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Kia Cerato Koup

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Kia Cerato Koup

Koup d’surprise By Jonathon Taylor The great thing about life is it just keeps coming right at you. For the most part, with experience, guile and a number of little lessons commonly called ‘the school of hard knocks’ you learn how to read life’s warning signs. So, with deft swerves of mind, mouth and body, you can avoid taking too many shots smack on the schnoz. However, occasionally — no matter how prepared you might think you are — the odd curve ball does connect. These tend to make an impression (usually on the forehead) and leave you...

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Peugeot RCZ

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Peugeot RCZ

Roadworthy restyling By Tim Grey In most areas of life there is nothing a Frenchman would least like to be than German. But for some reason, when it comes to cars, the French can’t help but pine for efficient Teutonic engineering with precision and common sense. Oh, sure, Citroen trades on its futurist concepts and love of left-field innovation, but as for Renault and Peugeot, they’ve produced some of the most bland Euro hatches and sedans of the last decade, all in the pursuit of making a Gallic Golf or a Parisian Passat. So when Peugeot...

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Stop/Start Technology Takes Off

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Stop/Start Technology Takes Off

Considering the price of petrol, anything that saves fuel has to be a good idea, right? Well Volvo certainly seems to think so as it forges ahead with its fuel saving stop/start technology. The system Volvo calls ‘Geartronic’ is now fitted to the D3 turbo diesel in Europe. The 2.0 litre D3 turbo diesel with the Geartronic automatic and stop/start technology cuts CO2 emission by 10g/kmand uses 0.4 litres less fuel per 100km, compared to a standard automatic transmission car with the same engine. In cars with manual gearboxes the engine...

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Big Cat Refines Its Roar

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Big Cat Refines Its Roar

After a decade or so lost in the wilderness, Jaguar’s reinvention continues to gather pace. The big British cat is introducing an all new 2.2 litre turbo diesel XF sports sedan in 2012, together with revised prices across its entire model range. Jaguar New Zealand group general manager James Yates says negotiations with the factory in England have secured some very competitive pricing for next year’s models. “Considering the high level of specification on all models, these cars stack up extremely well against their prestige and luxury class...

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