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MOTORNET: Advantageous Acquaintance

Wednesday, 11 October 2006, 11:50 am | Karl Ferguson

How can something as common as an engine noise sound so magnificent? After all, it’s just cylinders and exhaust working in unison and yet, there’s nothing quite like the sound you hear from Aston Martin’s latest, the sublime Vantage. And then you ... More >>

MOTORNET: Picanto Style

Wednesday, 20 September 2006, 12:51 am | Karl Ferguson

When it comes to cars, $16,690 is not a lot of money to hand over for a brand spanking new model. In fact, you can’t do any better, and with its new Picanto, Kia is clearly banking on this to ensure its latest effort rolls off the showroom door. More >>

MOTORNET: Sound Of Silence

Wednesday, 6 September 2006, 11:18 am | Karl Ferguson

Sophistication is a quality that more and more people are beginning to expect when it comes to diesel cars. The knock-knock-knock of a cold diesel engine chugging into life and the accompanying clatter from under the bonnet was all part of the experience ... More >>

MOTORNET: Q car, Mazda style

Friday, 11 August 2006, 3:07 pm | Karl Ferguson

Want to build yourself a Q car? Simply take your standard sedan, add a modest body kit and some more performance oriented options like upgraded engine and brakes, and presto, you’re done. Jaw dropping expressions from big Holden and Ford drivers ... More >>

MOTORNET: Makeover Madness French Style

Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 12:40 am | Karl Ferguson

Peugeot, it would seem, are in the mood for makeovers. Not only has the 206 hatch range had a recent revitalisation with the arrival of the 407 sedan, estate and coupe, but now so has mid-range vehicle the 307. More >>

MOTORNET: Grand Touring, Jeep Style

Friday, 16 June 2006, 7:43 pm | Karl Ferguson

A little travel weary, I pulled Jeep’s new Grand Cherokee into the gas station for a fill up before heading home. ‘Can anyone see a diesel pump?’ I enquired fairly innocently. I was met with initially silence, before one passenger sounding rather ... More >>

MOTORNET: Six-Speed Sensation

Thursday, 18 May 2006, 10:27 am | Karl Ferguson

Honestly, I really didn’t think I was going that quick. It was a bright sunny weekend in late summer, and we were headed for New Plymouth for a weekend away. The idea was to travel in two cars and rendevous in Wanganui for lunch. As the driver of the ... More >>

MOTORNET: On Your Command - The BMW 330i

Friday, 24 February 2006, 12:23 am | Karl Ferguson

‘Please take the next exit on your left. Then, turn right in 200 metres,’ says the modulated voice of BMW’s satellite navigation system. Failing to follow instructions does nothing to raise a non-automated response. Even a complete 360 will see the ... More >>

MOTORNET: Subaru Range New Year Spruce-Up

Tuesday, 7 February 2006, 3:28 pm | Karl Ferguson

Subaru Range New Year Spruce-Up SCOOP MOTORNET with Karl Ferguson Images by Neil Mackenzie - onlinefotos.com/neil More >>

MOTORNET: Ford's F6 Typhoon - Gentle Giant?

Tuesday, 17 January 2006, 12:06 am | Karl Ferguson

There is something quite satisfying about having a big bore straight six under the bonnet when sitting at traffic lights. Instant power can offer instant gratification, something particularly true of Aussie muscle cars. But once upon a time, Aussie muscle ... More >>

MOTORNET: Peugeot Twins Turn On The Charm

Friday, 13 January 2006, 2:31 pm | Karl Ferguson

Is the 206 GTI the best looking hot hatch of all time? In brilliant cherry red, and despite being more than a little long in the tooth, the little Peugeot looks stunning. Colour coded body mouldings, neat rear spoiler, front fog lights, 17” alloys and ... More >>

MOTORNET: New Engine = New Life For Solid Swede

Thursday, 13 October 2005, 12:41 am | Karl Ferguson

With the way fuel prices are going – around the $1.50 a litre mark last time I checked – trying to sell new, large SUV’s in New Zealand could be akin to promoting Iraqi tourism. In other words, very hard work. More >>

MOTORNET: Two Cars, One Engine

Tuesday, 13 September 2005, 12:34 am | Karl Ferguson

The BMW X3 and the latest 1-Series may not have a great deal in common on the surface. After all, one is tagged a Sports Activity Vehicle by BMW’s PR department, while the other an upmarket hatch competing with the likes of the VW Golf and Alfa Romeo ... More >>

MOTORNET: Still Got It - Mini Cooper S

Monday, 11 July 2005, 2:53 pm | Karl Ferguson

The girl at the drive through window was about 16. I hadn't paid her a great deal of attention to be honest, most likely trying to decide between a Big Mac or a Chicken Royale, when just as I was about to order she gushed, 'Your car is really cool. I ... More >>

MOTORNET: Diesel Delights - Peugeot 407 & 307

Thursday, 2 June 2005, 11:44 am | Karl Ferguson

There are plenty of reasons why punters are attracted to French vehicles, and in particular, the offerings of Peugeot. Flair, original design, plush interiors and an almost guaranteed comfortable ride are some. Now there’s a couple more. More >>

MOTORNET: Old Dog, New Tricks

Friday, 22 April 2005, 12:55 am | Karl Ferguson

How do you give an existing car that's generally well respected, but no longer the new kid on the block, a new lease of life? Simple really. Take the most popular model and put a bigger engine in it. More >>

MOTORNET: 1 Series Heats Up Hot Hatch Wars

Thursday, 10 March 2005, 11:50 am | Karl Ferguson

It was a beautifully sunny late December morning and traffic was unusually light on the Rimutaka Hill Road out of Wellington. The Holden Monaro coupe was taking full advantage of the situation, hunkered down in the bends as the big bore V8 worked ... More >>

MOTORNET: Estating The Obvious

Friday, 21 January 2005, 1:08 pm | Karl Ferguson

It's a bold statement, but our fascination with oversize Sports Utility Vehicles could well be coming to an end. It had to happen sometime. After all, crossover vehicles, smaller and better built 4WDs and the rising cost of fuel are all likely to be contributing ... More >>

MOTORNET: Honda Reworks The Odyssey

Tuesday, 21 December 2004, 12:02 am | Karl Ferguson

It's difficult to get excited at the prospect of a new people-mover or MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) as they are more commonly known. After all, the majority of MPV drivers find themselves in the category purely for the practicality offered by the vehicle ... More >>

MOTORNET: Horses For Courses - Subaru 3.0R Spec B

Thursday, 9 December 2004, 1:24 pm | Karl Ferguson

I'm not really into horses or horse racing for that matter. In fact, the last time I went to a racecourse was a few years ago while living in the US to a little place called Charlotte, Virginia. More >>