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Great to sit in and great to drive, this brand new Ford Tour-
neo Custom Trend can accommodate up to nine people
in superb comfort. The Tourneo Custom offers more than
thirty different seating combinations thanks to its flexible
rear seats. You’ll also enjoy the Transit’s traditionally robust
construction and reliable performance.
Inspiring a sense of freedom and adventure, this 2014 Ford
Kuga Titanium is powerful yet fuel efficient for the most re-
warding drive. The All-New Kuga incorporates some of the
most advanced safety features available, not only for your
protection, but also to help prevent the need for protection
in the first place.
Take the road less travelled in this 2014 Ford Eco sport Ti-
tanium. When it encounters potholes and other obstacles
that would stop your average hatch, the Eco Sport just
keeps going. That is all thanks to its impressive 200mm
ground clearance. Add good approach and departure an-
gles, plus 550mm water wading, and you’re pretty much
ready for anything. This small urban SUV is about getting
you where you want to go.
Special extras/features include Raptor Grille, 20’ alloys &
tyres, heavy duty towbar/electics, unique designed high-
lighted graphics, satin black powder coated sports bar,
satin black powder coated front nudge bar and deck liner
makes this one stand out from the crowd!
This 2014 Ford Fiesta ST has a high-output 1.6litre Eco
boost engine that produces a very respectable 134kW
of power. With its uniquely tuned sports suspension and
muscular body enhancements, this car is turning heads.
It smoulders in Panther Black and rides on wicked alloy
With its bold design and impressive range of features, the
new Ford Territory has everything you’d hope for in a family
SUV. It can carry seven people in comfort and style, with
bluetooth, iPod and smartphone integration for your con-
venience. Under the bonnet is the impressively quiet, pow-
erful and economical 2.7litre turbo-diesel engine.
We’ve named this car “the Game Changer” due to its stun-
ning performance. An award-winning one-litre is matched
with a six-speed manual transmission. The car also sports
alloy wheels, a coveted five-star ANCAP safety rating, and
plush leather seats.
All New Ford Transit Tourneo Trend
All New Ford Kuga Titanium
All New Ford Eco Sport Titanium
All New Ford Ranger XL 2WD Double Cab
All New Ford Fiesta ST
All New Ford Territory Titanium AWD
All New Fiesta Sport
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AT A GLANCE
transverse in-line four cylinder
petrol engine, with six-speed
Outputs: 138kW at 5700rpm,
250Nm at 3250rpm, 6.5
L/100km, 153g/km CO2.
Chassis: McPherson strut front
suspension, multi-link setup at
the rear. Electric power
steering, 18-inch alloys with
Safety: Front, side and curtain
airbags. ABS brakes with brake
force distribution and brake
assist. Traction control and
stability control. Blind spot
monitoring, rear cross traffic
Dimensions: L 4460mm, W
1795mm, H 1450mm, W/base
Hot: Good-looking hatch with
excellent interior room.
Powerful and flexible engine.
Manual transmission is easy to
Not: Car will have limited
appeal because it is a manual.
Verdict: It’s a good idea for
Mazda NZ to offer one Mazda3
with manual transmission – and
one with performance
Athletic lines: One of the strong features of the Mazda3 hatch is its powerful bodyshell lines.
SkyActiv engine that comes from
the larger Mazda6.
The car is capable of beating its
six-speed automatic equivalent to
100kmh from a standing start,
getting there in seven seconds flat
compared to 7.8 seconds. It does
lose out to the super-efficient auto
in the economy stakes though,
with its claimed average fuel use
of 6.5 L/100km giving way to the
auto’s 6.0 L/100km.
This was my first drive of the
new Mazda3 since its official
launch earlier this year, and a
week behind the wheel of the
SP25 reminded me just how good
a vehicle this latest model is. It’s
a big improvement on the model
it replaces in many ways.
Even though it is the same
length as the previous model, it is
a bigger hatch. That’s because it
is wider, lower and with a 60mm
longer wheelbase, and it has a
raked bodyshell styling that gives
it a look of substance.
That longer wheelbase has also
translated to more room inside.
There’s a lot more shoulder room,
front leg room and rear knee
clearance has also been
increased, and up front the driver
sits behind the steering wheel
more in the style of European
product rather than the standard
Japanese offerings. It’s a
refreshing difference that
underlines the fact the Mazda3,
particularly the SP25, is a little
more sporting in intent.
Despite the fact the manual
SP25 retails for less than $40,000,
it has a high level of standard
specification including a heads-
up display that pops up above the
instrument binnacle, and an
information screen that sits on
top of the dash just like the latest
BMWs. There’s a rotary
controller on the centre console to
adjust the info screen for various
At the SP25 level there is plenty
of safety specification too,
including i-ActivSense safety
technologies that include blind
spot monitoring and rear cross
traffic alert. Once again, all in a
vehicle that retails for less than
The Mazda3’s raked bodyshell
is part of a total vehicle package
that is significantly lighter than
the previous Mazda3, but the
hatch is 31 per cent more
torsionally rigid. And that
translates to a lovely drive. The
car feels agile, and its lightweight
naturally aspirated SkyActiv-G
power plant with its ultra-high
13:1 compression ratio does
It’s got 13 per cent more power
and 10 per cent more torque than
the engine in the previous SP25,
yet thanks to Mazda’s SkyActiv
technologies the average fuel
consumption and exhaust
emissions have dropped a
massive 30 per cent.
It almost goes without saying
that the Mazda3 is one of the
outstanding new vehicles to
arrive in New Zealand this year.
The mid-spec SP25 could be said
to be the most appealing of the
fleet too, because it offers the 2.5
litres of performance for $2800
more than the top 2.0-litre GSX.
But personally, if I were buying
an SP25 I’d pay another $1500 and
get an automatic version. Good as
easiest to use – it simply isn’t as
good as the excellent six-speed
But at least Mazda is offering
choice, and that’s just another
reason why the Mazda3 selection
is so appealing.
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