The latest Land Cruiser 70 series from Toyota is a truck, so it won’t be the choice of Remuera Roamers, Mission Bay Mums or anyone looking for wheels to do the supermarket or daily school run.
You might have to wait a while to buy one, but Holden will premiere the new Commodore Sportwagon at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
This new year might just be the time to buy a new vehicle.
A few days driving the MY17 Holden Colorado made it plain to this reviewer that this vehicle has moved on a long way from the previous model launched in 2012.
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.
You wonder how the marketing people in the motor industry come up with new model names.
At a recent vehicle launch I mentioned to a fellow journalist that I was getting the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack to test and he replied "you'll enjoy it".
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.
Utes are big business in New Zealand, making up around 25% of the market, and seen from Ponsonby to Papatowai and all points in between.
High demand is anticipated for the new Suzuki Vitara Turbo soon to be launched in New Zealand.
A new, easy-to-use cover for utes that doesn't require holes drilled into the bodywork will be taking pride of place on the Toyota, Isuzu and Volkswagen vehicles at this year's National Fieldays.
The Mitsubishi Triton has obviously caught the eye of New Zealand’s ute buyers, as it sits in the top three in the sales league tables for this class of vehicle.
Any way you look at it the Mahindra numbers are impressive: 500,000 vehicles a year, 200,000 employees, $US17 billion turnover and $US1 billion cash in the bank.
Looking out the front window of the Ford Ranger Wildtrak as you cruise along it's easy to forget you're driving a ute, not a luxury SUV.
The VW Amarok has always had a following of ute buyers wanting something different from the norm.
The latest Outlander from Mitsubishi has a softer, more conservative look than its predecessor.
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.
With SUV sales increasing by 20% in 2015 over 2014 it's no surprise to see Toyota NZ increase its offering from six to seven models with the arrival of the new Fortuner.
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.
Utes or pick-ups, as they are known in the northern hemisphere, don't have the following they have in these southern climes...
When it comes to four wheel drives the ubiquitous Toyota Land Cruiser has been around for 60 years, and the Prado variant for the last twenty.
It wouldn't be speaking out of turn to call the Toyota Hi-Lux New Zealand's favourite ute.
Large passenger vehicles seem to have gone out of favour as the march of the once humble ute seems to move on into suburbia as the macho mover and shaker.
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.
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