Mazda CX-3 review

  The Mazda CX-3 has become a popular sub-compact SUV on New Zealand roads since launching to market in 2015.  This year (2017) an updated CX-3 arrived – and what a warm welcome it received. Fusing stylish looks with modern technology...... Read More

Swift by name - swift by nature

I declare a driver’s bias here. I love the Suzuki Swift. It is my family car and hundreds of hours at the wheel later, I still enjoy what I think is one of the great cars of modern auto design. It’s light and perky, easy to drive, easy to...... Read More

New Zealand’s best selling vehicle list

It’s amazing how quickly things can change.   Back in 2008, when the Great Financial Crisis was in full swing, there was a sudden and noticeable shift in the car market. People were trading in their gas guzzlers for smaller, more fuel-efficient...... Read More

In a class of its own - Peugeot 3008 SUV Allure Diesel

It’s the attention to small details that tells the story of innovative car design. And for the Peugeot 3008 it comes in the unusual shape and size of the steering wheel.“I love this steering wheel! Why can’t they all be like this? I...... Read More

Why do businesses lease vehicles?

New Zealand: home to the All Blacks, the Southern Alps, Pavlova, Tip-Top ice-cream, kiwi ingenuity and… the world’s highest vehicle depreciation rates. Yes, you read that right. Carspring did a study on how much value cars lost over a period...... Read More

Discovering driving pleasure: Land Rover Discovery TD6 HSE

At first glance the Land Rover Discovery looks big and cumbersome, but at first drive you forget that first misleading impression and marvel at the response and ease of engine power that turns this big wagon into pure driving delight.Be warned! There...... Read More

Self-driving electric vehicles

If you told someone 200 years ago something called a car would one day replace the horse and carriage, you would have been laughed out of town. So, I always keep an open mind when big claims are made about the future. After all, Robert Zemeckis got quite...... Read More

Towing King - Holden Colorado Blackout Edition

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...... Read More

More than meets the eye

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...... Read More

The new normal: The rise of utes

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...... Read More

The family friendly SUV - New Nissan X-Trail

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...... Read More

50 years in the motor business

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...... Read More

The getaway car - New Volvo V90 Cross Country

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...... Read More

High-riding hatch - New Audi Q2

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...... Read More

New kid in town - New Toyota C-HR

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...... Read More

Coming of age - New Toyota Yaris

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...... Read More

European Car of the Year - Holden Astra

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...... Read More

Live the high life - New Toyota Highland

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...... Read More




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