Road Tests / Car Reviews: Toyota: 2014 Hilux Edge 4×2 TD

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The limited edition Toyota Hilux Edge is without a doubt, the full size toolbox on wheels, or as I’d like to refer to it, a useful 5.26 metre length of 4×2.

Seen here in Velocity Red, several hand and power tool brands would want this as their team colour,  although you can also choose from Glacier White, the usual Charcoal Grey, and Ink, as in Black.

Many would see it as the glossed up Tradie’s vehicle of choice, however in New Zealand it wears the crown of the ultimate Utility and it’s a top seller to boot.

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News: Getting sideways in the gravel of Seattle

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Revelling in the familiarity of getting to grips with gravel, Dunedin-based rally driver Emma Gilmour says she enjoyed the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship’s (GRC) penultimate round in Seattle.

Held at the DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie, the circuit was about 10-15% dusty tarmac and the rest was a familiar favourite of Gilmour.

“It was a predominantly gravel track. I was allowed to drive rally-style, which of course I loved!” she says. Continue reading “Getting sideways in the gravel of Seattle” »

Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz: 2014 GLA 250 4Matic

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You have to give Mercedes-Benz credit for engineering derivatives off a platform. The New A-Class, the new B-Class, the new CLA-Class, and the new GLA-Class have all been created from the same platform, and all share similar engines and drive-trains.

Its rather clever really, because Mercedes-Benz have been able to deliver a compact city hatch, a compact but spacious people mover, a stunning compact four-door coupe and now a compact executive crossover.

Before the GLA-Class came along if you wanted a Mercedes-Benz SUV, you had the choice of the ginormous seven-seat GL-Class or the ML-Class, but not everybody needs the space and ability of these two, and there will be another smaller SUV stationed in the range soon which will sit above the GLA but underneath the ML. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: 2014 GLA 250 4Matic” »

News: Top five return for Toyota Finance 86 championship

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The Toyota Finance 86 Championship, returns to the track this weekend and the top five drivers from last season are back to do battle once more.

Returning racers including last season’s champion Jamie McNee, Ash Blewett and Callum Quin (second and third in the 2013-2014 series), Aucklander Tom Alexander (fourth in 2013-2014) and Matt Gibson (fifth in 2013-2014).

The championship kicks off at Ricoh Taupo Motorsport Park this weekend as part of the opening round of the BNT NZ V8 Supertourer series. Continue reading “Top five return for Toyota Finance 86 championship” »

News: McLaren P1 coming to Big Boys Toys

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The McLaren P1 – the world’s most anticipated super car – is coming to Big Boys Toys at the Auckland Showgrounds, from November 7-9.

Described as ‘the best drivers’ car in the world’, the McLaren P1 is the successor to the McLaren F1. Incorporating technology derived from Formula 1, the P1 takes to the road what has been learned on the race track.

It harnesses hybrid power with a 3.8 litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine, combined with an electric motor – which takes the McLaren P1 from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, or incredibly, from 0 to 200 km/h in 6.8 seconds. Continue reading “McLaren P1 coming to Big Boys Toys” »

News: Car hacking next big threat: expert

Andry RakotonirainyThe car of the future will be safer, smarter and offer greater high-tech gadgets, but without improved security the risk of car hacking is real, according to a Queensland road safety expert.

Professor Andry Rakotonirainy, from QUT’s Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety (CARRS), has researched the security systems of existing fleet, future autonomous and connected cars and found there was little protection against hacking, as vehicles become computers on wheels.

“The security protection on cars is virtually non-existent, it is at a level of protection that a desktop computer system had in the 1980s – the basic security requirements such as authentication, confidentiality and integrity are not strong,” he says. Continue reading “Car hacking next big threat: expert” »

News: $20 skills training for motorcyclists

Motorcycle-rider-trainingMotorcycle and scooter riders throughout Wellington are being offered the chance to be better riders through subsidised rider training, a collaborative initiative from local councils and New Zealand Transport Agency.

The subsidy reduces the cost of the skills training courses to only $20, making it possible for more riders to take part.

Motorcycles, scooters and mopeds (scooters under 50cc) are an increasingly popular option for leisure and commuting with over 7500 registered in Wellington City alone. Continue reading “$20 skills training for motorcyclists” »

Ford: Ford: 2014 Ranger Wildtrak Review

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The Ranger Wildtrak is the top-of-the-range ute for when you have to look like you need a ute, but you’re not going to be doing hard-core driving that will damage its many accessories and prominent livery.

We first drove the Ranger back in 2012 (read review here). It was the XLT which is the model down from the Wildtrak and we said it set a new benchmark in utes as it was a huge leap forward from what the likes of Mitsubishi and Nissan were offering. Continue reading “Ford: 2014 Ranger Wildtrak Review” »