News: Kia boosts Soul range

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Kia is taking a bolder approach to its city crossover in New Zealand with the expansion of its Soul SUV range.

The Soul Urban model was introduced initially with a 1.6-litre engine to test the market earlier this year and Kia says it has been so successful it is now confirmed as a mainstream model, along with a 2.0-litre version.

The styling of the Urban adds black body mouldings to the front bumper and side sills, highlighted with a chrome strip and black wheel arch extensions and larger 18” sport alloy wheels. Continue reading “Kia boosts Soul range” »

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News: Hyundai expanding eco, luxury, and performance car lines

This story first appeared in the June issue of AutoTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE

Hyundai-expanding-eco-luxury-and-performance-car-lines-PIC-1At the recent Busan International Motor Show (BIMOS), Hyundai Motor Company announced it will have another 12 eco vehicles in production by 2020 including two pure EV cars as well as plug-in hybrids.

The company strategy is to continue to grown and develop its luxury car line (Genesis), an Eco car line (Ioniq), and a motorsport derived sub brand (N) in addition to Hyundai passenger cars and SUV models.

The company is also developing an electric SUV for 2018 which will have a range of 328km from one charge, and another hydrogen electric SUV which is smaller than the current Tucson HEV, also in development. Continue reading “Hyundai expanding eco, luxury, and performance car lines” »

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News: ANCAP first for CX-9

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The old Mazda CX-9 was never Australian New Car Assessment rated, but the new one has gone straight to the top of the class.

The seven-seater SUV did well in each of the destructive tests and achieved a five-star rating.

AA motoring services general manager Stella Stocks says a five-star rating in New Zealand’s highly competitive market is an added advantage because buyers are increasingly looking for this certification. Continue reading “ANCAP first for CX-9” »

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News: Kiwis might see Alaskan in 2017

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The newly released Renault Alaskan one-tonne pickup is certainly on the radar of the local importer but as yet the French Manufacturer is not confirming production timing for right-hand-drive markets.

Sources close to Renault New Zealand told Auto Media Group they would expect to see the Alaskan releasing into the New Zealand market somewhere around mid to late 2017.

According to Groupe Renault one-tonne pickups account for 17% of the 5 million vehicles annually produced around the globe, and there is a projected market growth of 19% by 2019, of which the manufacturer wants a greater share. Continue reading “Kiwis might see Alaskan in 2017” »

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News: Ahead of the curve with retail AdBlue packs

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This story first appeared in the June issue of DieselTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE

Independent fuel retailer Gasoline Alley Services Ltd (GAS) has a unique claim to fame by becoming the first retail fuel network to offer AdBlue diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) in take away packs to both fleet and private vehicle users nationwide.

GAS managing director Tim Ellis told DIESELtalk the company saw the opportunity to be ahead of the curve, by sending out stock of 10-litre and 20-litre AdBlue packs to all 123 GAS sites across New Zealand at the end of last year.

GAS is partnering with its supplier ChemSafe Industries Manufacturing Ltd (Chemsafe) in this market initiative as it sees there will be a growing need for AdBlue DEF as more light commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles equipped with selective catalytic reduction systems (SCR) enter service in the national fleet. Continue reading “Ahead of the curve with retail AdBlue packs” »

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News: Renault unveiling Alaskan one tonne pick up in Colombia

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Renault has announced it will be unveiling its new one-tonne pick-up, the Alaskan, in Medellin, Colombia on the evening of June 30.

According to Renault, the Alaskan will be a high-end pick-up for business and leisure use, as well as for everyday motoring. It will capitalise on Renault’s crossover know-how with models such as the Captur and Kadjar.

Renault will host a live press conference on Twitter and Periscope from 5.30 pm Colombian local time, following by an exclusive unveiling on Facebook at 5.40 pm local time. Continue reading “Renault unveiling Alaskan one tonne pick up in Colombia” »

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News: WineDub revealed in Queenstown

016eff01-55f8-4cbd-a2We don’t normally think alcohol and cars should mix, but a vehicle revealed in Queenstown proves the pair can sometimes go well together.

Developed by Rick Nelson, owner of The Winery, Queenstown’s premiere wine store; the Winedub is an original 1958 split screen VW single cab pickup that has been fully restored over 15 months.

The Winedub is kitted out to host tastings of up to 46 wines at events. Where a VW would usually have room for cargo, the Winedub’s precious cargo is the finest, quality New Zealand wine. Continue reading “WineDub revealed in Queenstown” »

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News: Renault all business with electric Kangoo

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Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way straight away. Why are we talking about an electric vehicle in DieselTalk?

The government is now pushing the idea of electric vehicles on commercial fleets, going as far as continuing the exemption on RUC.

Increasingly for business, going green is making more sense from both pure cost savings, and for the image it presents to green-conscious customers. Continue reading “Renault all business with electric Kangoo” »

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