Holden: Holden: 2014 VF Commodore VF Evoke sedan review


holden-commodore-evoke-sedan-2014-frontThe power was out because we had a proper storm. Proper storms are always good for debris-strewn photos, and that’s what you’ve got: the brilliant red of the Evoke against the green and brown of a billion leaves and twiglets strewn over West Auckland’s usually grey tarmac. Continue reading “Holden: 2014 VF Commodore VF Evoke sedan review” »

News: Big cut to Nissan’s Leaf


Nissan New Zealand is hoping electric-propulsion will appeal to a far-broader sector of the market with a huge cut to the price of its Leaf mode.

The battery-powered five-door hatch has seen its price slashed from $69,700 to just $39,990 – cheaper then some petrol driven models in the small hatch market.

The company says it will see the car compete on overall ownership cost with other similar vehicles. Continue reading “Big cut to Nissan’s Leaf” »

News: Pork Pie remake released by Mini

porkpie-heroThe media and friends of the Mini brand were treated last week to an exclusive preview of the remake of the infamous Lake Hawea chase scene from the iconic Kiwi movie Goodbye Pork Pie.

The film clip (see YouTube link below) is part of a commercial campaign designed for MINI by its new advertising agencies DDB and Dynamo. Before filming of the chase scene began the agencies created a competition to find a willing passenger for the new Mini Cooper hatch during the remake.

At the screening MINI also showed a seven minute video that detailed the campaign, which asked Kiwis to show their true Blondini colours, by participating in a few challenges as part of that competition. Continue reading “Pork Pie remake released by Mini” »

News: Subsidised motorcycle training available to all riders

County_Rider_Training_28ACC wants motorcyclists of all abilities to take advantage of subsidised ‘Ride Forever’ training courses this winter.

“Whether you’re a regular rider during winter, or you tend to leave your bike in the garage when the weather’s at its worst, now’s the perfect time to take your riding skills to the next level,” says ACC’s head of insurance products and injury prevention, David Simpson.

“A Ride Forever course can help you be better prepared for the more dangerous riding conditions typical of winter. Or you can use this time to check and improve your skills, so you can make the most of those long summer rides that lie ahead.” Continue reading “Subsidised motorcycle training available to all riders” »

News: Suzuki tops satisfaction survey

image69090_bSuzuki owners are the most satisfied motorists in New Zealand, says an independent survey.

The Japanese brand has emerged tops in a nationwide survey by Canstar Blue New Zealand, a customer research and ratings business with the core purpose of helping consumers make better purchasing decisions.

Not only was Suzuki the overall winner in the satisfaction survey but was also the only brand in the top nine franchises to score a five star rating in all six categories surveyed. Continue reading “Suzuki tops satisfaction survey” »

NQN: Who do you trust?

CarDealerPicThe poor misunderstood car salesperson has copped it once again in the annual Readers Digest survey of the most trusted professions in New Zealand.

Car salespeople are once again ranked in 46th place out of 49 professions.

However, they can take some solace in the fact that they are rated ahead of politicians, sex workers, door-to-door salespeople, and telemarketers. Continue reading “Who do you trust?” »

News: Polish WRC debut beckons Paddon


Kiwi rally duo Hayden Paddon and John Kennard are looking forward to getting back into their Hyundai i20 WRC car as they contest the Lotos Rally Poland for the first time from June 26 to 29.

They aren’t the only World Rally Championship crews making their maiden run on Poland’s fast, flowing gravel stages.

“The Polish event was last part of the WRC in 2009 and while some drivers have done this event as a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) or the European Rally, it is relatively new for most of our competitors,” says Paddon. Continue reading “Polish WRC debut beckons Paddon” »

News: Suzuki releases innovative fuel cell power unit

Press-1405-Fuel-Cell-Power-UnitSuzuki has announced it’s Gen4 air-cooled fuel cell power unit which it says is easily integrated into two-wheel and four-wheeled vehicles.

“Suzuki’s work on next generation power plants has technology reaching production-ready stage and the company will also make it available to other manufacturers,” says Suzuki New Zealand chief executive officer Tom Peck.

The Gen4 is the result of a working collaboration with the British international power technology company Intelligent Energy and Suzuki.

Incorporating Intelligent Energy’s latest proprietary fuel cell technology, Gen4 is a power-dense, compact and self-contained system. Rated for continuous operation at 3.9kW and capable of providing in excess of 4kW for short periods, the power unit is designed as a prime-mover power source for smaller fuel cell electric vehicles and also as a range extender for larger vehicles. Continue reading “Suzuki releases innovative fuel cell power unit” »