Holden: Holden: 2015 Cruze SRi-V hatch review

Holden Cruze SRiV 2015 front wheel

The Holden Cruze SRi-V is a bit like Dolly Parton: there’s a lot to talk about at the front. The new facelift has seen a lot of cosmetic surgery that’s resulted in what can be described as ‘conversation starting’.

We last had a Cruze (SRi) when I drove to Fieldays in Hamilton in it. At the time I called it the ‘perfect second car’ – it was a no-fuss, solid performer that you might not drive 9 to 5, but perhaps would run to the shops in it or pick up the kids from school. Continue reading “Holden: 2015 Cruze SRi-V hatch review” »

News: Ford’s number one selling ute gets a makeover


New Zealand’s top selling ute in 2014 will benefit from a range of mid-life updates when it arrives in Ford dealerships from the third quarter of 2015.

Ford revealed the updated 2015 Ranger Ute at the Bankok Motor Show which has gained a raft of new electronic safety features as well as upgraded and more economical diesel engines.

The advanced features available in the range, including SYNC 2 connectivity, lane keeping aid, forward alert, adaptive cruise control, driver impairment monitor, tyre pressure monitoring system, hill descent control, hill launch control, and front and rear parking sensors. Continue reading “Ford’s number one selling ute gets a makeover” »

News: DS 5 voted best production car at Geneva show


Not only did the Citroen DS 5 make its world debut at the Geneva International Motor Show, it was voted “best production car in show” by two key French media outlets.

Citroen says the award is important both for the car – set for launch in Europe in June 2015 – and for the DS Brand, which is currently in full launch phase.

Following the Divine DS concept car’s “best concept car” prize at the Paris Motor Show in September 2014, the flagship of the DS Brand, was singled out as “best production car in show” at Geneva by two French media outlets Auto Plus magazine and RTL radio. Continue reading “DS 5 voted best production car at Geneva show” »

Mazda: Mazda: 2015 Mazda6 Skyactiv-D Limited wagon

2015 Mazda6 Skyactiv D front 3:4

Disclaimer: Writer is predisposed to cars painted in metallic silver, as well driving diesel engines, and is particularly fond of station wagons or SUVs.

Despite their best efforts, there is always a distinctive clatter to a diesel engine when starting up and idling and the new Mazda6 Skyactiv-D is no exception, but it is still one of the most refined units you’ll come across in the mid-size mass market. Continue reading “Mazda: 2015 Mazda6 Skyactiv-D Limited wagon” »

News: Look out for new Police bikes

police_bike_7xxPolice in Auckland City and the Waitemata district are taking delivery of five new Honda motorcycles bearing the message ‘look for bikes’ emblazoned in red on both panniers of each unit.

Another four motorcycles wearing the new livery are destined for Wellington, and one is for Canterbury.

The Police fleet contains 27 motorcycles, with 16 based in Auckland which are predominantly used in road policing. The bikes have an advantage over patrol cars in getting through heavy traffic and in enforcement around intersections, as they are easy to park without obstructing traffic flow says Police. Continue reading “Look out for new Police bikes” »

News: Volvo’s unique take on opening a new showroom

DSC_0023xxInstead of the traditional cutting of the ceremonial ribbon to open its new showroom in Greenlane, Volvo-dealer Archibald and Shorter Roverland employed an XC-70 wagon to pull a large velcro-ed ribbon off the entrance way of its newly-built premises.

The building was officially opened by Volvo senior vice president Alain Visser, who arrived in New Zealand three hours before the event commenced. Visser was on his way to Auckland to meet up with the Volvo Ocean Race series and work on the new showroom was completed just in time for his arrival.

According to Archibald and Shorter Roverland chief executive officer Richard Holden, the decision was made two years ago to open a purpose-built showroom for the Volvo brand and one which was fully up to date with the Swedish brands new corporate identity. Continue reading “Volvo’s unique take on opening a new showroom” »

Audi: Audi: 2015 TT Coupe S Line review

Audi TT 2015 front quarter

When I did judo as a kid we were taught techniques after being thrown that would make it difficult for your opponent to turn you onto your back to avoid osaekomi waza, or pinning techniques. You made yourself low and wide to hug the mat, and adjusted your bodyweight to stay flat. This is what the Audi TT feels like to drive. It feels as if you wouldn’t be able to turn it over to expose the soft underbelly. Around the corners its grappling technique with the tarmac is black belt, sports car quality. Continue reading “Audi: 2015 TT Coupe S Line review” »

Humour: Toyota lifts its leg

This Toyota Germany advertisement from last year hit our office inbox and had everyone here laughing.

What do you think of this cheeky video? Continue reading “Toyota lifts its leg” »