Cars: Lexus: 2015 NX 200T review

Lexus NX200t 2015 front quarter

I returned from Cuba recently where I had the opportunity to sample the automotive best that the communist block had to offer in the 1970s and ‘80s, bastardised versions of 1950s Americana, new Chinese taxis from Geely and Chery, and even a 1936 Citroen with a Lada motor. Once you’ve weathered those, any car would seem luxury, but a Lexus is extra luxurious and something that you wouldn’t be able to find easily (if at all) in one of the last remaining communist bastions. Continue reading “Lexus: 2015 NX 200T review” »

News: New vehicle market eases in May

David Crawford

David Crawford

The new vehicle marked fell by a mere 30 units in May – but still remains up 6% year-to-date.

“The new vehicle market held steady in the month of May with 10,034 new vehicles registered, a very slight drop of 30 vehicles compared to May 2014 where 10,064 vehicles were registered,” says David Crawford, CEO of the Motor Industry Association. “However, the market year-to-date is 6% up (2925 vehicles) on this time last year.”

Toyota remained the overall market leader for the month of May with 16% (1604 vehicles), followed by Holden with 11% (1105 vehicles), and Ford with 10% (1025 vehicles). Year-to-date Toyota, Holden and Ford remain the overall market leaders. Continue reading “New vehicle market eases in May” »

News: Ranger remains king of the hill

image109966_bThe Ford Ranger has retained its crown as the best selling commercial model in New Zealand and it was also the the top selling model overall for the month of May with 511 vehicles.

The Ranger was followed by the Toyota Hilux with 404 vehicles and the Nissan Navara with 385 vehicles.

An all-new NP300 Nissan Navara will be launched after the National Fieldays in June, followed by the refreshed 2015 Ford Ranger in the third quarter, and the all-new Toyota Hilux in the fourth quarter. Continue reading “Ranger remains king of the hill” »

News: Lancer Evolution Final Edition available in November


A final run of Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution sedan will come to New Zealand this November before the model is withdrawn from sale.

Ten generations of Lancer Evolution have been sold across the globe during the past 23 years.

Some 30 examples of the Lancer Evolution Final Edition, built alongside 1,000 units for Mitsubishi’s home market in Japan, will be up for grabs for Kiwi enthusiasts. Continue reading “Lancer Evolution Final Edition available in November” »

News: Toyota still most valuable car brand amid global changes


Toyota, with a brand value of $28.9 billion, is the highest ranked automotive brand in this year’s top 100 in the 2015 BrandZ Top 100 ‘most valuable global brands.

Apple (No.1), which wants to start producing driverless cars, has increased its brand value to US$247 billion, a rise of 67% year-on-year. And Google (No.2), which is also considering building an autonomous car, grew by 9% value increase to reach $173.7 billion.

The highest ranked car brand is Toyota (30), but it is interesting to note that in 2006 Toyota was ranked 10th. Other car brands in the top 100 include BMW (34th), Mercedes Benz (43), Honda (78), Ford (80), and Nissan (93). Continue reading “Toyota still most valuable car brand amid global changes” »

News: Holden giving glimpse of VR via State of Origin


Holden will demonstrate the latest virtual reality (VR) experience, using Oculus Rift technology, at all three 2015 Holden State of Origin games, with a Colorado off-road adventure ride through back country New Zealand.

Participants will be recorded and able to share their experience on social media.

The adventure ride, takes passengers of the Colorado on a mission to deliver a mysterious box, conquering rugged terrain and landscapes along the way. Continue reading “Holden giving glimpse of VR via State of Origin” »

News: 600 entries in Holden’s Facebook comp.


Cameron Coombes of Te Awamutu, will soon be teeing off and enjoying lunch with top Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox, after winning Holden’s #DriveLikeRyan Facebook competition.

The 28-year-old keen golfer and a friend will travel to Holden ambassador Fox’s Remuera Golf Club to redeem the prize in June.

“I’m looking forward to a round of golf with Cameron. Hopefully I might be able to show him a thing or two and give him a few tips,” says Fox. Continue reading “600 entries in Holden’s Facebook comp.” »

News: Ssangyong NZ launch B-segment SUV


Ssangyong NZ has entered the rapidly growing market for small SUVs, with the Tivoli.
The company is expecting big things for – suggesting it could be a turning point for the SsangYong brand in NZ.

Currently the Tivoli is available in three model variations – Sport Manual $24,990, Sport Auto $26,990 and the ‘top of the range’ Limited Auto $30,990.

Standard features include ESP, HSA, ABS, dual and curtain airbags, 16-inch alloy wheels with full size spare, air conditioning, cruise control, bluetooth and isofix points for carseats. Continue reading “Ssangyong NZ launch B-segment SUV” »