Mini Roadster officially revealed

October 31st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Mini is continuing to expand its model family. The latest addition to the range is the Mini Roadster, this convertible variant is the sixth model in the brand’s current line-up and the first open-top two-seater in its history.

The two-seater features a manually-opening soft-top roof and plenty of unique packaging to appeal to Mini fans. As you’d expect it offers the high-handling abilities expected of a Mini and broad scope for individualisation.

The three-box body structure has a stepped rear end and a sweeping roadster look thanks to heavily raked A-pillars and a waistline rising up slightly along the length of the body towards the flat rear end. The Roadster sits 20 millimetres lower than the standard Mini Convertible.

The Roadster pushing its handling credentials with a bespoke chassis set-up, low centre of gravity, torsionally rigid body and optimised aerodynamic properties. Electronic tech includes Electric Power Steering and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) as standard, DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) with EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock Control) optional. There’s also roll-over bars in polished stainless steel and an active rear spoiler that extends automatically at 80 km/h. Continue reading “Mini Roadster officially revealed” »

New 2012 Holden Colorado revealed in production Chevrolet form

October 6th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

General Motors has revealed the production version of its 2012 Chevrolet Colorado which will be rebadged as the Holden Colorado when it arrives in NZ next year.

The new Colorado was unveiled in Thailand where it will enter the local market shortly. Holden hasn’t officially announced a schedule for its entry into the Australian and NZ markets.

According to GM, the Colorado is the end result of a vehicle program that began five years ago and cost $2 billion USD. It will be offered globally with a total of 26 variants, two diesel engines, two- and four-wheel-drive layouts, different ride heights, wide and narrow body styles and various cab options.

Engine options will include two Duramax four-cylinder diesel engines. One will be a 2.5 litre motor and the other a larger 2.8 litre unit. The 2.5 litre mill produces 110kW and 350Nm of torque, the 2.8 litre turbodiesel pumps out 132kW and 470Nm of torque when mated to the six-speed auto box. In five-speed manual form the engine is tuned to output 440Nm of torque. For now there is no word on any petrol-powered variants. Continue reading “New 2012 Holden Colorado revealed in production Chevrolet form” »

Toyota teases 2012 Camry before official reveal

August 15th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Toyota has revealed another teaser image of its upcoming 2012 Camry sedan. The new Camry is expected to be revealed, in its entirety, in the coming weeks.

For now, fans of the sensible sedan will have to make do with the new image showing a hook-shaped tailight and what will be a high rear boot line. The Camry isn’t well known for its dynamic looks and the new model is looking to change this with a more aggressive style.

The first teaser image put the headlight on show with a honeycomb grille and recessed fog lamp. It’s certainly promising, but we will reserve judgement until the Camry’s full sheetmetal is exposed. Continue reading “Toyota teases 2012 Camry before official reveal” »

Ford adds snakeskin to F-150 Harley Davidson Edition

August 12th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It’s no secret that those who love Harley-Davidson motorbikes usually ride Harley-Davidson motorbikes. But even the most diehard fans still occasionally, need something with a roof and a little more space. That’s where the Ford F-150 Harley Davidson Edition enters the fray.

Since first joining forces back in 1999, Ford and Harley-Davidson has produced a total of ten F-150 models, six Super Duty F-250 and F-350 models, as well as one Harley-Davidson F-450 edition truck in 2009. Combined sales for all these special models is more than 70,000 units.

For the 2012 model year Ford has just revealed it’s latest F-150 Harley Davidson Edition which like its predecessors, gets styling tweaks and extra kit.

The F-150 H-D is available in two colours, the more traditional Tuxedo Black or a new White Platinum Tri-Coat finish combined with flame graphics on the sides finished in a snakeskin texture.

Filling the high wheel arches are 22-inch machined-aluminum rims wrapped in low profile tyres and featuring painted accents and unique center caps. There’s also smokedheadlamps and tail lights, as well as the six-bar billet-style bright chrome grille and plenty of “Harley-Davidson” badging. Continue reading “Ford adds snakeskin to F-150 Harley Davidson Edition” »

Ford NZ reveals All Blacks-inspired AB35 Fiesta

May 30th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The teaser ads have been on NZ TV’s for a few weeks now and Ford New Zealand has just revealed it’s All Blacks inspired limited edition AB35 Fiesta.

Binding in with Ford NZ, twenty All Blacks players helped personlise and tune the special Fiesta and the AB35 is now on sale at Ford dealers, with a price of $35,990. Like the name would suggest, Ford NZ has built 35 of the AB35 Fiestas with 34 going on sale today and one being auctioned for charity on Trade Me between 29th May and 8th June. Proceeds from the auction will go to three charities; Ford New Zealand’s official charity Variety – The Children’s Charity and the New Zealand Rugby Union’s official charity partners Plunket and KidsCan.

Chris Masterson from Ford NZ says the AB35 Fiesta project was created to celebrate the company’s 17-year sponsorship of the All Blacks.

“The AB35 project was all about showing our commitment to the All Blacks this year. We had a huge amount of fun designing this car and it is great to be able to finally reveal it to the public. The AB35 Fiesta represents the spirit of our brand. It’s a dynamic, premium car that’s small on price but big on features. People who get behind the wheel of this car will find it a fantastic driving experience, and show their support for the All Blacks,” said Chris Masterson. Continue reading “Ford NZ reveals All Blacks-inspired AB35 Fiesta” »

All New 2010 Mazda Shinari Concept Revealed

September 7th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Mazda has take the media by surprised with the unveiling of a new four-door coupe concept.

Audi releases 560 horsepower R8 GT

May 3rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Audi dropped a much welcome surprise on the motoring world yesterday with the long-awaited announcement of its R8 GT.

The big news for the GT comes in the form of serious weight loss, because clever Audi engineers have managed to drop 100kg in weight from the standard R8’s kerb weight. Weight saving features include thinner glass, carbon-fiber and aluminum construction, a fixed rear wing, thinner sheet metal, and lightweight carpeting. The exterior also experienced numerous modifications that further sharpened its appearance. Many of them also reduce the weight and enhance the aerodynamics. The R8 GT produces even more downforce when driven fast than the standard production model

The 5.2-litre V10 engine has been bumped from 525 horsepower to 560, beating its cousin, the Lamborghini Gallardo. The GT is only available with the aforementioned R-Tronic hydraulically actuated semi-automatic, and when pushed to its limit, the R8 GT is claimed to accelerate to 100 kph in a mere 3.6 seconds and on to 200 kph in 10.6 seconds. Top speed has also been increased to 318 kph.

Limited edition is the name of the game and as such only 333 cars will be built in a single production run. As a special touch, each car will have a badge with its production number on the shift lever knob. The price in the German market will be €193,000 ($352,000 NZ).

Citroen Metropolis concept – photos released

May 3rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Citroën has recently found a real strength in its concept cars. This year, the flamboyant automaker has already released its Survolt and DS High Rider (read news). But its latest effort marks a massive step up in luxury. The Citroën Metropolis concept is set to debut in Shanghai later this month and is ready to wow the crowds with a elegant and very French take on the Maybach formula. No word yet on if this luxury cruiser will ever see production, but for now it’s a real head-turner.

The Metropoplis concept shares some of its fluid lines with those of the GTbyCitroen supercar, but they’re more refined than outrageous on this opulent saloon. Motivation comes from a 460-horsepower hybrid powertrain but that’s all that’s currently known on this mysterious vehicle. For now, Citroen has just released images of the Metropolis and is busy soliciting attention for the luxury beast before it’s official release.

Click on the gallery below to see images of the Metropolis.

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