Ferrari announces NZ price for FF Supercar – $635,000

November 14th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Ferrari has announced the price for it’s FF, a car which which represents a new direction for the Italian automaker. The FF mixes staggering performance delivered by its 660 bhp 6.3 litre V12 engine with the ability to use the performance under various conditions thanks to is unique four wheel drive system. It also has seating for four people and boot space that can actually be used for transporting luggage.

“This new Ferrari takes the prancing horse into new territory, matching the legendary performance, style and driving excitement expected of a Ferrari with new levels of ability thanks to its unique four wheel drive system and its spacious and flexible interior which makes it the most useable and versatile supercar built by Ferrari,” says Kevin Wall, General Manager of European Automotive Imports, the official Ferrari importer in New Zealand and Australia. “It is, therefore, no surprise, to learn that this new model has generated new levels of excitement and interest amongst both existing Ferrari owners and prospective owners. Although the first Ferrari FF will arrive for its new owner in early 2012, we have sufficient expressions of interest in Ferrari’s new super car to take us into 2013.” Continue reading “Ferrari announces NZ price for FF Supercar – $635,000” »

Volkswagen Amarok Highline 2011 Review

June 24th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It’s never easy being the new kid in class, if you want proof just ask Volkswagen’s new Amarok. As the first European entry into NZ’s hard fought ute segment the road ahead is rocky and steep for the Amarok. With the Volkswagen Group as a parent and some advanced tech in the Amarok’s genes it’s arrived loaded with interest and high expectations. But there are some established names and large egos to measure itself against in the NZ ute playground. So will the other kids like the new Amarok? Probably not. Should the other kids be worried? Absolutely. Car and SUV spent some time in the top spec Amarok Highline to see if this upstart has brought its A-game.

Under the Bonnet
The word Amarok means ‘wolf’ in the Inuit language and this is one wolf not content to just join the pack, it wants to do things its own way. Firstly, it has a smaller engine than its peers and is powered by a 2.0-litre twin turbo diesel unit. But that doesn’t mean its caught short on output figures; there’s 120kW of power on tap and 400Nm of max torque available from 1500rpm. That’s a fair whack of grunt for a ute of any engine size. It nearly matches the torque of the larger displacement mill in the Mitsubishi Triton (407Nm) and beats the Hilux’s 2.5-litre unit (343Nm) but can’t knock the Nissan Navara (450Nm) off its lofty perch.

The Amarok gets its high torque output from a linear twin turbo system that has the turbos engaging at different points in the rev range and overlapping briefly. The advantage of the smaller displacement engine comes with increased diesel economy. Official figures rate the Amarok at using just 7.8 litres per 100km and while that may prove a tough figure to chase down when carrying a heavy load or travelling gravel roads, it stacks up favourably against those same rivals. Continue reading “Volkswagen Amarok Highline 2011 Review” »

Audi officially reveals all-new 2012 A6 Avant

May 19th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Us Kiwis are suckers for a nice station wagon and Audi has given us all something to admire in its sleek new 2012 A6 Avant. The latest estate model has just been revealed at an event in Berlin, Germany with photos and specs released.

The new A6 Avant is larger with improved interior space but is lighter and more fuel efficient. To achieve the weight-reduction over its predecessor the A6 body is now 20 percent aluminum and also uses a composite construction that integrates high-strength steel for safety. This new lightweight approach to construction means the new A6 wagon is up to 70kg lighter than the model it replaces depending on the powertrain installed. The base model A6 2.0 TDI Avant weighs 1,640kg.

The A6 Avant powertrain options include six engines and four transmissions for various global markets but don’t expect all of them to come to New Zealand. The entry-level engine is a 2.0-litre TDI turbo-diesel four-cylinder that produces 131kW, and achieves a fuel economy of just 5.0l/100km combined. There is a larger diesel mill on offer with a 3.0-litre displacement and twin-turbocharging, its available in various power outputs ranging from 152kW to 233kW. In its most powerful form the TDI motor will take the A6 Avant from 0-100km/hper hour in a mere 5.4 seconds. Continue reading “Audi officially reveals all-new 2012 A6 Avant” »

Isuzu NZ drops prices on D-Max ute range

January 19th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Christmas has come just a couple of weeks late for Kiwi ute buyers with the announcement that Isuzu NZ is reducing prices on its D-Max range. From Jan 17th prices have been dropped on every model in the range.

“With support from the factory we have been able to reduce the landed cost in New Zealand, and we are passing that straight on to Kiwi owners,” said the General Manager of Isuzu, Greg MacDonald.

It means that, for example the LS 4WD model which previously sold at $54,990 now costs just $52,490 including GST.”

“It’s rare to see vehicle costs coming down these days and, as a wholly New Zealand-owned and operated network, we are very happy to be able to support Kiwi buyers this way,” said Mr MacDonald.

Click here to read a Car and SUV review of the Isuzu D-Max LS ute.

Great Wall V240 single cab arrives in NZ

July 14th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The Great Wall V240 single cab ute is now on sale across New Zealand. Like the twin cab the single cab is set to offer continue the Chinese manufacturer’s ideology of ‘more for less’ and standard equipment includes air conditioning, alloy wheels, power steering, remote central locking, CD player and power mirrors for just $19,990.

That price undercuts Japanese competition by at least $10K in most cases. The V240 single cab is also available in 4×4 for $22,990. The buyer’s choice of deck or tray can be fitted prior to delivery, as an optional extra.

“The twin cab V240 has proven to be extremely reliable and very popular with a wide range of customers over the past year,” said Ric Hull, managing director of Ateco Automotive the importer and distributor of Great Wall in New Zealand. “We are optimistic that this very keenly priced single cab V240 will be embraced just as enthusiastically.”

Standard safety features on the V240 single cab include dual air bags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic brake force distribution.

The V240 is backed by a comprehensive three year/100,000km warranty, supported by Great Wall’s national dealer network. Continue reading “Great Wall V240 single cab arrives in NZ” »