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Jeep Grand Cherokee 1996-99

The American icon, the Jeep, first made its appearance in New Zealand in 1996.

The first model was the Cherokee, followed shortly after by the up-market Grand Cherokee and then the archetypal Jeep, the Wrangler.

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Small things done well

While David Bruce has subjected the vehicle to a rigorous roadtest analysis, this is a more reflective look at the Territory based on almost 2000km of travel in various variants of the vehicle as a driver and passenger.

The more time one spends with the Territory, the more one comes to appreciate that its success lies in a combination of many small things done well.

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The new Mercedes SLK: bigger, stronger, sexier

The new Mercedes SLK: bigger, stronger, sexier

MERCEDES-BENZ'S latest contribution to the haveyour-cake-and-eat-it-too approach to sports-car motoring, the second-generation SLK, broke cover in New Zealand earlier this week.

The new SLK builds on the achievements of a stunningly successful predecessor which, with over 300,000 sales, accounted for around a quarter of the world's new roadsters produced between late 1996 and early 2004.

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Tucson driving sports utility prices down

Tucson driving sports utility prices down

The name may evoke imagines of a cactus-strewn Arizona desert, but Hyundai's new Tucson sports utility is also set to make an appearance among the rocks, tussocks and mountains of Otago's rugged hinterland.

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Peugeot 406, 1997-2004

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Peugeot's new 406 won accolades from the moment it arrived in New Zealand to replace the popular 405 - but its pricing moved it up a notch in the market.

Launched here in August 1996, initially New Zealand received the sedan model with a 2.0 litre, 100kW petrol engine and a 1.9 litre, 67kW turbo-diesel.

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Volvo S40 1997-2004

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Volvo replaced its 440 Series with a breath of fresh air in April 1997, when it launched the S40 sedan, as curvaceous as the old model was square.

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Grandis is attractive by class standards

Grandis is attractive by class standards

People movers are vehicles you buy with your head not your heart and, along with styling, one of the biggest barriers so far to their widespread acceptance in New Zealand are prices beyond the reach of most families.

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Chunky outside, elegant within

Chunky outside, elegant within

Volvo is in the middle of a massive new-model development programme, of which the latest spawn is the new V50 wagon and its sedan counterpart, the S40.

Fresh exterior styling, a bold interior and further safety developments are the key features of the new arrivals, which replace the previous V40/S40 combination as the smallest vehicles in the Volvo fleet.

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Bargain-priced Impreza offered

While its more exotic rally siblings are out doing battle against Mitsubishi in the national rally championship, a new entry-level Impreza model has entered the showrooms.

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Kia Sportage 1996-2003

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The forgotten compact sports utility vehicle (SUV), Kia's Sportage offers real value for money for those who want a small off-road vehicle but cannot afford its more expensive rivals.

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Civic hybrid sets price threshold

Affordability is the watchword of the new petrol-electric hybrid version of the Honda Civic, which has gone on sale this month with a $33,000 price.

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VW people-mover hides plenty of innovation

Volkswagen has entered the mid-sized people mover market with the Touran, a cleverly packaged seven-seater carryall based on the platform that will be used for the company's new generation Golf.

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Fiesta takes on small cars

Fiesta takes on small cars

Ford aims to increase its share of the booming small car market eight times over when the new Fiesta arrives next month, and will price the German-designed and built car accordingly.

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Subaru Outback 1998-2003

Subaru's Outback established the cross-over market segment by taking the Legacy station wagon body, restyling it and lifting it further off the ground to clear rough terrain.

The four-wheel-drive wagon, with the first generation being released in 1997, was an instant success and encouraged other manufacturers to come up with their own variations.

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