News: Mazda to feature at Goodwood speed festival

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Mazda will be the central feature marque at the 2015 Goodwood festival of speed being held in the United Kingdom in June.

It will take centre stage at the world’s most prestigious motoring festival, celebrating its challenger spirit with the racing legends of its sporting past and the cars of its current range.

From being the only Japanese manufacturer to win the Le Mans 24 Hour Race, to its development of the rotary engine, and its reinvention of the affordable sports car with the MX-5 – Mazda says it has never stopped challenging in its quest to produce great cars. Continue reading “Mazda to feature at Goodwood speed festival” »

News: SuperShow and the Eagles will attract motor home buyers

401243-202138-34The prospect of selling a new motorhome to more than 700 members of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association will see a number of manufacturer and resellers exclusively show new products at next months Covi Motorhome SuperShow at Auckland’s ASB show grounds.

TrailLite, Allisee Autohomes, RV Supercentre, SmartRV and Auckland Motor Homes are among a number of motorhome and RV industry players who have chosen the event to launch new models for 2015.

It is the only event of its type in New Zealand that is endorsed and supported by the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA). Continue reading “SuperShow and the Eagles will attract motor home buyers” »

News: Restored aluminium Gullwing receives Mercedes-Benz stamp of approval

MERC_300SLgroup-116A rare aluminium bodied 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing has received the Mercedes-Benz stamp of approval after a thorough and detailed restoration by it’s New Zealand owner says the local distributor.

Following inspection and due diligence from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Centre and Archive, the restored 300 SL Gullwing has been presented with a certificate of authenticity or ‘expertise’, verifying its identity.

It is number 27 of just 29 aluminium bodied vehicles in existence, and was first displayed to the public, since its restoration, at the Ellerslie Intermarque Concours d’Elegance in which it won the Master Class Event for the best vehicle in show. Continue reading “Restored aluminium Gullwing receives Mercedes-Benz stamp of approval” »

News: $15,990 open for small Suzuki

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Suzuki New Zealand had officially launched the Suzuki Celerio, replacing the Alto and Splash in its small car range.

The Thai-built Celerio has had a troubled start, with right-hand-drive variants taken temporarily off the road in some market due to a brake failure issue.

The company is pushing the space and economy aspects of the car, noting its official combined fuel cycle test factory figures show is 8.3% more economical than the automatic Alto. Continue reading “$15,990 open for small Suzuki” »

News: Mercedes opens order book on C63

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Mercedes Benz has announced pricing of their upcoming Mercedes-AMG C63 S model.

Available from the third-quarter of this year, the model will be available from $164,900 for the sedan and $167,900 for the estate.

Despite the name, the car is now powered by a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine closely related to the power unit in the Mercedes-AMG GT S. Producing 375 kW of power, the C 63 S consumes just 8.6 litres per 100 kilometres (combined), Mercedes claiming it is the most fuel-efficient eight-cylinder car in the high-performance segment. Continue reading “Mercedes opens order book on C63” »

News: Commercials lead in Colonial result

jim_gibbons110x150Colonial Motor Company has released its financial results for the second half of 2014, with revenue up but profits down slightly as lower dairy prices and a competitive market hit its bottom line.

Revenue for the group, which has truck, tractor and automotive retail and servicing operations, was up 15% over the same period of 2013, at $410.4m – including the contributions of Jeff Gray BMW, that was acquired during the period.

Company trading profit was down 3% from the second half of 2013 to $8.355m. Continue reading “Commercials lead in Colonial result” »

News: NX200t debuts first turbocharged Lexus engine

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Lexus’ first petrol turbo engine and the first ever turbo charged Atkinson Cycle engine has arrived in the New Zealand market.

The new 175kW turbo-charged four-cylinder 2-litre engine powers the NX200t SUV line, which consists of four grades; the NX200t 2WD, AWD, F Sport and Limited.

The new engine uses D-4ST fuel injection technology to create responsive and smooth acceleration says Lexus. Continue reading “NX200t debuts first turbocharged Lexus engine” »

News: New XC-90 retail price starts under $100k

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The new Volvo XC-90 SUV is due to arrive in New Zealand before the end of June with prices starting at $97,900. The plug-in hybrid T8 Twin Engine model will retail from $134,900.

A left-hand-drive 2015 XC-90 will be on display for prospective buyers to view at the Volvo Ocean Race village at the Volvo Pavilion in Auckland between February 27 and March 15 2015.

The XC-90 debuted in August 2014 at a gala event in Stockholm, Sweden. Reaction to the XC90 exceeded expectations, with all 1,927 First Edition vehicles selling in less than 48 hours. Continue reading “New XC-90 retail price starts under $100k” »