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Skoda has set the lap record for a production SUV seven-seater around the famous Nurburgring Nordescheife, with its Kodiak RS. Yet to even make its world premiere, the still-then lightly camouflaged seven-seater was driven by Sabine Schmitz, of Top Gear fame, and also the only female to win the Nurburgring 24 Hour race...

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Road Test

Happy 30th birthday to the Vitara! Launched in 1988 with a 60kW 1.6-litre, performance was not its priority, despite this being a time when Turbo was the buzz word of 1980s: Mitsubishi Cordia, Starion, Nissan Exa, Saab 900, Volvo 850, Porsche 944, even Holden’s Commodore VL jumped on the bandwagon of strapping on a turbocharger...

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Feature Story

Prod the throttle. Go on, you want to. The red devil on the right shoulder is whispering evil instructions into your right ear. A few quick blips and the thunderous br-r-r-r-u-mmm of a big capacity V8 cracks off nearby concrete walls, inducing a sly, evil smile.Like visiting New York-New York Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, the sights and sounds are all deeply familiar, but the location is totally foreign...

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Market View

Crossovers dominated the buoyant SUV segment of the NZ new vehicle market in the first half of the year, filling nine of the places on the top 10 ladder. And at the top of the tree is the current version of one of the world’s first-ever crossovers, Toyota selling 2064 RAV4s to the end of June, lifting the model from third at the end of April.

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Special Feature

Of course the idea of a V8 Colorado may be a popular one, but it’s nothing new. Back in 2010, a 5.7-litre Holden V8 was fitted to a Holden Colorado, for Craig Lowndes to run in the Australasian Safari Rally, an eight-day, almost 4000km event, with PWR Racing’s Kees Weel navigating...

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Test Drive

There’s an old saying from author Harper Lee that suggests ‘you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family’, basically suggesting that like ‘em or not, that family will always be there.

 

But the Mazda SUV family seems to be filled with models that would all be chosen, combining a...

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Tow Nailed

Nissan and turbocharging have a solid history. From the Bluebird taking pole at the Bathurst 1000, to the Skyline GT-R’s dominance of Touring Car racing in the early 1990s, not to mention the 180SXs, Silvias, Skylines and boosted Pulsars from as far back as the early 1980s, the 2018 Nissan Navara holds a unique distinction (with the Merc X-Class, of course) of being twin-turbocharged...

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Nissan Juke Joins Millionaires Club

Posted on Friday 19th July 2018

Eight years after it burst into the market, the Nissan Juke has joined its cousin the Qashqai in the millionaire’s club with the millionth model rolling off the production line this month.

 

With a brand-new Juke being built at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the U.K. every 105 seconds, it remains a huge sales success, hitting sales of 95,000 in Europe last year...

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Range Rover Sport Receives Upgrade

Posted on Friday 19th July 2018

The Range Rover Sport has received a new update designed to enhance driving experience and customer convenience.

 

The new 183kW 3.0-litre SDV6 twin-turbo engine replaces the 2.0-litre SD4, delivering an additional 6kW and an extra 100Nm of torque...

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Dreamliner Gets Towed

Posted on Friday 19th July 2018

Parking is expensive at airports, and with Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport raking in $400,000 a day in revenue, the punishment for overstaying is swift - which Qantas recently discovered when it's new Dreamliner 787-9 had to be towed.  Of course, the new Dreamliner...

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Enhanced Sportage Shows Off

Posted on Friday 19th July 2018

Kia Motors has spent some time and money enhancing the Sportage now available in showrooms around Oceania.

 

The enhanced model includes multiple new driver assist features such as Automatic Emergency Braking with Forward...

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Rolls-Royce Introduces Luxury SUV

Posted on Friday 19th July 2018

For Rolls-Royce, the question was not whether to build an SUV, but how. With SUVs and trucks now outselling cars, why wouldn’t the luxury car manufacturer get onboard?

 

The Cullinan (named after the largest gem-quality diamond ever discovered) is the first Rolls-Royce ...

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Peugeot’s Crossover Compact Van

Posted on Friday 19th July 2018

Peugeot has revealed the all-new Partner compact van to be sold worldwide.

 

The Partner shares its bodywork with the recently revealed Peugeot Rifter MPV, boxy styling, a chunky grille to separate itself from similar offerings in the market...

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