Charging ahead

An Australian-based global electric vehicle charging company JOLT is to roll out free and fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers around New Zealand, from next month. The first chargers will be installed at Mitre 10 stores and retail locations in Christchurch, Auckland, and Wellington this year, to be followed by hundreds more during the next few […]

Semi silent & SUV

The Toyota Highlander has been a firm favourite for SUV buyers both in the private and fleet sectors for many moons now. The latest generation is the first to incorporate the semi-silent running of hybrid powertrains. My test car was the range topping ZR Limited Hybrid at $74,990. All Highlanders share the same revised 2.5L […]

Torque talk

Which do you prefer? A car with an automatic, or manual transmission? There was once a time when both the option of shifting gears yourself or letting the car do it for you equally shared the stage across the New Zealand automotive landscape. Today, things are very different. Like the Sumatran Tiger, the manual gearbox […]

A classy Italian

Unveiling a new sports car, such as the Maserati MC20 (above) is always an event. The Italian trident’s newest mid-engine flagship supercar has arrived in Christchurch and was recently unveiled by local Maserati agents Euromarque at the Christchurch Art Gallery. The vehicle marks the start of an important new chapter for the Maserati brand and […]

Torque talk

The “Road to Zero” is already well underway. It has been a couple of years since the Government made the announcement of achieving a “zero” road death toll by 2050. The spearhead of this goal is the country’s speed limits. While I do agree some technical and off camber rural 100km/h roads with broken up […]

Zero emissions from fully electric

Available foR the fiRst time, the fully electRic BMW 7 Series sedan will arrive in New Zealand later this year. The fully electric i7 which is based on the seventh-generation 7 Series flagship sedan joins BMW’s rapidly expanding line-up of forward-thinking, zero emissions mobility solutions. The combination of efficient electric drive optimised adaptive recuperation, improved […]

Eco-friendly paint and panel: RO Jones Panelbeaters

Since moving in to their new facility at 10 Cass Street, Sydenham, RO Jones Panelbeaters Limited have seen exponential growth. Thanks to easier access for customers along, more off-street parking than their previous location in St Asaph Street and a new facility including a new spray booth, RO Jones Director Karl Stohr is more than […]

Driving into the future

Numerous new car models and redesigns sometimes make it hard to decide what to buy. Supply chain disruptions, a microchip shortage and the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have put production of many eagerly anticipated models back by several months, but they are still coming eventually. Companies with luxury and sporty new models due […]

Torque talk

You may have heard over the airwaves or read during the run up to April of the Government’s Clean Car Rebate and Feebate, which came into effect from 1 April this year. The New Zealand Government plans to greatly minimise our overall carbon footprint to 30 percent below 2005’s emissions statistics by 2030. This is […]

Seriously capable

The AMG division of Mercedes-Benz is changing. With the incorporation of electric drive for upcoming models, their rip-snorting V8 powerhouses could soon very well be a thing of the past. Therefore, could this E63 S AMG be the swansong of the AMG V8 saloon as we know it? Well for starters, it certainly has all […]