Jaguar: Jaguar XE unveiled at Earls Court

2015 Jaguar XE 3:4 front LHD

Last week Jaguar unveiled its new XE sports sedan to dealers and distributors from around the globe in Earls Court, London.
The XE will go on sale in 2015, with the high-performance S model at the top of the range.
The company says the XE S rewards drivers with the responsiveness and refinement of its supercharged 3.0-litre V6. The engine is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift controls, giving the driver immediate access to the vehicle’s incredible reserves of power. Accelerating to 0-60mph in just 4.9 seconds, the XE S has an electronically-limited maximum speed of 155mph. Continue reading “Jaguar XE unveiled at Earls Court” »

Road Tests / Car Reviews: Skoda: 2014 Yeti City TSI V Yeti Outdoor TDI


For 2014 the two model Skoda Yeti range has received a revamped front end and mildly modified tailgate to bring it into line with the new corporate exterior design as worn by the all-new Rapid, all-new Octavia, and revamped Superb car line.

Thankfully the unique spirit of the Yeti has not been lost in its rejuvenation. Continue reading “Skoda: 2014 Yeti City TSI V Yeti Outdoor TDI” »

News: Ford’s SYNC2 to debut on Falcon and Territory

2015-Territory-InteriorThe new Ford Falcon and Territory are set to debut Ford’s in-vehicle-infotainment, SYNC2, the second generation of the company’s in-car communications and entertainment system.

The vehicles will be available for sale in New Zealand dealerships in the first quarter of 2015.

Ford says that SYNC2 offers customers three distinct ways to interact with the system, through the high-resolution 8-inch colour touch screen, physical buttons and advanced voice control. The driver can control the car’s entertainment system, climate control, satellite navigation and linked mobile devices – like compatible smartphones – with voice commands. Continue reading “Ford’s SYNC2 to debut on Falcon and Territory” »

News: HSV introduces most powerful Maloo yet


Only ten HSV customers in New Zealand will get the opportunity to purchase a unique Christmas present this year.

HSV is set to launch a limited edition GTS Maloo which adopts the 430 kilowatt /740 Newton-metre 6.2 litre supercharged LSA engine, as well as many of GTS’s safety and performance technologies.

Limited to just 10 vehicles in New Zealand, and with each build plate individually numbered, production is due to begin early November with vehicles expected to be available in dealerships during December. Continue reading “HSV introduces most powerful Maloo yet” »

Renault: Renault: 2014 Koleos 4×4 2.5-litre review

Renault Koleos 2014 front quarter

I’m constantly intrigued by new words and whenever I review a car I find out the etymology behind the name. Koleos is Greek and, as far as I can tell, spelled κολεός. Try putting that in Google Translate and, well, you’ll find a very Latin name for a very female part of the body.

But I digress, and today I’m driving around in a black Koleos. It’s a medium-sized SUV with a few Nissan X-Trail underpinnings that has proper off-road four-wheel drive capabilities, although looking at the tyres and given the amount of rain we’ve just had I’m not that keen on driving on anything that isn’t at least a partial product of fractal distillation. Continue reading “Renault: 2014 Koleos 4×4 2.5-litre review” »

News: Green Party offers subsidy on electric cars

10592871_10152273896786372_4541300409965479224_nThe green party has launched a policy today offering a $1000 rebate to buyers of electric vehicles.

Part of its broader energy policy, the party has also committed to spending $10 million to boost the roll out of fast-charging stations for the vehicles.

The rebate will be limited to the first 10,000 electric vehicles sold under the program. Currently New Zealand’s electric fleet stands at around 200. Continue reading “Green Party offers subsidy on electric cars” »

News: Fancy a Lexus RC under the Christmas tree?


New Zealand customers will have a choice of two Lexus RC coupe models when Lexus’ latest addition arrives in New Zealand just in time for Christmas.

General manager product Neeraj Lala says New Zealand Lexus customers will be among the first globally to experience the RC.

“The RC F will deliver something they have never experienced before – the most powerful production V8 Lexus has yet created.” Continue reading “Fancy a Lexus RC under the Christmas tree?” »

News: Plenty of life left in Pajero says Mitsubishi.

2014-Mitsubishi-Pajero-front-on-The Mitsubishi Pajero, now in its fourth generation, has been around since the eighties.

Yet this year has brought record interest in the 3-tonne-towing SUV, with sales levels not seen for a decade or more says Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand Limited. It sees the resurgence continuing as the new 2015 Exceed and GLS models enter the market this month.

“The new models add plenty of visual and specification enhancements to Pajero”, says Mitsubishi’s sales and marketing strategy chief Daniel Cook. “These are sure to appeal to buyers and promote the seven-seat turbo diesel SUV higher on their preference list”. Continue reading “Plenty of life left in Pajero says Mitsubishi.” »