Built for speed and more!

Best known for its enduring off-road ability, the Toyota Land Cruiser has added another plaudit to its CV – notching up the title Fastest SUV.

 
Drive this over the Jones

You'll stand out if you're prepared to hand over the moolah for the Jeep Brute Sport. It won’t so much be a case of ‘keeping up with the Jones’, as driving over them.

The latest Land Cruiser 70 series is a serious truck.

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.

 
Now that’s a ute!

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.

They don't come much bigger than the latest RAM truck.

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.

Best Bars roll-up tonneau cover for utes doesn't require holes drilled into the bodywork.

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.

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.

The new Fortuner is described as a ‘medium-rugged’ SUV.

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.

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 saying goes “the only good thing to come out of Birmingham (UK) is the M6 motorway”, but just a few miles down the road in the heart of the Industrial Revolution, is Solihull, the home of the Land Rover.

Firstly, in my defence, I’m a 1970s petrolhead who knew his way around Cortina, Capri and Weber carburettors no problem, so a trip to the Toyota dealers to pick up a loan Camry Hybrid shouldn’t have been a problem.

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".

As a dedicated SUV driver who likes the elevated seating position to do a little ‘over the hedge’ farming, the thought of picking up a loan Mitsubishi Triton from dealer Piako Motors, Morrinsville, and the prospect of a bone-shaking ride had left me with a lukewarm feeling.

The 2005 launch of the Nissan Navara D40 really tested its mettle, the media drive event hammering the trucks through West Coast bush on rough old mining trails, river beds then through Rainbow and Molesworth Stations.

GENERAL MOTORS has given its Chevrolet and GMC pickups a major overhaul for 2015 and the new trucks are hitting NZ roads as we speak.

 

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