News: No range anxiety in electric Outlander



Mitsubishi took a unique approach to the media launch programme of the Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) last week by taking local motoring scribes on a tour of the wind farm known as West Wind which is operated by Meridian Energy at Makara near Wellington.

Meridian operates 62 turbines at West Wind which it says harnesses enough wind power to generate more than 142 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power more than 62,000 households on average.

Mitsubishi is convinced that electric vehicles such as the new Outlander PHEV provide the best solution for New Zealand motorists due to our high production of renewable electricity from hydro and wind farms. Continue reading “No range anxiety in electric Outlander” »

Nissan: Nissan Altima Ti 2014 review


Did you love the Nissan Maxima? If so, you’re going to have to get used to a new name in town because the Altima Ti is the replacement.

Yes, Nissan has canned the Maxima as its mid-level executive offering, instead giving the Altima (which, if you remember, used to be a pretty average car) a bunch of bells and whistles and some sleek styling.

nissan-altima-ti-2014-around-view-monitoringWe don’t get the gruntier V6 Ti-S in New Zealand; we have to settle for the four-cylinder 2.5-litre 127kW Ti with its CVT gearbox and fuel economy of 7.5l/100km. I achieved 9l/100km during my week of driving, but I never put it in Eco mode. Continue reading “Nissan Altima Ti 2014 review” »

News: World car finalists announced



The top three finalists for the World car of the year, World luxury car, World performance car, World green car and World car design of the year awards have been announced at the Geneva Motor Show at a press conference held by Bridgestone and the New York international auto show.

The overall winners in all categories will be declared at the New York international auto show on April 17, 2014.

World car of the year

From an initial entry list of twenty-four new vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of finalists, the top three contenders for the overall 2014 World car of the year title have been revealed. Continue reading “World car finalists announced” »

Holden: Holden: Barina RS 2014 review



You could be forgiven for thinking that the new Barina RS is a track searing hot hatchback thanks to the current television ad that sees Greg Murphy revving the engine and screeching the tyres around the Highlands circuit in Cromwell.

Alas, do not be fooled by the power of the telly ad because the latest addition to the Barina hatch range is only a mild butter chicken rather than a scorching Vindaloo, its a warm hatch rather than a hot one, but nevertheless its still a very good steer that will curry favour with many.

image103272_bBy adding the 1.4-litre turbocharged engine from the Holden Cruze as well as tweaking the suspension package, upgrading the brake package to discs all-round and lowering the ride height, the Holden engineers, in conjunction with their US and Korean colleagues have created a sporty and responsive hatchback that is fun to drive in the city and beyond. Continue reading “Holden: Barina RS 2014 review” »

News: Suzuki dealer Gilmour reveals latest rally campaign



Dunedin-based Suzuki dealer principal Emma Gilmour has confirmed she will drive a Swift Maxi rally car in the 2014 New Zealand National Rally Championship, with Australian, Ben Atkinson, as her co-driver.

After treating 2013 as a development year for the highly modified Suzuki Swift, Gilmour says her aim for the season ahead is to press for victory.

“Last year we were certainly on a steep learning curve with a brand-new home-built car, but by the end of the season we had started to find the right combination of speed and reliability,” she says. “I am confident it will be good enough to compete for outright honours.” Continue reading “Suzuki dealer Gilmour reveals latest rally campaign” »

News: All-new Mazda3 prices announced



Mazda New Zealand has announced the recommended retail prices of its all-new Mazda3 hatch and sedan, and says that both body styles will now retail for the same price.

The price of the new GLX grade models remain unchanged from the previous model, the GSX model has a slight price increase of $500, while the SP25 models have been reduced in price by $1,300 from the previous model.

The top of the line SP25 Limited has increased by $3300 over the previous model but this reflects the huge increase in standard specification for this particular variant. Continue reading “All-new Mazda3 prices announced” »

News: Renault launches Clio IV locally



Renault New Zealand has launched two versions of it’s latest Clio light car, which it says is a fantastic value proposition.

Its the fourth generation car to grace our roads since it was first launched in Europe in 1991.

The new Clio range debuts Renault’s new energy engine range in New Zealand with the introduction of two new engines – TCe 90 (989cc turbocharged three-cylinder) and TCe 120 ( direct injection turbocharged 1.2-Litre four-cylinder). Continue reading “Renault launches Clio IV locally” »

News: Jaguar announces F-Type Coupe pricing



F-Type R Coupe (International specification shown)

Jaguar New Zealand has announced that the pricing for the F-Type Coupé will be lower than the Convertible equivalent which is currently on sale in dealerships nationally.

The F-Type Coupé will be priced from $125,000, the F-Type S Coupé will be priced from $140,000 and the F-Type R Coupé will be priced from $185,000

The Coupé range complements the existing 2013 World Car Design award-winning F-Type Convertibles and the first vehicles are expected in New Zealand around July 2014 Continue reading “Jaguar announces F-Type Coupe pricing” »