News: It’s a bugs life in a Mazda BT-50

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Mazda New Zealand has just supplied a brand new BT-50 double cab pick up to the Auckland Zoo for the transportation of staff and animals around the North Island.

The two organisations have been working in partnership since 2012 and Mazda New Zealand managing director Andrew Clearwater says both share the same common goals towards conservation.

The new BT-50 wears a distinctive digitally printed vehicle wrap with species of giant weta emblazoned all over the body. Continue reading “It’s a bugs life in a Mazda BT-50” »

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News: Audi New Zealand releases christmas features

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santa-lineAudi New Zealand has released special new S-line features for christmas – that is Santa-line, not Sport-line

“While the Audi S line package has proven a perennial favourite, the release of the Audi Santa line package is more… seasonal, with equipment that will not only accentuate your vehicle’s dynamic lines, it will enable you to land as necessary on your pick of rooftops, snow or beaches,” the company says.

The new package can be sampled here. Continue reading “Audi New Zealand releases christmas features” »

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News: Diesel engine debut for Lexus LX SUV

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For the first time in the New Zealand market, Lexus will debut a 200kW 4.5-litre V8 turbodiesel engine in the newly revised 2016 LX SUV line.

Previously the LX flagship of the Lexus SUV line had only offered a V8 petrol engine in the LX 570 model, which will continue.

However, more than 70% of sales in the luxury SUV market are diesel vehicles, so the introduction of the new LX 450d variant gives Lexus the ability to compete in the whole market rather than a small segment. Continue reading “Diesel engine debut for Lexus LX SUV” »

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News: Video: Hacker builds own self-driving car

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Think again.

A 26-year old American hacker has built his own, in his garage, in a month. Continue reading “Video: Hacker builds own self-driving car” »

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News: Video: Two millionth Defender goes to auction

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A one-of-a-kind Land Rover Defender, the two millionth to come off the production line, has sold at auction for NZ$890,000.

Sold to a bidder from Qatar, the vehicle was built in May 2015 by an all-star cast of brand ambassadors and people from Land Rover’s history including Bear Grylls, Virginia McKenna OBE and Stephen and Nick Wilks, sons of the founders of Land Rover.

All proceeds from the sale will be donated to Land Rover’s humanitarian and conservation partners: the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), who will use the donation to help communities in South-East Nepal to improve how they tackle natural disasters, and the Born Free Foundation who plan to use the funds to support the ‘Project Lion Rover’ wildlife conservation initiative in Meru National Park, Kenya. Continue reading “Video: Two millionth Defender goes to auction” »

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News: Top two-wheel-drive added to Rav4 range

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The increasing importance of two-wheel-drive models to sports utility vehicle market has been hinted it with the newest Toyota Rav4 released.

A new Limited model in front-wheel-drive has been added to the country’s top selling SUV – and fifth highest selling vehicle overall – as part of a midlife facelift that sees the car take on a look echoing the Corolla’s current look.

Toyota’s ‘Safety Sense’ intelligent safety package also debuts in the model on GXL and Limited variants. Continue reading “Top two-wheel-drive added to Rav4 range” »

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News: Gallery: Premiere the start for Holden campaigns

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Holden New Zealand says last nights premiere of the new Star Wars movie is just the start for its marketing activities with the movie franchise.

The premiere at Auckland’s Sylvia Park last night was attended by 600. Earlier this year the vehicle brand announced a long-term marketing tie-up with Disney for Star Wars.

“We’re very excited about our Star Wars partnership with Disney,” Holden New Zealand general manager marketing Marnie Samphier tells AutoTalk. “And last night’s premiere was just the start of some fun campaigns we’ve got planned over the next couple of years. ” Continue reading “Gallery: Premiere the start for Holden campaigns” »

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News: Star Wars reveal for updated Captiva

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Holden leveraged its ongoing partnership with Star Wars to reveal the updated Captiva last night.

The car made its debut at a Star Wars: The Force Awakens fan and media event.

Taking place at the Sydney Opera House, Harrison Ford hosted an exclusive Q&A with fans and media whilst the new Captiva showcased hologram technology, developed by the creators of Star Wars’ newest droid, BB-8. Continue reading “Star Wars reveal for updated Captiva” »

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