News: Kiwis feature in Porsche Le Mans one-two victory


Porsche has achieved its 17th overall Le Mans victory at the 83rd running of the 24-Hour race with a one-two finish, and both of the leading teams featured a Kiwi driver.

Drivers Earl Bamber (NZ), Nico Hülkenberg (GER) and Nick Tandy (GB) won the trophy in their #19 Porsche 919 Hybrid exactly 45 years after Porsche’s first overall win at La Sarthe was achieved.

“It feels incredible. I have enjoyed every single stint. It is been a long, long day to drive in the evening and then again in the morning. I just had a very short break,” says Earl Bamber. Continue reading “Kiwis feature in Porsche Le Mans one-two victory” »

News: July unveiling of all-new Fiat 500

070321_F_500_01The fourth of July is a significant date for the Fiat 500 as all-new model will be announced.

Fiat says no other information is available at this time but full details will be available on the day.

The original 1957 model and the 2007 FIAT 500 were also both born on this datE Developed by legendary engineer Dante Giacosa, the 1957 FIAT 500 was designed to be as affordable to buy and run as possible. Continue reading “July unveiling of all-new Fiat 500” »

News: Shelby GT not available? Now you can print one can now download digital images and 3D-printable files of Ford vehicles at the first-ever, automaker-licensed, one-stop 3D shop online.

The Ford 3D Store offers printable files of F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350R, Focus ST and Fiesta ST – with more models available later.

The Ford 3D Store,, allows customers to use advanced technology to make their own models of Ford vehicles of the size and material they desire, or simply opt to purchase a 3D digital file from a growing library of more than 1000 Ford images. Continue reading “Shelby GT not available? Now you can print one” »

Audi: Audi 2015 A3 Sportback e-tron review

Audi A3 etron 2015 front quarter

This is the Age of e-tron, to bastardise a movie title. It is Audi’s play into the plug-in hybrid market and it has taken an age for them to bring a car with electric power to New Zealand. Part of the reason is that the real-world fuel economy of a modern diesel can match hybrids if they’re driven over longer distances, but the Audi A3 is more aimed at people that don’t travel that far each day. And, while you can get a diesel A3 in Europe, Audi doesn’t bring it to New Zealand because it would mean too many options for our smaller market. Continue reading “Audi 2015 A3 Sportback e-tron review” »

News: VW launches Amarok Dark Label at Fieldays


Targeting both rural and urban buyers, Volkswagen New Zealand has launched a limited edition of its Amarok pick-up at the National Fieldays.

Only 100 units of the Amarok Dark Label double-cab pick up (equipped with 4Motion all-wheel-drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission) will be available through the national dealer network priced from $69,900.

Volkswagen New Zealand says the latest limited edition to grace the Amarok range offers a particularly sporty and design driven look. Continue reading “VW launches Amarok Dark Label at Fieldays” »

News: Mazda celebrates racing heritage at Goodwood

Mazda-HISTORY_SECTION_sizedMazda will celebrate its motorsport heritage as the central feature marque at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

At Goodwood the Japanese company will feature a line up of rotary powered competition cars, including the 1991 Le Mans winning 787B. Making its first appearance at Goodwood since 2011, the ‘Charge’ liveried Le Mans winner heads an ear-splitting line up of Mazda race cars that are sure to resonate with the Goodwood crowds, with the sound of their rotary engines.

Joining the Le Mans winner on the hill will be Mazda 787 chassis number 002 – it retired from the 1990 Le Mans before following home the winning 787B with a 8th place finish in 1991. Now owned and maintained by Mazda USA, the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed sees this Mazda 787 once again run alongside the winning ‘Charge’ liveried 787B, as two of Mazda’s 1991 Le Mans team cars take to the famous Goodwood Hill Climb together. Continue reading “Mazda celebrates racing heritage at Goodwood” »

News: Ford makes NZ’s #1 ute better


New Zealand’s #1 ute, the Ford Ranger, shifts the goal posts with new bolder look, improved performance, new smart technologies and safety enhancements

Ford NZ has also confirmed pricing for the new Ranger, with a range that includes XL, XLT and Wildtrak, ahead of its launch here in September.

“With a refreshed design, smart new technologies and safety enhancements, the new Ranger will continue to cement its position as NZ’s favourite ute,” says Corey Holter, Ford New Zealand managing director. “Ford has managed to take a fantastic vehicle and make it even better with significant enhancements inside and out, and well beyond the cosmetic.” Continue reading “Ford makes NZ’s #1 ute better” »

Cars: Lexus: 2015 NX 200T review

Lexus NX200t 2015 front quarter

I returned from Cuba recently where I had the opportunity to sample the automotive best that the communist block had to offer in the 1970s and ‘80s, bastardised versions of 1950s Americana, new Chinese taxis from Geely and Chery, and even a 1936 Citroen with a Lada motor. Once you’ve weathered those, any car would seem luxury, but a Lexus is extra luxurious and something that you wouldn’t be able to find easily (if at all) in one of the last remaining communist bastions. Continue reading “Lexus: 2015 NX 200T review” »