News: Mazda3 takes NZ Car of the Year


Caption: Mazda’s Maria Tsao

Caption: Stella Stocks, Mazda NZ’s Maria Tsao and Liz Dobson

Caption: Stella Stocks, Mazda NZ’s Maria Tsao and Liz Dobson

The Mazda has claimed the New Zealand Car of the Year title – awarded by the Automobile Association and NZ Motoring Writers Guild – at an event in Auckland tonight.

The car beat nine other finalists to the take out the ultimate award – which is voted on by members of the guild and AA motoring experts.

NZMWG president Liz Dobson told AutoTalk choosing the top ten was a difficult task for the guild and the AA. Continue reading “Mazda3 takes NZ Car of the Year” »

News: Peugeot 308 takes out Autocar Car of the Year


The Peugeot 308 has claimed the AMI Insurance NZ Autocar of the year award.

The 308 beat out 8 different class winners, who were announced last month. Read about those HERE

Autocar editor Kyle Cassidy says the 308 scores well across all the awards criteria. Continue reading “Peugeot 308 takes out Autocar Car of the Year” »

News: Euro brands record new sales milestones


BMW has broken through the 2000 registration barrier in a year for the first time yet, and Volvo has passed the 400 mark as well, a month early, despite not launching any new product in 2015.

There were 212 new BMW vehicles registered in November, taking the brand’s year-to-date total to 2007 vehicles.

“This is the first time yet in the 31 year presence of BMW in New Zealand as a national sales company that more than 2000 registrations have been achieved in a calendar year,” says BMW Group New Zealand managing director Nina Englert. Continue reading “Euro brands record new sales milestones” »

News: Suzuki S-Cross sponsorship for shooting stars


Promising young shooters across the Netball central zone are being given the opportunity to learn from NZ international netball representative Irene van Dyk with the launch of the Suzuki shooting clinics.

The clinics will be held across Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Taranaki and Wellington and will be led by van Dyk.

Supported by Suzuki New Zealand, van Dyk will be driving to the shooting clinics in a new white S-Cross 1.6 Ltd which has been livened up with bold graphics, topped off by her signature. Continue reading “Suzuki S-Cross sponsorship for shooting stars” »

Honda: Honda: 2014 Civic LN review

Honda Civic LN 2014 front quarter

Back in the day I was a composer for TV and games and things, and one of the first things you learn is that it’s not about you. Your music is not there to distract from the visuals, it’s there to support it. Sure, certain themes stand alone, but in the whole mix of elements of a TV show, computer game or film, your music supports the scene. If the audience notices your music, you might just have overdone it. In a metaphorical sense that’s what the Honda Civic LN does for your journey. Continue reading “Honda: 2014 Civic LN review” »

News: Unique guest of honour at Holden’s 60th party


Caption: Holden New Zealand managing director Jeff Murray and Greg Murphy toast 60 years of local operation

It was a unique 47-year-old guest of honour which literally roared into Holden’s 60th birthday celebrations last night at Imperial Lane in Auckland.

As part of recognising 60 years of operation in New Zealand, Holden decided to restore a 1969 Holden Monaro GTS coupe which its says will be won by one “lucky bugger”.

The arrival of the Monaro driven by V8 supercar driver Greg Murphy into the Imperial Lane venue came at the conclusion of the welcome speech to assembled guests including dealers, customers, and media from Holden New Zealand managing director Jeff Murray. Continue reading “Unique guest of honour at Holden’s 60th party” »

News: 100,000th Holden Cruze rolls off the line at Elizabeth


The only small car built across the Tasman has celebrated a significant milestone this week with production of the 100,000th Holden Cruze at the company’s Elizabeth, South Australia plant.

The vehicle, a ‘Red Hot’ SRi Z-Series hatch, is destined for a Holden dealership in Canberra.

Holden executive director of manufacturing, Richard Phillips, says building the 100,000th Cruze was a great milestone for Holden and the Elizabeth plant. Continue reading “100,000th Holden Cruze rolls off the line at Elizabeth” »

News: Five year time limits for new driver licences

licence-shadow-img5Changes to New Zealand’s Graduated Driver Licensing System aimed at improving the safety of novice drivers and motorcyclists are set to come into force next week, including the introduction of a five-year time limit on new learner and restricted car and motorcycling licences.

The changes to the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule mean that drivers or riders who obtain or renew their learner or restricted licence after 1 December 2014 and who haven’t moved on to the next licence stage within the following five years will need to pass another theory test to renew their licence after it expires.

NZ Transport Agency road safety director Ernst Zöllner says the changes will encourage novice drivers and motorcyclists to progress to a full licence within a reasonable timeframe. Continue reading “Five year time limits for new driver licences” »