News: BMW launches ConnectedDrive in New Zealand

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BMW has announced details of its BMW ConnectedDrive services and apps, which are now available in the New Zealand market.

BMW Group New Zealand managing director Nina Englert says access to these technologies will be a revolution for New Zealand consumers.

“BMW ConnectedDrive provides the most comprehensive and innovative means of connectivity between the occupants, a BMW vehicle and the outside world,” she says. Continue reading “BMW launches ConnectedDrive in New Zealand” »

News: Jonny Reid returns to BNT NZ SuperTourers

77788b22-310f-42a4-9079-3194478b186dFormer A1GP driver Jonny Reid will to return to the BNT NZ SuperTourers this weekend for the start of the new championship season.

The Aucklander teams up with Hamilton’s Ant Pedersen at the Rush Security Taupo 400 endurance meeting.

Reid twice guided the New Zealand team to second in the A1GP “World Cup of Motorsport” and later raced Porsches and V8 Supercars in Australia, as well as driving single-seaters in Europe and contesting the BNT NZ SuperTourers championship. Continue reading “Jonny Reid returns to BNT NZ SuperTourers” »

Audi: Audi: 2014 A3 1.8 TFSI Cabriolet review

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Spring in Auckland is quite the mixed bag weatherwise. One day, driving wind and rain, the next driving wind and rain, and so on. But occasionally you get a stunner, and I was lucky to get that – for just one day – while the new A3 was parked in the Car and SUV driveway.

The best thing that has happened to the A3 cabriolet over the old model is the introduction of another model to the range – the sedan. Having that pen-work already done means Audi was able to make the car look and function more like its almost-iconic A4 cabriolet – and now that model is gone bridge the gap to the A5 drop-top. Continue reading “Audi: 2014 A3 1.8 TFSI Cabriolet review” »

Concept Cars: Volkswagen Tristar concept unveiled at IAA Hannover

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To mark the 30th anniversary of it’s first Syncro concept car, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will unveil a new concept based on the T5 Transporter at the IAA commercial vehicle trade fair currently being held in Hannover, Germany.

The commercial vehicle trade fair will run from September 24 to October 2

The short-wheelbase extended-cab Volkswagen Tristar concept pick-up has a permanent four-wheel drive system with a mechanical rear axle differential lock, and 30mm additional ground clearance. Continue reading “Volkswagen Tristar concept unveiled at IAA Hannover” »

Mazda: Mazda: 2014 Mazda3 SP25 hatch & SP25 Limited sedan review

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The all-new Mazda3 is the third vehicle in the Mazda line to sport the Kodo – Soul of Motion design theme with the distinctive five-point grille that is now shared with the Mazda6, CX-5 SUV, and CX-9 SUV, as well as the recently revealed MX-5.

This third generation Mazda3 has grown longer and wider but more importantly it has matured and offers buyers more features and benefits than ever before. It does indeed set a new benchmark in the mass market small car (C segment) class with its mixture of safety technologies, head up display, and human machine interface. Continue reading “Mazda: 2014 Mazda3 SP25 hatch & SP25 Limited sedan review” »

News: Swift sales exceed 4 million

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New Zealand’s most popular small car, the Suzuki Swift has achieved another milestone with sales topping four million worldwide.

Cumulative sales of the model was reached nine years and nine months after the launch of the front-wheel-drive hatchback in 2004.

In year to date New Zealand sales, the Swift is the third best selling new car and it has consistently been a top selling small car since its introduction. Continue reading “Swift sales exceed 4 million” »

News: Mazda Foundation supports school makeovers

Treemendous-Winner-Havelock-NorthFour schools have been selected to receive a $10,000 Treemendous school makeover in 2015 – a joint initiative between the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson Trust.

The Treemendous team will carry out the school makeovers in 2015 together with help from the local school communities, parents and students, and the local Mazda dealerships.

Waikouaiti School (Otago), Renwick School (Marlborough), Horsham Downs Primary (Hamilton), and Havelock North Intermediate (Hawke’s Bay), will be visited next year by the Treemendous team for a native tree planting working bee. The schools’ outdoor areas will be transformed into a space for students to learn and explore. Continue reading “Mazda Foundation supports school makeovers” »

News: Hyundai sees value in $10 billion land grab

Hyundai-MotorsThe Hyundai Motor Group is preparing to pay a record US$10 billion (A$11.19 billion) for the site of its new headquarters in Seoul’s high-end Gangnam district, out-bidding Samsung Electronics and sparking investor concerns that it is wasting cash on a trophy property.

If it goes ahead, it would be the highest price by far for a single piece of land in Asia since the global financial crisis, according to CBRE Research, topping the US$3.6 billion paid last year by Hong Kong’s Sun Hung Kai Properties for a site in a commercial district in Shanghai.

Investors and analysts expressed alarm at the price that Hyundai was willing to pay for a site at a time when it could be pouring money into higher dividends or more factories. At the site, it plans to build an auto theme park and a hotel as well as new offices. Continue reading “Hyundai sees value in $10 billion land grab” »