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” »

News: Superbowl ads roll out again

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As the 2015 Superbowl brings the US to a standstill, for advertisers, including vehicle manufaturers, it provides one of the single biggest audiences at one time for the year.

AutoTalk has dug out the car ads released so far this year, so you do not have to go hunting.

Our favourite – shown above, is not for a car, but for a motorsport. Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson, played by comedian Nick Offerman, suggests you get some Nascar in your life. There is a lot of ‘fricking’, a man and a US flag banana hammock, and the new truth: “When our idea of danger is eating gluten, trouble is afoot.” Continue reading “Superbowl ads roll out again” »

News: 2015 Outback gets 2014 Legacy wagon prices

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Subaru’s 2015 Outback, which goes on sale in February will have the same prices as the 2014 Legacy wagon which it replaces.

This means the 2015 Outback in most models is $5000 below the price of the previous 2014 Outback model says Subaru New Zealand managing director Wallis Dumper.

The 2015 Outback is available in three petrol and two diesel engined models, all with Lineartronic automatic transmission and manual paddle shifters. Continue reading “2015 Outback gets 2014 Legacy wagon prices” »

News: The $100k Hyundai arrives in New Zealand dealerships

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The Hyundai Genesis arrives with the title of being the safest car yet tested by the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), it comes fully loaded in one specification as Hyundai New Zealand ticked every available box, and it eclipses the $80k Santa Fe Elite Limited SUV to become the first ever $99,990 (plus on road costs) Hyundai to be retailed in local dealerships during the first quarter of this year.

Hyundai New Zealand says the new Genesis luxury sedan will appeal to astute-thinking traditional rear-wheel-drive buyers, who are predominantly males aged 50 plus, and who believe product content and capability are more valuable than notions of brand.

The car will also be available through provincial as well as metropolitan dealers, which should target a greater number of these astute-thinking buyers and Hyundai New Zealand general manager Andy Sinclair says that the percentage of sales penetration for Genesis may well be stronger in the provincial areas. Continue reading “The $100k Hyundai arrives in New Zealand dealerships” »

Mazda: Mazda: 2015 Mazda2 Limited review

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This is the car that caught Suzuki resting on its rather comfortable laurels. The Swift has been the top dog of the small car world for years, but not any more: Mazda took what wasn’t really broken, but fixed it in a way unimaginable to Suzuki, and the majority of us, and the result could shake things up. Continue reading “Mazda: 2015 Mazda2 Limited review” »