News: Softening Yen unlikely to see cheaper 2015 Outback


Subaru New Zealand managing director Wallis Dumper says the loss of a Legacy station wagon from the product portfolio won’t be an issue and that the new Outback SUV range will be welcomed by current owners of the Legacy wagon.

At the Outback SUV media launch in Queenstown Dumper told the press in that retail prices for the 2015 model were still in negotiation with the factory, and all would be revealed on February 2.

When asked if the softening Yen would see cheaper prices for the new Outback SUV, Dumper says in his opinion that it was unlikely given the amount of new technology thats gone into the car, and the high level of specification. Continue reading “Softening Yen unlikely to see cheaper 2015 Outback” »

Isuzu: Isuzu: 2014 MU-X and D-Max 4×4 LS-T review

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Isuzu Ute first introduced its luxury specification seven-seat MU-X SUV to the New Zealand market just in time for the National Fieldays, and the one-size-fits all variant is available from dealerships for $65,990. Continue reading “Isuzu: 2014 MU-X and D-Max 4×4 LS-T review” »

News: Diesel power arrives for Jeep Cherokee


The Jeep Cherokee line-up has been strengthened by the arrival of high specification Limited diesel variant, powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

It is priced from $66,990 plus on-road costs.

The 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine delivers 125 kW and 350 Nm and is equipped with stop/start technology. Jeep reports consumption of 5.8L/100km on the combined cycle for the Cherokee Limited diesel. Continue reading “Diesel power arrives for Jeep Cherokee” »

News: Ute of the year double header for Ranger


Ford’s Ranger XLT ute has claimed a double win in this year’s NZ4WD magazine 4WD of the year awards.

Not only did the top-selling utility vehicle win the Ute of the year category for a second year in a row, it also headed off a range of other SUV, wagon and luxury four-wheel-drive models to claim the overall New Zealand 4WD of the year title for 2014.

“And fair enough, too,” says the magazine’s editor, Ross MacKay. Continue reading “Ute of the year double header for Ranger” »

News: Better than a lottery win says classic Holden fan

Monaro-Giveaway-2-4Holden has announced the winner of the rebuilt 1969 HT Monaro GTS.

A panel of five automotive experts chose Richard Grey as the winner of the Monaro, which was rebuilt to mark Holden’s 60th year in New Zealand.

Grey was surprised at his home to find Holden ambassador Greg Murphy driving up in the Monaro. Continue reading “Better than a lottery win says classic Holden fan” »

News: Investing in people as well as buildings


Wellington’s Gazley Motor Group, has invested more than $4 million in a new dealership to service Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in the capital.

But group managing director Myles Gazley says investing in staff is just as, if not more important, than the buildings and service equipment.

Fiat Chrysler provides the Gazley Motor Group with the ability to meet a broad range of customer requirements but also a challenge. Continue reading “Investing in people as well as buildings” »

News: Mazda puts name on X-Factor

news-8-dec2Mazda New Zealand has signed a deal to partner with top-rating entertainment show The X-Factor for next year’s season.

Mazda will be an integral part of the show by contributing to the series winner’s prize package, providing a brand new car to drive away.

The winner will also receive a recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment New Zealand. Continue reading “Mazda puts name on X-Factor” »

News: Theft from cars down but commonsense still needed

The number of thefts from cars has dropped in the last decade but common sense is still needed by drivers says an automotive insurer.

More than one-third of Kiwis say they leave valuable possessions in their car that are vulnerable to opportunistic thieves, says an AA Insurance survey.

The 2014 AA Insurance Drivers Index, which interviewed 1,000 Kiwi drivers aged 18+ years online, found that 38% of respondents admitted they sometimes leave items such as laptops, iPods, GPS, bags or other valuables in their parked car. Continue reading “Theft from cars down but commonsense still needed” »