FPV GT Black Limited Edition – 8 units heading to NZ

August 9th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

FPV’s  black-on-black GT Concept proved a hit at the recent Australian International Motor Show, and FPV has just announced that it will send the model into production. The car will launch as FPV’s most limited edition vehicle to date and be named the 2011 GT Black.

Based on the black-on-black FPV GT Concept this special Falcon will be put into limited production of just 125 units with just 8 coming over the ditch to New Zealand.

The GT Black will make use of the standard supercharged Boss 335kW GT engine, but receives a number of styling tweaks.

“We were totally blown away by the positive feedback received from fans and show-goers on our Concept,” FPV General Manager Rod Barrett said. “We knew we had a winner with the black paintwork and we wanted to action something immediately. The GT Black is the beginning of some exciting times ahead as we continue to work on new product and design enhancements to reflect the needs and wants of the market.”

With all black finished styling, black alloy wheels, black tail pipes and all-new matt black striping decals the GT Black sticks to its theme and creates a menacing figure. It will only be available in one colour – black. Continue reading “FPV GT Black Limited Edition – 8 units heading to NZ” »

Holden drops covers off all-new 2012 Barina

July 4th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Holden has unveiled the new 2012 Barina at the Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne. First unveiled last year in Chevrolet form as the Aero the Holden-badged 2012 Barina will go on sale in NZ this October.

The next-generation Barina will add to a Holden’s growing small car range that now includes the Australian-built Cruze sedan and hatch and the smallest of the line up, the Barina Spark.

In terms of styling, most of the Chevrolet Aero’s design has been retained including the distinctive ‘dual port’ grille which is set to give the Holden range a new corporate face in the future. Dynamic lines are carried through a high beltline, sweeping roofline and subtle integrated rear spoiler. The Barina’s design work was completed at GM’s South Korean design centre.

In the cabin the new Barina use a similar motorcycle-inspired instrument panel as the smaller Barina Spark. Blue illumination is used all round and LED backlighting also features. Standard equipment includes modern kit like Bluetooth and audio streaming, iPod connectivity, cruise control and steering wheel audio buttons. Continue reading “Holden drops covers off all-new 2012 Barina” »

Australian Motor Show heading to Melbourne this July

March 25th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

An international motor show is returning to Melbourne this year with the Australian International Motor Show being held there for the first time.

The new event is the result of the organisers of the motor shows in Melbourne, the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce, and Sydney, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, joining forces to create one annual show which alternate between the two locations each year.

This year’s event will take place from 1 to 10 July at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and will be the first major motor show in Melbourne for more than two years. The show also promises to be the biggest in Melbourne for many years, with exhibitors committing to a larger presence and promising to reveal a host of new models and concept cars.

A new website is now online at www.motorshow.com.au to promote the show and sell tickets from today.

AIMS event director Russ Tyrie believes Melburnians will come out in force to get their first taste of motor show glitz since the beginning of 2009.

“The motor show has been a tradition, and iconic event in Melbourne for more than 80 years, and our last show here was warmly received by exhibitors and patrons,” said Mr Tyrie. “I’m expecting that after a two-year absence, there will be strong enthusiasm for checking out the latest in automotive trends and technologies on show. “Certainly, with the success we had in Sydney last year, it seems that the show will be substantially bigger than the last time we were in Melbourne – with a lot of exhibitors asking for more space. Continue reading “Australian Motor Show heading to Melbourne this July” »

All-new Nissan Micra arriving in NZ soon

October 22nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The all-new Nissan Micra is on its way, and after making its Australasian debut at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, its New Zealand launch is drawing closer.

With some innovative packaging and modern small-car engineering, the new Nissan Micra is set to be solid value for money vehicle and should have a good level of specification and safety equipment when it goes on sale in New Zealand.

The new Micra builds on the success of its predecessor, but aims to attract a wider audience with fresh styling, spacious and fashion-aware interior and a long list of standard safety and convenience features. In New Zealand, a single powertrain option will be available in two specification grades.

Standard will be a 1.5L four-cylinder petrol engine which produces 75kW of power. When mated to the four-speed automatic transmission, fuel consumption is 6.6L/100km and emissions only 156g/km. The all-new Nissan Micra comes standard with Vehicle Dynamic Control, Anti-Lock Brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist, as well as dual front, front side and curtain airbags on both models.

Convenience features such as a multifunction Drive Computer and air conditioning are standard, along with a unique digital anniversary reminder, remote entry, CD player, auxiliary input jack and steering wheel-mounted controls for the audio system. The top-of-the-range Micra Ti model offers extras like keyless entry and push button engine start/stop, Climate Control air conditioning, 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights and a unique convenience feature for female drivers – handbag storage on the front passenger’s seat.

If the front passenger seat is unoccupied, the rear section of the seat squab can be flipped forward, providing a secure well in which a bag or other small items may be stowed, to stop them rolling around in the footwell, or skidding off the seat under braking or cornering.

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All-new 2011 Ford Ranger ute revealed!

October 19th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Unveiled last Friday at the opening of the 2010 Australian International Motor Show, Ford’s all-new 2011 T6 Ranger has already been well received by show attendees and ute fans.

Nearly ready to go on sale in 180 markets around the world, the new Ranger has been developed in cooperation with the new Mazda BT-50. This new-generation Ranger is an integral part of Ford’s ‘One Ford’ strategy and was developed in Australia with 450 local engineers working on the project.

“In Australia, Ford reinforces its tough-truck credentials by revitalizing the Ford Courier and re-branding Ford Ranger around the world,” Ford Australia President and Managing Director Marin Burela said. “It’s anchored by work credibility, versatility and bolder styling, which will make it more appealing to a dual-purpose user.”

In terms of styling the 2011 Ranger moves a step closer to passenger cars in aesthetics, interior appointments as well as equipment levels. The Ranger’s interior design is intensely modern with Ford’s designers looking to ergonomically-designed tools and Casio’s G-Shock watches for inspiration.

Ford has revealed details on the available engines in the Ranger’s line-up, although pricing remains a secret for now.

Two new diesel engines will be offered with the Ranger, along with Ford’s new 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission and the MT82 six-speed manual transmission. Ford’s new common rail Duratorq TDCi diesel engines will see duty under the bonnet, starting with the 2.2 litre four-cylinder unit offering 110kW and 375Nm of torque. At the other end of the scale is Ford’s 3.2 litre five-cylinder producing 147kW and a stump-pulling 470Nm of torque.

Unlike some current ute ranges Ford will be offering a petrol model that uses a 122kW 2.5 litre Duratec four-cylinder petrol engine, mated to the MT75 five-speed manual transmission.

The new 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission will have two driving modes, Normal and Sport mode which will provide quicker shifts and a general sportier feel. Another feature of the six-speed auto is Ford’s Grade Control Logic, designed to automatically shift down on a downhill grade when sufficient brake pressure is sensed.

The 4WD models are equipped with an electronically controlled transfer case that allows drivers to shift from 4×2 to 4×4 through an electronic switch located on the console, while low range gearing can also be enabled when required.

In size the new Ranger is larger than its predecessor in almost every way. The new Double Cab model is 190mm longer, 43mm wider and 63mm taller, while its wheelbase has seen an increase by 220mm to 3220mm.

Carrying capacity has also increased with the more powerful engines now reaching 1500kg.

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Walkinshaw WP Series II Supercar revealed at Australian Show

October 18th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The Australian International Motor Show which ran over the weekend has had some interesting launches but one of the crowd favourites was without doubt the WP Series II Supercar.

Unveiled by Walkinshaw Performance, a part of HSV-owner Tom Walkinshaw’s business stable, the new WP Series II Supercar is based on the 2011 Holden Commodore Series II SS. Fitted with an aftermarket Edelbrock E Force supercharger it means business.

Using Holden’s 260kW V8 combined with the Edelbrock supercharger, the WP Series II Supercar produces a thumping 460kW of power and 780Nm of torque. Amazingly, a full 700Nm of torque is available from as low as 3000rpm.

Walkinshaw Performance CEO Craig Wilson had this to say about the new machine, “Today’s unveiling is the culmination of a real break through year for Walkinshaw Performance, with the introduction of new products and an industry-first driveline warranty. The package is the result of hundreds of hours of testing, refinement and discussions between the WP team and our suppliers to bring to market a truly unique product”.

The vehicle will be limited to just 23 examples in honour of the original Walkinshaw debut in Sydney some 23 years ago, so it will be an exclusive buy.

Other upgrades include an all-new front and rear brake pakage, with six piston calipers clamping on 378mm rotors up front and 365mm rotors at the back.

The suspension has been reworked and recalibrated by Bilstein, and a full three-inch bi-modal exhaust system changes the exhaust note.

In terms of styling mods are quite light, the WP Series II Supercar gets a carbon fibre front lip spoiler and embroidered WP headrests, along with WP-badges.

If you want one, you better have a fat wallet because the WP Series II Supercar package begins at $99,990 AUS with the model displayed at the show costing $117,760 AUS.

Hulme CanAm to headline Australian International Motor Show

October 13th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) is opening at 5pm this Friday in Darling Harbour, Sydney and will showcase he launches of some significant new vehicles for Australasian markets.

AIMS will host two major global premieres of locally-developed vehicles from Ford and Mazda which headline a number of other expected world-first reveals. The Motor Show also has more than 40 vehicles making their debut in either Australia or the Southern Hemisphere.

Yesterday, Sydney locals got a taste of the broad range of vehicles on offer at AIMS with a display of three unique vehicles in Darling Harbour.

Mitsubishi’s electric i-Miev — the first all-electric vehicle offered by a major Australian brand — appeared alongside NZ’s first supercar, the hand-built Hulme as well as a Renault race car air-freighted straight from France.

The three cars were shown to represent the broad cross-section of what is on offer at the Motor Show, which opens to the public this Friday.

i-Miev leads the Motor Show’s extensive green vehicle line-up, highlighting the industry’s push for more environmentally-sustainable motoring.

Hulme’s CanAm offers purists the chance to get up close to a pure-bred supercar which accelerates from 0-100km/h in less-than 3.5 seconds thanks to its 7.0-litre Chevrolet V8 engine.

The Renault Megane Trophy heads a variety of race cars at AIMS. The mid-engined machine’s sleek lines were developed using aerodynamic lessons learnt in Formula 1.

AIMS director Russ Tyrie believes the wide variety of vehicles on show, coupled with a large number of new models, means there should be something to suit all automotive tastes.

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