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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

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

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

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

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

Manual Mazda hatch maintains high standard

, and the SP25 manual hatch adds up to an awful lot of car for its $38,395 price tag. Its automatic equivalent, incidentally, lists at $1500 more.   (Mazda, Hatchback, Mazda 3 SP25, 2500, 6-Speed Manual) ... impressed Drivesouth this year, when tested in both 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre automatic four-door guise. Now ...

Vehicle Roadtest - David Thomson - 6 Dec 2014 - 4:16am - 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

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

Ford Fiesta Ecoboost an excellent addition

-leather seat trims all included.     (Ford, Fiesta, Hatchback, 1000, 5 doors, 6-Speed Automatic) ... , but the version served up by Ford for appraisal was the $28,840 six-speed Powershift double-clutch automatic ...

Vehicle Roadtest - David Thomson - 26 Apr 2014 - 5:49am - 0 comments

Holden Barina a whole lot of fun

of fun for a vehicle of such humble origins. (Holden, Barina, Hatchback, 1400, 6-Speed Automatic) ... or six-­speed automatic transmissions, all-­round disc brakes, lowered suspension, sport-­tuned dampers ... GTI and VW Polo GTI) being far more expensive, too. Taking delivery of an automatic Barina RS ...

Vehicle Roadtest - David Thomson - 5 Apr 2014 - 4:08am - 0 comments

Citroen's Grand C4 - a people-mover that dares to be different

, Grand C4 Picasso, MPV, 2000, 6-Speed Automatic) ... in this rev range too and this, in tandem with the impressive characteristics of the six-speed automatic ...

Vehicle Roadtest - David Thomson - 7 Jun 2014 - 5:03am - 0 comments

Holden on the mark with updated Cruze

.   (Holden, Cruze, Hatchback, 1600, 6-Speed Automatic) ... in the previous SRi-V. The engine relies on a six-speed automatic transmission to get power to the front wheels ... its predecessor, but a little raspy when revved hard. The automatic transmission lacks paddle ...

Vehicle Roadtest - David Thomson - 14 Dec 2013 - 4:11am - 0 comments

Targeted market for new Kia Koup

in automatic form is that this choice lessens potential for a clash with the Pro'ceed GT, a manual-only five-door hot hatch from Kia's Slovakia factory, set to land around June.   (Kia, Coupe, 1600, 6-Speed ... the Toyota's rear-drive and a six-speed automatic make a difference, yet basically it's about resolve. Even ...

Vehicle Review - Richard Bosselman - 14 Dec 2013 - 4:10am - 0 comments

Brasher Highlander keeps US roots

changes and the stability control is keen to join in. (Toyota, 4x4 / SUV, Highlander, 3500, 6-Speed Automatic) ... -speed automatic and a bodyweight reduction, more noticeable in the cheaper editions, and the change to an all ...

Vehicle Roadtest - Richard Bosselman - 1 Mar 2014 - 4:04am - 0 comments

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso - the art of movement

, Picasso, 6-Speed Automatic, Otago Daily Times) ...

Vehicle Review - Richard Bosselman - 8 Mar 2014 - 4:16am - 0 comments