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The all-new 2019 Toyota Hiace will launch in New Zealand in May. “It has been 15 years since the previous generation of Hiace was released,” says Neeraj Lala, Toyota GM New Vehicles and Product. The new generation Hiace brings an all new shape, comprehensive safety features and improved versatility with the ability to be tailored...

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Road Test

The price may draw the attention, but there’s a lot more to the new 2019 Mitsubishi Triton that is more than just dollar deep.

 

A solid marketing campaign promoting a $49,990 ‘top-spec’ price seems to have done a great job for the new Triton, and it doesn’t take long to appreciate...

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Feature Story

Nissan’s Navara was the fifth best-selling ute in New Zealand in 2018, but the history of the Datsun and Nissan ute dates back more than 80 years.

 

Back in 1934, Datsun launched the Type 13 Truck which ran until the mid-1950s, replaced by various evolutions (120, 220, 320 etc, all the way up to the 720) until the 1980s.

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Market View

Crossovers totally dominated the New Zealand SUV market during the first two months of 2019, filling all 10 spots on the sales ladder.

 

Mazda’s accomplished, mid-sized CX-5 led the field with 656 sales, built largely on the vehicle’s reputation for reliability, features and simply being a good drive...

 

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Test Drive

Some silver linings have more lustre than others, and when the SsangYong Musso, slated for its NZ launch in the second half of 2018 was delayed, it turned out to be serendipitous. Due to global demand, the latest generation of the Musso ute was able to fufill just a handful of confirmed orders of the top-spec SPR model, from its Fieldays 2018 debut. But NZ had to wait, and in the following six months...

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Tow Test

This will be no shock: Mercedes-Benz new V6-powered X-Class does a better job at towing than the four-cylinder model. Now that we’ve dealt with the plainly obvious, we needed to look at the towing abilities of the new V6, particularly given the modest sales of the four-cylinder. As good as the x250d X-Class is, impressive enough to be awarded our Ute of 2018, customers...

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SUV wins NZ Car of 2018!

Posted on Monday 10th December 2018

A family-friendly SUV has won the 2018 New Zealand Car of the Year. The Subaru Forester is the first Subaru to take the New Zealand Motoring Writers’ Guild accolade and also only the second SUV to take the prize, following the Skoda Kodiaq in 2017...

 

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LCV SUV OF THE YEAR: Mazda CX-8

Posted on Monday 10th December 2018

Easily the busiest segment and the most hotly contested, the top prize could have gone to any of our finalists, each making a big impact throughout the driving year. To even make the finals in a category as competitive as the SUV market is a tough challenge, itself packed with sub categories for small, medium and large...

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LCV UTE OF THE YEAR: Mercedes-Benz X-Class

Posted on Monday 10th December 2018

It may be relatively late to the ute market, but good things take time… or in Mercedes’ case, less time. Using the Nissan Navara as the platform raises questions only from those who haven’t driven them back-to-back and realised how different the X-Class actually is...

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Toyota joins New Zealand Hydrogen Association

Posted on Monday 10th December 2018

Toyota New Zealand has become one of the first vehicle manufacturers to join the recently established New Zealand Hydrogen Association.

Hydrogen fuel cell development is a key component of Toyota’s commitment to alternative fuel sources and sustainable motoring, says Toyota New Zealand Chief Executive Alistair Davis...

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Kia Soul ditches the gas

Posted on Monday 10th December 2018

Kia Motors America (KMA) has introduced the 2020 Soul, an all-electric, battery-powered version of Kia’s award-winning compact utility vehicle.

 

The Soul EV has a liquid-cooled lithium ion polymer 64 kWh battery which is expected to mean much less need for daily charging...

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