Page 1

The essential guide for businesses August 2011

Executive Car

New Peugeot 508

$8.20 incl. GST






THERE’S A }{zd{ for everyone Check out the options for your fleet at or talk to your local Mazda dealer.


CONTENTS Cover Story


6 Peugeot 508 Briefings 8 Quo vadis Toyota 10 SsangYong is back

For more road reports this issue, check out

11 To train or not to train New Models 12 Hyundai Elantra

27 Commodore E85 test

47 Hiace van tested

14 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

28 Mini Cooper D test

Road Reports

16 Audi A6


54 VW Passat 1.8 TSi

19 Melbourne Motor Show

38 Audi A7

56 Volvo V60


39 BMW 535i Touring

58 Skoda Octavia Scout TDI

22 New Audi base, GPS rental


59 Mazda CX-9



60 Ford Fiesta long-term

29 Green fleet update 48 Vehicle fit-out

42 World launch; Amarok single cab

62 Abarth Essesse, Peugeot 308 SW


44 Workhorses in Melbourne

Price List

24 Bridgestone and Westpac

46 New Canter launched, driven

63 August 2011

26 Lexus CT200h

Vehicle Graphics

Expect More

Vehicle signage is the perfect way to promote your business and make a lasting impression, working for you 24/7. Even when parked, vehicle signage can be building awareness and generating business. Discuss this cost-effective and powerful form of business advertising with us. We can provide signage options that can easily be removed when the vehicle is sold or returned after lease.

0800 SPEEDY (77 33 39)

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011


Power play

August 2011 Managing Editor John Oxley Editor-at-large Robert Barry Associate Editor Damien O’Carroll Automotive Group Sales Manager Dan Prestige Publisher Cathy Parker Subscription Manager/Enquiries Hilary Keen Circulation Manager Kim McIntosh Proof Reading - Malcolm Bailey Adrenalin Publishing Ltd 14C Vega Place, Mairangi Bay, PO Box 65092 Mairangi Bay, North Shore City 0754 Phone: 09 478 4771

NZ Company Vehicle magazine is magazine is a bi- monthly - 6 issue annual subscription in New Zealand is $48 (incl GST). Call us for overseas rates. NZ Company Vehicle is copyright and may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the written permission of the publisher. Neither editorial opinions expressed nor facts stated in advertisements are necessarily agreed to by the editor or publisher of NZ Company Vehicle and, whilst all efforts are made to ensure accuracy, no responsibility will be taken by the publishers for inaccurate information, or for any consequences of reliance on this information. Printing: GEON Distribution: Gordon and Gotch ISSN1171-9265

Are your details correct? If we don’t have your correct details, or if you would like additional subscriptions, please call us on 09-478 4771. The essential guide for businesses June 2011

Executive Car

New TerriTory  Leasing  Driver training $8.20 incl. GST



  G roup test: 7 4WD utilities

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

Range anxiety. It’s the new motoring buzzword, describing a feeling suffered mainly by electric vehicle drivers setting off on a longish journey – say 40 km or more each way. It’s said to be the main thing putting off a lot of potential buyers or users of plug-in electric cars, and the reason why full hybrid or semi-hybrid electric with “range extender” petrol engines are still making in-roads despite their extra engineering, complexity, and cost compared to the much lower price and simplicity of a pure plug-in – and the even lower sticker on a similarly-sized small petrol or diesel car. Yet the reality of ownership is proving to be totally different in the real world. According to a UK study done over 12 months, and 235,000 km, using 25 Mitsubishi iMievs and 20 Smart fortwo electric cars, more than three quarters of daily journeys took less than 20 minutes, with just two percent of them using more than 50 percent of the battery charge. So in the vast majority of cases drivers had more than enough juice for a return trip. Another study, done among drivers of the electric version of the latest British Mini, shows that these drivers actually cover more ground than many owners of similarly-sized petrol cars. And just as happened with cellphone ownership, at first they plugged-in their vehicles to charge the batteries every night, but after a while they got used to checking how much juice they had left, and only topped up when necessary, sometimes only every two or three days. But range anxiety CAN be a huge problem, as happened when a friend of mine took an iMiev for a road test – including blasting around a test circuit – and then limped home with his heart in his mouth as the manufacturer’s claimed battery range had been reduced at a prodigious rate as he had exploited the car’s performance. He got so worried he might not make it that he even phoned a car distributor whose HQ was on his way home to ask if he could plug-in the competitive product for a top-up at their place – only to be rebuffed! He did eventually manage to limp home, at virtual walking pace, but with only a couple of minutes running time left in the battery!

Which was stark contrast to the UK study, which found that most drivers finished their daily journeys with more than 40 percent charge still remaining. And the average user only needed to recharge every 2-3 days – they tended to charge at home overnight or at their place of work more than 85 percent of the time. The average charge time was between 2-3 hours (usually equivalent to half charge) with an energy transfer of 6kWh - equivalent to one load in a washer-dryer. The answer, of course, is to have more charging stations you can plug your vehicle into. The most obvious is at your place of work – although there would have to be some sort of metering system – as well as public stations offering various degrees of charge rate depending on how long you had in hand. There’s already quite a lot of movement shown in Australia about having a system of charging stations across that vast land, and we’ve even got the first one in New Zealand, in Taupo, as we revealed in our June issue. With night-time off-peak electricity relatively inexpensive it would make sense to own an electric car if your journeys are shorter than 100 km a day – and it would certainly help our carbon footprint. However charging during the day wouldn’t make any sense at all, since it would merely add further pressure to an electricity supply network that at times creaks and groans with over-exertion.

The new BMW 5 Series

the perFect BuSineSS Model. The new BMW 5 Series is the epitome of aesthetic design and supreme driving pleasure. With class leading performance and the intelligent technologies of BMW ConnectedDrive, including Head-Up Display as standard, the BMW 5 Series truly is the ultimate executive sports sedan. Now available with BMW Select; a finance package that guarantees the minimum future value of your car, so you’ll know exactly where you stand from the minute you sign your finance contract. There has never been a better time to test-drive New Zealand’s most awarded vehicle of 2010, so visit your nearest Authorised BMW Dealership today.

Subject to BMW Select terms and conditions. Optional extras shown.


the new BMw 5 SerieS. Future prooFed with BMw Select Finance.

Cover st0ry

508 rings the changes for Peugeot Peugeot has been in the transport industry for well over 100 years, starting asa manufacturer of push bikes way back in 1830, progressing to automobiles in 1882 then, in a rather uniquely French quirk, back to two wheels and motorcycles in 1898. For many years, post-World War 2, Peugeot was the leading provider of executive cars in France and other European countries, up until the 1970s when the French Government sought assistance from Peugeot to keep the ailing and virtually bankrupt Citroen alive. At this point the temptation to continue buying was too great and the newly-created group – PAG as it was known – also acquired Chrysler’s bankrupt European division. Buying Chrysler Europe led to the enlarged Peugeot Citroen group running losses in the early 1980s and turning to small cars for salvation – enter the Peugeot 205GTi which almost single-handedly kept the group alive. The late 1980s saw the large rear-drive 504 and subsequent 505 models dropped from the range, to be replaced by the frontdrive 405 - and it is with the 405 that the ancestry of the 508 begins. The 405 was an unreserved success, certainly in the UK where it broke the stranglehold of the Ford Sierra and Vauxhall Cavalier on the “rep car” market. Peugeot woke up to this quite quickly, bringing out the 406 as a successor in 1995 and running it all the way through to 2004 when the highly desirable 407 broke cover. Nearly seven years have passed since the 407 took to the road, and a replacement was long overdue. Peugeot meanwhile had re-entered the 6

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

large car segment with the 607, achieving little or limited success. Faced with abandoning the executive car segment for the second time in a generation Peugeot has taken the bold step of finding a middle ground by dropping both 607 and 407 and introducing a replacement that covers both segments. Welcome to New Zealand Peugeot 508. You’re going to face a tough challenge to achieve the goals your maker set for you, especially in the current economic climate and the mid-size segment, where the battle for buyers is intensifying. Add to that challenge the current change to low capacity, high output engines by your competitor European manufacturers and you can be in no doubt that your mettle will be tested. How will 508 meet these challenges? We spent six happy days driving the 508 Allure around town and into the countryside hoping to enjoy some “Quality Time” – the marketing line that Peugeot is using with the car – as well as some enjoyable driving time. We managed both. First impressions are vital in the motor industry and with just a few seconds to impress the 508 achieved its first goal; it looks impressive from any angle. Style and design are key factors to making a good impression, and the 508 did just that. The rounded, sleek lines are pleasing to the eye, enhanced by Peugeot’s long overdue decision to reduce the size of the front air intake to more acceptable proportions than those found on the 407. Peugeot design also managed to lengthen the cabin to reduce the bonnet snout, again something overdue on its midsize car. Open the doors to find a well-appointed

interior – bearing in mind that the model we drove is the mid-range version – and those first impressions are favourable all round. Peugeot has chosen to go with a light coloured roof lining that contrasts favourably with the black interior finish, although the partial leather finish is quite dark. Balance of the interior is a mix of plastics, chromed and otherwise, and some nicely detailed leather complete with visible stitching. So far so good, unless you are a technophobe in which case take a deep breath, because even with the technology this could be the car for you. Peugeot NZ has chosen the entirely keyless option. Drop the RFID key into your pocket and let the technology do all the work, including locking and unlocking the doors via touch. “Touch” unlocking and locking of the doors is something comparatively new. Look closely at the 508 door handle and you’ll see two parallel horizontal “lines” looking for all the world like mini-sculptures. Touch them with light pressure and the car unlocks, the door mirrors swing out, and at night LED lights under those mirrors illuminate the door and ground, nice touch. All passengers and drivers of our sample 508 really appreciated the touch locking system, especially the ladies. Push button start is the order of the day, an option that has become increasingly familiar on many a car these days. Many years ago Lotus Formula One introduced a steering wheel that had buttons on it, phenomenally innovative for its time. Little did Colin Chapman know that within 30 years virtually every road car coming off the production lines has a steering wheel with buttons on it. The 508 is no exception. Its steering wheel

controls a range of actions, including cruise control, sound system, phone – Bluetooth is standard – and trip computer. The Allure 508 has fewer buttons and controls than the top-of-the-range GT, some even hidden in a pull down panel to the right of the steering column, so if you prefer less high-tech stuff then this is the car for you. Looking around the 508 its quite clear that a great deal of thought has gone into creature comforts. The rear passengers get their own set of climate air controls to match the increased legroom, generous headroom and comfortable seats. Those in the back may also choose to use the window blinds on their doors and the one fitted to the rear window for increased privacy – especially useful for baby transport, one mother remarked. A shade under $55,000 will get you this 508 Allure, another $11,000 buys the top of the range GT with all the bells and whistles. Storage space on both models is almost identical, the door bins are large and generous; the centre arm rest bin is devoted to the driver hinged on the passenger side rather than the traditional rear. Open the glove box, and then close it as the space in there is dominated by the large vehicle handbook, making the title of glove box almost exactly that. The boot, despite being a touch shallow, also swallows a remarkable volume of baggage, golf clubs and shopping, handy in a company car environment. Peugeot want you to have quality time in this car, and so sound deadening is class leading, you can hardly hear the engine, and road noise is, to all intents and purpose, non-existent - even on our archaic chip-seal roads. Turn on the clear and crisp sound system and you can enjoy some very private quality time. What you won’t appreciate is the pop-out cupholders, situated just above the sound

system controls. Designed by the French for their love of espresso coffee, but useless for anything larger than a small flat white takeaway cup. If anything disappoints in the 508 it’s this. But that’s a minor blip in what, over the six days, proved to be an enjoyable and remarkably well put-together car. We looked for cheap plastic and failed to find it, equally we failed to detect wavy stitch lines on the seats and elsewhere. We looked hard for loose trim, missing screws and clips, but again were pleased not to be able to find these things. Peugeot is one of the world’s leading makers of diesel engines, developing them for power, economy and environmental consideration. That philosophy is continued with the 508, the Allure coming with a 6-speed auto ‘box mated to the 120kW/340Nm 2.0HDi engine making cruising on motorways refined and comfortable. When you want to have a bit of fun, the engine, paddle shift and gearbox all come along to play as well. The steering needs to be a wee bit tauter for faster work, the suspension copes with all the bumps and lumps it comes across and handles change of pitch and roll of the car quite well, making the ride smoother for those sitting on board. All up the 508 is no sports car, but it can move quickly and smoothly when you want it too, and that is no bad thing. Buying a new car these days is time consuming, almost as much as buying a house. The days of dropping into the dealership and a quick half-hour drive around the block are gone. Nowadays there is a lot of technology to try out and even after six days with the 508 there were still little things we spotted on the drive to return the car, such as the little light ring on the gear stick, the pull-down drawer that reveals additional buttons and controls, and the complex but

highly entertaining roof console that houses the LED interior lights and controls. Lights, especially daytime running lights, have become a space the manufacturers can extract an advantage from and they are now more commonly seen, usually a strip of LED lights contained in or immediately below the headlights. Peugeot has chosen a version of the xenon system where the headlights double as DRL, as well as being auto-dipping headlights, which to our surprise worked well. One aspect of the lights that caught us by surprise is the directional headlights. Turn the wheel and the lights point in the direction you are intending to travel. Initially we thought the system had those on/off fog lights, but no, the headlights actually point. Clever and a neat safety feature. Frankly the 508 is a breath of fresh air against opposition that has progressively enlarged its cars while leaving the name the same. The 508 is designed to sit between the mid- and large-size segments, and on that basis there should be a fair few readers of this journal who will look long and hard at the 508 as a viable option against six and even eight-cylinder offerings. Not with us yet, but coming from Europe later in the year, is the Aspire option, essentially an entry level version, with the same size body, comfort - cloth not leather - and fewer technological refinements. That said, with the size of the cabin and the boot space, the Aspire may well find favour in some fleets, particularly with Peugeot’s nippy and economical 1.6-litre turbo engine fitted to the same six-speed gearbox. Could this be the car that revives the local Peugeot operation’s fortunes, taking it back to the halcyon days of annual sales exceeding four figures? Sime Darby and the Peugeot dealer network are quietly confident about this car, and, in our opinion, rightly so.

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011



Quo vadis Toyota?

After a multitude of challenges, including numerous recalls, and most recently the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan which rocked not only the country, but the world’s biggest carmaker’s infrastructure, where is Toyota today, asks John Oxley?

Toyota has always been a company which keeps its cards close to its chest, so it was a refreshing change when Company Vehicle was invited to a meeting to discuss the company’s current status, and some future products, with Steve Prangnell, Toyota New Zealand general manager of sales and operations, and Neeraj Lala, assistant general manager product, in the marketing department. And Steve quickly got down to the nitty gritty by indicating the company’s production woes were already all but over, with stock shortages encountered over the past few months now reversed as Japan’s factories ramp up. “At the end of April we were expecting 1,506 vehicles, but only got 659; in May we ordered 1,087 but got only 401, but since then TMC (Toyota Japan) has confirmed it is in recovery,” he said. “The good news was that Toyota Thailand stayed on stream with Hilux.” However the Australian Altona plant was affected by a shortage of micro-computer parts from a tier 3 supplier, influencing parts such as ECUs, airbag sensors and controllers. As a result of the supply shortages for some cars Toyota Finance leasing business had

tripled as many businesses chose to extend the leases on their existing vehicles, with many going to 60 months on commercial leases, rather than switch to competitive products. He said June new vehicle supply was up to 95 percent globally, hitting 100 percent in early July and increasing to 120 percent by the end of July. And he expects Toyota to retain market leadership in NZ by year end, and is forecasting total new vehicle sales around the 81,000 mark, slightly up on 2010. Last year Toyota was responsible for 22.9 percent of the new vehicle market, its largest penetration since local manufacture was stopped in late 1998. Of these around 58 percent are sold through the dealer network, with the rest going directly to large corporates and fleets – the latter totalling about 600 excluding the Government. Toyota accounts for 25 percent of used vehicle imports. The Toyota Hilux has been a mainstay throughout the past few lean months, and continues to dominate the commercial vehicle sector. Neeraj said that although the current model was only going through a minor facelift, with the existing powertrain

Are you looking for a fleet provider that does it all? An ORIX tailor-made solution makes this happen Our team of experts has extensive experience in the finance and leasing market, and take the time to understand your needs before tailoring a package which considers all the options.

What are the options? • • • •

Operating & Finance Lease Passenger & Light Commercial Truck & Trailer Vehicle Sales

• Plant & Equipment • Fleet Management • Fuel Cards

For further information on an ORIX solution phone 0800 10 6749 or visit 32 Manukau Road Newmarket

1080 Great South Road Otahuhu

373 Rangatikei Street

You have the ideas ORIX makes them happen

40 Carmen Road Hornby





Telephone: (09) 520 9700

Telephone: (09) 529 4820

Telephone: (06) 350 9960

Telephone: (03) 353 1900


New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011


New Peugeot 508 SW. Quality time.

Peugeot has taken your driving experience to incredible heights with its stunningly well-appointed 508 HDi Allure SW. With a raft of innovative features including keyless entry & starting system, a full length panoramic glass roof, bi-xenon directional headlights, electronic tailgate, quad-zone climate control air-conditioning and a staggering combined fuel consumption of only 5.7 l/100kms, you’ll find you want to drive further, for longer. To arrange a test drive call us on 0800 PEUGEOT. PEUGEOT 508


BRIEFINGS continuing, there are big changes on the way, with a completely new vehicle two years away. And New Zealand is directly involved in ensuring that the new model suits our conditions and the expectations of Hilux customers, with no fewer than 35 Japanese engineers in three different groups visiting our shores in on-going testing and development of both the current Hilux, and ultimately the next one. “It’s a testament to how well the Japanese have recognised the environmental factors they can test out here,” added Steve. In the meantime he says the company is not complacent about its standing in the light commercial sector, and realises that it will be up against some stiff competition and new, more modern, competitors hit the market before the release of the 2013 Hilux. “We’ve got a sales strategy that will be rolled out (with the facelift). It’s not something you can be privy to today, but rest

assured it will protect our position.” (see p45 for more details of the updated Hilux). But the Hilux isn’t the only weapon in Toyota’s armoury, and the duo was quick to point to the new Yaris, launched at the Melbourne Motor Show (see picture and more details p19). With really funky European styling and more interior space, the new model is aimed at winning over younger car owners to the Toyota stable, while its aerodynamic styling and Euro 5 compliant engines are designed to improve fuel economy. “It’s got high quality finish, more rear seat legroom than the Corolla, and will be available in 3 and 5-door models, with 1.3-litre and 1.5-litre engines, in manual and automatic. Gearboxes are the same as the current models,” says Neeraj. “We think this may well set the benchmark for the segment”. Of course no Toyota discussion would be complete without talk of hybrids, and two

A breath of fresh air

SsangYong has been off the radar a bit for the past few years – but now it’s back with a vengeance, with a Taupo company bringing a breath of fresh air to the New Zealand motor business. Rick Cooper, chairman of Greatlake Motor Distributors Ltd, and the man who put in $10-million to get SsangYong New Zealand

going, isn’t a big chap, but he’s larger than life. Besides his involvement with SsangYong. Mayor of Taupo, and he'smanagers his property and buildings portfolio. “We are owner-operators,” says Rick. ”Don’t be afraid to phone me”. His son Deon, who is general manager of the business, which is headquartered in a purpose-built building just outside central Taupo, is a quieter version of Rick, but no less enthusiastic about life and the brand they have adopted. They’ve both been successfully involved in the retail motor business for years, with experience of Korean products high on their list of achievements. So why SsangYong? Simply put, they believe passionately

more models, a compact hybrid and a seven seater, are on the cards (see p19). But the cherry on top for the petrol heads among us has got to be the FT86 II concept sports car. More details are shown in our Melbourne Motor Show reportage on p19, but the really good news came in a last word from Steve. “There will be two grades, but I’m really interested in a third possibility, a lower spec version. The purpose of this car is to bring the youth market into our showrooms,” he says. “It could come in very basic format to enable the customer to customise it with his own accessories, such as alloys, steering wheel, audio system and so on. I see it as a replacement for the Levin, if you like”. And the million dollar questions – how much? “Well nothing is finalised yet, but we’d like to see an RRP of $35,000,” he whispered.

By John Oxley

that now is probably the best time in the brand’s history to be a national importer and distributor. “We are investing heavily in the future with SsangYong New Zealand,” says Deon. SsangYong has been through a chequered history. Originally bought out from nearbankruptcy by Daewoo in 1997, then taken over by the Chinese SAIC company which resulted in SsangYong stultifying, SsangYong is back on its feet under the ownership of India’s multi-billion dollar Mahindra Group powerhouse. SsangYong’s first own-design vehicle was the Musso, with Mercedes-Benz engines and gearboxes, and this alliance with the German luxury carmaker continues today, giving SsangYong an edge in the technology chase.

Lease the all new Swift GLX auto from only $389.00 plus GST per month! • Sleek new interior • More space • New 1.4 litre VVT engine • More economy • Lower CO2 emissions • 5-star EuroNCAP safety rating • 7 airbags • ABS with ESP® (Electronic Stability Programme) • USB iPod® audio connectivity (GLX & LTD) Lease rate based on a 36 month, 45,000km non maintained operating lease. Conditions and normal lending criteria apply. Expires August 31st. Swift LTD shown. Not in conjuntion with any other offer. Winger North Shore 75 Wairau Road Glenfield 09 441 4750

Winger Greenlane 404 Great South Road Greenlane 09 524 6030

Winger Hamilton 191 Anglesea Street Hamilton 07 838 1249

The Suzuki Real Value price is the full driveaway price including 12 months registration, warrant of fitness, 3 year/100,000km manufacturers warranty, 5 years Suzuki Roadside Assistance and a full tank of fuel

10 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

BRIEFINGS The current SsangYong line-up in New Zealand starts off with a brand-new Korando, a superb small 4WD. It’s extremely well-equipped, well-built, designed by Italian maestro Giorgetto Giugiaro, of ItalDesign – the man who designed the original Volkswagen Golf - and it has VERY competitive pricing. Then there’s the SsangYong Actyon Sport Dual Cab ute. This also offers tremendous value-for-money, with a 104 kW turbo-diesel motor, but there’s a new model waiting in the wings which will get the latest 129 kW turbodiesel engine found in the Korando. The SsangYong Kyron competes in the medium 4WD wagon segment, with its main competitor the Mitsubishi Challenger. It is available with either the same 4-cylinder 2-litre engine as the current ute, or a 121 kW 2.7-litre 5-cylinder turbo-diesel. As with the ute, towing capacity is 2,300 kg. Top of the SsangYong range is the Rexton,

To train or not to train Training is an integral part of any organisation’s progression forward, says National Advanced Drivers School MD John Brown. “Most employers will at some point place their employees into some form of training throughout their employment. Some of this training maybe one-off, others may require regular updates or re certification after certain periods,” he says. “But how often do we refresh one of the most important skills we use every day – driving? ” And he poses the following questions: •How long is it since you sat your driver’s licence? • Were you trained by a professional or by a

which is one of very few large seven-seater station wagons available in NZ which still have a separate chassis, and it boasts a massive 3,200 kg towing capacity. The Rexton RX270 Xdi comes with a 121 kW version of the 5-cylinder engine, and is linked to a part-time (selectable) 4WD system with low ratio, while the RX270 XVT Sport and SPR give out 137 kW, but have full-time 4WD without a low ratio transfer ‘box. Currently there are 11 dealers plus seven service agents across North and South Islands, with more to follow. SsangYong NZ also has its own leasing company, concentrating on smaller companies and businessmen. “We started this as a way to keep our customers,” said Rick. “We believe we will be able to keep it on a more personal level as we are not dealing with a massive number of cars,” adds Deon. “Everyone will be treated equally”. At the same time they both made plain

non-professional? • Were the skills taught to you back then relevant today? • Has vehicle technology changed in that period? • What about traffic densities and roads, how much have they changed? • Are you up to date of all the changes in the road rules that have been made since you obtained your licence? • How long since you picked up a Road Code? He goes on to say that many employers consider driver training an unnecessary cost, rather than an investment in increased productivity and improved employee welfare. “Consider these benefits of driver training,” he says: • Employees trained to be better prepared for emergencies, reducing accident risk. • Employees who are better drivers, smoother, driving in a safer and controlled manner. • Reduction in fuel costs.

that they are more than happy to work with the main players in the leasing business where this arises. And future product? The Rexton will continue in its current form until 2015, when it will be facelifted, while the Kyron is expected to get the same engine as the Korando sometime in the future. More exciting, though, is that brand-new ute in the offing, with styling much less “quirky” than the current model, yet modern and functional. “The ute market is going to be the most active looking forwards,” said Rick. “Next year almost every one of the distributors has a new ute, and we are told there could also be as many as seven Chinese brands on the market by then. “This means we have a tremendous opportunity, with two SsangYong models in the segments which are growing the most – small SUVs and utes.”

• Reduction in tyre wear and replacement. • Reduced minor incidents around reversing and parking - shown to be the biggest contributor to the average fleet operator’s accident repair account each year. As far as training policy is concerned, John Brown eschews theory-based or computer simulated training models in favour of a combination of theory and practical where employees are taught about the practical things when driving and these lessons are reinforced with good practical exercises interspersed between the lessons over the period of a day. National Advanced Drivers School runs a variety of courses across New Zealand, country, from Whangerei to Invercargill on a regular timetable. For further information visit www. or contact John or Sandy at 09 486 4775.

LEASE LEASE AA NEW NEW KIZASHI KIZASHI GLX GLX CVT CVT from from only only $599.00 $599.00 plus plus GST GST per per month month

l AA 2010 Supreme Winner l 7.9l/100km l AA 2010 Medium Class Winner l NZ Herald 2010 Car of the Year l 5 Star ANCAP Safety Rating l ABS with EPS (Electronic Stability Program) l 7 Airbags Lease rate based on 36 month, 45000km non-maintained operating lease. Conditions and normal lending criteria apply. Not in conjunction with any other offer. Expires August 31st. Kizashi LTD shown in picture Winger North Shore Winger Greenlane Winger Hamilton 75 Wairau Road Glenfield 404 Great South Road Greenlane 191 Anglesea Street Hamilton 09 441 4750 09 524 6030 07 838 1249 The Suzuki Real Value price is the full driveaway price including 12 months registration, warrant of fitness, 3 year/100,000km manufacturers warranty, 5 years Suzuki Roadside Assistance and a full tank of fuel

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011



Every day is a field day Hyundai MotorsNew Zealand has fired a warning shot across Toyota's bow with the introduction of the new Elantra into the small sedan class. Robert Barry reports why. According to Hyundai NZ COO Tom Ruddenklau every day is a “Fielday” for Hyundai in New Zealand and the recently launched Elantra sedan range is part of larger arsenal of new model launches scheduled for the rest of 2011. Before the year is out, Hyundai will also launch the new small Accent sedan and hatch, with petrol and diesel options, plus the sexy looking i40 wagon from Europe is also due, to be followed later by i40 sedan and the Elantra hatch. The Elantra is Hyundai’s top global selling car, with 750,000 units sold in 2010, so it was appropriate to host the launch of the new model at the National Fieldays in Hamilton – which surely represents New Zealand’s largest sales opportunity for both passenger, commercial and agricultural vehicles. For the last four years Hyundai has made a significant investment in its Fieldays presence and will continue to do so for some time. Not only is it a huge opportunity in terms of actual sales four Elantras alone were sold on the first day of Fieldays – which was the first on sale day for the car) it allows the wholly locally owned distributor to capitalize on their strategic sponsorship of “Hyundai Country Calendar” and other programmes that target the heartland of New Zealand. Ruddenklau says that Fieldays is a symbol of the momentum and brand maturity in 12 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

New Zealand for Hyundai and a growing acceptance of the brand in the rural sector. What he doesn’t say outright but is particularly obvious to us, is the company’s determination to chase the number one sales spot and relieve Toyota of its domination. Hence all the Hyundai marketing and communication is particularly slanted that these are vehicles suited for Kiwis and the Kiwi way of life. Sound familiar? If Toyota hasn’t heeded the warning shot – they ought to. Well designed and efficient small sedans can only continue to grow in popularity as we have witnessed by the success of the recently revised Holden Cruze in the fleet market. The new Elantra is powered by a new 1.8 Nu-series engine that produces power of 110kW @ 6500 rpm and a torque rating of 176Nm @ 4700 rpm. Fuel consumption is quoted at 7.1L/100km and the C02 emission figure is 170g/km. All variants receive a six-speed automatic transmission which undoubtedly assists in producing such competitive figures. On the road the Elantra proves to be a pleasant driving companion, very quiet on tarmac but naturally on our chip sealed roads there is some tyre noise but nothing disconcerting nor wearying on a longer journey. The engine is smooth and refined and the automatic transmission just works perfectly. While the suspension offers good

handling and a comfortable ride, it’s pretty benign and this is not a car you would thrash across a challenging back country road. Cruising and commuting is the forte of the Elantra and four people will travel with more than adequate comfort and legroom. The entry level Elantra with cloth upholstery kicks off at $35,990 followed by the Elite variant with leather clad seats at $39,990 and the Elite Limited with electric sunroof completes the trio at $41,990. Specification wise the base model Elantra gets manual air-conditioning rather than climate but it has exactly the same active and passive safety features as the Elite variants as well as Bluetooth, iPod integration, and cruise control but comes on 16-inch alloy wheels. It’s aimed at the fleet market and will certainly go down well with its generous features. The Elite models which are more targeted towards the private buyer or use chooser receive bigger 17-inch alloy wheels as well as Climate air-conditioning, reversing sensors, rain sensors, automatic headlamps, a proximity key with engine stop/start button, and seat warmers. The Elantra is the second car in the segment to offer the luxury of seat warmers – which shows the growing trend for this segment to offer greater amenity and features for people downsizing from larger four-cylinder and six-cylinder cars. It should do well on that basis alone. Prices: Elantra $35,990 Elantra Elite $39,990 Elantra Elite Limited $41,990

There are two sides to vehicle leasing. Ours is on the left. get more cost savings Our end-to-end model for fleet leasing means you for yourself. and service benefits at every stage. Compare them OTHE R S


g lifecycle, The Toyota value chain drives the complete leasin sal from manufacture through to end-of-lease dispo

✓ ✓

g costs Our best price procurement means lower leasin

Vantage A deeper range of unique products including the ance Insur lease, Driveway finance and Toyota Fleet

Buy and lease back on existing fleets (even non-Toyota fleets)

to factory Cost-effective, group-discounted maintenance logbook standards

fund Toyota’s size and stability means lower cost of sharper lease pricing

90 Toyota service outlets nationwide means cove your fleet may be

Reliability, stability and flexibility – from one of New Zealand’s most trusted brands

Superior end-of-lease residual values

s and

r wherever

Just some of the ways we’re streets ahead when it comes to your fleet needs. Call us on 0508 GO TOYOTA (46 86 96) right now for more information or jump online to And see which side you’d rather be on…


Heading out of town, or overseas?

Mercedes upgrades C-Class

Rent a GPS

time s e v Sa stres less

• New Zealand • Australia • Europe • USA/Nth America Collect at site, Auckland airport (domestic or international) or by courier outside Auckland

Ph/Fax 09 444 8166 email: mobile : 027 771 7772

w w w. r e n t g p s n z . c o m 14 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

A shapelier front end and new features for the cabin are the main changes in MercedesBenz’s facelift of the C-Class, while as many as 10 new driving assistance systems have filtered down from its bigger brothers. However, it’s not all about looks, and the German company says more than 2,000 new components have been introduced. The most obvious changes include a new front bumper, rounded headlights that make the V-shape of the front end more prominent, and an air dam for the front bumper. There are horizontal LED daytime running lights in the bumper, while a new bumper and light clusters with centrally positioned LED indicators upgrade the rear. The overall weight of the C-Class has also been reduced by the introduction of an aluminium bonnet . Mercedes has also paid attention to aerodynamics, resulting in a Cd figure of 0.26, which not only sets the benchmark in its class, but means it cuts through the air better than most compact cars and even some small cars. Inside the car Mercedes says it has focussed on restyling the dashboard, with the intention to create “a powerful, sporty and high-quality look”. Surfaces of the instruments are said to be more detailed while an extension now also houses the central display and large trimmed sections are said to be an important part of the fascia’s redesign. A leather-rimmed steering wheel is standard across the range. New communication and information units are included. Biggest changes are its larger displays, phone book transfer, display of SMS messages and the inclusion of a USB port in the centre armrest. The Comand multimedia system for the first time also allows Internet access when

the car is stationary and there’s a satnav system with added functions, including a 3D display, route-recording and the display of alternative routes. The Elegance and Avantgarde versions are more easily distinguishable from each other. New engines are part of the revised C-Class deal, too, and Mercedes quotes an overall reduction on fuel consumption of as much as 31 percent. Most C-Classes will be fitted with start/ stop technology and all engine variants are now classified as BlueEfficiency models, and they all get the latest version of the 7G Tronic plus automatic gearbox. Direct fuel-injection is now fitted on all petrol engines. Equally high-tech is the addition of new driving assistance systems, among them Attention Assist (to detect driver drowsiness), Distronic Plus, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Parktronic with parking guidance and Blind Spot Assist. The model line-up and pricing are as follows: Petrol - C200 CGI, 4-cylinder, 1796cc, 135kW, $69,900; C250 CGI Elegance, 4-cylinder, 1796cc, 150kW, $84,900; C250 CGI Avantgarde, 4-cylinder, 1796cc, 150kW, $84,900; C300 Elegance, V6, 3498cc, 185kW, $99,900; C300 Avantgarde,V6, 3498cc, 185kW, $99,900; C63 AMG, V8, 6208cc, 336kW, $166,900. Diesel - C200 CDI 4-cylinder, 2143cc, 100kW, $72,500; C250 CDI Elegance, 4-cylinder, 2143cc, 150kW, $87,500; C250 CDI Avantgarde 4-cylinder, 214 cc 150kW, $87,500; C350 CDI Elegance, V6, 2987cc, 195kW, $109,900; C350 CDI Avantgarde, V6, 2987cc, 195kW, $109,900. Estate versions cost $3,000 extra.


Business class bruiser Audi has been on a bit of a roll as of late, grabbing the lead in the premium segment in New Zealand a few years back and then running off into the distance laughing. More or less. A slew of new models to either replace existing cars or fill newly-invented segments has seen some remarkable motor vehicles added to the Audi family in the last four years or so and pretty much the entire range has been revamped. Except for two the A3 and the A6. But now Audi has come another step closer to completing a total refresh of its range by releasing an all-new A6. Foreshadowed by the rather stunning A7 5-door hatch a few months back, the A6 is seen by Audi New Zealand as being the more conservative option to the sexy and swoopy, yet essentially same-sized hatch. Based on the MLB platform that, in its various sizes, underpins the majority of the Audi range (A4, A5, Q5, A7 and A8) the A6 has gone from being one of the granddads of the range (only the A3 is older) right up to the cutting edge, bristling with a lot of the same technology that Audi has packed into the A7 and A8. Jammed full of standard kit (along with the expected vast list of options, of course) the A6 is initially available on New Zealand shores with a choice of three engines - two 3-litre TDI turbo-diesel V6s (in 150kW/450Nm and 180kW/500Nm guises) and a 3-litre TFSI supercharged petrol V6 (220Nm/440Nm) - all with Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system. 16 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

The lower-powered diesel version is essentially a de-specced price-leader to sneak the start of the range under $130,000 - clocking in, as it does, at $127,900 - while the higher-powered diesel and the petrol drop in at an identical (and identicallyspecced) $143,900. S-line variants will be available later in the year for $137,900 for the 150kW diesel and $150,900 for the 150kW diesel and the petrol. On the road the A6 is also everything you would expect from a big Audi, feeling remarkably (and understandably) similar to the A7 hatch - supremely confident in a sporty-yet-comfortable way, fast, predictable, responsive and yet still slightly detached. Comfortable and effortlessly powerful, the A6 simply destroys long distances with a special kind of disdain. While the supercharged V6 petrol engine is undoubtedly a star, it is the 180kW diesel six that is the real hero here, largely thanks to its brawny 500Nm chunk of torque. The diesel even manages to sound slightly angrier than the petrol under acceleration as well, with a deep guttural growl emanating from the exhaust when you drop the hammer and all that torque kicks in. By using composites, aluminium and uberhigh tensile steel the new A6 is apparently 15 per cent lighter than an all-steel equivalent

and most major body panels, many suspension components and the axles are aluminium. It may well be quite a bit lighter than before, but the new A6 is also larger, with a longer wheelbase and a wider track that not only enlarges the exterior dimensions, but also the interior ones. But while it is largely accepted practice that a new model be inevitably larger than the one it replaces, it has also in recent times become expected that it will also be lighter and more fuel efficient. Which the A6 also is. The lighter weight added to stop-start technology, regenerative braking technology and electro-mechanical steering Audi claims the improvements in fuel economy can be as much as 19 percent in some models compared with the previous generation A6. Big, comfortable, fast and well-specced, the Audi A6 is an impressive package indeed. While it can be said that it’s understated, conservative styling may not quite have the visual impact of the new 5 Series BMW or E-class Merc, Audi would respectfully suggest you take a look at the A7 instead. Talk about covering all your bases.


HERE (inside width 1692mm)

HERE (payload 1200kg)

HERE (7.4L/100km combined fuel consumption)

And Here $44,990


Whatever you’re looking for in a van, the new Fiat Scudo delivers. It really is the total package: incredibly roomy and practical, easy to drive, cheap to run, with more features than ever, including dual airbags and ESP as standard. Discover a better way of doing business, take the new Fiat Scudo for a test drive today. • 1.9litre, 120kw diesel engine • 6 cubic metre load space • Long wheel base

• • •

Air conditioning ABS Remote central locking and electric windows

For more information visit or your nearest dealer. OB1224CV

NORTH SHORE: Simon Lucas 09 444 8144

AUCKLAND: Andrew Simms European 09 523 1939

AUCKLAND: Italian Auto Centre 09 276 7245

WELLINGTON: GT Continental 0800 668 668

CHRISTCHURCH: Euromarque 03 366 0229

DUNEDIN: Cooke Howlison 03 456 0527


Kia’s new baby

By Damien O’Carroll

With global sales booming, Korean car maker Kia has a right to feel very happy with itself. In 2009 sales were up 20 percent on the previous year, and 2010 up almost another 27 percent on that. So far the first quarter of this year shows further growth of just over 20 percent, going to show that the global financial crisis was essentially nothing more than a momentary blip on the radar for the Korean car industry. Sales results like this have to be confidenceinspiring, and this is obvious in the product that Kia, and partner-company Hyundai, are currently rolling out of their factories. A few months back Kia launched the extremely competent and startlingly attractive mid-sized Optima as a range-topper in New Zealand. A compelling entrant in the competitive mid-size market, the Optima’s biggest hurdle in this country will only be its limited availability due to LHD demand. Now Kia has moved to the other end of its range, with the launch for the replacement of the range-starting baby, the Picanto. The Picanto always held a special appeal in the city car segment by being both remarkable value-for-money (well-specced and starting at under $17,000) and just plain damn cute. Now Kia has upped the spec levels even further, moved the look from “cute” to “stylish” and is set to tackle the market headon with the claim that the new Picanto is now the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid petrolpowered car on the New Zealand market. Kia has chosen to bring the Picanto into 18 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

New Zealand with a single engine – the 1248cc four-cylinder petrol - leaving out the 1-litre three-cylinder petrol available in other markets. With an average combined consumption figure of 4.3L/100km and CO2 emissions of 100g/km, the 1.25-litre engine certainly has the fuel-efficient credentials, but there is a catch. The hero figures are for the entry-level LX equipped with a five-speed manual transmission and Kia’s Idle Stop and Go (ISG) automatic stop/start function. Adding a fourspeed auto (not available with ISG) to the LX spec, or move up in the range to the auto-only EX, and the fuel figures start to look less flattering, with 5.3L/100km and 125g/km for the LX auto and 5.6L and 130g for the EX. Still not terrible, just not quite as impressive. Why Kia has chosen to only fit a four-speed auto to the Picanto is slightly mystifying, as the rest of the package is actually rather cutting edge and remarkably well-equipped. The ISG system shuts down the engine when the manual car comes to a halt, is taken out of gear and the clutch let back out. The engine automatically restarts when the clutch is depressed again and makes a large contribution to the impressive fuel figure of the manual car. Front, side and curtain airbags are standard

across the range as is ABS and stability control. hill-start assist, remote keyless entry, alloy wheels (14 inch on LX models and 15 inch on the EX), daytime running lights (standard bulbs on LX, LED on the EX), a multi-function trip computer, full iPod integration and electrically-adjustable heated exterior mirrors are all also standard across the range, while the automatic models (LX and EX spec) gain Bluetooth hands-free, a leather steering wheel with audio controls, a height adjustable driver’s seat and a passenger’s seat undertray. The range-topping EX exclusively gains an additional driver’s knee airbag, rear parking sensors, automatic projector-style headlights and LED taillights. As to be expected with these impressive spec levels, prices have increased over the old model. The LX manual now starts the Picanto range at $18,590, while selecting the automatic transmission adds a mere (especially when you consider the extra spec it also gains you) $400. The auto-only EX tops out the range at $20,990. Kia expects the ISG system to be available with an automatic transmission some time early next year, which will no doubt move the auto car’s consumption and emission figures closer to the manual’s impressive figures, especially if an extra cog or two are also added to the mix. Here’s hoping. The fact that the vast majority of buyers will opt for the four-speed auto somewhat negates Kia’s impressive claims of frugality, but as it stands, the Picanto is a remarkably well-equipped entrant into the city car segment. Its price advantage is long-gone, but what you now get for the dollars asked is still impressive.

Melborne Motor SHow

Launches galore in Oz There was a strong message for New Zealand at the Melbourne Motor Show at the beginning of July, with a whole raft of vehicles we haven’t seen before– and most of them headed for our shores. John Oxley picks out those he thinks are most relevant.

including Active Park Assist, Ford Smart Key keyless entry system and Power start button, partial leather seat trim, heated front seats and 18-inch alloy wheels. Ford also showed the latest Wildtrak incarnation of its next generation Ranger (see our story in Workhorses) as well as the new Territory.



The Australian International Motor Show, as it’s now called, alternates between Sydney and Melbourne on a year-on-year basis, but even though it’s only eight months since the Sydney event last year, the Melbourne version, with about 50 new models and concepts, attracted the biggest number of motor show “reveals” in years.



The freshest vehicle on the Ford stand from our viewpoint is the all-new Ford Focus, with totally fresh styling, great interior packaging, the great craftsmanship which has become the Focus calling card, and, of course, classleading ride and handling. Two body styles were shown – sedan and hatch – but it is likely only the former will make it to NZ. The Focus range includes four variants – Ambiente, Trend, Sport and the rangetopping Titanium. Petrol buyers have the choice of a 1.6-litre or new 2.0-litre GDi (Gasoline Direct Injection) Ti-VCT engine, while a frugal 2-litre Duratorq TDCi turbodiesel is also available. Features on the top model include

destined for production. It weighs only 1,172 kg, has a 1.6-litre direct injection engine, and Hyundai’s first dual-clutch automatic transmission. It’s expected to be on sale late next year Hyundai also showed its new 4,369 mm-long Accent, in sedan and hatch versions, with the accent (excuse the pun) on better quality and economy, as well as lower emissions. The European-designed i40 wagon - a slightly smaller, premium alternative to the i45 - was also on show, but it’s not known what its future will be for NZ as it will probably clash with Hyundai’s top-selling SUV offerings.


Holden had three models that are especially important – a new, bigger version of the Barina, a totally fresh Colorado utility, and a hatchback Cruze. We’ll talk about the Colorado in our Workhorse section further into the magazine, but the Barina brings fresh new styling and a high level of standard safety features. Longer and wider than the current model, it has a completely re-styled interior, too, with the dashboard following the “motor-cycle theme” first shown in the smaller Barina Spark. New from the ground up, it is equipped with a 16-valve 1.6-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic. The Cruze hatch show car was still a concept, but close to the production model which will be built in South Australia.

Jaguar’s new 140 kW/450 Nm 8-speed 2.2 Diesel XF could be a hit in the executive section of the fleet market, and at Melbourne we saw this new model complete with a number of design refreshments, including bi-function xenon headlamps incorporating LED daytime running lights with a distinctive “J-Blade” signature full LED tail lights, plus stop-start technology which brings fuel consumption to a low of 5.4L/100km and 149g/km emissions. Pricing is expected to be keen.




“Halo” car for Hyundai was the Veloster coupe with its revolutionary asymmetrical design featuring two conventionally hinged individual doors on the passenger side and one on the driver’s side, and

Diesel XF

Kia Rio

The big reveal from Kia was the replacement for the Rio five-door hatchback duel on sale here in a couple of months’ time. Expect three equipment grades and New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011 19

Melborne Motor SHow both 1.4-litre and direct-injection 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engines matched with manual and automatic transmissions. And don’t rule out the possibility of a diesel!


Nm direct injection 2-litre engine as well as a six-speed auto known as SkyActivDrive to the range. This gearbox is said to combine the economy and smoothness of a continuously variable transmission with the responsiveness of a dual clutch ‘box. There’s also a stop-start system. Mazda also showed a pair of its latest concepts, the Shinari, said to be a loose template for the next Mazda6, and the Minagi, showing the future of Mazda small car design, and destined to become the CX-5 compact “urban compact crossover” with local release in mid-2012. Mazda also showed a pair of new BT-50 utes – see our Workhorse section for more on these.

Minagi / Cx-5

MERCEDES-BENZ Mazda had a few tricks up its sleeve for Melbourne, not least of which was a revised version of the Mazda3, with a new nose featuring a reshaped five-point grille set within the new bumpers, as well as revised air intakes and foglight housings – but more importantly that there’ll be a SkyActiv drivetrain for the car. SkyActiv introduces a new 113 kW/194

Merc SLK

It was coupe time at the Mercedes stand, with stand-out the new C-Class Coupé with a choice of three petrol and one diesel engines, plus the furtherenhanced 7Gtronic Plus PLUS seven-speed automatic transmission as standard across the range. Also on show was the latest SLK sports car, with styling following the theme of the SLS Gullwing range topper. New Mazda 3



On the Range Rover stand the big guns had flown out from Britain for the unveiling of the five-door version of the Range Rover Evoque. We have already talked about the threedoor version, and the first shipment of Evoques for New Zealand will go on sale here in November, with prices ranging from $79,990 for the 5-door TD4 diesel 110kW 4WD in its basic form through to $86,490 for the lowest spec SD4 diesel 140kW 4WD, with similar pricing for the lowest-spec 177 kW petrol version, and on to $104,490 for the top petrol version. Evoque Coupe versions cost an extra $2,000. Various option packs will also be available.


Impreza hatch

The main focus on the Subaru stand was on the next-generation Impreza. Once more the iconic nameplate has come



Available in 2 or 4 wheel drive AA Motoring Excellence Awards Large Car of the Year

There are many reasons to choose the Superb Wagon. Experience them all at your nearest ŠKODA dealer.

Melborne Motor SHow

Impreza sedan

in for a complete revision, with styling seemingly “dumbed-down” from some of the way-out designs we’ve had in the past, and looking closer to the range-topping Legacy than ever before. Both hatchback and four-door version were shown, with the XV Concept cross-over also on display. Improved visibility is a keynote of the new car, while the slightly longer wheelbase is said to give bonuses in interior space and luggage capacity. Engine is the same 2-litre 110 kW/196 Nm flat four as currently, but with the choice of either a six-speed manual transmission or an efficient Lineartronic CVT to replace the current 5-speed manual/4-speed auto.


Swift S concept

Suzuki pulled the covers off its new Swift S Concept, based on the design and shape of the all new model Swift but with a sportier twist. It is powered by a 1.6 litre VVT engine and significantly lower and 60mm wider than

the regular Swift thanks to dynamic features such as front and rear sports bumpers, flared wheel arches, rear deck spoiler, 18 inch alloy wheels and exclusive chrome accents on the fog lights and rear combination lamps. Inside adds black and yellow leather Recaro sports bucket seats, a speciallydesigned carbon-fibre centre console, leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, alloy sports pedals and premium chrome highlights on the instrument cluster. Expect a production version here soon!


Toyota FT86

Toyota was all pumped up for Melbourne, with pride of place undoubtedly the reardrive FT-86II concept sports coupe – now the closest yet to the production version, but I believe we’ll see a few more changes before it finally hits showrooms, especially to that rather fussy front bumper/spoiler. Just before the show Toyota NZ’s Steve Prangnell, general manager of sales and operations, told me Toyota has big plans for this car, which is expected here mid-2012. Named after the famous rear-drive AE86 Corolla, the concept is a collaboration with Subaru, and is Toyota’s first car with a 2-litre direct injection flat-four engine. And Prangnell says Toyota NZ is hoping to bring in a stripped-down version with VERY keen pricing (see story elsewhere this issue) to attract

New Yaris

younger drivers back to the Toyota brand. No name has been chosen for the production car, but it definitely WON’T be Celica. Of course, no show display from Toyota would be complete without a hybrid, or in this case two - the Prius c Concept, a smaller, funkier and more affordable car than the current Prius aimed at young singles and couples, and the Prius v, a station wagon Prius designed for families and fleet customers. More important, though, for the readers of this magazine, was the reveal of the longer and lower Yaris small car, completely redesigned with a more European look, and which will hit New Zealand within the next couple of months. Interior packaging has gained more attention, with the car’s short front and rear overhangs and a longer wheelbase maximising space, while the slippery aerodynamic profile contributes to low fuel consumption and stable high-speed cruising. Current powertrains will be used. Finally Toyota unveiled the re-styled Hilux, and again this is covered in our Workhorse section. Prius C

5 star safety rating From $48,500 plus on road costs The ŠKODA Superb Wagon

0800 4SKODA |


Key opens doors for new Audi base

Audi of New Zealand has announced its best first six months yet, coinciding with Prime Minister John Key opening the first Audi-only dealership for the Giltrap Group in Auckland’s Grey Lynn. Showing continual organic growth despite uncertain times, market share data for year-todate 2011, shows Audi has sold

136 vehicles to New Zealanders in June alone, taking 28.3 percent of the luxury market share, up 3 percent on June 2010. Says Audi general manager Dane Fisher: “The luxury sector is often an early barometer of how the wider economy is tracking, due to the fact that the majority of luxury vehicle purchases are made by owners of small to

medium businesses. “These owners often see the pain in the economy sooner than most and make quick decisions on reducing costs. Often the first decision is putting off the purchase of a luxury vehicle. Consequently as business improves the reverse is true,” he said. “I am proud to say that Audi’s growth has been built from a

solid and loyal customer base that was undoubtedly established when Audi New Zealand became the luxury market leader in 2007 for the first time.” The results came as New Zealand’s largest Audi-only dealership was opened by John Key in Grey Lynn, a tangible symbol of Giltrap and Audi’s on-going commitment to its customers, said Dane. “For Audi Giltrap this signifies a move back to the spiritual home where Colin Giltrap opened his first luxury dealership selling Audis back in the early 1970s.” “Today it is a state of the art showroom showcasing Audi‘s technically astute and progressive design and its impressive motorsport heritage,” he said.

Show me the way Kaeti Rigarlsford reckons she can show Kiwi business men and women the way to go – whether travelling in New Zealand or overseas. Having recently moved to Auckland from Wellington, Kaeti wouldn’t be without her own GPS, she says, Having  my  own personal guide showing me the way around Auckland from your dashboard is just so easy and relaxing “ and she wants to be able to share these benefits with other out-of-town travellers so their visits can also be easy and relaxed. Most New Zealanders know their own backyard well so may not feel a need to own a GPS for their regular day to day travels – but let’s say you are Wellington-based and need to

spend a few days north of the Bombays – then a GPS could be handy. Or maybe you are an Aucklander heading to the South Island. Kaeti’s new business RentGPSnz might be the answer to your needs. RentGPSnz supplies GPS units on a daily hire basis. For those travelling through Auckland airport they can be rented from the iSite information centres at the domestic and international terminals at the airport, or from iSItes in Sky City or at the Viaduct. For those in other centres they can be delivered via courier and booked on-line at There is a minimum five day rental for $35 with daily rates after that

If you are venturing further afield RentGPSnz can supply units pre-installed with European, North American or Australian maps. These do need to be booked in advance but again can be picked up at Auckland iSites or couriered for a small additional fee. RentGPSnz are also developing the exciting MyGPSguide aimed at overseas travellers to New Zealand - maybe ideal to provide your next overseas customer or principal visiting NZ to enhance their trip. MyGPSguide comprises an iPod touch with TomTom GPS maps and a range of travel guides, and with wifi Internet access this takes finding your way round to a new level.

I]^c`C^hhVc#I]^c`HX]d[^ZaYhC^hhVc# BJG6CD


CZlOZVaVcYÉhCd#&C^hhVc;aZZi9ZVaZg >[ndjVgZadd`^c\[dgi]ZWZhi[aZZiYZVai]ZcndjÉkZ\diidhZZ i]ZiZVbViHX]d[^ZaYC^hhVc#CdidcanYdlZ]VkZi]^h XdbegZ]Zch^kZa^cZjed[C^hhVcÉhidhj^ik^gijVaanZkZgn gZfj^gZbZci!lZVahd]VkZdkZg-%nZVghd[ZmeZg^ZcXZ hVi^h[n^c\i]Zbdidg^c\cZZYhd[CZlOZVaVcYXdbeVc^Zh#


HX]d[^ZaYC^hhVc *-<gZViHdji]GdVY lll#hX]d[^ZaY#Xd#co     CZlbVg`Zi%.*'%+(+.

22 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011






Green Fleet feature  Bridgestone Ecopia  Lexus CT 200h  Commodore E85  Mini - Cooper D


Left to Right Ken Oyama, Bridgestone NZ Ltd, Director New Zealand Business Brent Thompson, LeasePlan, Procurement Coordinator Nikki Doull, LeasePlan, Key Account Manager 
 Candice Collier, Westpac, Environmental Sustainability Manager Bill Dyall, Bridgestone NZ Ltd, Corporate Accounts Manager

Westpac chooses Ecopia With a goal of reducing its carbon emissions by 20 percent in just three years, Westpac had to undertake a large-scale review of all its business sectors to identify the major carbon contributors. This process was crucial in identifying areas that were not carbon-efficient, and then developing solutions for how they could be improved. One area identified as having huge potential was Westpac’s fleet of cars that accounted for 17 percent of the company’s total carbon footprint. Working in conjunction with fleet management partner, LeasePlan, Westpac began looking for products that would help achieve its goals. Westpac and LeasePlan have been working together for over ten years and during this time strong relationships based on trust and smart decision-making have been formed. LeasePlan were instrumental in ushering in a range of initiatives to help bolster Westpac’s eco-aware position, including the introduction of Prius Hybrids and other fuel-saving vehicles. The introduction of Ecopia tyres to this fleet was the next step in Westpac’s eco journey. Westpac environmental sustainability manager Candice Collier says that the choice to partner with Bridgestone and Ecopia was an easy and logical one. “When we heard how the Ecopia tyre would not only support our CO2 reduction 24 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

program but also increase savings, it was a simple decision to fit them to our vehicles,” says Candice. Ecopia employs groundbreaking ‘low rolling resistance’ technology that, put simply, reduces the force required to make a car move. Launched in early 2010, the Ecopia has been put through rigorous and extensive independent testing recently in Australia, in accordance with ADR81/02, the Australian standard for measuring fuel consumption and emissions. The tests proved that the Ecopia can increase fuel efficiency by up to 5.7 per cent when compared with conventional tyres*. More importantly, the tests showed that the Ecopia can also reduce harmful CO2 emissions by up to 5.8 percent when compared with conventional tyres. Best of all, the tyres provide these benefits without compromising on the first-class safety standards that Bridgestone is renowned for around the world. Bridgestone New Zealand Limited corporate accounts manager Bill Dyall confirmed that Bridgestone is committed to green driving initiatives and is pleased to be a part of Westpac and LeasePlans’ CSR programmes. “There are many elements that contribute to ‘greener’ driving – the condition of the car, the fuel type, driver awareness and driving technique are a few of these. When it comes to tyres, Ecopia makes it easy

to drive greener and it’s a privilege to be working alongside these two organisations towards a common goal,” he says. Candice Collier says that the move to fit all cars at Westpac with Ecopia will complement both organisations’ CSR programmes, and that the tyres will be a big part of the equation when it comes to helping their fleet become carbon neutral. “Driving is, by its very nature, not the most environmentally-friendly activity. Working with LeasePlan, we saw huge opportunity within our fleet programme and looked for products and services that could help reduce and offset the emissions. Ecopia tyres fit the bill perfectly, and we’re looking forward to seeing just how much of an impact they will have on the footprint as a whole,” she adds. “Every company should be looking at how they can help take responsibility for the environment. We’re happy that we have found a product that will take us one step closer to achieving our goals, whilst not compromising on the most important part of driving – safety,” she says. * Product independently tested in accordance with ADR 81/02 on two identical 2009 Corolla Ascents fitted with tyre size 195/65R15 91H. Actual fuel consumption and CO2 emissions depend on factors such as traffic conditions, vehicle condition and driving style. Ecopia tyre comparison performed against conventional tyres.

Save up to 5.7% of your fueL coStS

INcreaSe fueL effIcIeNcy By up to


reDuce carBoN eMISSIoNS By up to


Lower rolling resistance enables Ecopia EP100 tyres to roll 40% further* than conventional tyres. CONVENTIONAL TYRE


Conventional tyre 50m


Ecopia tyre 60m






*Rollingresistancetestconductedin2010byBridgestoneNewZealandLimitedusing2identicalVWGolfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sfittedwithtyressize195/65R15.Bothvehicleswererolleddownaramp fromaheightof1.1m(backwheelheight).ThevehiclefittedwithEcopiatyrestravelledanaverageof85mandthevehiclefittedwithconventionaltyrestravelledanaverageof 60m.Thiswasadifferenceof42%.ProductindependentlytestedinaccordancewithADR81/02ontwoidentical2009CorollaAscentsfittedwithtyresize195/65R1591H.Actual fuelconsumptionandCO2emissionsdependonfactorssuchastrafficconditions,vehicleconditionanddrivingstyle.Ecopiatyrecomparisonperformedagainstconventionaltyres.

Bridgestone New Zealand Limited For your nearest Bridgestone stockist, visit our website


Eco Executive Can a hybrid offer a sporting drive experience? Robert Barry sees if the Lexus CT200h F-Sport lives up to his expectations. When you buy a new Lexus, you don’t just get a new car but rather the complete “Lexus Experience” of a luxury vehicle with dealer after sales support and service that leaves other premium brands in the shade. The new CT200h (the initials mean Creative Touring) brings Lexus ownership to a younger audience for the brand with an entry point price tag of $51,500 for the entry-level model, while the Limited version is priced at $67,600 and the F-Sport reviewed here is $69,000. Included in that is a four year or 140,000km warranty and a full maintenance service plan plus the Lexus Plus 24hour roadside assistance package. So from a purely financial viewpoint the range offers competitive running costs from the outset. Factor in that the fuel consumption is quoted at 4.1L/100 km and CO2 emitted is 94g/km and the new compact Lexus easily meets the green criteria set down for many fleets. However we never got near 4.1L/100km, regardless of which drive setting we used – the very best average consumption was 6.0L/100km for our test week.

The F Sport is distinguished from its lesser CT200h siblings on the outside by dark silver 17 inch alloy wheels (which hide brake dust brilliantly), rear privacy glass, a sports style grille, side skirts, and a larger style rear spoiler. F Sport badges feature on the front fenders. It certainly is a different look for the brand and one that might attract a younger audience or current owners needing a smaller second car for urban use. Inside the sporty image is continued with comfortable leather seats; an F Sport style steering wheel, scuff plates with F Sport logo, sports pedals, and a metallic style instrument panel. The black colour scheme is continued across the roof liner, sun visors and overhead console, which unfortunately makes the car feel somewhat claustrophobic and I would imagine in summer it will become heinously hot without the air-conditioning running. Lexus says the F Sport shock absorbers and springs were tuned with dynamic performance in mind. Well the suspension (which was overfirm and crashy on any surfaces other

26 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

than smooth tarmac) might be tuned for dynamic performance but the engine is not. The CT200h engine is based on the same Atkinson cycle 1.8 litre unit found in the Toyota Prius which is very fuel efficient but not particularly responsive because of its particular variable valve timing set up. Despite the CT200h power train having a Sport mode for the driver to select as well as an Economy and Normal mode, it still doesn’t mask the fact that this engine was set up for economic consumption rather than all-out performance. Although Lexus claims this car has a split personality, you cannot fundamentally change the character of an engine at the flick of a switch. Selecting the Sport mode will allow the electric motor to release its full amount of power (and the eco meter morphs into a rev counter) but the response is still anaemically hybrid-like. Frankly, the F-Sport is a bridge too far, as we feel that the base model CT200h and Limited are possibly easier and more comfortable to live with on a daily basis.


Body type Five-door hatch Drive Front-wheel-drive Engine Type Inline four-cylinder hybrid Engine Capacity 1798cc Max power 100kW/5200 rpm Max torque 142Nm/4400 rpm Fuel Consumption 4.1L/100km C02 emission 94g/km 0 to 100km/h 10.2 sec Front suspension McPherson Strut Rear suspension Double wishbone Roof rack N/A ABS brakes Yes Air bags 8 ESP Yes Air conditioning Climate Lap/diagonal belts 5 Satellite navigation Yes Electric seats Yes Burglar alarm Yes Panic button Yes Boot release Yes Cargo cover Yes Boot capacity 375/982L VDA Wheel type 17-inch Alloy Spare tyre Space saver

Through Life Cost Report 36 Months 60000km

Price $69,000 WOF $70.00 Registration $1,007 Servicing to 60k $1,243 Total tyre cost $2,152.24 Residual $28,290

Indicative final figure $45,182.24

The Through Life Cost Model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. FleetWorks and Adrenalin Publishing Limited accept no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the Through Life Cost Model change from those published. All residual values are based on an average of values achieved through Turners Auctions Limited sales for the previous 3 months from issue date.


Not the silver bullet Robert Barry trials the new Gull E85 fuel in an SS-V Commodore and discovers it’s not the silver bullet that the industry would have you think. While there has been much hype about Ethanol lately it has been used as an additive or a straight substitute for many years in petrol engines. Brazil started the ball rolling in the 1970s as a method to use up the waste from its sugar cane production by turning it into fuel, rather than relying upon expensive imported oil. Many vehicles available new on the New Zealand market can run on E10 which is a blend of ten percent ethanol and 90 percent petrol. Holden’s new AFM 6.2 litre V8 and 3.0 litre SIDI V6 engines have been modified to run on E85 which is blend of 85 percent ethanol with 15 percent of petrol. These modifications include hardened valves and valve seats and the inclusion of a flex-fuel sensor, which gauges the alcohol content of the fuel and adjusts the calibration accordingly. While I applaud Holden’s strategy of providing vehicles that can use alternative fuels at the pump and the fact that Gull now

provide E85 fuel commercially albeit at one service station in Hamilton, don’t be fooled into thinking that this is the magic potion to end all energy crises. It’s an alternative energy source at the pump that comes with a compromise. The simple fact is that although the 6.2litre V8 engine ran on E85 or any blend of petrol and ethanol up to that figure, in my experience it uses more of this fuel than standard 98 octane petrol. While there was no discernable loss of performance thanks to the engine management system because the blended fuel has different properties to standard fuel the engine certainly has to work harder to extract similar performance and at times it felt unhappy. During our two week test period when fuelled with 98 octane the Commodore SS-V pictured here averaged 13.2l/100km, we saw a best consumption figure in the tens and a worst of 14l/100km in urban running. Refuelling with Gull E85 in Hamilton saw the

urban running figure climb to 20l/100km and on the way back to Auckland it slowly dropped to 17.4l/100km. Determined to get a better average, I reset the trip computer and hit the motorway for a short run at a cruise controlled speed on 90km/h. I managed to get a fuel consumption figure of 9.9l/100km on E85 on a steady cruise but once I left the motorway for the urban sprawl the average consumption immediately jumped up to 14l/100km and kept climbing to a worst overall figure of 15.6l/100km. From a cost perspective there is little advantage to a fleet in using E85. With Gull E85 retailing at $2.30 a litre in comparison to 98 Octane at $2.31 the mathematics are plain to see. It’s a great idea in theory but in practice I feel that there needs to be a greater cost incentive to use bio-fuels, rather than just being the more environmentally friendly option.



So many reasons to see NZ’s leading Holden Fleet team at 50 Great South Road, Newmarket. Phone 0800 724 634 or visit New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011 27

ECO brakes with ABS, EBD and CBC (Cornering Brake Control), seatbelt tensioners and belt force limiters. Acceleration, at 9.7 seconds 0-100 km/h isn’t hanging around, but the biggest thing about the Cooper is the amount of fun you can have. A thoroughly entertaining handler, it has a forgiving chassis and great steering and throttle response. Grip levels are high, while the traction control ensures you get the power down – necessary with that huge lowdown torque driving through the front wheels. Add in the fact that the Cooper D is built to BMW standards, looks great in any company, and it works out to be the perfect car – provided you don’t have a big family!

Eco Executive I doubt if Alex Issigonis even conceived of a Mini with a diesel engine, let alone one which is dropped into the sporting Cooper version. But that’s what you get with the Mini Cooper D – and the result is the best car in the New Mini arsenal, says John Oxley. Fact is, there’s only one thing missing from making this the finest sporting runabout on the market, and that’s a dual clutch automatic transmission to give this barnstormer of a car a two-pedal option for when you have to do battle with the traffic. The biggest irony, though, is that this is the most economical Mini yet, with real life dieselsipping that’s enough to make a hybrid owner blanch. And even though it only comes with a manual gearbox – a 6-speeder at that – it’s still an easy car to drive thanks to the oodles and oodles of low-down torque from that superb 1600cc latestgeneration common-rail turbodiesel, meaning that in reality you only need to use a couple of the cogs in the ‘box to get along nicely, thank you! Also aiding the fuel economy is a stop-start system, so that when you stop and take the car out of gear (no riding the clutch here) the engine shuts down, instantly restarting when you push the clutch pedal down to engage gear. It’s a great little system, and unlike some I have used (including

hybrids) didn’t let me down once. There’s nothing worse than being in a zooty new car and holding up the traffic while you try to get the engine started. The Mini Cooper D looks almost exactly the same as the 1.6-litre petrol models. Car spotters will notice that the bonnet gets a more muscular curve to accommodate larger induction plumbing and of course the rear badge. The large intake below the bumper, which feeds air into the engine, has a different grille and is split by a slim, body-coloured bar. The standard D gets the same equipment as the petrol Cooper, which means stability control, six airbags, 15 inch alloys, air conditioning, CD stereo, trip computer, multi-function sports steering wheel, and heightadjustable front seats. Bluetooth with a USB audio interface is great for connecting your phone and music, and it pairs-up easily. The test car had the Chili option, which among others, adds front fog lights and driving mats, and chrome on the air intake bar, while the 17 inch wheels fitted on our

28 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

test car are a (gulp) $3,590 option, with other options - seat heating, rain sensor, and those bonnet stripes - popping the price up to $47,585. Inside, you either like the layout or you hate it. I’m ambivalent – the large speedo is in the wrong place, but there’s also a digital readout on the rev counter which is right in front of the driver, so I used that. The row of toggle switches at the base of the central console might look nice and nostalgic, but it’s a pain to find which switch you want, especially at night. If you’re sitting in the front you’ll be comfortable, with nice supportive seats, but the back seats are only for short adults or kids. Headroom is also in short supply. Stowage space is provided by door pockets, a shelf running underneath the dash, front seatback magazine pockets, and small unlidded bins for the rear passengers, but luggage space is still minimal unless you fold the 50/50 split rear seat. Safety aids include ASC (Automatic Stability Control + Traction), driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags,


Body type 3-door hatch Drive Front wheels Engine type 4-cylinder turbo-diesel Engine capacity 1598cc Max power 82kW/4000rpm Max torque 270Nm/1750-2250rpm Fuel consumption 3.8L/100km C02 emissions 99g/km 0 to 100km/h 9.7 secs Front suspension McPherson strut Rear suspension Multi-link Roof rack N/A ABS brakes Yes Air bags 6 ESP ASC+T Air conditioning Yes Lap/diagonal belts Yes Satellite navigation No Electric seats No Burglar alarm Yes Panic button No Boot release No Cargo cover Yes Boot capacity 160-680L Wheel type Alloy Spare tyre None

Through Life Cost Report 36 Months 60000km

Price $42,900 WOF $120 Registration $1397 Servicing to 60k: $0 Total tyre cost: $1,328 Residual (40%) $17,160

Indicative final figure $28,585

The Through Life Cost Model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. FleetWorks and Adrenalin Publishing Limited accept no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the Through Life Cost Model change from those published. All residual values are based on an average of values achieved through Turners Auctions Limited sales for the previous 3 months from issue date.

Green Fleet ECO

Ford Fiesta Econetic

Ford Fiesta Econetic

Four years on - then and now Robert Barry reviews the technical, economic and political landscape that has shaped green fleet policy since 2007 - and offers some insight into future policy decisions. In April 2007 I wrote my first sustainable fleet feature for this magazine. This was prior to the global financial crisis (GFC) and there were many options for fleets to consider improving environmental performance: through vehicle selection, servicing and maintenance, driver education and travel planning. Naturally some of this added cost to the business in the short term but the long term view was that it would reduce a fleet’s carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions once the policy and green mindset had been well established At this time we also reported upon the changes occurring within the car and light commercial vehicle manufacturers themselves. For example the Nissan Motor

Company released the Nissan Green Programme 2010 which was focussed on three core areas in its vehicle production: * Reducing C02 emissions * Reducing exhaust gas emissions * Accelerating recycling efforts At the time Nissan reported that it wanted to launch a Nissan electric vehicle early in the next decade (which it has fulfilled with the all-electric Nissan Leaf), accelerate the development of plugin hybrids, and enhance petrol engine technologies with its variable valve event and lift system (VEL). Nissan said in 2007 that VEL reduced C02 emissions by 10 percent and would feature in all models from 2007 onwards in Japan and North America. Nissan also said that its engines

were compatible with E10 fuel as this blend of 10 percent bio fuel with petrol was widely available at the pump in the North American market. As we all know after 2007 came the GFC of 2008 and all of a sudden being green flew out the window and making financial decisions that ensured the survival of the company came to the fore. Dealing to an inefficient and costly fleet was the first cab on the rank for many companies both small and large. As Mitchel Booth NZ general manager of GE Capital–Custom Fleet has previously said in these pages “you should never let a good recession go by,” and many companies took the opportunity to trim unnecessary vehicles out of their fleets and also to

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011 29

Green Fleet ECO

Mazda Sky Active engine

reduce the size of their engines. Large six-cylinder cars were the first casualties of the GFC on vehicle policy. Certainly since 2008 the large car landscape has changed in New Zealand, although the VE Holden Commodore introduced in 2006 continues to sell well. To its credit Holden has improved the VE series II model with increasingly efficient engine technology. Direct injection, sixspeed automatic transmissions and cylinder deactivation technology has made its way into their engines as well as the ability for them to run on E85 blended fuels. Strangely though of late the SUV market has been very buoyant and we think that many people who may in the past have bought a Falcon or Commodore for the fleet or family are now going to mid and large size all-wheel-drive SUV instead. We think their logic is that they want a multi-purpose all-wheel-drive vehicle that offers room inside, a commanding driving position, and good towing ability. Fuel economy and emissions, however, are less of a consideration.

Fuel choice and drive train technologies Diversity of energy and fuel choice will become increasingly important in the next decade as fleets choose the option that best suits their needs and as fuel prices creep up towards the $3 a litre mark. Biofuel compatible vehicles, petrol-electric hybrids, diesel-electric hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles as well as natural gas and LPG powered vehicles will offer fleets alternatives to the familiar petrol and diesel options. In my opinion while hydrogen technology is being successfully trialled in Europe, Japan and North America by

30 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

many of the large manufacturers, it is too expensive a technology to be seriously considered for the New Zealand fleet. The actual costs of the vehicle and the infrastructure to set up the refuelling technology will be too prohibitive for our small car park. But that doesn’t mean New Zealand fleets shouldn’t consider all the available options, not only to be seen as “green” but also to best maximise fitness for the purpose at hand. Locally relatively stable petrol prices during the past 12-18 months and the Government’s disincentive to introduce a fairer and more equitable road user charges system for passenger vehicles has in my opinion stifled the sale of diesel vehicles as a greener alternative. Why diesel cars can’t pay tax at the pump is quite frankly utter nonsense. The argument for a flat rate excise tax over a distance-based rate would see an equitable share between the light and heavy sectors – those who use and consume more diesel fuel would pay more tax. However the Government seems to steadfastly refuse to change its mindset and retains the distance-based calculation, possibly for fear of losing valuable revenue which in the current economic climate it can ill afford to do. Fortunately it’s not all bad news as the advent of some highly efficient small capacity turbocharged direct-injection petrol engines, found in products such as the Volkswagen and Skoda range of passenger cars, and now appearing in Holden and Ford vehicles, means the fuel efficiency gap between petrol and diesel technology is also closing rapidly. On that note it is interesting that in the last year the Skoda brand in particular changed its vehicle line-up from an alldiesel fleet to now include the smaller petrol engine models in the Fabia, Octavia and Superb models, reacting to the overall market demand to offer a greater choice of fuel options. The real benefit of the smaller capacity turbo-charged petrol engines is not only higher fuel efficiency with fewer emissions but also that these small engines can be used instead of large ones in larger car applications, and this is particularly well illustrated by the 1.8-litre Skoda Superb. Here is a Commodore/Falcon sized vehicle that offers the same four-cylinder economy as smaller mid-sized vehicles but gives large car performance thanks

to its intelligent seven-speed dual clutch transmission. A case of “you can have your cake and eat it too”. In an article for the May 2011 issue of our sister publication Motor Equipment News called “Mazda ups the IC Ante” journalist and engineer Brian Cowan wrote that Mazda is also currently working on extracting the maximum performance and fuel efficiency from both petrol and diesel engines as part of its SkyActiv technology drive. Cowan says the SkyActiv engines claim impressive credentials. For the 2-litre petrol version these include around 15 percent better fuel economy than the current MZR 2.0 (making the engine competitive with leading diesels), plus 15 percent better low- and mid-range torque. According to Cowan the diesel figures are equally as impressive – 20 percent better fuel economy than Mazda’s current 2.2-litre diesel, petrol-chasing peak revs of 5200rpm, and the ability to meet all the latest emissions standards (Euro 6, USA Tier 2 Bin 5, and Japan’s forthcoming PNLTE regulations) without expensive NOx after-treatment systems such as SCR (selective catalytic reduction) or LNT (lean NOx traps). The SkyActiv-D (diesel) range has the same 14:1 compression ratio as its petrol siblings. Conventional wisdom has that oil-burners need at least 17:1, primarily because lower ratios lead to poor cold-start performance and misfiring during warmup. On the other hand, lower compression is a very good thing, for it dramatically reduces the formation of NOx (oxides of nitrogen) and soot in a diesel’s exhaust, and after a decade-long investigation into the fundamentals of internal combustion Mazda believes it has cracked the conundrum, according to Cowan. While the sale of dedicated LPG vehicles and conversions to other vehicles has been on the back foot within our market due to their expense, I truly believe that LPG still has a place to play in reducing our reliance on imported petrol. It is a viable alternative that already has a network of refuelling stations around New Zealand. New injection technology has been developed by both HSV and Ford for LPG dedicated vehicles that address the past issues of lack of performance and difficult starting. Ford has recently launched its new EcoLPi FG Falcon model in Australia which will go on general sale there in August. The new EcoLPi Falcon uses an injection system which follows a similar fuel induction configuration to the petrol engine thanks to a new injector-based

The easy way to release cash tied up in your company cars. To improve the cash flow in your business, talk to Custom Fleet about Sale & Leaseback. Sale & Leaseback is designed to enhance your liquidity and help you manage your cash flow. We remove your depreciating fleet asset from your balance sheet by purchasing your existing fleet vehicles, and then we lease them back to you. This immediately frees up your valuable capital for you to invest back into your business. Custom Fleet can also provide tailor-made and integrated fleet management solutions that address the total fleet life-cycle. From servicing and repairs to registration renewal and tyre replacement – our services are designed to help you minimise risk, control expenses and save on costs and internal resources. Custom Fleet has a proven track record in Sale & Leaseback options, working with businesses of all sizes and from many industries. In fact, we manage the vehicle fleets of nearly 3,000 New Zealand businesses, including 40 of the top 100 companies.* And as part of GE Capital, we’re one of the world’s leading financial services and fleet management companies. So if want to free up capital by moving from ownership to leasing, contact us today on 0800 4 LEASING (0800 453 274) or visit

* Top 100 companies sourced from Kompass Business Directory at 21 September 2010. BCG2 GEC0037/MoneyCar

Green Fleet ECO Energy diverse Sprinter

Nissan Leaf

high-pressure fuel rail that delivers liquidstate LPG fuel directly into the intake port. Whereas traditional vapour LPG systems turn liquefied gas into vapour form before feeding it into the engine via a venturi in the throttle body, the liquid phase injection system takes the gas in liquid state all the way to the injectors. Injecting the LPG fuel in a liquid state directly into the intake port in a more precise and controlled manner generates

improved engine volumetric efficiency which delivers better fuel economy, reduced CO2 emissions, and greater engine performance. As the LPG fuel is no longer under pressure once it is released from the injector its sudden expansion and rapid cooling of the incoming air charge creates the ideal conditions for maximum fuel burning efficiency. This enables the engine to produce more power and torque, economically, and with fewer CO2 emissions.

We reported in the 2007 Sustainable Fleet feature about the availablity of natural gas powered (NGT) Mercedes-Benz Sprinter delivery vans in Europe as well as bivalent - LPG-powered versions which Mercedes-Benz had on offer. These were two of four technologies Daimler was trialling in its vehicles and showed that offering energy diversity in commercial vehicles was a way to increase efficiencies while meeting tighter emission controls. Mercedes-Benz said the NGT drive harnessed the specific properties of natural gas (methane) in the combustion process by producing low emissions of NOx and hydrocarbons (HC) as well as producing almost zero soot particulate. The NGT Sprinter had a driving range of 370km depending on tank capacity which made it ideal for use in highly populated urban areas where environmental pollution is a concern. Daimler says LPG also combusts more softly and with less residue than petrol which in turn increases the service life of the engine. Hence the bivalent LPG Sprinter models can run on gas in cities and towns where the vehicle is subject to strict emission rules then for longer journeys outside these areas the driver can switch to

Do you want to free up time spent managing your fleet vehicles? The ORIX Fleet Management option makes this happen What are the options?

• Owned or Leased • Full Maintenance & Tyre Management • Repairs & Breakdown Management • Registration, WOF & RUC Management

You have the ideas ORIX makes them happen

• • • •

Infringement Management Fuel Card Management Vehicle Insurance Comprehensive Fleet Reporting

For further information on an ORIX Fleet Management option please contact 0800 10 6749 or visit

32 Manukau Road Newmarket

1080 Great South Road Otahuhu

373 Rangatikei Street

40 Carmen Road Hornby





Telephone: (09) 520 9700

Telephone: (09) 529 4820

Telephone: (06) 350 9960

Telephone: (03) 353 1900

32 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

With a bonus 20,000km of free Road User Charges. With some clever refinements we’ve developed the Fiesta diesel ECOnetic, New Zealand’s most fuel efficient car. Taking you 100km on just 3.7L, or 76 miles per gallon1, it’s been built to be as fuel efficient as possible without relying on different fuels, expensive batteries or ‘bolted-on’ technology. And while stocks last you can purchase a new Fiesta ECOnetic or LX diesel model and receive 20,000kms of Free Road User Charges. Contact your local Ford Dealer today to experience smarter engineering.

1. All fuel consumption figures in L/100 km are from officially approved tests in accordance with EEC Direction 1999/100/EC. The fuel consumption test figures shown do not express or imply any guarantee of the fuel consumption of a car of the class in question. All the figures are based on tests conducted with standard wheels and tyres; optional or accessory wheels and tyres may have an effect on the fuel consumption of the vehicle.

Green Fleet ECO petrol operation. Mercedes-Benz also offered a purely electric van with an operating range of 45 to 100km depending upon the battery system installed in the vehicle, as well as the combination of a diesel-electric drive in the Sprinter Hybrid by coupling a low-emission diesel engine with a three-phase synchronous electric motor to form a drive system designed for optimum fuel consumption. The benefit of the diesel-electric system in the Sprinter Hybrid is the vehicle’s ability to run silently on pure electric power with zero emissions for an operating range of 30km. For rural or highway operation the diesel engine is boosted by the electric motor when accelerating or driving uphill. The nickel metal hydride batteries can be recharged while on the move or can be plugged into three phase or AC power using the built-in charging unit.

New Zealand’s most economical car Earlier I mentioned the inequitable RUC system which has not helped NZ sales of passenger diesel cars, which is a shame given this technology will only grow more efficient and offer greater range required by an environmentally conscious fleet. There is still

Mercedes Sprinter

a lot of efficiency to be gained from diesel engine technology, as we will see when Euro VI rated engines start appearing. This does not mean, however, that people should discount diesel fleet vehicles from their shopping list as their ability to provide up to 25 percent more distance per tank of fuel than a petrol engine has some merit, particularly for long-distance fleet applications. Currently the Ford Fiesta Econetic is the most fuel efficient vehicle in NZ, delivering

only 3.7L/100km and on a Company Vehicle road test we managed to achieve 2.5L/100km. The Fiesta Econetic models are sporty and provide a vibrant colour range. They are also incredibly well-equipped for the class offering voice control, Bluetooth compatibility, cruise control, electric power-assisted steering and steering wheelmounted controls. Available as a 5-speed manual the 1.6

Sustainability is more than just the car you drive “FleetPartners believe in providing sustainable solutions through ‘whole of business’ fleet management from the size and composition of a fleet to driver training and fuel usage“ Dennis Kelly – FleetPartners Managing Director

New Zealand’s heavy reliance on motor vehicles and the relative age of our fleet mean any steps to enhance our clean, green image should take these questions into consideration. • Do you have a sustainability policy in place? • Can you effectively measure the Co2 and/or green house gas emissions from your vehicles? • Are you up to speed with new technology that can improve the cost efficiency of running a fleet? • Do you know where to go for strategic advice on sustainable fleet solutions?

FleetPartners can provide you with a hassle free solution to a more sustainable fleet operation. Call FleetPartners 0800 372 632

FP3434_sustain_advert_ART.indd 1

34 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

20/06/11 2:09 PM

Cut fuel costs with ‘GREEN X’-marked MICHELIN tyres.

Fuel economy has always been important to MICHELIN. ‘GREEN X’ – marked MICHELIN tyres contain silica which reduces rolling resistance. Less rolling resistance means less fuel consumed. And hence more savings. Today you can easily recognise MICHELIN’s state of the art ‘low fuel consumption’ tyres as they carry the ‘GREEN X’ mark on the sidewall. ‘GREEN X’ mark is your guarantee of reduced fuel consumption, and thus fewer CO2 emissions. In additional to a significant cut in fuel costs, MICHELIN tyres also deliver the legendary longevity and safety you’ve come to expect from Michelin. See how the right tyre changes everything at or call 0800 30 30 40.

Green Fleet ECO Duratorq TDCi provides 70kW and 200Nm of torque while delivering C02 emissions of 98 g/km. The engine and transmission have been modified for optimum fuel economy without comprising on the driveability of the Ford Fiesta. Lowered suspension, reduced weight with a temporary mobility kit, low rollingresistance tyres, rear wheel air deflectors, a special instrument cluster display which contains optimum upshift gear-change timing indicator and the coated diesel particulate filter all assist to make this the most fuel efficient car in NZ according to Ford New Zealand.

Hybrids and electric vehicles While the Honda Civic Hybrid and the Toyota Prius have found their way into many fleets, the Prius noticeably makes it mark in the banking industry, local government, and also the taxi business. Toyota will continue to develop more variants of the Prius, including smaller sportier model aimed at young couples and a larger seven-seat version for fleet and family buyers wanting greater space and versatility than the current model. Mitsubishi Motors NZ says it made history in July as the first automotive distributor to sell mass-produced electric cars to the New Zealand public". “This is a proud day for our company,” said head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook. “It is not often you have the opportunity to make a significant impact on history”. The Mitsubishi i-Miev has a range of up to 150 km per charge and is designed for urban commuters, who, on average, travel 32 km/day. A full recharge from a standard 15 amp wall socket, takes approximately seven hours and costs about $5. “While the i-Miev primarily suits the urban commuter, it also represents a turning point in automotive history,” said Daniel. “It sets the foundation from which to launch the next-generation of electricbased hybrid vehicles, instead of the petrol and diesel-based hybrids we see today. The i-Miev will be on sale at approved Mitsubishi dealers for $59,990, including three years free servicing and installation of one 15 amp socket in the home garage for charging.

The pitfalls of changing policy Changing vehicle policy to meet green criteria can have its challenges as one Orix customer found out when its parent company mandated that all its fleet vehicles must meet emissions targets of just 185g/km. A distributor of Swedish bearings, SKF 36 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

New Zealand shifted away from 2.4-litre Camry and 3.5-litre Maxima V6 fleet cars to 1.9-litre turbo-diesel VW Golf and Skoda Octavia lift-backs as these vehicles initially met the criteria in 2006 when the company reviewed its fleet criteria. At the time the choice of vehicles was quite limited. But the company found that while the move to European diesel vehicles satisfied the parent company’s emissions policy the move was not sustainable locally due to higher cost of ownership. SKF New Zealand also found that servicing European vehicles outside main metropolitan areas presented logistic difficulties. In 2010 the company decided to revert back to more mainstream brand petrol vehicles that meet the 185g/km criteria and it also restructured the types of vehicle available to sales staff and management. This restricted the suitable choice of vehicles as many petrol-powered vehicles did not meet the emissions criteria nor the safety required. At the time the smallest vehicles on the fleet were covering the longest distances and the company wanted to improve the safety and comfort for the drivers of these vehicles as well as meet the emission criteria. The company then chose the Nissan Qashqai ST (179g/km) as its first tier vehicle for field sales staff while a second tier was created for product managers and branch managers who had the option of the more highly specified Nissan Qashqai Ti or a Mazda6 2-litre GLX which just made the criteria at 184g/km. The company is slowly replacing its diesel fleet with the Japanese fourcylinder vehicles as they come up for replacement and now a Korean has been thrown into the second tier vehicle range in the form of a 2.0 litre Hyundai i45 sedan which has an emission figure of 175g/km. In the future SKF New Zealand says it may again have to reconsider their fleet choice and type of engine/vehicle should the mandated figure be lowered even further by the parent company. Fortunately as we have stated earlier in the article the growing technology in petrol and diesel engines should present greater choices if and when the mandated figure is lowered.

Tyre choice Increasing fuel efficiency and braking efficiency, while decreasing rolling resistance and reducing the use of non aromatic oils, petrochemicals, rubber and carbon black in tyre manufacturing are

just some of the trends affecting the tyre industry globally. Michelin launched its first energy tyre (with the Green X badge) in 1992. The Michelin Energy Tyre integrated silica into the tread as a partial substitute for carbon black. Michelin says silica helps to lower the rolling resistance without compromising performance in traction, grip (especially on wet surfaces) and tread life. Since 1992 Michelin says it has developed four generations of fuelefficient tyres for passenger cars and three for trucks. It has reduced fuel consumption by more than 11-billion litres and C02 emissions by more than 28 tons worldwide. Michelin said it focused on further improving low rolling resistance (LRR) because the tyre has its greatest environmental impact – up to 86 percentwhen it is in use on the road, not during manufacture or disposal. Production of the raw materials accounts for 11.7 percent of carbon emissions, distribution is less than one percent, collecting the end-of-life tyre accounts for less than one percent and end of life processing accounts for just two percent. In 1997 the launch of the Michelin Energy Saver LRR saw a tyre that reduced fuel consumption by nearly 0.2L/100km thereby lowering C02 emissions by 4g/km. Michelin researchers believe additional reductions in rolling resistance up to 50 percent will be possible within the next 10 to 15 years. Bill Dyall from Bridgestone NZ says there is a move globally to provide products which have a lower rolling resistance (LRR) such as the Bridgestone Ecopia range, as this greatly assists fuel reduction and in turn greenhouse gas emissions. This is also part of Bridgestone’s commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He says LRR products will continue to become more and more popular with consumers but at all stages the balance of the tyre performance is always taken into account. Bill comments that the initial investment in environmental technology will always pay dividends in the long term. “Different products have different benefits in terms of tyre life, rolling resistance, braking, wet handling and noise reduction. Bridgestone feel that consumers will more and more be able to find value from innovative manufacturers,” he says. “With rising fuel prices consumers can now also make long term benefits through Eco products rather than short term benefits in purchase price.”

Executive Cars

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011 37

Executive Cars

Hindsight bias


In a flashback to women we have loved and left, stunning looks might not be everything, says Damien O’Carrol At the local launch the Audi A7 impressed us with its imperious ride quality, sharp handling and, most particularly, its startlingly good looks. But after living with it for a week, it is those stunning looks that actually prove to be the big Audi’s most significant weakness. Allow me to explain: the combination of a steeplyraked rear window and the reflection in it of the strangely white parcel shelf make the A7 virtually impossible to see out of when backing in the rain. This makes it especially nervewracking when trying to back down my particularly steep and narrow drive. Why didn’t I just turn on the rear wiper and clear the water? Quite simply because the A7 doesn’t have one. Neither does it have a backing camera as standard. It does have parking sensors, but personally I like to see where I am heading. One particular experience concerned a car park on a very dark and wet evening, and which saw me getting saturated while having to lean out the door to see where I was going, after I had offended a woman who thought I was going to back over her, even though the parking sensors were telling me I was nowhere near her. This closed the deal for me: the

A7 is simply not very good going backwards. On the upside however, it is extremely good going forwards. Our test car had Audi’s brilliant 3-litre turbo diesel V6 behind its sexily aggressive nose, meaning that it had by far the pick of the engines in the A7 range. Not that the only other option - the 3-litre supercharged petrol V6 - is in any way a poor engine, it’s just that the diesel is so flexible, torquey and frugal, that there simply isn’t a particularly rational reason as to why you would actually need the petrol. The diesel engine produces 180kW of power and 500Nm of torque and Audi claims it sips fuel at a combined average of 6L/100km and produces CO2 emissions of just 158g/km. This seems to be pretty much on target too, with the A7 proving to be remarkably frugal in aroundtown motoring. Navigating heavy city traffic had it drinking at around the low eights, but a bit of open road travel quickly saw the average drop to Audi’s claimed figure. This kind of frugality, combined with the diesel engine’s muscular lump of torque make the A7 a true pleasure to drive in any situation. Except going backwards, that is. Audi’s 7-speed S-Tronic dual

38 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

clutch transmission is hooked up to the diesel power plant and again proves itself to be a slick, smooth and smart gearbox. The power is delivered to the road through the company’s latest quattro set-up, which can distribute up to 85 percent of the power to the rear or 70 percent to the front without delay, should either be called for. All of this technology comes together on the road in a combination that manages to be both remarkably comfortable and surprisingly sporty at the same time. The A7 can boast a ride that, while not soft, is pliant and extremely agreeable, contrasted with an ability to simply go around a corner with imperious ease at whatever speed you desire (within reason, of course) and actually manage to be sharp and a bit of fun too. Okay traditional motoring journalist whinge time - like the newly released A6 and, well most other Audis really, the steering is a bit dull and remote. This does steal some of the simple tactile pleasure you get from driving a car, especially one that goes around corners as good as this one. Big, bold and sexy, yet still somehow maintaining a degree of subtlety and understated grace, the exterior styling is a

Body type 5-door hatch Drive All-wheel-drive Engine type V6 Engine capacity 2967 cc Max power 180kW @ 4000 rpm Max torque 500 Nm @ 1400 rpm Fuel consumption 6.0 L/100km C02 emission 158 g/km 0 to 100km/h 6.3 seconds Front suspension 5 link double wishbone Rear suspension Trapezoidal link Roof rack No ABS brakes Yes Air bags 6 ESP Yes Air conditioning Climate Lap/diagonal belts 5 Satellite navigation Yes Electric seats Yes Burglar alarm Yes Panic button No Boot release Yes Cargo cover Yes Boot capacity 535 L Wheel type 17 inch alloy Spare tyre Full size alloy

Through Life Cost Report 36 months 60,000km

Price $154,900 WOF $120 Registration $1,007 Servicing to 60k $1,397 Total tyre cost $5,279 Residual $58,596

Indicative final figure $104,290

The Through Life Cost Model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. FleetWorks and Adrenalin Publishing Limited accept no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the Through Life Cost Model change from those published. All residual values are based on an average of values achieved through Turners Auctions Limited sales for the previous 3 months from issue date.

true triumph. Similarly the subtle and understated feel carries on through the interior, which is as sleek, high-tech and beautifully put together as you would expect from a high-end member of the VW-Audi Group.

Executive Cars

Executive Touring


Robert Barry discovers a roomy and spacious alternative to the SUV in the latest BMW 535i Touring M Sport. Nothing in the car park will portray you as a successful executive quite as well as a BMW 5 series, and more particularly if you have wisely chosen the Touring variant. Why would you choose the current BMW 5 series wagon over the sedan? For the most important reason: Style! And admittedly also the magic words grace, space and pace which after a week at the wheel we felt the 535i Touring has more than an abundance of. Previous 5 series wagons, sorry, touring’s have always looked a little ungainly to me almost as if the BMW designer at the time thought, “Oh hell, let’s just stretch it and graft a tailgate on,” and therefore the result looked like an afterthought in comparison with their sedan siblings. The first 5 series Touring arrived in 1988 with the launch of the ungainly E34 model, followed by the more rounded and much admired E39 series in 1995, then the awful Bangle bungled E60 series arrived in 2003, though, admittedly the Touring was a much better look from behind than the

sedan. The more conservatively styled fourth generation F11 5 series Touring broke cover last year. While some people have been critical that the new 5 series looks too much like a bigger version of the BMW 3 series, I disagree entirely, because the rear three quarter view of the Touring looks nothing like its smaller sibling and it’s the most handsome. This could be due to the fact that the Touring model has also grown in length from the 4720mm of the E34 to the current length of 4907mm, which makes it 3mm longer than a Holden Commodore Sport wagon. Holden shrank the Commodore and made it look better while BMW has done the reverse yet succeeded. I came to the conclusion that the 535i Touring was no longer a medium size vehicle when presented with a boot that swallows 560 litres with the rear seats in place and 1670 when they are folded down. That’s a big car, period. And the rear seat passengers would also agree as there is more leg and shoulder room than previously. The 535i Touring retails from

$151,500 but in current BMW NZ Group fashion the vehicle on press duty arrived with an additional $35,480 worth of options. There's excellent performance from the twin scroll single turbocharged three-litre straight six engine. With 225kW/400Nm on tap, the turbo six in conjunction with the eight speed automatic gearbox propels the 535i Touring from zero to 100km/h in just 6.1 seconds. Not bad for an 1845kg family wagon and it feels as dynamic as the sedans we have driven. BMW quotes fuel consumption of 8.5 litres per 100km on the combined cycle thanks to the Efficient Dynamics technology which adds such features as intelligent alternator control, electrically operated power steering and water pumps, and the ability to shut down the air-conditioning pump when not required, all to save fuel and reduce emissions. We only managed an average of 13l/100km but to be fair the car was mainly used in urban running and we did utilise the performance at every opportunity.

Body type Five-door-wagon Drive Rear-wheel-drive Engine Type Inline turbo six-cylinder Engine Capacity 2979cc Max power 225kW/5800 rpm Max torque 400Nm/5000 rpm Fuel Consumption 8.5l/100km C02 emission 197g/km 0 to 100kph 6.1 secs Front suspension Control Arm Rear suspension Independent Multilink Roof Rack Yes ABS Brakes Yes Air Bags 8 ESP Yes Air Conditioning Climate Lap/diagonal belts 5 Satellite Navigation Yes Electric seats Yes Burglar Alarm Yes Panic Button No Boot release Yes Cargo Cover Yes Boot Capacity 560/1670L Wheel type 18 inch Alloy Spare Tyre None

Through Life Cost Report 36 Months 60000km Price $151,500 WOF $120.00 Registration $1,007.00 Servicing to 60k: $0.0 Total Tyre cost: $1980.00 Residual $49,995

Indicative final figure $104,612.00

The Through Life Cost Model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. FleetWorks and Adrenalin Publishing Limited accept no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the Through Life Cost Model change from those published. All residual values are based on an average of values achieved through Turners Auctions Limited sales for the previous 3 months from issue date.

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011 39

Executive Cars

Return of the petrol Prado

comfortable, luxurious commuting while surrounding you with lashings of leather, electronic trinkets and a great audio system. Going off-road is utterly effortless in the Prado with its combination of extraordinary chassis ability and clever electronics. With full-time 4WD and a Torsen LSD, 220mm of ground clearance and Hill Descent Control as standard, it is simply a matter of selecting low range from the dial on the dash and heading off. The chances are that wherever you point it, the Prado will go. Well, wherever you want to point a hundred thousand dollar-plus vehicle, that is. In short, the petrol-powered Prado is more than capable of covering open road distance with complete comfort and luxury, comes with a pleasing amount of equipment as standard, is still convincingly capable off the road and comes with all the standard Toyota virtues present and intact. But in the end, the V6 Prado is simply too big, too soft and too thirsty to be considered a truly convincing option in its price segment.

When Toyota released the latest version of the Land Cruiser Prado in New Zealand back in 2009, it was brought in only with the big four-cylinder diesel engine which had performed fine service in the previous-generation vehicle, says Damien O’Carroll While the old diesel engine was still decently torquey and quite capable off the tarmac, on the sealed stuff it was a different story. Quite simply, the diesel Prado struggled to get out of its own way. Load it up with passengers, point it at a hill and things got almost embarrassingly lethargic. You see, the Prado had grown somewhat between generations and the venerable diesel power plant simply struggled to deal with the added bulk of the new version. So now Toyota New Zealand has seen fit to bring a 4-litre V6 petrol-powered Prado back to these shores, albeit only in top-spec $106,690 VX Limited guise. With 202kW of power at 5,600rpm and 381Nm of torque at 4,400rpm (compared to the diesel’s 127kW/410Nm) the V6 brings a welcome dose of added performance to the big Prado. But it is only really enough to up the performance from “lacking” in the diesel to “adequate” with the V6. The problem, again, is weight. This is driven home by driving the also recently-released awesomely retro FJ Cruiser that boasts the same 1GR-FE V6 engine. In the FJ the engine feels responsive and far more eager than the Prado, pushing the luridlycoloured FJ40-inspired wagon along at a fairly storming rate. The key difference between the two is the not-inconsiderable 300kg weight advantage the FJ has over the Prado. Which, in turn, means that

40 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

the storming performance the V6 provides in the FJ becomes loses its sting in the Prado. Toyota claims an average fuel consumption figure of 11.5L/100km, but in reality this is, well, fantasy. Our week spent in the Prado – with a mix of town and open road driving – saw figures of around 16L/100km. Taking it off-road – and no doubt towing – sees it swell up to V8-like consumption figures. The extra weight the V6 has to shift is mainly noticeable at lower speeds – around town and the like – or on hills, but once you have a bit of momentum on your side, it is more than capable of keeping the Prado on the boil. The handling is pretty much what you would expect from a large, luxurious Toyota, erring on the side of comfort to a degree that makes a bit of a pointless joke out of the “sport” setting – so the cruisy nature of the V6’s performance is nicely in keeping with the relaxed nature of the chassis. Throw the Prado into a corner with passion and you’re not going to come out smiling – prodigious amounts of understeer and a ridiculously enthusiastic stability control system that kills all power before anything even threatens to happen see to that – but letting it lope along the open road at the speed limit will see a more relaxed, laid-back kind of smile appear. This is what the Prado does best – relaxed,


Body type 5-door wagon Drive All-wheel-drive Engine type 6-cylinder Engine capacity 3956 cc Max power 205 kW/5600 rpm Max torque 381 Nm/4400 rpm Fuel consumption 11.5 L/100km C02 emission 225 g/km 0 to 100km/h 9.7 seconds Front suspension Independent double wishbone Rear suspension 4-link rigid axle with coil springs Roof rails Yes ABS brakes Yes Air bags 6 ESP Yes Air conditioning Climate Lap/diagonal belts 7 Satellite navigation Yes Electric seats Yes Burglar alarm Yes Panic button Yes Boot release Yes Cargo cover Yes Boot capacity 742 L Wheel type 18 inch alloy Spare Tyre Full size alloy

Through Life Cost Report 36 months 60,000km Price $106,690 WOF $70 Registration $1,007 Servicing to 60k $2,195 Total tyre cost $3,529 Residual $42,676

Indicative final figure $70,816

The Through Life Cost Model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. FleetWorks and Adrenalin Publishing Limited accept no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the Through Life Cost Model change from those published. All residual values are based on an average of values achieved through Turners Auctions Limited sales for the previous 3 months from issue date.

Executive Cars

GS is no cheap thrill

When you look at what has been thrown up so far as being the GS’s “bad points” - the lack of steering wheel shift paddles, the ordinary interior and high seat height, the tasteless stickers - there is nothing really significant, especially when compared to the fantastic performance on offer and how good the basic package actually is. So does the GS really miss the GT’s extra 20kW and 25Nm? You would have to say not really, no. The GS is big, comfortable, well specced, startlingly quick, makes an incredible noise, handles better than something that big really has a right to, and best of all, at $73,990 comes in at $13,000 less than a GT. And more importantly it undercuts the almost identically-powered (315kW/550Nm) entry level HSV Clubsport R8 by the same amount. And lands right in Commodore SS territory.

The FPV GS is no cheap thrill, says Damien O’Carroll – but it IS the lowest-priced means of sampling Ford’s new supercharged V8 engine. The GS was introduced to the FPV line up as a limited edition back in 2009 when a 302kW version of the 5.4-litre Boss V8 was dropped under the bonnet. But now the long-in-the-tooth 5.4-litre Boss V8 has finally been retired and an all-new engine, in the form of a supercharged version of the Mustang’s Coyote 5-litre V8, now sits alongside the insanely good turbo-charged 4-litre inline six in FPV’s engine line-up. This means two things: there are now no naturally aspirated engines in the FPV line-up, and the GS now becomes the cheapest way to experience Ford’s fantastic new forced-induction power plant. As such it boasts the same 5-litre supercharged V8 as the 335kW/570Nm GT (and GT-E), but with the wick turned down a little bit to 315kW/545Nm, but keep in mind that this is the same power and slightly less torque than the old 5.4-litre GT. Visually, the GS differs from the GT range with the lack of black inserts under the headlights and with a different set of cheesy stickers on the sides and bonnet. Thankfully these can be optioned away. The other major difference is that the GS lacks the GT’s monster Brembo stoppers, relying instead on the standard kit from the Falcon XR8. They don’t offer the startling stopping power of the Brembos, but they do the trick. And they need to, because the engine is simply ferocious in its performance. Where the old V8 was slightly lethargic down low, the new supercharged unit is anything but, with near-instant throttle response. Thanks to

the Harrop supercharger, peak torque arrives at 2200rpm and is on tap all the way to 5500rpm. Nail the throttle from a standing start and all hell breaks loose; the engine bellows like a truly angry thing and a subdued, but noticeable, supercharger whine comes in over the top while the massive power tries its very best to tear the rear end of the car sideways. This is where the beautifully calibrated stability control system comes into play, keeping things in check while still allowing enough playtime for a little bit of smoky sideways fun. The horizon comes hard and fast if you keep the boot in, with the slick and smooth six-speed automatic transmission hammering through the cogs with precision. The new engine is also far lighter than the old 5.4, making the GS far less nose-heavy and nimbler as a result. Turn-in feels far more precise and the lighter nose lends a lot more delicacy to the act of tipping the GS into a corner. Ride is firm, but it offers enough compliance to be a comfortable commuter car. Inside the GS is pretty much generic Ford Falcon, one of the biggest complaints of the FPV range. HSV is stuck with the same problem, because no matter how many stickers and wings you slap on the outside of the car, you are still stuck with the basic interior. Unless you start charging a whole lot more money for your cars, that is. Still, in this case, it certainly isn’t a bad thing as the Falcon interior is a very nice place to start with. As in the Falcon the FPV’s seats are spectacularly comfortable.


Body type 4-door sedan Drive Rear-wheel-drive Engine type V8 Engine capacity 4951 cc Max power 315 kW/ 5750 rpm Max torque 545 Nm/ 2200 rpm Fuel consumption 13.7 L/100km C02 emission 325 g/km 0 to 100km/h 5.2 seconds Front suspension Double wishbone Rear suspension Independent rear Roof rack No ABS brakes Yes Air bags 6 ESP Yes Air conditioning Manual Lap/diagonal belts 5 Satellite navigation No Electric seats No Burglar alarm Yes Panic button No Boot release Yes Cargo cover No Boot Ccapacity 535 L Wheel type 19-inch alloy Spare tyre Full size

Through Life Cost Report 36 months 60,000km

Price $73,990 WOF $70 Registration $1,007 Servicing to 60k $1,662 Total tyre cost $3,323 Residual $29,596

Indicative final figure $50,456

The Through Life Cost Model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. FleetWorks and Adrenalin Publishing Limited accept no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the Through Life Cost Model change from those published. All residual values are based on an average of values achieved through Turners Auctions Limited sales for the previous 3 months from issue date.

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011 41


World launch: Amarok single cab

By Colin Windell, editor Fleet magazine, South Africa

When a motor company excitedly shows off its planned print campaign at a vehicle launch, instead of the adjectively impassioned awardchasing television commercial, there is the immediate impression it is serious about the product, and we believe Volkswagen is very serious about the Amarok single cab. South Africa is the first country to make the single cab available commercially and its reception in the coming months will lay guidelines for other countries still to launch the vehicle that is manufactured in the Volkswagen plant in South America [it’s due for New Zealand launch in March / April next year, and we’re told pricing will be “competitive” – Ed.] As the first 1-ton utility in the VW stable the Amarok Double Cab was launched amid

42 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

huge fanfare, with one of its most significant holistic elements a step sideways from the existing “norms” with an engine range that offers similar power and torque to its – mainly Japanese – competitors, but with a far lower carbon footprint through reduced CO2 emissions and lower fuel consumption. In the South African market, the largest single cab market in the world, Toyota dominates the 1-ton pickup segment by a long way, as it does in New Zealand - and Volkswagen is diving headfirst. Six single cab models, all powered by turbodiesel engines, are available, to be followed by two direct injection petrol engine models. All will be available in either Basic or Trendline trim levels with 4Motion four-wheel-drive available on three of the six diesel variants.

There are two fuel-efficient TDI turbodiesel engines delivering power of 90 kW/340 Nm and 120 kW with peak torque of 400 Nm. Fuel consumption is 7.6 L/100 km (199 g/km) and 79 L/100 km (208 g/km) respectively in the combined cycle. New for the single cab lineup is a 2.0TSI petrol engine with maximum power of 118 kW and peak torque of 300 Nm. Combined fuel consumption is 9.5 L/100km, and drive is via a six-speed manual transmission with overdrive top ratio for added cruising economy [automatic versions will be launched in NZ simultaneously with the single cabs – Ed.] The Amarok Single Cab has a wellside length of 2,205 mm and width of 1,620 mm with a useable width between the wheel arches of 1,222 mm – more than 100 mm up on its nearest competitor. This is the only vehicle in the class that takes two Euro pallets crosswise, and total load box area is 3,57 sq metres, 10 percent better than its nearest competitor. Payload capacity is top of the class at between 1,225 kg and 1,354 kg depending on model. When it comes to towing capacity the Amarok boasts a gross combination mass of 5,500 kg, some 30 percent more than its nearest rival, which allows for a braked trailer weight of 2,800 kg. This towing performance applies to gradients of up to 12 percent. Maximum trailer nose weight on the tow hitch is 120kg. For the launch all vehicles were loaded with between 500kg and 750kg to lug up in and out of a steep and winding canyon on tracks with gradients around 14 degrees


and one crossing of the river with the strong flow at wheel height above the causeway. No problem! Electronic differential lock is standard on all Amarok Single Cab models and inhibits wheel spin on all driven wheels by selective short braking interventions applied to a wheel that has lost traction. Also standard on all models is Anti Slip Regulation which prevents the driven wheels from spinning on slippery surfaces by reducing engine power and torque as long as the adverse condition is sensed by the management system. Where the optional ESP system is specified it includes hydraulic Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control,

trailer stabilisation, load sensing and rollover protection. Included in the safety specification across the range are anti-lock braking, EBD and TCS traction control system. A driver side air bag is provided in the Basic specification with the option to upgrade to a passenger side airbag with de-activation switch. Driver and passenger air bags are included in the Trendline specification. Daytime running lights are a feature across the range. Driver comfort and interior space have not been overlooked. Legroom is substantial, even for the tallest of drivers, as is the space afforded to the upper body area – still leaving enough space behind the seats to take toolboxes and the like. Volkswagen’s Amarok follows proven 1-ton pick-up convention with the cab and load-box mounted on a sturdy and durable ladder frame chassis with crash impact absorbing structures incorporated into the chassis structure in the cab area for occupant protection in the event of a side impact collision. In addition to the impact absorbing structures the ladder frame features five crossmembers, including the front suspension sub-frame, for a rigid construction. The rear leaf springs are mounted alongside

the ladder frame rather than directly under the frame members. This facilitates a lower load bay floor, a lower loading sill height and a deeper load box with higher sides and tailgate relative to the load box floor. A further spinoff is a lower centre of gravity for the vehicle. The Amarok front suspension is an independent McPherson strut system with upper and lower transverse links. The anti-roll bar is coupled to the McPherson strut via a coupling rod for improved directional stability. A solid rear axle is used at the rear with heavy-duty leaf springs with drum brakes at the back. Up front are 16-inch dual piston calliper discs.

With the Amarok now released it is already revolutionising and turning the market upside down! With a ride that is more like a luxury vehicle than a ute. With a Twin Turbo Diesel engine producing 400Nm of torque that is exceptionally quiet and astonishingly powerful. With fuel economy that is more like a small sedan than a 2 tonne ute. With class leading space and incredible off-road capability, this is a vehicle that eclipses all the others.

The thinking man’s ute

Contact Bradley Carrick, the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle expert now to arrange a time to experience the Amarok for yourself.

38 Great South Road, Newmarket, Auckland 09 526 6968 • Email: •

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011 43


New Colorado

Workhorses on show in Melbourne By John Oxley OK, it’s not Paris or Frankfurt or Tokyo, but the Australian International Motor Show Melbourne edition, was a big eyeopener, and a great indicator, if we needed it, that the recession is on its way out. From the viewpoint of workhorses there were a number of brand-new products on display, and all of them due for New Zealand before very long. Given that we’ve already had a pretty good introduction to the next generation Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50 siblings, due here around November, arguably the most important utility model at the show has got to be the next generation Holden Colorado, due to be launched in the first quarter of next year. Although the Aussies made lots of noise about “Australian inspired design”, what seems to have happened is that the Holden designers have taken a Brazilian-designed Chevrolet and added a few Holden touches. But, that said, it IS a nice looking truck! The vehicles, which are larger than the current Isuzu-based Colorados, will be built in Thailand and the top-of-the line model will get a 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine, which will probably be the only engine available here in 4WD form if the new model follows current trends.

44 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

At this stage no details about the power plant are available, but it is likely it will come from Italy’s VM Motori, in which Holden’s holding company General Motors has a half share, Fiat owning the other half. VM Motori currently makes a 2.8-litre four-cylinder Euro 5 compliant turbodiesel which powers the Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee, and produces 147 kW/460 Nm. Suspension is similar to the current Colorado’s, with torsion bars up front and a leaf sprung rear, and dimensions are length 5,339 mm; width 1,901 mm; height 1,789 mm, wheelbase 3,096 mm. Says Holden NZ boss Jeff Murray: “Clearly this is a show vehicle; however, the basic proportions and design are pretty much what you can expect for the production version.” Although, as mentioned, we’ve seen double cab versions of the next Ford Ranger and the next Mazda BT-50, Mazda took some of the limelight with the global reveal of a different version, a “Freestyle Cab” which is Mazda speak for a “2+2” ute. This uses the same “suicide door” concept as current BT-50 versions to offer a combination of seating for four, a wide pillar-less door opening, and a large carrying capacity.

On each side of the cabin a front-hinged door and a rear hinged panel both open to provide a 1,408 mm-wide opening that makes for easy entry to and exit from either the front or rear seats. Rear-seat comfort has been improved, too, with longer cushions with better thigh support and stable fitment of child seats while the seatback height has been increased by 128 mm.

Next Hilux The rear seat cushions can be removed, and with the rear access panels opening to an angle of nearly 90 degrees, give the option of loading and storing cargo into the rear seating area. Compared to the current Freestyle Cab version overall height has increased by 84 mm to 1,706 mm, width by 135 mm to 1,85 0mm and length has increased by 204 mm to 5,373

WORKHORSE mm. The wheelbase has grown by 220 mm. Interior space is also increased all round, with rear passengers getting 796 mm of leg room. The 3.2-litre 5-cylinder turbo-diesel engine for top models goes head-on against the new Colorado with 147 kW/470 Nm. It’s mated to a new 6-speed transmission and will be capable of towing 3,350 kg braked. Mazda also showed a tricked-up version of the new vehicle with after-market front bumper/bull bars combination, knobbly tyres, and side rails. On the Ford stand a double cab version of the Ranger was on display, showing the final production design which was close to the “concept” shown at Sydney. It has the same running gear as the Mazda. Ford chose to trick out its Ranger in

Ranger Wildtrak Wildtrak livery, with extra trim, fancy interior, and a look designed to appeal to those who want something extra from their workhorse. While we’re still talking about utes, the Toyota Hilux continues to be New Zealand’s top seller in this segment, so news of an upgraded version is important. Sales are expected to start here in November. Toyota has done a major facelift to the front end of the iconic model, with allnew bodywork from the A-pillar forward, including a revised front bumper, fresh bonnet and new front quarter panels. Biggest visual variation, however, is the addition of a bolder three-bar grille with stepped upper edge flanked by new twinelement wrap-around headlights. Under the skin, though, there’s little change except that all models will now get

an electronic stability programme complete with ABS anti-lock brakes and traction control. Currently this feature is only available on the top-end SR5 versions. All dual-cab varieties of the 2012 Hilux will come standard with twin front-side and curtain airbags, and there are upgrades to the interior. A new enlarged cab model is expected to be added to the range. The running gear, though, stays more or less the same, with no changes to the output of the 3-litre 126 kW/343 Nm four-cylinder turbo-diesel or the fivespeed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions. However technical upgrades will make it Euro 5 compliant. On the suspension front ride quality is said to be improved. There was nothing new about the looks of the Nissan Navara ST-X parked just behind the Hilux, but the big news here is that it’s finally getting the Renault-derived 3-litre V6 turbo-diesel as found on overseas versions of the ST-X and Pathfinder. This version, dubbed “Navara 550”, is due here in the first quarter of next year, and with 170kW of power and 550 Nm of torque will undoubtedly be the most powerful 4WD ute on the market.

BT-50 Freestlye

Volkswagen Transporter. Now with a free upgrade to a 7-speed DSG automatic worth $3,500*. The Transporter has always been a great workhorse. And right now, it’s working harder than ever to deliver great value. While stocks last, buy a 103kW manual Transporter and we’ll upgrade you to a 7-speed DSG automatic for nothing extra. You’ll enjoy an innovative 7-speed DSG automatic transmission that delivers an uninterrupted power flow with 340Nm of torque. On top of that, there’s the effi cient fuel consumption that works hard to get you 7.9 litres for every 100 kilometres travelled. And testament to its diligent work ethic, the Transporter will do the hard yards with extended service intervals of up to 40,000 kilometres. So it’s easy to see why the Transporter’s earned its name as Van of the Year 2010. To find out more, go to for a side-by-side comparison of the Volkswagen Transporter to other vans in the market. See the range at or call 0800 Volkswagen. Contact Bradley Carrick at the Number 1 Volkswagen Commercial Dealer in New Zealand, Continental Car Services on (09) 526 6968

Commercial Vehicle Dealership of the Year: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 38 Great South Road, Newmarket, Auckland • 09 526 6968 • Email: •

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011 45


Clean-sheet Canter

By Damien Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Carroll

With the launch of the new Canter Euro, Mitsubishi Fuso now has one of the most technologically advanced light trucks available in the New Zealand market. While it may not look particularly different from the old model (all external cab accessories for the old Canter will still fit the new model) the Canter is in fact a complete clean-sheet design which Mitsubishi says utilised the full resources of the Daimler truck group during its five-year gestation. With 3.2 million km of testing during its development the new Canter meets and exceeds Euro 5 emission regulations and is the first commercial vehicle in the world to feature a dual clutch automated manual transmission. The all-new four-cylinder 3-litre turbo diesel engine not only exceeds Euro 5 regulations (actually being designed to meet Euro 6 regs with minimal alterations) it also meets the European Union EEV emission standards, which focus on particulate output rather than actual CO2 emissions, making the Canter one of the cleanest light trucks on the market. Available in two power levels 110kW/360Nm and 129kW/390Nm - the new engine increases service intervals from 10,000km on the previous model to an impressive 30,000km. Both versions come equipped with a diesel particulate filter, while the higher-powered engine also features Daimlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BlueTec afterexhaust urea treatment, and both engines come with the choice of a five-speed manual transmission or the new six-speed Duonic automated dual clutch transmission. Mitsubishi expects a significant take-up on the new dual clutch transmission, with as many as 80 percent of sales being expected

46 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

to tick that particular box. As the Duonic transmission is only a $2,500 option on the Canter (as opposed to the $6,000 asked for the conventional automatic on the last Canter) the reductions in servicing costs - fluid change intervals for the Duonic trans are 60,000km - and vehicle downtime make the dual-clutch transmission almost a no-brainer. On the road the Duonic transmission truly is the best of both worlds, with slick and seamless automatic shifts being a hallmark and selecting manual mode when needed a simple flick to the left of the gear lever. Along with the advantages in service costs, a reduction in potential driver fatigue is also a big advantage, as the Canter is almost ridiculously easy to drive. With maximum torque coming in at 1,350rpm on the 110kW version and 1,650rpm on the 129kW version, the Canter pulls away from low revs effortlessly, the Duonic transmission keeping the engine in the middle of the incredibly flat torque curve pretty much all the time. The transmission is acutely smooth in its operation and shifts pretty much when you would expect it to, with a manual shift a mere flick of the gear lever away if needed. As well as being effortless to drive the Canter is also comfortable, with the entirely new cabin being well thought out and practical and with a multitude of cubby holes and cup holders, while all the controls being very ergonomically sensible and easy to use. Available in 4.5, 5, 6, 7.5 and 8.2 ton GVM variants (with the 4.5 ton model being available in narrow or wide cab versions - all others are wide cab only) the new Canter range is the most extensive offering in New Zealand

for quite some time, boasting 27 different models in total, including narrow and wide cab variants, single and double cab variants and a variety of wheelbases ranging from 2,800mm up to 4,750mm. Mitsubishi is expecting big things from the new Canter and after spending a bit of time in some of them, you can understand their confidence. The Canter is rugged, well built, efficient and promises to be remarkably cost effective. An impressive package indeed. Prices for the new Canter vary depending on customer requirements: contact your local Fuso dealer for more information.


Hiace – the goodwill still rules White vans: there’s not a lot you can say about them other than they’re here to do a job, says Damien O’Carroll. Neither sexy nor particularly exciting, nevertheless, white vans are a vital part of the business world. The Toyota Hiace has almost been the default White Van for most of its existence, but is coming under increasing assault by not only the other Asian brands, but also the European brands. But as with most of its model lineup, Toyota has massive brand loyalty on its side. The longstanding goodwill the Toyota badge has generated counts for a lot, especially when that goodwill has been generated by such key factors as reliability, durability and strong resale value. So take away that perceived value of the badge and does the Hiace still stand up to the competition? Well, yes and no. The exterior styling has changed little on the fifth generation Hiace, but there is a new black front bumper, reworked halogen headlights and a silver grille that goes some way to giving it a more modern face. Our test vehicle was the long wheelbase high-roof ZX which is priced at $55,190 and was fitted with sliding doors on both sides and a rear top-hinged tailgate which is huge. Climbing up into the Hiace is,

and always has been, a challenging exercise - the cab seating is fairly high and while there’s a handle pull and a step, both are set in awkward positions that don’t line your seat up with the van’s seat in any way that approaches logic. Uncomfortable contortions are required to arrange yourself into the Hiace’s seat, almost impossible to do if you have a bad back. And you almost easily could have a bad back if you have to spend all day, every day, arranging yourself into the Hiace. Once you do get inside you will notice a slightly dull, but extraordinarily functional cabin layout. The seats are finished in a suitably tough grey cloth and the bus-like driving position provides commanding visibility. Behind the cabin is a huge space, with a length of 3,470mm, width of 1,730mm and height 1,635mm. It’s a practical space with a low loading level, a step on the rear bumper, plastic floor covering and multiple tie-down hooks for securing cargo. Under the bonnet - or rather, under the seat - is a 3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel motor that delivers

100kW of power and 300Nm of torque. Peak torque is available from just 1,200rpm and fuel economy is now rated at 8.7L/100km combined, with the five-speed manual transmission we tested here. In terms of safety the Hiace is still limited by its cab-forward body shape, so it will never measure up to a van with a decent motor and crumple zones between you and any potential accident. And that’s its weakest point. Safety features are limited to ABS brakes with brake assist, a driver’s airbag and seatbelt pretensioner. Stability and traction control don’t feature and if you’re in the passenger’s seat, well, good luck to you! All up though, the Hiace ZX is easy to drive, has a practical and highly durable cabin and an expansive load area. The goodwill in the Toyota badge will no doubt go a long way to make up for what the Hiace lacks in comparison to the competition, but the lack of what are now basic safety features, even in a van, is concerning.


Body type 5-door van Drive Rear-wheel-drive Engine type 4-cylinder Engine capacity 2982 cc Max power 100 kW/3400 rpm Max torque 300 Nm/1200 rpm Fuel consumption 8.7 L/100km C02 emission 243g/km 0 to 100km/h N/A Front suspension Double wishbone Rear suspension Leaf spring Roof rack No ABS brakes Yes Air bags 1 ESP No Air conditioning Manual Lap/diagonal belts 2 Satellite navigation No Electric seats No Burglar alarm No Panic button No Boot release No Cargo cover N/a Boot capacity 9800 L Wheel type 15 inch steel Spare tyre Full size

Through Life Cost Report 36 months 60,000km Price $55,190 WOF $120 Registration $1,397 Servicing to 60k $2,059 Total tyre cost $23,69 Residual $23,396

Indicative final figure $34,539

The Through Life Cost Model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. FleetWorks and Adrenalin Publishing Limited accept no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the Through Life Cost Model change from those published. All residual values are based on an average of values achieved through Turners Auctions Limited sales for the previous 3 months from issue date.

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011 47


These pics show a standard leather seat upgrade and a sports seat upgrade in the new Triton ute.

Just what you want Car manufacturers are obviously constrained by the fact that they have to produce a vehicle that will appeal to the widest possible audience, meaning that personalisation is largely restricted to the pricier high-end vehicles and comes at a significant cost. The difference between the top-spec and lower spec mainstream models can sometimes only come down to four or five features and buyers may be motivated to buy the top spec model simply because only one of the features particularly appeals. This may be a very expensive way to buy the extra one thing you want! Auckland-based company Retro Vehicle Enhancement (RVE) prides itself on giving customers the ability to enhance their mass-produced vehicle into one that includes exactly the features they want. Established in 1968 as Stanners Auto Timmers, Retro Vehicle Enhancement grew rapidly throughout the ‘70s to become New Zealand’s largest fitter of vinyl tops. Expanding during the ‘80s to incorporate the installation of sunroofs and third row seats, by 1996 the business incorporated new niches such as electronic sunroofs and leather conversions. More recently, the company expanded its interests to include the supply of seat heaters, air filters, exhausts, and airbag technologies.

48 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

By Damien O'Carroll

In 2004 RVE was recognised by Land Transport Safety Authority for its airbag seam sewing process, making it one of the few companies able to produce truly compliant airbag seams. RVE boasts a nationwide network of installers for its range of products, along with port programs with most of the New Zealand car distributors, often bundling a group of accessories to create a niche model. The global financial crisis has seen car distributors rationalise their model variants, which has seen the demise of vehicles like the Ford Fairlane and Holden Statesman. With a tightening of budgets, most major fleets are going for value for money and end users are choosing to just add individual products, rather than go for the flashy, more expensive model which tended to focus on status rather than functionality. RVE targets new cars – with more than 90 percent of its work accounted for by brand new cars – and is unique in the New Zealand market, offering a four year warranty for work done from its nationwide network of installers and service technicians. A huge part of RVE’s business has been adding leather interiors to vehicles and an ever-increasing percentage of re-trims now includes a sport seat upgrade. The company even has an online seat designer which enables the end user to mix and match leather

covers, stitching style and colours, insert options or even the ability to personalise the seats with their own logo if desired. Seat heaters are also proving to be a “hot” accessory, especially with the release of the new multi-heat level temperature controllers. With a massive range of accessories including sunroofs, Bluetooth, GPS systems, parking sensors and reversing cameras, the company says that it has recently seen an increase in requests from the fleet market for digital video tracking and recording devices. These systems will soon also feature live video streaming that will allow fleet operators to view what is happening in and around the vehicle via an online web portal wherever the vehicle is operating and will also even include audio if desired. Another new technology the Retro Vehicle Enhancement has been championing is the Pantera Command Centre. Proving popular with a wide range of customers from fleet purchasers and car dealers to retail customers, this full replacement mirror gives drivers the benefit of a reversing camera, GPS maps, Bluetooth and an MP3 Player that is discrete yet functional. All of the many features of the PCC can be accessed via an easy one-touch menu and the driver can keep a natural line-ofsight on the road ahead, with minimal eye movement needed.


Moving signs Outdoor advertising has long been considered one of the more efficient and cost-effective ways of reaching large numbers of potential clients. Buildings, shop frontages, sandwich boards, billboards, trucks and buses all carry advertising, so it makes sense to consider your company fleet as a rich source of potential outdoor advertising. Overseas trends have proven fleet graphics to be highly effective, yet it is only in recent years that our market has started to make the most of the advantages that this form of advertising has to offer. In the past vehicle signage was largely limited to computer-cut self-adhesive lettering for a company’s name and contact details, with maybe a simple graphic or logo. But recent advances in digital printing and self-adhesive technology have presented a world of new opportunities and creative possibilities for display signage on vehicles. New technology from manufacturers now allows graphics to stay in perfect conformation without popping, even after being wrapped around difficult three dimensional surfaces. This allows the entire vehicle to become a moving advertisement for your company and recent developments have led to new types of vinyls specifically for doing wraps, such as those that feature air channels to prevent

bubbles and microscopic glass beads that prevent the adhesive from taking hold until squeegeed down. This feature allows the material to be lifted and reapplied as needed during the wrapping process, without compromising the longevity of the wrap. Vinyl is heated with a heat gun to mould around objects. A wrap must often be divided into a number of smaller pieces to appropriately cover any movable panels on the vehicle, such as the fuel flap, bonnet, boot and doors. Decals can be made to cover side and rear windows and can even be perforated to allow for some (admittedly limited) visibility. If a full wrap is not required – or in the budget – a partial wrap can be done. This approach combines traditional computercut vinyl application with the impressive photographic options of a full wrap to partially cover the vehicle, often to equally stunning effect as that of a full wrap. One of the often unseen advantages of wrapping a vehicle comes when it is time to remove it. With the original paintwork safely protected under the vinyl wrap, the condition of the vehicle is preserved (on the outside, at least.) In years gone by, panels could occasionally need re-spraying after the signage had been

removed, but recent advances in technology has seen the need for this to be reduced to virtually zero. Going beyond the typical fleet of cars, vans and trucks, the new generation of self-adhesive vinyls for wraps and computer-cut applications has seen the appearance of far wider options for other types of vehicles. Nationwide signwriting group Speedy Signs was recently asked to recommend suitable substrates, supply and apply signage for two related companies. Outgro Bio Agricultural Ltd provides sustainable biological solutions to farmers around the North Island and has a range of light and heavy commercial vehicles which are subjected to gravel and other natural abrasives during off-road and rural use. While Outback Helicopters Ltd is engaged in crop dusting and needed their signage to overcome the rivets and the helicopter’s compound curves, adhesion problems over rivets and extreme operational weather conditions. The results not only met and exceeded the customer’s expectations in terms of durability, but also looked great too. Which is the whole idea.

NZ’s Leader in Vehicle Graphics

Vehicle Graphic Sales: Tom Mason

021 456 456

09 273 8841 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011 49

Fitoutfeature the Airplex Ratchet Rope, which requires just quick pull of the rope to secure the load. For more flexible load covers, Airplex supplies the “no-drill” tonneau cover, a cost-effective robust vinyl cover. BEST BARS

Fitting out your ute With increasing competition in the market having driven modern utes far beyond their status as humble, basic workhorses, the new generation of utes set to explode on the New Zealand market in the next year is going to be even

more car-like to drive, yet more capable than ever. While still holding the workhorse appeal to traditional buyers – such as farmers and tradesmen – the massive improvements in areas such as ride quality and interior

CRAZY about Rugby L LY F R I E N






CRAZIER about Vehicle Branding N






Colourworx has just recently completed transformation of 10 white camper vans into exciting mobile billboards for Air New Zealand and THL Rugby World Cup promotion.

So when you are ready to start branding your fleet call Leanne on

09 263 0500 | 50 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

fixtures and fittings of utes has broadened their appeal to a far wider number of potential users in the fleet market. We take a look at a couple of the suppliers in the industry. AIRPLEX INDUSTRIES Airplex Industries is a company that specialises in improving the versatility of utes and one of its most fascinating products is the Airplex bed extender, a versatile product that allows you to extend the usable size of your ute tray/bed. When required, it simply rotates 180 degrees to lay on the open tailgate to retain long loads, or flipped the other way, effectively divides your wellside into two distinct areas, thus preventing objects moving around. A relatively new addition to the Airplex product range is the SteelTop ute canopy. Made from pressed 0.8 mm pressed steel they offer twin wall construction which enables them to carry a proper load on their integrated roof-rack without the need for internal reinforcement. Airplex also has a very robust tie-down system called Slide-n-Lock. It consists of two aluminum tracks and four stainless steel locking rings. And another useful product is

Best Bars is a longestablished player in the industry. The company’s heavy-duty alloy trays are completely modular, using custom alloy extrusions for most components. Alloy trays are considerably lighter, more durable and better looking than steel and wood ones and do not rust, warp, splinter or ever need painting. The Best Bars alloy trays typically weigh around 80-100 kg for a single cab vehicle, compared with up to 185 kg for a factory wellside and as much as 250-275 kg for a steel and wood tray. On a 2WD the saving can amount to as much as 10 percent of the total vehicle weight, which can even result in fuel savings. In its standard form the ute tray consists a 63 mm tubular headboard, 225 mm high drop-down sides and tailgate, alloy mesh cab guard, alloy tail light guards, rope rails, mudguards, mud flaps and a heavy-duty sectioned modular flooring system. Available options include a 63 mm removable alloy ladder rack that slots through the rear of the floor, plywood floor overlay, a range of alloy side toolboxs and a huge 1.8 metrelong sliding under-tray tool box. There is also an electro/ hydraulic tipper unit available on special order. Assembly and fitting of the base model tray normally takes around 3-4 hours, with all assembly hardware and instructions included with the deck. Best Bars heavy-duty alloy ute trays are available through all leading new vehicle franchise dealers and approved agents nationwide.

d n a d e e n u o y r a c Buy the . t n a w u o y s e i r o s the acces ▷ Sunroofs ▷ Bluetooth ▷ GPS ▷ Reversing Cameras ▷ Leather Interiors Standard & Sport ▷ Parking Sensors ▷ Seat Heaters ▷ i - Watch ▷ Command Centre

All In One

Command Centre

Call us today to discuss your requirements. 0800 RETRO 4 U


Get the most from your van The idea of fitting out a van for a fleet application may seem straightforward enough – it’s simply a big open space that needs to be filled after all – but, like a lot of things in life, it’s not quite as simple as it initially may seem. The best place to start when deciding how to fit out a van is before you have even bought it. The obvious thing to consider is how big a van you need. Most manufacturers offer short or long wheelbase versions, as well as low, medium and high-roof options. Total load space in the rear is something you need to be aware of, as is how much weight the van can carry as some manufacturers offer the option of heavy duty springs. Load access is another important feature and can vary depending on your needs. Do you need a top-hinged tailgate, or would barn-style rear doors be more suitable? How about sliding side doors? Just one? Or one on each side? There’s not much point paying extra for dual sliding side

doors if you’re just going to put shelving over one. If you are going to be towing with the van, then braked and un-braked towing capacity needs to be taken into account, as does the vans wiring – some models require a factory-supplied (but usually optional) wiring loom, which can add extra cost. Once you have selected a van that will suit your needs, then there are a number of factors you need to consider before starting the internal fit out. Everything from lighting – is the standard factory lighting adequate for your needs, or will extra lighting need to be fitted? – through to floor protection needs to be considered. Safety screens and cargo barriers are also an important consideration as driver and passenger protection play a large part in providing workplace safety for employees. Of course, what else you put in will depend on what you need the van for; extra seating? Access for disabled passengers or drivers?

52 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

Racks and shelving? Hoists and lifts? Load separators? Almost anything is possible. How about future-proofing your fit out? For example, will standard adjustable shelving suit? It can be moved from one vehicle to another come replacement time, or maybe you need custom made shelving to suit a particular application. This is where experts like Jackson Enterprises Ltd come in. Operating for more than 30 years and experienced with most major van manufacturer’s products, Jackson Enterprises is a specialist in providing van interior solutions to the rest home and mobility industry, government departments, the taxi and tourism industry and commercial trades, as well as supplying and fitting roof racks and custom built solutions for the general transportation sector in New Zealand. Their satisfied clientele includes Smith and Smith Autoglass, Super Shuttle, and Accident Compensation Corporation to name but a few.

Although it does carry out some work on used vehicles for mobility purposes, the company focuses mainly on outfitting new vehicles with mobility, seating or cargo solutions. The company manufactures its own seats - with built-in lap and diagonal belts - on site and has a full in-house test rig, which can simulate a crash test in order to provide optimum seat design and safety. Providing anything from bench seats to individual bucket seating in a range of vinyl or fabric, Jackson Enterprises is able to cover front seats to match rear. Many optional extras are also available including carpet flooring and side panels, rear speakers, window tinting, side steps, grab handles and air conditioning. All modifications meet New Zealand Safety Standards. As far as trade vehicles go, Jackson Enterprises can provide a complete solution there too. Shelving for equipment and stock, gas bottle holders, cargo barriers, wooden flooring covered in either factory vinyl mat or a sprayed polyurethane finish for easy cleaning. Roof racks, tow bar and bull bars can also be fitted in the company’s workshop. Jackson Enterprises also specialises in fitting high-quality, high-safety mobility solutions into a wide range of vehicles. There is one overall guiding principle at Jackson Enterprises; the customer must be satisfied, not only with the layout of the vehicle but also the workmanship. Staff are trained to help and advise on how to get the conversion that will provide the most appropriate layout and any other fittings required and all passenger vehicles must reach the high standards of a certificate of compliance and these vehicles are examined and signed off by an independent engineer.


Accord- the stuff of legends Honda’s Accord is now in its eighth iteration. Does it still have the same appeal of those of old? John Oxley reports At the risk of perpetrating the most appalling pun, I’d like to say the Accord is the stuff of legends. Or more to the point, it makes some legends outmoded. The reason is that the Accord has continued, like most car models, and Topsy, to grow and grow, until now it’s a mediumlarge car teetering on the edge of the luxury market. I say teetering because although it’s got a lot of credentials that make it deserve to be there, it hasn’t got its final spurs. Those few extra points that take it from “nice to have” to “got to have”. But back to basics. The Accord V6 is not the same as the Accord Euro. It doesn’t look the same, it doesn’t ride the same, and it doesn’t perform the same. Fact is it’s based on the US Accord, which means that in true American fashion it’s longer, wider, heavier, and fatter than its European-aimed equivalent. And of course, it gets a 3.5-litre V6 against the Euro’s 2.4-litre four. And it’s quite a lusty motor, producing a creditable 202kW/340Nm, yet churning

in decent fuel consumption figures thanks to a fancy engine management system that allows it to run on three, four or six cylinders according to load requirements. So if you’re running light, on a flat road at 100 km/h, well you could well be only using three cylinders, and wafting along on mere fumes. Floor the throttle, though, and you’ll get a mighty shove as all the horses (and cylinders) are unleashed – great for quick and safe overtaking – although it does hurt the fuel figures when you do that! Styling on the Accord V6 is very much American, with lots of bling, and as such it doesn’t have the chic that allows its smaller brethren to compete (style-wise) in the Euro pond. The same goes for the interior. It is, to put it bluntly, bland and uninteresting, although beautifully put together, with high quality leather trim. But it’s missing some of the features we consider essential at this price and segment level, such as a reverse camera and a satellite


navigation system – although it HAS just got Bluetooth phone connectivity - so it just misses the sweet spot. The instrumentation is a little basic with a four-dial layout and small electronic displays, and the centre-dash control screen has a dated digital look reminiscent of a small Korean or Japanese car rather than an upmarket executive. Honda should get with the times! There’s a thick leather rimmed steering wheel adjustable for tilt and reach, and it has satellite controls for cruise control and the audio system. The engine is smooth, the 5-speed auto gearbox is smoother (with manual paddles shifters behind the wheel if you want to play), and the suspension is safe and predictable, albeit a little soft for really hard driving. All-in-all the Accord V6 is a great long-distance cruiser, with an excellent sound system (with full iPod/MP3 player/USB stick compatibility), comfortable seats (electrically adjusted), and long legs. Shame about the face.

Body type 4-door sedan Drive Front wheels Engine type V6 petrol Engine capacity 3471cc Max power 202kW6200/rpm Max torque 340Nm/5000rpm Fuel consumption 9.9L/100km C02 emissions 235g/km 0 to 100km/h 7.5secs Front suspension Double wishbone Rear suspension Multi-link Roof rack No ABS brakes Yes Air bags Six ESP Yes Air conditioning Yes Lap/diagonal belts Yes Satellite navigation No Electric seats Yes Burglar alarm Yes Panic button No Boot release No Cargo cover N/A Boot capacity 450L Wheel type Alloy Spare tyre Full size alloy

Through Life Cost Report 36 Months 60000km

Price $56,600 WOF $120 Registration $100,7 Servicing to 60k: $1,418.25 Total Tyre cost: $3,243.36 Residual $23,206

Indicative final figure $39,182

The Through Life Cost Model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. FleetWorks and Adrenalin Publishing Limited accept no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the Through Life Cost Model change from those published. All residual values are based on an average of values achieved through Turners Auctions Limited sales for the previous 3 months from issue date.

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011 53


Evolutionary Passat


Robert Barry is impressed by the overall package that is the new Passat 1.8 TSI sedan. The new B7 Passat is essentially a highly revised version of the previous B6 model with new sheet metal at the front and rear which brings it into line with the new VW “family look” created by Klaus Bischoff. It’s an evolution rather than a revolution which is a good thing as the Passat accounts for 25 percent of all local VW sales. Personally I’m all for consistent design but I do feel the VW range is looking a bit too much like a father, mother, and baby bear outfit in much the same way as the BMW line-up looked in the 1980s. A little bit of differentiation wouldn’t go amiss. Current Passat owners will notice the roof and glasshouse of the B7 remain unchanged from the B6 and the interior is also familiar though there is a new instrument cluster, a new analogue clock takes centre stage on the dashboard, the hazard lights switch is repositioned and the console between the front seats has been redesigned and there’s a new gear lever. But the B7 Passat does introduce some new technologies to the mid-size segment such as

fatigue detection, LED daytime running lights, dynamic light assist, regenerative braking, stop/start system and low rolling resistance tyres to name but a few. At the first quarter launch of the Passat range it was made clear by Volkswagen NZ that the new models were priced and specified to take on the popular mid size sedans. In particular the Passat TSI Trendline, which is the sole petrolpowered model in the range at $47,000, is right in the heart of the mid-size fleet sedan market. With fleet-focussed variants of the Ford Mondeo, Mazda6, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai i45, all occupying the $40 to $50k price bracket there is now some serious competition for the buyer’s dollar thanks to arrival of the Passat. It might be an entry level car but it doesn’t feel like it, nor does it drive like one and it’s far from Billy-basic in spec. In comparison to the Camry and i45 in particular, at the price point the Passat is a much greater step up in terms of ride quality, cabin serenity, engine response, and overall refinement. Add in

54 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

competitive running costs and rock solid residuals and you would be foolish not to place this vehicle on your fleet shortlist. What is truly impressive about the Passat TSI is its combination of the turbocharged 1.8 litre direct injection petrol engine which is combined with a seven-speed DSG transmission to give class leading economy of 7.1L/100km. You would normally assume that a 1.8 litre engine would be underpowered and thirsty in such a spacious and comfortable vehicle, but the VW surprises with a get up and go that leaves many vehicles in its wake. Zero to 100km/h is despatched in 8.5 seconds and because we enjoyed the performance so much the fuel consumption averaged out at 8.9L/100km for the duration of our week. Oops. Admittedly most of the time was spent commuting in traffic with the odd motorway dash thrown in for good measure. Had we spent more time on the open road I have no doubt the Passat TSI would have produced a much better average fuel consumption.

Body type Four-door sedan Drive Front-wheel-drive Engine type Inline four-cylinder Engine capacity 1798cc Max power 118kW/4500 rpm Max torque 250Nm/ 4500 rpm Fuel consumption 7.1L/100km C02 emission 162g/km 0 to 100km/h 8.5 sec Front suspension Coil springs Rear suspension Coil springs Roof rack N/A ABS brakes Yes Air bags 6 ESP Yes Air conditioning Climatic Lap/diagonal belts 5 Satellite navigation Optional Electric seats No Burglar alarm Yes Panic button No Boot release Yes Cargo cover No Boot capacity 565L Wheel type 16 inch Spare Tyre Full size steel

Through Life Cost Report 36 Months 60000km Price $47,000 WOF $70 Registration $1,007 Servicing to 60k: $1,303 Total Tyre cost: $1,758.88 Residual $17,860

Indicative final figure $33,278.88

The Through Life Cost Model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. FleetWorks and Adrenalin Publishing Limited accept no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the Through Life Cost Model change from those published. All residual values are based on an average of values achieved through Turners Auctions Limited sales for the previous 3 months from issue date.

ROADREPORT to get comfortable at the wheel, with tilt and reach adjustment on the steering wheel, and a heightadjustable steering wheel, and all-round vision is good. Nicknacks space includes a front passenger overhead console with dual map reading lights and sunglasses holder, dual cup holders, a centre console dash storage compartment with lid, front passenger seat back pocket and bag hook, and a net and hook in the boot area. The seats are covered in a premium cloth, and are quite comfortable, while tilt and reach adjustment of the steering wheel makes it easy to get a decent driving position. The 60/40 split rear seats fold forward to increase load space.

i20 NOT the new Getz When Hyundai introduced its new i20 onto the New Zealand market a couple of months ago CEO Tom Ruddenklau was quick to explain that it’s not a Getz replacement. John Oxley agrees The Hyundai Getz was the victim of its own success. It was designed at a time when Korean cars were “cheap and cheerful”, yet it rewarded the faith of those who bought one with years and years of trouble-free service, all the while sipping at petrol at a rate designed to put Arab sheiks out of business. I hired one recently when I went to visit rellies on the Gold Coast, and although it was a bit long in the tooth it still rode and felt fine, and I didn’t have to part with a king’s ransom of exchange-rate dollars to hire it and keep it fuelled. In fact various DHBs in New Zealand felt much the same, it seems, from the prodigious rate at which they bought them. Now though, it’s off the market, and at present the smallest Hyundai you can buy is the new i20. And this time Hyundai is aiming not at the fleet market, it says, but at “yoga moms”. Now, I don’t know how many of those there are around the country, but I’ll bet my boots Hyundai is going to get more sales from companies and user-choosers

than moms. Yoga or otherwise. Fact is, the i20 is quite a lot bigger than the Getz, and as such is going to be fighting head-on against such stalwarts as the Nissan Micra and the new Suzuki Swift. Compared to the Getz it also has a lot more kit and a price tag which puts it near the top of the price leader board. Our test vehicle was the automatic, which is likely to be the biggest seller, and like its opposition it’s a 4-speed shifter that owes nothing to modern technology. Which is a pity, for the alloy block 1.4-litre Gamma engine, producing 74 kW/136 Nm, does its level best to punt the Hyundai along, albeit at times struggling for breath as the ‘box put it in the wrong part of the torque band. Especially on short but very steep hills. Of which there are lots around where I live. Funnily enough, neither the Suzuki nor the Micra had suffered quite so much on the same hills when I tested them. Take that out of the equation, though, and the i20 has a lot going for it. It’s got a 5-star Ancap safety rating, heightadjustable driver’s seat and alloy

wheels, air conditioning, electric front windows, ESP (including brake assist and electronic brake force distribution), and six airbags as standard. You put your hands on real leather when you’re steering the wee beastie, and you don’t have to take them off the wheel to change the radio station or CD channel as it’s got satellite controls on the wheel. The audio system, which includes fully-integrated iPod and MP3 plays via six speakers. Other upmarket features include central locking with keyless entry, and anti-theft alarm and engine immobiliser. One area where the i20 doesn’t get my vote, though, is the lack of Bluetooth compatibility. It’s becoming the norm rather than the exception these days. The styling, too, I found quite bland, and the fact that the i20 is not a new car in other markets shows through, especially when you put it alongside the beautiful new Elantra. That said, it’s neat and smart inside, with enough room for five adults, although those in the back shouldn’t be too large. It’s easy

Specifications: Body type 5-door hatch Drive Front wheels Engine type 4-cylinder petrol Engine capacity 1396cc Max power 74kW/5500rpm Max torque 136Nm/4200rpm Fuel consumption 6.4L/100km C02 emissions 152g/km 0 to 100km/h 12.1secs Front suspension McPherson struts Rear suspension Torsion beam axle Roof rack No ABS brakes Yes Air bags 6 ESP Yes Air conditioning Yes Lap/diagonal belts 5 Satellite navigation No Electric seats No Burglar alarm Yes Panic button No Boot release Yes Cargo cover Yes Boot capacity 295/1060L Wheel type Alloy Spare tyre Full size

Through Life Cost Report 36 Months 60000km

Price $26,990 WOF $70 Registration $1,007 Servicing to 60k: $1,333.74 Total Tyre cost: $2,146.56 Residual $10,796

Indicative final figure $20,751.30

The Through Life Cost Model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. FleetWorks and Adrenalin Publishing Limited accept no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the Through Life Cost Model change from those published. All residual values are based on an average of values achieved through Turners Auctions Limited sales for the previous 3 months from issue date.

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011 55


Thinking outside the square If you are one of those people who hear the name Volvo and immediately think either “square” or “boring” or both, then you obviously haven’t paid much attention to the brand over the last decade or so, says Damien O’Carroll You are also probably one of those people who still make Skoda jokes too. And they haven’t been funny for ages. Like the Volkswagen-owned Czech brand, Volvo has done much of late to shake off the unflattering image it earned through the ‘70s and ‘80s. It has done it quite simply, too – by making some damn good cars. And the latest Volvo V60 is a

56 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

particularly good example of that. Square is a word that is long gone from the Volvo design vocabulary– in fact about the only place you will find anything vaguely square on the V60 is in the eggcrate grill, punctuated by the traditional Volvo diagonal chrome slash. “Startlingly attractive” is actually a more appropriate term to apply to the V60 T5,

especially in our road test car’s bright red. The wagon body – the same length, height width and wheelbase as the S60 sedan – is sexily streamlined, with Volvo’s handsome corporate family face at the front and a rear that is wonderfully reminiscent of the funky little C30 hatch. As with the platform, front end and vital dimensions, the interior of the V60 is identical to the S60. As such, that means it is a masterpiece of minimalist automotive design with all the recent Volvo design cues such as the “floating” centre console correct and present. With leather upholstery as standard on all models, the interior of the V60 is populated with high quality materials, soft touch points and some superbly classy dash inlays - graphite as standard, charcoal as a no-charge option or a wood trim for $770, although wood seems a slightly discordant concept in such a coolly classy minimalist interior. The seats are remarkably comfortable and the whole interior feels like it should be in something far more expensive. But while it looks fantastic, there are a few packaging flaws on the inside - rear leg room is slightly tight and boot space is compromised by the sexy, swooping roofline - but nothing that could ever be considered a deal-breaker. Under the bonnet the T5 features Volvo’s 2-litre, four-cylinder petrol turbo engine that pushes 177kW and 320Nm through

ROADREPORT the front wheels. Volvo claims a fairly brisk 0 to 100km/h time of 7.7 seconds for the T5 and from behind the wheel that certainly feels accurate. The T5 scampers off the line eagerly and feels pleasantly sharp around town. The nicelyweighted steering is remarkably precise, leading you to think that perhaps the front-wheel drive Volvo may well be the pick of the range through the twisty bits, lacking, as it does, the added weight of its 4WD brethren. Don’t get too excited though, because it isn’t. Despite its low speed promise, the FWD T5 gives in to understeer far too early to be considered dynamically superior to the more expensive 4WD models. Still, the T5 is a remarkably capable and pleasant car on the open road and its ride is truly magnificent, even when pushing on. This leads to the interesting idea that perhaps Volvo’s chassis engineers understood what their customers wanted far better than the marketing types who insist that the V60 is sporty. While it is quick and capable enough, the V60 is far more suited to effortlessly swallowing up large distances, providing genuine and impressive comfort that is light years ahead of its FWD rivals, than it is to tackling corners with genuine aggression. All up, the V60 never feels anything less than pleasant to drive, whether it be around town or out on the open road, and the comfort with which it does it is simply stunning. It has a few minor flaws, but nothing that takes the shine off the overall package. As an alternative to something like a top-end Mondeo, the V60 is a compelling proposition. Then again, looking in the opposite direction, as an alternative to an entry-level BMW 3 Series, the V60 is equally compelling. Either way, the V60 T5 makes a strong case for itself.

Specifications: Body type 5-door wagon Drive Front wheels Engine type 4-cylinder Engine capacity 1999 cc Max power 177kW/5500rpm Max torque 320Nm/5000rpm Fuel consumption 8.7 L/100km C02 emission 205 g/km 0 to 100km/h 7.7 seconds Front suspension Macpherson strut Rear suspension Multi link Roof rack No ABS brakes Yes Air bags 6 ESP Yes Air conditioning Climate Lap/diagonal belts 5 Satellite navigation No Electric seats Driver’s only Burglar alarm Yes Panic button Yes Boot release Yes Cargo cover Yes Boot capacity 430 L Wheel type 17 inch alloy steel Spare tyre Full size

Through Life Cost Report 36 months 60,000km

Price $67,990 WOF $70 Registration $1,007 Servicing to 60k $3,031 Total tyre cost $3,323 Residual $25,836

Indicative final figure $49,586

The Through Life Cost Model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. FleetWorks and Adrenalin Publishing Limited accept no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the Through Life Cost Model change from those published. All residual values are based on an average of values achieved through Turners Auctions Limited sales for the previous 3 months from issue date.

Volvo ‘most affordable’ By John Oxley “Volvo is probably the most affordable luxury car on the New Zealand market, as well as being the safest car in its class,” says Steve Kenchington, general manager of Volvo Cars NZ. A bold statement, so I asked him to back it up with hard facts. He points to pricing, with the luxurious V60 wagon tested here competitive, for instance, with Ford’s Mondeo Titanium hatchback. And as far as safety is concerned, Volvo has long been a leader in this area, and continues to be. “Volvo is not too dear, and there are discount possibilities for fleet,” he adds. “We are considering a 2.0litre diesel and would hope to achieve a price of around $60k. This will provide a very compelling option for those traveling long distances who want to keep their staff as safe and secure as possible." He added that a special attraction for fleet and private buyers alike was that Volvo resale values are holding up well. “Volvo used product is incredibly hard to get and the dealers can’t get enough of it. “We think there’s quite a compelling argument for switching to Volvo – it’s all about getting on the consideration list for us.” So confident is he that people will want to switch once they have driven a Volvo that he is prepared to give out evaluation cars. Another strong inducement is the company’s new lease scheme. “It’s a financial lease, not an operational lease, with a residual of 40% over three years, and a low interest rate of 3.95%, and customers can make adjustments to meet their individual requirements,” he says. “It has the tax benefits of an operating lease, but without any worries about disposal”. However if a customer wants to add a service plan that can be arranged, too. “It is currently available on D5 versions of the S60 and V60, from as little as $863/ month plus GST, but we are prepared to extend it to other vehicles in the range if required,” he adds. He said the scheme was targeted at the user-chooser rather than the large fleet. “What we are trying to get across is cost of ownership rather than cost to purchase”, he concluded.

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011 57

ROADREPORT Octavia Scout is more classy, more spacious, definitely more economical, and yet no less capable than your average 4x4 box. Dob Dob Dob.


A touch of the Baden Powells Skoda has a simple philosophy. Offer top-class engineering coupled with simple design, as well as great packaging, space efficiency, and great value-for-money. As with the ordinary Octavia wagon the Scout comes wellequipped, with Bluetooth phone compatibility, a six-disc front loader CD/radio with auxiliary input for iPod or MP3 player plus a digital equaliser and no fewer than 12 speakers, as well as dual zone climate control air conditioning, electric windows front and rear, cruise control, and height-adjustable front seats. You also get a multi-function computer, multi-function steering wheel (with leather-trimmed rim), remote central locking, front fog lights, heated electric outside mirrors, rain sensor wipers, rear window wiper, and roof rails, and a chilled glove box coupled with a cool box in the armrest. So what is different from the

ordinary Octavia wagon? First up, it’s higher than the ordinary Octavia – by 40mm, to a very useful 180mm, giving it the opportunity to go off the beaten track if you want to without dragging the belly. And if the underside does catch a bit, well there’s extra protection in place. It also gets an on-demand all-wheel-drive system using a Haldex multi-plate clutch installed in front of the rear axle. This allocates drive to the axles wheels with most grip, improving grip especially on loose surfaces and in wet or otherwise slippery conditions. But this is not a tall and unwieldy 4WD – it’s still flat and firmly on the ground,

and its tar seal performance is hardly different from that of the regular Octavia wagon, with handling not compromised by the jacked-up body. The other difference between our Octavia wagon and the Scout is that the latter was fitted with the fabulous 2-litre TDI turbodiesel engine, which in its latest incarnation is finally fitted with common rail and produces a lusty 320Nm of torque peaking between 1750rpm and 2000rpm – not a lot more than tickover. Couple this to a 6-speed dual clutch transmission (not the latest VW 7-speed) and it means a great combination of performance and economy. So - it’s not a chunky, high stance softroader, but the

Body type 5-door station wagon Drive All wheels Engine type 4-cyl turbo-diesel Engine capacity 1968cc Max power 103kW/4000rpm Max torque 320Nm/1750-2500rpm Fuel consumption 6.2L/100km C02 emission 162g/km 0 to 100km/h 10.2 secs Front suspension McPherson struts with wishbones Rear suspension Compound link crank axle Roof rack Rails standard ABS brakes Yes Air bags 4 ESP Yes Air conditioning Climate Lap/diagonal belts Five Satellite navigation No Electric seats No Burglar alarm Yes Panic button No Boot release No Cargo cover Yes Boot capacity 580/1620 litres Wheel type Alloy Spare tyre Full size steel

Through Life Cost Report 36 Months 60000km

Price $51,500 WOF $120 Registration $1,397 Servicing to 60k: $1,154.15 Total Tyre cost: $1,956 Residual $19,570

Indicative final figure $36,557.15

The Through Life Cost Model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. FleetWorks and Adrenalin Publishing Limited accept no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the Through Life Cost Model change from those published. All residual values are based on an average of values achieved through Turners Auctions Limited sales for the previous 3 months from issue date.

Now a fashion item iN Newm arket





Great range of vehicles for fleets - Fabia • Fabia Combi • Yeti • Octavia Liftback • Octavia Combi • Octavia vRS • Octavia Scout • Superb • Superb Combi

a 48 Great South Road, Newmarket

58 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

p 09 522 9922




Seven goes into nine Robert Barry finds a compelling reason to fall in love with a soccer mum!

Specifications: Body type Five-door wagon

In my opinion Mazda got it wrong when they named the CX-7 and CX-9. The CX-7 seats five people so it really ought to have been called the CX-5 and the CX-9 seats seven people so it should have been called the CX-7. However digression aside, I have to confess it was I who was one person amongst several whom suggested to the Mazda New Zealand team at the 2010 Sydney Motor Show that they ought to import the CX-9 as the market for large all-wheel-drive crossovers on this side of the ditch was booming and they were missing out. Large sedan car buyers have been defecting in droves to crossover wagons that offer more seats and similar towing capacity. The fact that fuel consumption of these vehicles which are predominantly all-wheel-drive is often greater than a large sedan does not seem to be an issue. The logic seems to be for the buyer that if they are going to have a new vehicle they want to have all the capability and capacity they can get for their dollar. Somebody at Mazda New Zealand obviously listened to my suggestion that they import just one variant and make sure it was

fully loaded, unlike the Australian market where about six different model grades are offered. Hence the all-wheel-drive 3.7 litre V6 CX-9 is available for $59,990 plus on road costs and it has everything a fleet or family could wish for including dual zone front and rear climate control, leather upholstery, glass sunroof, iPod cable, oodles of storage spaces and cup-holders. The one missing item was navigation – but its cheaper and easier to buy a TomTom or the like I reckon. It’s a big vehicle, with a footprint as big as a Ford Territory or VW Touareg, so a rear view camera is fitted and both mirrors dip down when reverse gear is selected which makes parking and reversing into tight spaces easier and safer. Unlike the Toyota Highlander the CX-9 has a decent sized display screen in the middle of the audio console which is better for those of us who are short sighted. The Bluetooth fitted is a Parrot system rather than a factory fitted one but I successfully synced my smart-phone, though I couldn’t figure out how to increase the call volume. On the road the bulk and weight of the unladen 2087kg

Drive All-wheel-drive CX-9 quickly becomes apparent Engine Type V6 when cruising – you need to keep Engine Capacity 3726cc Max power 204kW @ 6250 rpm your right foot on the gas or use Max torque 367Nm @ 4250 rpm the cruise control to maintain Fuel Consumption 11.3L/100km momentum, and I noticed this with C02 emission TBC 0 to 100kph TBC just myself onboard. Add another Front suspension McPherson strut six passengers equating to another Rear suspension Multilink half a tonne and it will certainly be Roof Rack Optional ABS Brakes Yes even more noticeable. Air Bags 8 The 3.7 litre V6 engine does ESP Yes Air Conditioning Climate a great job of propelling the car Lap/diagonal belts 7 along and it’s quiet and smooth Satellite Navigation No but naturally hungry. The best Electric seats Yes Burglar Alarm Yes average consumption figure that Panic Button No I managed after an extended Boot release Yes motorway cruise was 15.1l/100km. Cargo Cover No Boot Capacity 267/928/1887L But consumption aside you’ll Wheel type 20-inch alloy really enjoy driving this car because Spare Tyre Full-size it has the commanding view ahead Through Life Cost Report in traffic, very comfortable seats 36 Months 60000km which are also heated, and the ride Price $59,990 quality despite the 20-inch wheel/ WOF $70 Registration $1,007 tyre combination is excellent. Servicing to 60k: $0 It’s no sports car and we don’t Total Tyre cost: $3,065.28 recommend driving around corners Residual $23,996 Indicative final figure $40,136.28 too enthusiastically. You’ll upset the kids! The CX-9 also comes with the first three years servicing The Through Life Cost Model is used for at no cost and a three-year illustrative and indicative purposes only. unlimited warranty and roadside FleetWorks and Adrenalin Publishing Limited accept no responsibility or liability should assist. Ignore the thirst and it’s any costs indicated in the Through Life Cost Model change from those published. All a compelling financial argument residual values are based on an average of over its competitors. values achieved through Turners Auctions Limited sales for the previous 3 months from issue date.

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011 59


Fiesta just gets better and better Our long-term test of the Ford Fiesta Zetec brought back fond memories of Fords we have loved and owned. John Oxley reports

The original Fiesta was a cute little car, and made a huge impact on the global marketplace when it was launched back in 1976, but the first incarnation to reach New Zealand was the larger updated five-door Mk5 version around 2002. Interestingly, I was looking through some old family photos the other day, and the original Fiesta was about the size of the Ford Anglia – which grew into the Escort, which in turn became the Focus, which is the Fiesta’s big brother. No matter. What we’re looking at today is the latest Fiesta, in 1600 Zetec guise. Essentially it’s the sporty version of the Fiesta line-up, and comes complete with funky 16 inch alloy wheels, a rear window spoiler, and great sports seats, as well as front fog lights, a sports body kit and a slightly stiffer suspension. More to the point, it’s also the first Ford Fiesta with a 6-speed automatic gearbox – or, to be startlingly accurate, Ford’s Powershift double clutch ‘box. The Zetec is top of the Fiesta range, and

60 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

as such it also comes with a leather-rimmed steering wheel, a fully integrated Bluetooth hands-free connection as well as full iPod and MP3 integration, front, side curtain, thorax and driver’s knee (which along with a stability programme gives it a 5-star Ancap safety rating), power windows, air conditioning and cruise control. The test car, came in an attractive burnt orange, which meant we easily found it in even the most crowded car park, and the more we drove it the more we liked it. The Zetec was offered to us for a long-term test, which meant a longer-than-usual time with the car. Sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes not so good as you can find faults you might miss in a shorter time with the car. But none of that here – everyone who drove the car just loved it, especially out on the open road. If anything there was only one complaint, and that centred around the gearbox. The Fiesta is a brilliantly-handling car, especially with the slightly stiffer suspension

as found on the Zetec, and really lends itself to sporty driving. But Ford – or rather Getrag, which makes the ‘box for Ford - has opted to deny the ability to flick up and down the gears manually, as happens with the Borg Warner version used by Volkswagen, and in fact every



other dual clutch gearbox we’ve driven. On the plus side, though, the Powershift has been calibrated to function happily in traffic as a full automatic, and again unlike others, at no time got confused and left us wondering if we were going to get across an intersection before being hit by a bus! But it does mean you don’t get as much control over the ‘box, especially when descending long hills – but that’s where the Grade Logic feature, activated via a switch on the console, helps out by raising the upshift threshold in each gear. You can, of course, always pull the shift from ‘D’ (Drive) down to ‘L’ (Low) mode, but you don’t get the precise control of being able to change down a notch at a time. All of which is pretty moot when most of the time you’re driving the Fiesta on the daily commute. And here it’s superb, smooth and relaxed, leaving you to concentrate on what’s happening around you. Although the suspension has been firmed up a little to give a sportier approach, it at no time felt harsh, again unlike VW’s approach, which often ends up making its sporty car suspension as stiff as a racing car’s! While we’re talking about the dynamics, we were very impressed by the brakes, which offered progressive pedal feel so you could easily smooth out your stopping to prevent passengers from lurching forward each time you came to a halt. We also liked the nicely weighted electric power steering, which needs only 2.6 turns lock-to-lock and gives a nice tight turning circle of only 10.2 metres between kerbs. Ford has given the Fiesta a nice interior, with a

different approach to the layout of the controls than the usual, and it’s a refreshing and easy-to-follow layout that includes some clever thinking – such as the mouse-like controller for setting up the menu (and which makes it dead easy to pair your mobile to the Bluetooth system) as well as well-labelled pushbuttons for all the audio and phone functions, plus a full keyboard so you can punch in phone numbers without having to get your phone out. And we loved the full iPod integration which showed the names of the songs on the Fiesta’s multi-media display, as well as the steering wheel satellite controls for the audio system as well as for the cruise control. However, we didn’t really get to grips with the integrated voice control feature. To start this off you simply push-in a switch on a left-hand steering column stalk and talk. You can change the radio station or air conditioning heating, but the commands have to be quite precise, and almost in a plummy English accent, otherwise you’ll suffer the frustrations of an equally plummy English voice telling you it doesn’t understand you (anyone who ever saw the clip of Ozzie Osbourne trying to give voice instructions to a BMW 7 Series will readily understand)! Other than that we totally enjoyed our time with the Fiesta Zetec. It proved to be a comfortable and quite economical car, with our overall consumption (which included a lot of commuting) in the region of 8.5L/100km, an easy car to park, and a goodlooker to boot!

Body type Five-door hatch Drive Front wheels Engine type 4-cyl petrol Engine capacity 1596cc Max power 89kW/6300rpm Max torque 151Nm/4300rpm Fuel consumption 6.1L/100km C02 emissions 146g/km 0 to 100km/h 9 secs Front suspension McPherson strut Rear suspension Twist beam, coils Roof rack No ABS brakes Yes Air bags 7 ESP Yes Air conditioning Yes Lap/diagonal belts Yes Satellite navigation No Electric seats No Burglar alarm Yes Panic button No Boot release No Cargo cover Yes Boot capacity 295/979L Wheel type Alloy Spare tyre Mobility kit

Through Life Cost Report 36 Months 60000km

Price $27,490 WOF $120 Registration $1,007 Servicing to 60k: $1,640 Total tyre cost: $2,863,84 Residual $10,721

Indicative final figure $22,399.74

The Through Life Cost Model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. FleetWorks and Adrenalin Publishing Limited accept no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the Through Life Cost Model change from those published. All residual values are based on an average of values achieved through Turners Auctions Limited sales for the previous 3 months from issue date.

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011 61

Excessive Esseesse

Practical Pug

The Abarth 500 Esseesse is the first of the new-generation models to be sold in New Zealand since Fiat decided to relaunch the Abarth brand as serious performance versions of their cars. Damien O’Carroll had fun! The Esseesse is literally a Fiat 500 with a whole box-load of go-faster bits bolted to it. In Europe the Abarth is available in a standard 99kW/206Nm form and the extra bits to turn it into an Esseesse come in a crate that the dealer will bolt on for you. In New Zealand though we aren’t allowed to do that, so the Esseesses we get here are factory-assembled jobs, done especially for us. While the standard Abarth 500 gains the 99kW version of Fiat’s 1.4-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine, along with a lowered ride height, a turbo pressure gauge with shift light and aluminium pedals, the Esseesse kit adds an engine upgrade that gives a slightly silly 118kW and 230Nm. It also adds bigger ventilated brake discs, meatier brake pads, stiffer front and rear springs in the suspension and 17 inch alloy wheels. If all this sounds a bit mental in a small city car, well, it is. But in an utterly brilliant way! Nail the throttle off the line and the Abarth is all scrabbling wheelspin and frenzied flashing of the traction control light as the electronics struggle to control proceedings and the Abarth scampers forward like, well, a small city car with 118kW under the bonnet. Tip it into a corner and it simple goes around with very

The Peugeot 308 SW is certainly not a car that is ever going to appeal to all tastes, says Damien O’Carroll. With its love-it-or-hateit Peugeot family nose and the awkwardly abrupt D-pillar where the glasshouse just seems to stop like the designers ran out of ideas, it possesses the sort of looks that are polarising to say the least. Which is a shame for the people who can’t get past the ever-so-clumsy looks, because underneath them is a startlingly practical and extraordinarily capable car whose abilities deserve it being seen up a far wider number of Kiwi driveways. At 4.5 metres long the SW adds 100mm to the wheelbase of the 308 hatch, while also adding 124mm in rear overhang, giving it a far larger footprint than that of the hatch. Far more interior space too, but more on that later. Under the bonnet sits Peugeot’s new Euro 5 emission standardsbettering 2-litre turbo diesel four cylinder engine that we’ve already had very kind words for in several other Peugeot vehicles. With 120kW at 4,000rpm and a healthy 340Nm of torque coming in at 2,000rpm, the 308 SW is an extremely capable open road traveller, with nicely plush suspension and a well controlled body. And a frugal traveller it is too - our week with the 308 SW saw an average fuel consumption of 6.9L/100km on the dash display after a mix of city and open road driving. This lines up nicely with

little complaint and virtually no body roll due to the remarkably stiff springs added as part of the Esseesse package. While this makes cornering a flat and rather intoxicating affair, it does take a rather grim toll on the ride making it so firm that it would be hard to seriously entertain the idea of the little Abarth as a daily driver. In fact almost everything about the Abarth 500 suggests that it would be a very hard car to live with - the hard ride, the awkward and upright driving position, the aggressive power delivery and much more all add up to a cars should be hard to like. Except it isn’t. The Abarth 500 Esseesse is extremely easy to like indeed. It may not be as quick or as polished as a Mini Cooper S, it may be expensive for a Fiat 500 ($42,990), it may be aggressively flawed and have terrible ride quality, but it is so utterly cute, characterful and plain damn angry that you can’t help but fall completely in love with it.

62 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

Peugeot’s claim of 6.7L/100km. The diesel engine is hooked up to Peugeot’s excellent 6-speed automatic transmission which, while a slick and accomplished shifter in the majority of circumstances, still has a few odd moments when it likes to remind you that it is in a French car after all and as such should never be entirely predictable. Inside there is a lot of obvious familiarity with the 308 hatch and the soft-touch plastics, spacious cockpit, comfortable seating and the neat tray tables on the front seatbacks are all carried over. But there’s a bit of extra rear legroom, thanks to the stretched wheelbase, but the seating highlight is the three rear seats that not only flip forward, but can also be removed completely, or repositioned to create a roomy four-seater. The vast panoramic glass roof comes as standard on the 308 SW and should things get too bright (which they inevitable will) the retractable electric blind will block out the sun at the press of a button. There’s also dual zone climate control, MP3 compatible 6-disc CD player and many useful storage cubbies. In all, the Peugeot 308 SW is a European vehicle with strong and frugal diesel power, premium-level specification and class-leading practicality, and for $44,990 is a convincing package that should more than overcome any reservations about its looks.

ABARTH 500 Essesse 695 Tributo Ferrari

1400 1400

3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk

1400 1400 1400 1400

3dr Hbk 36990 3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk 42990

3.0 TDI quattro 4.2 TDI quattro 6.0 TDI quattro

1.4 1.4 MultiairTCT 1.4 Multiair Sport TCT 1.4 Multiair QV

1400 2400

4dr Sed 4dr Sed

49990 54990

2200 1800 2400 3200 2400 3200

4dr Sed 59990 4dr Sed 62990 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

159 2.2 JTS Petrol TI 1.8 Turbo Ti 2.4 JTD Diesel TI 3.2 Q4 Petrol TI 2.4 Sportwagon Diesel TI 3.2 Q4 Sportwagon Petrol

62990 69990 84990 72990 87990

GT 3.2 Petrol Blackline


2dr Cpe



4dr Sed



2dr Sed


Brera Q4

Spider Q4

Audi A1 Hatch 1400       3Dr Hbk                41800      1400       3Dr Hbk                44800     1400       3Dr Hbk                49500

A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI S tronic 1.4 TFSI Sport S tronic 1.8 TFSI Sport S tronic 2.0 TDI S tronic 2.0 TDI Sport S tronic S3 Quattro S tronic RS3 Quattro S tronic 1.8 TFSI Cabriolet

1400 1400 1800 2000 2000 2000 2000 1800

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk 3dr Cab

2000 2000 2700 2000 3200 3000

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed

A4 Sedan 2.0 TDI 2.0 TFSI 2.7 TDI 2.0 TFSI quattro 3.0 TDI quattro S4 3.0 TFSI quattro

2000 2000 2700 2000 3000 3000

5dr Wag 75900 5dr Wag 75900 5dr Wag 85900 5dr Wag 90900 5dr Wag 111400 5dr Wag 134500

3000 4200 4200 2000 3000 3000 2000 3000

2dr Cpe 2dr Cpe 2dr Cpe 5dr Cpe 5dr Cpe 5dr Cpe 2dr Cab 2dr Cab

2000 2000 2500

2dr Cpe 89900 2dr Cpe 114500 2dr Cpe 137900 144300

117000 149900 189900 92500 112500 139500 108500 146500

TT 2.0 TFSI Coupe 2.0T TTS quattro Coupe 2.5T TTRS quattro Coupe

A6 3.0 TDI quattro 150kW 3.0 TDI quattro 180kW 3.0 TFSI quattro 3.0 TFSI quattro Avant

118i SE 118d SE 123d SE 123d Coupe SE 135i Coupe M Sport 118i Cabriolet SE 118d Cabriolet ES 123d Cabriolet SE 135i Cabriolet M Sport

sDrive18d sDrive20d xDrive20d XDrive23d xDrive25i

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 5dr Wag


5dr Wag 132900


3000 3000

1.6 VTi 5dr SUV 129900 DSTYLE 1.6 VTi 5dr SUV 159500 DSPORT 1.6 VTi 5dr SUV 283800 C4

1600 1600 1600

3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk 39990

34990 37990

4200 4200

1.6 VTi 4dr Sed 247500 1.6 Turbo EGS 4dr Sed 265500 2.0 Grand Picasso Hdi

1600 1600 2000

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Wag

34990 36990 44990

2000 2000 3000 2000 3000

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

54990 62990 74990 60990 77990

1300 1500

5dr Hbk 20890 5dr Hbk

21990 26190

1500 1500

5dr Wag 29790 5dr Wag

30790 32390


5dr Wag

2700 2700 2000

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

3700 3700

5dr Wag 5dr Wag

1400 1400 1400

3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk 3dr Cpe

29990 31490 35490

1600 1600 1600 1600 1600

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

30990 23990 26990 25990 25990

1600 1600 2000 2000 1800 2500

5dr Hbk 5dr Wgn 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Wag 35358 5dr Hbk 50078

32292 33825 35052 39345

2300 2300 2300 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000

5dr Hbk 5dr Wag 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Wag 5dr Hbk 5dr Wag 5dr Hbk

42990 44990 45887 45900 47490 49990 51490 54990

4000 2700 4000 2700 2700 4000 2700

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

49990 59990 54990 59990 64990 59990 69900

4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 5dr Wag

48490 53990 58990 58990 63990 56990 46807

4000 4000

4dr Sed 73990 4dr Sed

73990 89990

C5 2000 1800 2000 2000 3000 2000 2000 2000 3000

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 2dr Cpe 2dr Cpe 2dr Cab 2dr Cab 2dr Cab 2dr Cab

2000 2000 2000 3000 3000 4000 4000 2000 3000 3000 3000 4000 2500 3000 4000

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 2drCpe 2drCpe 2dr Cpe 2drCon 2drCon 2dr Con

xDrive20d xDrive30d XDrive35d

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

1800 2000 2000 2000 2500

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

2000 3000 3000

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

3000 3000 3000 4600

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

3000 4400

5dr Wag 5dr Wag


5dr Hat



5dr Wag



5dr Wag

5700 6100

4dr Sed 4dr Sed

X6 xDrive40d SE xDrive50i SE

ChERY J1 1.3L hatch


5.7L V8 4dr Sed 154900 6.1L SRT-8 4dr Sed 154900 Citroën


54500 56500 67900 70900 89500 Daihatsu 65500 Sirion 67900 1.3 78900 1.5 SX 97500 Terios 75900 77900 89500 108900 110900 164500 174500 83500 114900 133500 118900 180990 118900 144900 191900

1.5 4WD 1.5 SX 4WD

DODGE Caliber 2.0 SXT


Journey 2.7 SXT 2.7 R/T 2.0 R/T CRDi

44990 49990 54990

Nitro 3.7 SE 3.7 SXT

46900 51990

Fiat 500 32490 33990 37990


X5 xDrive30d ES xDrive30d SE xDrive40d Sport xDrive50i SE

2.0 HDi Comfort sedan 2.0 HDi Exclusive sedan 3.0 V6 Exclusive sedan 2.0 Comfort Tourer 3.0 V6 Exclusive Tourer

1.4 Sport 1.4 Lounge 5dr Sed 153900 1.4 Convertible 5dr Sed 162500 Ford 5dr Sed 194900


A7 3.0 TDI quattro S'back 3.0 TFSI quattro S'back

3000 4200 6000

3 Series 320i SE 320d SE 325d SE 335i SE 335d SE M3 sedan M3 sedan HP 320d Touring SE 335d Touring SE 335i Coupe SE 330d Coupe SE M3 Coupe 325i Cabrio SE 335i Cabrio SE M3 Convertible

127900 J11 143900 2.0 SUV 143900 Chrysler 137900 Grand Voyager Grand Voyager R/T Limited

3000 3000 3000 3000

Allroad 3.0 TDI Allroad quattro



A5 3.0 TDI quattro S5 4.2 FSI quattro RS5 4.2 FSI quattro 2.0 TFSI quattro Sportback 3.0 TDI quattro Sportback S5 3.0 TFSI Sportback 2.0 TFSI Cabriolet S5 3.0 TFSI Cabriolet

5dr Hbk

47400 54900 61400 5 Series Gran Turismo 54900 530d GT 3000 61400 535i GT 3000 83700 550i GT 3000 83700 61800 5 Series Sedan & Touring 520d SE 2000 528i SE 2500 71900 535i SE 3000 71900 535d SE 3000 81900 550i SE 4400 86900 520d Edition Sport 2000 107400 535i Edition Sport 3000 130500

A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 2.0 TFSI 2.7 TDI 2.0 TFSI quattro 3.0 TDI quattro S4 3.0 TFSI quattro


BMW 1 Series

Giulietta Giulietta Multiair Giulietta QV

5dr SUV 87900 1.6 VTR 5dr SUV 108900 DS3

A8 4.2 TDI quattro 39990 4.2 TDI quattro LWB 42990

CC Body Man Auto

2000 3000


42990 79990

Alfa Romeo Mito

1.4 TSFI 1.4 TSFI S tronic             1.4 TSFI Sport S tronic 

CC Body Man Auto 2.0 TDi quattro 3.0 TDi quattro

1.6 Econetic diesel 1.6 LX Hatch 1.6 LX diesel 1.6 Zetec hatch 1.6 AB35hatch

109500 127900 146500 148500 176900 Focus 114500 1.6 Hatch 151500 1.6 Wagon 2.0 L Hatch 61500 2.0 Zetec Hatch 67900 1.8 Diesel Wagon 71900 2.5 XR5 Turbo 77900 Mondeo 83500 2.3 LX Hatch 2.3 LX Wagon 86900 2.3 Zetec Hatch 107500 2.0 LX Diesel Hatch 114900 2.0 LX Diesel Wagon 2.0 Zetec Diesel Hatch 114900 2.0 Zetec Diesel Wagon 128500 2.0L Titanium Diesel 145900 Territory 168500 4.0 RWD TX 2.7 AWD TX Diesel 153900 4.0 RWD TS 182900 2.7 RWD TS Diesel 2.7 AWD TS Diesel 4.0 Titanium RWD 2.7 Titanium AWD diesel

25490 27490

FG Falcon 23990 4.0 XT Sedan Euro IV 4.0 XR6 Euro IV 4.0 XR6 Turbo Euro IV 79990 4.0 G6E Euro IV 4.0 G6E Turbo Euro IV 4.0 XR6 AB Euro IV 68990 BF Mk 111 Wagon 85900

FG FPV 4.0 GS 4.0 F6-E

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011 63


CC Body Man Auto

NEWPRICES CC Body Man Auto 5.4 V8 GT 5.4 V8 GT-P 5.4 V GT-E

5400 5400 5400

4dr Sed 86990 4dr Sed 95990 4dr Sed

CC Body Man Auto

86990 E 95990 N E 95990 1300

1300 5dr Hbk 1300 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 38800

4000 2800 4000

4dr Wag 56990 4dr Wag 61990 4dr Wag 60990

Grand Cherokee

Accord Euro

Great Wall Motor X240

CC Body Man Auto

38800 Renegade Petrol 41800 Renegade Diesel Rubicon Petrol

2400 2400 2400

4dr Sed 43700 4dr Sed 5dr Wag

47200 3.0 V6 CRD 51000 6.1L V8 SRT-8 53200 Kia

3000 6100

5dr Wag 5dr Wag

81990 93990

2400 2400

5dr Wag 47000 5dr Wag

49000 1.1 53200 1.1 Sport

1100 1100

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 19990



4dr Sed

S 31400 34000 Hyundai 36990 i 20 33400 1.4 33400 i20 36900 1.4 39900 i30 36500 1.6 Petrol Epica 1.6 CRDi 2.5L CDX 2500 4dr Sed 35990 1.6 CRDi Elite 2.5L CDXI 2500 4dr Sed 39490 2.0 Petrol 2.0L CDX diesel 2000 4dr Sed 39990 2.0 Petrol Elite 2.0L CDXi diesel 2000 4dr Sed 43490 i30 wagon


5dr Wag

56600 1.6 LX hatch 1.6 EX hatch 47000 1.6 EX sedan

1600 1600 1600

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 4dr Sed

22990 24990 24990

2000 2000 2000 2000

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 2dr Cpe 27990 2dr Cpe 33990

29990 34990 29495 33990

2000 2000 2400 2400 2000 2000

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

33990 37990 42990 46990 47990 51990

1.6 Petrol 39990 2.0 Petrol 44990 2.0 Petrol Elite 1.6 CRDi 41890 1.6 CRDi Elite 50890 Elantra 55890 1.8 Petrol 45890 1.8 Elite 52890 1.8 Elite Ltd 57890

2200 2200 2200 2200

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 52990 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

49990 57490 64990

2900 3800 2900

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

47990 51990 55990

2200 3200 2200

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

65990 77990 77990

2700 3000 3000 5000

5dr Wag 91990 5dr Wag 108990 5dr Wag 122990 5dr Wag 153990

3000 5000 5000 3600 5000

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

137990 137990 178990 194990 224990

1800 1800 1800 2500 2500 2500 2500 5000 3000 3000 3500 4300 4600 5000 3500 3500 3500 3500 3500 5700

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 2dr Cpe 2dr Cpe 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Lim 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

51500 67600 69000 69990 86990 95500 103700 151900 114000 135000 157600 157600 224900 280300 104900 116300 118600 128900 138100 196400

1500 1500

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

23245 24995

24645 26395

2000 2500

4dr Sed 4dr Sed


35395 40995

X240 4x4 SUV


5dr Wag


Holden Barina


1.6L 5 dr hatch


5dr Hbk

1.2CD 5 dr 1.2CDX 5 dr

1200 1200

3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk

Barina Spark

Euro S Euro L Euro Tourer L RVi 20490 Sport

Accord V6

16990 19490

V6 L



1.8L CD sedan 1.8L CDX sedan 2.0L CD diesel sedan 1.4L CD turbo sedan 1.8L CDX sedan 1.4L SRi turbo sedan 1.4L SRi-V turbo sedan 2.0L CDX diesel sedan

1800 1800 2000 1400 1800 1400 1400 2000

4dr Sed 29900 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 31900 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 35400 4dr Sed 38400 4dr Sed

2.4L Petrol Captiva 2WD 2.2L Diesel 2WD

2400 2200

5dr Wag 38490 5dr Wag

2.4 SX 2WD 3.0 CX V6 AWD 3.0 LX V6 AWD 2.2 SX Diesel 2WD 2.2 CX Diesel AWD 2.2 LX Diesel AWD

2400 3000 3000 2200 2200 2200

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

Captiva 5

Captiva 7

VE Commodore Series II Omega V6 SIDI Omega V6 LPG Berlina V6 SIDI SV6 SIDI SS V8 SS V8 V-series SS V8 V-series Redline Calais V6 SIDI Calais V-seies V6 SIDI Calais V-series V8 Calais V-series V8 Redline

3000 3600 3000 3600 6000 6000 6000 3600 3600 6000 6000

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed

VE Commodore Sportwagon Series II Omega V6 SIDI SV6 SIDI SS V8 V-series SS V8 V-series Redline Calais V V6 SIDI Calais V8 V-series Calais V8 V-series Redline


2.0 49990 2.4 53590 2.4 Elite 53790 2.4 Elite Limited 55490 ix35 61490 2.0 2WD 71590 2.4 4WD 74490 2.4 Elite 4WD 58790 2.0 R CRDi 4WD 66790 2.0 R CRDi Elite 4WD 72390 75290 Santa Fe 2.4 5 Seat 2.2 CRDi 5 seat 52390 2.4 Elite 7 seat 57890 2.2 CRDi 7 seat 74290 3.5 V6 Elite 2WD 7seat 77190 2.2 CRDi Elite 7 seat 68990 74690 Jaguar 77590 XF 3.0 V6 Luxury 90290 3.0D Luxury 91290 3.0D S Luxury 95290 3.0D S Portfolio 104290 5.0 V8 Premium Luxury 106990 5.0 V8 Portfolio 110990 XFR 86290 XJ 3.0D Premium Luxury 71690 3.0D Premium Luxury LWB 85490 5.0 V8 Premium Luxury 5.0 V8 Premium Luxury LWB

3000 3600 6000 6000 3600 6000 6000

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

6200 6200 6200 6200 6200 6200 6200

4dr Sed 88990 5dr Wag 89990 4dr Sed 93990 4dr Sed 101990 4dr Sed 106990 4dr Sed 2dr Ute 84990

3600 6000

4dr Sed 4dr Sed

1.3 S 1.5 Sport

1300 1500

5dr Hbk 24700 5dr Hbk

1.5 S 1.5 E 1.5 E Leather

1500 1500 1500

4dr Sed 26900 4dr Sed 4dr Sed


4dr Sed

28500 Patriot 31200 2.4L Sport 2.4L Limited 29500 Cherokee 31900 3.7L V6 Sport 35200 3.7L V6 Limited 2.8L CRD Limited 35800 Wrangler

5dr Hbk

Renegade Petrol 35600 Rubicon

HSV E-Series 2 Clubsport R8 Clubsport R8 Tourer Clubsport Black R8 GTS Senator Signature Grange Maloo R8 Ute

WM Caprice Series II Caprice V6 SIDI Caprice V8 AFM

honda Jazz City


Insight S


64 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011


Cerato & Koup 2.0 LX sedan 26990 2.0 SX sedan 2.0 LX Koup 2.0 SX Koup 26990


5dr Hbk



5dr Hbk


1600 1600 1600 2000 2000

5dr Hbk 30990 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 39990 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

32490 36990 49990 34490 38490

2.0 Urban LX FWD 2.0 Urban EX FWD 2.4 Petrol EX AWD 2.4 Petrol LTD AWD 2.0R Diesel EX AWD 2.0R Diesel LTD AWD

1600 2000 2000 1600 1600

5dr Wag 32490 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

33990 35990 40490 37990 42990

2.2 Urban FWD 7 seat 2.2 LX AWD 5seat 2.2 EX AWD 7 seat 2.2 Limited AWD 7 seat

1800 1800 1800

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed

2.9 diesel EX 35990 3.8 V6 LTD 39990 2.9 diesel LTD 41990

2000 2400 2400 2000

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4 dr Sed 4 dr Sed

42990 Freelander 2 45490 2.2D SE Diesel 49990 3.2i HSE Petrol 52990 2.2d HSE Diesel

2000 2400 2400 2000 2000

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

40490 45490 49990 50990 54990


Sorento R


Land Rover

Discovery 4

2.7 TDV6 3.0 TDV6 SE 3.0 TDV6 HSE 5.0 V8 HSE

Range Rover Sport TDV6 Sport 5.0 V8 Sport V8 Supercharged Vogue TDV8 Vogue 5.0 V8 Supercharged

2400 2200 2400 2200 3500 2200

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5 dr Wag 5dr Wag

3000 3000 3000 3000 5000 5000 4200

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed

3000 3000 5000 5000

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed

2400 2400

5dr Wag 5dr Wag

3700 3700 2800

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

4000 4000

2dr Wag 51990 GSX Sedan 2dr Wag 55990 SP25 Sedan




53990 59990 59990 60990 60990 Lexus 66990 CT200h hybrid CT200h Ltd hybrid CT200h F Sport hybrid IS250 V6 116490 IS250 V6 Limited 119990 IS250 C Convertible 134990 IS250 C Convertible Ltd 156990 IS F V8 159990 GS300 V6 172490 GS300 V6 Limited 209990 GS450H V6 Hybrid GS460 V8 174990 LS460 182490 LS600hl Hybrid 209990 RX350 V6 217490 RX350 V6 Limited RX450H V6 Hybrid RX450H V6 Hybrid SE 39990 RX450H V6 Hybrid Limited 43990 LX570 4WD


48990 Mazda2 53990 1.5 Classic 58990 1.5 Sport


CC Body Man Auto

2500 2000 2000 2500 2500 2300

4dr Sed 5dr Hbk 31595 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 39495 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 49995

45295 Cooper Chilli Convertible 1600 32695 Cooper S Convertible 1600 35395 Cooper S Chilli Convertible 1600 40995 Mitsubishi 45295

2.0 Sedan GLX 2.5 Sedan GSX 2.5 Sedan Limited 2.5 Sport Hatch GSX 2.5 Sport Hatch Limited 2.0 Sport Wagon GLX 2.5 Sport Wagon GSX

2000 2500 2500 2500 2500 2000 2500

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 5dr Lbk 5dr Lbk 49595 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

41945 43945 50345 45895 51095 42095 44695

2.0L Roadster 2.0L Coupe

2000 2000

2dr Cab 2dr Cpe

51100 55100

RX-8 Coupe


Mercedes Benz A Class A180 Elegance A180 CDI Elegance

2500 2300

5dr SUV 5dr SUV


5dr SUV


B CLASS B180 B200 B200 Cdi B200 Turbo

1700 2000 2000 2000

C Class C200 CGI BlueEfficiency C220 CDI BlueEfficiency C250 CDI BlueEfficiency C250 CGI Avantgarde BE C300 CGI BlueEfficiency C300 Avantgarde C350 CDI Avantgarde BE C63 AMG CLC 200K Sport Coupe

1800 1800 1800 1800 3000 3000 3000 6200 1800

E Class E250 CDI Executive E250 CGI Executive E250 CDI Elegance/Avantg E250 CGI Elegance/Avantg E350 Elegance /Avantgarde E350 CDI Elegance/Avantg E500 Elegance/Avantgarde E63 E250 CDI Coupe E350 Coupe E500 Coupe E250 CGI Cabriolet E350 Cabriolet E500 Cabriolet

2200 1800 2200 1800 3500 3000 5400 6200 2200 3500 5400 1800 3500 5400

R class 320 CDI SWB 350 SWB

3000 3500

ML class ML 350 CDI ML 350 ML 500 ML63 AMG

3000 3500 5400 6200

Mini Cooper Hatch Cooper Chili Hatch Cooper D Cooper D Chilli Cooper S Hatch Cooper S Chili Hatch Clubman Cooper Clubman Cooper Chilli Clubman Cooper D Clubman Cooper D Ch Clubman Cooper S Clubman Cooper S Chilli Cooper Convertible

1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

2000 2000 2000 2400 2000 2000 2000 2000 2400

4dr Sed 28590 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 39390 4dr Sed 5dr Hbk 28590 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 39390

CC Body Man Auto

54900 2.0 HDi CC 60500 2.0 HDi SW Euro V Prestige 62900 4007 SUV

2000 2000

2dr Cab 5dr Wag

59990 46990

2.2 HDI 2.2 HDI Sport 23490 2.2 HDI Luxury 28590 3008 1.6 Active 30690 1.6 Sport 33290 1.6 Luxury 36290 2.0 HDi Active 40890 2.0 HDi Sport 51900 2.0 HDi Luxury

2200 2000 2700

4dr Wag 49990 4dr Wag 4dr Wag

55490 59990

1600 1600 1600 2000 2000 2000

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

42990 47990 50990 46990 51990 54990


4dr Van



2dr Cpe



1600 2000 2000 2000

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Wag 4dr Sed

46990 54990 57990 65990

2700 3200 3200

2dr Cpe 2dr Cpe 2dr Cpe

2700 3200

2dr Cpe 130000 136000 2dr Cpe 155000 161000

3600 3000 4800 3000 4800

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

137000 138000 182500 197500 270000

Panamera Panamera 4 22600 Panamera Diesel 24100 Panamera S Panamera 4S 31300 Panamera Turbo 31300 RENAULT 34100

3000 3000 3000 4800 4800 4800

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed

189900 199900 192400 260000 270000 350000

2000 2000 2000 2000 2000

4dr Sed 31990 4dr Sed 2dr Cpe 2dr Cpe 51990 2dr Cpe 58990

34990 39990 54990

2500 2500 2000

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

37990 42990 39990

30690 Partner 33290 1.6 HDi 36290 RCZ 40890 1.6 (200hp man)


2.0 LS 2.0 Sport 39845 2 0 LS AWD 48645 2.0 Sport AWD 1.8 D4 Sport diesel

1700 1900


1500 1500


2.0 ES sedan 2.0 SX sedan 2.0 VR sedan 2.4 VR-X sedan 2.0 Turbo Ralliart sedan 2.0 ES hatch 2.0 SX hatch 2.0 VR hatch 57150 2.4 VR-X hatch

4dr Cpe

508 2000 2000 2000 2000 1800

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 46990

36290 33890 38890 42990

2.0 ES front-wheel-drive 2.4 LS AWD 5dr Hbk 53900 2.4 XLS AWD 7 seats 5dr Wag 56900 2.4 VR-X AWD 7 seats 3.0 VR AWD 7 seats 5d hbk 53900 3.0 VR-X AWD 7 seats 5dr hbk 60900 Challenger 5dr hbk 62900 2.5 TD GLS 5dr hbk 64900 2.5 TD Exceed

2000 2400 2400 2400 3000 3000

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

38890 42990 45990 51090 51090 56190

2500 2500

5dr Wag 5dr Wag

4dr Sed 69900 3.2 CDI GLS 4dr Sed 72500 3.2 CDI Exceed 4dr Sed 87500 3.8 V6 Exceed 4dr Sed 84900 Nissan 4dr Sed 99900 Micra 4dr Sed 101900 1.4 ST 4dr Sed 109900 1.4 RX 4dr Sed 166900 Tiida 2dr Cpe 65990 1.8 Hatch ST 1.8 Sedan ST 4dr Sed 106900 1.8 Sedan /Hatch Ti 4dr Sed 106900 Wingroad 4dr Sed 122900 1.8 ST-L CVT 4dr Sed 122900 Qashqai 4dr Sed 142900 ST 4dr Sed 142900 Ti 4dr Sed 176900 +2 wagon ST 4dr Sed 248900 2dr Cpe 122900 Maxima 2dr Cpe 122900 250L 2dr Cpe 176900 350L 2dr Cab 134900 370Z 2dr Cab 154900 Coupe 2dr Cab 188900 Roadster

3200 3200 3800

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

58290 Cayenne 63390 Cayenne diesel Cayenne S 75690 Cayenne S Hybrid 86890 Cayenne Turbo 86890

4dr Sed 123900 2.5 ST 4dr Sed 123900 2.5 Ti (Leather) 2.0 TS dCI 5dr Wag 124900 2.0 TL dCi

CX-9 Limited All-wheel-drive

1.5 LS 1.5 Plus LS


CX-7 GSX FWD Limited All-wheel-drive

51900 57500 59900




2dr Cab 2dr Cab 2dr Cab



41900 45900 45900 49900 49900 53900 46900 49900 50900 53900 54900 57900 51900


5dr Hbk 5dr Sed Sed/Hbk


5dr Wag

2000 2000 2000

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Wag

2.0 petrol 34400 2.0 Luxury pack 2.0 Coupe-Cabriolet 36700 RS250 Cup turbo 40800 RS250 Cup Trophee turbo 40800 Koleos

2500 3500

4dr Sed 4dr Sed

2.5 4x2 petrol 47100 2.5 4x4 petrol 51100 2.0 diesel 4x4

3700 3700

2dr Cpe 75700 2dr Cab

77700 2.0 petrol 82800


4dr Sed


2500 2500 2000 2000

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

42990 1.2 TSI 47990 1.6 TDI 46990 1.4 vRS 49990 1.2 TSI Combi 1.6 TDI Combi 63700

1200 1600 1400 1200 1600

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 29500 5dr Hbk 5dr Wag 5dr Wag


1200 2000 2000

5dr Hbk 375 2.0 5dr Hbk 48000 00 5dr Hbk 48000

1400 1400 1900 1900 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000

5dr Hbk 34500 5dr Hbk 5dr Lbk 5dr Wag 5dr Lbk 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 49000 5dr Wag 47500 5dr Lbk 5dr Lbk



Skoda Fabia


5dr Wag

37000 30500


1.2 TSiDSG 76900 TDI DSG 2.0 TDI DSG 4x4 77300 Octavia

1400 1600 1600

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 35990

27990 29990

1600 1600 1600 1600

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 2dr Cab

32990 40990 44990 55990

308 1.6 XS 1.6 XSP Euro V Prestige 1.6 HDi 1.6 CC Euro V

Cayman Cayman Cayman S

1800 1800 1800

Peugeot 207 1.6 XT 1.6 Premiere 1.6 HDI FAP

119000 125000 139900 145900 149900 155900

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

Patrol 3.0 ST-L Diesel 4WD

Boxster Boxster S Boxster Spyder

1400 1400

5dr Wag 124900 Murano 3500 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 156900 3.5 V6 5dr Wag 207000 Pathfinder 2.5 Ti diesel 4WD 2500 5dr Wag 38900 42900 42900 46900 46900 50900 43900 46900 47900 50900 51900 54900 48900




3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk 3dr Wgn 3dr Wgn 3dr Wgn 3dr Wgn 3dr Wag 3dr Wgn 2dr Cab

1.6 Active petrol 2.0 HDi Allure diesel 2.0 SW HDi Allure diesel 2.2 HDi GTdiesel

1.4 TSI Liftback 1.4 TSI Combi 1.6 TDI Liftback 1.6 TDi Combi 2.0 TDI Liftback 2.0 TDI Combi 2.0 Scout 2.0 TDI Combi 4X4 2.0 vRS TSI Liftback 2.0 vRS TDI Liftback

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011 65

37000 39500 42000 44500 45000 47500

52000 54000


CC Body Man Auto SP25 Limited Sedan GLX Hatch GLX GSX Hatch SP25 Hatch SP25 Limited Hatch MPS Hatch

NEWPRICES CC Body Man Auto 2.0 vRS TSI Combi 2.0 vRS TDI Combi

2000 2000

5dr Wag 5dr Wag

54500 1.3 4WD Sierra 56500 Grand Vitara

1800 1800 2000 2000 2000 2000 3600

5dr Lbk 5dr Wag 5dr Lbk 5dr Wag 5dr Lbk 5dr Lbk 5dr Combi

45500 48000 48500 51000 59500 62000 69000

5 dr Wag 34990 5 dr Wag 5 dr Wag

1.3 3 Dr Hatch 1.3 5 Dr Hatch 38990 1.5 5 Dr Hatch 42990 1.5 Sedan 47990 Corolla

Superb 1.8 TSI liftback 1.8 TSI Combi 2.0 TDI 103 Liftback 2.0 TDI 103 Combi 2.0 TDI 125 Liftback 2.0 TDI 125 Combi 3.6 V6 4x4 Combi

Ssangyong Korando Sports 4x2 Diesel Sports 4x4 Diesel SPR 4x4 Diesel

2000 2000 2000

Kyron AWD 2.0L 2.7L

2000 2700

5dr SUV 36990 5dr SUV

41990 49990

2700 2700 2700

5dr SUV 5dr SUV 5dr SUV

55790 54990 59990

Rexton II AWD Sports (121kw) Sports (137kw) SPR

X XS XS Ltd XT (Turbo) Diesel

1.5 GX Wagon 1.8 GX Hatch 1.8 GLX Hatch 1.4 Turbodiesel hatch 1.8 GX Sedan 1.8 GLX Sedan

5dr Wag 40990 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 51490 5dr Wag 47490

2000 2000 2000 2000 2500 2500

Sdn/Hbk Sdn/Hbk 5dr Hbk Sdn/Hbk Sdn/Hbk Sdn/Hbk

2000 2500 2500 2500 3600 2500 2500 2000 2500 2500 2500 2500 2500

4dr Sdn 50990 4dr Sdn 42490 4dr Sdn 4dr Sdn 4dr Sdn 4dr Sed 61490 4dr Sed 67490 5dr Wag 51990 5dr Wag 43990 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 63490 5dr Wag 69990


5dr Wag

Impreza 2.0R Sedan/Hatch 2.0R Sport Sedan/Hatch XV crossover WRX Sedan/Hatch WRX STI Sedan/Hatch WRX STI Spec R Sdn/ Hatch

33990 36990 36990 45990 61490 72990

37990 Aurion 37990 3.5 V6 AT-X 3.5 V6 Sportivo SX6 63490 3.5 V6 Touring 74990 3.5 V6 Grande 2.4 MPV Wagon 44490 48990 49990 56490 61490 67490

2000 2500 2500 3600 3600

2.0 TDi


5dr SUV


T5 S T5 R-Design

2400 2400

2dr Cpe 2dr Cpe

49990 57990

2400 2400

2dr Cpe 79990 2dr Cpe 86990

2400 2400

4dr Sed 4dr Sed

51990 59990

41990 46990

5dr Wag 54490 5dr Wag 46990 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

23090 C70 25090 T5 S 28990 T5 30540 S40 T5 S 31990 T5 R-Design

1500 1800 1800 1400 1800 1800

5dr Hbk 29990 5dr Hbk 34490 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 36990 4dr Sed 4dr Sed

35990 S60 39490 T5 2WD D5 2.4 AWD 35890 T6 AWD 38990 V60

2000 2400 4400

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed

63990 71990 89990

1800 1800

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

T5 2WD 49690 D5 2.4 AWD 63690 T6 AWD

2000 2400 4400

4dr Wag 4dr Wag 4dr Wag

67990 75990 83990


5dr Wag


3000 4400

4dr Sed 94990 4dr Sed 111990

2400 2400 2400 2400

4dr Sed 42090 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed

43590 V50 47690 T5 S 50290 T5 R Design 56390 V70

2400 2400

4dr Wag 4dr Wag

54990 62990

3500 3500 3500 3500

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed

3200 3000

5dr Wag 5dr Wag

71990 89990


4dr Wag

2400 2400 3200 3000 3000

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

81990 81990 79990 87990 91990

2400 2400 2200

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

3200 2500

5dr Wag 5dr Wag

83990 85990

3500 3500 3500

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

3200 2900 4400 4400

5dr Wag 96990 5dr Wag 99990 5dr Wag 114990 5dr Wag 114990

3000 3000 3000

5dr Wag 80490 82090 5dr Wag 92190 5dr Wag 107690


5dr Wag 123090


41290 46890 49990

3.2 48690 T6 R-Design 50290 XC60 54390 D5 AWD 64590 D5 AWD R Design 3.2 AWD 65090 T6 AWD T6 AWD R-Design 42790 XC70 48490 3.2 AWD D5 TT AWD

XC90 53990 3.2 AWD 58490 D5 AWD 66490 V8 AWD V8 AWD R-Design

5dr Hbk



1.5 XE 1.5 GLX 1.5 RS 1.5 Ltd 1.6 Sport

1500 1500 1500 1500 1600

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

18990 21990 21990 22990 26990

20500 23500 23500 24500

SX4 2.0 GLX 2WD 2 .0 LTD 2WD 2.0 GLX AWD 2.0 LTD AWD 2.0 LTD Sedan

2000 2000 2000 2000 2000

5dr Hbk 25500 5dr Hbk 27990 5dr Hbk 27990 5dr Hbk 4dr Sed


Kizashi 2400 2400 2400

4dr Sed 25990 4dr Sed 41990 4dr Sed


3dr Wag

Jimny 18990

26990 Scirocco 29500 1.4 TSI 118kW 29500 2.0 TSI 155kW 31990 Eos 29990 2.0 TSI

66 New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011

CITROEN Berlingo Van 1600

4dr Van


2300 2300 3000 2300 3000

4dr Van 54990 4dr Van 56990 4dr Van 4dr Van 59990 4dr Van

2500 2500 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000

2dr Ute 2dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 2dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute

Fiat Ducato Van

1400 1200 1200

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

28500 31750 Ducato Light 250.AG20 34500 Ducato Medium 251.BG2 Ducato Medium 251.BG3 38500 Ducato Heavy 251.HG2 41500 Ducato Heavy 251.HG3

1200 1400 1600 1600 1400 2000 2000 2000 1400 1600

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

1400 2000

2dr Cpe 2dr Cpe

51000 57250


2dr Cpe


1800 2000 2000 2000 1800

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 5dr Sed 5dr Sed 5dr Wag

47000 49000 57000 59500 49500

44500 45500 47250 49750 58500 73500 41750 45750


37990 1.8 TSi 118kW petrol 43990 2.0 TDI 103kW diesel 48500 2.0 TDI 125kW diesel 2.0TDI 125kW 4Motion 1.8 TSi 118kW Wagon

Commercial vehicles 1.6 HDi diesel

Golf VI

1.2 TSI 77kW 1.4 TSI 90kW 1.6 TDI 77kW BlueMotion 1.6 TDI 77kW 1.4 TSI 118kW 2.0 TDI 103kW GTI TSI 155kW R TSI 199kW 1.4 TSI 90kW Variant 1.6 TDI 77kw Variant

Volvo C30

3dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 23590 5dr Hbk 4dr Sed


48990 1.4 53990 1.2 TSI 59990 1.2 TSI Cross Polo 65990


1300 1300 1500 1500

Volkswagen Polo


2.4 GLX 2..4 Limited 2.4 Sport AWD

51500 62000 69500 88000

24500 2.0 TDI 103kW Wagon 2.0 TDI 125kW Wagon 33190 CC 2.0 125kWTDI 39500 CC 3.6 V6 FSI

Land Cruiser 200

Suzuki Alto 1.0

2.4 Petrol 2.4 Petrol Ltd 2.2 Diesel

71990 VX Turbo diesel

Outback 2.0 Diesel 2.5i 2.5i Premium 3.6R 3.6R Premium

3dr Wag 31690 5dr Wag 37990 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 43990 5dr Wag

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 4dr Cpe 4dr Cpe


3.5 V6 SUV 2WD 3.5 V6 SUV 4WD 45990 3.5 V6 SUV Limited 4WD 50490 Land Cruiser Prado 51490 3.0 GX TD 63490 3.0 VX TD 69990 3.0 VX Limited TD

Tribeca Tribeca

2400 2400 2400 1900 3200

2000 2000 2000 3600



Legacy 2.0 Diesel Sedan 2.5i Sport Sedan 2.5i Sport Spec B Sedan 2.5i Premium Sedan 3.6R Premium Sedan 2.5i GT Spec B Sedan 2.5i GT Spec B Premium 2.0 Diesel Wagon 2.5i Sport Wagon 2.5i Sport Wagon Spec B 2.5i Premium wagon 2.5i GT Spec B Wagon 2.5i GT Spec B Premium

3dr Wag


41990 Avensis 45990 2.0 Wagon 50490 Camry 52490 2.4 GL 2.4 Sportivo 2.4 Hybrid 34990 2.4 Hybrid iTech

2500 2500 2500 2500 2000

CC Body Man Auto


Toyota Yaris

Hybrid Hybrid iTech

Subaru Forester

1.3 4WD JX

2.4 JLX 2.4 JLX 2.4 Limited 1.9 diesel 3.2 V6 LTD

CC Body Man Auto

66990 69990

Ford Ranger

4x2 XL Single cab C/c 4x2 XL Single cab W/s 4x2 XL Supercab C/c 4x2 XL Supercab W/s 4x2 XLT Supercab C/c 4x2 XLT Supercab W/s 4x2 XL Doublecab W/s 4x2 XLT Doublecab W/s 4x4 XL Single cab C/c 4x4 XL Supercab C/c 4x4 XL Supercab W/s 4x4 XLT Supercab C/c 4x4 XLT Supercab W/s 4x4 XLT Double C/c 4x4 XL Doublecab W/s 4x4 XLT Doublecab W/s Wildtrack Double Cab

37607 39652 40674 42718 44763 46807 43945 48034 50078 45274 48340 50385 52429 54474 50589 51612 55700 57745 60812 62856

FPV FG series Ute 4.0 F6 5.4 Pursuit V8 5.4 Super Pursuit V8

Daily Duo cab & chassis 4000 5400 5400

2dr Ute 2dr Ute 2dr Ute

74100 74100 83300

4000 4000 5400

2dr Ute 2dr Ute 2dr Ute

FG Falcon Ute 4.0 R6 (DLPG) 4.0 XR6 5.4 XR8 V8


330 Low Roof D/dr 330 Med Roof 350 Med Roof 350 Med Roof D/dr 350 High Roof 350 High Roof D/dr 350 Jumbo 460 Jumbo D/dr 430L Cab/chassis 460 ELWB Cab/chassis 12 Seater Bus 14 Seater Bus

2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400

4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van 2dr c/c 2dr c/c 4dr Van 4dr Van

47216 47829 53656 54372 56927 57643 63367 65616 52123 55087 63265 64185

2400 2400 2400 2400 2000

2dr Ute 2dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr ute 4dr ute

19990 22990 25990 28990 26990

Great Wall Utes V-240 4x2 Single cab V-240 4x4 Single cab V-240 4x2 double cab V-240 4x4 double cab V-200 2WD diesel D/C

Hino 300 light Duty Truck 614 Short 614 Short Dump 614 Medium 616 Short 616 Medium 714 Hybrid 716 Medium 716 Dump 816 Medium 816 Crew 916 Long

4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000

Holden Combo Van


Colorado 4x2 Crew Cab PU LX 4x2 Crew Cab PU LT 4x4 Sgl cab chassis LX 4x4 Spacecab chassis LX 4x4 Spacecab PU LX 4x4 Spacecab PU LT 4x4 Crew Cab PU LX 4x4 Crew Cab PU LT

3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000

4dr Ute 4dr Ute 2dr Ute 2dr Ute 2dr Ute 2dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute

40700 44800 43000 46100 48600 52700 47900 52500

3600 6000 6000 6000

2dr Ute 2dr Ute 2dr Ute 60100 2dr Ute 63000

Hyundai i-Load Delivery Van CRDi 2.5 seat


5dr Van



5dr Van


Isuzu Ute D-Max 3.0 LX 2WD Single Cab 3.0 LSX 4WD Sapce Cab 3.0 LX 4WD Double Cab 3.0 LS 2WD Double Cab 3.0 LS 4WD Double Cab

3000 3000 3000 3000 3000

2dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute

35890 46890 47890 44790 52490

2300 3000 3000 3000

5dr Van 5dr Van 5dr Van 5dr Van

66035 77459 80970 84483

3000 3000 3000 3000

2dr c/c 2dr c/c 2dr c/c 2dr c/c

66331 67269 74475 75412

Daily cab & chassis 50C18 CC swb 50C18 CC lwb 65C18 CC swb 65C18 CC lwb

77032 77970 82148 83086

43638 kia 44763 K2900 54372 2.9 DSL Light Truck


2dr Truck


Land Rover Defender 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400

4dr Wag 4dr Ute 4dr Wag 4dr Wag 2dr Ute 4dr Ute 2dr Ute

66990 69990 69990 69990 59990 69990 62990

3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000

2dr Ute 2dr Ute 2dr Ute 2dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 2dr Ute 2dr Ute 2dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute

34845 36894 38245 40295 40690 44990 42895 46295 48345 48540 52695

4dr Van 4dr Van

25256 29256

5dr Van 5dr Van 5dr Van 5dr Van 5dr Van 5dr Van 5dr Van

40800 41800 44300 45600 46450 46800 55300

Mazda BT-50 4x2 DX Cab/Chassis 4x2 DX S/C Wellside 4x2 DX CabPlus C/C 4x2 DX CabPlus W/side 4x2 DX D/C W/side 4x2 SDX D/cab W/S SDX 4x4 DX S/Cab DX C/C 4x4 DX Cab Plus DX C/C 4x4 DX Cab Plus W/S 41500 4x4 DX D/Cab DX W/S 4x4 SDX D/Cab W/S

Viano 46900 Trend CDI 8 seats Ambiente CDI 7 seats Ambiente CDI V6 7seat

2200 2200 3000

5dr Van 5dr Van 5dr Van


4dr Van


2148 2148 2148 2148 2148 2987 2987

4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van

53300 55500 59400 56800 60700 60300 64200

2148 2148 2987 2987

4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van

66700 68900 70200 72400

Sprinter 3T (excl GST) 209 CDI SWB

Sprinter 3.5T (excl GST) 54600 311 CDI S MWB 313 CDI MWB 49000 313 CDI LWB 55400 315 CDI MWB 60100 315 CDI LWB 63000 318 CDI MWB 318 CDI LWB 515 CDI LWB 515 CDI LWB 518 CDI LWB 58990 518 CDI LWB 48990

311 CDI S 515 CDI L

2148 2148

2dr C/C 2dr C/C

Mitsubishi Triton

46890 2WD GL D/cab chassis 54590 2WD GLX S/cab chassis 2WD GLX D/cab w/side 2WD GLS D/cab W/side 72582 4WD GL S/cab chassis 82518 4WD GL D/cab chassis 86030 4WD GL D./cab w/side 89544 4WD GLX D/cab w/side 4WD GLS D/cab w/side 71390 L300 72328 2.4 SWB Petrol 79534 2.4 LWB Petrol 80471 Nissan

82091 83029 87207 88145

4x2 S/cab C/C ABS 4x2 D/cab W/side ABS LSD 4x4 S/cab C/C 4x4 S/cab C/C ABS 4x4 D/cab W/side 4x4 D/cab W/side ABS

2500 2500 2500 2500 2500 2500

2dr Ute 4dr Ute 2dr Ute 2dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute

30200 34450 38000 39450 43250 44500


5dr Van



2500 2500 4000 2500 2500 4000 2500 2500 2500

4dr Ute 42400 4dr Ute 49700 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 53650 4dr Ute 60800 4dr Ute 2dr Ute 50950 2dr Ute 52550 2dr Ute

4440 51700 50950 55650 62800 61300 52950 54550 54550


5dr Van


2700 2700 3000 3000 3000 3000

5dr Van 5dr Van 5dr Van 5dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van

45690 46690 49390 50490 55190 69290

57190 71590

2700 3000 3000 2700 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000

2dr Ute 2dr Ute 2dr Ute Dbl cab Dbl cab 2dr Ute 2dr Ute 2dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute

34790 39090 42090 40190 43690 50090 51090 59290 55690 60390

57690 62890

4500 4500 4500 4500

2dr Cc 2dr Cc 2dr Cc 2dr Cc

67190 73290 77990 80990

Urvan 3.0 4x2 Van

Navara D40

Sprinter Cab Chassis (excl GST)

IVECO Daily Van 35S14 V 8m3 50C18V 12m3 50C18V 15m3 50C18V 17m3

4dr c/c 4dr c/c 4dr c/c 4dr c/c

Sprinter 5T (excl GST)

i-Max Passenger Van CRDi Elite 8 seat

3000 3000 3000 3000

90 Station Wagon SE 110 Dbl Cab P/up 110 Station Wag SE 5 Seat 110 Station Wag SE 7 seat 110 Cab chassis 130 Dbl Cab P/up 130 Cab chassis

CC Body Man Auto Navara D22

74100 50C18 DCC swb 74100 50C18 DCC lwb 83300 65C18 DCC swb 65C18 DCC lwb

Truck 42700 Truck 52200 Truck 4400 E Series Truck 45000 1800 Truck 46000 47300 E1800 SWB VAN EGI E2000 LWB 2000 Truck 56000 Truck 48500 Mercedes Benz Truck 59300 Vito panel van (excl GST) Truck 51200 109 CDI SWB 2200 Truck 55700 59100 109 CDI MWB 2200 Truck 51700 111 CDI MWB 2200 111 CDI LWB 2200 111 CDI LWB 2200 115 CDI LWB 2200 4dr Van 30400 120 CDI LWB 3000

VE Ute SV6 SIDI SS SS V SS V Redline

CC Body Man Auto

2500 2500 2500 2500 2500 2500 2500 2500 2500

4dr Ute 2dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 2dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute

2400 2400

4dr Van 4dr Van

52645 58650

2WD RX diesel 2WD ST-X diesel 2WD ST-X V6 4WD ST diesel 4WD ST-X diesel 450 4WD ST-X V6 Kingcab C/c Kingcab Flat Deck Kingcab Wellside

Suzuki APV 1.6 APV Van

Toyota Hiace 46990 2.7 ZL 3 seat 2.7 ZL 6 seat 3.0 ZL Diesel 3 seat 3.0 ZL Diesel 6 seat 3.0 ZX Diesel 3 seat 54695 3.0 12 Seat minibus

47990 51590


4x2 Sgle Cab Chassis Petrol 4x2 Sgle Cab Chassis Diesel 4x2 Extra Cab Diesel 4x2 Dble Cab Petrol 4x2 Dble Cab Diesel 4x4 Sgle Cab Chassis Diesel 4x4 Xtra Cab Chassis Dsl 4x4 Xtra Cab SR5 Dsl 4x4 Dble cab Diesel 4x4 SR5 Dble Cab Diesel

Landcruiser 70 series 4.5 Diesel Cab/Ch 4.5 Diesel Cab/Ch Turbo 68810 4.5 Turbo Diesel Hard top 82760 4.5 Turbo Diesel Wagon LX 94668

Volkswagen T5 Transporter short wheelbase

2.0 TDI 250Nm 2.0 TDI 340Nm 2.0 TDI 340Nm 4Motion 2.0 TDI 400Nm 2.0 TDI 400Nm 4Motion

2000 2000 2000 2000 2000

4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van

46950 51500 57500 53500 59500 49500 54000 60000 56000 62000

55000 57000 63000

T5 Transporter long wheelbase 2.0 TDI 250Nm 2.0 TDI 340Nm 2.0 TDI 340Nm 4Motion 2.0 TDI 400Nm 2.0 TDI 400Nm 4Motion

2000 2000 2000 2000 2000

4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van

2.0 TDI 340Nm 2.0 TDI 340Nm 4Motion 2.0 TDI 400Nm 2.0 TDI 400Nm 4Motion

2000 2000 2000 2000

4dr Van 4dr Van 72500 4dr Van 4dr Van

2500 2500 2500 2500 2500 2500 2500

4dr Van 4dr Van 60000 4dr Van 63000 4dr Van 63000 4dr Van 66000 4dr Van 66000 4dr Van 69000

2500 2500 2500 2500

4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van

T5 Multivan Comfortline

57500 59500 65500 68500 71000 7700

Crafter 35 Van 80kW Std Roof SWB 80kW STD Roof MWB 100kW STD Roof MWB 80kW High Roof MWB 44990 100kW High Roof MWB 48090 80kW High Roof LWB 100kW High Roof LWB

39890 34790 42990 45990 42990 44990 Crafter 50 Van 46990 100kW High Roof MWB 51090 53190 100kW High Roof LWB 54190 56190 80Kw S/high Roff SLWB 120kW S/High Roof SLWB 30690 35790

74000 77000 77000 87000

New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011 67

59500 62500 65500 65500 68500 71500



CC Body Man Auto


New Peugeot 508 Allure. Ideal for taking strategic turns.

The new Peugeot 508 HDi Allure Sedan is literally bursting with innovative new technology to make driving a truly luxurious experience. With features including keyless entry & starting system, front and rear park aid, bi-xenon directional headlights, electric handbrake with hill assist function, quad-zone climate control air-conditioning and a noise-reducing laminated windscreen, you’ll find the 508 is the perfect place to make strategic decisions. To test drive the new 508, contact us on 0800 PEUGEOT or visit



New Zealand Company Vehicle August 2011  

New Zealand Company Vehicle The essential guide for businesses

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you