News: Isuzu Ute launches MU-X SUV in New Zealand

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Isuzu Ute New Zealand (IUNZ) has launched one variant of it’s MU-X 7-seater SUV onto the New Zealand market, its a high grade specification model with leather upholstery, front and rear cabin climate air-conditioning, an on-board DVD player for rear passengers, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, rear-view camera, and satellite navigation.

More importantly according to IUNZ, the new MU-X SUV has 14 cup-holders throughout the cabin, as well as the ability to flip and fold down the second and third row of passenger seats to create an enormous cargo area.

The MU-X SUV is built in a brand new Isuzu Ute production facility in Thailand which has a capacity of more than 400,000 vehicles a year. At the moment it builds right hand drive MU-X models for local consumption as well as two export markets being Australia and New Zealand, but the company is eyeing up left-hand-drive export markets such as the Middle East and Asia/Oceania. Continue reading “Isuzu Ute launches MU-X SUV in New Zealand” »

News: Greener guilt-free Lotus performance

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Lotus says the arrival of the supercharged Elise S Club Racer will provide drivers with a greener guilt-free performance trip.

With a 0-100 km/h time of 4.6 seconds, it is based on the Lotus Elise S, the but the new Club Racer variant strips out weight, more than 20 kg less than the standard car, but Lotus has added sports suspension, plus an adjustable front antiroll bar so owners can fine tune their driving experience.

It also wears Satin black alloy wheels with high performance Yokohama Neova tyres Continue reading “Greener guilt-free Lotus performance” »

News: Kia satisfies fussy Germans

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The Kia Sportage has topped its class in a survey on owner satisfaction by JD Power automotive consultants, centred on the hard-to-please German market.

Furthermore Kia Motors itself has risen five places in the overall manufacturers’ standings, as more people report positive experiences with Korea’s oldest car company.

European drivers, especially those in Germany, are notoriously hard to please and tend to favour vehicles from their own manufacturers, so these results are significant says Kia. Continue reading “Kia satisfies fussy Germans” »

News: Subaru aims for Nurburgring trifecta

SubaruSubaru Tecnica International (STI) will take on the German Nürburgring 24-Hour Race this month in a new generation all-wheel-drive WRX STI racing car.

It is the seventh consecutive year in which the team has headed to the infamous and challenging ‘Green Hell’ in the German Eifel Mountain region for this 24-hour endurance race.

Subaru is aiming for its third victory in the SP3T class, in a race program takes place from June 19 to 22. Continue reading “Subaru aims for Nurburgring trifecta” »

News: Nissan shows off new Navara

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Nissan has taken the covers off one of its key model updates – its next generation Navara – in Thailand.

Taking strong-cues from its Pathfinder and X-Trail SUVs, the new NP300 Navara looks more sculpted, and less blocky, than the highly successful D40 model it will replace.

“Since we built our first pick-up in 1933, over 14 million customers around the globe have come to depend on a Nissan pick-up to transport their families, work-mates and cargo, sometimes in the toughest of circumstances,” says Andy Palmer, Nissan’s chief planning officer. Continue reading “Nissan shows off new Navara” »

Audi: Audi: 2014 A3 1.8T Sport sedan review

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audi-s3-sedan-2014-frontYou’d think that getting out of a 221kW Audi S3 and straight into a 132kW A3 might be a bit of a let-down, but it actually wasn’t bad at all.

In comparison to the S3, the A3 gets much nicer throttle mapping for the downshifts and a whole extra gear ratio with 7 on tap from the S Tronic gearbox. The available power from the 1.8-litre turbo engine means 7.3 seconds to 100kph, which is quite respectable and very usable in day-to-day driving.

Continue reading “Audi: 2014 A3 1.8T Sport sedan review” »

Audi: Audi: 2014 S3 Sportback quattro review

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audi-s3-2014-frontI was walking with a friend when a yellow Lamborghini Murcielago passed us near Westhaven Marina. She asked me why people buy cars like that in bright colours.

“Advertising,” I replied. It’s all about advertising the fact that you can spend half a mil’ on a car, and you want people to know. Plus, it looks cool. She didn’t understand the ‘looks cool’ bit. Continue reading “Audi: 2014 S3 Sportback quattro review” »

News: Honda wants great things from new Jazz

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Honda has laid down the gauntlet to the light and small car market, it wants to double sales of its new Jazz.

Honda hopes that the value for money proposition offered by the new Jazz hatchback will see the car increase its market share from more than 900 sales last year to more than 1,800 this year.

The entry level 1.3-litre Jazz S offers a reversing camera, satellite navigation, bluetooth, touch screen, alloy wheels, hill start assist, emergency stop signal, magic seats, and a five year warranty from $23,700. Continue reading “Honda wants great things from new Jazz” »