News: The Dukes go car shopping

The latest ad to go viral is this one, showing the original stars of the Dukes of Hazzard in need of some new wheels.

America’s seems to be keen to help them out. Continue reading “The Dukes go car shopping” »

News: The 2014 NZ Car of the Year is also the people’s choice


Not only is the Mazda3 the New Zealand Car of the Year for 2014 as voted by the NZ Motoring Writer’s Guild, it has won the approval of the public.

Ahead of the NZ Car of the Year award announcement on December 4, the AA ran a social media campaign to ascertain out of all cars launched this year – which one would be the People’s Choice car of the year.

With 14% of the nearly 20,000 total votes, the Mazda3 won the People’s Choice – more than double the votes of its closest rival, the Honda Jazz. Continue reading “The 2014 NZ Car of the Year is also the people’s choice” »

News: NZ’s most awarded premium automotive brand

141222_BMW i3BMW says it is New Zealand’s most awarded new vehicle marque following the announcements of all major Car of the Year (COTY) and category winners for 2014.

The German manufacturer claimed nine COTY or category wins, outscoring both mainstream mass market brands and premium competitors in the process.

Awards were bestowed on the all-new BMW M3/M4 with four category wins, the X5 claimed three while the 4 Series received one. The brand new i3 was recognised with one overall COTY title. Continue reading “NZ’s most awarded premium automotive brand” »

News: Grand Vitara and Kizashi remain integral says Suzuki NZ


Despite an independent British website reporting that the Grand Vitara SUV and Kizashi sedan have discontinued manufacture, Suzuki NZ says the two models remain integral components in its line up.

Suzuki will start 2015 by offering a limited edition of the automatic Grand Vitara, with an Adventure pack comprising satellite navigation, a reversing camera, nudge-bar and roof racks at no extra cost.

The Grand Vitara will continue to be offered alongside the all-new Vitara model that is scheduled to arrive in the second half of 2015 says Suzuki New Zealand. Continue reading “Grand Vitara and Kizashi remain integral says Suzuki NZ” »

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” »