2018 Toyota TRD Fortuna.

Toyota’s Hilux-based Fortuner SUV line-up has had an aggressive upgrade in New Zealand with the addition of a TRD (Toyota Racing Development) enhanced version. 

She’s a truck; not a ute!

Prominently displayed at the Mercedes Benz site at Fieldays was a vehicle that gives merit to the saying ‘there’s plenty of life in the old dog yet’.

 
Land Rover Discovery.

News noted last year that the price of the Land Rover Discovery 6 was right up there, perhaps too high to get the vehicle out onto farms. 

EMD warehouse in Auckland.

The last two years have seen record vehicle sales in New Zealand, with prospective purchasers spending many hours picking the right vehicle, right model, right colour and chewing over the price.

 
Holden Colorado.

Holden is still spending up large on a marketing campaign to remind you of one thing – they’re still here.

Nissan Navara.

Recently we spent a day testing out the new rear suspension upgrades to the Nissan Navara on Australian roads. Now we've tested it in New Zealand.

 
The Holden Calais-V sports an impressive V6 AWD drive-train and higher-than-average specifications.

The question often asked about the new Commodore is, “will Aussies accept a German car as a replacement for Commodores made by Bruce?” Or words to that effect.

The Navara’s new dual-rate rear spring system has an integrated lower and higher spring rate that provides a comfortable ride in unladen and light payload conditions.

Nissan has enhanced the Navara’s performance under heavy loads by redeveloping the rear suspension and testing it in Australia, the country where feedback about the ute’s load-bearing ability was loudest.

Toyota’s refreshed Hilux.

While the Toyota Hilux is the ‘go to’ for anyone looking for a no-nonsense ute, it’s probably been losing some ground to Ford and Holden.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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