Road Tests / Car Reviews: Suzuki: 2014 SX4 S Cross 1.6 LTD 2WD review


There are no pretentions when you get a Suzuki. You know what you’re getting yourself into as you can be pretty sure you’re going to drive a car that provides a large amount of bang for your buck. Of course, this comes with compromises, but as today’s cars are a hundred thousand times better than those of twenty years ago, the kinds of things we might envy are nice-to-haves rather than essential features.

suzuki-sx4-s-cross-2014-sideAs you walk towards the SX4 S Cross it’s more Vitara than Swift in the nose. The styling is a little nose-heavy and it looks better in the flesh than in photos. There’s a strong line that starts at the base of the A pillars, flows down across the top of the lights and into the grille. The grille is bisected by the bumper and continues underneath in grey with strong lateral lines. The two-tone paint finish works well, giving the SX4 S Cross a slightly elevated look. Continue reading “Suzuki: 2014 SX4 S Cross 1.6 LTD 2WD review” »

News: Toyota gives customers an Edge

Toyota has released a special edition of the 2014 Hilux with unique graphics, 17” alloy wheels and an array of accessories.

According to Toyota the special edition 4×2 Hilux Edge gives owners a sportier look, with Edge graphics set and badge, as well as a wheel and tyre package incorporating MAK Fuoco 17 inch silver alloy wheels and 225/55R17 Bridgestone Dueller HP tyres.

Other exterior features include LED daytime running lights, stainless steel nudge bar and stainless steel side pipes. The Hilux Edge’s double cab body also boasts colour-matched door handles, door mirrors and rear bumper with integrated step, along with tinted windows on the front doors and tinted privacy windows on rear doors and back screen. Continue reading “Toyota gives customers an Edge” »

News: Red Bull illustrates 2014 technology changes


Formula 1 team Red Bull has released a video clip on YouTube with it’s drivers Sebastien Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo explaining the differences between the new car they will drive this season, and the old car that Vettel (and former team mate Mark Webber) drove for the team in the last F1 season.

The 2014 F1 season kicks off this weekend with the Melbourne Formula 1 grand prix at Albert Park.

It will be the first time that Australian driver Ricciardo (who has replaced fellow Australian Webber) has driven the new Red Bull car in a race, as he formerly raced for the second tier Torro Rosso team. Continue reading “Red Bull illustrates 2014 technology changes” »

News: First drive 2014 Toyota Corolla sedan


Toyota has completed its Corolla trifecta with the arrival of the 2014 sedan which it says will be available in three grades and will be priced at the same amount as the equivalent hatch.

Although the Corolla hatch outsells the wagon and sedan by the thousands in New Zealand, Toyota recognises that it needs to offer all three variants as part of its volume sales strategy, which means having a vehicle that will suit any particular customer who walks into the showroom. Continue reading “First drive 2014 Toyota Corolla sedan” »

News: Travel with care advises NZTA


Driving conditions this weekend will be difficult as the remnants of tropical cyclone Lusi sweep across the upper and central North Island, and NZTA advises people to travel with care.

NZTA national journey manager, Kathryn Musgrave, says heavy rain and strong winds will make conditions challenging for all road users.

“It is a going to be a difficult weekend for travel, and people will need to plan carefully for safe travel.” Continue reading “Travel with care advises NZTA” »

News: Road magnets attract self-driving Volvo


Volvo Car Group has completed a research project using magnets buried within the road surface to help the car determine its position.

The research, which has been financed in co-operation with the Swedish transport administration (Trafikverket), is a potential key to the implementation of self-driving vehicles.

Reliable and accurate positioning is one of the crucial issues in the development of self-driving cars says Volvo. Continue reading “Road magnets attract self-driving Volvo” »

News: The Green Hell gets a new owner


After becoming insolvent in 2012 Germany’s infamous Nurburgring-Nordscheife circuit has just been sold to a new owner.

Named the Green Hell by former F1 driver Jackie Stewart, the circuit is part of a motorsport complex located around the village of Nurburg in the Eifel Mountains, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Attempts by the previous owner to build Nurburgring into a resort for car fanatics failed when the company became insolvent, loaded with debt equivalent to 50 years of annual profit says the administrator Jens Lieser. Continue reading “The Green Hell gets a new owner” »

NQN: Burnout costly for Porsche renters


A holidaying Queensland couple faced a very expensive rental bill for their Porsche hire car when it was impounded by the Victorian police.

Police alleged the couple were spotted by Frankston highway patrol members doing a “burnout” in the rented Porsche convertible near the town of Baxter while on a holiday drive in the Mornington Peninsula.

Although police initially said they would impound the car for 30 days, leaving the couple with a $1,000 a day payment owing to the rental company, it was subsequently returned by Police to the owner. Continue reading “Burnout costly for Porsche renters” »