News: Super Black to race Ford in 2015 Supercars


New Zealand’s sole and recently established V8Supercar team, Super Black Racing, can now confirm it has teamed up with Prodrive Racing (Australia) (PRA) for the 2015 V8Supercars Championship (V8SC), making it one of the four cars fielded by the back-to-back Bathurst winning team.

After a successful debut at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 with support from PRA in 2014, Super Black Racing made the decision to continue using PRA for technical support and services during the 2015 V8SC campaign resulting in the pit garage position.

Super Black Racing team owner, Tony Lentino, says: “After we had such a good experience with PRA at Bathurst last year, it was an easy decision to carry on with them this season in a greater capacity. Continue reading “Super Black to race Ford in 2015 Supercars” »

News: Speeding review requested

michael woodhousePolice Minister Michael Woodhouse has asked Police to undertake a review of the public messages that underpinned the 2014/15 Summer Road Safety campaign.

The ‘zero tolerance’ campaign has been widely criticised as taking the focus off safe driving.

“While I firmly support Police’s zero tolerance for poor driving behaviour that can lead to death and injury on our roads, I also support the application of discretion as articulated in the 4kph summer tolerance used in fixed speed cameras and the vast majority of mobile devices,” Woodhouse says. Continue reading “Speeding review requested” »

Citroen: Citroen: 2014 C4 Picasso review

Citroen C4 Picasso 2014 front quarter

Named after a man who took pushed the boundaries of design, the C4 Picasso follows suit with some bold exterior styling and some features drawn in the wrong place on the inside. Let’s deal with the exterior first: the LED-adorned face is as instantly recognisable and striking as any I’ve seen. There’s no doubting you’re in a Citroen. The double-stack of headlights doesn’t quite work for me from some angles – there’s a mismatch in the lines – but it is bold enough to match the deeply contoured body sides, chrome window inserts and angular 17-inch alloys, and the overall effect is one that grows on you. Continue reading “Citroen: 2014 C4 Picasso review” »

News: Official confirmation – best overall year ever

12014 was the best year ever for overall – passenger and commercial – vehicle sales in the New Zealand market, a fact confirmed this morning by official rregistration figures.

Numbers released by the Motor Industry Association this morning show 127,179 new vehicles were registered in 2014, more than for any previous year and up 12% on 2013 (14,062 units).

MIA chief executive David Crawford says the result reflects, “the strong New Zealand economy, competitive pricing made possible by the relative strength of the New Zealand dollar and a wide range of new models introduced during the year. Continue reading “Official confirmation – best overall year ever” »

Holden: Holden: 2014 VF Commodore SS-V Redline review

Holden Commodore SSV 2014 front quarter

The Holden Commodore SS-V is the best reason I can think of to not buy an SUV. I can drive up kerbs (carefully) in the SS-V, just like the requirements of 99% of SUV owners. I can tow 2100kg on a braked trailer (100kg more than a Hyundai Santa Fe). I can fit 486 litres of air in the boot, which is 83 more than a Mazda CX-5, and if I buy the Sportwagon version of the Commodore, there’s a frankly ridiculous 2000 litres of space with the rear seats folded down. That’s bigger than a long wheelbase Mitsubishi Pajero with its seats down, and there’s no way you can chuck a Pajero around in the corners like you can this Commodore. Continue reading “Holden: 2014 VF Commodore SS-V Redline review” »

Cars: Swift range revised after ten years at the top


To celebrate the Suzuki Swift achieving a decade of being New Zealand’s top selling light car, the New Zealand distributor has axed two model variants and dropped the price on the base model by 5%.

The entry-level 1.4-litre GL model now carries a recommended retail price of $18,990, plus on-road costs, for the manual version, and $19,990, plus on-road cost, for the automatic transmission model. Continue reading “Swift range revised after ten years at the top” »

Ford: Falcons due February but most to special order

G6 and XR8

Ford has released it’s pricing for the FG X Falcon range which arrives in showrooms in February but only the XR6 and XR8 sedans will be held in stock.

Of a seven model line up, only the XR6 automatic sedan, and the XR8 sedan in manual or automatic transmission will be immediately available to purchasers. Continue reading “Falcons due February but most to special order” »

Road Tests / Car Reviews: Suzuki: 2014 S-Cross Limited AllGrip review


Up to now the expanding breed of crossover vehicles have passed over my head without any interest, whatsoever.

I’ve dodged the temptation of owning any cars such as the Ford Territory or any Q-series Audi models, however realising the advantages of sitting up in traffic, and having a good loading capacity came about with the arrival of the 2014 Suzuki S-Cross AllGrip equipped with a CVT automatic transmission. Continue reading “Suzuki: 2014 S-Cross Limited AllGrip review” »