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Storm the Palisade


Big seven-to-eight-seater luxo SUVs are fast becoming the cash cow of many automotive brands. This is the Palisade, Hyundai’s spearhead at this segment.

 

 

The turbo diesel engine in my Limited felt very strong and eager to get going. Keep it between 1600 and 4000rpm, and you make brisk progress despite the girth. The Palisade’s eight-speed auto box on hand sending drive to all four wheels via Hyundai’s proven HTRAC AWD system is very smooth. However, the gear selector buttons on the centre console were not terribly responsive.
As far as cabin refinement goes, the Palisade shows just how far Hyundai has come in the last decade. Features like the 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system are easy to use and everything you touch feels akin to some in this segment costing twice the price.
The on-board kit is a Palisade triumph too. Heated and ventilated seats, power sunroof, heated steering wheel, wireless charging, Apple carPlay/Android auto, blind spot collision avoidance assist, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision avoidance, which at speeds of up to 80km/h, will put the brakes on quicker than you could yourself. Though I was not tempted to try it! The rear ‘Captains Chairs’ were another treat, able to recline and move forward and back so one could strike the optimum Captain Kirk pose.
The Palisade is probably not the most engaging of drives, but then again it is not meant to be. Off the beaten track, its multi terrain control drive modes sends optimum torque to which ever corner needs it most. It is a great system and a doddle to use.
All in all, there is much to like about the new Palisade. The price is up there, but those after a luxurious yet frugal SUV, should definitely keep the brochure on this one.

 

 

OVERVIEW

Price: $114,990
Engine: 2.2L Four Cylinder Turbo Diesel
Power and Torque: 174kW/440Nm
Transmission: Eight Speed Automatic
Drive System: All-Wheel-Drive
Fuel Consumption: 7.3L/100km
Wheels: 20inch Alloys
Weight: 2057kg
Towing Capacity: 2200kg
Dimensions: 4980mm (L), 1975mm (W), 1750mm (H)


 

Celebrating stirling service: Kendal Vehicle Services


Kendal Vehicle Services; Burnside’s Auto Super Shoppe has been servicing northwest Christchurch now for over 25 years having just celebrated its big 25th plus one birthday in April (delayed due to Covid-19).

 

 

Business Manager Carol Bradley has been at the helm since 1995, and her tight-knit team lives and breathes everything automotive. With modern equipment including engine diagnostic equipment, the business is able to undertake all manner of repairs, servicing, and fine tuning to ensure your favourite wheels are always running smoothly.

While automotive servicing and repairs make up the core of the company’s business, what really sets it apart is the way it embraces the community, supporting the likes of Burnside West Junior Cricket, Russley Golf and various other community fundraising initiatives including Nurse Maude Hospice through Carol’s Business Networking group BNI Phoenix.

KVS is a proud representative of the MTA and the premium Auto Super Shoppe group so you can rely on open and honest advice. If you need further convincing, check out the glowing Google reviews and judge for yourself.


 

Classy Euro Cars: Christchurch European


The journey from street side to the main office goes something like this. BMW X5s on the left, Range Rover Sport on the right. A few steps forward. Wow, Porsche 911 in front, Audi RS6 at the rear. Finally, to top it all off, a yellow Lamborghini Gallardo and bright red Ferrari F12 soaking up the admiring glances. Want to know the most amazing thing of all? They are all for sale at Christchurch European.

 

 

Christchurch European. It means exactly what it says. Very possibly, it’s one of the biggest ranges of European vehicles to suit any budget or preference in New Zealand.

The choice is staggering, Jaguar, Land Rover, BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Porsche, Volkswagen, Aston Martin, Maserati and as mentioned before, even the raging bull of Lamborghini and the prancing horse of Ferrari make up the stable.

Niki and his team take into account just what kind of European vehicle you are after and will happily steer you in the right direction. With finance, insurance, and a comprehensive on-site workshop, you get all the advantage of a main dealer but with the best of all the major brands on one site.

After a European family run-around? A terrain conquering luxury SUV? Or a low-slung automotive adrenalin pump? You know where to go.


 

Cruise into Mega Motorcycles: Mega Motorcycle Centre


Mega Motorcycle Centre has become a hub for Canterbury motorcyclists and anyone who loves bikes. Formerly known as Budget Motorcycle Spares, it has grown, as the new name suggests, into a biker’s paradise of mega proportions. “Mega Motorcycle Centre is very much a one stop-shop for everything to do with motorcycling,” says Mega Motorcycle Centre’s Sam Davison.

 

What started a shop for spares, accessories, and riding apparel, has grown exponentially into a fully-fledged engineering facility with engine tuning, dyno testing and other mechanical work.

“We can carry out any form of mechanical tuning or upgrades to your bike,” says Sam.

Also, Sam, Dennis and the team of tight-knit mechanics and technicians are some of the most passionate motorcycle enthusiasts around. They know their stuff and can take on everything from a simple service to a full engine rebuild.

Mega Motorcycle Centre also welcomes any brand of bike into the shop. The team knows what unites keen motorcyclists is the love of the ride, regardless of what they are into.

So, whether you get your kicks on your Harley-Davidson Softail Cruiser, or your Ducati 916 Sports Bike, you are more than welcome at Mega Motorcycle Centre, 334 Wilsons Road, Waltham, Christchurch.

 


 

This is no old goat


Prior to Subaru New Zealand’s marketing campaign for the new Outback, I am ashamed to admit I hadn’t realised what the acronym GOAT meant. It does of course mean, ‘Greatest of All Time.’ With the new Outback, Subaru claims it is the GOOAT. So, is this the ‘Greatest Outback of All Time’? Let’s see.

 

 

The new Outback gets a few styling tweaks front and rear. This is probably the best looking Outback for some time.

Under the bonnet is a 2.5L boxer four-cylinder petrol engine like before, but this one is 90 percent all new. Power has risen to 138kW and 245Nm of torque. The SLT gearbox gains a gear, making it now an eight-speed set up. Subaru also claims a combined fuel figure of 7.3L/100km, and towing capacity increases to two tonnes.

Standard kit is generous with Subaru’s fourth generation EyeSight safety system combining lane centring function, speed sign recognition and lane departure warning. There are also directional LED headlights, rear cross traffic alerts, blind spot monitoring, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and reverse automatic braking.

While the interior itself is very similar to before, the first thing you notice when inside is the large tablet-style 11.6 touchscreen infotainment system. This is by far the highlight of the new Outback’s cockpit, as it was very clear and intuitive.

My test car was the flagship Outback Touring which boasts niceties such as heated Napa leather, electric sunroof, heated steering wheel, and a rather good Harman Kardon sound system which gives one the closest experience to hearing Pink Floyd live.

The driving position is more natural this time around and the level of quality materials used for the switchgear and trim is much improved too. This is easily the most refined Outback yet.

On the road, that refinement translates well into the drive itself. Honestly, the new Outback feels a completely different animal to the previous generation.

The nearly all new boxer four-pot is quieter and peak torque comes in low down in the rev range, leaving you seldom exceeding 2500rpm. Tweaks to the suspension and dampers have resulted in less body roll. Ride comfort has been improved too.

Heading on to the gravel trails and dusty inclines behind McLeans Island, it was time to play with X-Mode.

Subaru’s off-road modes deal with all manner of terrain well, with X-Mode sending power and torque to where it is needed most. You also gain the addition of deep snow/mud settings to the mix.

The entry level Outback kicks things off at $49,990, the mid-range Outback X is $54,990, and my flagship Touring tops out the range at $57,990. In summary, the new Outback exceeds all expectations. Honestly, I was not expecting to like it as much as I did. The GOOAT? Absolutely.


 

A luxurious symbol of time


A defining feature of one of the world’s most luxurious cars has celebrated a notable milestone recently. Rolls Royce’s official emblem, the Spirit of Ecstasy, has turned 110.

 

The intellectual property of the design was registered on 6 February 1911, establishing what would go on to become an icon of luxury around the world.

Almost unaltered throughout her long and storied life, the Spirit of Ecstasy graces the bonnet of every Rolls Royce motor car built at the home of Rolls Royce, Goodwood in the UK.

The symbol was born after one of Britain’s motoring pioneers, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, commissioned a bonnet sculpture for his own Rolls Royce. Soon, others began following suit – much to the displeasure of Rolls Royce General Manager at the time Claude Johnson. So, he commissioned artist and illustrator, Charles Robinson Sykes to make an official version.

Originally a statuesque 18cm tall, the Spirit of Ecstasy today stands a more petite 9.5cm high. In 2020, the Spirit of Ecstasy took on a new life and appearance as part of a wider update of the Rolls Royce brand. Known as The Expression, she appears ethereal and regal, yet now with a more contemporary, technological edge that reflects the company’s modern vision.


 

Lavish restoration


Enzo Ferrari described the Jaguar E-type when launched at the Geneva Auto salon in March 1951 as “the most beautiful car in the world.” If you take a look from pretty much any angle, it is easy to see Enzo was right.

 

Now I am an Avengers fan. The 1961 English TV series, not the Marvel version, and that’s where you first see the E-type in the marketplace. Fast at 240km/h and sexy as hell, this isn’t your go to the supermarket to pick up a loaf of bread…or is it?

Jaguar Classic has unveiled its first matched pair of E-type 60 Collection cars and revealed full specification details for the 12 expertly restored and sympathetically uprated 3.8-litre E-types built to celebrate 60 years of the iconic sports car.

The E-type 60 Collection cars are restored and refined by the experts at Jaguar Classic in Coventry, and combine flawless quality and exceptional engineering know-how.

The most significant mechanical upgrade is a specially developed five-speed manual gearbox which features synchromesh on all ratios, helical cut gears and a reinforced cast aluminium casing for enhanced reliability and greater durability as well as closer gear ratios and smoother changes.

The 265bhp 3.8-litre six-cylinder XK engine benefits from an authentic 1961-style alloy radiator, with electric cooling fan and electronic ignition for everyday usability, as well as a polished stainless steel exhaust system.

This new exhaust system is dimensionally identical to the standard mild steel system but produces a slightly deeper tone and offers greater longevity.

In addition to the centre console, the bonnet badge, clock face within the tachometer, fuel cap and chassis plate are all finished with a commemorative E-type 60 logo created by Jaguar Design, featuring the years 1961 to 2021. A light beech-rimmed steering wheel, as fitted to 1961 cars, features a 24-carat gold horn push.

Every car is supplied with a tailor-made E-type 60 car cover, tool roll and jack storage bags to complete the enhancements and exemplify the attention to detail lavished on each vehicle.

In summer 2022, the six customers and their guests will take part in the ultimate E-type pilgrimage, creating their own set of E-type memories in classic English style. Now, if someone could loan me one, there’s a loaf of bread in a supermarket in Timaru I need to go and get.


 

Your carriage awaits: Hammonds


You can’t have a wedding celebration without a wedding car. Surely, the bride and groom don’t want to leave the wedding ceremony in an Uber. However, if Dad’s old 65 Chevy Impala isn’t quite up to scratch in terms of looks, Hammonds Collision centre are able to help.

 

 

“The wedding planning can be a stressful time, so one of the last things couples need to worry about is what the condition the car is going to be in,” says Hammond Collision Centre’s Scott Blackadder.

“At Hammonds we can ensure your wedding car will get ready for your big day. Whether it needs to be buffed up, or a complete restoration, we have the team, and the panel, paint mechanical facilities to do just that,” he says.

Hammonds Collision Centre have managed to build a sterling Christchurch- wide reputation at their 46 Battersea Street base, offering body and mechanical repairs, WOFs, servicing, and insurance repairs.

No job is beyond what Scott and the team are capable of. They are all big petrolheads themselves, so they know exactly just what having your dream car on you biggest day will mean to you. After all, you need to arrive in style.


 

Scratch that! The Wheel Magician


It seems every day is the same story: “You scratched my alloys.” “No, you did it yourself.” Before the bickering of who did what to who turns nasty, these disputes can be resolved quickly and conveniently with the aid of Wheel Magician’s mobile wheel repair service.

 

 

Christchurch is often a minefield of high curbs and traffic islands, which if you are not careful, can instigate the sickening sound of alloys wheels scraping against them. Before you know it, you have parked closer than you thought and your alloys look somewhat worse than they were before.

Rather than giving up your car for the day to have your alloys repaired, The Wheel Magician can come to you. They are able to operate anywhere in the greater Christchurch area, whether it be your place of work, or your front door.

The Wheel Magician removes the damaged wheel and brings it back as close to factory fresh as possible, with all finishing done onsite in a professional manner. All work is carried out with the utmost attention to detail and to the highest quality.

So the next time the sound of metal on concrete makes your stomach churn, the wheel repair specialists from The Wheel Magician are only a phone call away on 022 658 2957 or
0800 537 233.


 

Hybrid Minds


Since 2018, Lexus sales of hybrid vehicles have pretty much doubled. Last year saw close to 70 percent of new Lexus buyers opt for a hybrid over petrol. And it’s no surprise – the gains for going hybrid are considerable.

 

 

Unlike plug-in electric cars, you have the benefit of the battery constantly charging as the petrol and electric motor work in harmony together.

It doesn’t matter whether you are cruising, slowing down, or braking, the system is constantly recovering and storing energy for use later.

You can also remain in silent full electric, or EV mode up to speeds of 50km/h. Delivery of power, thanks to hybrid drive, is more linear thanks to that extra helping of the low-down torque electric drive can provide.

The hybrid system also reduces your carbon footprint by emitting significantly less emissions than a conventional petrol engine. Add all of these features together, and you aren’t dipping into your wallet as much when at the pump.

Lexus have a knack for getting the harmony of petrol and Hybrid power pretty much spot on. This tech has been part of the Lexus SUV family for almost two decades now, debuting with the original RX400h in 2004.

It’s a small wonder sales of Lexus Hybrid vehicles are on the up.