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All new Toyota Camry

Toyota New Zealand will introduce the all new Toyota Camry, New Zealand’s top selling medium-sized sedan in early 2018.

2018 Toyota Camry

The latest Camry boasts higher power and better fuel economy, a revamped chassis that sharpens driving dynamics and advanced new safety technologies.

“The 2018 Camry is a totally new car from bumper to bumper,” said Spencer Morris, Toyota New Zealand’s General Manager of Product.

“There is a lot of new technology in next year’s Camry, starting with the adoption of Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA), which has transformed the way Toyota vehicles are designed, engineered and packaged.”

The manufactured in Japan sedan, which replaces the Australian built car, has just been launched across the Tasman.

The cornerstones of the 2018 Camry are the redesigned hybrid system with a new four-cylinder engine that delivers more power, flexibility and efficiency, and a stunning new V6 engine with direct-injection technology and an eight-speed transmission.

Full details of the Camry model range and its pricing will be announced at the time of the New Zealand launch.

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New BMW X2 in 2018

The new BMW X2 will be on the market in March 2018.

The Sports Activity Coupe is a BMW with one of a kind character. Its design is a combination of the robustness of a BMW X model and the athletic suave of a coupe. 

Customers can choose from the BMW X2 M Sport and the M Sport X models. 

New design details also are apart of the new BMW, these include the BMW roundel on the C-pillars and the styling of the kidney grille, where the outline is wider at the base than at the top, a first for a modern BMW. 

New colour shades, Galvanic Gold metallic and Misano Blue metallic, are available for the first time. Perforated Dakota leather in Magma Red and Micro Hexagon fabric will also be apart of the new design.

Three engine variants are offered from the launch, plus the petrol model is fitted with the sporty seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission. 

Options for the latest generation of BMW ConnectedDrive and Connected App, Apple CarPlay and an array of driver assistance systems all serve for a more coherent driving experience. 

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First look at third gen Swift Sport

Suzuki will unveil the next generation Swift at the Frankfurt international motor show on September 12, and has provided a first look at their flagship hot hatch.

Suzuki says the third generation Sport is based on the new Swift range, released in New Zealand in June, and is lighter, more efficient.

The Sport will be the first Swift to be turbocharged, and will be available for the New Zealand market with a 6 speed manual or automatic transmission, the latter with paddle shifters.

A first look at the third generation Swift Sport.

“Swift Sports have always harked back to classic hot hatches of old with their tenacity and clean dynamic interaction, and we expect the latest generation version to inherit these admirable qualities,” said Gary Collins, General Manager, Automobile Marketing for Suzuki New Zealand.

Suzuki promises that the new Swift Sport will be the best value hot hatch on the local market, building on the strengths of its predecessor while incorporating the latest technology.

New Zealand consumers will be able to find out during the first quarter of next year, when the new generation model goes on sale locally.

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370Z NISMO to arrive in NZ October 1

Nissan has announced that the 370Z NISMO will go on sale in Australia today, and have provided a release date for the New Zealand maket as Obtober 1.

The 370Z is the second Nissan nameplate to receive the NISMO treatment following the arrival for the GT-R earlier this year. Nissan says that the 370Z NISMO embodies NISMO’s passion for motorsport, technology and performance – the cornerstones of the brand for over 30 years.

“Most powerful Z ever offered” – Nissan

NISMO (Nissan Motorsport) is Nissan’s in-house tuning, motorsports and performance division.

The 370Z NISMO sports a 3.7 litre V6 engine that is identical to that of the standard 370Z, but adds an extra 8kW of power and 8Nm of torque. Nissan says this is achieved by the H-configured exhaust system design and muffler tuning, along with ECM (Engine Control Module) calibration, which reduces back pressure by up to 30 per cent.

The 370Z NISMO’s front and rear suspension have been tuned with increased spring, dampening and stabiliser rates for better handling, while its rigid body structure, strut tower bar brace and performance dampers help control body vibration.

NISMO sports brakes with large diameter 14-inch front and 13.8-inch rear vented rotors with four-piston front and two-piston rear aluminium calipers will enhance the motorsport feel.

The NISMO variant also features satellite navigation with 3D mapping, a seven-inch integrated colour touch screen and Bluetooth as standard equipment.

The 370Z NISMO features a fully integrated NISMO body kit that not only adds to its aggressive look but provides more front and rear downforce.

Several safety features are included, with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Anti-lock Braking (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and dual front, side and curtain airbags.

Nissan NZ expects that the 370Z NISMO will be on sale in New Zealand from October 1. The coupe is priced from $71,990 for the manual model to $75,490 for an automatic transmission.

On sale in NZ October 1.


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Suzuki release Vitara SE

Suzuki have presented the latest addition of their flagship small SUV, the Virata SE.

“We wanted to develop a compelling offer at the sub-$30,000 price point,” said Gary Collins, General Manager of Marketing for Suzuki New Zealand.

The announcement of the new model follows strong sales for Suzuki, with the brand holding 7.2 per cent of the new passenger car market in New Zealand and ranking fourth best make for the January to July 2017 period compared with 5.6 per cent and eight best make for the 2016 calendar year.

The SE comes with a six-stage automatic transmission as standard and sits mid-way between the JLX level and direct injection Turbo performance versions of the Vitara in terms of performance.

The SE also comes with a raft of extra design features including black daytime running lamp bezels black body side mouldings, a rear upper spoiler and a range of new colours.

The Vitara SE is a money saver for owners, Suzuki says. The company notes a recent independent Australian survey run by the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland awarded the 1.6 Vitara the lowest annual running costs in the small Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) class.

The Vitara SE, available now.

The latest generation Vitara is a top seller in its class, capturing 14.8 percent of the segment in New Zealand during 2016. In the first seven months of this year the Vitara has attracted 955 sales and, with just under 22 per cent of the brand’s total volume, is the second most popular Suzuki model.

The SE comes with all of the safety features standard to the Vitara including seven airbags, a brake override system and ESP electronic stability. 

The 1.6 litre four cylinder engine produces 86kW of power while the auto transmission has an expanded lockup range.

Suzuki say that the model is arriving in dealerships now and the roll-out will be completed over the next few days.

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2018 Nissan Leaf to debut September 6

The new Nissan Leaf has an official release date.

Following a number of leaked specs, pictures and other information about the highly anticipated model, Nissan has announced that the new Leaf will debut officially on September 6 in Japan.

The Leaf is the world’s highest selling EV, with more than 280,000 units sold between December 2010 and July 2017.

Teaser image of the new Leaf released by Nissan.

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Details of new M5 released

BMW has provided a first look at details of the 6th generation of the M5 luxury Sedan, that BMW says has new sporting agility and technology that allows “easily controlled drifts”.

While the sedan doesn’t look outstandingly different from its predecessors, the new M5 boasts an impressive power boost and some new drivetrain technology.

The new M5 is equipped with a 4.4 litre V8 that has an output of 441kW and peak torque of 750Nm. That’s a 30kW increase in power from previous models.

The M5 reaches 0 – 100 km/h 3.4 seconds and from 0 – 200 km/h in just 11.1 seconds. The top speed will be electronically limited at a maximum of 305 km/h.

The new model debuts BMW’s newly developed M xDrive all-wheel-drive systems that BMW says, “brings together the outstanding agility and precision of the standard drivetrain configuration familiar from other M models with the supreme traction in all conditions offered by all-wheel drive.”

Along with the all-wheel drive option the M5 will be available in “pure” 2-wheel rear wheel drive, a configuration that BMW says, “allows the driver to pick their own drift angle and treats connoisseurs to driving dynamics in their purest form.”

The interior of the new M5.

BMW says these options allow the new M5 to be both an exceptional daily driver, and performer on the racetrack. They are keen to note that, like all M models, the new M5 was tested and developed on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany.

The new M5 has all the design features you would expect of a high-end luxury sedan, including leather upholstery, optional multifunction seats and a range of polished BMW double spoke rims.

BMW New Zealand’s Head of Corporate Communications Paul Sherley says that the release of the new M5 to the New Zealand market will be in line with international timings. “At this point we are still in the process of finalising specification and pricing for New Zealand. However, these will be announced closer to the vehicles’ local launch… currently planned for the early part of 2018.”



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BMW adds new petrol option to Tourer range


The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer gains a new four-cylinder powertrain option its line-up, alongside existing three-cylinder and plug-in hybrid options.

The existing 218d model will be discontinued from the local range, which currently includes the 218i petrol, 220i petrol and 225xe plug-in hybrid.

“The new 220i strongly complements the 218i in the range today and provides a new petrol alternative,” said BMW Group New Zealand managing director Florian Renndorfer. 

The BMW 220i Active Tourer contains a 1.5-litre petrol engine generating 141kW of power and 280Nm of torque matched to an eight-speed automatic Streptronic transmission. The 220i achieves 0-100km/hr in 7.4 seconds, and fuel consumption is rated at 5.7L/100km.

Pricing for the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer range begins at $51,451 for the 218i, $57,990 for the 220i and $69,800 for the 225xe hybrid. Prices include GST but exclude on-road costs.


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Tourer joins Commodore line-up

The Tourer has joined the Commodore range and is set to debut in 2018. It’s the third model confirmed in the next-generation line-up, following the NG sedan (based on the Opel Insignia) and the Sportwagon.

New European manufacturer Opel continues to influence the design of the 2018 Commodore range, Holden said, with the Tourer silhouette borrowing from the executive Opel Monza concept car, first produced in 1978.

Although powertrain specifications are yet to be released, it’s expected the Tourer will contain the same engine options as the Sportwagon and NG, which include a V6 petrol engine generating 230kW and 370Nm of torque, and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine available in petrol and diesel.

The Commodore Tourer comes with a high-tech AWD system and also lets customers select specific driving modes, giving them the flexibility to be able to get off the beaten track,” said managing director of Holden New Zealand, Kristian Aquilina. The all-wheel drive Tourer also contains a ‘Sport’ driver mode, which adjusts the calibration of the steering, AWD and transmission for sportier driving experience.

The new crossover wagon will be 110mm longer than the Commodore NG and 20mm longer than the Sportwagon, with an additional 20mm ground clearance.

Driver assistance systems include autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, speed-limit cruise control, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, forward collision alert, side blind-zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert.

Further details on pricing and a launch date are forthcoming.

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New Subaru XV revealed

The latest Subaru XV will debut at the Geneva Auto Show next month, with new images recently published by the Japanese press.

The 2017 XV was previewed as a concept car last year, and featured new bumpers and tall roof racks to emphasise its SUV capabilities. New magazine photos show front and rear skid plates, a higher ride height, and alloy wheels.

The Japanese magazine claimed the XV would offer two powertrain options in its domestic market – a 1.6-litre petrol generating 86kW of power and a larger 2.0-litre petrol producing 115kW. The latter engine currently powers the new Impreza, and is available with either six-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission.

The Subaru XV will go on sale in Japan this year, according to reports, with further details of an international launch reserved for the Geneva Auto Show.

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Holden announces Sportwagon

Holden have announced some details of the upcoming Commodore Sportwagon model, the first to be produced by German manufacturers Opel.

The Sportwagon will have four-cylinder petrol and diesel and the flagship V6 model options. The V6 will have 230kW of power and 370Nm of torque, a world-first ‘Twinster’ all-wheel drive system and 9-speed transmission.

The Sportwagon will contain various driver assistance features, such as autonomous emergency braking, adaptive suspension, rear-cross traffic alert, lane-keep assist and lane departure warning, head-up display, adaptive cruise control and matrix lighting.

Holden has also introduced new unlocking technology. As well as keyless entry, the tailgate can be opened and closed with a kicking motion under the rear bumper. The system will detect an obstruction and stop the mechanism in an emergency. Depending on the power train, it will be up to 200 kilograms lighter than the previous model.

The Holden Sportwagon will premiere at the Geneva Motor Show on March 7 under the Opel guise and will go on sale in New Zealand in 2018.

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