Lifestyle Vehicles

Merc ute revealed, NZ-bound early-2018 video

Entry-level Pure is the most rugged and functional of the three X-class models.

First-ever one-tonner from German maker aims to cover all of the bases, from fleet to luxury-lifestyle.

Utes are becoming luxury cars

Want to talk work-life balance? Modern pickups can do everything. As they should: they cost a lot.

Like so many country properties, the pickup-truck is being gentrified big-time.

All in with $400k Bentley video

Would you do this with a $285k SUV? Actually, this optioned-up Bentley Bentayga is more like $350k.

The super-expensive Bentayga SUV will seldom go off-road. Shame, because it can.

New Honda CR-V is longer, wider, taller

The new fifth-generation Honda CR-V, just arrived in New Zealand.

Honda's all new CR-V just about the jumps the launch queue with its early New Zealand arrival.

Cheapest Kodiaq still loaded for bear

This very big SUV has a very small engine: 1.4-litre, with front-drive.

The 1.4-litre, front-drive Kodiaq Ambition might just be all the SUV you need.

NZ's top-selling utes to race

Mitsubishi Triton and Ford Ranger are set to race in the new SuperUtes competition.

Ford Ranger, Toyota HiLux and other popular ute makers are set to hit the racetrack in 2018, but not in New Zealand.

Extreme tests for new Jaguar video

Jaguar E-Pace in design camouflage undergoes testing in an alpine region.

From the freezing Arctic Circle to the dust and heat of Dubai, the Jaguar E-Pace has been subjected to a diverse testing programmes.

High-riding Merc hot rods

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ Coupe.

Mercedes-Benz reveals details of NZ's fastest SUVs that have biturbo V8s.

Last blast Aussie ute a bit bonkers video

Hot wheels! Limited-edition Magnum ute is a surefire collectible. Especially this one: #1 of 51 for NZ.

It's a ute that can demolish a track day. Can't do that in a Colorado.

Audi SUV doesn't mind a bit of dirt video

Yes, you can go off-road in a Q5. S-version has more sophisticated AWD system than four-cylinder models though.

It's certainly upmarket, but don't call the new Q5 SUV soft.

Subaru fits all-new XV into 40

All-new XV is loaded and larger than previous model - but now priced to compete exclusively in sub-$40k market.

New small-SUV aims to be a giant in the hottest segment in the country.

A Ford Ranger Raptor? video

Is Ford considering a Raptor high-performance version of the Ranger?

Spy shots out of the US suggest that Ford is considering a high-performance Raptor version of its new Ranger ute.

BMW re-engineers X3 video

The new BMW X3.

BMW targets range-topping competitors with new X3 range.

Cash can't buy LaFerrari video

Timepiece and jewellery entrepreneur David Lee poses with his Ferrari collection in Walnut, California.

Multimillionaire has a garage full of Ferraris but attempts to buy a rare new model have been turned down.

Driving a Ford Ranger in NZ video

American Autoblog editor David Gluckman tests the Ford Ranger on South Island roads.

Americans love a good pick-up, so much so that one motoring journo has travelled all the way to NZ for a test drive.

VW to build electric Kombi video

The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz in concept form as it's unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2017.

Volkswagen is all set to bring back the microbus in an all-electric form.

E-Pace joins F-Pace in Jaguar SUV range

Jaguar teases E Pace.

First look at new compact SUV from British brand.

Kiwi prices, spec for Spanish Seat SUV

Seat Ateca SUV is based on same platform as VW Tiguan; it's shorter and sportier, though.

New but strangely familiar SUV will be launched in NZ in September.

Echoes of past in new baby SUV video

Toyota would like to think C-HR represents a revolution, like the first RAV4 or Echo supermini. We're not so sure.

Baby SUV has plenty of extras, but it needs a bit of work on the basics.

Fast car comes home

Ernie Caske, 94, has been reunited with the Speedway Midget Car he built in 1946 - 71 years ago.

A 94-year-old Manawatu man has been reunited with the speedy car he built in 1946.  

Wild non AMG Mercedes-Benz tuners

Mansory Gronos Black Desert adds off-road function to the feral performance and body addenda.

Think Mercedes-AMG makes wild cars? That's nothing: check out these.

Electric Audi shows off power video

New Q7 is electric, but also unapologetically a full-size SUV, with strong performance and big towing ability.

Electric SUV does almost everything the conventional model can. Except make you feel guilty.

Watch: Lions team off-piste video

Tackle this: James Haskell drives the new Land Rover Discovery in Rotorua.

British & Irish Lions team hit the dirt in latest Land Rover.

Tomcar: Small but tough video

Tomcar in action. The vehicle is small but tough.

Business is on the up for the made to order off-road vehicle maker.

Top 10 auto attractions at Fieldays video

Want to see number one of Holden NZ's 51-allocation of Commodore Magnum utes? It's right here.

NZ's top agri-show is also now NZ's top motor show. Here are our top-10 picks from Fieldays.

Tougher Triton ute a one-off video

Mitsubishi's Huntaway Triton ute.

Mitsubishi has gone to town to create a one-off special edition rugged rural beast for National Fieldays.

Nissan reveals tough ute concept

Nissan revealed its Navara-based Attack concept.

Nissan has gone on the attack with a new muscular Navara ute concept.

New Hyundai Kona is brewing

Kona might be a little brother to Tucson and Santa Fe, but it introduces a whole new look.

Hyundai's new small SUV has been revealed to the world's media in Korea.

Jeep's new blackout 'hawk'

Blackhawk package adds, well, black to a Grand Cherokee Laredo. And 20-inch alloys.

There's an appealing new appearance package available for the Grand Cherokee. We're just not so sure about the name.

Trackhawk steals SRT's Jeep thunder video

Trackhawk's supercharged 6.2-litre V8 will make the vehicle the quickest and most powerful production SUV on the planet.

A 6.4-litre Hemi V8 is just a tasty NZ entree for lovers of big SUVs with a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 beast on the horizon.

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