News: Dealer gets hands on last NZ Evo

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EVO X_29.03_badgeThe last-ever Lancer Evolution available to be sold new in New Zealand has found its way into the yard of a regional dealer.

After 23 years, ten generations, and 34 World Rally Championship round wins, the very last of Mitsubishi’s iconic Lancer Evolution sedans have left the production line.

Only 30 Final Edition Lancer Evolution models were made for New Zealand and the last one is now available from McVerry Crawford Mitsubishi in Palmerston North. Continue reading “Dealer gets hands on last NZ Evo” »

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News: Price promotion for new Mirage launch

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Mitsubishi New Zealand is launching its updated Mirage with a $2000 introductory discount.

The facelifted XLS, will be launched on April 1 at $17,990, down from is $19,990 standard price.

“This new model represents a ‘coming of age’ of sorts for Mirage – a practical and economical Kiwi favourite with a more cultured attitude,” says Mitsubishi head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook. Continue reading “Price promotion for new Mirage launch” »

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Road Tests / Car Reviews: Volkswagen: 2016 Golf R Wolfsburg Wagon review

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Limited edition high-performance station wagons don’t come much rarer than the Golf R Wolfsburg pictured here in Lapiz Blue Metallic.

Just 40 of these particular turbocharged 2-litre petrol all-wheel-drive wagons with the official crest of the city of Wolfsburg on the tailgate will be available for VW aficionados to take home and tuck inside the garage. Continue reading “Volkswagen: 2016 Golf R Wolfsburg Wagon review” »

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News: Mazda6 driving Prostate Cancer Awareness

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Mazda New Zealand is joining the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand family of sponsors to help raise awareness about the disease.

It is providing the organisation with a Mazda6 branded with the Foundation’s blue ribbon.

Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director Mazda New Zealand says the Prostate Cancer Foundation does an outstanding job. Continue reading “Mazda6 driving Prostate Cancer Awareness” »

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News: Jaguar EVs named

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Jaguar’s entry into the market for electric vehicles is moving ahead with potential names of their electric vehicles discovered.

The company has registered the names EV-Type, I-Type and I-Pace.

It is unclear what the EV-Type will be, but the latter two are reportedly plug-in versions of the F-Type sportswear and F-Pace crossover.

Continue reading “Jaguar EVs named” »

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News: VW sued over ‘eco friendly’ advertising claims

VW TDI engineThe bad news continues for Volkswagen in the United States after the country’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC) moved to sue the German carmaker.

The FTC says the the US arm of VW falsely advertised more than a half million diesel vehicles as environmentally friendly when it knew they were emitting excess pollution.

The FTC filed suit against the wholly owned Volkswagen unit in US District Court in San Francisco. The agency said US consumers suffered “billions of dollars in injury” as a result of deception by VW, which has admitted to using software that allowed 580,000 diesel vehicles built since 2009 to emit up to 40 times legally allowable emissions. Continue reading “VW sued over ‘eco friendly’ advertising claims” »

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News: Bright light and caffeine help young drivers

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Caffeine and blue-green light have significant effects on improving the driving performance of chronically sleep deprived young people, an innovative QUT study has found.

Shamsi Shekari, from Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q), tested the use of blue-green light and caffeine on young drivers aged 18-25 in a driving simulator to see if it increased alertness during daytime driving.

“Driver sleepiness accounts for 20% of all crashes in developed countries, and young drivers are at an increased risk of chronic sleep deprivation,” she says. Continue reading “Bright light and caffeine help young drivers” »

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News: Controversy over Crump Hilux

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Controversy has broken out over the advertising for sale of a Toyota Hilux used as part of the iconic Barry Crump Toyota advertisements.

The Hilux, listed HERE for $25,000 was the 33rd Hilux off the production line, and the buyer says it has been confirmed by Toyota NZ as being one of the advertisement vehicles.

The advert showed Crump scaring his side-kick Scottie, with the campaign catchline, “The incredible new Toyota Hilux four wheel drive. It’s so good, it’s frightening.” Continue reading “Controversy over Crump Hilux” »

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