HSV unveils SV Black Edition for Clubsport and Maloo

July 1st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

HSV has just revealed the details and pricing of its new limited model range – the SV Black Edition.

Using the E Series 3 range as a base, the SV Black Edition will be available in ClubSport R8 and Maloo R8 models. The package will see some serious cosmetic upgrades at a price of just a few thousand dollars more than the standard models.

The special upgrades of the SV Black Edition starts with the exterior, where matte black paintouts on the front and sides combine with the “Vector” bonnet scoops. The Clubsport R8 also receives a bootlid spoiler.

All SV Black Edition vehicles will have their guards filled with twenty inch forged and staggered SV Performance alloy wheel finished in gloss black. The limited edition Clubsport R8 also get HSV’s performance suspension, as well as HSV’s Bi-Modal exhaust. Under the bonnet it’s business as usual with HSV’s 317 kilowatt, 6.2 litre, LS3, Generation 4 V8 engine.

Interior tweaking includes a unique finish on the console, instrument panel and steering wheel while special edition sill plates, Onyx leather trim, matte black badging and a subtle lip spoiler on the ClubSport R8 complete the package. A unique build plate is also fitted to every vehicle. Continue reading “HSV unveils SV Black Edition for Clubsport and Maloo” »

Range Rover Evoque – NZ pricing and specs annouced

June 30th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Pricing and local specification has just been announced for Range Rover’s all new Evoque. The compact SUV is expected to arrive in New Zealand before the end of the year will be available from $79,990

The Evoque will be available with a choice of three engines, two body styles, three design themes and a range of customization options and accessories.

It will be available in two body shapes a 5-door and a 2-door Coupe with initial deliveries starting from November.

The Evoque will touch down in three design themes: Pure, Dynamic and Prestige and there will be optional equipment and styling packs. Options available include three contrasting roof treatments, seven alloy wheel designs, 16 contrasting interiors and a full sized, fixed, panoramic glass roof. Standard features will include push button start, electric park brake, rear parking aid, colour TFT information screen, 6/4 way adjustable electric seats.

All Evoques will come with a six speed automatic 4WD transmission. Manual gearbox models will only be available to specific customer order. Continue reading “Range Rover Evoque – NZ pricing and specs annouced” »

Honda Accord V6 2011 Review

June 24th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Since the late 1970s the Honda Accord has been a bit of an institution on New Zealand roads. We have seen various numbers and variations of all eight generations of the Accord with the fifth instalment even being assembled locally in Nelson. But things have changed for the Accord over the years; it got larger, more powerful and is no longer the cost-conscious option it once was. Honda also doubled down with the Accord and split the model line into the more American market focused Accord V6 and the smaller, sharply packaged Accord Euro. So where does that leave NZ’s long serving Honda? Well it’s in good shape, sure it’s become a higher-priced mid/large luxury cruiser but it’s got loads of kit, an intelligent powertrain and for 2011 – an enhancing facelift. Car and SUV got reacquainted with the 2011 Accord V6 VL Sport to see exactly how far this mainstay has come.

Visually, the Accord’s athletic design has received a modest refresh. Changes include a new thickly chromed grille, restyled front bumper and modernised headlights. At the rear the two-piece taillights are also new and there’s some fresh detailing around the boot. Design and packaging are strengths of the Accord V6, and in tested Sport form it is one handsome devil. The Sport upgrade includes deeper front, rear and side skirting which really brings out the Accord’s aggressive, sleek lines and renders it long and low. The chrome work around the window line and through the grille is just enough bling to draw the eye, but not enough to spoil the low-key aesthetic. Finishing the look is chrome-tipped twin exhaust outlets and new 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels shod in 225/50 rubber. Continue reading “Honda Accord V6 2011 Review” »

Peugeot reveals local pricing for new 508 touring car

June 10th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Peugeot New Zealand has just confirmed the model line up and launch date for its new 508 range.

The Peugeot 508 marks the return of Peugeot to NZ’s large touring car segment, it will officially launch in early June with three model variants. Pricing will be as follows:

  • 508 Sedan 2.0 litre HDi $54,990
  • 508 SW 2.0 litre HDi $57,990
  • 508 GT Sedan 2.2 litre HDi $65,990

“The new 508 range will command attention immediately from buyers looking for all the space and comfort of a medium / large car without compromising on fuel efficiency and low emissions” says Simon Rose, Divisional Manager of Peugeot NZ. “Not only will the 508 be priced very competitively against its traditional European rivals – with all the luxury and refinement expected in its class – but it will bring a host of smart technologies that quite literally elevate the art of car making to a whole new level.” Continue reading “Peugeot reveals local pricing for new 508 touring car” »

Mini slashes pricing on most NZ models

June 2nd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Mini has just released details of an aggressive new pricing strategy spanning most of its NZ model range. The entry price for a new Mini will now start at $27,900 and the recommended retail price of most new models will be reduced by between four or five thousand dollars.

This new competitive pricing will make Mini a more accessible option for those looking at purchasing a small, economical hatch in the NZ market.

“This price realignment will mean many more Mini fans can share in the dynamic go-kart like driving experience of this premium small car,” said the Managing Director of BMW Group, Mark Gilbert.

“Mini is renowned for its fun to drive and playful, boundary pushing nature, and is one of only a few brands which has an iconic 50 year plus heritage. Most people have a special memory or experience with Mini and this will give more motorists the opportunity to re-engage with their Mini experience.”

The entry model to the range, Mini Ray, is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine and weighs just 1135kg. Fuel economy is frugal at 5.4-litres per 100km combined. Continue reading “Mini slashes pricing on most NZ models” »

Ford NZ confirms 2011 Territory pricing and range

May 13th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Ford New Zealand has confirmed pricing and model range for its new 2011 Territory. Prices start from $49,990 for the rear-driving petrol TX model and finish at $69,990 for the top-spec Titanium all-wheel-drive diesel model.

A broad seven model range will cater to different requirements and budgets. The big choice for Kiwi buyers is if they want diesel or petrol powering their Territory. The Diesel variants come at a premium and if all-wheel-drive is desired it has to be a diesel model with both petrol offerings being RWD only.

The all-singing Titanium model replaces the Ghia range-topper from the previous line-up and comes packing fruit like 18-inch alloys, full leather trim, LED lights, unique front bumper, satellite navigation and a rear DVD player for the kids. Continue reading “Ford NZ confirms 2011 Territory pricing and range” »

Renault Megane RS250 hot hatch goes on sale in NZ

May 11th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Renault’s hot hatch, the Megane RS250 has just touched down in New Zealand.

It’s full name is the Renault Megane Renault Sport 250 and this French speedster is set to give Kiwi high performance hatch enthusiasts a new purchasing option.

The three door has a two litre turbocharged motor producing 184 kWs and 340 Nm of torque, which is fed to the road through a six speed manual gearbox and limited slip differential. It can cross off the 0-100kph sprint in 6.1 seconds and has an overall fuel consumption of just 8.7 litres/100 kms.

The Megane RS250 will be made available in two specification levels – “Cup” and “Trophee” models and will sell from $51,990.

Standard wheel fitment is 18 inch alloy wheels shod with 235/40 ZR18 tyres. Visible behind the alloys are four piston Brembo ventilated disc brakes, which make use of ABS and EBD. The chassis includes a traction control system and an electronic safety programme.

It’s this chassis which has helped the Megane RS250 when compared to other hot hatch rivals, many of which have similar straight line performance. This high handling ability has led to the Megane RS250 winning a load of awards overseas including Britain’s “What Car” best hot hatch.

Features on the RS250 Cup model include cruise control, automatic headlights and wipers, rear fog lights and parking sensors, headlight washers, an engine immobiliser and six speaker sound system with multimedia capability and Bluetooth. Continue reading “Renault Megane RS250 hot hatch goes on sale in NZ” »

Porsche Panamera Diesel arriving in NZ this September

May 4th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche has released specifications and a initial batch of  images for its new Panamera Diesel model with news that it’s coming to NZ.

Under the bonnet of the newest Panamera variant is a specially tuned version of Porsche’s 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine. Power output is rated at 184 kW between 3,800 rpm and 4,400 rpm and there’s 550 Nm of torque on tap from 1,750 rpm to 2,750 rpm. Shifting gears is an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission that turns the rear wheels. Performance figures are quoted at 6.8 seconds for the 0-100kph sprint and a top speed of 242 km/h. The new engine features various technological innovations, such as common rail direct injection through piezo valves, electrically controlled variable geometry turbochargers (VGTs), controlled exhaust gas recirculation, oxidation catalyst and particle filter.

The diesel variant will join the S Hybrid as the most fuel-efficient models in the Panamera range and with the help of a start/stop system achieves a fuel consumption figures of 6.5 l/100km combined. With an 80-litre fuel tank, the Panamera Diesel offers a theoretical driving range of 1200km from a full tank. An impressive result for performance focused large sedan.  Continue reading “Porsche Panamera Diesel arriving in NZ this September” »