Skoda Octavia RS wagon.

Buying a house, horse or car is often about first impressions, so the first look at the Skoda Octavia RS wagon is likely to have you reaching for the chequebook – if you still have one.

 
The new Skoda Kodiaq.

The new kid on the SUV block will have auto sales and marketing managers burning the midnight oil and scratching their heads as they wonder how to deal with this – the Skoda Kodiaq.

VW Amorak offers a new V6 engine.

When we reviewed the VW Amorak in February 2016, it was fair to say we quite liked it. For 2017, that ‘like’ has just moved up to a ‘love’, especially because of the new V6 engine offering.

 
 
The Toyota RAV 4.

Now entering its 21st year since the launch in 1995, the Toyota RAV 4 has graced the yards or driveways of 28,500 buyers and retains its dominant stake in the competitive SUV market.

Jeep’s offerings in NZ.

Jeep is celebrating 75 years of 4x4, military history and outdoor adventure in 2016 and to mark the event, Jeep New Zealand has launched commemorative versions of the Wrangler, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee.

The latest generation Rav4.

Interestingly, on my first visit to NZ in 2001 my first hire car was a Rav4, picked up at Christchurch for a whistle-stop tour of Canterbury to Southland and back in three days.

Kia Sportage 2016 model.

As the top selling model for Kia Motors, the arrival of the 2016 Sportage SUV is timely considering New Zealand's current love affair with this type of vehicle.

European VW Amarok is making a mark on New Zealand roads.

Utes or pick-ups, as they are known in the northern hemisphere, don't have the following they have in these southern climes...

The light truck market is 20% of the new car market in New Zealand, and the Toyota Hi-Lux has held top position for 27 years.

The man from Volvo NZ said "would you like to review our XC 90?", and after driving one for a week the review is pretty straightforward: I want one!

With around one third of New Zealand roads unsealed, no surprise that drivers like utes, crossovers and SUV’s.

Acronyms Abound: it’s no surprise that sales of SUV’s have risen PDQ in NZ.

We've all got one, whether it’s the old t-shirt from the seventies, the old shoes even after the puppy chewed them, or that favourite spade with the handle taped up.

Back in 1970 we were wearing tank-tops, tie dies and platform shoes, and mirror must have been in short supply, but the year marked the birth of a motoring genre that has just reached its 45th birthday.

We all know it’s easy to make money selling cars: get a clever geek to design something using CAD, build it, sell lots, bank the money and live the life of Riley with a bevy of dusky maidens, or toy-boys, in the Cayman Islands. Yeah right!

With the market for light trucks in New Zealand at around 20% of the total market for new vehicles, it’s no surprise the major vehicle manufacturers have large budgets to get their products in front of potential customers.

 

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