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New Zealand Endurance champ and racer Simon Evans will be the only Kiwi in the first electric production car racing series that starts in Saudi Arabia in December...

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Road Test

Two bits of trivia: the Kodiak is the world’s largest bear, and also a brand of American chewing tobacco. And spelt with a q, it’s also a multi-awarding winning SUV and our favourite drive of 2017.

 

So for 2018, Skoda celebrated with the addition of the SportLine halo model, basically a fully-kitted out AWD 2.0-litre petrol turbo TSI, or TDI diesel.

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Feature Story

You get what you pay for, the old saying goes. And with the leading utes commanding prices around $50-$70k, their budgets aren’t in everyone’s reach.

 

So the obvious question changes to just how much is lost when those utes start sliding down the variant, equipment and price scale?

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Market View

Mid-sized crossovers continued to dominate the SUV market in the first eight months of the year, Motor Industry Association reported sales figures show.

 

Top of the table was Toyota’s RAV4, the oldest nameplate in the segment, launched in 1994 – 24 years ago! Toyota retailed 2476...

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Test Drive

Sometimes logic does not prevail. While Ford’s Ranger tops the New Zealand ute sales pole, Mazda’s BT-50 sits in a relatively low seventh, behind Nissan Navara and Isuzu D-Max, and ahead of VW’s Amarok.

 

This is a little odd, not because the Mazda is particularly better or worse than its nearest rivals, but because the BT-50...

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Tow Test

Volkswagen’s Amarok has a strong reputation as being king of the kids. Without moving up to the ‘big’ utes/light trucks, the Amarok’s V6 gives it an edge over the competition and with 580Nm of class-leading torque and a 3.0-litre V6, it’s held a monopoly on the market… at least until the Mercedes X-Class V6 arrives in December...

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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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