One of the Last

Posted: April 7, 2020 in 4x4, All, Holden, New Car Reviews
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Not long before the COVID-19 lock-down we tested the Holden Acadia, one of the last vehicles to carry the Holden name plate. And what a vehicle it is!

Now is the time to get out there and pick up a bargain as Holden sell off the remaining stock (when things are back to normal of course!). These are effectively collectors items now.

Enjoy the video below and stay safe people. Looking forward to coming out of the lock-down and locking in more tests.

Little Green Monster

Posted: March 5, 2020 in 4x4, All, New Car Reviews, Suzuki
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Remaining largely unchanged for the last twenty or so years Suzuki finally upgraded the Jimny (very easy to pronounce this Jiminy, as I do many times, even the Suzuki sales guys sometimes take to calling it Jiminy Cricket!), and let’s face it, why would you change something that has been extremely successful for the last two plus decades. After all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, the Jimny certainly wasn’t broke, and new model isn’t trying to fix something that doesn’t need fixing, instead, they are pretty much perfecting perfection.

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The End Is Here.

Posted: February 17, 2020 in All

Today it was announced what many guessed would be coming.

The end of an iconic brand across Australasia. Holden, will be no more.

Love it or hate it, there is absolutely no denying the role this Australian brand has had in most people’s lives and hearts since its birth 160 years ago.

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Style, on a Budget

Posted: November 3, 2019 in All, New Car Reviews, Suzuki
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Suzuki are well renowned for their quality small cars and SUVs for a very reasonable and affordable price and the latest Baleno range is no different. Starting at only $21,990 for the base GLX manual and $25,990 for the RS auto, as tested. This makes it a very affordable conveyance indeed, especially considering all the standard equipment it comes with. All models come with satellite navigation, handsfree Bluetooth with audio streaming, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, cruise control with speed limiter, reversing camera and a partridge in a pear tree. Well, not that last bit, that would cost extra. The RS adds neat little displays on the instrument panel such as a G-force meter and fuel economy and performance info screens, although not sure how often you would actually use them, might be nice to play with every now and then just for something different to look at. Also added to the RS is four-wheel disc brakes, the two GLX models come with the old-school drums on the rear, LED projector auto levelling headlights, LED daytime running lights, keyless entry with push button start and climate control air conditioning.

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With the demise of the Australian built big bangers, the Commodore and Falcon, we in New Zealand and Australia are left with a gap in the market and a hunger for rear wheel drive sports sedans to give us the thrill of power and the feeling that only a front engine rear drive layout can give, plus being able to have the convenience of a family sedan. Without of course spending crazy amounts of hard earned cash on European equivalents.

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Pork

Posted: January 27, 2017 in All, BMW, Events, Mini

Last night I was lucky enough to go the the world premiere of the remake of a legendary kiwi film. Pork Pie.

It would seem quite a few people have been a tad disappointed by the film, have read a review that had all but said don’t bother seeing it.

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Time for a Carnival

Posted: April 3, 2016 in All, Kia, New Car Reviews
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People movers, as they are commonly called, are hated by many but have become more popular than Donald Trump photo shopped meme’s. The reason is that they are, as I put it, stupidly practical. I caved a few years ago after our second born came into this crazy mixed up world and brought a people mover. Must have been a weak moment to get talked into buying one of these over-grown station wagons. But, haven’t looked back. What other vehicle can offer comfort and space for a tour of the South Island for 5 people and all the luggage needed for two weeks on the road? None.

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Touring Actively

Posted: February 28, 2016 in All
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With the 218i, BMW have made a brave move producing a front wheel drive, a huge risk as BMW purists have felt that the rear wheel drive platform is tried and true. True petrol heads will want that feeling of cornering control that only rear wheel drive can give. Not to mention the chance to get the tail out (on a racetrack of course!).

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Do It In Comfort

Posted: June 28, 2015 in 4x4, All, New Car Reviews, Toyota
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Ultimate luxury here in the Toyota Highlander, from the moment you plant your tush on the soft black leather, 12 way electrically adjustable seats you’ll notice the supreme comfort and attention to detail.

Soft touch dash panels with brown stitching to add a splash of colour. Keep toasty warm in winter and refreshingly cool in summer with the heated and cooled front seats, dual climate aircon with separate controls for the middle and rear rows of seats. Nice blue ambient lighting throughout the cabin makes this a very pleasant place to be at night.

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F for Fun, Sport.

Posted: May 10, 2015 in All
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First impressions can often be wrong. My first impressions of the Lexus CT200h F-Sport were certainly proof of that. Yes the looks of the CT200 are fantastic, absolutely no doubt about that. Sleek modern lines, tidy shapes, aggressive angles and stance. The front end styling is something special, the rear a tad chubby but still very pleasant to gaze upon. The sparkly white Nova Glass Flake with Onyx paintwork stunning.

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