News: Reality show commissioned about iconic car wreckers

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A reality television show is set to be made about iconic central plateau vehicle wreckers Horopito Motors.

Goings-on at the business, in the former town of Horopito, near Ohakune, will be chronicled in Smashed Palace, an eight-episode series to be run on Sky’s ‘The Box’ channel.”

Horopito Motors was the setting for Smash Palace, a hugely successful 1981 movie starring Bruno Lawrence. It also made an appearance in the film Goodbye Pork Pie. Continue reading “Reality show commissioned about iconic car wreckers” »

News: Automotive history up for grabs on Trade Me

Ford-GTF_0284Ford New Zealand is to auction FPV GT F #50, with a portion of the sale proceeds going to a charity partner.

Only 50 of the Ford Falcon FPV GT Fs were built for sale in New Zealand, and the very last of these, #50, will go up for auction on TradeMe on 16 February and run for two weeks, closing on 2 March.

Head of Trade Me Motors Darren Wiltshire says his team was excited to see the Ford FPV GT F listed on the site. Continue reading “Automotive history up for grabs on Trade Me” »

News: 5-star for Sonata

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The new Hyundai Sonata has claimed a 5-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme.

But while the car has reached the top rung of the safety ladder, the Automobile Association has called for more features for the model.

While the Sonata boasts hill launch assist and reversing collision avoidance as standard it doesn’t include autonomous emergency braking (AEB) which is available on its luxury model, the Genesis. Continue reading “5-star for Sonata” »

News: Production begins on German Holden

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The first of Holden’s new European line-up has begun production.

The first Holden Insignia VXR rolled off Opel’s production line in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

The model will be one of four new European vehicles to join the Holden range in the second quarter of 2015, with the Astra VXR, Astra GTC and Cascada convertible completing the line-up. Continue reading “Production begins on German Holden” »

News: Kiwi leads Hyundai Mobis world rally team

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Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon will now lead the Hyundai Mobis world rally team for the rest of the 2015 World Rally Championship with co-driver John Kennard in an i20 WRC car.

Paddon’s 2015 WRC campaign is being supported by Hyundai New Zealand, and its dealer network.

Hyundai-Mobis is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company that supplies its production and genuine spare parts requirements. Continue reading “Kiwi leads Hyundai Mobis world rally team” »

News: Improved 2015 Mazda6 in dealerships

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The Mazda6 range has been upgraded for the 2015 model year with new features and price points now available at dealerships nationally.

The new model sees refinements to the cars design as well as new features and innovations carried across from the Mazda3.

Inside the changes for the 2015 Mazda6 are extensive with a completely new dash layout, and revised front and rear console design where the focus has been placed on harmonising components and colour co-ordination. Continue reading “Improved 2015 Mazda6 in dealerships” »

News: First NZ sub $15K five-star car

IMG_2477-1-340x226Fiat Chrysler New Zealand has fired a price war salvo into the light hatchback market by dropping five thousand dollars off the retail price of it’s Panda five-door hatch.

The Fiat Panda has become New Zealand’s most affordable European small car with a starting price of $14,990 plus on road costs says the distributor but it also says that numbers at this price will be strictly limited.

It also sets a new record for safety at this price point being the cheapest yet 5-star safety rated vehicle in the market. Continue reading “First NZ sub $15K five-star car” »

News: Nissan GT-R conquers mount panorama once again

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The Nissan GT-R has scored a back to back victory in the 2015 Bathurst 12 Hour.

After a race full of drama and crashes, Japanese driver Katsumasa Chiyo passed two cars on the penultimate lap to secure the win for the NISMO Athlete Global Team.

The victory for Chiyo and GT Academy winners Wolfgang Reip and Florian Strauss is the first time that the Nissan GT-R has won at Mount Panorama since the GT-R took back-to-back Bathurst 1000 wins in 1991 and 1992. Continue reading “Nissan GT-R conquers mount panorama once again” »