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Tough as Chuck – Next Gen Ford Ranger Wildtrak Review

Next Gen Ranger Wildtrak review NZ

With his slick moves and overall toughness, martial arts expert Chuck Norris simply wowed me (and many others) throughout the ‘80s, however, it was his role as Cordell Walker in the 90s hit series Walker Texas Ranger that really impressed me the most. His dogged determination, ability to conquer all terrains, from the city to […]

Mildly Hybrid and mildly black – Mazda CX-30 SP MHEV Blackout Edition

Mazda CX-30 SP MHEV Blackout Edition review NZ

With its compact size, design tweaks and mild-hybrid efficiency there’s a lot to like about Mazda’s CX-30 SP MHEV Blackout Edition, but could they have done a little bit more? Mazda NZ gave us the keys for a few days to find out. Alright, so when a vehicle brand usually releases a ‘Blackout Edition’, visions […]

A New Sport-Age Dawns – 2022 Kia Sportage X-Line Diesel AWD Review

If there is one entrant into the mid-sized SUV segment which has raised its game in recent years, it has to be the Kia Sportage. The previous generation was much improved over generations past and the sales reflect these improvements by the Sportage becoming a very popular option with the buying public. For 2022, there […]

Hybrid HS – MG HS PLUS EV PHEV review


As some of us will still remember, the MG Motor company was formed back in 1924. It was founded in what I like to think was a tin shed in England by car designer Cecil Kimber who (under the MG badge) went on to make some iconic British sportscars. The ‘new’ iteration of the MG […]

E-zy breezy – 2021 Mercedes-Benz E350 Cabriolet review

2021 Mercedes-Benz E350 Cabriolet review NZ

2021 Mercedes-Benz E350 Cabriolet review New Zealand – E-legant, e-motional, e-asy on the eye, e-fficient and now e-lectrified, the new E-Class has the ability to e-nliven all manner of senses, but when you add in a Coupe style and ‘drop the top’ cabriolet driving takes on a whole new level. Mercedes-Benz NZ let us play […]

NZ’s MIQ system is a frickin’ shambles


For less than ideal personal family reasons I find myself needing to get to the UK and quick – however, ‘quick’ is not an option and nor would it appear are my chances of returning to New Zealand. Yes I understand that we are in a global pandemic of epic proportions and as such there […]

3 Kings of Leon – SEAT & CUPRA Leon first drive

2021 Cupra Leon Sportstourer NZ

The fourth generation Leon has arrived in New Zealand and it’s better than ever, with stunning new designs, advanced technology and both ‘clean car’ economical or ‘heart-racing’ ferocious powertrains. There are three models on offer and we got to test them all.  Named after the Spanish city of Leon (which incidentally also means lion), the […]

All Class – 2021 Mercedes Benz S-Class review

2021 Mercedes Benz S-Class review NZ

First launched in the 1950’s and then actually named in the 70’s, the S-Class has just launched its 7th Generation and Mercedes Benz NZ let us check out the S 450 4MATIC model.  The undisputed apex of the brand in terms of luxury and innovation, the S-Class exemplifies all that is great in automotive refinement, […]

Cupra Born is uh, Born

Cupra Born

CUPRA is charging into a new era of transformation that perfectly combines electrification and performance, starting with plug-in hybrid variants of existing models and continues with its first ever all-electric model, the CUPRA Born. CUPRA President Wayne Griffiths kicked off the event by stating: “CUPRA has surprised everyone in these three years and has even continued […]