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Anyone hoping to sell a sports hatch based on a mainstream car, and to sell it in reasonable numbers, has to aim for the impossible: a vehicle that will fit many sizes of sporting driver, which can tackle the daily commute or shopping trip and still deliver a blistering back-road drive, all without inflating the price to unreasonable levels.
Cast one look at the Lexus LC500 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.