News: Fourth consecutive win for Suzuki New Zealand


Suzuki New Zealand has confirmed it’s reputation for outstanding customer service with a fourth consecutive win in the Roy Morgan Research 2014 customer satisfaction awards, as the car manufacturer of the year.

Roy Morgan Research has presented 23 awards to businesses that topped their respective fields with outstanding levels of customer satisfaction, as judged by almost 10,000 consumers.

Kiwibank, 2degrees, Apple and Suzuki New Zealand each reconfirmed their reputations for outstanding customer service with a fourth consecutive win, while Bunnings returned to form three years after its last victory and Paper Plus, Ballantynes, Burger Fuel, TSB Bank and Hannahs all made it two-in-a-row. Continue reading “Fourth consecutive win for Suzuki New Zealand” »

News: Audi produces first batch of synthetic e‑diesel fuel

PopUp595_397AU150268_small-2After a four-month commissioning phase a pilot plant in Dresden, Germany has started production of synthetic Audi e‑diesel fuel derived from carbon dioxide.

To demonstrate its suitability for everyday use, the German federal minister of education and research Dr Johanna Wanka put the first five litres into her official car, an Audi A8 3.0 TDI quattro earlier this week.

“This synthetic diesel is made using CO2, and is a huge success for our sustainability research. If we can make widespread use of CO2 as a raw material, we will make a crucial contribution to climate protection and put the fundamentals of the “green economy” in place,” says Wanka. Continue reading “Audi produces first batch of synthetic e‑diesel fuel” »

News: Skoda NZ wants 1000 new car sales in 2015


Caption: Skoda Auto regional manager Petr Skutina and Skoda ambassador cyclist Simon van Velthoven

Skoda NZ wants to break the 1000 sales mark in 2015 and says the newly launched Fabia compact hatchback will account for at least 150 sales or 14% of total volume.

The mid-size Octavia range of lift-backs and wagons will account for 40% of its new car sales in 2015, leaving the other 46% of sales split across the Rapid space-back and lift-back variants, Yeti SUV, and Superb sedan and station wagon.

Skoda Auto’s regional manager for Australia and New Zealand Petr Skutina told AutoTalk last week at the Fabia media launch in Cambridge, that the brand is experiencing steady growth in New Zealand and the factory is keen to to see it become a volume player locally. Continue reading “Skoda NZ wants 1000 new car sales in 2015” »

News: Subaru aiming to pick up big car buyers


Subaru has launched its new generation Subaru Legacy, with its sights on the larger end of the sedan market.

The local distributor says it considers the new model – which drops the usually popular wagon model – as a ‘large-sized medium car’.

Subaru New Zealand managing director Wallis Dumper says the company wants to provide an option for those displaced by the impending end of large, rear-wheel-drive Australian cars. Continue reading “Subaru aiming to pick up big car buyers” »

News: EV charging station opens in Newmarket

Screen-Shot-2015-04-17-at-11.20A new – and free – electric vehicle charging point has been opened at lines company Vector’s Newmarket office.

Vector CEO Simon Mackenzie says Vector is proud to deliver another energy solution.

As the EV market expands, Vector is positioning itself to support this growth and make EVs even more attractive for Aucklanders by providing them with convenient locations to charge up. Continue reading “EV charging station opens in Newmarket” »

News: Hyundai sends message to space


Hyundai has used its new Genesis and a team of stunt drivers to send a lovely message to a dad in space.

Imagine the budget on this promotional project! Continue reading “Hyundai sends message to space” »

News: Triton rises to 5-stars

image116536_bxThe Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) has awarded the new generation Mitsubishi Triton a 5-star ANCAP safety rating.

It has also awarded 5-star ratings to the BMW i3, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Renault Captur and Tesla Model S.

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and Mini Cooper have scored 4 stars. Continue reading “Triton rises to 5-stars” »

News: Ford readies for life with new ‘flagship’


In communications to journalists leading up to the launch of the new Mondeo, Ford NZ’s communications manager Tom Clancy called the car their ‘flagship’ – a sure sign Falcon is now pushed very much into the back of the company’s mind.

The long-awaited new model is rolling out to dealers this month, where it will become the model to push to those not just wanting a medium-segment vehicle, but those wanting a bigger Ford as well.

Managing director Corey Holter is obviously expecting big things. Continue reading “Ford readies for life with new ‘flagship’” »