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In this month’s NZ Autocar, we drive Audi’s new RS 6 and BMW M5 back-to-back to see which of the German powerhouses gets the pulse racing faster. We’ve also named our 21st Car of the Year with all the details of the annual AMI Insurance NZ Autocar COTY drive off, and also, the Bike of the Year as well. We report on market newbies like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Nissan Altima and Kia’s first turbocharged offering in the new Koup. We spend some more time with the Nissan Pathfinder, the face-lifted Peugeot RCZ and all sorts of diverse machinery like the Skoda Octavia vRS wagon, Barina RS, Volvo V40 Cross Country, a brace of Lexus models, and Subarus too. From the special interest files we stage a family reunion of sorts with a Land Rover Series One and the latest Defender LXV, take a look at the goings on behind the scenes at a V8 SuperTourer meeting and trek to Japan to discover what Mazda has in store for us in the near future. Plus you're still in with a chance to win Mazda CX-5 if you take out a subscription, check out the magazine for more details.
Ford rolled out its new Mustang last week and here are a swag of videos detailing the new car. This new model will be offered as a right-hand drive model from the factory for the first time, but unfortunately for Kiwis we have a long wait to endure before it reaches our shores. Ford NZ says it will be here ‘sometime in 2015’ and that’s about as much info as they have for us so far though it will be offered with both the 2.3-litre turbocharged four and the 5.0-litre V8.
Here’s the low down on the how those lines came to be on the new Pony Car. Joel Piaskowski, Ford Design Director and Kemal Curic, Exterior Design Manager talk us through their new baby.
Like the exterior, the interior of the new Mustang has plenty of cues from the car’s 50-year history. Doyle Letson, Chief Interior Designer and William Mangan, Interior Design Manager provide a guided tour of the cabin.
Who was the first owner of a Mustang ever? Gail Wise was when she acquired her car on April 15, 1964. She was on hand at the new car’s reveal and shared her ownership story with Ford’s chief operating officer Mark Fields.