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Another year has ended, and with sales figures published, 2018 again proved the increasing popularity of utes and SUVs, with just one passenger vehicle remaining in the top 10 vehicles, which doesn’t look like recovering its number one status soon. Ranger topped the charts, helped by some updates at the end of the year...

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Road Test

Mazda’s CX-8 may have won our 2018 SUV of the Year title, but how far does the quality wash throughout the Mazda range? We’ve driven – and been impressed by – the Mazda BT-50, CX-5, CX-8 and CX-9, so we pressed the unlocking button to the Soul Red CX-3 with a mix of high hopes and cautious optimism...

 

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Feature Story

Felix Wankel may have invented the rotary engine but few people around the world have aligned themselves with the Mazda brand, the rotary engine and drifting as much as New Zealand’s own Mad Mike Whiddett. Ten years with Red Bull and even longer with the Mazda rotary spinning blood through his veins, Mad Mike’s just released the latest incarnation of his Mazda Stadium Truck (REPU in rotary enthusiast talk, for Rotary Engine Powered Ute), running an all new engine...

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Market View

SUV sales grew again in New Zealand last year, with buyers snapping up 62,868 of the vehicles which are available in a bewildering array from the tiny Kia Picanto and Suzuki Ignis to the large, luxury Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus.

 

Last year’s total was 4722 ahead of 2017’s, a 7.5 percent lift. SUVs made up an...

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Test Drive

For only the second year, but significantly, the second-year running, an SUV has won New Zealand’s premier motoring award, the Car of the Year. Following in the wake of 2017’s victory for Skoda’s Kodiaq, the Subaru Forester claimed the 2018 title by a solid margin, and walked away with the award for its three-model range that starts with the $39,990, and tops out with the $47,490 Premium...

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Tow Test

The 3500kg towing club has become the standard for top-level ute and SUV towing for a few years now. So we’ve put together a baker’s dozen of our best SUV and ute tow vehicles. Remembering there are some lower variants that carry lower towing thresholds, due to 2WD, different suspension packs or other factors, it’s almost impossible to find a bad tow vehicle amongst this lot.

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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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