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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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GLOBAL LAUNCH FOR MITSUBISHI MOTORS’ PAJERO SPORT

Posted on Monday 30th July 2019

The new Pajero Sport from Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) made its global debut last week. Already on sale in Thailand, the large SUV will arrive in New Zealand in late 2019.

 

The new Pajero Sport adopts a more refined, powerful appearance, complemented with a refreshed interior that delivers quality and comfort, according to the manufacturer...

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APPLE CARPLAY AND ANDROID AUTO FOR SELECT NAVARA GRADES

Posted on Monday 30th July 2019

Nissan Navara SL, ST and ST-X grades have been updated with a new entertainment system that features Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ connectivity capabilities.

 

The Alliance In-Vehicle Infotainment (AIVI) system features a larger 8.0 inch colour touchscreen with a redesigned user interface and menu, and includes Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ device mirroring – connected via USB cable...

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KIA SELTOS SMALL SUV CONFIRMED FOR NZ

Posted on Monday 30th July 2019

Just unveiled internationally by Kia Motors, the all-new Seltos is a small SUV that sits under the medium sized Kia Sportage.

 

And it could arrive here before the end of this year, says Kia Motors New Zealand (KMNZ) which is already ramping up plans for the launch of a model that the company says will make a big impact on the local market...

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FROM SKY TO SCOOP: NISSAN’S ZERO-EMISSION ICE CREAM VAN

Posted on Monday 30th July 2019

Nissan has taken the ICE (internal combustion engine) out of the ice cream van, creating an all-electric, zero-emission concept for ‘Clean Air Day’ which took place in the UK on June 20th.

 

Nissan partnered with Mackie’s of Scotland, an ice cream producer powering its family-owned dairy farm by renewable wind and solar energy. The project demonstrates how a ‘Sky to Scoop’ approach can remove carbon dependence at every stage of the ice cream journey...

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SKODA KAMIQ DEBUTS AMID ENHANCEMENTS TO EXISTING MODELS

Posted on Monday 30th July 2019

The first Skoda Kamiq recently rolled off the production line at Skoda’s main plant. The compact city SUV completes Skoda’s SUV portfolio at the lower end. Following in the footsteps of the Kodiaq and Karoq, the Kamiq is the third Skoda SUV for the European market and combines the advantages of an SUV – such as higher ground clearance and an elevated seat position – with the agility of a compact car...

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