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December 2012



➧ Business cars of the year ➧ Lowering fleet costs ➧ Tracking and communications

➧ Corporate identity

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CLEAN While you might expect today’s small cars to be more economical, not all small cars have low CO2 emissions. And while most people consi der hybrid fuel vehicles to be kinder to the plane t, that advantage comes at considerable cost. Among the top 12 New Zealand vehicle brand s, the Suzuki fleet is proud to have the lowest overa ll CO2 emissions.* Our small cars are especially efficient, combining superb economy with low emissions to provide an affordable alternative to hybrid vehicles. It’s simply the way they are desig ned.

Choose the right small car for your life

Suzuki Alto from $17,250 driveaway CO2 emissions 107–12 4g per 100km Suzuki Splash from $18,500 driveaway CO2 emissions 118–13 1g per 100km Suzuki Swift from $20,500 driveaway CO2 emissions 109–14 7g per 100km Suzuki SX4 from $25,990 driveaway CO2 emissions 170–18 promotus 4672

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*Source: NZTA sales database Jan-Dec 2011 Base: Passenger, SUV, Light Commercial

The Suzuki Real Value price includes 12 months registration, warrant of fitness, 3 year/100,000km warranty, 5 year Suzuki roadside assistance and a full tank of fuel. *Figures for Alto manual .


CONTENTS Cover story 4 New Mitsubishi Outlander COTY 2012 6 Compact Business Car of the Year 8 Small Business Car of the Year 10 Medium Business Car of the Year 12 Large Business Car of the Year 14 Executive Business Car of the Year 15 4WD of the Year 16 Utility of the Year 17 Van of the Year Briefings 18 John Andrew Ford; Urgent Couriers 19 BlackVue saves hassles News 20 OptiFleet saves New models 21 Mazda6 24 Toyota Corolla 25 Volvo V40 26 Kia Sorento 27 Subaru Outback 28 Ford Focus


For more road reports this issue, check out 29 Peugeot 208 30 Audi ‘S’ range

45 Peugeot Partner 46 VW Amarok 2WD

Features 31 Corporate identity 39 Cutting fleet costs 47 Tracking and Communications

Road reports 50 Toyota 86 51 Hyundai i30 52 Honda CR-V

Eco 34 Holden Commodore LPG 35 Toyota Prius V 36 Falcon EcoBoost 37 Kia Rio diesel 38 Suzuki Swift diesel Workhorse 44 Iveco Daily

Executive 53 Peugeot RCZ 54 Audi A4 Avant 55 BMW 125i 56 Lexus GS 250 57 Lexus 450h 60 Directory Prices 61 Latest listings

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As we move into 2013 with all guns blazing after the best new car sales year in New Zealand since the global financial crisis, perhaps it’s a good time to have a look at what’s happening to the motor industry in world terms. And the main news is that Toyota seems set to regain its position as the world’s number one automaker, despite the setbacks it has had with the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, flooding in Thailand, and a slough of recalls that, fortunately, don’t seem to have dented consumer confidence too badly. Based on figures for the first nine months of the year – and which are likely to get even better as Toyota pulls itself out of the hole – the Toyota group will be around half a million sales ahead of General Motors. This is a big turnaround – Toyota was fourth last year behind GM, the Volkswagen Group, and the Nissan-Renault Alliance, but this year third spot is now likely to go to VW, another 700,000 or so behind. And that drops the Alliance to fourth place, some 800,000 behind the German group. In fifth place – and remember, this is based on figures for the first nine months of the year – is the Hyundai-Kia group, about 400,000 shy of the Japanese-French Alliance. The only US manufacturer not to holler for help from the US government, Ford, now finds itself in sixth place, behind the Koreans, lagging behind by around one million sales. And there’s a similar gap to the Fiat Group, the Italians having picked up units following the acquisition of Chrysler. Of course, merely selling cars to get bums on seats is no good unless there are commensurate profits to go with it, and in that regard both Toyota and Volkswagen are sitting pretty, with income levels hitting new highs, and in the case of the new number one likely to double last year’s figures. The bottom line is indeed, the bottom line! And the future? As we trip over into 2013, maybe we should also be looking at what the longer term future holds. And a recent survey by KPMC indicates that the whole global picture could change – if the survey results are to be believed.

In this year’s survey, 200 senior executives from the world’s leading automotive companies were interviewed, and one question was how they expected the various car companies – their own and others – to perform, in terms of increasing or decreasing their global market share, by 2016. Top of the list was Volkswagen, with an average 70 percent increase expectancy, followed by Hyundai-Kia and BMW, joint second on 63 percent. Fourth was the Indian Tata Motors (including Jaguar and Land Rover) on 60 percent, and fifth was the first Chinese company, Beijing Automotive Industry Holdings (BAIC), on 58 percent. Much of BAIC’s production is in joint ventures with other brands. Another Chinese company, SAIC, formerly Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, owners of the MG and Roewe name plates, is sixth, with 55 percent, and a third Chinese automaker, Chery, seventh, on 51 percent. The first US manufacturer on the list is Ford, with an expectation of 47 percent, joint eighth with Renault-Nissan. And completing the top 10 is yet another Chinese manufacturer, Geely (which owns Volvo) with 44 percent. But it must be remembered that these are ONLY expectations, not crystal ball gazing. And even if they were anywhere near accurate, the growth expectancy must be weighed against current global sales. All good stuff nevertheless – and some light reading while you sit back in your armchair and enjoy the feeling of Christmas pud in your tum and the mellow feeling, perhaps, of a fine brandy and a cigar! From all of us, a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!


Celebrating John Oxley



Now it’s even better.

NEW OUTLANDER Introducing the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander. It’s more advanced and more refined than ever. There are new 2.0L and 2.4L Smart MIVEC Petrol engines, which are up to 20% more efficient, as well as a new 2.2L Diesel option. You’ll drive even more cleanly and greenly with the new Eco Mode system. You’re kept very safe, thanks to ABS with EBD, Active Stability and Traction Control. VRX models feature e-Assist, which incorporates Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward

Collision Mitigation. Choose from 2 or 4 wheel drive for even more grip. The interior has been redesigned completely, with distinctly European styling, seven seats and a seven-inch touch screen with Satellite Navigation and audio controls on VRX models. The only things you’ll recognise from the previous model are the superb ride and the unbeatable Diamond Advantage Warranty. This all-new and rather smart package can be yours from $39,990 + ORC*.


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Specifications vary between models. Price listed is for 2.0L 2WD LS model – 4WD VRX model shown. Visit for Diamond Advantage Warranty terms and conditions. Price excludes On Road Costs of up to $750 for Petrol models and $950 for Diesel models, which includes Registration, WoF and a full tank of fuel.

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New Outlander is here Mitsubishi has launched its third generation Outlander, the world’s first model designed from the outset for petrol and diesel engines and PHEV plug-in hybrid technology too. The hybrid will be here mid-2013. The latest Mitsubishi Outlander has been completely redesigned from the wheels up, and has new safety technology designed to prevent crashes, as well as Smart Mivec 112kW/193Nm 2-litre and 126kW/224Nm 2.4-litre petrol engines. These use as much as 20 percent less fuel than current models, while a super-smooth 112kW/366Nm 2.2-litre clean diesel, with 5.8L/100km economy, joins the line-up for the first time. And it’s not just the outside that’s all-new. Inside there’s extra space, and extensive use of soft-touch materials. Exterior dimensions are unchanged, yet the designers have freed up more room everywhere: third row passengers benefit handsomely, and when you fold down the rear seats there’s a 1.7m-long flat floor. There’s easy access from the power tailgate, operated remotely from the centre console or by the smart key (VRX only). Five of the six new models are electronically-controlled on-demand 4WD, with an eco mode which shifts from two driven wheels to four when the system senses the road getting slippery. The new petrol engines see a total redesign of Mitsubishi’s continuously variable valve-lifting system, with massive cuts in


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fuel use and emissions - 6.6L/100km/151g/ km in the 2-litre and 7.5l/100km/172g/km in the 2.4. Petrol models have a 1,600kg braked towing capacity.

The 2.2-litre diesel combines exceptional low-down torque and 2-ton braked towing capacity with class-leading economy - a potential 1,000km from a single tankful.

more window glass. Inside premium materials include a new padded, soft-touch feel dash with silver or wood accents; leather seats with power controls and heating for the driver and front passenger; comfortable, and full size third row seats, 120mm wider overall and split 50/50 to maximise flexibility. A new double-action folding mechanism for the 60/40-split second row seats lets the user raise the seat cushion and fold forward the seat back with much less effort. These seats now slide 250mm, providing more legroom for third-row passengers and easier access to the 50/50-split third-row seats, which now have a “one-touch tilt down” action: fold forward the seat back, and the seat lowers. All models get Mitsubishi’s Diamond Advantage warranty, with 10 year/160,000km powertrain warranty, 5

Aiding and abetting the engines’ economy achievements are 7 percent less drag from improved aerodynamics, savings from the petrol models’ CVT automatic transmission - refined for better gear selection timing and a 100kg weight saving from more use of high-tensile steel, the lightweight alloy wheels fitted to all Outlanders, and other design tweaks. On the top VRX models new “e-Assist” technology using adaptive cruise control keeps the car at a pre-selected safe distance from the vehicle in front. Forward collision mitigation (FCM) senses a possible collision, primes the brakes and alerts the driver: if the driver doesn’t brake, FCM does. Other advances include “wide vision” xenon headlamps whose 1,350 lumen beams light up twice as much road as conventional HID lamps, and the 125 degree extreme wide-angle rear view reversion camera system that in every Outlander is integrated into the seven-inch touch screen audio panel. A 5-star safety rating is anticipated. All petrol versions have CVT autos, while the diesels get a torque converter 6-speed automatic gearbox. All models also have seven seats (except LS), seven airbags (including driver’s knee), ABS braking with EBD and ASC stability control, Smart Brake, Hill Start Assist, reversing sensors, leathercovered steering wheel with controls for cruise control, audio and Bluetooth, USB port and wireless Bluetooth audio streaming, and tilt/telescopic steering column with electric power steering. There’s also push-button engine start (except LS 2-litre), eco settings for the engine and transmission, 60/40 split fold second row seats, a 10.6m turning circle, alloy wheels, full size spare, dual zone air conditioning (all

models except 2WD LS). The XLS also has an auto light and rain sensor, while the VRX gets Mitsubishi e-Assist, as explained above, plus a satellite navigation system, leather seats, heated front seats, power driver’s seat adjustment, and a power tailgate with remote opening key. One of the main goals with the new Outlander has been to improve refinement. Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) have been given special attention through clever soundproofing, cutting back oscillation, suspension insulation innovations, and using

year/130,000km new vehicle warranty, and 5 year/130,000km roadside assist.

Prices 2WD 2.0 LS $39,990 petrol 4WD 2.4 LS $43,990 petrol 4WD 2.4 XLS $47,490 petrol 4WD 2.4 VRX $54,490 petrol 4WD 2.2 VR $49,990 diesel 4WD 2.2 VRX $56,990 diesel

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Every year the Company Vehicle writers get into a huddle to decide on their favourite Business Cars of the Year. To qualify the vehicles must be significantly new, and they must have been properly tested (not just at a launch) between October 1 of the previous year and September 30 of the current year.

Toyota Prius C Light cars are becoming even more important to fleet buyers as downsizing continues. Interestingly this year the market-leading small car has remained the Suzuki Swift, and we tested two of the revised models in the Swift lineup, as well as the Suzuki Splash, aimed between the smaller Alto and the Swift. It was an interesting line-up, with six of our 13 test vehicles sourced from Korea, while for the first time a small Audi also entered the market in the shape of the A1. Another first for this segment was the Toyota Prius C hybrid, and this certainly resonated with our testers, to the point where it was chosen as the winner of our Compact Business Car of the Year for 2012.

Tested this year: • Audi A1 • Holden Barina hatch and sedan • Hyundai Accent • Hyundai i20 • Kia Picanto • Kia Soul • Kia Rio • Nissan Micra • Suzuki Splash • Suzuki Swift Sport • Suzuki Swift Diesel • Toyota Yaris

The Prius C changed our mindset about the application of hybrid technology in small cars for urban users. The Prius C is basically a smaller Prius that uses old Prius technology in a more compact and modernised form. But the Prius C is a lot cleverer than that rather simplistic explanation might suggest. Sitting somewhere in size between the Yaris and the Corolla, the Prius C has a 54kW 1.5-litre four cylinder engine, combined with a 45kW hybrid system situated, along with a smaller battery pack, under the rear seats rather than the boot. The combined output of both power sources is 74kW. Transmission is a CVT automatic, and there are two spec levels - the standard Prius C available with or without alloy wheels, and the up-spec s-Tech. The standard car comes fairly smartly equipped with keyless entry and starting, climate control aircon, 15-inch alloy wheels (unless you chose the obviously-fleetspec steel wheel version and save $1,000), seven airbags, Bluetooth phone and audio

streaming, iPod integration, a USB and auxiliary audio jack, projector headlamps and cruise control. The s-Tech adds 16-inch alloys, a bigger rear spoiler, rear privacy glass, power mirrors, auto-leveling LED headlights with washers, a leather steering wheel and “synthetic” leather seats. On the road, the Prius C is a wonderfully personable little city car that can acquit itself very competently out on the open road as well. Through a series of corners the Prius C feels confident and even a bit fun as its nice low centre of gravity (no doubt thanks to that battery pack being tucked low down) comes into play. In “Normal” mode the Prius C makes no demands on you to alter your driving style to be economical, yet it is anyway. Hit the “Eco” button and things take on a more traditional hybrid feel, with a dulled throttle response and other various methods to force you into a more economical mood. Inside the Prius C is a fairly conventional hatch. The two-tone dash in the entrylevel model is a bit harder to take than the classier black-on-black of the up-spec s-Tech, but it is well laid out and easy to use, regardless of the colour scheme. Toyota claims an average combined fuel consumption of 3.9L/100km and this is fairly easy to achieve even in “normal” mode. In testing we saw 4.4L/100km on a route that included a mix of city, motorway, suburban and state highway driving, left in “Normal”, with the aircon on and not trying in the slightest to be economical. Others who actually tried easily got under Toyota’s claim.

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Steve Price, Toyota Financial Services brand ambassador

Big. Reliable. Trusted. While you’ll find some pretty big numbers behind New Zealand’s largest specialist fleet finance and leasing company – but just as in sport, the stats only tell part of the story. With more than 30,000 vehicles on the road, in excess of NZ$1 billion in assets and over 20 years of skin in the game, you can be sure that when you bring your finance or leasing requirements to Toyota Financial Services, we have the size and experience to customise the best possible response to your brief. And you can trust us to play by consistent rules, because as part of the large and ultra-stable Toyota group, we’re one fleet services company that’s definitely here for the duration. Visit or call 0508 46 86 96 to find out more.

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Honda Civic Euro Small vehicles were the biggest group of vehicles tested over the last 12 months, indicating the ongoing shift in the national fleet. Our definition of a small car is one which falls into the C-segment as classified by the motor industry, and it’s by far the biggest segment, both in terms of new and used cars. However, although smaller than the large cars they are in many cases replacing, vehicles in this segment are definitely becoming roomier, as well as having more frills to compensate for those who are being forced to “buy down” – and as a result they are making themselves even more attractive. The cars eligible to win the award this year were:

• BMW 118d • Citroen DS4 • Ford Focus Sport • Ford Focus Trend diesel • Holden Cruze CD/SRi hatch • Holden Cruze Sri –V sedan • Honda CRZ • Honda Civic sedan & Civic Euro • Hyundai i30 • Kia Cerato • Mazda 3 • Mazda CX-5 2WD • Mercedes-Benz B-Class • Mitsubishi ASX • Peugeot 308SW and hatch • Peugeot RCZ • Renault Fluence 8

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• Skoda Yeti • Subaru Impreza and XV • Toyota Prius iTech • Toyota 86 • Volkswagen EOS • Volkswagen Golf Cabrio The Honda Civic Euro easily stood out among some very good entrants in the small car fleet this year because of its outstanding design, handling and ride quality. It sets new benchmarks for the small car class. More than anything else, its European design dares to be different in a class where so many of the cars look very similar. And the Civic Euro clearly carries a different signature than the Civic sedan, with a low-slung front end, broadshouldered rear, and a generally low and wide look about it. The styling is clean and aerodynamic, with one of the lowest CdA figures in its class. This has been achieved partly by its flat and clean sub-floor, aerodynamic wing tail lights, and the integrated spoiler at the back. The split rear window is a strong reminder of the CRX’s sporting DNA. For New Zealand it has a 1.8-litre 104kW i-Vtec petrol engine to give claimed overall

consumption figures of 6.1L/100km (manual) and 6.5L/100km (auto), and this gives sufficient power, combined with excellent ride and handling. Two models are on offer for New Zealand, a 1.8S, available with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed auto equipped with sporty steering wheel paddle shifters for manual mode, while the more-luxurious 1.8L comes in auto only. Honda is quick to point out that this is not an evolution of the Civic sedan, as it carries only about 30 percent shared parts with the Japanese-developed car. It has a different rear suspension package, as well as lots of attention to weight cutting. The entry-level 1.8S manual offers aircon, electric windows and mirrors, cruise control and Bluetooth, as well as Honda’s intelligentMulti Information Display, and on the Euro L, Bluetooth phone control with contact and call syncing. Reversing sensors and a four-speaker sound system are fitted to the S, while the L adds a camera and seven-speaker audio. A tyre deflation warning system is also standard, and the manual versions get hill start assist. One feature we especially like is the Magic Seat system as first seen on the Jazz. Front, side and curtain airbags, stability control, and seat belt reminders, help the Civic Euro get a five Star Euro-NCAP safety rating.

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Ford Mondeo Titanium The number of medium class category vehicles tested this year was noticeably smaller than the previous period, yet it’s still an important section within the fleet and leasing market. Interestingly this time around there are two SUV-type vehicles in the mix, as well as two station wagons and a large hybrid. The contestants this year were:

• Ford Mondeo Titanium range • Ford Mondeo Zetec TDci • Hyundai i40 CRDi wagon • Kia Optima EX sedan • Nissan X-Trail 4x2 • Peugeot 508 Active sedan • Peugeot 508 SW • Subaru Outback • Toyota Avensis • Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid The Mondeo Titanium won this category because it has brought even more engine technology and passenger safety to the mass market. In the case of the Titanium variant, fleets can access this vehicle technology at a very competitive price. For 2011 the entire Mondeo lineup received some subtle exterior changes including a new bonnet design, new front and rear bumpers, integrated indicators in the side view mirrors, and a glass-mounted antenna instead of the previous roofmounted unit. And for some inexplicable Ford of Europe dropped the sedan from the line-up, which means only hatch and wagons are now available to export markets. Locally New Zealand gets a choice of one LX grade petrol wagon and two diesel wagons 10 New Zealand Company Vehicle December 2012

in LX and Zetec grades, and petrol and three diesel hatches in LX, Zetec and Titanium. The Mondeo Titanium hatch has unique upper and lower front grilles with a new body styling kit. It is also differentiated from other models by LED day time running lights and its own fog lamp kit. Inside the cabin the front passenger gets lumbar support (in addition to the driver), while there is new a woven headlining and a new interior décor with satin black surrounds which is complemented by the Titanium’s Alcantara and leather upholstery, and is a much nicer look than the previous interior.

Ford has updated the Human Machine Interface (HMI) unit which gives the driver a comprehensive insight into the car’s performance and other functions with data on fuel consumption, distance travelled, and so on. The menus are easily scrolled through thanks to the toggles mounted on the steering wheel. The driver and front passenger also benefit from sports-styled seats which are heated, plus dual zone climate control, while the rear passengers have side air conditioning vents for added comfort. It is the 120kW/340Nm 2-litre diesel engine and six-speed Powershift dual clutch transmission that give the Mondeo Titanium the best of both worlds, offering both performance and economy. Initially there is some lag when pulling away from a standstill but once on the move the engine is quiet and refined, and kickdown from the gearbox is quick and smooth. The ride quality from the sport suspension and 18-inch alloy wheels is firm but comfortable on all New Zealand roads and tyre noise is relatively muted on smooth surfaces. Overall the Titanium offers a great package and value for money.



Outstanding fuel-efficiency Low carbon emission Good value across the entire range Advanced safety specs and OSH compliant Comfort features to increase driver enjoyment Range of vehicles to suit all purposes Experienced account management

Hyundai is the perfect choice for you fleet, with a wide range of reliable vehicles. The Hyundai Fleet Team has plenty of experience and a proven track record with fleet managers. To find out more, contact the fleet team at Winger Hyundai. 0800 52 52 52 l l

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Ford Falcon EcoBoost In an era where large cars are often viewed as dinosaurs, we managed to test nine large cars this year, with a surprising result as far as our Business Cars of the Year awards are concerned, with Ford’s Falcon EcoBoost taking the honours. Those on test were:

• Holden Calais V • Holden Commodore SV6 sedan • Holden Commodore SV6 sedan LPG • Holden Commodore Berlina sedan LPG • Holden Commodore Omega Sport wagon LPG • Ford Falcon Ecoboost • Ford Falcon XR6 • Ford Territory rear-wheel-drive • Toyota Aurion Touring With the introduction of its high-tech direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine to increase fuel efficiency, the Falcon Ecoboost proves that a large car can utilise smaller engine technology without sacrificing performance or economy. Indeed, it’s now our pick of the Falcon range for fleet purposes. It’s in a bid to buck trends and encourage more fleet users back into its big Falcons, that Ford launched the economical 2-litre turbocharged EcoBoost

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with almost as much power and torque as its 4-litre V6 cars; in addition with less weight and improved balance in handling is crisper and more positive, and steering turn-in more precise, giving even the baseline XT version a sporty feel. The reasoning behind the new model is quite clear. More and more fleets, whether government or commercial, are insisting that only 4-cylinder vehicles should be considered, and are setting fuel consumption and emissions targets which favour four-pots, diesels, and hybrids. In the absence of either of the two latter as a viable option for the Falcon – the 2.7-litre diesel used in the Territory is too tall – the solution for Ford was to transplant an upgraded version of the 2-litre EcoBoost engine as found in the Mondeo, as well as a few of the former Ford subsidiaries such as Range Rover and Volvo – and, soon, Jaguar. Of course, there were a couple of obstacles to overcome, such as the fact that EcoBoost engines have never before been mounted longitudinally and used in a rear-drive car, plus the fact that the motor had to be matched to the latest ZF six-speed fore-aft gearbox. The key to the high power and torque

(179kW/5500rpm and 353Nm/2000rpm, or 176kW on RON91 petrol) are the combination of turbo-charging with the latest direct petrol injection, plus twin independent variable camshaft timing technology. All three combine to not only improve engine efficiency, but also give superb driveability with no hint of turbo lag, especially when linked to that new gearbox. Add in counter-balance shafts to give a smoother-running engine, and it’s hard to tell you’re driving a four, not a six. Compared to its obvious competitors, the Falcon EcoBoost produces more torque than the most powerful Holden V6, which comes in just under at 350Nm, and beats the Toyota Aurion, which produces 336Nm. Other changes made to the Falcon in the switch to EcoBoost included new spring and anti-rollbar rates to cater for the 74kg weight loss, better front-rear balance as the 4-cylinder engine doesn’t extend as far forward as the six (54/46percent front/ rear), better sound deadening (including an acoustic windscreen) and better door seals, an improved brake system – covering 175 new patents in all – as well as better aerodynamics. Low rolling resistance tyres are used, fitted to 16-inch rims. One downside of EcoBoost was that braked towing ability reduced from the 2,300kg of the V6 to 1,600kg in the fourcylinder. But average fuel economy got a massive 18percent boost, from 9.9L/100km to 8.1L/100km (192g/km).



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Jaguar XF 2.2 D To qualify for this award, an Executive vehicle is one which retails from $70,000. This year’s bunch was a diverse group of luxury, sporting, and all-wheel-drive lifestyle vehicles. Because of the price parameters it in fact was quite an esoteric collection, with some that might not jump to top-of-mind – and others which are obvious contenders. The list comprised:

• Abarth Tributo 695 • Audi Q3, A4, A5 • BMW 1M, 125i, 320d, 335i, X6M, 650i coupe • Chrysler 300 / 300C Limited • Jaguar XF 2.2 D • Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel • Lexus GS 250, GS350, GS 450h, RX450h, LX570, • Mercedes-Benz ML-250 • Porsche Panamera diesel • Range Rover Evoque, Evoque Coupe • Volvo XC-60, S60, V60, XC-90 • Volkswagen Passat CC In the end we chose the Jaguar XF 2.2 turbo-diesel as it offers an executive buyer a premium luxury class vehicle with an economical four-cylinder diesel engine, yet still retains the grace, space and pace which the British brand is renowned for. Early this year Jaguar prices wererealigned, bringing the starting price for the XF 2.2D Luxury to $90,000, including, added value over competitor products in the region of $30,000. That includes such features as an eight14 New Zealand Company Vehicle December 2012

speed automatic gearbox, Bluetooth, touch screen satellite navigation, proximity key access, electrically adjustable front seats, an electrically adjustable steering column xenon headlights, LED running lights, plus full leather upholstery, and DVD player with a minimum 10-speaker 400W sound system that has a USB port and full iPod integration and a music storage hard drive., rain sensing wipers, rear parking aid, six airbags and traction and dynamic stability control. At the same time there was new exterior styling with a larger grille, bigger bonnet bulge, slimline headlights, triangular air vents, new wheels, full LED tail lights, and powered soft close for the boot. And inside were new seats, steering wheel and veneers, with more chrome on the gear selector – altogether better quality of finishes. This extends to hand-stitched leather on the instrument panel and door top rolls as well as on the seats. The diesel range starts with a brand-new

2.2-litre third generation common rail turbodiesel model producing 140kW/450Nm. Jaguar says it gives a surprisingly un-diesel 0-100km/h dash in 8.5 seconds, a top speed of 225km/h, and remarkable overall fuel economy in the 5.4L/100km bracket, while emitting only 149 g/ km of CO2. We didn’t get close to that in our everyday testing, but managed to crack the 7L/100km mark on one journey, which we consider remarkable for a big roomy luxury saloon. The engine complies with the latest Euro 5 emission regulations, and that superb fuel economy comes partly courtesy of an intelligent stop-start system which recognises when you’ve really stopped, and not just pausing. All XFs carry a three-year/100,000km warranty. In fact at an excellent price the XF offers just about everything the other cars in the XF diesel range do, while the lighter front end from the four-cylinder engine makes it extremely crisp and planted in long sweeping bends and tight corners alike, easily mimicking the sort of roadholding we’ve come to expect from the “big three” German luxury carmakers. But it was more than just ride quality and roadholding; the XF feels so nicely put together, and the finishes are so “grand old British tradition,” that you easily forget the Jaguar is a thoroughly modern high tech car, and has all the “bells and whistles” you expect at this price point, without having to add from an options list.


Mazda CX-5 The Four-Wheel-Drive Car of the Year award was a difficult choice given the number of vehicles available for testing. This indicates the strides 4WD vehicles are making in the marketplace, in many respects usurping large cars as the vehicle of choice in some fleets. Our 4WD line-up comprised both small and large vehicles, and encompassed both “tough trucks” with low ratio gearboxes and the more-common recreational-type SUVs. The list reads as follows:

• Ford Territory • Ford Kuga • Great Wall X200 • Hyundai ix35 • Hyundai Santa Fe • Holden Captiva 5 and 7 • Jeep Wrangler • Kia Sportage • Mazda CX-5 • Mitsubishi ASX and Outlander • Peugeot 4008 • Renault Koleos • Suzuki Jimny • Volkswagen Tiguan In the end the Mazda CX-5 won thanks to its blend of specification, dynamic performance, handling and overall economy, an all-wheel-drive crossover that presents an ideal mix of attributes for the fleet and executive market. Already many fleet owners of leased CX-7 vehicles are returning them for the new CX-5, and Mazda NZ expects many sales to go to existing owners – but there should be some

conquest sales from other small crossovers. The CX-5 not only introduces the new SkyActive-G 2-litre petrol and Skyactive-D 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engines as well as an all-new six-speed SkyActive automatic transmission to the fleet market, it also offers the choice of two front-wheel drive and four all-wheel drive models. Features normally seen on luxury and premium vehicles such as blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and high beam control, are available on the CX-5. All CX-5 variants benefit from a reversing camera and a tyre pressure monitoring system as well as six airbags, dynamic stability control, and a brake system that incorporates ABS and EBD. The familiar three Mazda trim grades are available: GLX, GSX and Limited. Introducing a diesel automatic at a $3k premium over the petrol variant has been key to meeting the growing market demand for reduced fuel consumption and C02 emissions, but the CX-5 still delivers high torque and efficiency across both engines. Mazda expects a third of CX-5 sales to be diesels. The Skyactive-D equipped cars have an average fuel consumption of 5.7L/100km and a C02 emission figure of 149g/km which translates to one of the best figures for a medium sized SUV locally. The frontwheel drive Skyactive-G CX-5 models

return 6.4L/100km and corresponding C02 emissions of 148g/km. On the road we found the vehicle quite inspiring, with body roll minimal for a higher-riding crossover style of vehicle, and the lusty but quiet running 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine offering 420Nm of torque on tap for overtaking slower traffic. Ride quality was also very good and there was no discernible increase in noise, vibration and harshness over the petrol variants. Low rolling resistance tyres are fitted to all models to increase fuel efficiency. We found the CX-5 had comfortable seats regardless of which grade we were driving and all controls fell easily to hand. If you are familiar with the Mazda3 and Mazda6 you will feel right at home in this car. All CX-5 models come with the full Mazdacare package which means that fleet operators only need to pay for fuel and tyres for the first three years and 100,000km of ownership. All regular service items and 24-hour roadside assistance is included in the warranty package.

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Mazda BT-50 The utility market is certainly hotting up, with no fewer than seven new or upgraded models introduced late 2011 and this year, and the choice of top model for our Business Ute of the Year has certainly been a difficult one. During the period we tested the following vehicles:

• Great Wall V200 • Holden Colorado • Mazda BT-50 • Mitsubishi Triton • Nissan Navara RX, ST-X • Ssangyong Actyon Sport • Toyota Hilux • Volkswagen Amarok And the winner was the Mazda BT-50. This is a stylish working vehicle that is also ideal for family and leisure use. It offers car-like amenities and comfort in addition to class-leading tow ability and safety technologies. The Mazda and its soulmate the Ford Ranger, with which it was codeveloped, has followed the current ute trend and grown considerably. Now larger than a Hilux, the BT-50 is a big boy, but also a remarkably refined and capable one. Inside the big Mazda is a conventionally handsome ute-style interior that is attractively laid out and superbly well built. The dials and readouts are very legible and easy to read, and the controls and layout 16 New Zealand Company Vehicle December 2012

are ergonomically sensible and equally easy to use. The seats are comfortable and supportive, while still being generous enough to support larger frames, and on the whole the interior is a very well executed thing. The BT-50’s 3.2-litre 20-valve 5-cylinder diesel engine boasts 147kW of power and a mighty 470Nm of torque, and as a result is muscular and extraordinarily flexible. This is largely thanks to the fat, wide spread of torque that hits its peak at 1,750rpm and just seems to hang around and be available pretty much everywhere.

The engine is hooked up to a six-speed transmission, manual or automatic, both pleasantly smooth units. But it is not just the engine’s performance that impresses, it is also the chassis’ poise and ability. While you are still never in any doubt that you are in a ute, the level of comfort, ride quality and handling ability displayed by the BT-50 is remarkable. It would, of course, be perfectly reasonable to assume that this supreme onroad prowess may well translate into a lessthan-capable vehicle off the sealed stuff. But while that may be perfectly reasonable to assume, it would also be very wrong. With ground clearance of 237mm, approach and departure angles of 28.2 and 26.4 degrees respectively and a maximum wading depth of 800mm the BT-50 would, on paper, seem to be very well set up indeed for heading off the paved roads. And in practice this proves to be very true as the BT-50 is remarkably capable off the sealed stuff, although in forests it can be limited by its sheer size. The BT-50 boasts a slim price advantage over the Ford Ranger and the standard availability of a locking diff on 4WD models marks it out as a potentially better prospect than its Ford twin.


Ford Transit It was a quiet year for vans on the Company Vehicle test schedule, but one again stood out for its blend of safety features, driving comfort and economy. We only managed to test five vehicles, two smaller vans, almost-identical “twins” from France, as well as a trio of big Europeans. On our test schedule were:

• Citroen Berlingo • Peugeot Partner • Ford Transit 2.2 • Iveco Daily • VW Crafter MWB In the end we decided on the new Euro V compliant long, medium and short wheelbase Ford Transit 2.2L van as it offers a competitively priced European van for fleets and private buyers. While the first Ford Transit was a German-produced vehicle that was in existence from 1953, but the firstgeneration 1965 British Transit is widely regarded as the “first” Transit, due to the fact that the German van was never widely exported. However, discounting this German original, the Transit van as we know it has only had three “all-new” variants over the entire 47 years of its existence. The first generation had a massive life span of 21 years - from 1965 to 1986, with a major facelift in 1978 - while the second lasted from 1986 until 2000, when the currentgeneration van came into existence.

Of course, numerous facelifts and updates have kept the Transit not only relevant, but arguably at the pointy end of the White Van segment, as the current model proves. The biggest addition to the 2012 edition of the Transit comes in the form of a stop/start system, plus the new 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine. Cutting off the engine when waiting - out of gear, clutch out - the stop/start system is a fuel saving device that works remarkably well. The cut-out and restart is abrupt, but then it always is on diesel engines, and it works very well indeed. The 114kW/385Nm 2.2-litre diesel engine is a remarkably strong unit, with massive torque lurking around the lower and mid rev range, while the six-speed manual transmission is a solid, rugged unit with a

positive shift action and a light clutch. On the safety front the Transit packs an impressive punch, so to speak, with ABS brakes, stability control, electronic brake force distribution, traction control and passenger and driver’s airbags. Inside the incredibly functional cabin, the Transit scores Bluetooth phone connectivity, comfortable seats (that do, however, lack much in the way of lateral support), a single disc CD player with an auxiliary input, and a large number of handy cubbies, cup holders and fold-out trays. One particularly nice feature on the Transit is the addition of hill launch assist which holds the brake on for a few seconds when the vehicle senses it is on an incline, and is an absolute blessing in a big manual van, particularly around the city. While it is indeed a large vehicle, the Transit is remarkably easy to manoeuvre through traffic. The engine is responsive and strong, meaning that keeping up with traffic is certainly not an issue, and going for that valuable gap in traffic is actually an option. The huge mirrors are a godsend, in both heavy traffic and squeezing through tight places in reverse. Big, white and extraordinarily car-like to drive, the Transit would certainly seem to have a lot more life left in it yet.

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Tyre swap saves couriers cash Urgent Couriers has reported fuel savings of as much as 5.1 percent on selected Honda Jazz courier vehicles within the group, fitted with Bridgestone’s low rolling resistance and carboNZero certified tyres, Ecopia EP100. “Each of our vehicles covers between 2,000 and 5,000km of Auckland streets every month,” says Steve Bonnici, managing director for Urgent Couriers. “The numbers are quite stunning – three of the vehicles showed huge savings on their fuel litres used per 100Km – 3.9 percent, 4.6 percent and 5.1 percent. “You must take into account that this is based solely on the change in tyres – no change in driver behaviour. Our drivers spend an average of $800 a month on fuel, which means outfitting a car with Ecopia tyres works out to a free fill every month.” Both Bridgestone and

reduce the number of litres of fuel used, reduces the need to offset. This positive payback affects the company’s bottom line. Even though our drivers pay for their own fuel, there are huge savings to the company, as well,” explains Bonnici.

Urgent Couriers MD Steve Bonnici in front of one of the Honda Jazz courier vehicles. Urgent Couriers are carboNZero certified through Landcare Research’s ground-breaking carbon neutral certification programme. Ecopia EP100 tyres, the world’s first carboNZero certified tyre, have been shown in testing environments to achieve fuel savings of up to 5.7 percent, depending on driving conditions. “Anything we can do to


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“We offset their carbon footprint with carbon credits every year. If our whole fleet switched to Ecopia tyres and saved an average of five percent that would equate to 50 ton less carbon we’d have to offset annually.”

$12m new home for John Andrew It was a heavyweight evening when John Andrew Ford in Great North Road officially Christened its new $12 million facility, with leading lights attending including Bob Grazione, CEO and president of Ford Australia, and president of Ford New Zealand; Bronte Howson, managing director of Automotive Motor Holdings, Australia’s largest motoring group, which owns John Andrew Ford as part of its large portfolio of dealerships; and Neale Hill, MD of Ford New Zealand. John Andrew is New Zealand’s oldest and largest Ford dealership, celebrating 101 years of service this year. The company’s history goes back to the early 1900s, when John Andrew himself sold the classic Model A and the Model T, and his wife took the driving lessons! Commented Bob Grazione: “I’ve worked for Ford in six countries and I’m pleased to say this is the finest facility

I’ve had the pleasure of standing in. “John Andrew Ford is our number one franchise in New Zealand.” Bronte Howson added: “We’re so proud of the facilities. This is the best franchise we own, and boasts the new Ford livery for Australia and New Zealand.” The new double storey premises, which include modern workshop facilities, replaces an old and inefficient single storey site. During the building work, which took about 18 months, the company operated around the building work. “The past 18 months have been trying at times, running a business from this site and the limited premises across the road (the used vehicle yard),” said dealer principal Paul Brown. “John Andrew has been the number one Ford dealership in New Zealand since 1917, and I’m proud of the building and the presence we’ve got here.”

Toasting the new John Andrew facility are, from left, dealer principal Paul Brown; Neale Hill, MD of Ford New Zealand; Bob Graziano, president and CEO of Ford Australia, and president of Ford New Zealand; and Bronte Howson, MD of Automotive Holdings Group.


New Beetle for NZ soon The latest iteration of the Volkswagen Beetle, with a lower profile and bigger and wider body, a longer front bonnet, and a boot that can handle up to 905 litres of luggage, will be available in New Zealand from the beginning of this month (December), priced from from $46,500. It features more power from the 118kW TSI petrol engine, and is mated to a seven-speed DSG double clutch automatic

transmission. The interior has been revamped to make it more like the original, with the speedo in the centre of the dash, and features include climatronic air conditioning, front and rear parking sensors, a colour touchscreen stereo system, and hands-free Bluetooth connectivity, as well as iPod integration.

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Mazda chose the Sydney Motor Show in October to showcase its new Mazda6 sedan for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere – and what a wow that turned out to be. John Oxley reports.

It’s bold, it’s sexy, and it’s aimed slap bang at the top end of the medium car market. Mazda is keen to regain the sales leadership it used to hold

in Europe with the 626, and the Mazda6 may well be the car that helps it do just that – as well as boosting sales in New Zealand.

Mazda has already shown off its latest design direction, especially its bold new grille and front end treatment, the CX-5 being the first to debut

the new look. But on the Mazda6 it’s taken the next step forward, with a long bonnet flowing into a beautiful coupe body style that takes the fight right to the German luxury car makers, as well as the latest high tech safety equipment. At the same time Mazda has upgraded the interior to match its exterior styling, with, on top models, attractive leather finishes, coupled with contrasting hand stitching, to give a real upmarket look, while a longer wheelbase gives more room inside, especially in the back. However, this time around it has been decided to ditch the hatchback version, Mazda instead going with sedan and

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station wagon options – on different wheelbases. Chief designer Akira Tamatini said at a media briefing in Sydney that the new coupe styling of the sedan obviated the need for a separate sporty hatch shape, as the previous range had, while

the new wagon would fulfil the needs of those who want more room and versatility. He emphasised that the objectives for the interior were to create more space combined with high quality finishes and craftsmanship. Three different trim levels

will be available when the vehicles go on sale here in March – GLX, available with 2-litre petrol and 2.2 diesel in the wagon, and 2.2 diesel in the sedan; GSX, with 2.5-litre petrol and 2.2 diesel in both wagon and sedan; and Limited, with the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel

in both body shapes. The sales mix is expected to be 35 percent sedan and 65 percent wagon, with 60 percent of buyers opting for petrol models, and most buyers taking the middle GSX trim and specification route. All use the latest Mazda SkyActiv technology in the engines and gearboxes, the latter only six-speed automatic across the whole Mazda6 range. The Sky-G 2-litre petrol engine produces 114kW at 6,000rpm with 210Nm of torque at 4,000rpm for ADR tested combined fuel economy of 6L/100km and emissions of 116g/km. Moving up, the Sky-G 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol has balance shafts for added smoothness, and produces 138kW at 5,700rpm and 250Nm at 3,250rpm, for 6.3L/100km, 124g/km. The most economical engine, as to be expected, is the Sky-D 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, which gives 129kW at 4,500rpm and

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NewMODELS 420Nm at 2,000rpm, with 4.8L/100km and 122g/km. All the petrol engines for New Zealand are designed to run on 91 octane fuel. Both GLX and Limited models also feature Mazda’s i-Eloop technology, which uses a capacitor to store kinetic energy (which would otherwise be lost) as soon as the driver’s foot is lifted off

the accelerator. This energy is then used to power the climate control, audio system and numerous other electrical components throughout the car, saving fuel in the process. The new range comes rich in high tech features, too. Most important of these – available only on the top Limited models at the moment – is the i-Activesense safety kit. This is really trick stuff, incorporating blind spot monitoring to detect a car in the driver’s blind spot, lane departure warning which detects road markings, high beam control which automatically dips the headlights, active cruise control which uses radar to automatically slow the Mazda when it gets too close to the car in front while on cruise control, adaptive front headlights which turn to “see around” curves, and at intersections, and the most important, Smart Brake Support, which helps reduce

the severity of a collision by automatically applying the brakes when a risk of frontal impact is detected while driving at speeds of 15 km/h or more. Other features include Bluetooth, standard across the range, as is a colour touchscreen audio system with reversing camera; there’s TomTom navigation, as well as Central Commander Dial, on GSX and Limited models. The latter is a large control placed on the between-seats console,

which replicates steering wheel and touchscreen functions. Limited models also get leather upholstery, bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, an 11-speaker Bose audio, and a sunroof. Braked towing capacity is 1,500kg (petrol) and 1,600kg (diesel). Both body shapes, which are produced at Mazda’s Hofu plant in Hiroshima, will be available from launch; prices will be released closer to the time.

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Surge of excitement The Corolla accounts for more than 49 percent of global Toyota passenger car sales, so its ongoing success is crucial. Robert Barry reports that the latest 11th generation of Corolla hatch is more than up to the challenge. It wouldn’t be a Japanese car launch without some reference to the design philosophy, aesthetic and character of the new model. Toyota says that the new direction for the Corolla will deliver “wakudoki” - a surge of excitement for both driver and occupants. The new Corolla range is longer and lower than before, but has more interior space and a completely redesigned dashboard which thankfully has seen the awkward bridge-style centre console of the previous generation consigned to history. The new car has a more conventional transmission selector for both the manual and automatic transmissions, which not only feels more natural to use, but adds a feeling of spaciousness to the cabin. The driver’s seat also has more height travel to better accommodate short and tall people. There are two new sporting model grades in the line-up, being the Levin SX and the Levin ZR, in addition to the fleet focused GX and GLX variants. A new seven-step continuously variable transmission (CVT) replaces the old fourspeed automatic and a six-speed manual is available only on the GX grade. Toyota says that Levin is an historic English word meaning lightning, and it has been worn by sporting Corolla models in Japan since 1970. In the spirit of this the new Levin SX and ZR models receive sportier bucket seats mounted a bit lower than those in the GX and GLX and they also have steering wheel mounted gearshift paddles for a more engaging

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drive when manually shifting through the CVT’s seven steps. Specification for the $38,990 Levin SX and the $43,690 Levin ZR is generous, and includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a front grille with chrome accents, an LCD multi-information display panel in the instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control, smart key entry and keyless start, automatically activating HID headlights with automatic high beam and adaptive front lighting systems. The Levin ZR is differentiated from the SX with leather upholstery as well as heated front seats, and it also gives customers the option of a panoramic roof with electric sunshade for another $1,800. But traditional (fleet) Corolla GX customers are not hard done by, with features such as Bluetooth handsfree connectivity and audio streaming controlled via the steering wheel, aux and USB inputs, voice recognition, a multi information display, vehicle stability and traction control, hill-start assist (on CVT models), electric power steering, an engine immobiliser, cruise control, Isofix child seat mounting points and 60/40 split folding rear seats. The Corolla GX is available for $33,490 with a six-speed manual gearbox, or $34,990 for the CV T. In addition to the GX specification, the $37,490 GLX has a 6.1-inch touch-screen display unit, reversing camera, privacy glass in the rear, 16-inch alloy wheels and fog lights up front. All Corolla models have six airbags, plus a knee airbag for the driver.

All four models are powered by an in-line four-cylinder 1.8-litre dual VVT-i petrol engine, with Toyota’s acoustic controlled variable induction system (ACIS). Maximum power quoted is 103kW/ 6,400rpm and torque is rated at 173Nm/4,000rpm. Toyota claims fuel efficiency of 6.6L/100km and emissions of just 152g/km for the CVT equipped Corolla models. The previous generation of Corolla was a perfectly competent car, but the new one will be enjoyed by people who like to drive thanks to a reduction in spring rates and anti-roll bar diameter, which has certainly improved ride comfort and body control. Overall weight has been reduced by up to 60kg through extensive use of high tensile steel in construction of the body which has also improved the car’s agility on-road, it feels far more stable through fast corners and the electric power steering feels as good as a hydraulic system. Ironically we did have a greater surge of excitement driving the entry level manual GX than the top of the line Levin ZR, this was because the GX allowed better cornering control through its manual gearbox and the ride quality on the smaller 16-inch steel wheels was more comfortable and compliant over corrugated surfaces than the ZR which wears 17-inch alloy wheels and lower profile tyres. In summary the new Corolla should prove quite a hit with both fleet and private buyers because not only is it a much better car overall to look at and drive in, the four model line-up provides a price point and specification for everyone as well as that all important, wakudoki.

Models/prices Corolla GX manual – $33,490 Corolla GX automatic – $34,990 Corolla GLX automatic – $37,490 Corolla Levin SX automatic – $38,990 Corolla Levin ZR automatic – $43,690


Uber different Swede appeal Volvo has re-introduced a five-door hatch to the premium C segment market after a more than 20-year absence. Robert Barry wonders if the new Swede will appeal to such buyers The new Volvo V40 fivedoor hatch is a timely arrival for Volvo Cars NZ as the brand seeks to broaden its market appeal past the station wagon and SUV segments, where it has traditionally been a strong seller locally. The 2-litre C segment hatch category is strong locally, and within the premium section the V40 will target the VW Golf, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, and the Audi A3, all of which are set to see the launch of new models in 2013. Because of this impending German avalanche of new product, Volvo NZ decided to launch the all new V40 sports hatch as soon as it could, despite only having diesel versions available initially for the Press and public to try. Getting bums on seats has always been a challenge for Volvo NZ, but it has engaged the services of Publicis Mojo which has created a cheeky advertising campaign to challenge died-in-the-wool German brand buyers to at least take a look and test drive the new V40. The company expects there will be a 60:40 split of petrol

to diesel sales, and it envisages that most of its sales will be to pre and post family buyers, as well as a smaller second vehicle for current Volvo SUV owners. Volvo doesn’t hide the fact that the V40 has not been designed as a family car, and unlike many of its other product lines there are no built-in booster seats in the rear seats. But the V40 has been given a lot more cutting edge technology, including the first pedestrian airbag mounted under the bonnet, as well as collision mitigation systems, blind spot assist, active cruise control and park assist pilot, to name but a few. There’s also a great deal more connectivity and integration of mobile and Bluetooth devices in the V40, as well as the ability to personalise the car through a multiple choice of ambient lighting colour. To a lesser degree the V40 will also compete with mass market top-end sports hatches from Ford, Subaru and Toyota which are knocking on the Volvo’s entry level $50,000 price point. For example, the 2-litre

Focus Titanium is priced at $46,990, the 2-litre Subaru Impreza SL is also $46,990 and the 1.8-litre Corolla ZR Levin is $43,690. The Volvo V40 is available in a 2-litre D4 turbo-diesel manual priced from $49,990, withthe automatic version $54,990, while a 2-litre T4 turbocharged petrol automatic is $52,990 and a T5 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol automatic $64,990. With the exception of the T5, the rest of the V40 range isn’t a great jump in price from the high-end Japanese products, and it’s

certainly comparable with the VW, Audi, and other European competitors in this segment. If you are familiar with the Volvo brand, then jumping into the driver’s seat will

feel instantly familiar as the same comfortable seats, clear instrument display and the hallmark waterfall dashboard still remain. The five-cylinder 2-litre turbo-diesel engine is quiet at idle, and yet responds quickly and unobtrusively when the driver demands performance, thankfully the enjoyable and distinctive five-pot engine note is still part and parcel of the package. We did enjoy the manual version of the D4 V40. It’s a smooth shifting six-speed transmission that makes the most of the lusty engine performance, yet delivers claimed combined fuel economy of just 4.4L/100km and 117g/km of C02 emission. No doubt most buyers will opt for the six-speed automatic version of the V40 regardless of engine choice, and, certainly in the diesel version that we tried, it made the most of the performance available to it. The V40 glides effortlessly from corner to corner, providing a comfortable ride for the occupants and a communicative drive for the person at the wheel. Volvo may use an electric power steering system instead of a hydraulic one, but it certainly feels a great deal more responsive and communicative than some other such systems we have experienced in other brands.

Models/prices 2.0 D4 manual-$49,990 2.0 T4 automatic-$52,990 2.0 D4 automatic-$54,990 2.5 T5 R-Design auto-$64,990

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New Sorento Generation 3.5? It’s more than just a mild faceiift with suspension changes, but the revised Kia Sorento R is still more “Generation 3.5” than 4, Robert Barry explains why. While Kia Motors is calling it the all-new generation 4 Sorento R, this is not strictly true, it’s still more like a generation 3.5 version that’s been to the cosmetic surgeon for a nip and tuck to the front and rear styling, and has also had a whole load of upgraded specification thrown in for good measure. And the company has added three front-wheel-drive only models to the lineup for 2013. The revised Sorento R gains new headlamps with LED daytime running lights, a new tailgate with LED rear combination lamps, new front and rear bumpers with vertical-axis fog lights, and an expanded choice of wheels that includes 19-inch alloys on the newly introduced top spec Premium variant. The 4WD-only Premium 2.2 diesel Sorento R also receives such niceties as adaptive front lamps, electric glass moon-roof, and heated and ventilated seats for the driver and front passenger, as well as heated mid-row seats for the rear passengers. It also gets a heated steering wheel, too. Thanks to the inclusion of front and rear sensors in those newly redesigned bumpers, the Premium and the Limited models (the latter one step down the grade

list from the Premium) also get a new smart parking assistance programme, which helps the driver to parallel park by simply using the accelerator and brake pedals, as the system controls the steering wheel by itself to guide the car into the desired space. The Premium and Limited also get lamps in the door handles which illuminate as the car is unlocked by remote control or when it senses the proximity key is nearby. All the Sorento R models get rain-sensing windscreen wipers as well as a new TFT reverse camera display, which has moved from the rearview mirror in the older model to a larger central screen in the middle of the redesigned central console of the new car. There is also a new active bonnet system to protect pedestrians against head injury in a collision, and smart cornering lamps for better side visibility when the driver indicates to turn into a corner at up to 40km/h. The changes to the suspension system include new sub-frames, larger bushes, high performance shock absorbers, and the introduction of electric power steering with stronger mountings. The ride height has also been lowered 10mm to further

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improve on-road handling, but unfortunately at the expense of approach and departure angles off-road. The suspension changes deliver more legroom for the second and third row passengers – up 30mm and 9mm respectively, thanks to a reshaped floor. Both second and third row seats can be folded to provide 2,052 litres of cargo capacity. The all-wheel-drive system is unchanged from before, and it distributes drive to wheels with more traction when it senses slippage. The centre differential can also be locked to enhance traction up to 30km/h. The revised Sorento R range also suffers from a reduction in approach and departure angles from the previous model which were 25 degrees front and rear. The latest model has an approach angle of 19.7-degrees, departure angle 22.4-degrees and rampover

angle is 17.1-degrees. Hill descent control has not been carried over from the previous model, but hill start assist and trailer sway control are retained. A much improved ride quality on tarmac as well as chip-sealed roads plus much lower levels of noise, vibration and harshness, were the immediate impressions we found while driving the revised Sorento R on the media drive programme from Auckland to Tauranga. The 2.2-litre R series diesel engine still provides more than adequate acceleration through its six-speed automatic gearbox, and the new electric power steering system doesn’t feel much different to the hydraulic system used in the previous model. We also experienced the offroad ability of the revised Sorento

R on a quick run through dry and dusty forestry tracks in the Mamaku forest near Putaruru. Although lower to the ground than before, the new model managed to cross the rutted dry clay tracks without any fuss and drama. The lack of hill descent control didn’t pose any issues as using first gear for engine braking during downhills proved to be simple and effective. Most people who buy a Sorento R won’t even venture this far off the beaten track, which is a shame, because the vehicle is more than competent for such conditions.

Models/prices LX 2.4 petrol FWD-$46,490 LX 2.4 petrol AWD -$49,490 LX 2.2 diesel FWD-$50,690 LX 2.2 diesel AWD -$53,690 EX 2.2 diesel AWD-$58,690 LTD 2.2 diesel FWD-$60,490 LTD 2.2 diesel AWD-$63,490 Premium 2.2 diesel AWD-$66,190


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a collision is highly likely and the driver applies the brakes, the system can generate 1G maximum deceleration. Robert Barry summarises the changes and • Pre-collision throttle improvements to the 2013 Subaru Legacy and Outback. management – if a driver accidentally applies full throttle A new and more fuelBut the biggest change to the close to a barrier or large object efficient quad cam four2013 Legacy range which will situated in front of the car (such cylinder 2.5-litre boxer engine interest safety-conscious fleet as a car park wall ), Eyesight and a revised transmission buyers is the introduction of inhibits the throttle opening, await loyal Subaru Legacy fleet Subaru’s new Eyesight technology helping minimise or potentially buyers for 2013, as well as the which uses small cameras located avoid impact. This will also assist new higher-riding luxury 3.6 X in a compact unit near the rear in situations when “drive” is Legacy sedan which targets the view mirror to recognise potential accidentally selected instead of rurally-based senior executive. road hazards and alert the driver. “reverse”. Satellite navigation is also now This system is currently only • Adaptive cruise control – is available in the Outback diesel available on all Legacy and designed to maintain a safe and 2.5i Premium wagons – and Outback six-cylinder variants and distance from the vehicle in an automatic version of the diesel four-cylinder GT models. front irrespective of the varying will arrive in March 2013. The system includes seven key speed of that vehicle – between Improvements to the functions: the speeds of 40km/h and 145 Lineartronic CVT transmission • Pre-collision braking – applies km/h. sees a reduction in average fuel the brakes when a vehicle ahead • Lane departure warning consumption to 7.9L/100km for is detected slowing or stopping alerts the driver if the system the 2.5i Legacy sedan while the suddenly (and the driver has determines that the car is 2.5i Legacy wagon and Outback failed to apply the brakes). drifting across clearly marked now consume 8L/1 00km in the • Pre-collision brake assist – if lanes. combined cycle. the system determines that • Vehicle sway warning - alerts

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the driver if the car starts to sway from one side of the road to another, which may occur with fatigue. • Lead vehicle start alert - when the Eyesight-equipped vehicle is stopped and the vehicle in front starts to move, the driver is then alerted that the vehicle in front has moved. Depending on conditions, Eyesight can use pre-crash braking to help to minimise any impact and damage. If the speed difference is less than 30 km/h, the car may be brought to a complete stop prior to impact. When the speed difference is higher than 30 km/h then Eyesight may substantially reduce the degree of impact between the two vehicles. Eyesight system is only available on the premium sixcylinder models. However in the Outback 3.6 available for driving, we did have a demonstration of the Eyesight system in a simulated pre-crash test under 30km/h on a private road and came away impressed. It works incredibly well and stopped well short of the impact object. Despite its 200mm ground clearance the 3.6X sedan still felt well planted to the tarmac, although it sits 50mm higher than the standard Legacy sedan.

Models/prices Legacy 3.6X Eyesight sedan $67,990 Outback 3.6R Eyesight wagon$69,990 Legacy GT Eyesight sedan/wagon $69,990

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New Ford Focus hits NZ The Ford Focus has been the best-selling nameplate in the world so far this year. Now Ford has launched its 2013 edition – and topped it off with a barn-storming ST hot hatch that ticks all the right boxes. John Oxley reports. Ford chose not to use fanfare to launch its latest Focus into New Zealand. Instead, there was a quiet dinner, a cozy introduction – and then lots and lots of driving on tortuous and twisting roads around Taupo, including some used in the Rally of New Zealand. It was the right approach, for the Focus has become known as a driver’s car, thanks to its superb suspension setup and well thoughtout interior. The ST, now officially the successor to the XR-5, takes it all a few stages further, with a new nose and various aero bits, plus better brakes, different interior, modified suspension, torque vectoring control (which helps prevent understeer), and the 2-litre EcoBoost engine from the Mondeo and Falcon, linked to a close ratio six-speed manual gearbox. But a lot more has happened to the whole Focus range in this latest version, not least of which is sourcing most of the lineup (the exceptions being the ST and the station wagon) from Thailand instead of Europe. One of the most noticeable changes is that the indicator stalk now moves from the left of the steering column to the right, where it is better suited to right-hand drive; however it’s the stuff you can’t see that’s most important, including the latest convenience and safety features. The whole range gets Sync, an advanced software programme developed in conjunction with Microsoft that allows easy connection to a phone or digital media player using Bluetooth or USB, and which features an automatic phone book download that takes place in less

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than five seconds, as well as allowing voice control of your phone and music collection – you can even select the musician and track you want – as well as being able to read out incoming text messages. It even allows you to set up a conference call while you’re driving. In addition Titanium models get the Active City Stop accident avoidance system .At speeds up to 30km/h, Active City Stop scans the area ahead of the car for possible obstacles, such as a parked vehicle or one which has stopped suddenly. If the system determines that a collision is likely, the brakes are pre-charged. If the driver remains inactive (no steering or braking input), the car applies the brakes automatically. There’s also Active Park Assist which uses an ultrasonic-based sensing system and the electric power steering to position the vehicle for parallel parking, calculate the optimal steering angle, and steer the vehicle into a parking spot. And for better economy across the range there are active grille shutters which improve aerodynamics by closing to reduce drag at higher speeds and opening again to reduce under-bonnet temperatures at lower speeds. All models have six-speed PowerShift dual clutch automatic gearboxes with the exception of the ST, which has a six-speed manual. There are now five trim and specification options and four powerplants. Ambiente models use a 92kW/159Nm 1.6-litre petrol engine, while Trend versions have 2-litre power, either 125kW/202Nm petrol or 120kW/340Nm diesel – the latter also powering the wagon.

The Sport and Titanium versions have the 2-litre petrol, and the ST has a 184kW/360Nm EcoBoost turbo petrol. Extra features on Trend models (including the wagon) over Ambiente include cruise control, rear parking sensors, front fog lights and alloy wheels, while the Sport gets 17-inch alloys as well as a rearview camera, styling kit, dual zone climate control, navigation, sports suspension, premium Sony audio system, auto wipers, auto dimming, interior rear-view mirror, and “follow me home” lighting as standard equipment. As well as those features already mentioned the Titanium models get full leather seats, Adaptive Cruise Control, bi-xenon headlights with LED position lamps and static cornering lamps, a power tilt/slide sunroof, keyless entry system with pushbutton start button, satellite navigation, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Focus ST’s new 2-litre engine produces more than 10 percent more power and torque than the previous 2.5-litre engine, and can reduce fuel consumption and emissions by more than 20 percent. Inside there’s an ultra-smart and sporty finish to match the bright exterior colours, with form-fitting Recaro seats. All models get a full alphabet soup of electronic safety kit, for a five-star Ancap rating. On the road all models, including the wagon, demonstrated that the Focus is still a class leader in terms of its ride and roadholding, while the 2-litre models impressed with their performance and handling. As for the ST – well we didn’t have long at full tilt as previous journos had rung its tank almost dry, but what we had we really enjoyed. Now for a full road test!

Models/prices Ambiente 1.6 Hatch PowerShift petrol $32,990 Ambiente 1.6 Wagon PowerShift petrol $34,990 Trend 2.0 Hatch PowerShift petrol $35,990 Trend 2.0 Hatch PowerShift diesel $38,990 Trend 2.0 Wagon PowerShift diesel $40,490 Sport 2.0 Hatch PowerShift petrol $41,990 Titanium 2.0 Hatch PowerShift petrol $46,990 Titanium 2.0 Sedan PowerShift petrol $46,990 ST 2.0 Hatch manual petrol $52,490


The Lion’s new cub Peugeot wants to further grow its share of the light car market in New Zealand – and Robert Barry thinks the new 208 might just help it achieve this. The new Peugeot 208 is being launched into a growing market segment, and locally the company has such popular models as the Suzuki Swift and Ford Fiesta within its gun sights. There are two distinct 208 body styles available in two specification levels – a sporty Allure grade three-door or more versatile five-door variants in Active and Allure grade which should form the bulk of sales. The new 208 range is priced from $23,990 to $29,990, and should increase Peugeot’s conquest business within the fleet and private sector, as the company is targeting more than 500 sales for this model locally in 2013. It’s the fourth generation in the two-zero series of light hatchbacks which began with the Peugeot 205 in 1983, followed by the 206 in 1998, and the 207 in 2006. Each generation of the two-zero car range has grown larger and heavier, with more specification and equipment added, but with the new 208 Peugeot says it has completely rethought the interior and

exterior design, with the emphasis on making the car smaller and lighter, as well as stronger and more fuel efficient. The best example of this attention to weight loss is the base model 208 1.2 Active fivedoor that weighs just 975kg, 173kg less than its equivalently powered predecessor. Peugeot has reduced the front and rear overhangs of the new 208, as well as the width and height of the vehicle, for increased agility, and yet interior space has been optimised, with 50mm more kneeroom than the 207 in the rear seats. There’s also more boot space with 311 litres in the 208 with the rear seats in place. This equates to 15 litres more than its predecessor, and all-around the 208 does have a more spacious air, thanks to the mixture of different textures through the cabin and door trims. This spacious feeling can also be put down to the new driving position which allows a driver of the 208 to look directly at the instrument cluster over the small oval steering wheel, and there’s also

a centrally placed touch screen which controls all of the car’s heating, audio, computer and navigation systems (the latter where fitted). And as a first in the car industry the audio system in the 208 does without a CD player, but it is USB and iPod compatible. At first it feels quite foreign looking at the instrument panel over the steering wheel rather than through it as with other vehicles, but the lowered steering wheel and driving position actually feels more comfortable, and quickly becomes second nature to the driver. The 208 has recently been awarded the latest five-star Euro NCAP for safety. Peugeot says this result is proof of the 208’s level of safety protection, both in active and passive conditions. In addition, Peugeot says the restyled driving position makes for safer driving. Two engines will be available to Kiwi buyers, and these include a new 1.2-litre threecylinder coupled to a fivespeed manual transmission and a carryover 1.6-litre which

is mated to a four-speed automatic. Sometimes less is more, and the 60kW 1.2-litre threecylinder manual 208 Active was certainly the pick of the bunch to drive on the urban launch route. The three-cylinder engine has a distinctive engine note which is not dissimilar to that of the Daihatsu Charade from the 1980s, and the manual gearbox is slick and smooth shifting. It’s an endearing little car, with a bit of character that is sadly lacking from many others in this class. The restyled driving position does take a moment to get used to, but one quickly acclimatises, and the intuitive touch screen for all the cars audio and Bluetooth functions is easily used and navigated. We also drove the top-ofthe-line 1.6-litre Allure threedoor hatch, which is certainly targeted more at the private buyer than the fleet buyer, but nonetheless is a very capable, competent, and comfortable car to drive. The combination of the 88kW 1.6-litre engine and four-speed automatic provides adequate rather than sparkling performance – but don’t despair, there’s a 208 GTI coming in the second quarter of next year.

Models/prices 1.2 Active 5 door manual -$23,990 1.6 Active 5 door automatic-$25,990 1.6 Allure 5 door automatic-$28,990 1.6 Allure 3 door automatic-$29,990

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S = sales for Audi The S versions of Audis have traditionally been strong sellers in New Zealand, so it should come as no surprise that when they become available, Audi NZ is keen to get them here, says Damien O’Caroll. It was no surprise that Audi chose to launch not one, but three new S-cars at the same time - the mechanically identical S6 and S7 Sportback, as well as the Big Daddy of the S-car line-up, the S8. The S6 comes in two guises - sedan and wagon, or Avant in Audi-speak - while the S7 is available only in Sportback - or fivedoor hatch. The S8, unsurprisingly, is only available in sedan form, because that is all the A8 comes in. Under the bonnet all three share the same 4-litre, twin-turbo petrol V8 engine that replaces the V10 in Audi’s line up. In the S6 and S7 it pumps out an impressive 309kW and 550Nm of torque, and is hooked up to a seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission, while in the S8 the wick is wound up to 382kW and 650Nm, driven through an eight-speed

conventional automatic transmission. All cars come standard with Audi’s quattro AWD system and trick rear sports differential to ensure maximum anger is distributed to the road at all times. Audi claims the S6 sedan will sprint from a

standing start to the legal limit in 4.6 seconds, while the Avant and S7 will do it in 4.7 seconds. The S8, however, will knock it over in 4.2 seconds. For those of you not paying attention, that makes the S8 quicker than the original Audi R8 V8 and only half a second

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slower than the V10. All the while, being far more economical than the cars they replace. Audi claims 9.6L/100km for the S6 sedan and S7, while the S6 Avant will drink 9.7L/100km and the S8 10.2L/100km. As usual these days, pricing has reduced while spec has increased, but the level with which it has been done here is particularly impressive. The S6 sedan drops in at $154,600, while the Avant adds $5,000 to that figure. The S7 comes in at $167,400 and the S8 rounds things off at $218,000. That last figure, by the way, is a staggering $40,000 (give or take a few hundreds) less than the previous model. Spec, needless to say, is impressive. In fact so much is jammed into these machines that listing it here would be a pointless exercise in taking up space. The new V8 engine is extremely flexible and happy to rev, while still having considerable low-down punch. None of these cars could ever be considered particularly lightweight, but the incredible amount of weight-saving technology used in their construction still means that they are remarkably nimble for their respective sizes. Everything else about all three cars was equally impressive as their performance and handling. Interior quality was possibly even a notch above Audi’s normally hugely high standards, with the quilted leather seats being a particular interior standout. First impressions of the S6, S7 and S8 are deeply impressive. They are all luxurious and comfortable cruisers with supercar-like acceleration and sharp handling to match.

Models/prices S6 sedan $154,600 S6 Avant $159,600 S7 Sportback $167,400 S8 $218,000

Your own mobile billboard One thing’s for sure in these challenging economic times: the world won’t beat a path to the doorway of your business unless you get out there and vigorously promote your brand. And there’s no better way to do this locally or nationally than to apply branding to your company vehicles. If you owned or rented a billboard, would you leave it

blank? In effect, that’s the case with an un-signwritten company car. Branding your fleet demands attention for your product or service right there at street level. And unlike a static billboard, your branding goes wherever your vehicle does – 365 days a year. What about cost effectiveness? Of course you can expect a number of year’s life from high

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quality vehicle signage. Signwise Auckland says research from the USA has shown that truck side advertising can produce as many as 60,000 impressions daily. Signwise uses its own van as a mobile billboard

Market your business with graphics

Corporate visual identity plays a significant role in the way organisations presents themselves in the marketplace. In general terms, a corporate visual identity expresses the values and ambitions of an organisation, its business, and its characteristics. Three functions of corporate visual identity can be distinguished: First, a corporate visual identity

provides an organisation with visibility and “recognisability”. For virtually all profit and nonprofit organisations, it is of vital importance that people know that the organisation exists and remember its name and core business at the right time. Second, a corporate visual identity symbolises an organisation to the general public, and contributes to their

image and reputation. Third, a corporate identity expresses the structure of an organisation. It is therefore better to describe it as a “corporate visual identity “. Special attention should be paid to corporate identity in times of organisational change. It is important that organisation’s communicates the strategic aspects of their corporate visual identity. There are many organisations that have a huge presence in their vehicle fleets, however only a small presence in real estate. Plumbing companies for example, may have one location, any perhaps a dozen or more vehicles getting around a city. Today it is very noticeable to see many vehicles getting around with customised graphics. Vehicle Graphics are a great way to market your business and products. You can do this from

a small car right up to a large semi-trailer unit, for your one and only company vehicle or your large fleet. Vehicle graphics are a very efficient way to get individuals to remember your brand. We often refer to this as a mobile billboard. The vehicle graphics should encompass your logo (business brand name) and contact information such as a free-phone number, web address and your business location to maximise the advantage and impact. This is a great way to enhance your company's presence and reach within your operating region. Having a good slogan or tag line can only help the public to remember your brand for a longer period. Used as a form of advertising is very cost effective because today’s viny last for many years and they also protect the vehicle's panels from scratches.

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Corporate IDENTITY

Pimp up your ride as a sales incentive Overseas trends show that car owners are personalising the appearance of their vehicles to suit their own tastes and to create a unique, individual look. Paint finishes that would normally cost thousands of dollars in a paint shop or finishes that simply cannot be achieved with paint can now easily be realised with the use of self-adhesive films. NZ Sign Solutions reckons you can make a brand statement with your vehicle, command attention on the road or simply change visual aspects of your car to your reflect your own company style and taste by adding some detailing on the bonnet, roof, boot, bumper, door panel, exterior mirror or featuring the wheels or wheel arches in a contrast texture.. Says NZ Sign Solutions director Karen Browne: “Why not customise one of your fleet to reward a staff member as an

incentive? Utilise this popular trend to add status to their position and reward their efforts. Not quite the ‘Pimp up my Car’ of the Boy Racer variety, but detailing that makes them stand out from the crowd. “A uniquely eye-catching vehicle will cause your customer to ask, ‘Why is their car different from the rest of the fleet?’ and you can ssay something like ‘they’re our top salesperson.’ “Some of the car retailers are now offering customisation as part of the negotiated purchase package. This type of bonus schemeparticularly appeals to the male ego – and you could even let them have some input into the interior choices.” She added that while sometimes you have to compromise on the type of vehicle (having to use a van when the company branding is more suited to convertibles),

This black Mini Traveller was totally changed by wrapping in Tuning Film 700BF Sublime Matt Red Spicey and Tuning Film Brushed Aluminium. Picture courtesy MACtac detailing provides an option to change your vehicle to match the personality/branding of the company; to give a headturning unique look to your delivery vehicles or to distinguish your reps’ vehicles from your competitors. “There are a huge number of patterns and designs from natural to hi-tech, which faithfully reproduce wood, stone, brushed metal, chrome, sand, marble, stucco, leather and many others, but the most fashionable patterns are from the carbon family,” Karen says. “Carbon Fibre Finish is a vinyl film that looks like the real thing but is less expensive and more versatile, and it’s perfect for unique wrapping of exterior car surfaces such as bonnets, boots, roofs, side view mirrors and interior plastic. Finishes are scratch resistant and highly durable.” When procuring vehicles, an added benefit of vehicle wrapping is the option of being able to

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negotiate the purchase or lease of vehicles that don’t colour match and then standardise the fleet range perfectly, without any delays waiting for the appropriate colour car come on the market. Vinyls are now available with excellent opacity to cover any colour vehicle, including black. The advantage of using vinyl (versus paint) is the film provides protection to the paintwork and also the removability aspect which allows the car to be returned to the leasing company in its’ original condition or ready to sell. Depending on the size of the vehicle, installation by a professional installer can take less than a day, and once the film is applied the car can go straight back on to the road, so there is no downtime waiting for paint to dry and cure. The films are very durable, and depending on the colour and finish, can last up to three years.

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Turn your vehicles into moneymakers Strong branding has the ability make a small company look believable, and a large company reliable, while well-designed vehicle signage allows your company to create a high profile while on the road. Clever company signage can maximise your vehicle investment, increase your company profile and drive up sales. Sign Shop’s Richard Martin told Company Vehicle that a client recently remarked, “that since having an Imajeo rebrand and signage applied that they had received over a 400 percent increase in calls in the first month.”  He added that staff will often be more aware of their driving in a well-branded vehicle, be more attentive to their surroundings, and become safer drivers. Vehicle

Imageo-produced corporate branding on Transpacific vehicles pictured under Auckland Harbour Bridge

Creators of the original mirror chrome Clubsport seen at Big Boys Toys 2012

and general signwriting around the greater Auckland area can be viewed at www. The site includes a handy pricing guide, showing various vehicles we have completed, and where they sit on a price scale. Sign Shop is part of the Imageo Media Group, which can offer nationwide corporate rebranding solutions. Visit www. to read about how Imageo can bring its sign shop to you - significantly reducing plant downtime as no vehicle audits or pre-measure

ups need to be carried out. Imajeo’s qualified design team can boost your brand to the next level, offering your business strong design, advertising and photography solutions, especially focused on industrial companies. A pdf brochure sampling some of its design work can be downloaded from For more information call 0800 WE DO SIGNS or 0800 933 674 or drop an email to

Customised vehicle signage & wraps Fleets: Cars, Trucks, Vans Corporate re-imaging Full colour wide format printing Illuminated: LED, Lightboxes, Neon Buildings & freestanding signage Graphic design in-house

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Fly in the ointment? While Robert Barry enjoyed his time with the dedicated LPG Holden Commodore Berlina he did detect one minor flaw in the creation of this vehicle. There’s a school of thought within some ranks of the fleet industry that making a dedicated LPG system for large six-cylinder cars such as the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon is the engineering equivalent of sticking one’s finger in a leaking dyke, and that it’s too little, too late. I fundamentally disagree, because I personally think that LPG-powered vehicles have far more relevance and practical application to larger fleet use in New Zealand than electric vehicles. While EVs are certainly useful in urban and short distance applications, LPG powered vehicles are perfectly suited to extra-urban and rural use, and there is a good network of more than 570 LPG outlets in service stations throughout New Zealand. Indeed, New Zealand is capable of becoming selfsufficient in the production of LPG, and it’s a wonder our government hasn’t seized this opportunity to make the national fleet less dependent on expensive imported fuel. Holden ran up more than 1.3-million km in developing the dedicated LPG Commodore, and the result is a large car which meets CO2 emissions,

achieves running costs comparable to smaller petrol cars, and provides a driving experience just like that of its dedicated petrol siblings. We put the Berlina through a mini economy run to see how far we could stretch a tank of LPG. On a return day trip from central Auckland to Mount Maunganui, the LPG Berlina travelled 445km, and it consumed 51 litres of LPG averaging 11.4L/100km, at an average speed of 71.2km/h. And according to the fuel gauge we still had just under half a tank of LPG in reserve. At the beginning of the run, our “distance to empty” range read 595km, so it is quite conceivable that the car could run from Auckland to Wellington on one tank - but we didn’t have time on this occasion to put that theory to the test. But

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it’s a no brainer to see that if you do higher mileages the amortisation of the additional cost of the LPG system happens very quickly. Certainly you do use more litres of LPG per 100km than you would by using petrol , but the benefits of a significantly cheaper price per litre, and the fact that the gas burns hotter and cleaner than petro,l results in less engine wear and less lubricant breakdown between scheduled services. The used oil in an LPG dedicated vehicle appears clean rather than black, as does a petrol powered vehicle, but it is still best to observe the manufacturer’s recommended drain intervals. On the road the LPG Berlina felt powerfully smooth to drive even though the 3.6-litre V6 produces 180kW as opposed

to the 210kW produced by the petrol-only version. It’s closer in performance to the 190kW 3-litre V6 found in the Omega models. We did find that starting from cold occasionally produced steam from the exhaust pipe because the main tailpipe emissions from LPG are water vapour and carbon dioxide. There is much less carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide (NOx) and carbon particulate than that produced by petrol and diesel engines, so it’s definitely kinder to the environment, a big tick in anyone’s book. The fly in the ointment, however, is that to create a large enough space for the LPG fuel tank Holden has taken the spare wheel well out of the boot, which means it now has to be mounted onto the boot floor - which doesn’t leave as much space for luggage. To partly get around this a tyre sealant kit comes as standard, with the space saver spare optional – but most long distance travellers will probably opt for the latter. This was sadly a disappointment in what was, otherwise, a very well executed vehicle, and given the advent of run-flat technology in vehicle tyres and also the use of inflator kits, I was somewhat surprised at Holden ‘s insistence on putting a full size spare wheel in the car as standard equipment.

Specifications Body type Drive Engine type Engine capacity Max power Max torque Fuel consumption C02 emission Airbags ESP Air conditioning Satellite navigation Cargo cover Boot capacity Wheel type Spare tyre

4-door sedan Rear-wheel-drive V6 LPG 3564cc 180kW/6400rpm 320Nm/2900rpm 12.3L/100km 198g/km 6 Yes Dual climate Yes No TBC 17 inch alloy Full size

Estimated running costs 36 months, 60,000km Price $53,790 WOF $180 Fuel $9,240 Registration $1,386 Servicing to 60k: $1,556 Total Tyre cost: $1,456 Residual (30%) $16,767 Indicative final figure $50,451

ECO “EcoBoost” jobs on the tail and flanks. Living with the EcoBoost XT for a longer term has simply shown how little compromise there is for the fuel savings on offer and, if anything, simply served to highlight the dynamic advantages it has over the six-cylinder model. Around town it wants for nothing in terms of power, feeling more lively and eager than the old six ever did, while the only real slight disappointment is the lack of a good, grunt sound away from the traffic lights. The only real compromise is the reduction in towing capacity compared to the six-cylinder models in the Falcon line up. While the sixes can haul 2,300kg, the EcoBoost can only manage 1,600kg. This is really only something that will bother a very small minority though, and more people would probably have been affected by the axing of the Falcon wagon. The EcoBoost four really is an engine that deserves to be in a wider range of Falcons, as opposed to just the base XT. A specced-up G Series version would be fantastic, while a powered-up XR4 would be simply sensational. Now THAT is a car that would really prove idiots wrong in...

Idiot-proof Falcon? Having a car for long-term test helps you to get to know a car intimately, in all sorts of conditions and weather. Sometimes it can even make you besotted, reveals Damien O’Carroll. I would be the first to admit that I have a soft spot for the EcoBoost Falcon. Partly because I love the silky power of the 2-litre turbo engine and the improved handling that comes from losing 64kg over the front axle, but also partly because I have a perverse desire to prove idiots wrong. And the Ford Falcon XT EcoBoost is the perfect car to do that in. The long and boring cry that “it ain’t a Falcon if it doesn’t have at least a six” is one that should be shot in the head and dropped down a dried up well somewhere, and the EcoBoost Falcon is the car that is more than capable of pulling the trigger. While the power and torque are both slightly down on the ancient 4-litre inline six (179kW/353Nm versus 195kW/391Nm), the added

agility and rush of mid-range power more than make up for this. Point to point, in the real world, I would put money on the EcoBoost every time. Ford claims a combined average fuel consumption of 8.1L/100km for the EcoBoost XT, and in the real world this is pretty close to the mark. Solely driving around town will see the figure creep close to double digits, but rarely breaking the 10L/100km mark. Get it out for some regular open road cruising, and the claimed figure is pretty spot on. Drive it really carefully and you will see some quite remarkably small numbers from this large car. Apart from the engine, literally everything else about the XT is unchanged base-

model Falcon. This means a dull interior with fantastic seats, but very little else to get excited about. Still, it is a remarkably comfortable interior, although you do have to wonder about just how many rattles will reveal themselves after a few years. Outside is a similar story. Base model Falcon running on small (16-inch) alloy wheels. The recent facelift that coincided with the EcoBoost engine’s launch has done little to refresh what is an aging, but still admittedly handsome, design. As opposed to our last EcoBoost XT, this one actually had badges announcing that it was something a bit different. Not “2.0” badges mind, that would only serve to attract the idiots, but rather some subtle

Specifications: Body type Drive Engine type Engine capacity Max power Max torque Fuel consumption C02 emission 0 to 100km/h Airbags ESP Air conditioning Satellite navigation Cargo cover Boot capacity Wheel type Spare tyre

Four-door sedan Rear-wheel drive Inline four-cylinder petrol 1999cc 179kW/5500rpm 353Nm/2000rpm 8.1L/100km 192g/km N/A 6 Yes Manual No N/a 505 litres 16-inch alloy Alloy

Estimated running costs 36 Months 60000km $48,490 Price WOF $160 Fuel $10,330 Registration $1,293 Servicing to 60k: $1,380 Total Tyre cost: $1,028 Residual (30%) $14,547 Indicative final figure $48,134 The running cost model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. Adrenalin Publishing Limited accepts no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the model change from those published. All residual values are based on a calculated 30 percent as a financial instrument and are not the expected or indicative resale values.

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Good-looker with grunt Good looks sometimes hide basic flaws, says Damien O’Carroll. But is this the case with the Kia Rio? The Kia Rio is a great-looking little car that just never seems to have fulfilled its promising potential. The petrol engine was lethargic and underpowered, and to throw added insult to injury, the only automatic transmission available was a dull-witted four-speeder that only served to make things slower. The manual version at least had a decent six-speed shifter and added a fuel-saving stop/start function into the mix, but even this couldn’t save the Rio from the final insult - the soggy handling. The good news here though, is that the diesel-engined version goes quite some way to addressing the Rio’s weak points, but the bad news is that it still doesn’t go far enough. The 1.4-litre four-cylinder diesel engine has less power

than the petrol (66kW versus 80kW) but it comes in far lower, so isn’t really noticeable. What is noticeable, however, is the massive increase in torque that the diesel offers over the petrol. While the petrol’s rather miserly 137Nm came in at a relatively high 4,200rpm, the diesel’s hefty 220Nm thumps in at 1,750rpm, making the diesel Rio a far livelier proposition both around town and out on the open road. While it does run out of breath shortly after the power peak (4,000rpm), it cruises along at open road speeds, riding the torque quite nicely. But come to a bend and the same problems persist with the diesel Rio. The soft suspension setup does it no favours when Mr. Corner comes to visit. The front always wants to push wide, even at relatively low

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speeds, and the rear hops and lurches through after it. Heaven forbid you accidentally head into a corner even slightly too fast in the wet. The stability control is constantly working to try to sort things out, with varying degrees of success. Sometimes it gets it right, but most of the time it simply cuts much of the power. And that is not even driving the Rio particularly hard. Although when you do drive the Rio hard, it actually becomes a bit of fun, in a tyre-howling, ‘70s American cop show kind of way! Around town, the Kia Rio diesel is an appealing little proposition. Handsome, comfortable, easy to drive and practical, the diesel engine’s torque and flexibility turn the Rio into something quite easy to

live with and pleasant to drive. The fact that it is only available with a manual transmission will hurts its sales potential in New Zealand, though. It is just a shame that the comfortable ride around town produces such compromised handling on the open road. Although cars such as the Rio are designed to spend most of their time around town, heading out onto the open roads is almost inevitable in New Zealand, and it is here where the Kia Rio diesel is at both its strongest (great cruising ability, frugal fuel-sipping) and weakest. Still, if you are doing the majority of your motoring around town, then you could certainly do a lot worse than the Rio diesel.

Specifications: Body type Drive Engine type Engine capacity Max power Max torque Fuel consumption C02 emission 0 to 100km/h Airbags ESP Air conditioning Satellite navigation Cargo cover Boot capacity Wheel type Spare tyre

Five-door hatch Front-wheel drive Inline four-cylinder diesel 1396cc 66kW/4,000rpm 220Nm/1,750rpm 4.3L/100km 113g/km N/A 6 Yes Manual No Yes 288 litres 15-inch steel Space saver

Estimated running costs 36 Months 60000km Price $24,990 WOF $180 Fuel $6,840 Registration $1,683 Servicing to 60k: $1,716 Total Tyre cost: $792 Residual (30%) $6,897 Indicative final figure $29,304 The running cost model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. Adrenalin Publishing Limited accepts no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the model change from those published. All residual values are based on a calculated 30 percent as a financial instrument and are not the expected or indicative resale values.

ECO collisions mitigation, intelligent parking assist as well as a twin panoramic glass sunroof with powered internal sunshades. At $65,490 the Prius v i-Tech is possibly a bit too highly specified for the fleet market, but thankfully there is the cheaper option of the not so comprehensively equipped Prius v s-Tech at $55,490 and the entry level Prius v at $50,990. Overall, the Prius v is a much more spacious and practical vehicle for fleet use than the Prius hatch, and we feel it offers small wagon buyers greater flexibility, particularly with the third row of seats folded away when not required.

Stretching a point? Is the seven-seat Prius v i-Tech wagon stretching the capacity of Toyotas hybrid synergy drive train? Robert Barry loaded up a few hefty friends and put it to the test. The expansion of the Prius car line from one hatchback model into a family of compact hatches (Prius c) and seven-seat wagons (Prius v) suitable for small and not-so-small family and fleet users has been a master stroke for Toyota in its quest to drive more hybrid sales. Toyota has placed the latest version of its hybrid synergy drive train into the Prius v. The 1.8-litre Atkinson cycle engine delivers power of 73kW/5,200rpm and torque of 142Nm/ 4,000rpm. The vehicle’s 650 Volt electric drive motor has 60kW of power and 207Nm of torque. Toyota quotes fuel economy of 4.1L/100km and CO2 emissions of 99g/km for the combined power-train figure of 100kW. For the record we managed an average fuel consumption of 6.1L/100km during our 500km test week with the Prius v, and we drove it as normally as possible, returning the vehicle with just over a quarter of a tank of fuel remaining. For most of the week we left the car’s transmission operating in normal mode and occasionally pushed the power button when a little extra acceleration was required when merging onto motorways and dual carriageways.

According to Toyota the “v” stands for versatility. It says that the Prius v was designed from the ground up and is longer, wider and taller than the standard Prius, with an extended wheelbase, making it possible to accommodate adults in all three rows. This has been achieved thanks to a compact, space saving lithium-ion battery pack which is placed under the centre console between the front seats, and is the first such lithium-ion battery to be fitted to a Toyota sold in New Zealand. This new battery has a vertically double-stacked structure, and placing it between the front seats not only saves space for the rear seats inside the vehicle but also improves weight distribution. The new system is also lighter by 7kg compared to the Prius hatch’s nickelmetal hydride battery. The Prius v seats its passengers in a 2-3-2 configuration, with the rearmost two folding flat into the boot floor when not needed to create a generous load space. When the two rear seats are required, the retractable luggage cover can be unclipped and stored in a generous under floor compartment, which also

lifts out for easy cleaning when required. So to the acid test, would six beefy burly blokes fit into the Prius v? Well the answer is yes, but those seated in the rear two seats reckoned although it was fine for our short journey around the city, going further afield would require a few stops so they could stretch their legs. To our surprise loading up more than half a ton of human cargo didn’t seem to have an adverse effect on the handling and roadholding of the Prius v, nor did it seem to blunt the performance of the engine. In fact the car barely noticed it had more people on board. Being the i-Tech version, the leather upholstered Prius v comes fully laden with all the electronic bells and whistles including active cruise control,

Specifications: Body type Drive Engine type Engine capacity Max power Max torque Fuel consumption C02 emission 0 to 100km/h Airbags ESP Air conditioning Satellite navigation Cargo cover Boot capacity Wheel type Spare tyre

Five-door wagon Front-wheel-drive Petrol electric hybrid 1798cc 73kW/5,200 rpm 142Nm/4,000 rpm 4.1L/100km 99g/km N/A 7 Yes Climate Yes Yes 200/505/ 16-inch alloy Tyre sealant kit

Estimated running costs 36 months, 60,000km Price $65,490 WOF $180 Fuel $5,230 Registration $1,293 Servicing to 60k: $1,349 Total Tyre cost: $1,224 Residual (30%) $19,647 Indicative final figure $55,119 The running cost model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. Adrenalin Publishing Limited accepts no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the model change from those published. All residual values are based on a calculated 30 percent as a financial instrument and are not the expected or indicative resale values.

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Frugal Suzuki diesel shines Is a small diesel a good investment for a company fleet? Well, it all depends on how far it’s driven, says John Oxley. Make no bones about it, the Suzuki Swift 1.3 DDiS diesel is a great little car. It’s quick, it’s got enough space for four adults (yes, we did try it!) and it’s incredibly frugal. Add to that the fact that it’s a great-looking little car, with decent ride qualities, given that it’s got a short wheelbase and is built against a low price tag, and good handling. So what’s the reservation inherent in the question above? Simply, it only comes with a five-speed manual gearbox. And at a cost of almost $3,500 more than the similarly-specced 1.4 GLX petrol, it begs the question of whether or not you’re going to get your money back in fuel savings. The answer, of course, is true for most diesels. Unless you’re doing high mileage, it’s not really worth it. That said, as we mentioned,

the Swift diesel is a nice car, and the fact that it’s manualonly is in some part overcome by its great low-down torque, which means you don’t need to change gear so often. Power is only 55kW, but there’s 190 Nm of torque at a low 1,750rpm – that’s 46 percent more torque than the 1.4-litre petrol Swift! We drove the car for more than a month, much of this commuting and urban driving, and it certainly wasn’t a pain in the neck – or right leg, for that matter – so have to occasionally dip the very light clutch to change gear. Much of the time we went 1-3-5, such is the nice torque band, and this small inconvenience was offset by the incredible fuel figures we achieved. Without even trying we sat around the 5.1L/100km mark, and when we went on longer journeys, this sank below the 5L/100km mark. At the same time it was a fairly comfy ride, with less of the jiggling around we’ve encountered with some opposition products. And the feature list certainly keeps the interior of the car comfortable. First up, getting comfortable in the driver’s seat is made easier by having a heightadjustable seat, as well as a

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tilt-adjustable leather-covered steering wheel. There are electrically operated front door windows with automatic-down function for the driver’s side, and the electric mirrors are heated for wintry weather. Airconditioning is also standard. The rear seat is split 60/40, and folds forward to increase boot space - something you’re going to need if you want to carry lots of stuff, as the boot area is quite small. Features include an immobiliser, remote controlled central door locks, and freewheeling door key cylinders. Others include a front accessory power socket, lightson and key reminder, front seatbelt warning lamp and alarm, halogen multi-reflector headlamps with headlamp levelling control, three cup holders and bottle holders in

all four doors. There’s a trip computer which shows instant and average fuel consumption, tank range and outside air temperature, and there are steering wheel mounted controls for the audio system (which has a USB input, but no Bluetooth). Safety features include ESP stability programme, ABS anti-lock brakes with brake assist, there are driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags (incorporated into the front seats), curtain airbags and a driver’s knee bag, for a 5-Star Euro NCAP safety rating. So – it’s nippy, it’s smart, it’s comfortable, and it’s safe. It’s also easy to drive, and when it comes to filling up, easy on the pocket. Over to you!

Specifications: Body type Drive Engine type Engine capacity Max power Max torque Fuel consumption C02 emissions 0 to 100km/h Airbags ESP Air conditioning Satellite navigation Cargo cover Boot capacity Wheel type Spare tyre

5-door hatch Front wheels 4-cyl turbo-diesel 1,248cc 55kW/4,000rpm 190Nm/1,750rpm 4.1L/100km 109g/km 12.7 secs 7 Yes Yes No Yes 211/528 litres Alloy Space saver

Estimated running costs 36 Months/60,000km Price $25,990 WOF $180 Fuel $6,870 Registration $1,683 Servicing to 60k: $1,791 Total Tyre cost: $1,164 Residual (30%) $7,797 Indicative final figure $29,881 The running cost model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. Adrenalin Publishing Limited accepts no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the model change from those published. All residual values are based on a calculated 30 percent as a financial instrument and are not the expected or indicative resale values.

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Getting the balance right Are lowering fleet costs and emissions still high on the fleet agenda? Robert Barry reviews fleet strategy, driver behaviour, fleet performance appraisal and alternative fuel options.

Fleet strategy According to the members of the leasing and fleet management industry I spoke to for this feature, more and more fleets are focussed on whole of life cost, and the environmental weighting or green factor has all but disappeared from the tender process.

SG Fleet managing director Geoff Tipene says vehicles being acquired today already have an environmental consideration as manufacturers produce products with smaller yet more powerful engines in the race to reduce carbon dioxide and other emissions -

but locally the availability of petrol/electric hybrids and battery electric vehicles hasfailed to fire the imagination of fleet buyers. A recent entrant into the fleet management scene, newcomer OptiFleet says that more than ever before people

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fleet cost are focussed on cost reduction within their vehicle fleet, but some still have sustainability criteria to meet in their company policy when choosing new vehicles. OptiFleet communications and media director Jessie Larsen says that the vehicles not only need to be fit for purpose and appropriately sized for fleet use, fleets also need to address the issues of regular maintenance, fuel efficient driving through driver training, as well as monitoring tyre pressure and not carrying unnecessary weight if they are to succeed in driving costs down. “To run the fleet well you need to get a lot of little things operating effectively and working in perfect balance,” says Jessie. “Fleets need to balance the focus on being green against other priorities for the business, because the fleet is there to help to deliver results to the overall business strategy.” SG Fleet trade operations general manager Bryce Grove says that consideration for fuel economy is a huge component in whole of lfe costs, and he feels that despite the situation around road user charges, modern diesel vehicles still have a role to play within the fleet market. SG Fleet recently placed a 2-litre turbo-diesel Hyundai i40 station

wagon with a large fleet of more than 200 vehicles because, in Bryce’s own words, it ticked nine out of 10 boxes. “As well as offering safety features and brand image, we calculated that the future fuel savings going from old technology petrol vehicles to new technology turbo-diesels such as that in the Hyundai would save the client more than $400,000 in fuel alone over the lease period,” says Bryce. FleetPartners’ national customer service manager Vern McLaren says diesel vehicles remain popular because the attraction is a lower cost per litre at the pumps. But he warns that Road User Charges (RUC) and the hidden cost of administering the purchasing of them need to be considered. “These vehicles have a higher recommended retail price which increases the amount of Fringe Benefit Tax being paid. He says: “On the other hand they travel further on a litre of fuel than petrol fuelled vehicles.” In terms of sourcing wholly electric vehicles to lower fleet cost and emissions Vern McLaren says he is are not aware of many companies doing so. “There are limited options in terms of wholly electric vehicles available for sale in NZ, while the Mitsubishi iMiEV has been

available for some time, the Holden Volt and the Nissan Leaf have entered or are about to enter the market,” he says. “The initial capital outlay is higher for electric vehicles. Range has certainly improved with the latest battery technology; however, this is also a negative as the resale of older technology vehicles plummets every time a new advancement is introduced.” Orix sales manager Nigel Bell-Booth says that coupled with accurate WOL costing analysis during the vehicle selection process, Diesel vehicles and the advantages they offer primarily as a “green fleet” tool are considered in most comprehensive fleet reviews. However, when considering a typical annual usage level, Nigel says that petrol vehicles still offer a significant cost benefit over the life of the vehicle, primarily due to the greatly improved fuel efficiency in modern petrol models, and considerable cost price advantage when compared to diesel vehicles. Driver behaviour The Kiwi attitude of “She’ll be right” no longer cuts it in fleet, and apathy is an unnecessary evil companies can ill afford when trying to lower fleet costs and emissions.

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fleet cost Many within the fleet management industry agree that it’s necessary for fleet owners to put the responsibility for keeping the vehicle in top running order back onto the driver of the vehicle, even if an incentive is necessary. Nigel Bell-Booth from Orix says that even greater results can be achieved with lower level initiatives such as fuel consumption analysis, infringement management, and a robust vehicle inspection programme designed to identify those drivers with uneconomic or undesirable driver behaviour patterns. Educating fleet drivers to ensure the vehicle is serviced at the correct oil drain intervals and that the tyre pressures are checked regularly is paramount to ensuring maximum fuel efficiency. In association with Bridgestone New Zealand, SG Fleet says it has embarked on a programme to fill the tyres of its customer vehicles with inert nitrogen gas rather than air. Overseas case studies have proven that nitrogen filled tyres retain correct tyre pressure far longer than air-filled tyres, contributing to more-even tyre wear, longer tyre life, and greater fuel economy. SG Fleet says it has offered a free vehicle safety check as well as the nitrogen fill up

to all its customers through the Bridgestone Network, and for each vehicle that passes through the process; SG Fleet will donate $5 to charity. Vern McLaren from FleetPartners says understanding which factors influence both safe driving and minimising risk is key to lowering fleet costs. “Practical training courses that cover vehicle handling skills and defensive driving are available and there is plenty of choice with varying levels of complexity and cost,” he says. “Some industries and environments are more hazardous than others which is reflected in the varying levels of training those different customers and drivers undertake.” TFS national fleet sales manager Darren White says that customers are looking at how technology can assist them with identifying uneconomical driving through platforms such as GPS. This gives the customer visibility around driver behaviour and provides hard data to assist with rectifying any issues. Reviewing fleet performance Making decisions on fleet strategy and procurement is becoming more complex and professional, according to Vern McLaren. “Pressure on financial performance across


most if not all industries is translating into pressure on procurement professionals, who through the current period of change need to not only deliver on an expected reduction in the total cost of ownership, but also to increasingly recognise the need to measure the value that suppliers bring to the relationship,” he says. “Elevating the focus from purchasing to sourcing, supplier relationships, organisational alignment and ultimately a supply chain strategy ensure that all of the dimensions of any fleet decision are considered, from whole of life costs to emissions and the environment.” Nigel Bell-Booth says with the GFC and its legacy still fresh in most companies’ memory, and the tentative recovery still very much in its infancy, cost management is a significant driver of fleet policy for company fleet decision makers. He says that WOL costing allows companies to realise the total operating/ ownership costs inherent in their fleet choices, and achieve greater value over the vehicle’s life. TFS national fleet sale manager Darren White says the greatest driver behind fleet strategy depends on the type of customer because some customers focus on total cost

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fleet cost of ownership (TCO) while others focus on environmental concerns and safety within the fleet. He says TFS works with customers to meet their requirements in all categories by analysing the customers current situation and providing recommendations to meet the customers overall fleet strategy. “If a customer does not have a fleet strategy then we will develop and implement one for them,” says Darren. He says different industries have specific requirements. For example, some customers may run more expensive vehicles to meet their safety requirements. But Darren suggests the focus should be to ensure that at all times the vehicle is fit for purpose. The Auto LPG option According to Contact Energy, more than 6,000 vehicles in New Zealand use Auto LPG, which makes a significant contribution to both lowering fleet costs and emissions. More than 10,000 tons of Auto LPG is consumed annually, and with the advent of more dedicated vehicles becoming available through Ford and Holden, this should continue to grow. The company says vehicles that run on Auto LPG produce 14 percent fewer CO2

emissions than petrol vehicles. Auto LPG also produces lower levels of nitrous oxides compared to both petrol and diesel, and significantly lower levels of particulates than diesel. According to Contact Energy, Auto LPG is the only locally sourced automotive fuel in New Zealand, although LPG occasionally may need to be imported at times of high demand. There is generally more Auto LPG supply available than the domestic market can sustain, and in fact it is now also exported. Many fleet customers use a Contact Rockgas card to further enjoy the benefits of Auto LPG. The largest users are taxis, followed by couriers, security companies and other businesses that with high mileage. The benefits of the Contact Rockgas card include exclusive promotions, it can be used at more than 200 service stations throughout the country, there are no transaction charges or annual subscription fee, the company sends out fully itemised statements monthly and the drivers name and car registration number are printed on the card for greater security and there is an option of including a PIN number for peace of mind. Fleets using Auto LPG fuel cards may qualify for an interest-free loan of up to

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Introducing iJourney FleetWorks has recently introduced its latest development in pool car management software which allows staff within organisations to book seats in a pool vehicle that is already going to their chosen destination. Other booking systems which allocate one car to one driver for as long as they wantare highly inefficient and do not promote efficient use of pool car resources, says FleetWorks. It’s a change in philosophy that has huge ramifications for large pool fleets, which will enable them to utilise their vehicles more effectively because there is greater transparency of actual vehicle use as opposed to perceived need. In essence the vehicle becomes the transport medium in much the same way as traditional multiple people transport operates, similar to booking a seat on a bus, coach or aircraft. Phase one of the new online-

based iJourney pool vehicle booking system is entering operation this month, not only controling the bookings of seats within a vehicle, but also containing a driver licence management module and an infringement notice management module. The iJourney system requires that every 12 months the status of the driver’s licence needs to be reconfirmed into the management module by the driver, who simultaneously agrees to terms and conditions of use. The infringement notice module tracks the driver of the vehicle and forwards the notice to them within the organisation’s system for the offence to be paid. If the fine is not paid within the due date the iJourney system automatically locks the driver out of the system, thus preventing them making or being a driver in further bookings, and it will send a message to the admin team that the particular driver has been blocked from the system due to non-payment of the fine. With the online iJourney pool vehicle booking system fleet users

can book a seat in a pool vehicle going to a particular destination at a particular time, and they can book the return journey in a different vehicle if necessary. FleetWorks says the new iJourney online booking system was created in response to the analysis of a client’s fleet, which revealed, for example, that three vehicles had left its Auckland office to drive to its Hamilton office within a 45 minute window. That’s three separate journeys undertaken by three individuals in three vehicles – a waste of resources which could have been avoided by the ability to book a seat in one single vehicle for the intended journey. The benefits of iJourney are that it not only creates more efficient use of pool vehicles, but

also gives management a much improved reporting capability, allowing management to fine tune the use of its vehicles and allowing it to address driver behaviour if required. Overall the iJourney system is designed to allow managers to make informed decisions on the size and makeup of the pool fleet, thereby helping to reduce costs and emissions. FleetWorks says all clients using iJourney (and any FleetWorks application) have an exclusive URL logon to their modules, and they do not share applications with other users. Smartphone bookings are available to Android phone users and an app-based product for i-Phone will be available as demand requires. Phase two of the iJourney online booking system will become available in the third quarter of 2013 and will build on the existing software functionalities by adding even more useful tools for greater efficiency in staff and vehicle performance.

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Moving in style Once again Robert Barry plays the role of white van man - but this time he actually helps a friend move house while testing the Iveco Daily. Sometimes there is no better way to test a vehicle than to actually use it for the purpose intended, so when a friend announced he needed to move house from Thames to Paeroa, it gave us the opportunity to really test the Iveco Daily for such work. Armed with strops and large packing blankets, we set off from Auckland in the Daily, which has not only had cosmetic improvements on the exterior, but the cabin has also been refined for greater long distance comfort, and it will accommodate three Kiwi-sized people quite comfortably, as we discovered. Subtle changes around the dashboard from the previous generation Daily have solved the storage issue for cups of coffee as well as large and small drinks bottles. The centre seat back now includes a slideout table as well as a hidden compartment within it which can store a laptop out of sight. Driver comfort is assured

thanks to the Isri weight adjustable suspension seat, which is one of the most comfortable seats in the business, and perfectly suited to driving long distances. It even comes with a seat base heater, which is great on chilly days behind the wheel. Over the lumpy back roads of the Hauraki Plains the Isri seat really came into its own. There are several things I like about the Daily which make it ideal for furniture removal – in particular the large side door and rear barn doors, plus the overall internal height of the vehicle which makes loading and unloading large and bulky objects such as white ware and furniture much easier than a smaller van. You don’t have to lay fridges down on their back as is often the case in shorter vans, as in a Daily they can travel quite securely standing up, which is much better for them. Out of respect for both the furniture and the interior walls of the

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Daily, we made sure that all the items were well wrapped with packing blankets and securely tied down, helped by the many anchor points provided inside. The 50C17 as tested has a 15.6 cu m cargo area, while its bigger sibling on the same 3,950mm wheelbase has a 17.2 cu m cargo area thanks to a higher roofline. The test vehicle had the H2 roof which gives an internal floor-to-ceiling height of 1,900mm, while the larger van with the H3 roof has an internal floor-to-ceiling height of 2,100mm. But it’s the length and width of the Daily 50C17 that also allows bulky objects such as lounge suites and bedroom suites to be easily loaded and secured inside. Iveco had also fitted a wooden particle board floor to our test vehicle, which not only protected the metal floor, but also made for a flat and even work surface, and made sliding objects into place even easier. On the road the Daily

performs as well laden as un-laden thanks to the Euro V compliant four-cylinder 3-litre turbocharged diesel engine. Power is rated at 125kW and maximum torque is 400Nm from as low as 1,250rpm. The six-speed automated manual transmission (AMT) provides the driver the choice of leaving the transmission in automatic mode or, by sliding the lever across, into manual mode to change up or down a gear as required. The benefits of a modern AMT are twofold. It offers the fuel efficiency of a conventional manual gearbox, and doesn’t suffer the power output losses of an automatic transmission with a torque converter. We found the economy for such a large vehicle was very good – the Daily reporting fuel consumption figures as low as 9L/100km on our run from Auckland to Thames and back. Overall, we found the refinement of the Daily more than shone through as the working day got longer, and it proved to be a very competent and comfortable workhorse for the job at hand.

Specifications: Body type Drive Engine type Engine capacity Max power Max torque Airbags ESP Air conditioning Wheel type Spare tyre

Delivery van Rear-wheel-drive Inline 4-cylinder diesel 2,998cc 125kW/3,000 rpm 400Nm/1,250 rpm Driver standard Optional Manual 16-inch steel Full size

Easier on the nose and eyes For 2012 the Peugeot Partner has received a redesigned front grille and headlamp design as well as the addition of a Euro V compliant 1.6-litre diesel engine that’s now fitted with a new particulate emissions filter. The revised front and rear of the Partner are the major cosmetic tweaks in what is a very competent small van, thanks to the standard fit double sliding doors and the rear barn doors which completely swing out of the way allowing a forklift to easily access the load space when required. Inside the passenger cabin Peugeot has retained the

multi-flex three seat bench seat, which allows its passenger seat cushions to be raised so taller

items can be carried in the cab or the passenger seat backs lowered to accommodate longer items

through the bulkhead opening from the rear cabin. Peugeot says the additional of the Euro V engine improves the Partners C02 emissions to 143g/km and fuel efficiency of 5.5L/100km in the combined cycle. Whilst we didn’t notice any radical change in the vehicles character or driving performance with the new engine on board, we did manage to achieve fuel economy of 6.3L/100km, all the more remarkable given that our test vehicle was practically brand new and only had a few hundred km on the clock. One interesting anomaly was the lack of Bluetooth in our pre-production test vehicle, Peugeot apologised that this was a one–off omission and that all new Partners built from the October 2012 production cycle onwards will have Bluetooth fitted as standard. The best news for fleet buyers, however, is that pricing for this practical delivery van will remain at $29,990.

Specifications: Body type Drive Engine type Engine capacity Max power Max torque Fuel consumption C02 emissions 0 to 100km/h Airbags ESP Air conditioning Satellite navigation Load capacity Wheel type Spare tyre Price

Delivery van Front wheels 4-cyl turbo-diesel 1,560cc 66kW/4000rpm 215Nm/1750rpm 5.5L/100km 148g/km 15 secs Two Yes Manual No 3.7 cu m Steel Full size steel $29,990

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Amarok single cab impresses Not everybody wants a fancy utility, but there’s no reason why a workhorse has to be a donkey, says John Oxley. Up until recently the Volkswagen Amarok has been only available in double cab, although with either two or four-wheel drive. However, with the introduction of single cab versions the whole complexion of Germany’s only one-ton utility changes. And it’s not just a matter of swapping the cab for a shorter one and giving more length to the load deck. Instead, on the 2WD version, Volkswagen has popped the lower-powered of its 2-litre TDI turbo-diesel engines under the bonnet, reducing cost and complexity. Our test Super Single chassis/ cab was fitted with a very nice hot dipped galvanised Beaut Utes deck (Bud) designed and manufactured in New Zealand and complete with removable corner posts, tie-down rail with hooks, removable foot step and folded steel sides and tailgate, to give the Amarok great carrying capacity, more than 2.2m long and 1.9m wide. However, Volkswagen does offer a wellside option, 2.2m long and with 1.2m between the wheel arches for a total load area of 3.57 sq m capacity. It costs $2,000 extra.

The interesting thing about all this is the “super” cab itself. It’s not a super cab in the way some other manufacturers view the term, for there’s no room for extra people or big kit behind the seats. But it does allow some extra secure stowage space, where we could put our camera bags and laptops out of sight. Or if you’re very tall, it gives better legroom, or the ability to recline the seats quite a bit. The Amarok is not short of safety, kit, either, although it hasn’t yet been crash tested by Ancap. Thus we see airbags for the driver and front passenger, the latter with airbag deactivation so a baby seat can be strapped in, plus head airbags mounted on the side of the seats.

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There’s also a full electronic stability programme which includes traction control, including an off-road button which activates off-road ABS, allowing the vehicle to brake more effectively on gravel or snowing roads. The ESP unit also includes hill start and hill descent assistance, as well as trailer stability control. And you don’t have to be uncomfortable in the Amarok, no matter what the weather, for it has climate control aircon as well as electric windows and mirrors, the latter heated so you can clear them quickly. The seats are cloth-covered, and very comfortable, with height adjustment as well as rake, and the three-spoke steering wheel is adjustable for height and reach. The floor is rubber-

covered for hard use, and there are stowage pockets in each of the doors capable of holding a 1.5-litre bottle. Security is taken care of by central locking with remote and deadlocks. The test vehicle was fitted with a radio/CD system, but this is an option, and there’s no Bluetooth compatibility. But the 2WD Amarok has the same 500mm wading capacity as the 4WD version, and can tow a 3-ton braked trailer. Payload is 1,248kg. At start-up you notice that the 90kW single turbo motor is much noisier than the twinturbo version found in the 4WD Super Cab, but on the road it feels no less lusty. This has to be, in part, due to the difference in weight, with just less than 200kg between the 2WD and 4WD versions. On the road the six-speed manual gearbox is smooth and its ratios well-matched, and on straight and level roads we could manage to hook sixth gear at 50km/h, although any sort of incline necessitated a down-change. At higher speeds this Amarok cruises quite happily at the national speed limit, with very little need for changing down. And there’s a big plus in fuel economy from the combination of this engine and the six-speed manual, with VW claiming only 7.5L/100km combined allowing a huge range from the 80-litre fuel tank. Overall, we were impressed by the Amarok Super Cab. It gave a comfortable and stress-free ride, and with its wide body and extra length over some of the more-conventional utes, allows a massive carrying capacity. Specifications: Body type Drive Engine type Engine capacity Max power Max torque Fuel consumption C02 emissions Airbags ESP Air conditioning Wheel type Spare tyre Price

Single cab utility Rear wheels 4-cyl turbo-diesel 1,968cc 90kW/3,750rpm 340Nm/1,750-2,250rpm 7.5L/100km 195g/km 4 Yes Climate Steel Full size $41,990 (chassis/cab only)

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GME has recently introduced the new TX3100 Plug ‘n’ Play UHF CB radio, which it says is designed for urban customers, but is equally attractive for the 4WD or recreational vehicle owner. The TX3100 Plug N Play GME radio comes with a high performance 2.5-inch earth magnet antenna, a stylish adjustable suction bracket, an in-car cigarette power lead and the compact flip feature 5 watt CB radio – all connected with a no-solder plug. GME land mobile marketing manager Gavin Kadwell says the TX3100PNP was developed for a number of reasons. “Firstly, to make it easier to install than a typical UHF radio, and secondly we wanted to show customers that a UHF radio can be fitted inconspicuously, without a bulky exterior antenna, and with flexibility on where the radio can be located inside the vehicle.” The rare-earth antenna magnetises to the roof of any vehicle, and can withstand extreme wind resistance, and is unity gain for optimal communication reception. Inside the vehicle the GME design team developed a unique 360 degree adjustable mounting bracket to provide

vertical or horizontal location flexibility. The radio comes with a flip feature menu structure – the radio menu can be “flipped over” using a simple key-press sequence to allow viewing of the display from either mounting orientation. The mounting bracket has a suction base, so only requires a 3-inch wide flat surface to hold. The cigarette power lead simply plugs into any 12V outlet and the standard radio connector has a no-solder plug which connects with the antenna. “This truly is a plug ‘n’ play radio starter kit,” says Gavin. The TX3100 radio is fully engineered and manufactured in Australia, with a host of features developed by GME’s two-way radio team which takes advantage of the latest digital technology to ensure ease of operation, and optimum performance across all 80 channels. Practical benefits include GME’s full spectrum back lighting, an interference suppressing advanced signal management system, and effective dynamic volume control. The TX3100 also retains all the key attributes that have long been associated with GME’s tough locally manufactured radios, such as like open/group scan and CTCSS, and a full three-year parts and labour warranty is available through GME’s nationwide service network. GME says the TX3100 UHF CB radio is built specifically for harsh conditions where durability and reliable communications are paramount.

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Not just for heavies TR Telematics was founded more than four years ago, but the company doesn’t just offer its telematics service to the heavy transport industry, it also has clients with light commercial vehicles such as plumbers, electricians, sales fleets, security firms and tyre service operators. TR Telematics general manager Michael Swarbrick says TR Telematics originally partnered with Navman Wireless to roll out the solution through the TR rental fleet of more than 800 vehicles to allow greater visibility of the units while being driven during short and longterm hire. Now TR Telematics has strategic relationships with both Navman Wireless and Eroad to sell and support its products throughout New Zealand. Whether you deal with TR Group or not you can utilise the TR Telematics services. The TR Telematics package can be customised to meet a client’s

requirements, and includes functions such as vehicle tracking, on-board messaging, navigation, electronic road user charges ( ERUC), and engine management system (EMS). Today more than 4,000 vehicles nationally are being supported by TR Telematics, and the company is one of the largest New Zealand dealers for Navman Wireless and Eroad’s products and services. With TR Telematics every new customer coming on board receives a partnership plan which documents the expected outcomes from installing the equipment. “We differ from other telematics suppliers because we are a lot more consultative in our approach to customers,” says Michael. “We do things a bit differently for our customers, because it’s important for them to use the data created by the system as constructively and effectively as possible.

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Ironclad GPS Ironclad GPS says it comes as little surprise that more companies are installing GPS tracking systems to monitor their vehicles and assets on the road, and to keep tabs on where employees are during work hours. It says there are more tangible business benefits of a GPS tracking system than simply monitoring the fleet – business owners can benefit from features such as integrating the data with time and job sheets and payroll, calculating moreefficient routes, preventing theft, and even providing a novel experience for customers. Ironclad GPS cites the business case of She Chocolat restaurant in Governor’s Bay, Christchurch, which recently purchased a tracking solution to show customers where its double-decker Chocolate Bus is

situated in the city. Ironclad GPS says that when considering a GPS tracking solution, it is important to first know what it is really needed. Flexibility, usability and good support are key, which is why most are now turning to online or “cloud” systems that actively collect and send information such as GPS location, speed, distance, direction, and so on, in real time. Frank Ansell says he started Ironclad GPS in 2011 because he saw a gap in the market for a cost-effective, simpleto-use, online, and locally developed solution, that could be customised and launched quickly. Ironclad can tailor its GPS system for any size of vehicle fleet or staff numbers, plus it is the only GPS tracking company that offers a free 30-day free trial.

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In the October 2012 issue of Company Vehicle, TeamTalk presented the fleet management aspects of TrackIt on page 15, and now in this issue we show the tracking and communication features of this product. Team Talk says TrackIt is the simplest, fully integrated and easy-to-use fleet productivity system currently on offer in the New Zealand market. Knowing where vehicles are at any time provides the opportunity to get the most out of fleet resources, and provides more-efficient service for customers. Being able to optimise vehicle routing and ensure territory compliance is the key to getting the best out of a fleet, according to Team Talk. It says the ability to locate and track where vehicles have been, and to provide proof of delivery, can reassure that service meets expectations. This functionality is not just limited to vehicles as TrackIt also offers a waterproof personal tracking device with SOS capability that ensures employers know where employees are located, and that they’re OK. This is particularly important when staff members are working alone, or may be exposed to situations where they could need assistance. In addition the TrackIt application is smartphone enabled, and provides easy-to-use features that allow employers to create jobs and dispatch them to the appropriate vehicles. This improves communications within

an organisation, reduces errors, and creates quicker response to customers requests. Because TrackIt is constantly updated about what the vehicle is doing, alerts can easily be set up for parameters defined by the employers. By using geo-boundaries, employers can automatically be advised when an important or specific customer has been visited, or delivery has been made. Alerts can be a mix of text messages and emails, and can be sent to multiple people if required, so the right people have the right information to do their job. Comprehensive reporting is another advantage that can help ensure efficiency and improve customer satisfaction. For example, journey reports can add value by showing where vehicles have stopped, for how long, who was visited, and how long it took to get there. Waypoint reports allow detailed analysis of the route that specific vehicles have taken, to ensure that the most efficient route is being used, while speed reports ensure that drivers are complying with company policy, and not consistently wasting fuel. All this data helps paint a clear picture about vehicle and staff movements allowing employers to easily identify where improvements and savings can be made. TrackIt says its system has overall value for money, is easy to install and use, and the set-up costs are minimal as are the ongoing costs. www.teamtalk.


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Hachi-Roku rules! The first fruit of Toyota becoming the major shareholder of Fuji Heavy Industries, owners of Subaru cars, is an unlikely one, but an interesting one nevertheless – a 2+2 sports coupe with a flat-four motor. John Oxley reports. Toyota is no stranger to sports cars. Years ago I remember drooling over a 2000GT owned by the local Toyota importer. This was considered Japan’s first “proper” sports car back in 1967, and was a real head-turner that also had great performance and handling – to the point where some testers at the time compared it favourably to the Porsche 911. James Bond fans will remember it as the getaway car in “You only live twice”, although the one Sean Connery’s beautiful Japanese co-star drove was a convertible – ironically, one of only two made, both for the film. The 86 is a horse of a different colour. It’s designed not to be a successor to the 2000GT, but instead to be the spiritual heir to the Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 coupe, one of the last rear engine Corollas, and which was known for its fantastic handling and lively 1,600cc twin overhead camshaft engine. In Japan this was known as Hachi-Roku, which is Japanese for 86, hence the name for the new coupe. Unlike the limited edition 2000GT, the 86 is designed to appeal to a wide market, and as such it’s priced accordingly. In fact it’s less than $3,000 more than the top-end Corolla hatch. There’s lots of ground-breaking stuff in the 86. It starts with the 2-litre flat four engine, straight from Subaru, but unlike recent offerings, non-turbo, in which form it pushes out 147kW combined with 207Nm of torque. New for Toyota is a six-speed automatic gearbox, although our test vehicle was the 6-speed manual base model. And drive is through the rear wheels, the only current Toyota car to do so. Styling, of course, is its big strength. This is

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a classic sports coupe, with a long nose and a short stumpy tail. It looks fast standing still, and cries out for a tight winding road and a driver with passion. Interestingly, a lot of work has been done to ensure the driver can let that passion go as far as his/her skill levels allow. For instance there’s a Sport mode on the electronic stability system that allows a higher degree of tail out before intervention – or if you’re having a go on a race track you can switch it off entirely, although this requires a conscious decision – you can’t just flick at the button. However, even with the VSC switched on you can still get some pleasurable tail sliding through really tight corners – switching to Sport just makes the slide more lurid, and accentuates the mechanical grip, while whooma out of corners is ably assisted by the torque sensing limited slip rear differential. Acceleration is quick, at 7.6 seconds 0-100km/h, without possessing the devastating power of a Focus ST or Renault 265. If you want a direct comparison, it’s the same as the new Ford Falcon EcoBoost 2-litre turbo… But, out-and-out acceleration is NOT what this car is about. Rather, its superb handling and roadholding, and excellent brakes, mean journey times are shortened by the simple expedient of not having to slow down for corners. As far as comfort is concerned, the ride is slightly stiffer than you’d get from a medium sedan, though certainly better than most of the small cars we test. It’s a different sort of firmness, associated with excellent suspension control rather than a cheap setup.

And even in the basic 86 trim level (there’s a more-expensive 86, plus a tarted-up TRD version) the little sports car is well-equipped. There are 16-inch alloys as standard, with fairly wide 205mm low profile tyres, there’s cruise control, electric mirrors and windows, Bluetooth connectivity plus aux and USB sockets, a nice sound system with six speakers, and manual air conditioning. The seats are finished in black cloth with nice red stitching and accents, matching the leather-rimmed steering wheel and gear lever gaiter. The seats are nicely shaped and offer a snug fit that holds the driver and front passenger firmly during hard cornering. And the steering wheel adjusts for both tilt and reach, so it’s easy to get comfy. Fuel economy is remarkable for a sports car, and our overall consumption was 8.1L/100km, not far off the 7.8L/100km average claimed by Toyota for the sixspeed manual. It’s hard to criticise the 86, but I must say I was a bit disappointed Toyota chose to give it a small boot rather than a liftback – albeit with fold-flat rear seats to enlarge luggage space. Probably to keep body stiffness under control. I’m not even going to mention the rear seats, though you could carry a couple of small kids for a while. There’s no satnav, though it is available on the 86GT – but, to be honest, for the number of times I use it, my trusty TomTom suffices. The engine is a bit peaky, but it IS a sports car, after all. And it’s got a fabulous sound inside the cabin. Would I buy one? Oh yes! Specifications: Body type Drive Engine type Engine capacity Max power Max torque C02 emissions Air bags Stability programme Air conditioning Satellite navigation Cargo cover Boot capacity Wheel type Spare tyre

2-door coupe Rear wheels Flat four, double DOHC 1998cc 147kW/7,000rpm 205Nm/6,400-6,600rpm 180g/km 7 Yes Manual No Yes 225-litres 16-inch alloy Tyre repair kit

Estimated running costs 36 Months 60000km Price $41,986 WOF $180 Fuel $8,800 Registration $1,293 Servicing to 60k: $1,942 Total Tyre cost: $1,036 Residual (30%) $12,596 Indicative final figure $42,641 The running cost model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. Adrenalin Publishing Limited accepts no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the model change from those published. All residual values are based on a calculated 30 percent as a financial instrument and are not the expected or indicative resale values.


Sex on four wheels The Hyundai i30 has gone all sexy with its styling, bringing it into line with

work well with the engine. On the road the little Hyundai has a nice balance between ride and handling, without any major compromises in either direction. Ride quality is very good, although it can become slightly unsettled over rough surfaces. Handling is impressively neutral, with little in the way of unexpected surprises to spring on the unwary. It is a confident and willing handler that can be surprising fun on a winding road. Overall, the Hyundai i30 is an impressive entrant into the competitive small hatch segment. Easily the best Korean in the segment, it even outpoints most of its Japanese competitors in terms of quality, equipment and styling. The up-spec Elite model is loaded with kit that is usually seen on far higher-priced, larger cars, and while the asking price is now most definitely at the top of the segment, it still represents remarkable value for money.

the rest of the line-up. Damien O’Carroll reports. Where the original Hyundai i30 was a handsome, if generic, hatch, the new i30 has thrown out ALL the styling cues from the last car and gone for a sexy, swoopy new look in keeping with the rest of the new Hyundai line-up. The now-familiar Hyundai corporate family nose features strongly here, and sits comfortably with the aggressive curves of the rest of the car, giving the i30 a relentlessly modern look, yet not one that will scare off more conservative buyers. This is a very delicate balancing act, and one that Hyundai has pulled off brilliantly here. The very distinctive headlights and tail lights are another area that Hyundai has managed to be adventurous with in a styling sense, and pulled it off elegantly and in a way that gives the i30 a very individual and identifiable character, even in the dark. But it is inside where Hyundai has really cranked up its game of late, and the i30 is no exception. The i30’s interior is a riot of distinctive Hyundai design cues. From the Ford Fiesta-like stereo/HVAC centre section of the dash to the blue backlighting of the main instruments, and on to the sexy swooping line that runs through the doors and onto the dash (particularly noticeable on the passenger’s side) - the whole thing

reeks of the same clever balancing act as the exterior to keep things fresh, interesting and modern, while staying just this side of going silly with it. Hard plastics are kept to an admirable minimum in here, and the general quality of materials used is of a high standard indeed. The leather of our Elite model feels of a higher quality than most Korean cars, but still lacks the ultimate luxury of Euro leather. Packing more power and torque, yet lower emissions and consumption than the old 2-litre, the new 1.8-litre petrol fourcylinder engine is a strong, convincing unit that performs well and is only slightly let down by its droning, bland character. Its performance is fine, however, and the 1.8 pulls the i30 around with a perky feel that the sound utterly lacks. The six-speed automatic transmission is a slick operator with well-chosen ratios that

Specifications: Body type Five-door hatch Drive Front-wheel drive Engine type Inline four-cylinder petrol Engine capacity 1797cc Max power 110kW/6,500rpm Max torque 178Nm/4,700rpm Fuel consumption 6.9L/100km C02 emission 164g/km 0 to 100km/h N/A Airbags 7 ESP Yes Air conditioning Climate Satellite navigation No Cargo cover Yes Boot capacity 378 litres Wheel type 17-inch alloys Spare tyre Space saver Estimated running costs 36 Months 60,000km Price $39,990 WOF $180 Fuel $8,800 Registration $1,293 Servicing to 60k: 1,207 Total Tyre cost: $1,308 Residual (30%) $11,997 Indicative final figure $40,781 The running cost model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. Adrenalin Publishing Limited accepts no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the model change from those published. All residual values are based on a calculated 30 percent as a financial instrument and are not the expected or indicative resale values.

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Refined runabout Robert Barry liked the space, comfort and refinement of the new Honda CRV Sport but found it lacking in one particular ingredient - charisma. The Honda CRV (comfortable recreational vehicle) has gathered more than five-million owners in 160 countries in more than 17 years since it was launched in 1995. This 2.4-litre CRV Sport is the fourth all-new model generation, and its ongoing success can be easily summed up in one word – refinement. Sadly, though, the CRV lost its original quirky features, such as the portable picnic table which was stored in the boot, and the walk-through space between the driver and front passenger seat after the second generation. These features added a touch of charisma to an otherwise fairly bland vehicle. But the new CRV continues to provide a safe and spacious car with an on demand allwheel-drive system that kicks in when most needed. There is also a new front-wheel-drive 2-litre CRV S model available to Kiwi buyers for the first time, and we’ll provide a road test on that vehicle at a later date.

Honda’s designers and engineers have worked overtime addressing the issues with the third generation car in terms of noise, vibration and harshness through the cabin, and the poor three-quarter vision which was hampered by the unusual rear window line. All-round visibility is much improved, and there is also a rear view camera. The Sport also gets a blind spot monitoring system which is useful on busy motorways. The design of the CRV’s new face pays homage to the FCX Clarity hydrogen car which sadly we won’t see in New Zealand, but is a familiar sight to American Honda customers. While the external dimensions have shrunk a little, inside Honda has been consulting the Tardis design handbook, and there is much more space for occupants, especially in the 60:40 folding rear seats, which now magically lie flat at the pull of a handle, providing as much as 1,669 litres of space.

Honda certainly had its American customers in mind when it redesigned the car. The leather upholstered seats are much bigger to accommodate larger backsides, and there are no fewer than 11 cupholders, as well as useful cubbies around the cabin. Unlike the Civic, with its unusual split dashboard layout, the CRV Sport has a conventional instrument panel which is clear and easily read, and there’s an optional navigation system for those buyers who want a factory set-up that’s simple and easy to use. On the road the CRV Sport feels much the same as before; it’s quite sure footed and there isn’t a great deal of body roll when cornering. We found that with the exception of some wind rustle around the large side mirror housings, overall when travelling at motorway speed the road noise, as well as the intrusion of vibration and harshness into the cabin, has been significantly reduced. One feature that we don’t particularly like is the Econ button, which Honda claims will add up to 10 percent additional fuel economy. We found that engaging the Econ system seemed to blunt the responsiveness of the engine, and the auto ‘gearbox often changed up a gear much earlier than we would have preferred, especially in heavy traffic conditions, where the ability to respond quickly is critical. In summary, the CRV Sport is a versatile vehicle that will happily do double duty as a family and fleet car. While it may not set the driver’s world alight with its performance and handling, this car more than meets its brief as a safe, and economic refined runabout.

Specifications: Body type Drive Engine type Engine capacity Max power Max torque Fuel consumption C02 emission Airbags ESP Air conditioning Satellite navigation Cargo cover Boot capacity Wheel type Spare tyre

Five-door wagon All-wheel-drive Inline four-cylinder 2354cc 140kW/ 6,500 rpm 222Nm/ 4,300 rpm 8.6L/100km 198g/km 6 Yes Climate No Yes 589/1669 18-inch alloy Full size alloy

Estimated running costs 36 months, 60,000km Price $ 48,900 WOF $180 Fuel $11,000 Registration $1,293 Servicing to 60k: $1,742 Total tyre cost: $1,300 Residual (30%) $14,670 Indicative final figure $49,705 The running cost model is used for illustrative and indicative purposes only. Adrenalin Publishing Limited accepts no responsibility or liability should any costs indicated in the model change from those published. All residual values are based on a calculated 30 percent as a financial instrument and are not the expected or indicative resale values.

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Very limited edition Already a fan of the unique looking RCZ, Robert Barry spent a week with the even more aggressive-looking Limited Edition model created by Peugeot NZ to support its preferred children’s charity, Cure Kids. I don’t know why Peugeot bothered designing rear seats into the RCZ coupe because only small and very young children will be comfortable sitting there, so I guess it was wholly appropriate that the local distributor decided to produce a special edition of this model to raise funds and promote awareness for a national children’s charity. The $64,990 Cure Kids Limited Edition RCZ is distinguished by its 19-inch alloy wheels, matte black stripes on the bonnet and boot lid, as well as a full factorysupplied body kit to add yet more visual interest and aggression, to what is already quite an aggressive looking vehicle. The additional equipment had a value of more than $4,000, and each vehicle also received an exclusive Euro plate with the Peugeot and Cure Kids logo on each. Customers could choose from a colour range including black, white, metallic white, Haria grey and Shark grey as pictured here. Only 10 of these vehicles were produced by Peugeot NZ, which then donated one percent of the purchase price to Cure Kids. In another nice feel-good gesture, Peugeot offered the buyers of these 10 vehicles the opportunity

to present the donation cheque in person to the charity if they wished to. So apart from the charitable feel-good factor, what else did buyers get for their money? There is a great deal of specification in this car, including directional xenon headlamps with individual washer jets, automatic activation of both windscreen wipers and headlamps is available, and the electric mirrors not only fold in on demand, when the driver engages reverse gear both mirrors tilt down so that a clear view of the curb side or any other impediment can be seen, and thus alleviate any potential damage to those expensive alloy wheels and tyres. Additionally, there are front and rear parking sensors, which are absolutely necessary given how low the driver sits in this particular vehicle, but sporting cars are all about compromise, and thankfully Peugeot has tried to minimalise the difficulties of parking the RCZ in tight spaces and on heavily cambered roads through its clever but common sense approach to technology. Despite being based on the same platform as the 308, the RCZ offers a more sporting ride and much greater presence on the road thanks to the unique

aluminium side arches and the double bubble rear window. The boot-mounted spoiler automatically lifts up at speed past 85 km/h, but it can also be activated at lower speed should the driver wish. It’s more gimmick than function, but that is also part of the car’s character. On the road the sporting appeal of the RCZ comes to the fore. It is more rigidly built than the 308 and has a retuned suspension which provides a much more sporty and responsive drive. Although the large 19-inch alloy wheels are shod with sticky low profile tyres for maximum grip, this also translates into more noise, vibration and harshness transmitted into the cabin on rough road surfaces which become tiring on longer journeys. The cabin provides all the necessary comforts including leather upholstery, heated front seats, climate controlled air conditioning, Bluetooth telephony, and we liked the analogue clock that proudly sits in the centre of the leather

upholstered central console. On the safety front the RCZ benefits from the usual active and passive safety features such as front and side airbags, seat belt pre-tensioners and force limiters but it also has a pyrotechnic active bonnet system to maximise pedestrian safety in the unlikely event of an impact. One would hope that the skill of the driver and the very good brakes fitted to the RCZ would negate the need for an active bonnet but European regulators require more and more pedestrian safety to be included in the design of new vehicles. The Limited Edition RCZ is powered by a 115kW/240Nm 1.6-Litre turbocharged petrol engine allied to a six-speed automatic gearbox, which means the car doesn’t have quite the raucous get up and go of its sixspeed manual sibling that offers 147kW/275Nm, but nevertheless it punts the car along quite smoothly and rapidly when the accelerator is squeezed firmly. Coupes are an indulgent choice for executives, being fun to drive, fairly impractical for carrying large items of cargo, and they often are only comfortable for two people rather than four, which sums up the RCZ nicely. But at least buyers of this particular car can have their conscience appeased knowing they have supported a very worthwhile charity.

Specifications: Body type Drive Engine type Engine capacity Max power Max torque Fuel consumption 0 to 100km/h Airbags ESP Air conditioning Satellite navigation Boot capacity Wheel type Spare tyre Price

Two-door coupe Front-wheel drive Inline 4-cylinder petrol 1598cc 115kW/6,000rpm 378Nm/4,000rpm 7.3L/100km seconds 6 Yes Climate No 309 litres 19-inch alloy Inflator kit $64,990

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Power to the facelift Sometimes facelifts are more than skin deep - it’s not just about changing the look, says Damien O’Carroll. German car manufacturers are the undisputed masters of the understated facelift. While you have to be a complete German car trainspotter to pick most of the subtle visual changes, it is almost certain that under the modestly-tweaked exteriors there is some serious engineering going on. And the latest version of Audi’s A4 is no exception to this broad generalisation. On the outside it has had a very slight facelift, but under the bonnet is a new 1.8-litre turbo engine in the entry level model that now manages to pull the starting price of the A4 range under the $75K mark for the first time in a long while. Our particular A4 came to us in Avant guise and, as such, cranks up the level of sexiness significantly. The big, chunky 10-spoke alloy wheels look fantastic hunkered up in the tight wheel arches, and the subtle crease that runs the length of the car’s flanks is proof that you simply don’t need to go silly with swoops and curves to make a car look good. What can you say about an

Audi interior that hasn’t been said a million times before? Beautifully put together from high quality materials, the A4’s interior is simply superb. Designed with a cool Teutonic elegance, the A4 benefits from the MMI (Multi Media Interface) controls being moved up to the dash, but still suffers from the stupidity of Audi’s unintuitive and slow electric parking brake. Give us a good lever any day. But it is under the bonnet where the biggest news in the A4 facelift lies, with the addition of the new 1.8-litre turbo four cylinder petrol engine. The 1.8 promises impressive things with its power of 125kW and torque of 320Nm, all while returning a miserly 6.0L/100km. And so it proves to be in practice, as the engine is a strong and lusty performer that loves a good rev, but still has bags of torque down low. It is strong across its entire rev range and responds to throttle inputs with a muscular surge and a pleasingly throaty growl. It would be utterly fantastic, except for one thing. And that thing is the CVT transmission it is

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hooked up to. It robs the A4 of its standing start potential, and makes large throttle applications particularly droning. The only saving grace of the transmission is the eight-speed manual mode, that unusually

will shift through the ratios itself, or allow you to do it. It’s better, but still nowhere near as good as a DCT, manual or conventional auto would be hooked up to this engine. Out on the road, the A4’s ride is firm but composed, and doesn’t throw you around too much when the road gets less than billiard table smooth. The ride retains its composure over

the majority of New Zealand back roads, but can become fidgety over rougher surfaces. Still, the payoff is in the handling, with the A4 Avant being a decently sharp thing. It turns in briskly and confidently, with little in the way of understeer. While it can skittle wide under provocation on the exit in damp conditions, it is otherwise very confident and planted for a FWD car. Transmission-related disappointments aside, the Audi A4 Avant is an impressive machine. The sub-$70K entry price was not represented at all by our test car being a speccedup wagon costing far closer to the mid-80s, but the basics were all there. The 1.8-litre engine is a brilliant piece of kit that offers strong performance with frugal fuel usage and the overall quality of the A4 is remarkable indeed. It is just a shame that the CVT transmission dulls the wonderfully sparkling engine and ruins the character of the A4, because otherwise the A4 Avant is a beautifully built, well-equipped, startlingly sexy looking wagon.

Specifications: Body type Drive Engine type Engine capacity Max power Max torque Fuel consumption C02 emission 0 to 100km/h Airbags ESP Air conditioning Satellite navigation Cargo cover Boot capacity Wheel type Price

Five-door wagon Front-wheel drive Inlinefour-cylinder petrol 1,798cc 125kW/1,700rpm 320Nm/1,400rpm 6.0L/100km 139g/km 8.4 seconds 6 Yes Climate No Yes 490 litres 18-inch alloys $73,900

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The 1 Series smile… The BMW 1 Series is one of those cars that just seem to get better every time you drive one. Its mix of quality, comfort and sublime handling always bring a smile, regardless of what engine is under the bonnet, says Damien O’Carroll. BMW has upped the 1 Series’ game yet again by giving it an engine it truly deserves. The 125i M Sport does away with the 1.6-litre turbo unit found in the 116i and 118i, in favour of a 160kW/310Nm 2-litre turbo four-cylinder. And it makes a great little car even better. The 2-litre engine is hooked up to BMWs latest super-slick eightspeed automatic transmission, and will rocket the 125i from a standing start to 100km/h in just 6.2 seconds. Equally impressive is the fuel consumption - BMW claims a combined cycle return of just 6.6L/100km - which is surprisingly achievable, if you can resist the performance on hand.

Priced at $64,600, the 125i is $9,100 dearer than the 118i, and while the extra performance alone is more than worth the difference, the 125i also comes with a considerable amount of extra kit as standard. The alloys wheels go up an inch with the inclusion of 18-inch M wheels as standard, while a leather-rimmed steering wheel with shift paddles, a unique interior cloth trim, sports seats, variable sports steering, automatic anti-dazzle interior and exterior mirrors and bixenon adaptive headlights with high beam assist are all standard on the 125i. The cloth interior is a very

upmarket and sporty affair, and with its blue highlights, brings a welcome bit of colour and life to the otherwise sober and sensible BMW interior. The sports seats are fantastic, being both supportive and comfortable,

and the chunky leather steering wheel feels fantastic. While the interior is great and the extra kit represents value for money, it is - as always – on the open road where the 125i shines. The engine is strong and remarkably flexible, with very little lag present. It makes the same thick, muscular sound that all BMW turbo petrol

engines seem to make as it charges angrily between gears, while the eight-speed auto is smooth and startlingly fast. As an added bonus the 125i also squeezes out an angry bark between upshifts, which never fails to make you smile… As usual, the 125i has the handling chops to keep up with the hot engine and, as a result, it can be thrown through corners with incredible resolve. The engine is strong and flexible enough that the attitude of the rear end can easily be adjusted by the throttle, while the stability programme is wonderfully unobtrusive. All up, the BMW 125i M Sport is yet another example of BMW getting it just right. At just under $65k it represents an excellent value-for-money step up from the 118i, while staying well clear of the forthcoming (and utterly mental) M135i that will clock in at $85k and pack a startling inline six-cylinder turbo engine. In the real world, the 125i will make more sense, and I would doubt that anyone would ever feel short changed by buying one.

Specifications: Body type Drive Engine type Engine capacity Max power Max torque Fuel consumption C02 emission 0 to 100km/h Airbags ESP Air conditioning Satellite navigation Cargo cover Boot capacity Wheel type Spare tyre Price

Five-door hatch Rear-wheel drive Inline four-cylinder petrol 1,997cc 160kW/5,000rpm 310Nm/1,350rpm 6.6L/100km 154g/km 6.2 seconds 6 Yes Climate No Yes 360 litres 18-inch alloys Run-flats $64,600

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Middle kid identity crisis Quite often the best cars in the range are found at the very top and the very bottom. The ones at the top obviously have the big engines and all the toys, and the ones at the very bottom are often the purest expression of how good the car actually is. Damien O’Carroll reports. In the case of the Lexus GS range, the 450h range-topper is a fantastic car, bristling with equipment and packing a grunty 3.5-litre V6 hooked up to a hybrid electric system. The entry into the GS range comes in the form of the 2.5-litre V6-engined GS 250, which is an honest, entry-level sedan with enough bells and whistles to justify its luxury status, but without trying to be something it isn’t. It also boasts a tighter feel to its handling, and with a sharper turn-in, thanks to the lighter engine up front. In between is where the GS

350 comes in. Being the middle child is always tough, and the GS 350 does seem to be struggling with its identity somewhat, it has to be said. From the outside the new angular grille, frowning headlights and aggressive F Sport body kit make for a distinctive start to proceedings, but things take a turn for the generic as you move down the car. Not necessarily in a bad way, as it keeps a noticeable family resemblance to both the larger LS and the smaller IS, but in turn it does come off simply looking like a scaled-up IS. Inside the interior is as special and comfortable as you would expect from a Lexus. The seats are slightly firmer than expected, but are still wonderfully comfortable and supportive. Under the bonnet is a 3.5-litre V6 that produces 233kW and 378Nm of torque. Nail the throttle in the 350 and it leaps off the line with an angry snarl that is not particularly convincing. It sounds artificial and contrived, and you are not

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surprised to learn that it is actually an “enhanced” version of the actual engine that has been synthesised and gently played back to you via the

stereo’s speakers… Lexus’ push for a more sporty nature for the GS has led to an oddly schizophrenic nature to its on-road nature, much the same as the forced engine note. Leave it in Normal mode and the GS 350 is a wonderfully wafty cruiser with a plush ride, yet still retaining decent body control. Turn the knob to Sport,

and things start feeling a bit contrived and artificial, as the steering weights up a bit and the suspension firms up. Give the knob another twist and Sport Plus kicks in and ruins the GS’s ride completely. Superfirm with a jiggly, unpleasant quality to the ride, and with completely artificially weighted steering that removes all feel entirely, Sport Plus feels like a desperate, utterly misguided attempt to introduce some of that sportiness and soul that Lexus desires for the GS. And it doesn’t work in the slightest. Twist the knob in the opposite direction and the GS drops into Eco mode, which just robs it of performance. Best just push the knob to drop it back into Normal and then leave it there forever. That works best, suits the GS’s character best, and feels the most convincing by far. This is really the only place where the GS 350 stumbles. In its drive to add “soul” to the GS, Lexus could easily have ruined it. Fortunately all these things can be switched off or ignored, and you can let the GS 350 do what it does best – be a Japanese luxury car. And it does that very well indeed.


Body type Drive Engine type Engine capacity Max power Max torque Fuel consumption C02 emission 0 to 100km/h Airbags ESP Air conditioning Satellite navigation Boot capacity Wheel type Spare tyre Price

Four-door sedan Rear-wheel drive V6 petrol 3,456cc 233kW/6,400rpm 378Nm/4,800rpm 9.3L/100km 215g/km 6.3 seconds 10 Yes Climate Yes 532 litres 19-inch alloy 18-inchspacesaveralloy $117,900

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Lifestyle Lexus Robert Barry is impressed with the revised 2012 Lexus RX 450h Limited, and finds it’s more than just a smooth operator. A couple of weeks ago at a Toyota media event CEO Alastair Davis mentioned that he was due to receive his latest company car, the new 2013 Lexus LS 600h luxury saloon, but he seemed reticent about the prospect. The truth may be that, just like many other senior executives who have discovered the blend of performance, comfort and convenience of a luxury SUV as opposed to a luxury sedan, I think Alastair would much prefer to remain in his current vehicle, which is the Lexus RX450h Limited, because it better suits the needs of his family and urban lifestyle. And after a week in the latest revised Lexus RX450h Limited which sports the brand’s new signature spindle front grille, I can entirely comprehend why, because as an urban SUV it ticks all the right boxes for performance, versatility and comfort. It also looks very smart with the latest cosmetic enhancements. There are three specification grades of RX450h available to executive buyers. The entry-

level SE has a retail price of $124,900, with the F Sport priced at $126,900, and the Limited as tested at $134,900. As part of the latest makeover the RX450h Limited has a new headlight and front fog light bezel design and now benefits from LED daytime running lights. At the rear there are new tail lights and a rear licence plate surround. The RX450h Limited is also differentiated by an exclusive sports front bumper, a mesh lower grille and 19-inch alloy wheels. Best of all, the Limited model receives the 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system which provides almost concert hall sound quality. I am possibly aging, but Fleetwood Mac never sounded so good before. The petrol/electric hybrid engine provides a combined system output of 220kW. Fuel consumption is 6.4L/100km, with CO2 emissions of only 150g/km, so the RX450h Limited ticks the economy and environmental boxes easily. This is achieved by combining an Atkinson Cycle 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine, a generator, a

123kW electric drive front motor, reduction gears to the front axle, and a continuously variable transmission. Power can be transmitted to the wheels mechanically, electrically, or by a mixture of both. This happens so seamlessly it’s impossible to deduce unless you are watching the on-board monitor on the large central screen which also displays the satellite navigation, rear camera, and the other audio and in-car functions . Some of the engine’s power output is transmitted to the electric drive motor, via the generator, as supplementary power for vehicle acceleration. A second 50kW AC permanent magnet motor powers the rear wheels during take-off and acceleration, or in slippery conditions. So for the majority of its running the RX450h is a front-wheel drive rather than a four-wheel-drive which further enhances fuel efficiency. The system also provides energy-saving regenerative braking from both the front and rear brakes, and the

electronically controlled CVT smoothly adjusts the speed of the engine, generator and motor when the vehicle is accelerating or decelerating. It’s a very smooth operator. In addition to an Eco mode the RX450h gains a Sport mode to exploit the capabilities of the hybrid powertrain. In Sport mode, the ambient dashboard lighting changes to red, while in Eco mode the lighting is blue. The RX450h also has the ability to travel up to 2km at low speeds on electric power alone, using EV mode depending on battery charge condition and road gradient. There is certainly a noticeable difference in performance when engaging the Sport mode in preference to the Eco mode, but the majority of our time with the Limited was spent in urban running, so there seemed little point exploiting the power in stop/start traffic. And it’s here that the RX450h makes most sense. It happily trickles quietly along, the commanding ride height is a huge bonus in city traffic for the driver, while the other occupants enjoy the climate controlled luxury of the leather upholstered interior, and particularly the two front seats which offer both heating and cooling functions. Naturally being an SUV there’s plenty of space for luggage as well as occupants, and folding the rear seats down gives the RX450h owner the ability to carry large and bulky items as the occasion demands. This is a Lexus that perfectly suits the urban executive lifestyle.


Body type Five-door SUV Drive All-wheel-drive Engine type V6petrol/electric hybrid Engine capacity 3456cc Max power 183kW/6,000rpm Max torque 317Nm/4,000rpm Fuel consumption 6.4L/100km C02 emission 147g/km Airbags 6 ESP Yes Air conditioning Dual climate Satellite navigation Yes Boot capacity 446/825 litres Wheel type 19-inch alloy Spare tyre Inflator kit Price $134,900

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ROADREPORT motorshow

Sydney Motor Show impresses The Australian International


Motor Show alternates between Melbourne and Sydney, and this year it was the latter’s turn as host, with the last time at the Darling Harbour Conference Centre for a few years as it’s being revamped. John Oxley was there and has picked out the vehicles he thinks are most relevant for New Zealand. FORD

Mondeo Ford had two centres for its AIMS experience, with a large presence inside and an even bigger one outside where customers could test-drive vehicles. However, the big news was the new Mondeo, expected here in the third quarter of next year. Built on Ford’s new global CD-segment platform, it has startlingly attractive front end styling featuring a trapezoidal grille, a power-dome bonnet and segment-first adaptive full LED headlights. The low roofline enhances the coupe profile while retaining a spacious and practical interior. The Mondeo introduces a number of high-tech features and is the first Ford to feature headlights with LED highbeam, low-beam and signal lighting. As with the Ford Focus and recently launched Focus ST performance hatch, the Mondeo will also be available with Ford’s Sync connectivity system, voice-activated hands-free in-car communications and entertainment system for mobile phones and digital media players. The new Mondeo also showcased Ford’s rear inflatable seatbelts, designed to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers. The outside display showed off the new Ford Kuga which will be available with an EcoBoost petrol engine and TDCi turbo diesel engine with six-speed automatic transmissions when it arrives next The new model is almost 10 percent more aerodynamic than the outgoing model.

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Colorado7 Holden’s stand was equally busy, with the reveal of the Cruze Sportwagon, the Colorado 7, and the Malibu, all of which are destined for NZ. The Cruze Sportwagon, expected here in the first quarter of next year, will be available in two models, a CD with the choice of a 1.8-litre petrol engine or a 2litre turbo diesel, or a premium CDX with a 1.8-litre petrol engine. The entire range boasts Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, cruise control and iPod integration with steering wheel controls as standard. Safety features include six airbags, rear park assist, and electronic stability control including anti-lock braking system and traction control. Leather trim will be available on CDX versions. Based on the Holden Colorado utility, the Colorado 7 is set in the same mould as the Mitsubishi Challenger, offering a tough body-on-chassis go-anywhere 4WD with space for seven people. It has the same 2.8-litre diesel motor with six-speed auto transmission, and impressive off-road capability as the ute, and has fivestar Ancap safety credentials. There’s rear park assist and a reversing camera on all models, and a three-ton towing capacity. Its chassis is biased towards passenger comfort, with independent double wishbone front suspension and a five-link live axle rear suspension. There’s a part time 4WD system with low and high ratio gears, shift on the fly and limited slip differential, as well as a hill descent system. With the second and third row seats folded it can accommodate as much as 1,830

litres of cargo. It’ll be here soon. The Holden Malibu is the replacement for the ill-fated Korean-derived Epica, and is designed to sit between the Cruze and the Commodore in the sedan line-up. Designed in America, the Malibu will be available with a 2.4-litre DOHC petrol engine or a 2- litre common rail turbo-diesel, both engines paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. HYUNDAI

i30 wagon Hyundai concentrated on showing off sporty looking concept vehicles, but its main car of interest to fleet buyers was the i30 Tourer. It’s not yet known if this nice-looking wagon version of the popular hatchback will be coming to our shores, but we hope so. The i30 Tourer gets either a 99kW/164Nm 1.6-litre petrol engine or 94kW/260Nm CRDi diesel, both with either a six-speed manual or six-speed. A stability programme and seven airbags are standard across the range. Sharing the i30 hatch’s 2,650mm wheelbase, the i30 Tourer adds 185mm in total length and offers 528 litres of stowage capacity with rear seats up, an increase of 150 litres over the hatch, expanding to 1,642 litres with the second row seats folded flat. JAGUAR



Jaguar previewed its all-new two-seater sports car in Sydney. The F-Type is an aluminium bodied front-engined, rear-wheel drive convertible, smaller than the XK models, and powered by either a 3-litre V6 supercharged petrol

motorshow ROADREPORT engine in 254kW and 284kW outputs and a 5litre V8 supercharged petrol producing 369kW. The range-topping F-Type V8S will reach 100km/h in around 4 seconds and has a top speed of 297km/h. MAZDA


Mitsubishi’s main thrust in Sydney was the new Outlander, featured on p4 of this issue, but it also showed off its new small car, reviving the Mirage nameplate. It’ll be here early next year. A small car, it’s 3,710mm long, 1,665m wide and 1,500mm high, with a tight turning circle. It has very clean lines for a coefficient of drag of only 0.3, and is powered by an allnew 1.2-litre returning 4.6L/100km. The three-cylinder engine produces 57kW/100Nm, and is mated to either a five-speed manual or CVT automatic, while safety systems include six airbags and ABS. NISSAN

Mazda’s main thrust was the new Mazda6, which we reveal on p21, but the company also launched mildly face-lifted versions of the CX-9 and MX-5, both wearing the company’s new corporate grin. The mechanical specification both remains largely unchanged. MERCEDES-BENZ

A-Class Mercedes-Benz showed-off its new A-Class, with powerful engines ranging from 90kW to 155kW, and emissions from 135g/km CO2, plus a best-in-class drag coefficient of 0.27. And Mercedes ups the safety ante, with the standard specification including, among other things, its radar-based collision prevention system and reversing camera. All engines feature a start/stop function as standard and have a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission with paddle shift as standard. We’ll see the A-Class here early next year. MITSUBISHI


Patrol Nissan showed off its latest small car, confirming that it will return to the Pulsar name. Longer, wider, lower than the Tiida, the roomy Pulsar range will start with a fourdoor sedan in early 2013, powered by a 1.8-litre engine, which has a new Xtronic CVT transmission, for smoother acceleration and a broader gear ratio range. The Pulsar hatch, maybe including a sporty SSS variant powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged direct injection engine, will

interior comfort and luxury, a powerful new 5.6-litre V8 engine with exceptional driveability, a new seven-speed automatic transmission, as well as a new All-Mode 4WD system. RANGE-ROVER

Vogue One of the most important 4WDs at the show was the new Range Rover Vogue. At first glance there’s nothing revolutionary about the design, which is instantly recognisable as a Rangie, but under the skin it’s a mass of innovation, as we outlined in our October issue. Not least of these is a massive weight reduction of 420kg thanks to its allaluminium body, as well as a smoother and more aerodynamic body, and better use of interior space to give 11mm extra legroom compared to the outgoing model. There’s also a new Terrain Control system, greater wading depth, and more fuel efficient (and more powerful) engines. Expect it here early in the New Year. SKODA


Pulsar follow later. Rear seat occupants get 1,370mm of shoulder and 660mm of rear knee space, while safety features include four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, an electronic stability system, and front, side and curtain airbags. Nissan also unveiled a new Patrol, also coming here. The new eight-seater is described as a “technological tour de force”, and introduces a new platform, a radical design direction, significantly enhanced

The Czech brand continues to make inroads under Volkswagen ownership, and in Sydney it showcased its new Rapid hatchback, falling between the Fabia and Octavia in size, and featuring the brand’s new design language. The Rapid will be available with two petrol engines, the entry-level engine a 77kW/175Nm 1.2-litre direct injection petrol plus a 90kW/200Nm 1.4-litre. Roominess in its class is the Rapid’s benchmark, with a surprising amount of space despite compact exterior dimensions (4.48m long, 1.7m wide) and provides room for five occupants. The Rapid’s knee and head room are best in class, as is the boot at 530 litres (including spare wheel). It’s coming here next year.

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Essesse Essesse convertible 695 Tributo Ferrari

1400 1400 1400

3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk

1.4 1.4 MultiairTCT 1.4 Multiair Sport TCT 1.4 Multiair QV

1400 1400 1400 1400

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

Giulietta Multiair Giulietta QV

1400 2400

4dr Sed 4dr Sed

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

2200 1800 2400 3200 2400 3200

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

Alfa Romeo Mito

Giulietta 159

CC Body Man Auto 4.2 TDI quattro LWB

42990 46990 79990

49990 54990

Audi A1 Hatch

BMW 1 Series

116i 118i 118d 135i M S 123d SE Coupe 39990 135i Coupe M Sport 42990 1 M Coupe 118i ES Convertible 118i SE Convertible 118d Cabriolet SE 123d Cabriolet SE 135i Cabriolet M Sport 62990 69990 84990 72990 87990

3 Series

320i 320d 320i Sport/Modern/Luxury 320d Sport/Modern/Luxury 328i 328i Sport/Modern/Luxury 335i 335i Sport/Modern/Luxury 335d SE M3 Sedan M3 Sedan HP 320d Touring ES 320d Touring SE 320d Touring Sport 335d Touring SE 335d Touring Sport 335i Coupe SE 330d Coupe SE M3 Coupe 325i Convertible SE 335i Convertible SE M3 Convertible


1600 1600

3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk 39990


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

29990 39990 39990 44990

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

1.6 VTi 88kW 1600 5dr Hbk 49800 1.6 Turbo EGS 1600 5dr Hbk 55600 1.6 HDI EGS Exclusive 1600 5dr Hbk 56500 56500 2.0 Grand Picasso HDI 2000 5dr Hbk 85900 DS4 2dr Cpe 72600 1.6 So Chic EGS 115kW 1600 2dr Cpe 90800 2.0 Sport Chic 147kW 2000 2dr Cpe 111200 1.6 So Chic HDI EGS Exclusive 1600 2dr Cab 60800 C5 2dr Cab 66800 2.0 Turbo Comfort 115kW 2000 2dr Cab 69600 2.0 HDi Comfort 120kW 2000 2dr Cab 80600 2.0 HDi Exclusive 120kW 2000 2dr Cab 98800 3.0 HDi Exclusive 177kW 3000 2.0 HDI Comfort Tourer 2000 4dr Sed 74300 C6 3000 4dr Sed 74700 3.0 HDi Exclusive 177kW 4dr Sed 77300 4dr Sed 77800 Daihatsu 4dr Sed 85900 Sirion 4dr Sed 87900 1.3 1300 4dr Sed 106900 1.5 SX 1500 4dr Sed 108900 Terios 4dr Sed 112700 1.5 4WD 1500 4dr Sed 158600 165800 1.5 SX 4WD 1500 4dr Sed 168600 175800 DODGE 5dr Wag 74700 Caliber 5dr Wag 85300 2.0 SXT 2000 5dr Wag 91300 Journey 5dr Wag 116700 2.7 SXT 2700 5dr Wag 123300 2.7 R/T 2700 2drCpe 134800 2.0 R/T CRDi 2000 2drCpe 120700 Nitro 2dr Cpe 175800 182200 3.7 SE 3700 2drCon 120200 3.7 SXT 3700 2drCon 146200 Fiat 2dr Con 186000 193200

2000 2500 3000 3000 4400 2000 3000

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

112400 130400 149000 151500 179400 117500 156900

1800 2000 2000 2000

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

62800 Focus 69700 1.6 Ambiente 73700 1.6 Ambiente Wagon 79700 2.0 Trend 2.0 Trend diesel 89600 2.0 Trend diesel Wagon 110300 2.0 Sport 2.0 Titanium 133600 2.0 Titanium sedan 148000 2.0 ST manual


1600 1600 1800 3000 2000 3000 3000 2000 2000 2000 2000 3000

1.4 TSFI S tronic 1400       3Dr Hbk                1.4 TSFI Sport S tronic             1400       3Dr Hbk                1.4 TSFI Sport Plus S tronic  1400       3Dr Hbk               

39800 42800 47500

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

47400 54900 61400 54900 61400 83700 99900 61800

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 3200 3000

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

71900 71900 81900 86900 107400 121400

2.0 TDI 2.0 TFSI 2.7 TDI 2.0 TFSI quattro 3.0 TDI quattro S4 3.0 TFSI quattro allroad 2.0 TFSI quattro

2000 2000 2700 2000 3000 3000 2000

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

520d SE 528i SE 535i SE 535d SE 550i SE 520d Touring 75900 530d GT 75900 85900 X1 90900 sDrive18d 111400 sDrive20d xDrive20d 125400 89900 XDrive23d

3.0 TDI quattro S tronic S5 3.0 TFSI 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

3000 3000 4200 2000 3000 3000 2000 3000

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

118500 133400 171900 94200 112500 134900 111600 135700

xDrive20d xDrive30d

2000 3000

5dr Wag 5dr Wag

xDrive30d SE xDrive40d Sport xDrive50i SE

3000 3000 4600

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 170100

xDrive40d SE xDrive50i SE

3000 4400

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

2000 2000 2500

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


A3 Sportback

A4 Sedan

A4 Avant



5 Series Sedan & Touring

X3 X5

3.0 TDI quattro 4.2 TDI quattro 6.0 TDI quattro 3.0 TDI quattro 3.0 TDI quattro LWB 4.2 TDI quattro


49990 59990 54990 59990 64990 59990 69900

4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000

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

48490 53990 58990 58990 63990 56990

GS F6-E 27990 GT GT-P 29990 GT-E

4000 4000 5400 5400 5400

4dr Sed 73990 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 86990 4dr Sed 95990 4dr Sed

73990 89990 86990 95990 95990

3dr Hbk

2000 3000


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


2.0 TDi quattro 3.0 TDi quattro


35900 51990

4000 2700 4000 2700 2700 4000 2700

5dr Hbk

5dr SUV

5dr Wag 5dr Wag

39990 45990 54990

4.0 RWD TX 23990 2.7 AWD TX Diesel 4.0 RWD TS 2.7 RWD TS Diesel 2.7 AWD TS Diesel 81990 4.0 Titanium RWD 2.7 Titanium AWD diesel 57990 FG Falcon 62990 XT Sedan 62990 XR6 67990 XR6 67990 G6E 73990 G6E Turbo 87990 4.0 XR6 AB




5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

42990 44990 45900 47490 49990 51490 54990 47990 52990

4dr Sed 184700 1.6 VTR 4dr Sed 198700 DS3 4dr Sed 215200 1.6 VTi EGS 70kW

2.0 TDi quattro



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

3000 3000 4200

143700 Grand Voyager 143700 Grand Voyager R/T Limited

5dr Wag

2300 2300 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000


3000 4200 6000

4dr Sed 4dr Sed

27250 29590

32990 34990 35990 38990 40490 41990 46990 46090

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

3000 3000


5dr Wag 26240 5dr Wag

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Sed 5dr Hbk 52490

3600 3000 3600 3000 3600 3000 6400

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

19990 23490

1600 1600 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000



5dr Hbk 18990 5dr Hbk

30990 23990 26990 25990 25990

70900 300 Limited 3.6 V6 300 Limited 3.0 V6 diesel 5dr SUV 87900 300 C 3.6 V6 5dr SUV 108900 300 C 3.0 CRD 300 C Luxury 3.6 V6 300 C Luxury 3.0 CRD 5dr SUV 120900 6.4 SRT-8 5dr SUV 148500 5dr SUV 255500 Citroën

118700 1.6 hatch 113700 133700 J11 2.0 SUV 138700


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

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

5dr Wag

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

4dr Cpe

1600 1600 1600 1600 1600

Ford Fiesta


3000 3000 3000 3000


46990 49990 62990 74990 52990

26990 29990

5dr Wag


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

3dr Hbk 3dr Cpe


1.3 hatch

5dr Hbk 44990 5dr Hbk 48990 5dr Hbk 46990

1400 1400



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



1.4 Lounge 1.4 Convertible

2.3 LX Hatch 2.3 LX Wagon 5dr Wag 156000 2.0 LX Diesel Hatch 5dr Wag 184600 2.0 LX Diesel Wagon 2.0 Zetec Diesel Hatch 2.0 Zetec Diesel Wagon 2.0 Titanium Diesel 5dr Hat 12990 2.0 Zetec Ecoboost Hatch 2.0 Titanium Ecoboost Hat. 5dr Hat 16990



CC Body Man Auto

4dr Sed 229200 DSTYLE 1.6 VTi DSPORT 1.6 VTi


New Zealand Company Vehicle December 2012 61

29490 32490

25490 27490


CC Body Man Auto

NEWPRICES CC Body Man Auto Great Wall Motors X200

X200 4x4 SUV diesel X200 4x4 SUV diesel auto

2000 2000

5dr Wag 31990 5dr Wag

X240 4x4 SUV X2004x4 diesel SUV

2400 2000

5dr Wag 5dr Wag

28990 31990

1.6 5 dr hatch


5dr Hbk


1.2 CD 1.2 CDX

1200 1200

3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk

16990 19490

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

1800 1800 1400 1400 2000 2000 1800 1800 1400 1400 1400

4dr Sed 30400 5dr Hbk 30900 4dr Sed 4dr Hbk 4dr Sed 4dr Hbk 5dr Sed 5dr Hbk 4dr Hbk 36400 4dr Sed 38900 4dr Hbk 39400



Captiva 5

1300 1300

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

1300 1300 1300

3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk

Euro S Euro L Euro Tourer L

2400 2400 2400

4dr Sed 43700 4dr Sed 5dr Wag

S Sport

2000 2400

5dr Wag 5dr Wag

V6 LN V6 LN Mugen V6 LN Sport

3500 3500 3500

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed



5dr Wag

1400 1400

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk


34990 SR Sport Mugen

Accord Euro

Holden Barina Barina Spark

CC Body Man Auto E N



Accord V6

31900 32400 33900 34400 36900 37400 31900 34500 37900 40400 40900


Hyundai i20

1.4 GL 1.4


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

Z-Series V6 SIDI Z-Series V6 LPG Berlina V6 SIDI Berlina V6 LPG Z-Series SV6 SIDI SV6 LPG Z-Series SS V8 Z-Series SS V8 V-series SS V8 V-series Redline Calais V6 SIDI Calais V-seies V6 SIDI Calais V-series V8 Caprice LPG

3000 3600 3000 3600 3600 3600 6000 6000 6000 3600 3600 6000 3600

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

1.8 39990 1.8 Elite 44990 1.6 CRDi diesel 1.6 CRDi Elite diesel 41890 i30 Wagon 50890 1.6 55890 1.8 Elite 45890 1.6 CRDi diesel 52890 Accent 57890 1.6 hatch 1.6 Elite hatch 49990 1.6 sedan 53490 1.6 Elite sedan 53790 1.6 CRDi sedan diesel 57290 Elantra 55490 1.8 Petrol 58990 1.8 Elite 61490 1.8 Elite Ltd 71590 Veloster 74490 1.6 GDI DCT 6-speed 58790 1.6 GDI DCT Elite 6-spd 66790 1.6 GDI DCT Turbo6-spd 72390 i45 75190 2.0

Omega V6 SIDI Omega V6 LPG SV6 SIDI SV6 LPG SS V8 V-series SS V8 V-series Redline Calais V V6 SIDI Calais V8 V-series

3000 3600 3600 3600 6000 6000 3600 6000

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

52390 55890 57890 61390 74290 77190 68990 74690

Clubsport Clubsport R8 Clubsport R8 Tourer GTS 25th Anniversary Senator Signature Grange Maloo Ute Maloo R8 Ute

6200 6200 6200 6200 6200 6200 6200 6200

4dr Sed 86990 4dr Sed 92990 5dr Wag 93990 4dr Sed 104990 4dr Sed 106990 4dr Sed 2dr Ute 80990 2dr Ute 88990

Caprice V6 SIDI Caprice V8 AFM

3600 6000

4dr Sed 4dr Sed

Captiva 7

VE Commodore Series II

VE Commodore Sportwagon Series II

HSV E-Series 3

WM Caprice Series II

honda Jazz 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

1.8S 1.8S Sport 2.0S IMA petrol/electric

1800 1800 2000 1300

4dr Sed 32900 4dr Sed 35400 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 43500

1.8S 1.8L

1800 1800

4dr Hbk 32900 4dr Hbk


1300 1300

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk



Civic Euro hatch Insight

1800 2000 1600 1600 1600 2000 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1800 1800 1800 1600 1600 1600

2.4 2.4 Elite 2.4 Elite Limited

2000 2400 2400 2000

2.0 wagon


2.0 2WD 2.4 4WD 2.4 Elite 4WD 2.0 R CRDi 4WD 88290 2.0 R CRDi Elite 4WD 94290 95290 Santa Fe 107290 2.4 5 Seat 106990 2.2 CRDi 5 seat 110990 2.4 Elite 7 seat 82290 2.2 CRDi 7 seat 90290 3.5 V6 Elite 2WD 7seat 2.2 CRDi Elite 7 seat

2000 2400 2400 2000 2000

71690 85490

i40 wagon ix35

Jaguar XF

2.2 Luxury 3.0 V6 Luxury 3.0D Luxury 28500 3.0D S Luxury 31200 XFR

29500 XJ 31900 3.0D Premium Luxury 35200 3.0D Premium Luxury LWB 5.0 V8 SC Portfolio 5.0 V8 SC Supersport 34900 5.0 V8 SC Supersport LWB 37400 38500 Jeep 46000 Patriot 2.4 Sport 34900 2.4 Ltd 38900 Compass 2.4 Ltd 35600 2.4L Limited 36200 Cherokee

62 New Zealand Company Vehicle December 2012

2400 2200 2400 2200 3500 2200

CC Body Man Auto 3700 3700 2800

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

48990 53990 58990

4000 4000 4000 2800 4000

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

51990 55990 56990 61990 60990

3600 3000 3600 5700 3000 5700 3000 6100

5dr Wag 64990 5dr Wag 69990 5dr Wag 79990 5dr Wag 86990 5dr Wag 91990 5dr Wag 91990 5dr Wag 96990 5dr Wag 106990

1.25 LX 25990 1.25 EX 26990 Rio 1.4 LX hatch 5dr Hbk 34490 35990 1.4 LX hatch diesel 5dr Hbk 39990 1.4 EX hatch 5dr Hbk 38490 39990 Soul 5dr Hbk 43990 1.6 petrol

1200 1200

5dr Hbk 18590 5dr Hbk

18990 20990

1400 1400 1400

5dr Hbk 22990 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

23490 24990 25790


5dr Hbk


5dr Wag 36490 37490 2.0 LX hatch 5dr Wag 39990 2.0 SX hatch 5dr Wag 40490 41990 2.0 LX sedan 2.0 SX sedan 5dr Hbk 31990 2.0 SX Koup 5dr Hbk 35990 Optima 4dr Sed 31990 2.4LX GDi 4dr Sed 35990 2.4 Ltd GDi 5dr Sed 35990 Sportage 2.4 LX petrol FWD 4dr Sed 35990 2.4 LX petrol AWD 4dr Sed 39990 2.2 LX diesel FWD 4dr Sed 41990 2.2 EX diesel AWD 2.2 Ltd diesel FWD 4dr Hat 39990 2.2 Ltd diesel AWD 4dr Hat 44990 2.2 Premium diesel AWD 4dr Hat 49990 49990 Sorento R 2.4 Urban FWD 7 seat 4dr Sed 42990 2.4 LX AWD 7 seat 4dr Sed 45490 2.2 Urban FWD 7 seat diesel 4 dr Sed 49990 2.2 LX AWD 7 seat diesel 4 dr Sed 52990 2.2 EX AWD 7 seat diesel 2.2 Limited AWD 7 seat dsl 5dr Wag 44990 Carnival 2.9 diesel EX 5dr Wag 40490 3.8 V6 LTD 5dr Wag 45490 Land Rover 5dr Wag 49990 5dr Wag 50990 Defender 5dr Wag 54990 90 Station Wagon SE 110 Station Wag SE 5dr Wag 53990 Freelander 2 5dr Wag 59990 2.2D TD4 SE 5dr Wag 59990 2.2D TD4 HSE 5dr Wag 60990 2.2 SD4 5 dr Wag 60990 2.2 SD4 HSE 5dr Wag 66990

2000 2000 2000 2000 2000

4dr Hbk 4dr Hbk 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 2dr Cpe

30490 34990 30490 34990 34990

2400 2400

4dr Sed 4dr Sed

46990 50990

2400 2400 2200 2200 2200 2200 2200

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

46490 49490 56990 58690 60490 63490 66190

2400 2400 2200 2200 2200 2200

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

46990 49490 49990 57490 64990

2900 3800

5dr Wag 5dr Wag

45990 51990

2400 2400

4dr Wag 4dr Wag

2200 2200 2200 2200

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

2700 3000 3000 5000

5dr Wag 92000 5dr Wag 110000 5dr Wag 124000 5dr Wag 159000

44900 47000 49900

38800 3.7L V6 Sport 40000 3.7L V6 Limited 2.8L CRD Limited 44900 Wrangler 47000 Renegade Petrol 49900 Rubicon Renegade Petrol 47200 Renegade Diesel 51000 Rubicon Petrol 53200 Grand Cherokee 3.6 V6 Laredo 39900 3.0 Laredo CRD 48900 3.6 V6 Ltd 5.7 V8 Ltd 56600 3.0 Ltd CRD 67335 5.7 V8 Overland 59670 3.0 OverlandCRD 6.1L V8 SRT-8 47000

Kia Picanto

25490 25990


Discovery 4

68500 71500

2200 3000 3000 3000 4200

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

2.7 TDV6 3.0 SDV6 90000 3.0 SDV6 HSE 95000 5.0 V8 HSE 100000 Land Rover 115000 RANGE Rover 160000

3000 3000 5000 5000 5000

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

155000 162500 200000 245000 260000

2400 2400

5dr Wag 5dr Wag

TD4 Pure wagon 2200 5dr Wag TD4 Dynamic wagon 2200 5drWag TD4 Prestige wagon 2200 5drWag SD4 Pure wagon 2200 5dr Wag SD4 Dynamic wagon 2200 5drWag SD4 Prestige wagon 2200 5drWag Si4 Pure wagon 2000 5dr Wag Si4 Dynamic wagon 2000 5dr Wag 39990 Si4 Prestige wagon 2000 5dr Wag 43990 * add $2,000 to these prices for 3-door Coupe models

2400 2400

5dr Wag 5dr Wag

43990 Sport TDV6 43990 Sport 5.0 V8


Range Rover

3000 5000

66000 66000 69000 81000

79990 96500 98000 86500 103000 104500 86500 103000 104500

5dr Wag 138000 5dr Wag 138000

CC Body Man Auto

3000 3000 5000 5000 3600 5000

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

128000 138000 138000 179000 TBA TBA

1800 1800 1800 2500 2500 2500 2500 3500 3500 5000 4600 2500 2500 3500 3500 3500 3500 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 Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Lim 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

54500 70600 72000 69990 86990 95500 103700 101900 103300 151900 224900 102900 108900 117900 125900 134900 142900 280300 104900 116300 118600 128900 138100 196400

1.5 Classic 1.5 Sport

1500 1500

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

GLX Sedan GSX Sedan SP25 Sedan SP25 Limited Sedan GLX Hatch GSX Hatch Skyactiv Hatch SP25 Hatch SP25 Limited Hatch MPS Hatch

2000 2000 2500 2500 2000 2000 2000 2500 2500 2300

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 5dr Hbk 31695 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 39695 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 49195

32795 35295 41195 44195 32795 35295 37395 MG 41195 MG6 44195 Magnette sedan GT Hatch

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 43795 45695

2.0L Roadster 2.0L Coupe

2000 2000

2dr Cab 2dr Cpe

51100 55100



4dr Cpe


GLX FWD GSX FWD GSX AWD GSX AWD diesel Limited AWD Limited AWD diesel

2000 2000 2000 2200 2000 2200

5dr SUV 5dr SUV 5dr SUV 5dr SUV 5dr SUV 5dr SUV


2500 2300

5dr SUV 5dr SUV


CT200h hybrid CT200h Ltd hybrid CT200h F Sport hybrid IS250 V6 IS250 V6 Limited IS250 C Convertible IS250 C Convertible Ltd IS350 V6 Limited IS350 V6 sport IS F V8 LS460 GS250 V6 GS250 V6 F Sport GS350 V6 GS350 V6 F Sport GS450h V6 Hybrid GS450h V6 Hybrid F Sport LS600hl Hybrid RX350 V6 RX350 V6 Limited RX450H V6 Hybrid RX450H V6 Hybrid SE RX450H V6 Hybrid Limited LX570 4WD

MazdA Mazda2 Mazda3


MX-5 RX-8 CX-5



23245 25155

Limited AWD


5dr SUV

B180 B200 B200 CDI

1600 1600 2000

5d hbk 5d hbk 5d hbk

C200 CGI BlueEfficiency C220 CDI BlueEfficiency C250 CDI BlueEfficiency C250 CGI Avantgarde BE C300 CGI BlueEfficiency C300 Avantgarde C350 CDI Avantgarde BE C63 AMG

1800 1800 1800 1800 3000 3000 3000 6200

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

Mercedes Benz B Class

C Class

24645 26555

CLC 200K Sport Coupe

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

320 CDI SWB 350 SWB

3000 3500

ML 250 BlueTec ML 250 BlueTec Exclusive ML 350 BlueTec ML 350 BlueEfficiency ML 500 ML 63 AMG

2100 2100 3000 3000 5000 6300

R class

ML class


Ray Cooper Hatch Cooper D Cooper S Hatch John Cooper Works Clubman Cooper Clubman Cooper D Clubman Cooper S Countryman Cooper Countryman Cooper D Countryman Cooper D AWD Countryman Cooper S Countryman Cooper S AWD Cooper Convertible Cooper S Convertible

Mitsubishi Colt 1.5 LS 1.5 Plus LS


2.0 ES sedan 2.0 SEi sedan 2.4 VR-X sedan 2.0 ES hatch 57150 2.0 SEi hatch 2.4 VR-X hatch 56695


2.0 LS 2WD 2.0 Sport 2WD 39690 2.0 Sport AWD 41390 1.8 Sport diesel 43390 46990 Outlander 52990 2.0 LS 2WD 55990 2.4 LS AWD 2.4 XLS AWD 7 seats 2.4 VRX AWD 7 seats 40195 Challenger 48995 2.5 TD GLS 59995


2dr Cpe


1.8 ST-L CVT


5dr Wag


ST Ti +2 wagon ST

2000 2000 2000

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Wag

36700 40800 40800



4dr Sed


Coupe Roadster

3700 3700

2dr Cpe 75700 2dr Cab

77700 82800



2dr Cpe 185000

2000 2500 2500 2000 2000

5dr Wag 36990 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag


106900 106900 122900 122900 142900 142900 176900 248900 122900 122900 176900 134900 154900 188900

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

99900 Murano 3500 5dr Wag 112900 3.5 V6 122900 Pathfinder 2500 5dr Wag 122900 2.5 Ti diesel 4WD 150900 Patrol 3000 5dr Wag 197990 3.0 ST-L Diesel 4WD

Maxima 370Z



2.0 L FWD 2.5 ST-L 4dr Sed 123900 2.5 Ti 4dr Sed 123900 2.0 TS dCI 2.0 TL dCi

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

3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk 3dr Hbk 4dr Wgn 4dr Wgn 4dr Wag 5dr Wgn 5dr Wgn 5dr Wgn 5dr Wgn 5dr Wgn 2dr Cab 2dr Cab

29200 36200 40600 44200 54800 41200 45600 49200 45900 49200 51900 54200 57200 46200 54220

1800 1800

4dr Sed 5dr Hbk

1500 1500

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

2000 2000 2400 2000 2000 2400

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

2000 2000 2000 1800

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 47990

2000 2400 2400 2400

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

Peugeot 208

31900 39200 1.2 Active 5-door 43600 1.6 Active 5-door 47200 1.6 Allure 5-door 1.6 Allure 3-door 44200 308 48600 1.6 CC petrol 52200 1.6 Access 48900 1.6 Active 52200 2.0Active HDi 55900 1.6 Allure 57200 2.0 Allure HDI 60200 2.0 HDi Active SW 49200 4007 SUV 57200 2.2 HDI Allure 2.2 HDI Allure SE

5dr Wag 5dr Wag

3.2 CDI GLS 3.2 CDI Exceed

3200 3200

5dr Wag 5dr Wag

1400 1400

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

1800 1800 1800

5dr Hbk 5dr Sed Sed/Hbk

1600 1600

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

38990 43990 47990 46990 49990 65950 76900 78300

1200 1600 1600 1600

5dr Hbk 23990 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 3dr Hbk

25990 28990 29990

1600 1600 1600 2000 1600 2000 2000

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

55990 29990 37990 41990 41990 45990 45990

2200 2000

4dr Wag 4dr Wag

54990 57490

TBA 2.0 Active 2WD TBA 2.0 Allure 2WD 2.0 Feline 4WD

2000 2000 2000

4dr Wag 4dr Wag 4dr Wag

37990 39990 45990

23490 1.6 Active 28590 1.6 Sport 1.6 Luxury 30690 2.0 HDi Active 36990 2.0 HDi Sport 40890 2.0 HDi Luxury

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 2000

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

46990 54990 57990 65990 68990

3600 3000 4800 3000 4800

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

139500 140500 183500 197500 270000

3000 3000 3000 4800 4800 3000 4800

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

192400 192400 202400 260000 270000 273000 350000

2000 2000 2000 2000

4dr Sed 31990 4dr Sed 2dr Cpe 2dr Cpe 53990

34990 39990 54990

4008 SUV


2500 2500

49990 Nissan 56990 Micra 56900 1.4 ST 1.4 RX 69900 Tiida 72500 1.8 Hatch ST 87500 1.8 Sedan ST 84900 1.8 Sedan /Hatch Ti 99900 Juke 101900 1.6 ST 109900 1.6 Ti 166900

CC Body Man Auto

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 2dr Cpe 2dr Cpe 2dr Cpe 2dr Cab 2dr Cab 2dr Cab

2.5 TD Exceed 7 seats



30690 Partner 36990 1.6 HDi 40890 RCZ 1.6 (200hp man) 36690 508 40590 1.6 Active petrol 43590 2.0 HDi Allure diesel 2.0 SW HDi Allure diesel 2.2 HDi GT diesel 38890 2.2 HDi SW GT diesel 42990 PORSCHE 45990 Cayenne 51090 Cayenne Cayenne diesel 58990 Cayenne S 63990 Cayenne S Hybrid Cayenne Turbo 77090 Panamera 87590 Panamera Panamera diesel Panamera 4 22600 Panamera S 24100 Panamera 4S Panamera S Hybrid Panamera Turbo 31300 31300 RENAULT 34100 Megane 2.0 petrol 31900 2.0 Luxury pack 33900 2.0 Coupe-Cabriolet RS265 Cup turbo

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CC Body Man Auto Sport TDV6 Sport TDV6 Dynamic Sport 5.0 V8 Sport 5.0 V8 Supercharged Vogue SDV8 Vogue 5.0 V8 Supercharged


CC Body Man Auto 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

59990 Land Cruiser 200 65990 VX diesel VX Limited diesel


5dr Hbk


34990 1.2 1.2 Ltd

1200 1200

5dr Hbk 18990 5dr Hbk

28000 1.4 37000 1.4 GLX 30500 1.4 Ltd 1.6 Sport 37500 SX4 48000 2.0 GLX 2WD 2 .0 LTD 2WD 37000 2.0 GLX AWD 39000 2.0 LTD AWD 41500 2.0 LTD Sedan 52000 Kizashi 54000 2.4 GLX 39500 2..4 Limited 41500 2.4 Sport AWD 44000 Jimny 54500 1.3 4WD JX 56500 1.3 4WD Sierra 66500 Grand Vitara

1400 1400 1400 1600

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

2000 2000 2000 2000 2000

5dr Hbk 25990 5dr Hbk 27990 5dr Hbk 27990 5dr Hbk 4dr Sed

2400 2400 2400

4dr Sed 35990 4dr Sed 41990 4dr Sed

1300 1300

3dr Wag 3dr Wag

2400 2400 2400

3dr Wag 31690 5dr Wag 37990 5dr Wag

1300 1300 1500 1500

3dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 23790 5dr Hbk 4dr Sed

Hybrid 5-door 1500 Hybrid 5-door alloy wheels 1500 Hybrid 5-door s-Tech 1500

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1500

5dr Hbk 33490 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 4dr Sed 4dr Sed 5dr Hbk 30490

1800 1800

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

1800 1800 1800

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag


5dr Wag

2500 2500 2500 2400 2400

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

3500 3500 3500

4dr Sed 4dr Sed 4dr Sed

2.4 MPV Wagon


4dr Wag

65090 3.2 AWD D5 AWD

2.4 Petrol 2.4 Petrol Ltd 2.2 Diesel

2400 2400 2200

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

43290 48990

3.5 V6 SUV 2WD 3.5 V6 SUV 4WD 3.5 V6 SUV Limited 4WD

3500 3500 3500

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

54990 Berlingo Van 59490 1.6 HDi diesel 67490

4.0 V6


5dr Wag


3000 3000 4000 3000

Scuo 272.4L20 5dr Wag 80490 82090 Ducato Van 5dr Wag 92190 Ducato Medium 251.BG2 5dr Wag 106690 Ducato Medium 251.BG3 5dr Wag 107690


2dr Cpe

2.5 4x2 petrol 2.5 4x4 petrol 2.0 diesel 4x4

2500 2500 2000

5dr Wag 5dr Wag 5dr Wag

37990 Suzuki 43990 Alto 49990 1.0

2.0 petrol


4dr Sed

1.2 TSI 1.4 vRS 1.2 TSI Combi

1200 1400 1200

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk 5dr Wag

1.2 TSiDSG 2.0 TDI DSG 4x4

1200 2000

5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

TSI 90 Liftback TDI 77 Liftback diesel TSI 118 Liftback vRS TSI Liftback vRS TDI Liftback diesel TSI 90 Wagon TDI 77 Wagon diesel TSI 118 Wagon vRS TSI Wagon vRS TDI Wagon diesel Scout 4x4 TDI Wagon diesel

1400 1600 1800 2000 2000 1400 1600 1800 2000 2000 2000

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



Skoda Fabia




1.8 TSI 118 2.0 TDI 103 diesel 2.0 TDI 125 diesel 3.6 V6 4x4 1.8 TSI 118 wagon 2.0 TDI 103 wagon 2.0 TDI 103 4x4 wagon 2.0 TDI 125 wagon 2.0 TDI 125 4x4 wagon 3.6 V6 4x4 wagon


1800 2000 2000 3600 1800 2000 2000 2000 2000 3600

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

Sports 4x2 Diesel Sports 4x4 Diesel SPR 4x4 Diesel

2000 2000 2000

5 dr Wag 34990 5 dr Wag 5 dr Wag

2.7 Sports 7 seat


5dr MPV

2.0L 2.7L

2000 2700

5dr SUV 36990 5dr SUV

Sports (121kw) Sports (137kw) SPR

2700 2700 2700

5dr SUV 5dr SUV 5dr SUV

Ssangyong Korando


Kyron AWD

Rexton II AWD

Subaru Forester X XS XS Ltd XT (Turbo) Diesel

2500 2500 2500 2500 2000

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

2.0i Sedan/Hatch 2.0i-L Sedan/Hatch 2.0i-S Sedan/Hatch 2.0i-SL Sedan/Hatch XV crossover

2000 2000 2000 2000 2000

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

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

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






2.0 Diesel 2.5i 2.5i Premium

2000 2500 2500


5dr Wag

34990 37990 39990 44990 36990

CC Body Man Auto

3600 3600

RS265 Cup Trophee turbo

3.6R 3.6R Premium

Splash Swift

2.4 JLX 46000 2.4 JLX 48500 2.4 Limited 59500 Toyota 66500 48500 Yaris 51000 1.3 YR 3-door 54000 1.3 YR 5-door 62000 1.5 YRS 5-door 63000 1.5 Sedan 69000

Prius C

38990 Corolla 42990 1.8 GX Hatch 47990 1.8 GLX Hatch 1.8 Levin SX Hatch 44990 1.8 Levin ZR Hatch 1.8 GX Sedan 41990 1.8 GLX Sedan 49990 1.5 GX Wagon


55790 Hybrid 54990 Hybrid i-Tech 59990 Prius V Hybrid 7 seat wagon Hybrid s-Tech 7 seat wagon 41990 Hybrid i-Tech 7 seat wagon 45990 Avensis 50490 2.0 Wagon 52490 Camry 2.5 GL 2.5 Atara S 36990 2.5 Atara SX 39990 2.4 Hybrid 41990 2.4 Hybrid iTech

46990 Aurion 37990 3.5 V6 AT-X 3.5 V6 Sportivo SX6 3.5 V6 Touring 44490 48990 49990 56490 61490 67490 45990 50490 51490 63490 69990

Previa Rav4


FJ Cruiser

Land Cruiser Prado

71990 3.0 GX TD 3.0 VX TD 5dr Wag 54490 4,0 VX Limited TD petrol 5dr Wag 46990 48990 3.0 VX Limited TD 5dr Wag 53990

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20500 22500 23500 27500

19990 22990

41790 47390 50490

Volkswagen Polo

1.4 20500 1.4 Plus 21990 1.2 TSI 1.2 TSI Cross Polo GTI TSI 23990 Golf 24990 1.4 TSI 90kW 28990 1.6 TDI 77kW BlueMotion 1.4 TSI 118kW 27990 2.0 TDI 103kW 29990 GTI TSI 155kW 29990 R TSI 199kW 31990 1.4 TSI 90kW Wagon 29990 1.6 TDI 77kw Wagon 1.4 TSI 90kW Cabriolet 37990 Scirocco 43990 2.0 TSI 155kW 48500 R TSI 195kW


2.0 TSI 24500


1.8 TSi 118kW petrol 33190 2.0 TDI 103kW diesel 39500 2.0 TDI 125kW diesel 41990 1.8 TSi 118kW Wagon 2.0 TDI 103kW Wagon 2.0 TDI 125kW Wagon 2.0 TDI 125kW Alltrack 4WD 23290 CC 2.0 125kWTDI 25290 CC 3.6 V6 FSI 27490 Tiguan 30540 2.0 TSi 2.0 TDi 30990 Touareg 31990 TDi V6 150kW diesel 34990 TDi V6 180kW diesel TDi V8 250kW diesel 34990 37490 Volvo 38990 V40 43690 2.0 D4 35890 2.0 T4 38990 2.5 T5 R-Design 32490 S60 T4 49990 T5 R-Design 55490 D3 T6 AWD 50990 T6 AWD R-Design 55490 V60 65490 T4 T5 R-Design 47990 D3 T6 AWD 44990 T6 AWD R-Design 48890 XC60 51490 T5 AWD 50990 D5 AWD 56890 D5 AWD R Design T6 AWD 49690 T6 AWD R-Design 51790 XC70 52090 D5 AWD


4500 4500

5dr Wag 125500 5dr Wag 147500

1400 1400 1200 1200 1400

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

25750 28500 31500 35000 37500

1400 1600 1400 2000 2000 2000 1400 1600 1400

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

38500 40750 43750 45750 58500 73500 40000 42000 43000

2000 2000

2dr Cpe 2dr Cpe

59000 70250


2dr Cpe


1800 2000 2000 1800 2000 2000 2000 2000 3600

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

47500 49500 57750 50000 52000 60200 59500 61750 73250

2000 2000

5dr SUV 5dr SUV

48750 53250

3000 3000 4200

5dr SUV 93250 5dr SUV 108000 5dr SUV 139500

2000 2000 2500

5dr Hbk 44990 5dr Hbk 5dr Hbk

54990 52990 64990

1600 2000 2000 3000 3000

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

59990 72990 68990 79990 93990

1600 2000 2000 3000 3000

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

62990 75990 69990 82990 93990

3200 2400 2400 3000 3000

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

69990 79990 89990 86990 99990


5dr Wag


3200 2400

5dr Wag 5dr Wag

89990 89990

Commercial vehicles CITROEN Fiat Scudo Van


4dr Van



4dr Van


2300 3000

4dr Van 49995 4dr Van


Ford Ranger

2300 3000

4dr Van 52998 4dr Van

4x2 XL Super Cab wellside 4x2 XLT Super Cab wellside 4x2 XL Double Cab wellside 4x2 XLT Double cab w/s 4x4 XL Supercab c/c 4x4 XL Supercab w/s 4x4 XLT Supercab w/s 4x4 XLT Double Cab c/c 4x4 XL Double Cab w/s 4x4 XLT Double Cab w/s Wildtrack Double Cab

2200 2200 2500 2500 3200 3200 3200 3200 3200 3200 3200

4dr Ute 40290 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 42690 4dr Ute 46190 4dr Ute 50790 4dr Ute 52790 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 52990 4dr Ute 54090 4dr Ute 58690 4dr Ute 64290

4.0 F6 4.0 GS

4000 4000

2dr Ute 2dr Ute

4.0 XR6 4.0 XR6 turbo

4000 5400

2dr Ute 2dr Ute

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 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

49790 50390 56090 56790 59290 59990 65590 67790 54590 57490 65490 66390

2400 2400 2400 2000 2000 2000

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

20990 25990 28990 26990 27990 30990

FPV FG series Ute FG Falcon Ute Transit

Great Wall Utes

V-240 4x2 single c/c V-240 4x2 double cab V-240 4x4 double cab V-200 4x4 single c/c V-200 4x2 diesel D/C V-200 4x4 diesel D/C

73990 66990

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

Holden Combo

4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000


56090 50C18 DCC swb 60690 50C18 DCC lwb 66290 65C18 DCC swb 65C18 DCC lwb 73990 kia 66990


45990 48990

Mazda BT-50

4x2 GLX single cab c/c 4x2 GLX single cab wellside 4x2 GLX Freestyle c/c 4x2 GLX Freestyle wellside 4x2 GLX Double Cab w/s 4x2 GSX Double Cab w/s 4x4 GLX S/Cab DX C/C 4x4 GLX Freestyle c/c 4x4 GLX Freestyle w/s 4x4 GLX Freestyle Plus c/c 4x4 GLX Double Cab c/c 4x4 GLX Double Cab w/s 4x4 GSX Double Cab w/s 41500 4x4 Ltd Double Cab w/s

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

2500 2800 2800 2800 2800 2800 2800 2800 2800 2800 2800 2800

2dr Ute 38400 4dr Ute 44400 4dr Ute 4 5900 47900 4dr Ute 49900 51900 2dr Ute 44900 2dr Ute 49400 2dr Ute 58400 2dr Ute 51400 2dr Ute 54400 2dr Ute 55900 4dr Ute 47900 4dr Ute 52500 54600


3600 6000 6000

2dr Ute 2dr Ute 2dr Ute 60100

CRDi 2.5 seat


5dr Van


CRDi Elite 8 seat


5dr Van


3000 3000 3000 3000 3000

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

36890 44790 48890 49990 54990

i-Max Passenger Van

Isuzu Ute D-Max

LX 2WD single cab/chassis LS 2WD Double Cab LX 4WD Space Cab/chassis LX 4WD Double Cab LS 4WD Double Cab

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

3000 3000 3000 3000

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

77032 77970 82148 83086


2dr Truck


2400 2400 2400 2400 2400

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

61500 64500 71500 61500 71500

3200 3200 3200 3200 3200 3200 3200 3200 3200 3200 3200 3200 3200 3200

2dr Ute 2dr 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

35295 37395 38395 40295 42695 45495 46795 49795 51795 50995 51295 51295 56895 58895

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

40800 41800 44300 45600 46450 46800 55300

Truck 42700 Mercedes Benz Truck 52200 Truck 4400 Vito panel van (excl GST) Truck 45000 109 CDI SWB 2200 Truck 46000 47300 109 CDI MWB 2200 Truck 56000 111 CDI MWB 2200 Truck 48500 111 CDI LWB 2200 Truck 59300 111 CDI LWB 2200 Truck 51200 115 CDI LWB 2200 Truck 55700 59100 120 CDI LWB 3000 Truck 51700 Viano

DX 4x2 Cab/chassis LX 4x2 Crew Cab LT 4x2 Crew Cab LTZ 4x2 Crew Cab DX 4x4 Sgl cab/chassis LX 4x4 Spacecab/chassis LTZ 4x4 Spacecab LX 4x4 Crew Cab/chassis LX 4x4 Crew Cab pickup LT 4x4 Crew Cab pickup 4x4 Crew Cab PU LX 4x4 Crew Cab PU LT

Hyundai i-Load Delivery Van

Land Rover Defender

110 single cab chassis 130 single cab chassis 110 dbl cab p/up 110 Cab chassis 130 Dbl Cab P/up

4dr Van


2.9 DSL Light Truck

Sprinter 3T (excl GST)

2200 2200 3000


2148 Sprinter 3.5T (excl GST) 311 CDI S MWB 2148 313 CDI MWB 2148 313 CDI LWB 2148 315 CDI MWB 2148 315 CDI LWB 2148 318 CDI MWB 2987 318 CDI LWB 2987

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


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

53300 55500 59400 56800 60700 60300 64200

515 CDI LWB 2148 4dr Van 515 CDI LWB 2148 4dr Van 518 CDI LWB 2987 4dr Van 2987 4dr Van 49000 518 CDI LWB 55400 Sprinter Cab Chassis (excl GST) 60100 311 CDI S 2148 2dr C/C 515 CDI L 2148 2dr C/C

66700 68900 70200 72400


Sprinter 5T (excl GST)

Mitsubishi Triton

2WD GL D/cab chassis 58990 2WD GLX S/cab chassis 2WD GLX D/cab w/side 2WD GLS D/cab W/side 4WD GL S/cab chassis 4WD GL D/cab chassis 48890 4WD GL D./cab w/side 4WD GLX D/cab w/side 4WD GLS D/cab w/side 56990

CC Body Man Auto L300

Daily Duo cab & chassis


VE Ute

IVECO Daily Van

35S14 V 8m3 50C18V 12m3 50C18V 15m3 46990 50C18V 17m3 44690 Daily cab & chassis 48190 50C18 CC swb 50C18 CC lwb 65C18 CC swb 57090 65C18 CC lwb



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

52645 58650

2.4 SWB Petrol 72582 2.4 LWB Petrol 82518 Nissan 86030 Navara DX 89544 4x2 S/cab C/C ABS 4x2 D/cab W/side 71390 4x4 S/cab C/C 72328 4x4 D/cab W/side 79534 Urvan 80471 3.0 4x2 Van

2400 2400

4dr Van 4dr Van

30690 35790

2500 2500 2500 2500

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

30200 34450 39450 44500


5dr Van


2500 2500 2500 2500 2500 2500 2500 2500 3000

4dr Ute 39900 4dr Ute 42900 4dr Ute 45900 4dr Ute 46490 4dr Ute 48490 4dr Ute 49490 4dr Ute 52490 4dr Ute 57490 4dr Ute

41900 44900 47900 48490 50490 51490 54490 59490 67990

4dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute 4dr Ute

32990 36990 39990 45990

38990 41990 47990


5dr Van


2.7 ZL 3 seat 47495 2.7 ZL 6 seat 3.0 ZL Diesel 3 seat 3.0 ZL Diesel 6 seat 3.0 ZX Diesel 3 seat 3.0 12 Seat minibus

2700 2700 3000 3000 3000 3000

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

46190 47190 49890 50090 55690 69790

57690 72090

4x2 Sgle Cab Chassis Petrol 58895 4x2 Sgle Cab Chassis Diesel 61895 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 Dsl 4x4 Xtra Cab SR5 Dsl 4x4 Dble cab Diesel 4x4 SR5 Dble Cab Diesel

2700 3000 3000 2700 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000

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

35790 40090 42090 40390 43990 47490 51090 53990 59290 53190 59390

56990 61890

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

4500 4500 4500 4500

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

68690 74790 79490 82490

1200 1600 1200 1600 1600

3dr Van 29900 3dr Van 35250 3dr Van 32750 3dr Van 38100 3dr Van

82091 83029 87207 88145

Navara D40

2WD RX D/C diesel wellside 2WD ST D/C diesel wellside 2WD ST-X D/C diesel 4WD RX King Cab c/c diesel 4WD RX King Cab w/s diesel 4WD RX D/C diesel wellside 4WD ST D/C wellside 4WD ST-X 450 diesel 4WD ST-X 550 diesel

Ssangyong Actyon Sports

4WD Workmate Double cab 2000 2WD Sports Double Cab 2000 4WD Sports Double Cab 2000 4WD SPR Sports Double Cab 2000

Suzuki APV

1.6 APV Van

Toyota Hiace


Landcruiser 70 series

Volkswagen Caddy

1.2 TSI 1.6 TDI Maxi LWB 1.2 TSI Maxi LWB 1.6 TDI Maxi Life 5-seater 1.6 TDI


Double cab TDI 340Nm 2WD 2000 DC TDI Highline 400Nm 2WD 2000 Double cab TDI 400Nm 4WD 2000 DC TDI 400Nm 4WD Highline 2000

T5 Transporter

2.0 TDI 250Nm 2.0 TDI 340Nm 2.0 TDI 400Nm 2.0 TDI 400Nm 4Motion 2.0 TDI 250Nm LWB 2.0 TDI 340Nm 2.0 TDI 340Nm 4Motion 2.0 TDI 400Nm 2.0 TDI 400Nm 4Motion 2.0 TDI 340Nm Caravelle 44990 2.0 TDI 400Nm Multivan 48090

2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000

39890 34790 42990 45990 Crafter van 42990 2.0 TDI 35 300Nm High MWB 2000 44990 2.0 TDI 35 340Nm High MWB 2000 46990 51090 53190 2.0 TDI 35 340Nm High LWB 2000 54190 56190 2.0 TDI 50 340Nm High LWB 2000

Dbl cab Dbl cab Dbl cab Dbl cab

48490 52090

38750 41600 47990

43990 49990 56990 61990

4dr Van 46950 4dr Van 51500 4dr Van 53500 4dr Van 59500 4dr Van 49500 4dr Van 54000 4dr Van 60000 4dr Van 56000 4dr Van 62000 4dr Van 4dr Van 69990 4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van 4dr Van


63000 66000 69000 76000

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55000 57000 63000 57500 59500 65500 62990 76500


CC Body Man Auto Ducato Heavy 251.HG2 Ducato Heavy 251.HG3

A new class of hatch that delivers more space, more safety and European style. Born of Europe with the legendary innovation of Honda, all new 5-door Euro Civic is the future of the hatch. Developed for the demanding autobahns and cobblestoned lanes of the continent, the Euro Civic is a performance car with revolutionary Magic Seats that deliver class leading interior space. The rear seats not only lie flat, but the seat squab also folds up to the seat back, providing an open space 1.3m high behind the front seats. And, with low interest finance available, you can afford to experience the best the world has to offer – right here in New Zealand. From $32,900 + orc. Euro Civic. By Honda.

Book a test drive and enter to win at (see website for terms & conditions), call 0800 255 666 (Mon-Fri) or visit your local Honda agent.

NZ Company Vehicle magazine December 2012  

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