News: ‘Goldie’ signs on with BMW

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Former dual-international rugby player and cricketer Jeff Wilson has signed on a new partnership with BMW New Zealand.

Wilson is now a rising star on the other side of the camera appearing on TV as a highly regarded presenter and sports commentator.

He will now be an ambassador for the brand, and is driving a new BMW X5. Continue reading “‘Goldie’ signs on with BMW” »

News: Audi reveals new R8

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Audi has revealed its updated R8 supercar, ahead of its first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show.

The headline power plant it a 5.2 FSI V10 engine with up to 449kW, capable of a 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds. The car uses a space frame constructed of aluminium, with the car carrying a large amount of carbon fibre.

That construction means the car weighs in at a relatively-light 1454kg – up to 50kg lighter than its predecessor. Continue reading “Audi reveals new R8” »

News: Update for Cruze

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Holden has updated its Aussie-built small car, the Cruze.

The car gets a new face, with LED Daytime Running Lights, alongside a number of other weeks.

The Cruze Equipe benefits from new 17” alloy wheels and exterior mirrors with integrated turn signal lamps. Continue reading “Update for Cruze” »

News: Ford marking 25 years of Bash involvement

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For New Zealand is marking 25 years of involvement in the charity Variety Trillian Bash.

The company is entering again this year, retiring their iconic 1963 Ford Zephyr, and replacing it with a 2015 Ford Falcon XR8.

“Ford was an integral part of getting the Bash going in New Zealand,” says regular Basher and Ford communications and government affairs manager, Tom Clancy, “It was, and is, a fantastic event to be a part of. We get to do what we love to do – drive – while helping Kiwi kids and communities throughout the country.” Continue reading “Ford marking 25 years of Bash involvement” »

Holden: Holden: 2015 Colorado 7 LTZ review

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Give a guy a black SUV and he has to stand half a mile away so as not to be reflected in the paintwork when taking a photo. It’s one of those things that limits where we can place the cars to shoot them, but there’s no denying that black cars look cool. Continue reading “Holden: 2015 Colorado 7 LTZ review” »

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” »