News: Freightliner dealer leads Harley Davidson Thunder Ride

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A New Zealand Freightliner dealer was behind the wheel of a customised Coronado leading more that 1400 Harley-Davidson motorcycles enthusiasts on a cruise through Northland. Continue reading “Freightliner dealer leads Harley Davidson Thunder Ride” »

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News: Parts shortages and ‘technology hubris’, hamper Tesla sales

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Tesla Motors says parts shortages hampered its electric vehicle production and sales in the first quarter (Q1) of 2016.

Q1 deliveries were almost 50% more than Q1 last year, and Tesla says it “remains on track to deliver 80,000 to 90,000 new vehicles in 2016.”

In more positive news, Tesla reported over the weekend that it had taken 276,000 orders through Saturday for its new Model 3 sedan. Continue reading “Parts shortages and ‘technology hubris’, hamper Tesla sales” »

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News: First e-Golfs on way to NZ; Sales Q4

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Volkswagen New Zealand has confirmed to EVtalk that it will be entering the local electric car market, with the hope sales can begin in the last quarter of this year.

The introduction will mean New Zealand will finally have a new pure-electric car on the market, something lacking since Nissan ended Leaf sales in November.

“We are committing to e-Golf,” Volkswagen NZ general manager Tom Ruddenklau told EVtalk today. Continue reading “First e-Golfs on way to NZ; Sales Q4” »

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News: Air NZ tops Toyota in reputation index

amrToyota New Zealand remains one of New Zealand’s most reputable brands – even if it has been knocked off top spot by Air New Zealand.

The pair swapped places from last year in the latest NZ Corporate Reputation Index – the third year running the organisations have been in the top 2.

Released this week, the NZ Corporate Reputation Index is the country’s longest running corporate survey and has been produced for the past six years by research consultancy AMR in conjunction with the Reputation Institute. Continue reading “Air NZ tops Toyota in reputation index” »

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News: Isuzu Ute distributor and dealer solve a fishy problem

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A two-month battle by a group of Hawkes Bay fishermen to claim their prize of an Isuzu D-Max Ute came to an end yesterday, after the New Zealand distributor stepped in to supply a vehicle, delivering it to the winners through local dealer Bayswater Vehicles.

Isuzu Ute New Zealand general manager Murray Greenhalgh says the New Zealand-owned distribution company had been monitoring the situation after the Waitangi Day Hawkes Bay Sports Fishing Club competition ended on a less than a satisfactory note.

One member of the four-man prize-winning team of anglers who caught a 136.6kg Marlin failed a polygraph test, and the competition promoter contracted by the fishing club declined to supply the $48,000 Isuzu D-Max Ute, which was put up as the first prize. Continue reading “Isuzu Ute distributor and dealer solve a fishy problem” »

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News: Dealer gets hands on last NZ Evo

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EVO X_29.03_badgeThe last-ever Lancer Evolution available to be sold new in New Zealand has found its way into the yard of a regional dealer.

After 23 years, ten generations, and 34 World Rally Championship round wins, the very last of Mitsubishi’s iconic Lancer Evolution sedans have left the production line.

Only 30 Final Edition Lancer Evolution models were made for New Zealand and the last one is now available from McVerry Crawford Mitsubishi in Palmerston North. Continue reading “Dealer gets hands on last NZ Evo” »

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News: Price promotion for new Mirage launch

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Mitsubishi New Zealand is launching its updated Mirage with a $2000 introductory discount.

The facelifted XLS, will be launched on April 1 at $17,990, down from is $19,990 standard price.

“This new model represents a ‘coming of age’ of sorts for Mirage – a practical and economical Kiwi favourite with a more cultured attitude,” says Mitsubishi head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook. Continue reading “Price promotion for new Mirage launch” »

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Road Tests / Car Reviews: Volkswagen: 2016 Golf R Wolfsburg Wagon review

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Limited edition high-performance station wagons don’t come much rarer than the Golf R Wolfsburg pictured here in Lapiz Blue Metallic.

Just 40 of these particular turbocharged 2-litre petrol all-wheel-drive wagons with the official crest of the city of Wolfsburg on the tailgate will be available for VW aficionados to take home and tuck inside the garage. Continue reading “Volkswagen: 2016 Golf R Wolfsburg Wagon review” »

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