Attention adventurous families – Nissan X-Trail N-Trek
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by Dave McLeod
7h ago
Nissan’s iconic family SUV will take a further step into the wild with the introduction of the N-Trek variant, aimed at families who are more adventurous and daring. Built off the ST-L grade trim, the new addition to the X-Trail range is named N-Trek, reflecting the outdoors-inspired character of the vehicle, which takes the X-Trail to the next level of all-wheel drive adventure. Visually, the X-Trail N-Trek sports design cues which generate a sense of no-nonsense robustness. From the front, customers will have their attention caught by the dark finish of the Nissan “V-motion grille”, which ..read more
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This is ACE – MINI presenting new model generation in Beijing
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by Dave McLeod
7h ago
MINI fans can look forward to the 18th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition 2024. From April 25 to May 4, MINI will be presenting the new generation of the new MINI Family at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing. As part of the Chinese motor show with the theme “New Era, New Cars,” MINI is celebrating the world premiere of the first-ever MINI Aceman. With its independent, all-electric vehicle concept, the MINI Aceman occupies the position between the MINI Cooper and the MINI Countryman. Together with the electric MINI Cooper in both power levels “E” and “SE” and the MIN ..read more
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First Right-Hand-Drive MY25 GMC Yukon seen downunder
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by Dave McLeod
1d ago
GMSV has released images of a right-hand drive Model Year 25 GMC Yukon on the road in Australia, only days after teaser images were released in the US. “The GMC Yukon has been at Premoso for a few months as we start gearing up the remanufacturing process,” said Jess Bala, Managing Director, GM Australia & New Zealand. “It’s exciting that another vehicle is joining the GMSV line-up – one that features a full complement of eight-seats and offers great towing capability. “Vehicle development post-remanufacturing is progressing extremely well and we’re on track to deliver the new model to cu ..read more
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NZ loses Industry Icon
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by Dave McLeod
3d ago
Giltrap Group founder Sir Colin Giltrap, passed peacefully at home aged 84. In a statement released by the group, Sir Colin had been battling ill health since suffering a fall in London last year.   Sir Colin was a keen family and businessman, with an all-consuming life long passion for cars. He is well known for building enduring relationships, valuing people and for contributions to the automotive industry and in the world of motorsport, which is legendry. More information will be shared in time as arrangements to honour his life are made ..read more
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C-3P-Ohh – 2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 SE PHEV first drive
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by Dave McLeod
3d ago
I assume that the Star Wars fans out there will get the headline, but just as C-3PO was a humanoid robot, way more technologically advanced than its peers, the new Mercedes-AMG C63 S, is a standout performance sedan, that comes with ‘P3’ hybrid system that’s fast enough to make you go ooooh! Because the V8 naysayers out there are probably going to be tut-tutting, let’s get to the powertrain up front. Under the bonnet of the new Mercedes-AMG C63 S is a 2-litre, four-cylinder hybrid, however, before you start groaning, AMG have taken their ‘world’s most powerful four cylinder engine’ (as seen i ..read more
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Prefect but not perfect – Mazda CX-30 SP25 review
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by Dave McLeod
4d ago
In some of the more posher schools, although it may be across all levels of academia, there are certain students that act as role models to other students, aka prefects. Prefects are not perfect, but are expected to do the right thing, look the part (often with badges), and stand out amongst their peers, and that’s exactly what came to mind when I reviewed the Mazda CX-30 SP25. Let me explain. The CX-30 is a Kiwi fave amongst the Mazda line-up. Sitting on the Mazda3 platform, it’s a true crossover that drives like a car and acts like a small SUV. It does its job very well, but goes about its ..read more
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Alpine Alpenglow to Run Hydrogen Power
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by Matthew D'Souza
4d ago
Alpine will premiere its very first iteration of the Alpenglow racecar at the Spa-Francorchamps FIA WEC endurance race on the 10th of May. Initially debuting in 2022 at the Paris Motor Show, Alpenglow will take its Hydrogen power to the track! Alpenglow is the “brand’s laboratory” for sustainable mobility developments Featuring a Hydrogen powered internal combustion engine, the Alpine Alpenglow will run for three laps on the 11th of May at Spa. The racecar embodies the brand’s design and sustainable innovation philosophies for ultra-sport road and track cars. Expect plenty more from Alpine in ..read more
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Alfa Romeo Milano Renamed Already!
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by Matthew D'Souza
5d ago
The Italian government and specifically “an official” has decided that Alfa Romeo may not use the Milano name for its new SUV, according to law! Milano was handpicked by the voting public and is the city that serves as Alfa’s home. The brand have taken this legal hiccup in their stride! Alfa’s official press release went on to provide a sassy response to the Italian government saying that “there are issues much more important than the name of a new car.” Alfa also went on to “thank the government for the free publicity brought on by this debate.” Finding a replacement name was not an issue for ..read more
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MG Cyberster claims Red Dot ‘Product Design’ award
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by Dave McLeod
6d ago
World’s first all-electric convertible sports car, MG Cyberster, claims internationally renowned Red Dot ‘Product Design’ award. Since 1924, MG has been steadfast in its forward-thinking, innovative mindset; inspired by the unwavering can-do attitude of its founder, Cecil Kimber. Following this path, the brand has grown beyond its roots as an iconic sports car manufacturer to become an innovative EV brand. MG’s evolving brand identity is testament to this shift, with the Red Dot Design Award recognising this in its ‘Product Design’ category. MG’s New Zealand’s Country Manager, Arek Zywot said ..read more
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Omoda Jaecoo partners with Keep New Zealand Beautiful
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by Dave McLeod
6d ago
Omoda Jaecoo, New Zealand’s newest car brand launched in Auckland last week, announcing a partnership with one of Aotearoa’s longest-standing environmental charities, Keep New Zealand Beautiful. The announcement was made off the back of the release of the highly anticipated Omoda E5 electric vehicle (EV). Both the Omoda E5 BX and EX models will be available for purchase in April from selected dealers nationwide, offering consumers an innovative and sustainable option within the market at the competitive price of $47,990 and $54,990 respectively. Omoda Jaecoo Country Manager, Sheldon Humphries ..read more
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