Mazda: Mazda: 2015 CX-3 Skyactiv-D Limited AWD review

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Mazda’s new CX-3 crossover is based on the platform of the funky new Mazda2, but it has the look and feel of a far bigger car.

We had the pleasure of driving the new top spec 1.5-litre turbo diesel all-wheel-drive CX-3 Limited for a week in some of the worst weather conditions May could throw at us, and there were many times that the raised ride height and four wheel traction came into its own. Continue reading “Mazda: 2015 CX-3 Skyactiv-D Limited AWD review” »

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News: Navara will account for 30% of Nissan sales

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Pick ups currently account for more than 20% of the new vehicle market, and Nissan New Zealand managing director John Manley says that the all-new NP300 Navara will account for more than 30% of its new model sales mix.

Last year Manley says the brand sold 2252 units, and despite the later arrival of the new model to our shores, he expects to sell a similar number in 2015, even though the full 14-variant line-up won’t be in place until October.

He also thinks the higher grade ST and ST-X models will account for 80% of Navara volume this year. Continue reading “Navara will account for 30% of Nissan sales” »

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News: Toyota welcomes funding to get Kiwi drivers in race series

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Toyota has welcomed the first sponsor to the Kiwi Driver Fund, an initiative set up to help kiwi drivers enter the Toyota Racing Series.

Toyota New Zealand motorsport manager Steve Boyce says the Fund will provide essential support for New Zealand drivers to gain experience with modern ‘wings and slicks’ race cars as well as show results in a credible, internationally respected championship.

It will take effect for the January and February 2016 series. Continue reading “Toyota welcomes funding to get Kiwi drivers in race series” »

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News: Toyota Prado will debut all-new diesel engine

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The Toyota Prado will be the first model in New Zealand to receive the newly developed 2.8-litre 1GD-FTV four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine in the third quarter, ahead of the all-new Toyota Hilux which arrives in quarter four.

Toyota says the Global Diesel (GD) 2.8-litre four-cylinder engine has been developed from the ground up.

It delivers more power and torque – up to 450Nm – while achieving substantially better fuel economy than the Prado’s current 3-litre engine says Toyota. Continue reading “Toyota Prado will debut all-new diesel engine” »

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Commercial: Volkswagen: 2015 Amarok Canyon 4Motion review

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If you are a shrinking violet or prefer your daily driver to be a bit discreet then the Amarok Canyon in all of it’s metallic copper orange glory, with the flared wheel-arches, 17-inch Roca alloy wheels, gloss black Canyon sport bar, Canyon roof light bar, and colour coded bumpers and mirrors, plus gloss black sill bars and rear bumper – isn’t going to be your cup of tea. Continue reading “Volkswagen: 2015 Amarok Canyon 4Motion review” »

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BMW: BMW: 2015 125i M Sport review

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We gave it a good thrash from Auckland to Whangarei and back where it amply demonstrated its overtaking potential – 6.2 seconds to 100kph is plenty for most occasions. Through the Brynderwyns the 1-Series handled with aplomb. Lowered suspension and some nice wide 245s on 18-inch wheels at the back and 225s at the front keep it flat and planted on the road, although when the surface was rough, you could really feel that sports suspension, and that’s not even in Sports or Sports Plus modes which firm it up more. One of my passengers (female former vintage Porsche owner, sitting in the front in the bucket seats) loved it, and the other in the back didn’t. Continue reading “BMW: 2015 125i M Sport review” »

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News: Volkswagen NZ recalling 70 Amarok utes to check brakes

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Volkswagen New Zealand is recalling 70 Amarok utes due to a potential issue with the bolts for the front brake callipers.

The Amarok is also being recalled in Australia.

According to the recalls.gov.au website, which is hosted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the issue with the front brake callipers has arisen because the bolts may not have been tightened with the specified torque. Continue reading “Volkswagen NZ recalling 70 Amarok utes to check brakes” »

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News: World’s fastest woman heading to CRC Speedshow

Jessi-Combs-in-CRC-workshopThe world’s fastest woman on four wheels, and CRC Industries ambassador, American Jessi Combs will be in New Zealand next month to front CRC Speedshow’s Women in Motorsport display.

In 2013, Combs piloted the land-speed record car, dubbed the North American Eagle, to a top speed of 708 kilometres per hour (440.709 mph) on the dry lakebed in Alvord Desert, Oregon, breaking the previous record set in 1965.

The North American Eagle car broke the 50 year old record with Combs behind the wheel with a 45,000 horsepower engine. Continue reading “World’s fastest woman heading to CRC Speedshow” »

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