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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.


 

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.


 

Great things come in small packages


Since Chinese firm SAIC resurrected MG, the British namesake has been increasing its New Zealand presence in a big way and the most popular MG on Kiwi streets right now is the MG3 Supermini.

 

At a seriously low starting price of $17,990, the MG3 offers astonishing value.

Under the bonnet sits a 1.5 litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 82kW, mated to a four-speed automatic gearbox.

It’s not the most refined engine and trans combo, but the power gets put down well enough for city driving.

Standard kit across the range includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, a four-speaker Yamaha Digital Sound system, reversing camera, cruise control and rear parking sensors.

Styling wise, the MG3 looks clean cut, but seems to mimic the style of its Japanese rivals.

However, touches like the 16-inch alloys, chrome bumper accents and rear spoiler on the top spec Excite, look good.

On the move, the steering is weighted well and in the twisty stuff, the MG3 can be a bit of a giggle.

Plus, while some interior plastics are quite hard, the MG3 still provides decent surroundings.

The MG3 shows real promise and manages to epitomise bang for your buck. All we need now is a sportier MG3 GT.


 

Easy to impress


It’s hard not to like the Lexus RX. The large SUV has been the biggest seller for the premium Japanese brand for many moons now and, for 2020, the people’s choice has been tweaked and updated. We got stuck into two variants of the new car over a two-week period. So, the 2020 RX, is it still good? Well, yes actually.

 

 

Eight models, petrol and hybrid, make up the range, with petrol and hybrid powertrains available.

Things start at $97,400 for the base RX 350 petrol, and top out at $127,500 with the flagship RX 450hL hybrid. In between, you have the F SPORT and the high-end Limited options for the RX 350 and RX 450h, but Limited only for the roomier seven-seater L spec cars.

Power for the RX 350 and RX 350L comes in the form of a 3.5-litre petrol V6 putting 221kW/370Nm through all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic, while returning 9.6L/100km respectively. The RX 450h and RX 450hL naturally get the petrol-electric hybrid set up, with 230kW/335Nm and a CVT box. Economy is more frugal at 5.7L/100km.

The new RX gets some more goodies. Apple Car Play and Android Auto now come as standard, along with the same 12.3-inch infotainment system as before, albeit now with touchscreen capability.

2019 Lexus RX 450h Sports Luxury interior with Rich Cream trim and Bamboo ornamentation.

 

It also sits 138mm closer than before, but the touchpad interface can be a tad unresponsive at times.

Safety kit includes lane tracing assist, lane centring, road sign assist and cyclist detection.

Also, let’s not forget BladeScan. It may sound like a prequel to ‘Blade Runner’ but it is in actual fact, a world-first in headlight tech.

Both the F SPORT and Limited models have 12 individual lights incorporated into each headlight and BladeScan utilises tiny mirrors spinning at 100 times a second which help reflect the light through each headlight.

Lexus claim this shines more light on the road ahead than having 200 individual LED lights; a bright idea indeed.

First to test was the V6 petrol F SPORT, which from the get-go was rather nice on the move.

The howl of the 3.5-litre V6 was stimulating to say the least, and a linear torque curve above 2000rpm made for a smooth delivery of power.

The eight-speed box provided slick changes and perfectly weighted steering means plenty of feedback was on offer.

The RX 450h provided all the silent running you could expect with Lexus’ hybrid set up.

You can remain in EV mode up to speeds of 50km/h, but give it too much foot and it defaults to petrol power.

The choice of petrol or hybrid can be a conundrum for some however, for this writer, the hybrid represents the best choice for its frugality, refinement and efficiency which few in the game can do like Lexus can.

However, whichever you choose, the new look RX, like its predecessors, is easy to be impressed with.

The changes might be minor, but they bring the RX up-to-date in great style.


 

Fun with power


THE MITSUBISHI 20MY OUTLANDER HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST SURPRISINGLY ENJOYABLE DRIVES I’VE HAD THIS YEAR.

 

The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) gave a range of 55km and the average person drive 32kn a day in Christchurch, according to Christchurch Mitsubishi Fleet Sales Manager David Boyce. The sunroof was great and the drive was fantastic.

So I was looking forward to moving into the ASX VRX. 2.4L in Sunshine Orange.

No sunroof but a moonroof option – most of the roof is glass! Priced at $34,990 with cool alloy pedals and 18-inch alloy rims, plus 125kW and 226 Nm, it gave me a wee thrill to drive.

It also has some cool little fender side guards, Apple Car Play with six speakers, and elegant leather seating.

Now this is the top model with the lesser versions, the LS and XLS, coming in with a bit less flash and grunt but overall its got a pretty great feel to it…. other than Sunshine Orange. I mean I know it’s a press model, but as someone said, you have to be brave to drive that colour.

There’s also LED lighting and an 8-inch touch screen which, coming in at that price, equates to a lot of bang for your buck.

The piano black and satin grille is nice, and I like the lighting set up. It’s a bit old fashioned with a manual handbrake but then again, I’m a bit old too.

Yes the Outlander 20MY PHEV may have stolen my heart for a fun, well-powered SUV in a hybrid model, but I’m not complaining about the ASX…. just the colour. It’s time to take it for a test drive!