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Legendary American truck arrives

Posted on 13th Jan 2017 12:19 | By Matt Batchelor

Normally only seen in American movies, the legendary American truck, the RAM, is set to become a lot more visible in New Zealand. Local importer Fiat Chrysler New Zealand is ramping up RAM’s presence with a nationwide 13-strong dealer group. Farmer...

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The off-road convertible

Posted on 16th Dec 2016 10:34 | By Matt Batchelor

For many Range Rover loyalists, a fashion-focused four wheel drive with a soft-top could be a step too far. That was the initial concern of this week’s Bay Driver, Charlotte Gardner, who in a previous life owned a Landrover Discovery and is somewhat...

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Transport Minister makes history

Posted on 2nd Dec 2016 12:34 | By Matt Batchelor

Self-driving cars are popping up all over the world but are still a little bit of a futuristic dream for the average New Zealander. Or are they? Minister of Transport Simon Bridges says they’ll be here sooner than you think, and might completely...

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Get your heart racing

Posted on 18th Nov 2016 12:19 | By Matt Batchelor

If you like a bit of excitement in your life, then this is the car for you. As a longstanding and loyal Subaru fan I expected more of the same great handling and quick-off-the-mark acceleration from this test-drive. But Subaru has taken the all new WRX...

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European change for local publican

Posted on 4th Nov 2016 12:14 | By Matt Batchelor

t’s been a long time coming for the new XC90 and Volvo has been making a lot of noise about it for some time – and why not? Because Duncan and Ebbett Tauranga sales executive John Hancock told Bay Driver: “It’s an exciting new...

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GT-R gratification

Posted on 21st Oct 2016 11:18 | By Matt Batchelor

Choosing where to photograph a $211,000 supercar is a challenge in itself, staging a race between that car and a twin engine airplane with just 48 hours’ notice is surely going to be Mission Impossible’! Standing at a client function with...

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Tough and tidy - Holden Colorado

Posted on 7th Oct 2016 10:37 | By Matt Batchelor

Introduced in 2008 to replace the Holden Rodeo, Holden has worked hard to position the Colorado at the top of the shopping list for farmers, business owners and private buyers who like their utes. Ebbett Holden Tauranga’s dealer principal Julian...

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Simon Says: ‘go hybrid’ - Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Posted on 9th Sep 2016 11:02 | By Matt Batchelor

Is this the future of motoring? Yes, Minister!Tauranga MP Hon Simon Bridges is also the Minister of Energy and Resources, Minister of Transport, Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues. Photos: Chris Callinan. Mitsubishi’s new Outlander PHEV...

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Boys and their toys

Posted on 26th Aug 2016 11:25 | By Matt Batchelor

This week’s Bay Driver vehicle review takes a detour off the beaten track. We’ve thrown together some local celebrities, exciting new on-road and offroad two-wheelers, a couple of quad bikes and the new Polaris RZR into the mix.Moto Revolution...

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Sports car DNA - Jaguar F-Pace

Posted on 12th Aug 2016 11:52 | By Matt Batchelor

Bringing an entirely new model to market could be considered a bit risky but the experts at Jaguar are pretty confident their first ever SUV is strong enough to tempt more than a few buyers over from the Germans.Duncan & Ebbett Tauranga’s sales...

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Subaru Levorg: It’s a wagon, but not as we know it

Posted on 29th Jul 2016 11:34 | By Matt Batchelor

In the never-ending quest to find new names that are legally kosher and don’t sound rude in foreign languages, Subaru’s latest offering has a name with a certain ‘Star Trek Next Generation’ quality about it. Subaru’s Levorg...

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One last shot of adrenalin - Holden Club

Posted on 15th Jul 2016 11:21 | By Matt Batchelor

The end of HSV’s Commodore era is fast approaching but the company is planning to go out with a bang. Hit the ignition button on the GEN-F2 ClubSport R8 LSA and the roar from the 6.2 litre Supercharged LSA Generation IV Alloy V8 engine instantly...

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Tough and smart - Navara nirvana

Posted on 1st Jul 2016 12:32 | By Matt Batchelor

Kiwis have a long-standing love for their utes but in recent times these two and four-door trucks have had to up their game. No longer considered as merely a machine to haul cargo, car manufacturers have had to match SUV comfort, safety and equipment.The...

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Big, bigger, biggest

Posted on 17th Jun 2016 12:00 | By Matt Batchelor matt@thesun.co.nz

The LDV’s brand is well established. Originating in England more than 30 years ago under the Leyland DAF badge, Leyland produced commercial vehicles manufactured in the United Kingdom when the Leyland Trucks van-making division British Rover Group...

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Girls just wanna have fun - Holden Spark

Posted on 6th May 2016 16:48 | By Matt Batchelor

It wasn’t too many years ago that it seemed nearly every Kiwi family owned a large six or eight cylinder sedan. Commodores and Falcons were commonplace in suburban driveways when I was growing up but it wasn’t until my teens that smaller,...

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Crossover luxury Mercedes Benz GLC

Posted on 23rd Apr 2016 09:06 | By Matt Batchelor

In my line of work I get to drive some pretty amazing cars so it’s easy to become a little blasé. But every once in a while something special comes my way and the Mercedes-Benz GLC certainly is something special.Referred to as a mid-sized...

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Audi A4 means business!

Posted on 8th Apr 2016 15:18 | By Matt Batchelor

For those of us who are 40-plus, one of the most futuristic cars of the 1980s was in ‘Knight Rider’. The show broadcast from 1982 to 1986, with star David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a high-tech modern crimefighter assisted by KITT, an advanced...

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Mazda MX-5 delivers the wow factor

Posted on 24th Mar 2016 09:54 | By Matt Batchelor

In 2009, Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson wrote: “The fact is that if you want a sports car, the MX-5 is perfect. Nothing on the road will give you better value. Nothing will give you so much fun. The only reason I’m giving it five stars is...

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The new French connection

Posted on 12th Mar 2016 08:58 | By Matt Batchelor

I’m embarrassed to say it, but during my career in the motoring industry I’ve never really paid Peugeot much attention. I knew it was a French car manufacturer but I always thought of it as the poor relative of its German cousins. Therefore,...

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