2021

Back When a Ute was a Work Truck

This old digger would’ve been the ute of choice in 1981. A bench seat with auto transmission was bordering on posh back then. But compared to today’s utes with their Bluetooth, climate control and comfy seats this old boy seems prehistoric. And flat out cool. Read on...
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Stay Focused

Last week we featured a 10 year old Merc and compared the price to that of a new Ford Focus. This upset at least one commenter (something about fruit) so this week we’ll feature a Ford Focus and compare the price to that of a new Mercedes (we even?). Seriously though, if you want to be seen, go fast and have fun while still having 5 doors for the family then this Focus ST is for you. Read on...
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Deutsch Perfekt

This Mercedes SLK350 is an exercise in looking filthy rich for less than the price of a new base model Ford Focus. It’s fast, exclusive, comfortable and very pretty. It’s also low mileage and NZ new and under $30k. You’ll need to sharpen up your wardrobe and get a haircut because you’ll be in a different league. Read on...
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Tough as Le Nails

Isn’t it fun looking at the fringes of what is for sale or auction at Turners? We could focus on the usual Ford Rangers and Suzuki Swifts but who really cares? The answer may very well be many more than care about the Peugeot 505 but I’m going to put that down to many not knowing what a Peugeot 505 is. So please, read on...
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Exceptionally Unexceptional

Now before you give your hot take on this oddball gem in the comments section, remember, car lovers have diverse taste. And with Britain’s Festival of the Unexceptional fast becoming one of that country’s most popular car shows maybe we should celebrate the unexotic AND affordable. I give you the Suzuki Cultus Convertible. Read on...
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Just Holden On for Summer

To many it’s just a scruffy old Holden like the one grandad used to have. But to others it’s a symbol of better times when cars had no air conditioning, rust was a thing and stubbies were acceptable summer attire for blokes. Reliving the glory days doesn’t come cheap but if it makes you feel younger... Read on...
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One for the Drivers

When the Toyota 86 was released in New Zealand in 2012 it caused quite a stir. There were limited numbers and all were spoken for before they had even arrived. It wasn’t particularly rapid but it was a focused drivers car and it was a classic before it had even left the showroom. Read on...
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Bionic Ioniq EV

There are two issues in many peoples’ minds when it comes to electric cars – Range and cost. But while the Hyundai Ioniq’s 210km range might not be suited to long-haul driving it’s more than enough for the majority of commuters. A new EV Ioniq starts at $66k (less Govt rebate) but this 2017 model can be purchased now for just $38,410. Read on...
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Cuddly Cactus

For some the main thorny issue with the Citroen C4 Cactus might be its unusual looks. But there’s a lot to like about this Cactus even if it appears the designers were partaking in a taste of the prickly plant’s juice. It has a party trick that makes so much sense for city drivers. Read on...
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Baby You’re a Suprastar

Japanese sports cars from the 80s and 90s are hot property right now with some fetching the sort of money once the preserve of high end European exotics. But there are still some retro Japanese performance cars that can still be bought at relatively affordable prices. This Mk3 Toyota Supra is a fine example. Read on...
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