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Auxsome Ford Ranger FX4 MAX review

Ford Ranger FX4 MAX review NZ

The Ford Ranger has (more or less) been NZ’s most popular vehicle for what seems like an age now and with its vast range, special editions, raft of accessories and ‘the Raptor’ to play with, there’s something for everyone. But wait, there was a gap that needed to be filled (an upmarket ute that’s also […]

RAM just got bigger – new RAM 1500 Express Crew Cab review

RAM 1500 Express Crew Cab review NZ

It’s fair to say that when it comes to NZ roads, there’s not much that can top the RAM in terms of size and overall numbers. It boasts Best‐in‐class towing and Best‐in‐class power which makes their tag line ‘Eats Utes for breakfast’ rather fitting. Anyway, the 1500 Express (let’s call this the ‘budget RAM’) has […]

The Darkside Difference – VW Amarok Darkside Edition review

VW Amarok Darkside Edition review NZ

Launched in 2010, the VW Amarok burst into the Ute/truck scene to critical acclaim. VW group build quality, Euro styling and (the now overused) car-like interior. It was, and still is, a ute that is tough enough to do the grunt work during the day, yet doesn’t look out of place when pulling up at […]

Kodo Cool – Mazda Unveils All-New Mazda BT-50

All-New Mazda BT-50 NZ

Mazda Motor Corporation has hosted the world premiere of their all-new Mazda BT-50 ute and it’s KODO cool. Fully redesigned, the all-new BT-50 is supplied by Isuzu Motor Limited on an OEM basis, and the vehicle will go on sale under the Mazda brand name starting in the Australasian market in the latter half of […]

X Marks the Treasure

Is the new V6 X-class a pickup to be treasured or just a piece of fools gold? From your childhood, you’d remember the conquests of Pirates and their infamous treasure maps where ‘X’ marked a spot where treasure was kept or you’d know about this from the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie franchise. Well there […]

New Year Recovery – A Ford Ranger Raptor Experience

Ford Ranger Raptor New Zealand

Ford NZ – We had the chance to review the Ford Ranger Raptor in NZ over the New Year and here’s how it went. As I have matured (another way of saying I’m getting old), the need to stay up until the early hours of the morning, partying, has waned and nothing highlights this more […]

Baby RAM ain’t kidding around – RAM 1500 Review

RAM 1500 Review New Zealand

RAM 1500 Review – First drive Alright, I know that a young Ram is called a ‘Ram Lamb’ but it didn’t have the same ring to it. The point is RAM (the truck type) have just launched their new 1500 and despite it being shorter, lower and lighter than its siblings, according to them it […]

Ford Ranger Raptor – Performance Plus Baja ha ha

A recent study by Ford research boffins in Europe highlighted that regularly driving a sports car can greatly increase your sense of well-being and emotional fulfilment. Therefore, unfortunately, although our off-roading friends may find a certain sense of pleasure slowly wallowing around in the mud ruts of the countryside, they have evidently been missing out […]

Getting our A into G with Mercedes-Benz

There’s little doubt that Mercedes-Benz have a very impressive SUV line-up (well vehicles in general for that matter). Boasting everything from the 5.5L V8 powered AMG GLS 63 (and of course the G-Wagon) to the all new X. Large or small and whatever the terrain, it would appear that Mercedes-Benz have a seat that will […]

VW Amarok V6 review – Paddle Steamer

Although Paddle boats date back to the Romans and the use of Oxen to propel the big wheels, it wasn’t until 1704 that French Physicist Denis Papin first propelled a ship using steam power that was mechanically attached to giant paddles. The modern and common image that we now have of steamboats is of being […]