News: Suzuki dealer Gilmour reveals latest rally campaign



Dunedin-based Suzuki dealer principal Emma Gilmour has confirmed she will drive a Swift Maxi rally car in the 2014 New Zealand National Rally Championship, with Australian, Ben Atkinson, as her co-driver.

After treating 2013 as a development year for the highly modified Suzuki Swift, Gilmour says her aim for the season ahead is to press for victory.

“Last year we were certainly on a steep learning curve with a brand-new home-built car, but by the end of the season we had started to find the right combination of speed and reliability,” she says. “I am confident it will be good enough to compete for outright honours.” Continue reading “Suzuki dealer Gilmour reveals latest rally campaign” »

News: All-new Mazda3 prices announced



Mazda New Zealand has announced the recommended retail prices of its all-new Mazda3 hatch and sedan, and says that both body styles will now retail for the same price.

The price of the new GLX grade models remain unchanged from the previous model, the GSX model has a slight price increase of $500, while the SP25 models have been reduced in price by $1,300 from the previous model.

The top of the line SP25 Limited has increased by $3300 over the previous model but this reflects the huge increase in standard specification for this particular variant. Continue reading “All-new Mazda3 prices announced” »

News: Renault launches Clio IV locally



Renault New Zealand has launched two versions of it’s latest Clio light car, which it says is a fantastic value proposition.

Its the fourth generation car to grace our roads since it was first launched in Europe in 1991.

The new Clio range debuts Renault’s new energy engine range in New Zealand with the introduction of two new engines – TCe 90 (989cc turbocharged three-cylinder) and TCe 120 ( direct injection turbocharged 1.2-Litre four-cylinder). Continue reading “Renault launches Clio IV locally” »

News: Jaguar announces F-Type Coupe pricing



F-Type R Coupe (International specification shown)

Jaguar New Zealand has announced that the pricing for the F-Type Coupé will be lower than the Convertible equivalent which is currently on sale in dealerships nationally.

The F-Type Coupé will be priced from $125,000, the F-Type S Coupé will be priced from $140,000 and the F-Type R Coupé will be priced from $185,000

The Coupé range complements the existing 2013 World Car Design award-winning F-Type Convertibles and the first vehicles are expected in New Zealand around July 2014 Continue reading “Jaguar announces F-Type Coupe pricing” »

News: Mahindra backs new motorsport series


Mahindra xuv500

The new North Island endurance series says that market newcomer Mahindra will be the title sponsor for the inaugural three round series this year.

The sponsorship is the first for the Mahindra brand locally, although the company is a major sponsor in NASCAR and Moto GP, and has its own team in the forthcoming Formula E series.

Mahindra New Zealand will also provide the official safety car for the events. Continue reading “Mahindra backs new motorsport series” »

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” »