The power of perfection

You could use any number of over-the-top action adjectives to describe the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. After 24 hours in our care, we can confirm the ZL1 is quite simply the most powerful, tyre-shredding devourer of blacktop you can buy for under $200,000, and thanks to HSV dealerships like Blackwells Holden, it can be yours, […]

Bang for your buck

It is not every day we get to see a new Suzuki Jimny. In fact, if you look back far enough, we haven’t had a new pint-sized off-roader to carry the Jimny name for about 20 years. Now we have, and my word it is something really special.     The term ‘bang for your […]

A whole lot of grunt

Need a seven-seater family vehicle that can tow a caravan, boat or jet ski? The new Mercedes Benz GLE 300d is just the vehicle for you.     I picked it up from Armstrong Prestige and I have to say, I was quite intimidated by the size of it. Its exterior has beautiful lines and […]

Great things come in small packages

Is it possible to make one of the best small hatches better? Honda thinks so. Just check out the new Jazz. Visually we see a more pronounced nose and restyled LED headlights, but it still retains the iconic eggshell styling.     The entry-level S comes in a 1.3 i-VTEC four pot with 73kW and […]

A stand-out drive

When reviewing a new car, it’s the details that make it stand out from the pack. Models are getting good at all-round driving ability. The Focus is no exception.     Apple Car Play should be a standard in all vehicles now and the Focus’ sound is brilliant; I connected in less than eight seconds. […]

Packing some punch

I asked Hemi Peek at Avon City Ford what he thought were the three top features of the Ford Endura Titanium; “A solid drive with a luxurious cabin, hands-free automatic power tailgate opening and easy interactive display”.     Well he wasn’t wrong. The 2-litre turbo diesel is also packing some punch in acceleration; with […]

A dynamic set

It’s all about class with Mercedes and, with two of the brand’s top-line models getting major improvements, it makes me wonder how far you can take it, especially when the starting point is an already dynamic set of cars – the AMG A45 and CLA 45.     The CLA 45 is a stunning example […]

Supra Hot!

After years of speculation, Toyota has given us a new Supra and it’s in New Zealand! I recently headed to a rain-soaked Hampton Downs Raceway to enjoy two glorious, if a bit brief, laps in the 2019 Toyota GR Supra.     So, what can we tell you? Well the new Supra is the result […]


The SUV is king of the new car market, so is the five-door family hatch a thing of the past? Not so, according to Mazda. After attending the launch of the seventh generation Mazda3 in Hanmer Springs and sampling two variants of the new hatch in day-to-day driving, the new Mazda3 is the best yet. […]

A Top Contender

Make no mistake, the ute segment is thoroughly crammed with choice. Holden’s Colorado has been a strong option for many years, but against its rivals, it fell short. Today, things are different. The Colorado is now sharper, more rugged and stuffed with more tech than ever before. Holden New Zealand allowed this writer to spend […]