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BATTERY PACKS A FURTHER DEVELOPMENT FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY SUZUKI

Already well known for its efficient and low-polluting vehicles, Suzuki has an environment message of “smaller, fewer, lighter, shorter and cleaner” in the production of small and sub-compact vehicles and the development of environmentally benign products. Suzuki has just reached a basic agreement with Toshiba Corporation and Denso Corporation on establishing a joint venture company […]

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SUZUKI IGNIS SHINES IN 2017 WORLD URBAN CAR AWARDS

Latest in the range of new Suzuki models, the five door Ignis has finished a close runner-up in the 2017 World Urban Car awards, beaten only by the more expensive BMW i3.   Held in conjunction with the 13th annual World Car Awards, the Urban Car category was instigated for the first time this year, […]

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Hunt hopes STi’s computer improvements will equal more speed

His Ben Hunt Motorsport team have been working hard on getting the car ready in the three-week turn-around and have bought in some outside assistance to fine-tune the computer set-up to maximise the Subaru’s performance. “We went testing on Sunday and I think we are making head-way. I’m hoping that the changes will translate into […]

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Central’s Best Young Driver for 2017

The Central Otago Young Driver programme completed its final day of programme yesterday with the awarding of two titles – Most Improved Driver and Driver of the Year. Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan announced the winners at the prize giving at Highlands Motorsport Park with Chris Small from GeoSolve winning the title of Most Improved […]

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Subaru to debut XV Hybrid at MTA100

Subaru of New Zealand (SNZ) is going green and will have its first hybrid vehicle – the XV – on display at the MTA100 at Wellington’s TSB Arena on April 29 and 30. The Subaru stand will be located in The Future Today: Vehicle Technology and Design section, where the very latest vehicles, concept models, […]

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SUZUKI POSTS RECORD NEW ZEALAND SALES IN FIRST QUARTER 2017

The brand boosted its sales of cars and SUVs by 54 percent compared with the same three months in 2016, and ranked fourth highest selling marque, according to official Motor Industry Association figures. The solid gain in demand for new Suzukis compared to an increase of 13 percent for the total new car and SUV […]

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: The Most Powerful and Quickest SUV Ever

  Trackhawk is the quickest and most powerful production SUV on the planet Supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine delivers 527kW and 874Nm  Quickest SUV ever: 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds, standing quarter mile in 11.6 seconds, top speed of 290km/h (200mph) New Brembo braking system includes largest-ever front brakes on a Jeep vehicle: 100km/h-0 braking performance of 36m Upgraded […]

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Steady improvements for Hunt at Otago Rally

Now in its second Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship season, the Subaru WRX STi was making gains throughout the 14-stage, 285km event, held on roads south of Dunedin.   Ben Hunt, who is the 2015 national rally champion, gave full credit to his team for improving the Subaru’s performance at every service […]

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Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd changes company name to Subaru Corporation

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru of New Zealand vehicles, has changed the company name to Subaru Corporation effective from April 1, 2017. FHI President and CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, said: “We have long strived to make excellent products. In recent years, our effort has been expanded from making good products to delivering distinctive value which […]

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Subaru Brand Ambassador Ben Hunt has his Subaru WRX STi set up just the way he likes it.

Heading into the opening round of the 2017 Brian Green Property New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) Subaru Brand Ambassador Ben Hunt has his Subaru WRX STi set up just the way he likes it. From the new sequential gearbox to the seating position and pedal box – everything now fits his tall frame properly. “The […]

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Fiat’s iconic 500 will celebrate its 60th birthday in July this year

Fiat’s iconic 500 will celebrate its 60th birthday in July this year with six decades since the launch of the original 500, a design that changed car design and which lives on in the modern Fiat 500. The Fiat brand chose the Geneva Motor Show as the international setting to launch its celebrations of the […]

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Subaru technician qualifies for Subaru World Technical Competition.

Winger Subaru Pukekohe technician Ryan Grave has qualified for the Subaru World Technical Competition (SWTC) following his strong results at the Oceania Technical Competition, held in Sydney, Australia, on March 15 and 16. Mr Grave was competing alongside nine technicians from around Australia and needed a strong result to secure a place and progress to […]

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NEW MODELS INCREASE DEMAND FOR SUZUKI IN NEW ZEALAND WITH RECORD SALES

A wider range of new models led by the innovative Ignis and S-Cross five-door hatchback is boosting demand for Suzuki cars in New Zealand.   “Both the all-new Ignis and revitalised S-Cross are well exceeding targets and are key models to our strong start to 2017,” said Gary Collins, General Manager of Marketing for Suzuki […]

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JANUARY MARKS RECORD SALES FOR SUZUKI IN NEW ZEALAND

The brand captured 7 percent of new passenger car sales in January, its best-ever penetration in more than four decades. At the time, Suzuki sold an all-time record 728 new cars for the month according to Motor Industry Association figures.   Following a strong performance in 2016 with a 5.2 percent share of passenger sales, […]

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2017 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE GOES FURTHER OFF ROAD, ADDS MORE FEATURES AND OFFERS REMARKABLE PERFORMANCE

The Jeep grand Cherokee Trailhawk, which was first seen as a concept at the Jeep Safari, the annual event at Moab in Utah, delivers a unique and more rugged appearance, with a host of functional features that resulted in an increased level of off-road 4×4 capability. Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models are equipped with a host […]

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Subaru is the official vehicle supplier for Kathmandu Coast to Coast

  The February 10 and 11, 243km West Coast to East Coast of the South Island event, will also see the return of three-time winner, Subaru Brand Ambassador Braden Currie. He took last year off from the tough, Longest Day and is now ready to reclaim his victor’s trophy.   Subaru of New Zealand Managing […]

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Subaru Levorg wins Company Vehicle 2016 Car of the Year award

The Subaru Levorg is the answer to all those Legacy wagon fans, who were devastated when this iconic model was discontinued. An exotic mix of wagon utility, where wide cabin space and comfort is combined with a performance sports wagon’s power, Subaru Levorg’s 2.0-litre direct injection turbo Boxer engine produces 197 Kw of power and […]

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Subaru scoops five safety awards in United States

  It is not new for Subaru to earn top safety awards from the IIHS, which is an independent, nonprofit, research and communications organisation, dedicated to reducing highway crash deaths, injuries, and property damage losses. The brand has earned Top Safety Picks for the entire Subaru lineup from 2010-2016 and picked up five more awards […]

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New generation Subaru Impreza is Japan Car of the Year 2016-2017

The first model to be built on the new Subaru Global Platform, the fifth generation Impreza offers an array of new technologies that greatly enhance all-round safety, as well as dynamics and quality. New Zealand’s specification, the Impreza 2.0 Sport, will arrive in dealerships in February, with pricing to be announced on 1st.   In […]

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TOP GEAR PICKS THE ALFA ROMEO GIULIA AS THE BEST CAR OF 2016

BBC Top Gear Magazine and the UK public are in agreement: the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is 2016’s ‘Best Car’. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, the most powerful Alfa Romeo ever created for road use, has been crowned winner of one of the most coveted awards in the motoring industry. Not only that, but […]

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AWARD-WINNING SUZUKI BALENO PRAISED BY REVIEWERS

The Baleno has been named class winner for new cars costing less than $30,000 in the AMI Insurance/New Zealand Autocar Car of the Year 2016 awards. In addition both the Irish and Scottish Car of the Year panels have recently announced the Baleno as their small car winner.   New Zealand Autocar magazine said the […]

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RAM TRUCKS SMASH UTE PARADE RECORD – JUST NOT WHERE YOU MIGHT EXPECT IT…..

RAM TRUCKS SMASH UTE PARADE RECORD – JUST NOT WHERE YOU MIGHT EXPECT IT…..   Until Saturday the 5th November 2016, the world record for the largest gathering of pick-up trucks and Utes happened much as where you would have expected it, in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, on 12 July 2015 according to the Guinness Book […]

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Subaru EyeSight convinces in ADAC comparison of emergency brake assistance systems

The automobile club closely examined the emergency brake assistance systems of six models and brands, including four premium manufacturers. The Subaru Outback convinced with its camera-based EyeSight system across the board. EyeSight came out on top and was the only system tested to achieve full points in all three categories tested – pedestrian, cyclist and […]

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NEW SUZUKI IGNIS STEALS THE SHOW

With an eye-catching five-door body and compact dimensions, the latest Suzuki Ignis is creating quite a stir with some journalists labelling the model as “hands down, the coolest thing on display at the Paris Motor Show this year”.   Sporting retro looks, the newcomer is not only fun but also highly practical and thrifty while inheriting […]

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Fiat ducato delivers 35 years RELIABLE, cost effective service

More than five million Ducatos have been produced over the last three and half decades and New Zealand is one of more than 80 countries where Ducato works hard. It is now produced in Brazil and Mexico as well as its original Italian factory and the latest market it has gone to work in is […]

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JEEP RENEGADE SCORES FIVE STAR ANCAP RATING

JEEP RENEGADE SCORES FIVE STAR ANCAP RATING   The Jeep Renegade has officially joined the Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, and Patriot in Jeep’s five star safety line up after it was awarded an overall score of 36.41 points out of 37 to give it a maximum 5 stars by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). […]

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Paddon and Hyundai NZ launch young driver scholarship

New Zealand’s world rally star Hayden Paddon has joined forces with Hyundai New Zealand to give a young Kiwi rally driver a major step-up with their rally career aspirations. Paddon and Hyundai New Zealand have collaborated to create the Hyundai NZ Young Driver Shootout and Scholarship with an impressive prize for the winner – the […]

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Hyundai donation keeps St John Ambulance motoring!

Hyundai donation keeps St John Ambulance motoring! A relationship with Hyundai New Zealand stretching back 11 years continues to help the St John Ambulance support New Zealanders in their time of need.   Hyundai New Zealand handed over its most recent vehicle, a new Hyundai Tucson that has been donated to St John to be […]

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Hyundai launches Android Auto™ for leading models

Three key Hyundai models will now feature the innovative Android Auto™ technology that seamlessly links a user’s Android-based (operating system 5.0 “Lollipop” and later versions) smartphone with the vehicle’s on board sound and communications systems. Hyundai New Zealand General Manager Andy Sinclair says ‘smart motoring’ using the driver’s existing phone operating system is the next […]

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RAM GOES EUROPEAN AT THE WORLD’S LARGEST VEHICLE SHOW

RAM, the American truck brand that launched this year in New Zealand with the RAM 2500 and 3500 trucks, is going European with its first ever display in World’s largest commercial vehicle motor show, the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Germany this week (21-29 September 2016). “We are very excited to introduce the Ram Truck […]

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JEEP HEADS TO PARIS FULLY ACCESSORISED WITH TRAILHAWK, DESERT HAWK AND NIGHT EAGLE

Jeep arrives next week (1-16 October) in the City of Lights and fashion world capital fully accessorised for the 2016 Paris International Motor Show with the Trailhawk, Desert Hawk and Night Eagle.   The biggest European show of the year sees the continental debut of the Jeep Grand Cherokee in its new TrailHawk and Summit […]

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ALFA ROMEO LAUNCHES GIULIA VELOCE AT 2016 PARIS MOTOR SHOW

Alfa Romeo will reveal more versions of the Alfa Romeo Giulia at the Paris Motor Show next week (1-16 October 2016) with the unveiling of the Alfa Romeo Veloce in high-performance petrol and diesel versions, the all-wheel drive Alfa Romeo Giulia Q4 and the Giulia Advanced Efficiency. The Alfa Romeo Giulia, the most authentic expression […]

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Subaru of New Zealand wins NZ Marketing Award

Subaru of New Zealand has received the ultimate accolade for its record-breaking Outback, with the SUV’s marketing campaign winning the 2016 TVNZ NZ Marketing Awards automotive category last night. Held in Auckland, the awards ceremony is now in its 25th year and is a celebration of everything that makes marketing great in New Zealand and […]

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JEEP REUNITES KIWI FAMILY WITH ITS HISTORY

The last thing that Sherryll Leeson expected to see when she opened the motoring supplement of the NZ Herald was a picture of her father, but, set amongst a story on Jeep’s 75th Anniversary, was a picture of then New Zealand Prime Minister Peter Fraser and Lieutenant-General Bernard Freyberg. Pictured at one of the pivotal […]

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Hunt looking for a strong finish at Coromandel

Ben Hunt is looking forward to a solid finishing result at the Mahindra Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel this Saturday, after a recent boost of confidence, courtesy of a club rally in the South Island. The Subaru Brand Ambassador achieved 7th place in the Eastern Southland Car Club’s Catlins Coast Rally, in an older model […]

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Subaru announces 2016 Top Weekend dates at Turoa

Subaru drivers can now lock in August 20 and 21 on their calendars for the annual Subaru Top Weekend at Turoa skifield where they can look forward to some easy access fun on the slopes. The top 200 carparks will be reserved exclusively for the drivers and occupants of any model Subaru – making a […]

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BILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE OF JEEP

Jeep has announced that it is investing a billion US dollars (NZ$1.4 billion) in new production facilities in the USA to build new models to further fuel the growth of the legendary off-road car maker. Production of the award-winning Jeep Cherokee, which has proven an outstanding success for Jeep since its 2014 launch, will move […]

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SUZUKI RE-IGNITES SMALL SUV SEGMENT WITH NEW VITARA TURBO

A new dimension is being added to the Suzuki Vitara with the arrival in New Zealand of a more powerful, highly efficient direct injection turbocharged sports version.   The superbly specified Vitara Turbo is powered by a new light and compact 1,373cm3 K14C engine which is the first application of Suzuki’s advanced Booster-jet technology. It […]

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Paddon on podium in Poland with Hyundai

Hayden Paddon and John Kennard have secured third place at Rally Poland in their new generation Hyundai i20 World Rally Car.   Third place in Poland represents the third podium finish in the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship for the New Zealanders who finished second in Sweden and won outright in Argentina. The result moves […]

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Subaru Impreza wins famous shootout at Goodwood Festival of Speed

British driver Olly Clark finished up the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, in England, last weekend, with a lightning-fast winning time of 46.29secs in his Subaru Impreza ‘Gobstopper II’. The pocket rocket Subaru scorched across the line at 225.6 kilometres per hour to claim victory in the Goodwood shootout event.   It was the second […]

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Hyundai 2016 Winner of Canstar Blue survey awards

Consumer research organisation Canstar Blue has named Hyundai New Zealand a 2016 winner of its Most Satisfied Customers award in the automotive category.   In its just-completed customer satisfaction survey for New Cars in New Zealand, Canstar found Hyundai scored a perfect set of five-star results across all six categories – overall satisfaction, value for […]

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FIAT WINS TOP ADVERTISING AWARD FOR DUCATO CAMPAIGN

FIAT WINS TOP ADVERTISING AWARD FOR DUCATO CAMPAIGN   Fiat has collected a top advertising award at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity. The material “For people who hate going twice” print advertising campaign in support of the Fiat Ducato, its large van range. Attended by more than 9000 advertising, design and marketing professionals from […]

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Subaru Levorg offers exciting new level of sports wagon

Subaru’s all-new turbocharged, Levorg has been launched in New Zealand, offering style, substance and sophistication in a sports wagon package. The spiritual successor to the much-missed Legacy GT wagon, Levorg’s sports wagon exterior dimensions cleverly clothe a spacious cabin in which classy trim and leading-edge technology combine to produce a classic Subaru All Wheel Drive […]

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Hunt hungry for a full day’s rallying at Gisborne

Ben Hunt is feeling 100 per cent fit and raring to go for the Rally of Gisborne this Saturday. His fractured ribs – injured at the International Rally of Whangarei – have healed and with his Subaru WRX STi recently tuned up, the Subaru of New Zealand Brand Ambassador is hungry for a full day […]

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WRANGLER, CHEROKEE AND GRAND CHEROKEE CELEBRATE JEEP’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY

Jeep is celebrating 75 years of 4×4 leadership, military history and outdoor adventure in 2016 and to mark its diamond anniversary, Jeep New Zealand has launched special edition commemorative versions of its top models, the Wrangler, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. “Jeep invented and defined the authentic SUV as well as setting the benchmark for off-road […]

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FIAT CHRYSLER CARS WIN IN TOTAL QUALITY AWARDS

Four Fiat Chrysler cars, including two Jeeps, led their respective segments in total quality and the FIAT brand tied for first among automakers for the best brand with vehicles under $26,000 in Strategic Vision’s 22nd annual Total Quality Impact™ (TQI). Four 2016 Fiat Chrysler vehicles won their respective segments for total quality: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited […]

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ALL-NEW ALFA ROMEO GIULIA TO DEBUT AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

The new Alfa Romeo Giulia, which arrives in New Zealand early next year, will make its UK debut when it blasts up the iconic Goodwood Hill Climb track during the Goodwood Festival of speed next week (23-26 June 2016). Run in the grounds of Goodwood House in the south of England, the Goodwood Festival is […]

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ALFA ROMEO BIDS TO WIN 2016 PEKING-PARIS RACE WITH GIULIA

Following its success in the 2016 Mile Miglia, which was won by 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Zagato, and to mark the launch of the new Giulia, Alfa Romeo is contesting the 2016 Peking-Paris race, the re-enactment of the historic 1907 race, with two classic Alfa Romeo Giulias from its museum and three privately […]

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JEEP SWEEPS OFF-ROAD AWARDS

From smallest to largest, from ultimate off-road vehicle to top luxury SUV, the Germans have put Jeep at the top of their purchase choices with readers of Germany’s top 4×4 and SUV title, ‘OFF ROAD’ picking the Jeep Renegade, Jeep Wrangler, and Jeep Grand Cherokee as their off-road winners for 2016. Picked from 126 vehicles […]

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RAM TO BREAK COVER IN NEW ZEALAND

RAM is the fastest growing truck brand in the United States. Since its launch as a stand-alone division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in 2009, the RAM Truck brand has steadily emerged as an industry leader with US sales over 40,000 trucks per month. The ASV RAM trucks are imported to Australia direct from the […]

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Subaru WRX shatters Isle of Man Lap record

Subaru of America has set a new record on the famed Isle of Man TT course with the Subaru WRX STi Time Attack car. The WRX STi was driven by rally ace Mark Higgins on the fabled 59.55-kilometre road course, with an average lap speed of 207.2 km/h and a time of 17 minutes, 35 […]

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JEEP WRANGLER: THE ICONIC 4X4 FROM THE LEGENDARY BRAND

In July, this year Jeep is celebrating 75 years of legendary off-road capability, outdoor adventures, and open-air freedom, all of which are best epitomised by the iconic Jeep Wrangler.   In the Jeep’s own language, Wrangler is actually a ‘fun and freedom machine’, which reflects character the lifestyle of its customers, oriented towards original and […]

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Hunt scoops two MotorSport NZ awards

Subaru’s Brand Ambassador in New Zealand, Ben Hunt was awarded two trophies at the recent MotorSport New Zealand’s annual awards gala dinner in Wellington – one he knew about and one that was a pleasant surprise. Receiving the 2015 NZ Rally Gold Star Champion Driver cup was a given after he won the Brian Green […]

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Subaru WRX STi scores back-to-back class win in 2016 Nurburgring 24-Hour Race

Subaru Tecnica International (STi), the performance arm of Subaru, took the SP3T class win in the 2016 Nürburgring 24-Hour Race, held in Germany from May 26 to 29. The team used the All-Wheel Drive Subaru WRX STi NBR Challenge 2016 racing car, which is based on the mass production WRX STi. The team started second […]

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Onwards and Upwards for Hunt at Canterbury Rally

Onwards and upwards for Hunt at Canterbury Rally As the saying goes ‘that’s motorsport’ and Subaru of New Zealand Brand Ambassador Ben Hunt has taken last month’s crash on the chin (or ribs in his case) and is now focused on getting back on the horse at next weekend’s Rally of Canterbury. Idioms aside, Hunt […]

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All new Elantra offers Hyundai’s best!

The all new Hyundai Elantra evolves the company’s global best-seller, drawing together a comprehensive array of leading technologies designed to work with the driver and enhance the enjoyment, comfort, and safety of all occupants. Hyundai New Zealand General Manager Andy Sinclair says the Elantra, launched May 2016, offers customers who prefer a sedan a sleek […]

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Fiat 124 Spider. “Our creative mindset is to always innovate..”

The Fiat 124 Spider, will arrive in New Zealand at the end of the year just in time for summer. Its most powerful Abarth version has been launched in the USA with two new videos, “Free Like a Bird” and “No Blue Pill Needed, on Fiat’s YouTube, Twitter and Facebook channels, with additional content across its digital and […]

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NEW SUZUKI VITARA NAMED CAR OF THE YEAR IN BRITISH AWARDS

The Vitara was named overall Car of the Year as well as being accorded the Most Popular Crossover model at the awards ceremony held in London. Suzuki’s latest versatile car was the popular choice by readers of the Honest John website which had more than 4,400 owner reviews posted and 2.27 million visitors to its […]

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Winger Hamilton’s Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Our Pink Breakfast at The Eatery & The Keg Room in Hamilton on the 20th May 2016 to support The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation went wonderfully! Thank you to all the ladies who joined us, we hope you all had a pleasant morning. Also a big thank-you to everyone who donated to this amazing […]

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Hunt has successful debut in Subaru WRX STi

He and co-driver Tony Rawstorn finished second after a see-saw battle with Mt Maunganui Mitsubishi driver David Holder, in this first outing of the five-round Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC). Although Holder was second after leg one’s eight stages on Saturday, it was Hunt who emerged 18secs ahead at the end […]

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Michael Carden lucky Draw Winner of a Suzuki Vitara

The Panasonic Peoples Triathlon Series is Auckland’s longest running triathlon series and the 2015/2016 season have staged four events between November and April.  Two of these will were held in Maraetai Beach while the other two were held in Mission Bay.  As part of this series participants had the chance to race a variety of distances in both triathlon […]

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Winger takes on Maserati

Opening Winger Maserati represents one of the most significant moments in the 85 year history of the company. Winger Motors, one of New Zealand’s oldest car dealer groups, is making a multi-million dollar investment to become Auckland’s Maserati dealer and assume responsibility for the legendary supercar brand in the North Island from April 2016. “We […]

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Winger at Derby Day 2016

The Winger Group’s 2016 Oaks & Derby Festival at Alexandra Park is set to wind up with a lot of fun this Friday night – 11 March. Anticipation is building for the feature harness race, The Group One Woodlands Stud Derby. However off-track, much of the talk is around Alexandra Park’s new Garden Entertainment Bar. […]

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Fashionistas head to Alexandra Park, with headline sponsor announced

The Winger Group is presenting the 2016 Oaks & Derby Festive at Alexandra Park, from 4 to 11 March. The festival is centred around two exciting nights of the very best harness racing in the country, but this year organisers are also focused on delivering a significant fashion event. Tickets are now being sold for […]

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