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A Star is Born – Opel Astra GSe

If you’ve been reading my pieces for some time, you might have seen me defending PHEVs in a few occasions, saying I think they are an excellent step towards electrification for those that want to make do with one car or just can’t be bothered with the charging infrastructure woes (an ever growing group, mind […]

Park ‘kin better people – Tarmac Tantrum

‘You can’t park there mate’. I know it should be really ‘a place’, but ‘a space for everything and everything in its space’ seems appropriate for this week’s Tarmac Tantrum – namely PARK BETTER PEOPLE. The global traffic road marking coatings market size was valued at USD 4.92 billion in 2021, and along with that […]

Mazda exceeds 2 million Wankels

Mazda Motor Corporation today announced that total production volume of rotary engine vehicles has surpassed two million units. The rotary engine is an engine with a unique structure that uses rotational movement of triangular rotors to generate power. The first vehicle Mazda equipped with a rotary engine was the Mazda Cosmo Sport (Mazda 110S), introduced […]

The best or nothing – 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 review

2024 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 review NZ

To me, Mercedes is all about choice, a big range of vehicles and multiple options within that category – however, with the new, second generation GLC, Mercedes-Benz NZ has opted for just one model, their best-selling 300. So I guess they’re living up to their ‘best and nothing’ slogan. The GLC was first launched in […]

Over 40% of Drivers don’t recognize a window lock symbol

A new study has revealed that 41% of drivers don’t understand the purpose of a window lock button and the lack of knowledge extends to many other common car console symbols. A new survey conducted by Auto Trader reveals that many drivers are in the dark about what basic symbols mean. In a world where cars are stocked with […]

Special marks for Mercedes-Benz E-Class and EQE SUV from Euro NCAP

With the new E-Class and the EQE SUV, the independent European safety organisation Euro NCAP has awarded no less than two Mercedes‑Benz vehicles for the very high performance level of their assistance systems. Both the Mercedes‑Benz E 400 e 4MATIC Saloon and the EQE 500 4MATIC SUV received an overall rating of “very good” in the special assessment for assistance systems. The highest Euro NCAP results […]

The Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 4Matic+ REALLY means business

Mercedes_AMG EQE 53 review NZ

My first taste of the Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 was at the Hampton Downs racetrack where I got to try out launch control and whizz around the tarmac a couple of times. Fair to say that the experience was a thrill but left me wanting more – Mercedes-Benz NZ were happy to throw me the keys […]

Charged up and ready for business – Peugeot e-Expert

There’s something to be said about a good work vehicle. They often get little attention, see heaps of hard work and have to deal with a substantial amount of abuse. So, as a very enthusiastic van evaluator, you get to accompany me as I try out the e-Expert, another offering from Peugeot in that segment […]