News: Shelby GT not available? Now you can print one

3d.ford.com_01Consumers can now download digital images and 3D-printable files of Ford vehicles at the first-ever, automaker-licensed, one-stop 3D shop online.

The Ford 3D Store offers printable files of F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350R, Focus ST and Fiesta ST – with more models available later.

The Ford 3D Store, 3d.ford.com, allows customers to use advanced technology to make their own models of Ford vehicles of the size and material they desire, or simply opt to purchase a 3D digital file from a growing library of more than 1000 Ford images. Continue reading “Shelby GT not available? Now you can print one” »

Audi: Audi 2015 A3 Sportback e-tron review

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This is the Age of e-tron, to bastardise a movie title. It is Audi’s play into the plug-in hybrid market and it has taken an age for them to bring a car with electric power to New Zealand. Part of the reason is that the real-world fuel economy of a modern diesel can match hybrids if they’re driven over longer distances, but the Audi A3 is more aimed at people that don’t travel that far each day. And, while you can get a diesel A3 in Europe, Audi doesn’t bring it to New Zealand because it would mean too many options for our smaller market. Continue reading “Audi 2015 A3 Sportback e-tron review” »

News: VW launches Amarok Dark Label at Fieldays

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Targeting both rural and urban buyers, Volkswagen New Zealand has launched a limited edition of its Amarok pick-up at the National Fieldays.

Only 100 units of the Amarok Dark Label double-cab pick up (equipped with 4Motion all-wheel-drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission) will be available through the national dealer network priced from $69,900.

Volkswagen New Zealand says the latest limited edition to grace the Amarok range offers a particularly sporty and design driven look. Continue reading “VW launches Amarok Dark Label at Fieldays” »

News: Mazda celebrates racing heritage at Goodwood

Mazda-HISTORY_SECTION_sizedMazda will celebrate its motorsport heritage as the central feature marque at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

At Goodwood the Japanese company will feature a line up of rotary powered competition cars, including the 1991 Le Mans winning 787B. Making its first appearance at Goodwood since 2011, the ‘Charge’ liveried Le Mans winner heads an ear-splitting line up of Mazda race cars that are sure to resonate with the Goodwood crowds, with the sound of their rotary engines.

Joining the Le Mans winner on the hill will be Mazda 787 chassis number 002 – it retired from the 1990 Le Mans before following home the winning 787B with a 8th place finish in 1991. Now owned and maintained by Mazda USA, the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed sees this Mazda 787 once again run alongside the winning ‘Charge’ liveried 787B, as two of Mazda’s 1991 Le Mans team cars take to the famous Goodwood Hill Climb together. Continue reading “Mazda celebrates racing heritage at Goodwood” »

News: Ford makes NZ’s #1 ute better

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New Zealand’s #1 ute, the Ford Ranger, shifts the goal posts with new bolder look, improved performance, new smart technologies and safety enhancements

Ford NZ has also confirmed pricing for the new Ranger, with a range that includes XL, XLT and Wildtrak, ahead of its launch here in September.

“With a refreshed design, smart new technologies and safety enhancements, the new Ranger will continue to cement its position as NZ’s favourite ute,” says Corey Holter, Ford New Zealand managing director. “Ford has managed to take a fantastic vehicle and make it even better with significant enhancements inside and out, and well beyond the cosmetic.” Continue reading “Ford makes NZ’s #1 ute better” »

Cars: Lexus: 2015 NX 200T review

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I returned from Cuba recently where I had the opportunity to sample the automotive best that the communist block had to offer in the 1970s and ‘80s, bastardised versions of 1950s Americana, new Chinese taxis from Geely and Chery, and even a 1936 Citroen with a Lada motor. Once you’ve weathered those, any car would seem luxury, but a Lexus is extra luxurious and something that you wouldn’t be able to find easily (if at all) in one of the last remaining communist bastions. Continue reading “Lexus: 2015 NX 200T review” »

News: New vehicle market eases in May

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The new vehicle marked fell by a mere 30 units in May – but still remains up 6% year-to-date.

“The new vehicle market held steady in the month of May with 10,034 new vehicles registered, a very slight drop of 30 vehicles compared to May 2014 where 10,064 vehicles were registered,” says David Crawford, CEO of the Motor Industry Association. “However, the market year-to-date is 6% up (2925 vehicles) on this time last year.”

Toyota remained the overall market leader for the month of May with 16% (1604 vehicles), followed by Holden with 11% (1105 vehicles), and Ford with 10% (1025 vehicles). Year-to-date Toyota, Holden and Ford remain the overall market leaders. Continue reading “New vehicle market eases in May” »

News: Ranger remains king of the hill

image109966_bThe Ford Ranger has retained its crown as the best selling commercial model in New Zealand and it was also the the top selling model overall for the month of May with 511 vehicles.

The Ranger was followed by the Toyota Hilux with 404 vehicles and the Nissan Navara with 385 vehicles.

An all-new NP300 Nissan Navara will be launched after the National Fieldays in June, followed by the refreshed 2015 Ford Ranger in the third quarter, and the all-new Toyota Hilux in the fourth quarter. Continue reading “Ranger remains king of the hill” »