Northern News : November 21st 2012
21 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 21, 2012 4987899AA Pacific Motor Group ane Ph 09 407 4700 Ron Barker 0274 521 617 John Jenkinson 0274 829 394 www.pacificmotorgroup.co.nz DRIVING NORTHLAND FOR 100 YEARS 2010 MAZDA 3 GLX HATCH AUTO, 53,000KM MASSIVE $2000 REDUCTION $25,995 $23,995 MASSIVE $4000 REDUCTION $22,995 $18,995 2008 HONDA ACCORD EUROL 2.4, LEATHER, TOP SPEC REDUCED TO $7,900 2002 HONDA ACCORD LXI 2.3, SEDAN, LOVELY NZ NEW CAR NOW ONLY $27,995 2009 MAZDA BT50 SDX 4X2, 4 AIRBAGS, CD STACKER, LOCALLY OWNED AND SERVICED Klinac La Waipapa Trades Welcome - Onsite Finance + many more cars to choose from O% INTEREST FINANCE 1/3 DEPOSIT AND 2 YEARS TO PAY ACROSS THE ENTIRE SUZUKI RANG Right now you can buy any new Suzuki with 1/3 deposit and the remainder off over 24 months with no interest. Visit your Suzuki dealer or see the range at www.suzuki.co.nz today! Available from participating dealers until 31 December 2012 or while current stocks last. Excludes fleet purchases and all other promotions. The 1/3 deposit is based on the RRP. A $375 documentation fee, $10 PPSR fee and normal lending and credit criteria apply. G Epaayy r Motoring Advertising Feature MOTORING BRIEFS The McLaren Production Centre, which bares the moniker of New Zea- land s most famous motor racing name, has received the Judges Special Award at the 25th anniversary British Construction Industry Awards. The McLaren Pro- duction Centre is the manufacturing base of McLaren Automotive and the focus of an NZ$1.6 billion invest- ment by the McLaren Group in designing and building a new gener- ation of high-perform- ance road cars in the United Kingdom. The award recognises overall excellence in the delivery of building and civil engineering infra- structure projects. Carmakers are trying to make their plants as efficient as their cars. An example is Nissan, which has created an air- leak detection squad at its factories in North America, to find and fix wasted compressed air, which is one of the most wasted forms of energy at car plants. Often hundreds of kilometres of hosing pro- viding compressed air for thousands of devices can leak sufficiently badly that its wastes more than 25 per cent of the energy from its electric or fossil-fuel driven com- pressors. Research in Britain, which would seem to be as valid in New Zealand, reveals that 35 per cent of drivers never check their car s lights so rely on others to tell them when a lamp has blown. Car spares and service chain Kwik Fit found of the motorists who suffered a blown bulb last year, half of them only noticed when some- one else told them, while 3 per cent faced the ulti- mate embarrassment by being pulled over by the police and being slapped with a fine. Living proof that merely making darn good vehicles is some- times not enough, is the fact that Japanese small car and SUV maker Suzuki is dropping out of the American market. It is to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy so it can restructure to keep sell- ing motorcycles, quads and marine products. The company says it won t be able to make a profit selling cars in the long-term because of exchange rates, the types of vehicles in its line-up, and tougher safety and environmental regula- tions. Suzuki s American operations are NZ$423 million in debt and it has only sold about 21,000 vehicles in the US to the end of October. Practical luxury with power too New Sportbrake: Jaguar pushes the boat out. By DAVE MOORE The new Sportbrake ver- sion of Jaguar s XF sedan is being promoted in the form of a concept speedboat, produced by the same design team that created the car. Jaguar s Sportbrake, a station wagon, tourer, or estate car, whatever you want to call it, is nothing if it can t be demon- strated as being practical. To display its versa- tility Jaguar has designed a boat and trailer especially for the car. The Concept Speed- boat looks powerful and follows the idea of a tra- ditional speedboat but with sleek and fast char- acteristics that you would expect from a Jag- uar car. Throughout the devel- opment of the Concept Speedboat, Jaguar con- sulted yacht design specialist and naval architect Ivan Erdevicki and accepted the help of bespoke design project management company Seventy Seven Design. The boat measures 6.1 metres at the waterline andrestsonabeamof2 metres, drawing 0.4 metres of water. So far details of the boat s power unit have not been revealed, but any number of Jaguar V6 petrol and diesel engines from the XF sedan and Sportbrake line-up could be con- sidered, as well as the company s twin- supercharged 5.0-litre V8.Meanwhile, the Sport- brake, which is Jaguar s first rear-drive based station wagon, is to be launched in Europe from November, arriving in New Zealand next year. The model is probably the most versatile derivative of the award- winning Jaguar XF to date. It represents a compel- ling combination of mus- cular yet elegant design, dynamic ability, luxury and with a load-space capacity of up to 1675 litres a no-compromise approach to practicality.
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