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MOTORNET: Solid Citizen

Monday, 22 December 2008, 11:14 am | Karl Ferguson

With the on-going volatility of petrol prices, the tide appears to be turning against the large Sports Utility Vehicle, but we shouldn’t be too hasty in tarring all such vehicles with the same brush. More >>

MOTORNET: Close encounters – Volvo S80 3.2

Monday, 22 December 2008, 11:12 am | Karl Ferguson

There’s a reason that Volvos have a reputation for being safe cars. That’s because they are. Up until recently, I have never needed to know first hand just how safe – I have always taken them at their word and indeed the word of many of the finest ... More >>

MOTORNET: More than meets the eye

Monday, 3 November 2008, 3:43 pm | Karl Ferguson

It would be easy to dismiss the latest Honda Legend as just another attempt by a Japanese carmaker to get a slice of the luxury car territory. After all, the paying public is spoilt for choice when it comes to luxury sedans and it’s generally the ... More >>

MOTORNET: Playstation effect

Monday, 3 November 2008, 3:11 pm | Karl Ferguson

At first blush, I was beginning to wonder what all the fuss was about. Commuting in a WRX STi Spec R mid-winter, as the rain came down and the windscreen wipers heaved, it was hard not to focus on the ‘super-Subaru’s’ apparent shortcomings – ... More >>

MOTORNET: Baby Swede

Tuesday, 7 October 2008, 1:30 pm | Karl Ferguson

A cynic might suggest that a red Volvo is a good way to get attention for a new model, but believe it or not, Volvo have a tradition of producing red cars, especially when it comes to the smaller vehicles of the range. In fact, I distinctly remember driving ... More >>

MOTORNET: By a nose - Subaru Tribeca

Tuesday, 27 May 2008, 1:11 pm | Karl Ferguson

It’s unfortunate, but inevitable, that many will remember the first iteration of Subaru’s Tribeca, not for its smooth six cylinder motor, or its seven seats – a first for Subaru – but instead for its rather unfortunate front end. More >>

MOTORNET: Solid citizens

Thursday, 24 April 2008, 11:47 am | Karl Ferguson

There are times when technology, rather than aiding us, seems frankly more inhibiting than anything else. It was this thought than ran through my mind after a few days with Volvo’s latest offerings. Despite a week respectively with both the V70 and ... More >>

MOTORNET: Cardigan Wearers Need Not Apply

Wednesday, 7 November 2007, 4:22 pm | Karl Ferguson

People who wear cardigans do not drive V8s. Well, I suppose there are a few ancient Rovers V8s around and their drivers might well wear cardigans on occasion I grant you, but as a general rule, they don’t. Given this, what could Volvo be thinking ... More >>

MOTORNET: T Is For Taut, Terrific... Tantalizing?

Tuesday, 6 November 2007, 2:29 pm | Karl Ferguson

I wouldn’t describe Carterton’s White Swan Hotel as pretentious exactly. Like any other pub in the Wairarapa on a Friday night it has a mix of patrons – some locals, some weekenders, and some like us just passing through, looking for a meal ... More >>

MOTORNET: If You Can’t Beat 'Em...

Monday, 17 September 2007, 11:23 am | Karl Ferguson

For a brand that markets itself heavily on lifestyle attributes, Subaru are very late to the SUV party, but arrived they have, and it’s an arrival that has not been without controversy. More >>

MOTORNET: A Bit Of Swagger

Friday, 25 May 2007, 1:10 pm | Karl Ferguson

Rightly or wrongly, Jaguar’s are often seen as stately, even genteel cars – cars that convey their passengers in comfort and silence, cosseted, removed even from the real world. It’s the smoking jacket effect, lingering on even in the face of ... More >>

MOTORNET: Best Of Both Worlds - Volvo C70

Thursday, 3 May 2007, 11:06 am | Karl Ferguson

> It’s easy to feel smug in a convertible. It’s also easy to feel a bit of a git. On the one hand you’re confident that people are looking at you enviously as you cruise with the top down, the sunlight reflecting stylishly on your sunglasses. ... More >>

MOTORNET: Boost For Ford Territory & Escape

Friday, 13 April 2007, 1:15 pm | Karl Ferguson

It’s been a few years since I last drove the Escape, Ford’s early ‘new century’ answer to the unprecedented Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) demand. The Escape offered a welcome alternative to a heavy and gas-guzzling full-sized SUV for a lot less money, ... More >>

MOTORNET: Diesel Kia Leads Lineup

Tuesday, 20 March 2007, 11:52 am | Karl Ferguson

It’s getting to the point that to be a credible importer of vehicles into New Zealand these days, you need to offer at least one diesel powered vehicle in your passenger car line up (though some prefer hybrids). This is good news for consumers as diesels ... More >>

MOTORNET: Muscled-Up Italian - Alfa 159

Thursday, 1 February 2007, 1:56 pm | Karl Ferguson

The motorway into the city was unusually deserted for a Saturday evening but perhaps not surprisingly given the lateness of the hour. The Nissan Skyline was virtually abreast of me when I noticed it, its passengers craning their necks as they came ... More >>

MOTORNET: Heavy Hitters

Saturday, 20 January 2007, 8:23 pm | Karl Ferguson

I can’t be sure exactly what the cyclist was saying, but his sentiment was clear. It had a lot to do with his shaking fist and angry expression. It seems that while driving to work one typically late spring morning (overcast, cold) I had strayed ... More >>

MOTORNET: Free-Revving Six - BMW 130i

Thursday, 21 December 2006, 1:16 pm | Karl Ferguson

It’s a Friday night. Things are quiet at this end of town, and few people are about save a couple of commuters who perhaps stayed for one beer two many and now make haste to catch a train to the suburbs. The night is unusually still for Wellington, ... More >>

MOTORNET: Sexy Lexy? – Lexus IS250

Thursday, 7 December 2006, 10:22 pm | Karl Ferguson

“You know, that really is a good looking car,” my boss said rather wistfully as he stared out my office window at the car-park five floors below. “In fact, it’s probably the first Lexus I would seriously consider buying.” More >>

MOTORNET: Ford FPV - Comic Book Capers

Wednesday, 29 November 2006, 9:58 am | Karl Ferguson

Toxic terror yellow, caped crusader blue – is it possible that Ford’s FPV colour palette has in some way been influenced by comic book super heroes – or anti-heroes for that matter? Judging by the sheer luridness of the test GT and Typhoon vehicles ... More >>

MOTORNET: More Than Skin Deep – Alpha 147 Hatch

Wednesday, 1 November 2006, 11:28 am | Karl Ferguson

Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini – Italian exotica that causes most men to go just a little weak at the knees at even their passing mention. Unfortunately, such exotica is usually well beyond the reach of most mere mortals, which is why Alfa Romeo is ... More >>