News: Mustang convention being sponsored by Ford


Mustang-50th-logoFord Motor Company of New Zealand will take the role as the primary sponsor of this year’s national Mustang convention being held in Christchurch over Labour Weekend, from Friday October 24 through Monday October 27.

“Being the global 50th anniversary for the Mustang, the 2014 event in Christchurch will be a very special occasion,” says Ford NZ managing director Corey Holter.

“Previous Mustang conventions have been superbly managed by the respective organising clubs with their local sponsorships. Accordingly we’re delighted to go further this year and provide direct support to the organising club, Canterbury, for this one-off opportunity in Christchurch.” Continue reading “Mustang convention being sponsored by Ford” »

News: Renault opens pop up dealership in Auckland.


Renault New Zealand has opened what it calls a pop up style dealership on the former Archibald and Shorter Volvo site in Matai Road, Greenlane.

The dramatic overnight change from one brand to another on the site was the culmination of months of planning, Renault says however that this will be a soft launch, as it waits for new team members in sales and service to come onboard, it aims to have the site fully operational by April 1.

The well-known yard sits on the corner of the intersection of Matai and Greenlane Roads, and was originally opened as Renault Galerie in the early 2000s, before the Volvo brand took over the site in 2008. Continue reading “Renault opens pop up dealership in Auckland.” »

News: Manfield wins NZGP for a further three years



Nick Cassidy holds aloft the 2014 NZGP Trophy (pic Geoff Ridder)

Manawatu’s Manfeild Park race circuit has been granted hosting rights for the New Zealand Grand Prix (NZGP) for the next three years, from 2015 to 2017.

Eight circuits were invited to submit proposals in mid-2013 and, after reviewing various presentations, Motorsport New Zealand’s executive concluded that Manfeild was the best option.

The new Highlands Park complex in Cromwell had been particularly vocal about wanting the event. Continue reading “Manfield wins NZGP for a further three years” »

News: Suzuki owners still NZ’s most satisfied

suzuki-logoSuzuki has won the NZ ‘car manufacturer of the year’ for an impressive third consecutive year.

Roy Morgan Research announced Suzuki as the winner of its third annual Customer Satisfaction Award for ‘car manufacturer of the year’ at a gala dinner in Auckland on Thursday night.

Throughout 2013, Roy Morgan Research surveyed over 12,000 consumers across New Zealand. Based on these responses, each month Roy Morgan recognises the car manufacturer with the highest proportion of satisfied customers. Continue reading “Suzuki owners still NZ’s most satisfied” »

Citroen: Citroen: First Drive: New Grand C4 Picasso



Citroen has launched two feature packed variants of the all-new diesel-powered 7 seat Grand C4 Picasso in New Zealand aimed squarely at family and business users.


Built on the new EMP2 platform, Citroen says the Grand C4 Picasso provides the best combination of versatility, cabin space and accessibility.

The EMP2 platform has allowed Citroen designers to reduce the front overhang by 11.6cm, lower the engine bay by 50mm, lower the floor by 20mm and widen the front track by 82mm and the rear track by 31mm. Continue reading “Citroen: First Drive: New Grand C4 Picasso” »

News: Kiwi gets manufacturer ride in WRC

kfierubfageTop Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon has secured a major deal to run in this year’s World Rally Championship, with long time co-driver John Kennard.

In a deal with Hyundai, Paddon and Kennard will compete in an i20 WRC, entered as Hyundai Motorsport N with the potential to earn points in both the manufacturers’ and drivers’ championships.

Paddon’s campaign is also being supported by long-term New Zealand partners Vehicle Inspection NZ (VINZ), PlaceMakers and Pak’nSave, with assistance from Z Energy. Continue reading “Kiwi gets manufacturer ride in WRC” »

News: Soul wins European design award



The second generation Kia Soul, due to go on sale in New Zealand at the end of March, has won a design award in Europe.

The new generation Soul has picked up the ‘iF Product Design Award’, a prize for excellence in design, presented annually in Munich, Germany.

In securing the ‘iF’ accolade, the new version of Kia’s compact SUV continues the award-winning ways of its predecessor, after the first generation Kia Soul became the first Korean car to receive the distinguished ‘red dot design award’. Continue reading “Soul wins European design award” »

News: Ford celebrates 80 years of utes



Ford is celebrating the 80th anniversary of its Australian invention of the ute.

Not only was it an Australian invention, but the concept has been exported to the world, reinterpreted by other manufacturers and gained a legion of fans everywhere.

Like all good ideas, the first integrated passenger-car based Ute was born out of necessity, such as the first Model T Ford. Continue reading “Ford celebrates 80 years of utes” »