Ford NZ announces range and pricing for new 2012 Ford Ranger ute

October 5th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Ford New Zealand has just announced the available range and pricing for the all-new 2012 Ford Ranger ute.

Using a more powerful diesel engine the new Ranger features fresh brawny styling and a broad range of equipment. It will be available in 2WD and 4WD forms with three cab variants – Single Cab, Super Cab and Double Cab. There are three trim levels on offer, the entry spec XL, mid-range XLT and top-dog Wildtrack model. The Ranger is available in a wide range of configurations and pricing varies from $34,690 for the base model manual 2WD model all the way to $66,290 for the Wildtrack 4WD double cab with 6-speed automatic transmission.

“Designed from the ground up, the highly anticipated all-new Ranger, available in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, has been comprehensively developed to meet the needs of New Zealand ute and light truck customers,” said Neale Hill, Managing Director of Ford New Zealand. “The creation and design of the all new Ranger involved an Australian-based, four-year development programme, involving almost 500 engineers from around the Ford world. Continue reading “Ford NZ announces range and pricing for new 2012 Ford Ranger ute” »

Subaru to split next-gen WRX from Impreza model line

July 18th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Subaru revealed its new shape 2012 Impreza earlier this year in standard trim, it looked good but fairly conservative. Despite this, WRX fans everywhere began imagining it with a full wide-body kit and big gold rims. But for the next WRX it’s not going to work like that, according to reports, the next WRX will be built as an entirely separate model line.

Due for release in 2014 the new WRX will apparently become a sports coupe with an entirely different body design to the new Impreza. The two models will continue to share a platform but the upcoming WRX will have a shortened wheelbase for improved handling dynamics, and other extra goodies.

A Subaru source said in a recent interview, “The first thing you must understand about our all-new WRX is that we have developed it from the ground up to win in motorsports events. That’s why we have focused so heavily on weight issues, not to mention a shorter wheelbase that permits faster, more precise turn-in. Marry that to our proven AWD system, and we think we have a winner.”

Subaru is planning a return to WRC rallying so when the hardcore STI variant of the WRX is released a future WRC rally car will be based on it. Continue reading “Subaru to split next-gen WRX from Impreza model line” »

Audi updates A5 and S5 for 2012

July 14th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Audi has revealed extensive 2012 updates for its sporty A5 and S5 coupe range.

A more aggressive front end is the most obvious change with redesigned headlight clusters along with a new front bumper and subtle changes to the grille. Updates to the rear a more subtle and include revised tail lights with optional LEDs. The models clean and sharp profile remains unchanged, but 17-inch alloys are now standard on International models (NZ spec may differ).

Inside, there’s a new steering wheel and tweaks to the instrument panel and centre control stack. The gear stick on auto models has been changed and the MMI infotainment system upgraded. There’s also a new ignition key and air-con controls.

Mechanically, the 2012 A5 gets a new rear suspension setup along with a revised electromechanical power steering system.

Engines options include the base model 125 kW 1.8 litre TFSI unit which has  been revised to deliver improved fuel-economy at 5.7 l/100 km. Step up to the 2.0 litre TFSI engine and output remains unchanged at 157kW, while a new 200kW 3.0 litre TFSI V6 has joined the range. Continue reading “Audi updates A5 and S5 for 2012” »

Volvo increase XC60 model range in NZ

November 25th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Volvo XC60 R-Design fq

Volvo has widened its all-wheel-drive XC60 model range for 2010. The model made famous for its City Safety System is now available in four different versions with a choice of a new twin turbocharged diesel motor, a 3.2 litre petrol engine and two turbocharged petrol models.

With 151kWs and a beefy 420Nm of torque, the new D5 engine has lower fuel consumption and emissions that meet Euro 5 standards from its 2.4 litre capacity.

Developing 175kWs and 320Nm of normally aspirated power, the XC60 3.2 litre six cylinder offers more refined performance. And the turbocharged T6 with 210 kWs and 400 Nm is available in a standard specification and as an R design model. All engines are mated to a six speed adaptive Geartronic automatic transmission with All Wheel Drive.

All XC60s now come with a power-operated tailgate providing greater ease of operation and improved convenience for driver and passengers.

Other standard features include ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, ready alert brakes and an electronic parking brake, front fog lights, roof rails, rear park assist, electric heated retractable door mirrors and 17 inch alloys on the diesel and 3.2 model and 18 inch alloys on the T6 versions.

Inside there is leather upholstery, an electric driver’s seat with memory, 3 way split folding rear seat, leather steering wheel and gear lever, height and reach adjustable steering column, cruise control, trip computer and electronic climate control air conditioning.

Apart from the industry leading City Safety low speed accident prevention system, all XC60s also have roll over stability control, dynamic stability and traction control, six airbags, whiplash protection, built in child booster seats and three point seat belts with pre-tensioners on all seats.

There is an alarm and engine immobiliser, remote central locking with panic button and approach lights activation.

All XC60s are Euro5 emissions compliant with three way catalytic converters and have a three year unlimited kilometres warranty with roadside assistance and seven year anti-corrosion warranty.

The two T6 models also come with bi-xenon headlights, hill descent control and rain sensing wipers. And the R design version gets unique door mirrors, wheels, instruments, centre console, sports pedals and body kit.

The XC60 model range is priced from $76,990.

To read a Car and SUV review of Volvo’s XC60, click here.

Click here to visit the Volvo NZ website and find out more.