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Mazda MX-5: The automatic choice

opportunities that arose. (Mazda, Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe Auto, Roadster Coupe Auto, 1998, 6-Speed ... the Mazda MX-5 gain more than it loses when fitted with a folding metal roof and automatic transmission ... with a folding metal roof, and - even more so - with an automatic gearbox. I certainly sympathise with those ...

Vehicle Roadtest - David Thomson - 5 Dec 2009 - 7:00am - 0 comments

Peugeot diesels an automatic choice

, Sedan, 2006, 1501 - 2000cc, 4 doors, 6-Speed Manual, Otago Daily Times) ... for diesel sales: the absence of diesel automatics from its best-selling 307 range. That has just changed with the introduction of six-speed diesel automatic variants across the 307 range. The new automatic arrives ...

Vehicle Roadtest - David Thomson - 30 Sep 2006 - 6:47pm - 0 comments

Territory and Falcon XR8 - Ford delivers on last hurrahs

appropriate way for the XR8 to bow out. (Ford, 4x4 / SUV, 6-Speed Automatic) ... -speed automatic transmission, has been one of the keys to the machine's enduring appeal. Designed to carry ... . Mechanically, the combination of 2.7-litre turbo-diesel power and six-speed automatic transmission is none ...

Vehicle Roadtest - David Thomson - 15 Aug 2015 - 5:07am - 0 comments

Subaru builds on Legacy with new 3.6RS

.   (Subaru, 3.6RS, Sedan, 3600, 4 doors, 6-Speed CVT) ... . The introduction of active torque vectoring (in a nutshell, using automatic selective wheel braking during ...

Vehicle Roadtest - David Thomson - 15 Aug 2015 - 12:23pm - 0 comments

Mondeo bigger and bolder

, Mondeo, 2015, 1999, 5 doors, 6-Speed Automatic, 4) ... W of power and 345Nm of torque provided to drive the car's front wheels via a six-speed automatic paddleshift ...

Vehicle Roadtest - David Thomson - 18 Jul 2015 - 5:20am - 0 comments

Insignia an ice-breaker for Holden

, 6-Speed Automatic) ...

Vehicle Roadtest - Richard Bosselman - 11 Jul 2015 - 5:06am - 0 comments

Citroen steps up with C4

.   (Citroen, C4, Hatchback, 1200, 6-Speed Automatic) ... taking that sweet 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and six-speed automatic, the C4 isn't quite ...

Vehicle Review - Richard Bosselman - 6 Jun 2015 - 5:17am - 0 comments

Last Toyota Camrys reveal secret SX appeal

office. (Toyota, Camry, Sedan, 2500, 6-Speed Automatic) ... with a six-speed automatic and a hybrid with the same engine, but partnered to a battery-fed electric motor ...

Vehicle Roadtest - Richard Bosselman - 23 May 2015 - 5:04am - 0 comments

GT86 still a treat from Toyota

, Gt86, 2000, 6-Speed Manual) ... that the particular car dispatched south was an automatic, festooned with an overly ostentatious rear wing. Soon ...

Vehicle Roadtest - David Thomson - 6 Jun 2015 - 5:11am - 0 comments

Holden double act provides niche panache

is stowed. (Holden, Hatchback, 1600, 6-Speed Automatic) ... (powered by a direct-injection 1.6-litre turbo petrol making 22kW and 20Nm less in automatic form than ... 's automated manual DSG, but it's nice to use. VXR also dresses smartly with automatic headlamps ...

Vehicle Roadtest - Richard Bosselman - 9 May 2015 - 5:09am - 0 comments

Five-door Mini Cooper more of a score

, 1500, 5 doors, 6-Speed Manual) ... -speed automatic transmission. That would be my choice too, were I to meet the standard buyer profile of a mainly ...

Vehicle Roadtest - David Thomson - 30 May 2015 - 5:07am - 0 comments

Best foot Ford

, 2015, 1999cc, 6-Speed Automatic) ...

Vehicle Review - Richard Bosselman - 18 Apr 2015 - 5:35am - 0 comments

BMW goes front-wheel-drive in new 218i

as a thoroughly practical machine.   (BMW, 218i Active Tourer, 1500, 6-Speed Automatic) ... and six-speed automatic gearbox. There's also a diesel variant, the 110kW/330Nm 218d available, for $62 ... of services. These include - at no cost - an automatic emergency call to BMW in the event of an accident ...

Vehicle Roadtest - David Thomson - 28 Mar 2015 - 4:14am - 0 comments

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI 2.0 Turbo 2006

: Christchurch Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic Fuel Type: Petrol ... -line 4 cylinder producing 147kW of Power & 280Nm of Torque Transmission Data: 6 Speed DSG Automatic with Tip-Tronic and Sport Mode Fuel Data: Turbocharged Petrol with Fuel Consumption of 7 ...

Car Ad - Miles Continental - 25 Aug 2015 - 1:47pm - 0 comments

Plenty of appeal in new Holden Trax

machine.   (Holden, 4x4 / SUV, Ltz, Trax, 1400, 6-Speed Automatic) ... , even when mated to a contemporary six-speed automatic transmission, a 1.8-litre non-turbo petrol engine ... for negotiating tricky downhill streets in the depths of an Otago winter. Automatic lights and wipers, a reversing ...

Vehicle Roadtest - David Thomson - 29 Nov 2014 - 4:16am - 0 comments

Holden crossover right back on Trax

difference.     (Holden, Liftback, Trax, 1400, 6-Speed Automatic) ... more comfortably with the six-speed automatic, with more meaningful urge over a broader performance ...

Vehicle Review - Richard Bosselman - 30 Aug 2014 - 5:03am - 0 comments

Much to admire in new Mazda3

impressive mainstream new models to have been launched this year. (Sedan, 2500, 6-Speed Automatic) ... headlights, a lane departure warning system, and automatic braking that activates if the on-board computer ... compression ratio than is the norm, as well as an automatic stop-start system. In each case they deliver power ...

Vehicle Roadtest - David Thomson - 23 Aug 2014 - 5:08am - 0 comments

Comfort, class in new Kia Koup

, KOUP, 1600, 6-Speed Automatic) ... the new Koup only as an automatic will disappoint a few enthusiasts, but it meets market choice ... of this ilk. One imagines this dynamic, like the use of an automatic rather than manual transmission ...

Vehicle Roadtest - David Thomson - 26 Jul 2014 - 5:07am - 0 comments

Kia rediscovers its Soul

-seeker air suggest the Soul isn't just for park-up posing.   (Kia, Hatchback, Soul, 1600, 6-Speed Automatic) ...

Vehicle Review - Richard Bosselman - 26 Apr 2014 - 5:16am - 0 comments

Much to like in Kia's spruced-up Sportage

, 2000, 6-Speed Automatic) ... .0-litre diesel continues unsullied. Every model here has a six-speed automatic. The upgrade also ...

Vehicle Review - Richard Bosselman - 31 May 2014 - 5:07am - 0 comments