News: 2010 Subaru Legacy coming to NZ soon

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North America’s version of the new generation Subaru Legacy will be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show next week (April 8).

The refined Legacy version first revealed this week will be exclusively available in the United States and Canada, and will go on sale around June in those markets.Other markets, including New Zealand, will share different versions of the car, based on the Japanese-made version of the vehicle.

The major difference between the U.S. produced Legacy and the Japanese vehicles that will come to New Zealand, is the American cars are slightly wider. However, all new generation versions are wider and longer than the current car, offering significant increases in passenger and cargo area. Japanese-made versions will go on sale in Japan mid-year and the Legacy will be launched here in NZ later this year.

It will be available with a wide variety of technical innovations, including Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) automatic gearbox and six-speed manual transmission options on some variants, plus the choice of a 3.6 litre six-cylinder horizontally opposed boxer engine and four-cylinder variants. The 2010 Legacy is built on an entirely new platform.

Check back as we bring you more updates on the 2010 Legacy arriving here later this year.

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News: MTM builds up Audi TTS

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Audi’s TT platform has had a big career, looking fresh but still very familiar from its original debut in 1999. Now it’s showing even more potential remains with the upgraded TTS and TT-RS models. But even that’s not enough for the aftermarket, and MTM has responded with a 283kW go-faster model based on the TTS.

The core of the MTM TTS is a heavily upgraded 2.0 TFSI four-banger with quattro AWD. With turbo boost increased to 22.5psi the engine is working overtime to crank out its 283kW max power rating. Torque is running at 494Nm. The new variant gets its extra power from an upgraded MTM exhaust manifold, new turbocharger and air inlet upgrades.

Another version with a slightly less high-strung tune gets 246kW out of the forced-induction four-pot. That’s just 7kW short of the TT-RS’s turbo 2.5L five-cylinder.

Both cars get quattro AWD and S tronic direct-shift gearboxes, upgraded 8-piston 380x34mm Brembo brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires in 245/30 size. Other extras include upgraded MTM 20x9in wheels, lowering springs, and a body-colored rear spoiler.

If you want the extra go you will need some extra cash because MTM upgrades have never come cheap.

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News: Whitianga Festival of Speed kicks off this weekend

Whitianga Festival of Speed

The Whitianga Festival of Speed is on this weekend 4-5 April, coinciding with the NZ Offshore Power Boat race series being held on Saturday April 4 and runs through the entire weekend.

Special events include car shows, aircraft aerobatic displays, helicopters (skills and stunts), and motorcycles (road and off road).

The program is planned to include activities such as freestyle jet ski stunts, thunder cat races, jet sprint races, sky diving, aircraft rally, NZ open Helicopter championship, car and motorcycle club events, go karts, speedway, and a number of novelty events.

Car clubs including Targa NZ, Ferrari Owners Club, and dealerships associated with performance car brands are involved.

There will be a welcome on Friday evening in Whitianga for all those in attendance. The main street will be closed for the weekend. Saturday morning will begin with a dramatic opening and then the program begins.

Saturday evening will see a “Rolling Thunder” parade of cars and motorcycles down Main Street, to a park up and view point. Live bands will be performing at a number of spots. All the bars, cafes and shops will remain open to create a Mardi Gras ambience. Sunday morning with begin with an aerobatic display then a succession of two wheel and four wheel events. The program is planned to conclude early afternoon with helicopter and car events at the airfield.

Three unique events have been specially designed for the weekend.

1. Race between a Subaru WRX STI and a jet helicopter around a prescribed course.

2. Whopper Chopper team race — Combines helicopters, motorcycles and axemen. Two helicopters pick up their axemen and race a side by side slalom course to drop them at one end on to “Chopper motor bike” which races back through course to a tall pole which axeman must fell. The winning team will take the inaugural “Whopper Chopper Trophy”.

3. Asphalt Assault — Unbelievable super bike stunt man Jason Deeming will be performing in a jaw dropping display of speed and skill.

Admission is free to all the activities so pack your sandwiches and togs and head down to Whitianga this weekend.

For more info on the program and accomodation, click here to go to the Festival of Speed website.

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News: Honda abandons Frankfurt Motor Show like it’s F1

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It’s looking like all auto shows are going to be feeling the pinch of the diminshing auto market the latest being the mighty Frankfurt Motor Show. Honda has joined Nissan by pulling out of this year’s event in Germany in it’s latest bid to save some coin. Earlier this year, Nissan announced that it would only participate in one auto show on each continent — Geneva, Tokyo and Los Angeles — and although Honda hasn’t made such a sweeping announcement yet, it appears to be taking things one show at a time. However, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a similar move with only one North American show presence as well. At this year’s Detroit Auto Show, Honda had a stand but didn’t bother with a press conference. Honda’s frugality is quickly becoming legendary, it has already thrown away the F1 team with the quickest car in the competition. What’s next?

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Blogs: Catholic church rescues Chrysler

It was announced this morning that Chrysler has been bought by the Catholic church. It will take control of the failed automaker on April 10 and hopes to resurrect it over the following four days. The new company will be called Christler. Employees ratified the change en mass.

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News: 2010 Mercedes Benz E63 AMG – details leaked

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With the New York Auto Show on next week the new E63 AMG from Mercedes Benz was scheduled to debut, but details have been leaked early. Mercedes is dropping AMG’s homegrown 6.2-litre V8 into the E-Class, along with all the other typical AMG upgrades. The spacious engine compartment of the mid-size E63 allows the burly engine enough room to produce 518 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, the same as big brother S63.

Unlike its AMG sedan siblings, however, the E63 is equipped with the seven-speed dual clutch Speedshift gearbox that debuted in the SL63 roadster. That development allows it achieve a 12% economy improvement over the previous model which only had 507 hp on tap. Standard 18-inch or optional 19-inch alloys with matching rubber help transfer torque to the pavement — and in typical AMG fashion, there are plenty of other goodies to be revealed at the show.

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News: Ford NZ recalling Territory

Ford NZ recalling Territory

Ford New Zealand is voluntarily recalling Ford Territory vehicles built between February 1 2004 and December 31 2008 to rectify a front brake hose issue which has been found to occur on less than two per cent of vehicles.

A proactive investigation by Ford has determined that under certain operating conditions it is possible for the vehicle to develop a front brake fluid leak, which can result in reduced braking effectiveness from the front brakes. In these cases, the rear braking system will still bring the vehicle to a halt within Australian Design Rule requirements. If the vehicle continues to be operated in this condition, a warning light will appear on the instrument cluster to alert the driver that the vehicle’s braking system requires attention.

Ford’s investigation shows that a combination of high time in service, along with frequent cornering at full steering lock, can lead to the issue.

To ensure the complete safety of our customers, Ford is voluntarily recalling all non-turbo Ford Territory vehicles manufactured during the time period of February 1 2004 to December 31 2008. Territory XR Turbo, Territory Ghia Turbo and the FPV F6X are not included in the voluntary recall action.

Customers are advised to contact their nearest authorised Ford Dealer to make arrangements to have their vehicle rectified. The front brake hoses will be replaced free of charge.

Ford New Zealand will also be contacting customers directly via mail to advise the required action and have set up a free phone number to answer any customer queries  – this number is 0800 367 362.

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News: Steve McQueen vs Lewis Hamilton in new promo video

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Time piece maker Tag Heuer has created a brand new promotional video using clips of Steve McQueen’s famous auto flick, Le Mans. The premise is a duel between the racing driver/hard man McQueen in his Gulf-liveried Porsche 917 and current F1 golden-boy Lewis Hamilton in his McLaren Mercedes.

There’s some well-worked scenes with both drivers interacting as well as some cool racing action. The clip is worth a watch (pun intended) and if you’re willing to enter the competition to pick a “winner” you could win a number of prizes, including a shiny Tag Heuer time piece, one of Hamilton’s helmets or an F1 driving experience.

Check out the clip below or click here to go to the Tag Heuer website.

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