News: Ford’s new Territory, Falcon G6E unveiled


The 2015 Ford Territory and the Falcon G6E will arrive later this year with new modern looks, more space and functionality.

Ford says its main aim is to have updated or refreshed its entire lineup by 2017, as it closes all its manufacturing plants in Australia.

With SUV sales accelerating, Ford has bolstered its utility vehicle lineup with the addition of the Ford Kuga compact and EcoSport sub-compact SUVs. Continue reading “Ford’s new Territory, Falcon G6E unveiled” »

News: August reveal of all-new Kia Sorento

Kia-Sorento-2015The third generation Kia Sorento will be unveiled in Korea next month. It will be a bold departure in terms of design, as it will come with a lower roofline, higher beltline, more muscular stance, rounded shoulders at the rear, and deeply sculpted body surfaces says Kia Motors.

Together with a larger, more upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille, it says the design changes are meant to raise the aesthetics of Kia’s best-selling SUV.

Styled at Kia’s design studios in Korea, Germany and the USA, the new Kia Sorento will be showcased in Korea at the end of August, and is due to make its world motor show premiere on October 2 at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Continue reading “August reveal of all-new Kia Sorento” »

News: Luxury car sales stronger than before GFC


Its not just the light commercial and SUV segment that is enjoying growth this year, as luxury brands are reporting strong sales.

According to the Motor Industry Association, luxury cars sales are now at a higher level than before the financial crisis.

Motor Industry Association chief executive David Crawford told The New Zealand Herald the improved sales within the luxury sector are a reliable indicator of economic confidence. Continue reading “Luxury car sales stronger than before GFC” »

News: Jaguar’s lightest most fuel efficient XE


The new Jaguar XE to be unveiled in September will bring new levels of aluminium-intensive lightweight construction as well as a fuel economy of less than 4 litres/100km on EU combined cycle.

Jaguar believes the all new modular architecture developed around Jaguar’s fifth-generation bonded and riveted aluminium technology makes it the lightest Jaguar ever. The new aluminium alloy known as ‘RC5754’ uses highly recycled aluminium to reduce energy consumption and lifecycle CO2.

The XE is the only car in the class to use an aluminium-intensive monocoque, with lightweight aluminium accounting for 75% of the structure. The Jaguar XJ, XK and F-Type have all been developed using stiff bonded and riveted aluminium structures: now the XE becomes the latest model to use this aerospace-inspired technology. Continue reading “Jaguar’s lightest most fuel efficient XE” »

Road Tests / Car Reviews: Volkswagen: 2014 Passat R-Line wagon review

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For a while there it looked like the days of that most practical and stoic of motoring beasts, the station wagon, were numbered. Yet to paraphrase a famous Mark Twain quote; ‘reports of (their) death (would appear to) have been greatly exaggerated.’

Take the latest wagon version of Volkswagen’s Passat.

Local importer Volkswagen New Zealand has big plans for Passat, particularly the wagon model/s which – with help both from head office and the exchange rate – offer the sort of bang for your buck hitherto the preserve of more prosaic models. Continue reading “Volkswagen: 2014 Passat R-Line wagon review” »

News: Bentley’s $257,000 SUV coming in 2016


UK manufacturer of ultra-luxury cars, Bentley, has signalled it could add a fifth model to its lineup as it prepares to roll out the world’s priciest sport-utility vehicle (SUV) in 2016.

“It needs to be a solid statement in terms of luxury and performance,” to safeguard Bentley’s exclusive brand cachet, says Wolfgang Duerheimer, head of the Volkswagen unit. “It needs to be a performer.”

The new Bentley would be part of a wider push by Volkswagen, Europe’s largest automaker, to expand in lucrative premium cars, with brands including Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini. VW gave Bentley final approval last year to build an SUV that may cost about 180,000 euros (A$257,000). Continue reading “Bentley’s $257,000 SUV coming in 2016” »

News: Completely revised Ford line-up in dealers by 2017


The freshened Territory will arrive at New Zealand dealers in early 2015 with a more robust and refined design says the Ford Motor Company.

The arrival of the Falcon and Territory spearheads a product expansion in 2015 with the arrival of the refreshed Focus lineup, Focus ST update, all-new Mondeo, Mustang and the Ford Everest SUV, which is eagerly awaited by the dealer network.

By 2017 Ford in New Zealand will have refreshed, or completely updated, its entire vehicle lineup. Continue reading “Completely revised Ford line-up in dealers by 2017” »

News: Southern hemisphere’s biggest Mini dealership opens

9_PH_IG_NE_JH_KB_VTAuckland’s latest Mini dealership is now open for business.

After months of planning and construction, the brand new, purpose-built Mini Garage is the brand’s largest dealership site in the Southern Hemisphere.

“After two moves in the past two years, Mini has arrived at its new home,” says BMW Group New Zealand managing director Nina Englert. Continue reading “Southern hemisphere’s biggest Mini dealership opens” »