profits for the first half of 2014 and believes new models in Australia and the introduction of LCV’s in New Zealand will see it’s earnings increase even further in the second half of 2014.

PSA Peugeot Citroen narrowed its first-half loss and posted the first positive contribution from its core auto division in three years, as the French carmaker’s recovery plan has started to take shape.

Peugeot says that the launch of the new Peugeot 308 in Australia later and New Zealand in the second half of 2014, and the introduction of light commercial vehicles in New Zealand should have a positive impact on the group’s second-half performance in the region. Continue reading “Peugeot’s global sales grow 5.5%” »

Jeep: Jeep: 2014 Cherokee Limited V6 review

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When the first pictures of the new Jeep Cherokee leaked out of America, many people including myself looked at it and wondered what the design team had been smoking on their tea break.

The square boxy KK series Jeep Cherokee as we all knew it, had been consigned to the rubbish bin, replaced by a modern and contemporary-looking SUV that wouldn’t look out of place in the showroom of any Korean, Japanese, or European brand.

The radical exterior design of the new KL series Cherokee divides the rugged lower body and smooth upper body by the key waterline feature and a waterfall bonnet says Jeep. Continue reading “Jeep: 2014 Cherokee Limited V6 review” »

News: New Ferrari California T launched here

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Ferrari has launched it’s “everyday-use” California T in New Zealand priced from $413,888.

Ferrari Australasia president Herbert Appleroth told Stuff.Co.NZ he expects a lot of interest in the new car, which he says is more of an everyday-use kind of Ferrari, with room for car seats or golf clubs in the back.

Appleroth says that demand always outstrips supply. Ferrari has reduced its production to 7000 cars per annum to maintain the brand’s exclusivity and residual values for owners. Continue reading “New Ferrari California T launched here” »

News: Toyota remains the global No.1 in sales

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More than five million buyers in the first six months of this year has seen Toyota retain its No. 1 position on the global sales charts.

The company says its on track to sell more than 10 million vehicles this year, which will be an industry milestone according to One Network News.

Toyota was followed by German-based Volkswagen Group in second place, recall-plagued USA-based General Motors placed third in the global rankings. Continue reading “Toyota remains the global No.1 in sales” »