News: Insignia VXR introduces new technology to Holden line-up

Holden-Insignia-VXR-DrivingHolden’s first all-wheel-drive turbocharged sedan will arrive in New Zealand dealerships late next month and brings a number of new technologies which have not been offered by the Red Lion brand before.

Built in Russelsheim, Germany, the Holden Insignia VXR is powered by a 2.8 litre V6 turbocharged engine which allied to a six-speed automatic transmission, delivers 239kW of power and 435Nm of torque to all four driven wheels.

The Insignia VXR will introduce three new technologies to Holden, including adaptive cruise control, lane change alert and auto emergency braking, which join other features such as adaptive forward lighting, blind spot alert and FlexRide suspension. Continue reading “Insignia VXR introduces new technology to Holden line-up” »

News: Bolder and more confident Camry arrives in July

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The revised 2015 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid sedan will arrive in dealerships in July and the only carry over component from the previous generation is the roof says the Japanese manufacturer

Five new grades of petrol models are available. These are the Camry GL, Atara, Atara S and Atara SX. The Atara SX showcases improved on-road dynamics says Toyota.

The hybrid petrol-electric variants share the GL and Atara S grades with an additional Atara SL luxury grade. Continue reading “Bolder and more confident Camry arrives in July” »

News: First fast charger in planned network arrives

SteveSuperChargerMay2015[1]The first of 23 fast electric vehicle chargers being installed in a nationwide network has arrived.

The charging network is being planned by Charge.net.nz, founded and lead by software company owner Steve West – an electric vehicle enthusiast who already has two Teslas in his own vehicle fleet.

The stations were developed by Brisbane-based firm Tritium, and are ‘DC Rapid’ chargers. Continue reading “First fast charger in planned network arrives” »

News: Holden adds golfer as brand ambassador

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Leading golfer Ryan Fox to teach lucky Kiwis how to drive like a pro

Two-time PGA title winner, pro-golfer Ryan Fox is back in the driving seat today in his new role as ambassador for Holden New Zealand.

The partnership builds on the relationship developed with Fox during the Holden NZPGA Championship in March, says Marnie Samphier, gm of marketing at Holden New Zealand. Continue reading “Holden adds golfer as brand ambassador” »

News: BUGGER on block for auction

bugger-plate-special-eventA number plate with links to a legendary New Zealand vehicle advertisement is up for sale – with the proceeds going to charity.

Personalised Plates Ltd, NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and Surf Life Saving New Zealand are working together to auction the ‘Rights To Receive’ the personalised plate BUGGER, with the winning bid amount being donated to Surf Life Saving New Zealand.

In 1999, as a result of the iconic Toyota Hilux television campaign, the public interest in purchasing this plate was very high. At the time the Transport Agency decided it was not appropriate to release it for sale. Continue reading “BUGGER on block for auction” »

Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz: 2015 C 200 Estate review

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There are many people who still prefer a traditional estate to an SUV in the premium executive sector hence Mercedes-Benz have offered such a variant in the C-Class range since it first appeared in global markets in 1993. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: 2015 C 200 Estate review” »

News: Holden Colorado recalled due to fire risk

DSC_0163Product safety recalls Australia issued a recall notice on April 23 regarding the MY2014 and MY2015 Holden Colorado and Colorado 7 models produced between September 4, 2013 and January 21, 2015.

The vehicles affected are in the build range from MMU145DK0EH600244 to MMU156FK0FH616228.

According to the notice of recall, the alternator b+ electrical cable may have been assembled in contact with a steel bracket at the battery tray. Continue reading “Holden Colorado recalled due to fire risk” »

News: Scammers target Dunedin dealer’s website

scammerA Dunedin dealer is considering putting a disclaimer on his website and circulating a warning to the wider car industry after having been the target of a bogus email scam.

Dunedin car dealer Peter McCracken of Rob McLellan Motors has been contacted by more than 30 private car sellers, many in the North Island, trying to verify attempts by his company to buy vehicles via a fake email address.

McCracken told the Otago Daily Times that he really didn’t know if the scammers are in Dunedin, or from India or Africa. Continue reading “Scammers target Dunedin dealer’s website” »