Blogs: Ford: Longterm 2014 Ranger Wildtrak blog

2014 Ranger Wildtrak 4x4 front 3:4

This time last year the Auto Media Group office was lucky enough to have Holden’s plug-in Volt in residence for a couple of months. Our longterm(ish) car this summer is a little more market-relevant Continue reading “Ford: Longterm 2014 Ranger Wildtrak blog” »

Honda: Honda: 2015 CR-Z Sport review

Honda CRZ 2014 front quarter

The Honda CR-Z is a hybrid sports hatchback that harks back to the original CR-X which was built from 1983-91. The flat back and split rear windscreen are the signature elements, and it retains its two-door design with rear seats simply there for show as opposed to being able to fit anyone in them. Continue reading “Honda: 2015 CR-Z Sport review” »

Road Tests / Car Reviews: Suzuki: 2014 Swift RS quick drive


Since it’s launch in 2005, the Swift light hatchback has gone from being a quantum leap in Suzuki product design and quality, to a strong front runner in discerning car markets such as New Zealand. Continue reading “Suzuki: 2014 Swift RS quick drive” »

News: Volkswagen: 2015 CrossPolo TSI review

Volkswagen CrossPolo 2015 front quarter

The CrossPolo sits at the top of the Volkswagen Polo range. With 30mm more ground clearance and a tough-looking black skirt, it tells the world that this is a city car that can get its boots a bit mucky. Not too mucky, though, because it’s still just a front-wheel drive hatchback, and you wouldn’t want to subject those tasty 17-inch alloys to extreme punishment. Continue reading “Volkswagen: 2015 CrossPolo TSI review” »

News: Softening Yen unlikely to see cheaper 2015 Outback


Subaru New Zealand managing director Wallis Dumper says the loss of a Legacy station wagon from the product portfolio won’t be an issue and that the new Outback SUV range will be welcomed by current owners of the Legacy wagon.

At the Outback SUV media launch in Queenstown Dumper told the press in that retail prices for the 2015 model were still in negotiation with the factory, and all would be revealed on February 2.

When asked if the softening Yen would see cheaper prices for the new Outback SUV, Dumper says in his opinion that it was unlikely given the amount of new technology thats gone into the car, and the high level of specification. Continue reading “Softening Yen unlikely to see cheaper 2015 Outback” »

Isuzu: Isuzu: 2014 MU-X and D-Max 4×4 LS-T review

2015 Isuzu MU-X front 3:4

Isuzu Ute first introduced its luxury specification seven-seat MU-X SUV to the New Zealand market just in time for the National Fieldays, and the one-size-fits all variant is available from dealerships for $65,990. Continue reading “Isuzu: 2014 MU-X and D-Max 4×4 LS-T review” »

News: Diesel power arrives for Jeep Cherokee


The Jeep Cherokee line-up has been strengthened by the arrival of high specification Limited diesel variant, powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

It is priced from $66,990 plus on-road costs.

The 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine delivers 125 kW and 350 Nm and is equipped with stop/start technology. Jeep reports consumption of 5.8L/100km on the combined cycle for the Cherokee Limited diesel. Continue reading “Diesel power arrives for Jeep Cherokee” »

News: Ute of the year double header for Ranger


Ford’s Ranger XLT ute has claimed a double win in this year’s NZ4WD magazine 4WD of the year awards.

Not only did the top-selling utility vehicle win the Ute of the year category for a second year in a row, it also headed off a range of other SUV, wagon and luxury four-wheel-drive models to claim the overall New Zealand 4WD of the year title for 2014.

“And fair enough, too,” says the magazine’s editor, Ross MacKay. Continue reading “Ute of the year double header for Ranger” »