News: Production begins on German Holden

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The first of Holden’s new European line-up has begun production.

The first Holden Insignia VXR rolled off Opel’s production line in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

The model will be one of four new European vehicles to join the Holden range in the second quarter of 2015, with the Astra VXR, Astra GTC and Cascada convertible completing the line-up. Continue reading “Production begins on German Holden” »

News: Kiwi leads Hyundai Mobis world rally team

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Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon will now lead the Hyundai Mobis world rally team for the rest of the 2015 World Rally Championship with co-driver John Kennard in an i20 WRC car.

Paddon’s 2015 WRC campaign is being supported by Hyundai New Zealand, and its dealer network.

Hyundai-Mobis is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company that supplies its production and genuine spare parts requirements. Continue reading “Kiwi leads Hyundai Mobis world rally team” »

News: Improved 2015 Mazda6 in dealerships

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The Mazda6 range has been upgraded for the 2015 model year with new features and price points now available at dealerships nationally.

The new model sees refinements to the cars design as well as new features and innovations carried across from the Mazda3.

Inside the changes for the 2015 Mazda6 are extensive with a completely new dash layout, and revised front and rear console design where the focus has been placed on harmonising components and colour co-ordination. Continue reading “Improved 2015 Mazda6 in dealerships” »

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” »