News: Mercedes claims NZ Car of the Year

Mercedes-Benz NZ general manager Ben Giffin with the Peter Greenslade trophy.

Mercedes-Benz NZ general manager Ben Giffin with the Peter Greenslade trophy.

Mercedes-Benz will be locking the Peter Greenslade trophy for the New Zealand Car of the Year into its awards cabinet, picking up the win for its E-Class.

One of the most advanced cars available in New Zealand for driver assistance technology, the E-Class won over nine other finalists for the award, presented tonight at Auckland’s Viaduct Event Centre.

The NZ Car of the Year is judged by the New Zealand Motoring Writers’ Guild in conjunction with the New Zealand Automobile Association. Continue reading “Mercedes claims NZ Car of the Year” »

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News: Mazda CX-9 takes out safety award

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Mazda has proven it is safety first with the CX-9 model.

The car has picked up the AMI NZ Autocar magazine Car of the Year Safety Award ahead of five other finalists.

The awards have six categories, with cars broken down into price brackets or by their classification as a luxury or performance car. Continue reading “Mazda CX-9 takes out safety award” »

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News: Holden reveals new Commodore

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Holden has revealed the first images of its new Commodore, due on NZ roads early 2018.

Designed in Germany by Opel with input from GM Holden Australia, the car looks less bulky and carries finer design detail than the current Australian model.

Holden has so far only shown the lift back – which looks surprisingly sedan-like. Wagon images are likely to come later. Continue reading “Holden reveals new Commodore” »

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News: Allocation restricting new Impreza Sport sales in 2017

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Due to overwhelming demand in the Japanese market for the new 2017 Impreza 2.0 Sport hatch with Eyesight technology, the factory is allocating the New Zealand distributor just 300 units in four shipments.

Subaru’s manufacturer, Fuji Heavy Industries (which will become Subaru Corporation in April 2017) reckoned it would sell 4000 new Impreza Sports in Japan, and it received orders for 11,000.

Hence a price competitive export market such as New Zealand ends up with such an allocation as manufacturing is running at full capacity in Japan. Continue reading “Allocation restricting new Impreza Sport sales in 2017” »

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News: Phenomenal market growth for LDV and SsangYong

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New Zealand’s LDV and SsangYong distributor Great Lake Motor Distributors (GLMD), says the two brands continue to achieve phenomenal year on year market growth in 2016.

The first shipment of the new LDV G10 diesel vans sold out before the boat landed, while LDV’s forthcoming ute and fully electric V80 van range are set to enter the market in 2017.

Ssangyong saw 315 registrations in November, bettered only by October’s record-breaking 323 units, its eleven-month tally of 2254 exceeds its 2015 year to date total by 159 units, and edges out 2015’s full year total of 2219 registrations by 35 units. Continue reading “Phenomenal market growth for LDV and SsangYong” »

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News: Charity road trek changes name

thumbnail_image001The trek across New Zealand that sees classic cars and other special vehicles hit the road has a new name.

After 26 years, the former Variety Bash will now be known as the Trillian Trek, with proceeds going to police-partnered charity Blue Light and the Trillian Trust.

Trillian Trek coordinator Murray O’Donnell says the change is fantastic news. Continue reading “Charity road trek changes name” »

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