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The first I heard of Spanish vehicle manufacturer SEAT (pronounced say-at) was in the mid 90’s while watching screaming little Yellow Ibiza’s skidding around in a NZ WRC (World Rally Championship) event. Now SEAT have hit NZ shores and it looks like they’re here to stay, with the VW owned company opening a very impressive showroom here in Auckland.
Cast one look at the Lexus LC500 F Sport and you can tell that the brand’s old rep for terminally boring design has hit the bin. And it needed to, especially for this car, which is pitched against the likes of Jaguar’s F-Type, the Maserati Gran Turismo and Mercedes’ S-class coupe.
For a vehicle that has been around since 2002, there’s not a lot been said about the SsangYong large SUV. Well that may be all about to change as Great Lake Motor Distributors boast the all-new 4th generation Rexton which is slated to take SsangYong into a more premium space than any model they’ve previously offered. With levels of equipment, luxury, refinement and practicality on offer that may yet be found in a large SUV priced at a mainstream level.
The third generation X3 has recently arrived sporting a new fresh, sleek and sophisticated design or X-factor if you will. The standard Driving Assistant Plus package brings the highest level of next-generation driving assistance systems to all models, including the latest semi-automated driving capability.
The ŠKODA Octavia begins the third decade of its success story with proven strengths and new qualities. Comprehensive revisions give the Czech car manufacturer’s bestseller a particularly striking design, a refined ambiance in the familiar generously sized interior and optimised driving characteristics.
Comfortable, stylish and an everyday usable kind of crossover SUV, is what I found in the updated ASX. Changes by way of a new exterior facelift keep the ASX looking fresh, while specification improvements and a revitalized interior adds premium styling and value. The ASX also receives an SDA (Smartphone link Display Audio) system; LED DRL’s across the range and advanced safety systems on the VRX models.
Model X is the quickest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history and with six seats, “Falcon Wing” doors, crazy fast, and silently electric, what’s not to like? Frankly I couldn’t actually find anything I didn’t enjoy about the new Tesla Model X. Released earlier this year there are a few on the road that continue to turn heads and spark-up conversations around the electric vehicle world.
The Levorg 2.0 GT-S’s external refinements mean the spiritual successor to the much-loved Legacy GT wagon, looks even sharper than when it was launched in New Zealand in June last year. Cosmetic exterior changes include new design 18” alloy wheels, front grille, bumper and steering responsive headlights with DRL’s.
Hyundai’s smallest SUV offering has launched in NZ and is not shy in boasting about its accolades in the areas of refinement, technology, safety and practicality. It’s great to see an impressive level of safety features included as standard, especially in a market segment that is experiencing significant demand and rapid expansion.