News: Topless in New York for 25 years

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Mazda North American operations (MNAO) is putting plans in place to celebrate 25 years of the MX-5 at next month’s New York international auto show.

Showcasing 15 MX-5 vehicles, from show concepts to race cars to production models, New York will host the biggest birthday party yet for the two-seat roadster.

“MX-5 is the quintessential Mazda,” says MNAO president Jim O’Sullivan. Continue reading “Topless in New York for 25 years” »

News: Land Rover goes sailing with Red Bull

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Already the main partner of the extreme sailing series, Land Rover is now also the official team and vehicle partner to the Red Bull team.

Land Rover has a long tradition with sailing reaching as far back as 1988 as a sponsor of Cowes Week, the home of British yacht racing.

The Red Bull extreme sailing team is skippered by Austrian Roman Hagara. Roman and his team mate and tactician Hans Peter Steinacher, who have each won two Olympic gold medals in addition to multiple world, european and national championship titles. Last season the team finished third overall, their first series podium. Continue reading “Land Rover goes sailing with Red Bull” »

News: GTS Porsches due in September

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Porsche has just released the more powerful and upmarket Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS models in European markets, and New Zealand customers can expect delivery in September.

Silky black gloss GTS (Gran Turismo Sport) lettering adorns the two new top of the range variants for the Boxster and Cayman range, as well as a host of refinements and features that denote their status as the new top of the line variants.

The six-cylinder boxer engines fitted in the new top of the line GTS models are based on the 3.4-litre engines from the Boxster S and Cayman S respectively. Thanks to optimised tuning these now deliver an additional 11 kW) This means the Boxster GTS now has an output of 243 kW, whilst the Cayman GTS delivers 250 kW. Continue reading “GTS Porsches due in September” »

News: More noise needed for Electric Vehicles

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The European Commission wants to mandate the installation of acoustic vehicle alerting systems (AVAS) into all new electric vehicles (EV) to make them safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and the visually impaired.

The EC says the cars are effectively silent at low speeds and people cannot hear them, so an artificial engine noise needs to be installed to make them safer in the urban environment.

A consensus has been agreed within the EC which requires vehicle manufacturers to install AVAS in new types of vehicles within four years and then to all new vehicles within six. Continue reading “More noise needed for Electric Vehicles” »

Blogs: Living with a Holden Volt – part one and two

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Car and SUV recently handed back Holden’s Volt plug-in electric/hybrid vehicle after a two-month extended test drive.

Why did we do this? Because we already knew we liked the vehicle. We drove it on arrival over a year ago and enjoyed it, but questioned the $85,000 price tag. Continue reading “Living with a Holden Volt – part one and two” »

News: Snow Park partners with Audi

6530264The new Snow Park ice driving experience, which is starting its operation near Wanaka in July 2014, has announced that it will officially partner with Audi.

“It is the only ice driving experience in the southern hemisphere and is only available in July, making it truly unique and exclusive,” says manager Steve Gould.

The complete package includes luxury accommodation, gourmet dining and ice driving. A range of additional activities are available such as clay target shooting, curling and an ice bar are available for the winter adventurer. Continue reading “Snow Park partners with Audi” »

Jeep: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Overland 2014 review

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For those people who aren’t familiar with the origins of the Jeep brand, the Overland name dates back to the 1900s.

Overland front 34John Willys bought the brand from another company and created the Willys-Overland motor company in 1912, which then went onto create the first Jeep for the US military, known as the Willys MB in 1941.

Under the stewardship of Daimler-Chrysler, Jeep brought the Overland name back into the market in 2003 when it created a new luxury trim level for the Grand Cherokee, which sat above the Laredo and Limited specification grades. And still does. Continue reading “Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Overland 2014 review” »

Jaguar: Jaguar F-Type convertible 2014 review

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It has been a long time coming but the new Jaguar F-Type convertible is absolutely the spiritual successor to the iconic E-Type roadster which was first launched in the 1960’s.

It’s about time.

The Jaguar XJ-S which saw the light of day in the 1970s was to big and too heavy to be a proper sports car, it was more a grand tourer, as was the 2+2 XK coupe and convertible, the second generation of which remains in production today. Continue reading “Jaguar F-Type convertible 2014 review” »