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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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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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