News: Target acquired for 308

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It is a bit of a cliché to write that the last French car should strike fear into the heart of the Germans, heck Citroen even ran an advertising series based on the concept when it launched the C5.

But dang it, I am going to.

The company is quite up front about its target. When speaking to members of the engineering team in Peugeot’s home base of Sochaux, France, the question of what they were benchmarking came up, and they was a single word clear cut answer. Continue reading “Target acquired for 308” »

News: Challenge takes Mazda sponsorship to new heights

Malcolm-LawMazda New Zealand is teaming up with endurance runner Malcolm Law as he attempts one of New Zealand’s most ambitious challenges yet, the ‘High Five – 0 Challenge’.

Beginning February 7, 2015 Law will start his journey to scale 50 peaks in 50 days, the equivalent of 50 mountain marathons in as many days, in an effort to raise $250,000 for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and to help create awareness around the issues surrounding depression and other mental health illnesses.

The ‘High Five-0 Challenge’ team will be supported with a branded Mazda BT-50 to transport the team throughout the challenge and help raise awareness as Malcolm undertakes his expedition through some of wildest parts of the country. Continue reading “Challenge takes Mazda sponsorship to new heights” »

News: Scooters alongside cars for Peugeot

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Peugeot importer Sime Darby is giving dealers something else to get their teeth into – and to hopefully add to their bottom lines.

The company is entering the scooter market, focussing just on 50cc units for now, with four models set to hit showrooms soon.

“Instead of coming to Peugeot just for a car, we could be a total mobility solution,” says general manager Grant Smith. Continue reading “Scooters alongside cars for Peugeot” »

News: Peugeot history on show at museum

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Car and SUV is on tour in France with Sime Darby Automobiles for the launch of the new Peugeot 308.

But we took a moment out to look at the brand’s past while in the town of Sochaux, the home of Peugeot’s design and engineering centre – as well at its biggest production plant.

‘L’Aventure Peugeot’ tells the history of the brand, from a beginning specialising in rolled steal – with products such as corsets and saw blades – through to its early motor vehicles, on to cutting edge concept cars. Continue reading “Peugeot history on show at museum” »

News: Dealer’s son wins maiden Toyota 86 race

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Christchurch driver 14-year-old Marcus Armstrong has won his first Toyota Finance 86 Championship race.

The son of car dealership mogul Rick Armstrong charged through from sixth on the grid for the final race to lead and win, becoming the youngest driver yet to win a Toyota category race in New Zealand.

Armstrong took the lead after a multi-car incident with four laps to go and held out a hard-charging Ash Blewett to win. Continue reading “Dealer’s son wins maiden Toyota 86 race” »

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.

Continue reading “Toyota: 2014 Hilux Edge 4×2 TD” »

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” »