New Ford Ranger Wildtrack to make NZ debut at Fieldays event

June 10th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Ford NZ is going big at this year’s Fieldays show with the much-anticipated New Zealand debut of the new Ranger Wildtrak ute.

Designed and developed in Australia the Wildtrak sits on 18-inch wheels and comes with a roof rack and sports hoop to beef up its profile. There is also special badging and graphics to set it apart from lesser models. Inside, there are leather/cloth sports seats and 23 different storage spaces including a glovebox which can fit a laptop computer and a deep centre bin which can keep six cans of drink cool.

Apparently, the Wildtrak can wade through water up to 31.5-inches deep and has just over nine inches of ground clearance. It also has a towing capability of up to 3350kg.

In terms of powerplants the Wildtrak has an option of two engines. A new 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel that delivers peak torque output of 375 Nm and power output of 110kW, or a new 3.2-litre 5-cylinder diesel that produces a powerful 470 Nm of torque and is power rated at 147kW. The Wildtrak is fitted with an 80-litre fuel tank so expect one of the longest ranges in the segment. Continue reading “New Ford Ranger Wildtrack to make NZ debut at Fieldays event” »

Range Rover Evoque unveiled at Kensington Palace (+video)

July 2nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Range Rover’s newest model, the Evoque, has been unveiled in London as part of the celebrations of the marque’s 40th anniversary.

Held at the Orangery, Kensington Palace, the production Evoque looks almost identical to the LRX concept vehicle on which it’s based.

The Range Rover Evoque will join the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport line-up in the northern hemisphere summer of 2011 and reach New Zealand later next year. It will be the smallest, lightest and most fuel efficient Range Rover ever produced.

Customers will have a choice of both a 4WD and a 2WD version, with below 130g/km CO2 emissions demonstrating the Range Rover brand’s fresh commitment to environmental sustainability.

While the company declined to release exact specifications, engine options will likely include a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel, a 3.2-liter petrol inline six-cylinder, and possibly a hybrid 2.0-litre turbodiesel.

“Today is a very special occasion for Range Rover, not only are we celebrating 40 years of the brand, we are also demonstrating our exciting future by showing the all-new Range Rover Evoque. Range Rover is one of the most highly regarded and iconic vehicles in the history of motoring and has been a continuing success since we first introduced it in 1970,” said Phil Popham, the managing director of Land Rover.

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Ferrari 599 GTO sold out before official reveal

April 19th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The new Ferrari 599 GTO is the prancing horse’s fastest ever road car, which was the reason for Ferrari reviving its most revered badge GTO. It’s the first time the GTO badge has been used since the 288 GTO almost a quarter century ago. The 599 has just been given its official unveil at a ceremony in Modena, Italy.

The V-12 sports car is to be produced in a limited edition of 599 units, and was unveiled at a symbolic place in the city of Modena – the Military Academy’s Ducal Palace. The grand gala, also involved the participation of Ferrari factory test drivers and military cadets in front of a crowd of 500 wealthy clients. You’d think that the fastest road car ever built by Ferrari could speak for itself.

The 599 GTO’s next official appearance will be at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show, which kicks off in China next week. If you were thinking of picking up a new 599 GTO, you’re sadly out of luck as all 599 examples have already been accounted for.

For more info and photos of the 599 GTO, read a previous news item here.