Great Wall V200 diesel utes go on sale in NZ

August 24th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Chinese carmaker Great Wall has landed its diesel utes in NZ and they are no available from local dealers. The V200 ute is powered by a two litre, four cylinder common rail turbo diesel engine that produces 105 kW and 310 Nm, and achieves a combined fuel consumption figure of 8.3L/100km.

Pricing is keen with the V200 dual cab 4×2 at $26,990 plus on road costs, and the V200 dual cab 4×4 selling for $29,990 plus on road costs.

Standard features are impressive for a utility vehicle at this price with leather trimmed seats, air conditioning, alloy wheels, power mirrors, steering wheel controls, power windows and an MP3 compatible CD/radio all included. Safety features on the V200 dual cab include dual air bags and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution. Continue reading “Great Wall V200 diesel utes go on sale in NZ” »

Ford Kuga Titanium coming to NZ – November arrival

August 16th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Ford New Zealand has just announced that it will be putting the Ford Kuga small SUV on sale in NZ. The European-built Ford Kuga, will be available in top-spec Titanium trim and is expected to arrive at Ford dealers from November to join the already launched Mondeo, Territory and Focus Titanium models. Pricing for the Kuga Titanium is $53,990.

“This is big news for us and we’re very excited,” said Chris Masterson, Marketing Manager, Ford New Zealand. “The Kuga has done very well in Europe since its introduction in 2008, often topping sales charts. Locally, the small SUV market has seen substantial growth in the last few years and now with a European-proven design we have a highly compelling offer for customers in this market. As an attractive, well-designed and fully-capable crossover vehicle, the Kuga Titanium will be hard to beat. Customers will be impressed, as will our competition.”

The Ford Kuga is based on Ford’s acclaimed C-car architecture which it shares with the Ford Focus. Standard specification includes a full-time AWD system and safety tech like an Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) that combines Anti Rollover Mitigation (ARM) and ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). Continue reading “Ford Kuga Titanium coming to NZ – November arrival” »

Ford Focus 2012 Review

August 8th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The all-new 2012 Ford Focus has been unveiled at a media event in Melbourne last week and Car and SUV was there to put the third edition of this popular hatch through its paces.

The Mk 3 Focus will arrive in NZ with two body styles, a five-door hatchback and a sleek four-door sedan. Expect a wagon version to arrive in March next year.

There’s a lot to like with the new Focus, the practical cabin and sharp driving dynamics remain, but it now offers a higher level of features and also ultra modern styling. It’s a powerful example of the ‘One Ford’ approach that will see the Focus sold in 122 markets globally. The Focus’ C-Platform will also underpin at least ten vehicles in the future and account for two million units of production by 2012. The numbers getting thrown around are big, but Ford are justified in having confidence in the new 2012 Focus. Continue reading “Ford Focus 2012 Review” »

Volkswagen NZ lands 60 Golf GTI 35 Edition models for kiwi market

August 8th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

For 2011, Volkswagen is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its iconic Golf GTI with a special Edition 35 model. The big news is that Volkswagen New Zealand have managed to secure 60 of the limited-edition 4-door Golf GTI Edition 35 models.

Much like the Edition 30 Golf model that we saw here in 2006 this new anniversary machine benefits from an upgraded powerplant and some discreet styling tweaks.

Punching out 173kW of power and 300Nm torque the upgraded Golf produces 18kW more grunt than the standard model. It will reach a top speed of 247km/h and take just 6.6 seconds to sprint from 0 – 100km/h. The engine in the Edition 35 is a turbocharged petrol direct-injection engine of the EA113 engine series, sharing the same engine base as the Golf R. The 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes mated to a 6-speed DSG gearbox. Fuel economy is quoted at 8.0 litres per 100km combined.

Keeping its dynamic credentials in check is a XDS electronic differential lock that compensates for the typical understeering of front-wheel drive vehicles during quick driving through bends. The Edition 35 also sits 15mm lower than on a conventional Golf and uses the familiar MacPherson suspension at the front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear. Continue reading “Volkswagen NZ lands 60 Golf GTI 35 Edition models for kiwi market” »

Mercedes-Benz unleashes C63 AMG Coupe Black Series

July 26th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Mercedes-Benz has revealed details of the most potent C-Class ever built, the new C63 AMG Coupe Black Series.

The hardcore version of Mercedes’ C63 AMG Coupe shares the models same naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 engine but with plenty of mods. There’s forged pistons, conrods and crankshaft a larger oil cooler and a new ECU.  The end result is 380kw of peak power, 22kW more than the C63 AMG with Performance Package and max torque of 620Nm. Acceleration from 0-100km/h is crossed off in 4.2 seconds.

Power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch AMG Speedshift transmission. The gearbox has four modes and a gear change time of just 100 milliseconds.

Mercedes has equipped the C63 AMG Coupe with an adjustable AMG coil-over sports suspension and upgraded AMG brakes. Filling the guards are  titanium grey forged 19-inch light-alloy wheels. An available option is the AMG Track Package which includes sports tyres and active rear-axle transmission cooling, plus the AMG Aerodynamics package that includes a specially tuned front splitter and an adjustable carbon-fibre rear aerofoil. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz unleashes C63 AMG Coupe Black Series” »

Mitsubishi i-MiEV becomes NZ’s first electric car

July 25th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Today marks a landmark day for Mitsubishi Motors NZ as it becomes the first automotive distributor to sell mass-produced electric cars in New Zealand.

“This is a proud day for our company,” said head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook. “It is not often you have the opportunity to make a significant impact on history, but Mitsubishi Motors is now in the book for delivering the first mass-produced fully electric car to New Zealanders.

On sale from selected Mitsubishi dealers, the four-seat Mitsubishi i-MiEV has a range of up to 150 km per charge and is designed for urban commuters. A full recharge, from a standard 15 amp wall socket, takes approximately seven hours and costs around $5.

“While the i-MiEV primarily suits the urban commuter, it also represents a turning point in automotive history,” said Mr Cook. “It sets the foundation from which to launch the next-generation of electric-based hybrid vehicles, instead of the petrol and diesel-based hybrids we see today. The next decade in the automotive industry will be remarkable and Mitsubishi is the electric technology leader.”    Continue reading “Mitsubishi i-MiEV becomes NZ’s first electric car” »

Aston Martin to put V12 Zagato into limited production

July 8th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Aston Martin has confirmed its new V12 Zagato will be put into limited production following on from a successful unveiling at the Villa D’ Este Concours show. Following its debut the V12 Zagato, went on to complete in the 39th ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hour race and Aston Martin claims that there is overwhelming interest from customers for the V12 Zagato.

Based on Aston’s V12 Vantage and sporting a handcrafted aluminium and carbon fibre body, the V12 Zagato will be produced in very limited numbers.  Orders are now being taken and production is expected to commence during summer 2012 at Aston Martin’s global headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Speaking about the V12 Zagato, Aston Martin’s Chief Executive Dr. Ulrich Bez, said: “Such style, exclusivity and fastidious craftsmanship ensures it will be one of the most highly coveted models in Aston Martin’s 98-year history. A fabulous celebration of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the V12 Zagato is the perfect inspiration for the next 50 years of Aston Martin.”

In honour of the performance and racing heritage of previous collaborations, the first two V12 Zagatos were developed as endurance race cars from the outset and had their track debut just one week after being shown to the public at the Villa D’Este Concours. Continue reading “Aston Martin to put V12 Zagato into limited production” »

Range Rover Evoque production begins – in NZ this November

July 6th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Production of the Range Rover Evoque at Land Rover’s Halewood manufacturing plant in Liverpool, England has begun this week.

The first shipment of Evoques for New Zealand will go on sale here in November.

Jaguar Land Rover’s CEO, Ralf Speth together with JLR executive officers, union representatives and employees, gathered to celebrate the start of Evoque production. The first car to roll off the production line was donated to the British Motor Industry Heritage trust.

“The Evoque is an incredibly exciting vehicle that joins a product range which across both of our brands is the strongest we have ever had – and it fits in perfectly,” commented Dr Speth. “The teams that have designed, engineered and built the new Evoque, working together with our research and supplier partners, can be immensely proud of their achievement. Worldwide interest in our new car has been exceptional.” Continue reading “Range Rover Evoque production begins – in NZ this November” »