News: New ute tonneau cover on display at Fieldays


A new tonneau cover for utes that doesn’t require holes drilled into the sides of the vehicle has been launched by Best Bars to and will be displayed at the upcoming National Fieldays.

The Advantage roll-up tonneau cover uses an alloy frame that is fixed to the top of the well-side tray with specially designed brackets to lock it into place and keep the weather at bay. Removable ribs inside the cover keep it taut over the well-side tray.

The cover rolls up when the ribs are removed and it can be stored right behind the cab for loading and when the driver needs to transport tall or bulky items. Elasticated straps are incorporated into the design to keep the rolled up cover in place whilst the ute is being driven. Continue reading “New ute tonneau cover on display at Fieldays” »

News: Electric BMW mobility for Kiwi kids


BMW New Zealand has partnered with a new not-for-profit organisation which helps young children with restricted mobility get moving by using specially modified electric vehicles.

GoBabyGo is a charity which facilitates placement of vehicles with children who can benefit, and coordinates and implements the structural modifications to personalise each vehicle to a child’s specific requirements.

Designed to stimulate motor skills, the vehicles also enable children to interact with others in their peer group, empowering them to be part of the action at home and in the playground, help them learn how to orient themselves in the space around them, and can have therapy benefits, for example by using a headrest-mounted throttle to help a child learn to keep their head up. Continue reading “Electric BMW mobility for Kiwi kids” »

News: Last Camry/Aurion to be produced in Australia


Toyota has unveiled the last model Toyota Camry to be built at its manufacturing plant located in Altona, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia.

All New Zealand bound Camry’s have been sourced from the Australian plant since the late 1980s.

The new-look 2015 Camry and Camry Hybrid as well as the facelift Aurion sedan will be in production until the company stops Australian manufacturing at the end of 2017. Continue reading “Last Camry/Aurion to be produced in Australia” »

News: Ford’s Hot Wheels approach to interest kids


The Ford Motor Company took a unique approach to interest kids in science and engineering as part of the annual ‘Take your child to work day’ by building the world’s biggest Hot Wheels car track loop yet.

When completed Ford made a world record attempt with a Hot Wheels car track loop that exceeded 12 feet tall.

The attempt was the brainchild of Ford dynamometer technician Matt West, who had built increasingly larger Hot Wheels loops with his six-year-old son Blade at their home in Monroe, Michigan. Continue reading “Ford’s Hot Wheels approach to interest kids” »

News: Women engage with cars differently says new judge

Juliet-PotterThe founder of a car website specifically designed to cater to women has joined the women’s world car of the year jury.

Australian Juliet Potter designed and launched in 2000, as a first of its kind in the world at the time by establishing a number of ground-breaking initiatives.

“Women engage with cars differently to men and it’s time to learn to speak to women and to step up the customer experience as a whole. And I’m not talking token gestures.” Continue reading “Women engage with cars differently says new judge” »

Jeep: Jeep: 2015 Grand Cherokee SRT review

2015 Grand Cherokee SRT front 3:4 left

There’s a delicious irony about piloting a high-performance V8-powered Jeep SUV which most self respecting people will never take off road.

The 2015 Grand Cherokee SRT is a long distance cruiser rather than a bush bashing bruiser as witnessed by the availability of a sport and track mode setting on the adaptive damping system. Continue reading “Jeep: 2015 Grand Cherokee SRT review” »

News: Head start for new Sorento


Kia Motors New Zealand has managed to make a big start to sales of its new Sorento, amassing a sizeable order book before the official launch.

The company hit a target of preselling 100 Sorento, putting them 20% of the way to fulfilling their plans to sell 500 for the 2015 year.

Part of that target will be powered by a new model for the range, a 3.3-litre V6, in front wheel drive only, that has Kia Motors New Zealand general manager Todd McDonald excited, and expecting volume of around 150. Continue reading “Head start for new Sorento” »

News: Sharper prices and interest-free finance on Forester


Subaru has sharpened its retail pricing on the revised five model Forester-SUV range and is offering a five year interest free finance package on new models purchased until the end of June.

The price revisions have been assisted by the strength of the Kiwi dollar against the Japanese Yen, enabling the local distributor to negotiate a better buying price with the factory.

Lineartronic transmission has been introduced on the Forester 2.0 litre Diesel as part of the 2015 model year revisions, a manual model is no longer available. Continue reading “Sharper prices and interest-free finance on Forester” »