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Towing King - Holden Colorado Blackout Edition

Posted on 16th Jun 2017 16:41 | By Matt Batchelor

The new Colorado Blackout - Secrets revealedWhen Holden’s second-generation Colorado Ute launched June 2012, it included some fairly significant changes in design and technology from the previous model. However it was the big 2016 mid-life facelift...

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More than meets the eye

Posted on 16th Jun 2017 13:57 | By Rob Price from DriveLine

At 6”1 I’m not usually a small car kind of guy, so when I was asked to review the new Suzuki Ignis I thought they had muddled me up with somebody else. However, after spending a couple of days in the driver’s seat, I realised that there...

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The new normal: The rise of utes

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 12:21 | By Stuart Macadam from DriveLine

My dad always gets excited when he talks about his first car. It was one of those yellow 1970’s Volkswagen Beetles. Although it had its fair share of problems, he’d have you believe it was the greatest vehicle ever. Thankfully he’s...

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The family friendly SUV - New Nissan X-Trail

Posted on 2nd Jun 2017 14:22 | By Matt Batchelor

Handsome looks, a big roomy cabin, durable and smooth powertrain options, easy handling and a decent amount of kit have all helped keep the X-Trail among the top selling SUVs in NZ. It’s little wonder this is Nissan’s biggest seller. General...

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50 years in the motor business

Posted on 2nd Jun 2017 08:59 | By Colin Bower from DriveLine

As a professed car lover, I was rapt to land a position with UK Motors in Brisbane in 1967 during a working holiday to Australia. It was an interesting and educational position. Mini Coopers and MGBs were highly sought after and yes, we sold and repaired...

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The getaway car - New Volvo V90 Cross Country

Posted on 19th May 2017 15:20 | By Matt Batchelor

While there is nothing new about a station wagon with raised suspension and four-wheel-drive, no one has ever seen anything like the all-new Volvo V90 Cross Country. Not only can we now enjoy all the practicality of a family-sized station wagon packed...

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High-riding hatch - New Audi Q2

Posted on 5th May 2017 14:15 | By Matt Batchelor

Audi is aiming fairly and squarely at the younger buyer with its new model the Q2. The German-built baby SUV is a crossover-style high-riding hatch targeted at city drivers with a taste for European style, similar in specifications to its slightly bigger...

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New kid in town - New Toyota C-HR

Posted on 22nd Apr 2017 10:09 | By Matt Batchelor

Toyota has introduced a new player into one of New Zealand’s most lucrative automotive segments – the compact SUV market – with the all new Toyota C-HR rolling into town to do battle with popular competitors such as the Mazda CX-3, the...

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Coming of age - New Toyota Yaris

Posted on 8th Apr 2017 08:43 | By Matt Batchelor

Cayla-Fay Saunders and Tinesha Lupke take a break from the test drive. Photos: Bruce Barnard.‘Less is more’ might be a tired old cliché, but it just seems to fit when you hop behind the wheel of Toyota’s new Yaris. Previously...

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European Car of the Year - Holden Astra

Posted on 24th Mar 2017 12:01 | By Matt Batchelor

Holden has been talking up the European heritage of their new Astra range and rightly so – Ebbett Tauranga Holden’s dealer principal Julian Clements wasted no time in reminding us it is the reigning European Car of the Year with huge appeal...

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Live the high life - New Toyota Highland

Posted on 10th Mar 2017 10:42 | By Matt Batchelor

With more space, practicality and refinement than the previous model – but also a hint of style – the all new Toyota Highlander is a seven-seater SUV with a multitude of applications.And with Pacific Toyota’s new vehicle sales manager...

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The small SUV heavyweight - Holden Trax

Posted on 24th Feb 2017 10:53 | By Matt Batchelor

These days, any vehicle company worth its salt offers a tiny crossover vehicle often based on a light-car platform. Based on the Barina hatch, the high-riding Trax combines urban-centred everyday practicality with the promise of adventure outside the...

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Fall in love...

Posted on 10th Feb 2017 11:27 | By Matt Batchelor

Often heavy and cumbersome, many SUVs suck in the city – but not this fine little French filly. One of the first modern-day sub-compact SUV offerings has arrived in New Zealand, boasting that all-important adventure-promising raised ride-height...

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Evolution of an icon

Posted on 27th Jan 2017 10:53 | By Matt Batchelor

Launched in 1965, the Mustang is the only original Ford model to remain in uninterrupted production during five decades of development and refinement. Cultivating a near-mythical reputation as the quintessential affordable American freedom machine, the...

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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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