News: Luxury car sales stronger than before GFC

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Its not just the light commercial and SUV segment that is enjoying growth this year, as luxury brands are reporting strong sales.

According to the Motor Industry Association, luxury cars sales are now at a higher level than before the financial crisis.

Motor Industry Association chief executive David Crawford told The New Zealand Herald the improved sales within the luxury sector are a reliable indicator of economic confidence. Continue reading “Luxury car sales stronger than before GFC” »

News: Jaguar’s lightest most fuel efficient XE

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The new Jaguar XE to be unveiled in September will bring new levels of aluminium-intensive lightweight construction as well as a fuel economy of less than 4 litres/100km on EU combined cycle.

Jaguar believes the all new modular architecture developed around Jaguar’s fifth-generation bonded and riveted aluminium technology makes it the lightest Jaguar ever. The new aluminium alloy known as ‘RC5754’ uses highly recycled aluminium to reduce energy consumption and lifecycle CO2.

The XE is the only car in the class to use an aluminium-intensive monocoque, with lightweight aluminium accounting for 75% of the structure. The Jaguar XJ, XK and F-Type have all been developed using stiff bonded and riveted aluminium structures: now the XE becomes the latest model to use this aerospace-inspired technology. Continue reading “Jaguar’s lightest most fuel efficient XE” »

Road Tests / Car Reviews: Volkswagen: 2014 Passat R-Line wagon review

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For a while there it looked like the days of that most practical and stoic of motoring beasts, the station wagon, were numbered. Yet to paraphrase a famous Mark Twain quote; ‘reports of (their) death (would appear to) have been greatly exaggerated.’

Take the latest wagon version of Volkswagen’s Passat.

Local importer Volkswagen New Zealand has big plans for Passat, particularly the wagon model/s which – with help both from head office and the exchange rate – offer the sort of bang for your buck hitherto the preserve of more prosaic models. Continue reading “Volkswagen: 2014 Passat R-Line wagon review” »

News: Bentley’s $257,000 SUV coming in 2016

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UK manufacturer of ultra-luxury cars, Bentley, has signalled it could add a fifth model to its lineup as it prepares to roll out the world’s priciest sport-utility vehicle (SUV) in 2016.

“It needs to be a solid statement in terms of luxury and performance,” to safeguard Bentley’s exclusive brand cachet, says Wolfgang Duerheimer, head of the Volkswagen unit. “It needs to be a performer.”

The new Bentley would be part of a wider push by Volkswagen, Europe’s largest automaker, to expand in lucrative premium cars, with brands including Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini. VW gave Bentley final approval last year to build an SUV that may cost about 180,000 euros (A$257,000). Continue reading “Bentley’s $257,000 SUV coming in 2016” »

News: Completely revised Ford line-up in dealers by 2017

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The freshened Territory will arrive at New Zealand dealers in early 2015 with a more robust and refined design says the Ford Motor Company.

The arrival of the Falcon and Territory spearheads a product expansion in 2015 with the arrival of the refreshed Focus lineup, Focus ST update, all-new Mondeo, Mustang and the Ford Everest SUV, which is eagerly awaited by the dealer network.

By 2017 Ford in New Zealand will have refreshed, or completely updated, its entire vehicle lineup. Continue reading “Completely revised Ford line-up in dealers by 2017” »

News: Southern hemisphere’s biggest Mini dealership opens

9_PH_IG_NE_JH_KB_VTAuckland’s latest Mini dealership is now open for business.

After months of planning and construction, the brand new, purpose-built Mini Garage is the brand’s largest dealership site in the Southern Hemisphere.

“After two moves in the past two years, Mini has arrived at its new home,” says BMW Group New Zealand managing director Nina Englert. Continue reading “Southern hemisphere’s biggest Mini dealership opens” »

News: Falcon XR8 unveiled today

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The new Falcon XR8 performance sedan has been unveiled by Ford today – hailed as the best Falcon ever,

Also joining the new XR8 performance model is the first official image of the refreshed XR6 sedan.

Key features:

  • Falcon XR8 showcases Ford’s global design DNA with signature trapezoidal grille, chiseled headlights with daytime running lamps and smoother wrap-around tail-lamps
  • Signature bonnet power dome has been enhanced
  • Falcon XR6 and XR8 carry distinctive XR head light design cues in the headlights

Continue reading “Falcon XR8 unveiled today” »

Road Tests / Car Reviews: Volkswagen: 2014 Polo 1.4 R-Line

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DSC_0055Volkswagen is celebrating its 60th year of operation in New Zealand and the Polo is now run out as a new model is due shortly.

The current pricing will further stick a wounding knife into the Korean and Japanese mass market brands.

The range starts with the 1.4-litre 63kW Polo Comfortline five-speed manual model, priced from $19,990 (formerly $22,990) while the same model with a six-speed DSG transmission is priced at $24,900 (formerly $25,990).

The 1.4-litre automatic R-Line 60th anniversary model as driven and pictured here is currently on run out at $27,990. Continue reading “Volkswagen: 2014 Polo 1.4 R-Line” »