Suzuki Splash Ltd 2013 Review

March 6th, 2013 by darren

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At a shade under 3.8m long and 1.7m wide, the Suzuki Splash is the perfect car for squeezing into those tight city car parks. The Splash is a supermini with the proportions of an MPV – it’s tall and boxy. This gives a great deal of room on the inside, despite its diminutive dimensions.

Suzuki-Splash-r-insideYou can fit five people in the Splash, although it’ll be a little cramped in the back. The seating position is upright which is better for older drivers (probably the very people that will purchase this car most).

The boot is quite small – just 178 litres (and 36 of those are Continue reading “Suzuki Splash Ltd 2013 Review” »

Holden Barina Hatch CDX 1.6 2012 Review

January 10th, 2013 by Darren Cottingham

It doesn’t seem that long ago since we sampled the Barina (in CD trim), but it was a whole year. I remember thinking that Holden had dramatically improved the looks over the previous model, and my opinion is still the same. The Barina is a well-crafted supermini with some interesting detailing and a strong forward stance.

In terms of looks, it’s pretty much the same. Imagine yourself an hour older and that’s how much the Barina has changed on the outside. On the inside, it’s a different story, and it’s mostly down to the inclusion of Holden’s MyLink media system.

Showing just how far vehicle manufacturers want to Continue reading “Holden Barina Hatch CDX 1.6 2012 Review” »

Suzuki Swift Diesel Earmarked for Arrival in New Zealand

March 16th, 2012 by Karen Joy Provo

Suzuki is introducing its first ever small diesel-engined passenger car to the New Zealand market.

A diesel powered Swift five-door hatchback will add a new dimension to the country’s top selling light car.

Suzuki New Zealand is currently evaluating the new Swift supermini diesel and is finalising plans to have the highly economical car on sale by mid-year.

With a fuel consumption figure of 4.2 litres/100 km (67.3 miles per gallon) in the official combined cycle test, the diesel will be the most economical model in the Swift range.

It will also pack more engine torque, underscoring the car’s brisk performance, especially in the critical mid-range. The diesel has 46 per cent more torque than the 1.4-litre petrol Swift.

An additional bonus is the environmentally friendly CO2 emissions level of 109 grams/km, the lowest of any Swift variant.

The 1.3 Swift DDiS uses a high tech four cylinder, 16-valve Fiat-designed diesel which Suzuki builds under license.

This second generation, common rail turbocharged motor is a development of the Multijet power plant which won the International Engine of the Year award in 2005.

More recently the 55 kW (75 bhp) engine was updated with a new fuel injection management system that has up to eight injections per cycle instead of five.

The advanced injection controls high engine pressures up to 1,600 bar without being tied to engine speed or the quantity of fuel injected.

Thanks to a balanced hydraulic servo-valve, the innovative common rail injectors are able to more precisely control the quantity of diesel injected into the combustion chamber, with a faster and more flexible sequence of injections than was previously possible.

By reducing the amount of time between injections, these injectors optimise fuel introduction to the chamber and therefore make the diesel combustion process more gradual. This has a positive effect on fuel consumption, emissions, and noise, vibration and harshness.

The new generation fixed geometry turbocharger, combined with the advanced Multijet injection system, ensure the best possible turbo function at any engine operating level.

“We are excited about the arrival of the Swift diesel which is capable of a driving range of at least 800 kilometres, and will have a specific attraction to fleet and business users,” said Tom Peck, General Manager of Marketing for Suzuki New Zealand.

“Not only does the engine comply with stringent Euro 5 emission levels, but also offers lively performance allied to outstanding economy.

In the open road official Extra Urban fuel cycle, the Swift diesel returns a remarkable 3.6 litres/100 km (78.5 miles per gallon), while the Urban cycle figure is 5.1 litres/100 km (55.4 miles per gallon).

A Swift diesel driven by journalists Dave Randle and Peter Cracknell finished second overall in the 2011 MPG Marathon event in Britain, averaging a remarkable 3.27 litres/100 km (86.4 miles per gallon) 3.27 litres/100 km (84.6 miles per gallon) over a challenging 600 kilometre route that included major roads, motorways and dual carriageways. A second Swift diesel returned 3.34 litres/100 km (84.6 miles per gallon).

Recently launched in Europe, the diesel Swift is gaining a reputation for smoothness and response, with the maximum torque of 190 Nm available from as low as 1,750 rpm. The Swift accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 12.7 seconds, and has a top speed of 166 km/h.

Pricing and specification will be announced closer to the launch date.

Peugeot reveals new 208 supermini

November 3rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

With high fuel prices and congested main centres the small hatch B-segment market has become a key war zone for car makers. It’s an area Peugeot has long been strong in and it’s latest weapon in the fight is the new 208 which has just been revealed and will replace the current 207 series.

This latest Pug will go up against the Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris and VW Polo. While the overall dimensions have shrunken Peugeot claims that the interior volume has increased.

In terms of styling the 208 adopts Peugeot’s latest design language, the main highlights include a “floating” grille, raked back headlights and “boomerang” style tail lamps. The 208′s profile is also more sculptured, and overall, the new model looks sufficiently more advanced than the 207 it replaces.

The 208 will be built in two body styles when it launches next year, a three- and five-door. The three-door model is distinguished by pronounced side curve that extends all the way back to the rear lights, a slightly more sloped roofline, thicker C-pillar and a smaller glasshouse. The three-door 208 will tip the scales at just 975kg, a full 170kg lighter than its predecessor. Continue reading “Peugeot reveals new 208 supermini” »

Nissan Micra Commercial – Australia “City Life”

December 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Cities love Micra


Nissan Micra commercial whale wash

December 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

A whale wash the supermini Nissan Micra


Holden Barina TVC 2008

December 21st, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Money can buy happiness. More smiles every mile,

Holden Barina “The Chase”

December 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Holden Barina. “The Chase” television commercial. Directed by Mark Toia


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