Holden Colorado to the Xtreme!

Holden New Zealand has released the Colorado Xtreme. Find out all about the range-topping ute in the video below.

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Lamborghini has announced a new one-make racing category. Known for its Super Trofeo categories, the new Urus ST-X SUV Concept forms the basis of a new race series starting in 2020...

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Road Test

For a company known for performance upgrades, this is a new era for the Melbourne-based performance tuning arm of Holden. Holden Special Vehicles has been tweaking and tuning Holdens since the first Walkinshaw Commodore in 1988, and for 30 years it has always managed to squeak a little more from the donor car, often drawing from its American stable of performance engines...

 

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Feature Story

Spoilt for choice, is one way of looking at the hugely competitive and evolving seven-seat SUV market. Ten years ago, seven seaters made up 66 percent of the ‘Large SUV’ market; in 2018 it was 80 percent. In 2008, seven-seat ‘over-40s’ outnumbered ‘39-and-under’ buyers by three-to-one; now 39-and-under has overtaken them, while female buyers have grown from 25 to 33 percent...

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Market View

There’s nothing like brand recognition to ensure commercial success, and nowhere is that truer than in the automotive business. Take SUV sales, for instance. Top of the tree, in the total SUV market and in individual segments, is Toyota, a brand firmly entrenched in the New Zealand consciousness...

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Test Drive

An X Class this most certainly is not. Nor is it the choice for Hollywood real estate agents, celebrities or rock stars: that’s the AMG G-Class SUV.

 

The G-Class ‘Professional’ is the true working man’s ute and more, though at $129,900, it’s not aimed at a single working man...

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Tow Test

Holden’s Colorado ute has proven itself many times over the past year. In top-spec Z71 guise, it almost won our ‘Ute-lympics’ test (May/June 2018) in a split decision with Ranger, and its 2.8-litre Duramax turbo diesel is a dynamic package, mixing power (147kW), torque (500Nm) and economy (8.7l/100km)...

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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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