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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.
In developing the new Picanto, Kia has focussed on developing quality, technology and versatility. Bold exterior design is immediately noticeable and there is a lot going on up the front for such a small car! Kia’s description of the all-new Picanto is “Small but Perfectly Formed”.
If you think a luxury vehicle is expensive to run, think again... The Mercedes E-Class gets a plug-in hybrid option for the first time! Boasting outstanding fuel economy results, while still maintaining the elegance that draws attention to the MB product in the first place.
In a time where many manufacturers are focusing on electrification or releasing vehicles to be look seemingly “normal”, Honda have gone against the grain and released the Civic Type R which is wild in design, bursting with features, and great to drive, all without costing an arm! It has even set the fastest FWD lap record at the famous Nurburgring track.
Another 7-seater SUV has arrived on New Zealand shores, and quite an impressive one at that. Featuring a small but exciting 1.5L V-TEC Turbo engine, it’s the only engine you’ll ever need for family driving. The new CR-V further demonstrates how great the relationship is between a CVT transmission and a turbocharged engine, joining the likes of the Civic and HR-V.
Zero Emissions, Zero Compromises, Tesla’s first fully electric sedan is an evolution in automotive engineering. Combining performance, safety, and efficiency, it has reset the world’s expectations for the car of the 21st century. The Model S features the highest possible safety ratings, the longest range of any electric vehicle, and over-the-air software updates that continuously make it better.
The 2017 XV is a fine example of the latest Subaru technology, style and handling all wrapped up in one colourful package, and it's not afraid to get dirty either! Boasting a very confident AWD drivetrain, highly regarded Lineartronic CVT transmission, and perfectly laid out cockpit, there’s not a lot missing in the new Subaru XV.
Toyota’s new super savvy compact SUV has landed and boy does it turn heads! Boasting a thoroughly European design heritage, words like ‘muscular flanks’ and ‘extroverted’ are thrown around to describe its coupe-like silhouette. Built on Toyota’s new global platform (TNGA) the chassis has a lower centre of gravity, combined with advanced suspension to deliver a more driver-oriented vehicle and fun-to-drive experience.
We can confidently label the VW Golf as a bit of an icon; after all it is the most successful Volkswagen ever. Thirty-two million units spanning over four decades speaks for itself. The latest update cements its hold even further, offering more enhanced safety and premium technology than ever before.
We’re no strangers to the luxury SUV that comes decked with everything under the sun, but now behold what can only be described as a super luxury SUV. Bentley has come out firing with the Bentayga, a very off-road on-road capable SUV that, for the first time in Bentley’s history, has come equipped with a diesel engine.
Stylish, sleek, sporty, yet comfortable – this top spec E400 has it all! It leaves nothing to chance and Mercedes have designed this vehicle to be an icon of style. It has a striking, sporty front design, purist side design and an athletic-muscular rear, making its proportions perfect from every angle.