Mercedes-Benz: GL meets S: Mercedes-Benz reveals GLS prices

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As it’s range of SUV models now mirrors the sedan line, Mercedes-Benz has announced prices and specification for the GLS seven-seat luxury SUV that arrives in April 2016.

Prices currently remained unchanged despite the considerable changes to the vehicle for the 2016 model year. Continue reading “GL meets S: Mercedes-Benz reveals GLS prices” »

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News: Science of tough presented by the Ford Ranger

image004Science of Tough, is an online documentary series launched by Ford, that captures a team of Ford engineers in the field, punishing the new Ranger in conditions that echo what customers may experience – only taken to the absolute extreme.

“We spent years engineering the new Ranger and it is designed to withstand conditions beyond what could be considered normal use,” said Ian Foston, global chief program engineer for the Ford Ranger. “For this documentary series, we decided to take those tests to the next level, and see just how well the Ranger holds up in some of the roughest conditions we could imagine.”

A film crew followed the engineers as they travelled across Thailand in search of the most gruelling environments, testing four key elements that define the Ranger’s tough versatility: its load box, torque output, water-wading capability and engine cooling systems. That search led the team from an under-construction BTS Skytrain transit hub in Bangkok all the way to mountains along the northern border of Thailand. Continue reading “Science of tough presented by the Ford Ranger” »

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BMW: BMW 2015 X1 sDrive20d review

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Sound is a very important part of a car driving experience. It’s why people spend thousands of dollars on sports exhausts with negligible performance benefits and aftermarket speakers to share their dubious music choices with unwitting pedestrians – near, far, wherever you are, 400W of subwoofer will ensure you are heard. Continue reading “BMW 2015 X1 sDrive20d review” »

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News: For sale: One reasonably priced car

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With TopGear largely on the rocks, or at least set for significant change, their latest ‘reasonably priced car’.

Vauxhall is auctioning the Astra – a Holden to us – on Ebay, with bidding now approaching $20,000.

The car has been modified for the track, and the advert makes it clear it is no longer suitable for the road. Continue reading “For sale: One reasonably priced car” »

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News: Lexus on ice

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We see a lot of stories come across our news desk regarding cars on ice – usually, some high-performance model sliding across a lake in Sweden.

Lexus has taken a different direction on the ‘car on ice’ promotion, teaming up with a British ice sculpting company to put actual ice wheels and tyres on its NX SUV.

This involved laser-scanning the NX’s real wheels to recreate them in ice. The vehicle was then frozen for five days at -30 degrees C before rolling out under its own power. Continue reading “Lexus on ice” »

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News: It’s a bugs life in a Mazda BT-50

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Mazda New Zealand has just supplied a brand new BT-50 double cab pick up to the Auckland Zoo for the transportation of staff and animals around the North Island.

The two organisations have been working in partnership since 2012 and Mazda New Zealand managing director Andrew Clearwater says both share the same common goals towards conservation.

The new BT-50 wears a distinctive digitally printed vehicle wrap with species of giant weta emblazoned all over the body. Continue reading “It’s a bugs life in a Mazda BT-50” »

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News: Audi New Zealand releases christmas features

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santa-lineAudi New Zealand has released special new S-line features for christmas – that is Santa-line, not Sport-line

“While the Audi S line package has proven a perennial favourite, the release of the Audi Santa line package is more… seasonal, with equipment that will not only accentuate your vehicle’s dynamic lines, it will enable you to land as necessary on your pick of rooftops, snow or beaches,” the company says.

The new package can be sampled here. Continue reading “Audi New Zealand releases christmas features” »

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News: Diesel engine debut for Lexus LX SUV

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For the first time in the New Zealand market, Lexus will debut a 200kW 4.5-litre V8 turbodiesel engine in the newly revised 2016 LX SUV line.

Previously the LX flagship of the Lexus SUV line had only offered a V8 petrol engine in the LX 570 model, which will continue.

However, more than 70% of sales in the luxury SUV market are diesel vehicles, so the introduction of the new LX 450d variant gives Lexus the ability to compete in the whole market rather than a small segment. Continue reading “Diesel engine debut for Lexus LX SUV” »

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