News: Toyota Prado will debut all-new diesel engine

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The Toyota Prado will be the first model in New Zealand to receive the newly developed 2.8-litre 1GD-FTV four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine in the third quarter, ahead of the all-new Toyota Hilux which arrives in quarter four.

Toyota says the Global Diesel (GD) 2.8-litre four-cylinder engine has been developed from the ground up.

It delivers more power and torque – up to 450Nm – while achieving substantially better fuel economy than the Prado’s current 3-litre engine says Toyota. Continue reading “Toyota Prado will debut all-new diesel engine” »

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Commercial: Volkswagen: 2015 Amarok Canyon 4Motion review

2015 Amarok Canyon front three quarter

If you are a shrinking violet or prefer your daily driver to be a bit discreet then the Amarok Canyon in all of it’s metallic copper orange glory, with the flared wheel-arches, 17-inch Roca alloy wheels, gloss black Canyon sport bar, Canyon roof light bar, and colour coded bumpers and mirrors, plus gloss black sill bars and rear bumper – isn’t going to be your cup of tea. Continue reading “Volkswagen: 2015 Amarok Canyon 4Motion review” »

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BMW: BMW: 2015 125i M Sport review

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We gave it a good thrash from Auckland to Whangarei and back where it amply demonstrated its overtaking potential – 6.2 seconds to 100kph is plenty for most occasions. Through the Brynderwyns the 1-Series handled with aplomb. Lowered suspension and some nice wide 245s on 18-inch wheels at the back and 225s at the front keep it flat and planted on the road, although when the surface was rough, you could really feel that sports suspension, and that’s not even in Sports or Sports Plus modes which firm it up more. One of my passengers (female former vintage Porsche owner, sitting in the front in the bucket seats) loved it, and the other in the back didn’t. Continue reading “BMW: 2015 125i M Sport review” »

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News: Volkswagen NZ recalling 70 Amarok utes to check brakes

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Volkswagen New Zealand is recalling 70 Amarok utes due to a potential issue with the bolts for the front brake callipers.

The Amarok is also being recalled in Australia.

According to the recalls.gov.au website, which is hosted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the issue with the front brake callipers has arisen because the bolts may not have been tightened with the specified torque. Continue reading “Volkswagen NZ recalling 70 Amarok utes to check brakes” »

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News: World’s fastest woman heading to CRC Speedshow

Jessi-Combs-in-CRC-workshopThe world’s fastest woman on four wheels, and CRC Industries ambassador, American Jessi Combs will be in New Zealand next month to front CRC Speedshow’s Women in Motorsport display.

In 2013, Combs piloted the land-speed record car, dubbed the North American Eagle, to a top speed of 708 kilometres per hour (440.709 mph) on the dry lakebed in Alvord Desert, Oregon, breaking the previous record set in 1965.

The North American Eagle car broke the 50 year old record with Combs behind the wheel with a 45,000 horsepower engine. Continue reading “World’s fastest woman heading to CRC Speedshow” »

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News: The tech lover’s wheels

Screen-Shot-2015-06-16-at-2.08This is the most popular electric car in New Zealand so far this year, BMW New Zealand communications boss Ed Finn slipped into the conversation when AutoTalk picked up the BMW i3 for a brief weekend test last month.

He then proceeded to slip the point in again, and then a few more times after.

Ok, we get the hint. Continue reading “The tech lover’s wheels” »

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Cars: Renault: 2015 Clio R.S. Cup

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When the locally-owned Renault distributor brought back the Clio Authentique and Expression light hatchbacks back to the New Zealand market, we knew that it wouldn’t be long before the more sporting Clio R.S. model also made an entrance. Continue reading “Renault: 2015 Clio R.S. Cup” »

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News: Turning beer into biofuel

DB-Export-Brewtroleum-logo-(grey)DB Export is on a mission to harness the power of drinking beer to save the world. In a New Zealand first, DB Export is attempting to make the country’s first ever commercially viable biofuel from the by-products of brewing beer.

By creating this biofuel, which emits less carbon than petrol, Kiwi’s can save the world by doing what they do best – drinking beer, says DB Export.

DB Export ‘Brewtroleum‘ will be made using ethanol derived from beer by-product which will be mixed with normal petroleum to create Brewtroleum – by July 2015. Continue reading “Turning beer into biofuel” »

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