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Eco Luxo Lex – Lexus RX350h Limited Review

Last year was a big year for Lexus, with the combined New Zealand dealer network selling a record 1309 units, vastly eclipsing the previous 2022 record of 1,023 cars. Lexus say 2024 is likely to be another great year for the brand. With the incoming introduction of Road User Chargers for BEVs and PHEV vehicles, […]

Spark of Electric Lex – Lexus RZ450e Dynamic Review

The Lexus RZ was a bit of a milestone when it was unveiled last year. The first all-electric offering from a brand which has always been obsessed with “the pursuit of perfection” I attended the nationwide launch of the RZ family last year and spent a week with the base RZ450e Core before Christmas and, […]

Wagons Roll – Toyota Corolla Wagon GX Hybrid Review

When it comes to a daily driver, I don’t need something that launches from 0 to 100 in a fraction of a second or produces a million kW per tonne etc. However, it must have plenty of space and relatively inexpensive to maintain and run. This is probably why I drive a 2004 Toyota Caldina […]

Deep Space 9 – LDV MIFA 9 Review

The questions were always the same. “What is that?” or “Where does that come from?” were the usual go-to for casual observers. I responded by saying this was the MIFA 9, the latest all-electric luxo people mover from LDV. Maybe it was the colour, but people kept gawping. It could be the fact the LDV […]

Lexus Electric Avenue – Lexus RZ450e Core Review

Arriving at a party first can be awkward at times. The social festivities don’t often quite get into full swing until a good chunk of the invited guests put in an appearance. Therefore, sometimes it is best to be “fashionably late” as you can assess how the other guests are and then you can swoop […]

Regen Renegade – Jeep Renegade Limited 4xe PHEV Review

The Jeep Renegade is back. The smallest model from the brand famous for its back catalogue of off-road icons has returned and economy is the name of the game. The new Renegade 4xe is one of three plug-in hybrid models sold in New Zealand, the others being the Compass and Grand Cherokee. The Jeep Renegade […]

May The 4 Be With You – MG4 Electric Review

The term “bang for your buck” is a cliché which seems to pop up now again when it comes to consumer goods. I will admit I have used it in the past when describing a car which has so much meat on the bone when compared what you pay for it. While it is an […]

Surf’s Up – BYD Dolphin Extended Review

If there is one brand which has made an impact within a short space of time in New Zealand, it has to be BYD. Its first flirtation with our local market was the ATTO 3, a car which gained a firm foothold the flourishing EV sector. The result was BYD couldn’t get them in quick […]

Better Late Than Never – Toyota GR Supra Manual Review

You know when something is good, but you can’t help but think it lacks something that will make it even better? Maybe that curry needed just a few extra chilis, or that G n T required a twist of lime to make it perfect? When Toyota launched the GR Supra, we all thought it was […]

GR8 Expectations – Toyota GR86 Review

I can remember when Toyota first lifted the lid on the Toyota 86. We didn’t get it here until around 2012 but boy was there a lot of hype. Here was a sports car made to bring back the fun to Toyota. Not to mention conjure up flashbacks of classic AE86 Levins and Turenos drifting […]