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” »

Audi: Audi: 2015 S1 Sportback review

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The term pocket rocket has been applied to many small hot hatches, but none have been more deserving of the title than the new Audi S1 Sportback.

Here is a compact turbocharged four-cylinder 2-litre all-wheel-drive city hatchback with a six-speed manual transmission that will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds. Continue reading “Audi: 2015 S1 Sportback review” »

News: Street party at Harley-Davidson dealerships

Street-Gallery-84Harley-Davidson has confirmed its new Street 500 model will be on sale from Saturday February 21, 2015 and each dealership in New Zealand will be simultaneously holding a ‘Street Party’ on that day.

Auckland Harley-Davidson chief executive Ray Pratt says he’s looking forward to the occasion as local motorcycle riders get the chance to take to the road and be among the first in NZ to open the throttle on the new Street 500.

The new model is the brand’s first learner approved motorcycle, and it offers the chance for learner license holders to experience riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for the first time. Continue reading “Street party at Harley-Davidson dealerships” »

Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz: 2014 E250 Special Edition review

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It is becoming more and more common in the premium sedan market for manufacturers to offer a limited production model with extra specification and equipment for the same price as the normal standard car. BMW is a master of the limited edition model with umpteen thousand dollars of added value at no extra cost, and now Mercedes-Benz has jumped on the bandwagon. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: 2014 E250 Special Edition review” »

Lexus: Lexus: 2015 RC350 F Sport review

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The RC350 is a car you could put anywhere and it would still photograph beautifully. It was by chance that I had booked a trip to Ohakune in order to do the Tongariro Crossing on the same weekend that I had the RC350. I honestly could have spent a whole day finding vistas that included snow-capped Mount Ruapehu, but as it was, Ohakune Mountain Rd and its sinuous rise to the ski fields of Ruapehu set the scene. The brilliant blue sky did the rest, but the Lexus still stole the show. Continue reading “Lexus: 2015 RC350 F Sport review” »

News: Prius c gets a make over for 2015

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Toyota’s Prius c hybrid hatchback has been refreshed for 2015 with new exterior design details, an upgraded interior and three new body colours.

Heralding the biggest change for 2015 is a restyled front for all model grades, while the Prius c s-Tech grade is further enhanced with the addition of privacy glass, LED headlights, and LED feature fog lights.

Three new exterior colours have been released for 2015 are Zest, Tango and Cool Soda which brings the number of available colours in the range to nine. Continue reading “Prius c gets a make over for 2015” »

News: Revamped 2015 Kia Rio released

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Kia Motors New Zealand has just released the revamped 2015 Rio which features new design alloy wheels and changes to the front and rear styling.

Currently the most popular Kia model globally, the enhancements are designed to ensure that Rio remains in high demand says the manufacturer.

The front bumper and tiger nose grille, now have ‘winglets’ incorporated into the fog lamp recesses, while the rear gains a newly reshaped bumper. Continue reading “Revamped 2015 Kia Rio released” »