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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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