V8 Touareg’s final hurrah

As Volkswagen moves towards an electric future, Richard Bosselman takes the Touareg V8 diesel for a spin. Volkswagen Group will have 70 all-electric models globally by 2030 — 20 are already signed off — plus about 60 hybri; Read More

Supra up-styles platform

After a long wait, David Thomson finally gets to slip behind the wheel of the reborn Toyota Supra on Otago roads. What’s new?Regular readers may already know the backstory of Toyota’s quest to reimag; Read More

New Outback moves ahead

David Thomson has been out and about in the latest Subaru Outback, and he is impressed by its capabilities as an open-road tourer. What’s new?The sixth-generation Subaru Outback was introduced to Dri; Read More

Ford’s Puma leaps ahead

As successor to the underwhelming EcoSport, the new Puma offers Ford a real crack at success in the booming compact SUV market. David Thomson takes the flagship ST-Line for a spin. What’s new?The last time Ford playe; Read More

Big SUV gets even better

Significant changes have been made to the current Hyundai Santa Fe. David Thomson drives the flagship model to see what’s new. What’s new?Just a couple of years after the launch of the fourth-generat; Read More

Affordable Workmate top of the pops

As far as durable, hardworking and affordable utes go, the Toyota Hilux Workmate, with sub$30k drive-away pricing, is in a league of its own. In Australia, the Workmate, a vehicle with the name ‘‘mate’’ could only come from that part of th; Read More

Important step for Subaru

David Thomson tries two models from Subaru’s Forester range. What’s new?When Subaru introduced the fifth-generation Forester to New Zealand in 2018, it immediately impressed, picking up that year’s n; Read More

Kia on the rise with Sorento

Kia has high expectations for its fourth-generation Sorento. David Thomson heads out in the flagship turbo-diesel to see if they are justified. What’s new?Not content with breaking new ground for sal; Read More

Ute boasts style, prowess

David Thomson tries Mazda’s new BT-50 for size. What’s new?For the first two generations of its BT-50 ute, Mazda joined forces with Ford, sharing the vehicle’s core underpinnings with those of the la; Read More

Cheap, cheerful, reliable Renault

There’s a new entry-level crossover model in Renault’s New Zealand range. David Thomson tries it for size. What’s new?Lauded in Europe for the cheap, cheerful but reliable motoring it provides, the D; Read More

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