Bugatti Galiber super sedan to enter production

April 4th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

If you’ve always wanted a vehicle with Bugatti Veyron levels of power but with room for the kids and shopping, then you’re now in luck.

Bugatti is ready to make this dream reality and is going to build a four-door supercar to destroy all others. That’s right, Bugatti’s Galibier concept car has reportedly been given the green light for production.

Better have your pennies saved because the production version of the Galibier certainly won’t come cheap and is expected to be priced around $1.4 million USD.

While official specs haven’t been released it’s rumoured that Bugatti’s W16 engine will arrive under the bonnet in full 745kW form. But other reports are ruining the party with suggestions that Bugatti will drop off two turbochargers meaning only two will be in operation this will cause power to dip to  a mere 600kW. Continue reading “Bugatti Galiber super sedan to enter production” »

Porsche announces pricing and details for 918 Spyder Hybrid Supercar

March 22nd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It will still be at least two years before Porsche’s new 918 Spyder hybrid supercar reaches production, but that’s not stopping the German carmaker from putting a price tag on it and opening the order book.

The 918 Spyder is to be the most expensive model ever built by Porsche with European prices starting from €645,000 ($1.24m NZD). That’s a large chunk of change to say the least but for the money buyer’s will get the latest hybrid tech and the natural successor to the iconic Carerra GT.

Production of the 918 Spyder will take place at Porsche’s Zuffenhausen plant in Germany starting from September 18, 2013, with first deliveries to commence in November 2013. Porsche plans to limit production of the two-seater model to no more than 918 units worldwide.

The 918 Spyder is closely modeled after the concept study seen at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. However, the production version will not have a full open-top look, instead it will go with removable roof panels that can be stowed in the front luggage compartment. Other differences from the concept include the addition of exterior mirrors and the removal of the side exhaust tail pipes. Continue reading “Porsche announces pricing and details for 918 Spyder Hybrid Supercar” »

BMW announces NZ pricing for new 6 Series Convertible

March 18th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

BMW’s new 6-Series has been launched with some serious momentum into the NZ market. First we saw the new 6-Series convertible closely followed by the coupe. Now pricing has been announced for the drop-top model and comes in at $248,500.

Open-top motoring isn’t all you get in the new 6-Series convertible it’s also more powerful and has greater torque than its predecessor with improved fuel economy.

Powering the BMW 650i is a 4.4-litre eight-cylinder engine which develops a maximum 300 kW and peak torque of 600 Nm.  It is partnered with an eight-speed Sports automatic gearbox as standard.

“The new BMW 6 Series Convertible is styled to reflect the epitome in design and is the ultimate in luxury top-down performance,” said the Managing Director of BMW Group New Zealand, Mark Gilbert.

“It is a driver orientated executive express which will have particular appeal for enthusiasts and those who demand the ultimate in terms of performance motoring.”

An impressive list of standard features includes adaptive drive, rear-view camera with surround view, Head-Up Display, adaptive headlights, Navigation Professional (featuring a large 10-inch colour screen) and front comfort seats with heating and ventilation functionality.  The roof takes 19 seconds to open and can be operated at speeds of up to 40km/h. Continue reading “BMW announces NZ pricing for new 6 Series Convertible” »

BMW launches all-new more powerful X3 into NZ market

March 14th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

BMW has unveiled its all new X3 at a press event held on Australia’s Gold Coast. The new model will go on sale in New Zealand from the middle of March and comes boasting enhancements in technology, design, performance and driving dynamics.

The second generation X3 looks very sharp with a modernised design that features a contoured bonnet, xenon headlights and an upswept windowline. Dimensionally the new X3 is wider and longer than its predecessor but still sits neatly between the X1 and X5 in terms of size. It is also 25kg lighter than the first-gen X3, an impressive result considering it’s larger and carries more kit.

In terms of power two engine variants will be available in the New Zealand line-up and they’re both diesel.

The new BMW X3 xDrive20d features a four-cylinder in-line diesel engine with output of 135 kW, and 380 Nm of torque. Acceleration to 100 km/h takes 8.5 seconds which is brisk for an SUV and is made more impressive by the X3’s fuel consumption of just 5.6 litres/100km.

The higher-spec BMW X3 xDrive30d boasts a three-litre six-cylinder in-line diesel engine with an output of 190 kW and 560 Nm of torque. The car accelerates from 0–100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds, yet EU fuel consumption is only 6.0 litres/100 km.

The BMW X3 xDrive20d will have a recommended retail price of $87,900 and the more powerful BMW X3 xDrive30d a recommended retail price of $108,500. Continue reading “BMW launches all-new more powerful X3 into NZ market” »

2011 Honda Jazz goes on sale in NZ

March 8th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Honda NZ has just landed its updated 2011 Jazz sub-compact hatchbacks. The latest version of the popular model comes with fresh styling to the exterior and interior, new features, new colours, Electronic Stability Control and a 5 Star Euro NCAP Safety rating.

There are now seven colours for Jazz buyers to choose from, with the addition of Fresh Lime Green, Sunset Orange and Storm Silver. The styling updates affect the Jazz’s front and rear bumpers, grille, headlights and tail-lights.

New standard features on the 2011 Jazz range include Electronic Stability Control (Honda’s VSA), improved look and feel to the interior upholstery, trip computer integration with the steering wheel controls and passenger seat-belt reminders. The interior and dash layout upgrade includes amber interior and instrument panel lighting to enhance the driving experience.

The Jazz 1.3S model now comes standard with 15” alloy wheels, rear spoiler and cruise control, while all 1.3 and 1.5 litre models receive new dynamic styling to the front and rear bumpers, grille and lower skirts.

The i-VTEC engine, combined with either the 5-speed automatic transmission or 5-speed manual (1.3S models only), remains unchanged. The 1.5 litre Jazz achieves power of 88kW and torque of 145Nm, and the 1.3 litre, power of 73kW and torque of 127Nm.  Racing inspired paddle shifters on the steering wheel allow gear shifts in automatic mode or full manual operation in ‘Sport’ mode for driver control.

Winning the Small Car Class in the recent AA Energywise Rally demonstrates the fuel economy potential of the Honda Jazz.  Its fuel economy figures are 5.8, 6.6 and 6.7 litres per 100km respectively for the Jazz 1.3S manual, Jazz 1.3S automatic and Jazz 1.5 Sport. Continue reading “2011 Honda Jazz goes on sale in NZ” »

Holden reveals updated Series II Cruze – on sale April

March 1st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Holden has just unveiled its new Aussie-built Series II Cruze sedan range that brings updated styling, new powertrains and a wider range of models.

The new Cruze, built at Holden‟s Vehicle Operations in Elizabeth, South Australia benefits from a multi-million dollar manufacturing and engineering investment.

With powerful, responsive and more fuel-efficient new powertrains, a styling makeover, wider model choices and keen pricing, Holden‟s “big small car‟ is attempting to build on the platform laid by its predecessor in 2010.

Two new sports models are included in the new line up the Cruze SRi and range topping Cruze SRi-V will now feature alongside the Cruze CDX and Cruze CD.

The increased range boasts an all-new 1.4 litre intelligent turbo induction (1.4 iTi) petrol engine with variable valve timing which returns fuel economy of 6.4 litres per 100km using manual models.

Meanwhile the 1.8 litre DOHC powerplant, already available on Cruze CD and CDX today, delivers fuel economy of 7 litres per 100km.

The 1.4 iTi motor will feature on the Cruze SRi and SRi-V and comes with the fittment of Watts link performance suspension resulting in more controlled handling qualities. The four-cylinder 1.4 iTi produces peak power of 103 kW at 4900 rpm and peak torque of 200 Nm between 1850-4900 rpm. Continue reading “Holden reveals updated Series II Cruze – on sale April” »

Ford NZ announces 1 April on sale date for updated Mondeo

March 1st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Ford New Zealand has announced a 1 April on sale date for the new 2011 Mondeo.

A host of product enrichments will bolster the Mondeo, a model range already renowned for its blend of styling, comfort, ride and performance. A highly fuel efficient turbo diesel and new, safety features head the list of changes, along with new standard equipment and enhancements to exterior and interior styling.

“We’re very excited about the new Mondeo ,” said Trevor Auger, Ford New Zealand Managing Director.  “It’s been a very popular vehicle in New Zealand and with these enhancements we can only expect that popularity to grow.”

“The Ford Mondeo has been an excellent example of balancing the right mix of equipment and technology with the right price in a car that is beautifully designed and packaged. These generous additions simply build on this winning formula and make it an even more compelling choice for new-car buyers,” he said.

The 2011 Mondeo will continue to offer New Zealand customers the choice of four-cylinder petrol and turbo-diesel power. Continue reading “Ford NZ announces 1 April on sale date for updated Mondeo” »

Holden reveals Series II Captiva – on sale in March

February 21st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Holden has unveiled its new Series II Captiva range just over a week before it goes on sale in NZ on March 1st. During a press event in Australia’s Yarra Valley Holden officially revealed the facelifted Series II Captiva and let keen journalists have some time behind the wheel.

Both the Captiva 5 and the larger Captiva 7 has received a interior and exterior styling tweaks and the range gets new powertrains with modern petrol and diesel engines mated to six-speed transmissions. These changes will combine to give the Series II Captiva even wider appeal.

The higher-performing new generation petrol and diesel engines combined with strongly competitive pricing is the big story for the updated Captiva. There’s more power on tap across the range, complemented by fuel efficiency gains on all models.

The seven-seat Captiva 7 range now offers three new powertrain options including a price-leading 2.4 litre four-cylinder petrol variant, a 2.2 litre turbo diesel and the Commodore-proven, Australian-built 3.0 litre Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) V6.

Captiva 5 buyers get the choice of a turbo diesel powerplant for the first time while refinements to all Series II models mean quieter cabins and improved ride and handling quality. Continue reading “Holden reveals Series II Captiva – on sale in March” »