Cars & Motorcycles


March 2020

NZ4WD is for people interested in 4WD vehicles and the lifestyle activities associated with them. It covers a range of topics of interest to the 4WD vehicle buyer and driver. It aims to provide a wide range of information covering vehicle selection (new and used), 4WD destinations both New Zeland and International, accessories and upgrading, 4WD clubs and 4WD sport, lifestyle activities associated with 4WD, adventure and track stories and technical articles

New Zealand
Adrenalin Publishing Ltd
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12 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
for the greater good!

Yeah, OK, I can just see some of our ‘stauncher’ brethren standing around those classic public bar ‘leaners,’ mouths open, lips flapping ten-to-the dozen about how “no bloody judge is going to stop me and my mates having fun!” Which is exactly NOT the sort of result which the rest of us need if we are to continue to enjoy the odd mud plug. The reason is simple. We’ve been ‘outed’ – by the sounds of it too, by one of our own. And bar doing what the New Zealand Four Wheel Drive Association (NZFWDA) and Valley 4WD Club have done – which is accept responsibility for their actions, plead guilty and take what I can only call a couple of unprecedentedly large fines on the chin – there’s little else to…

1 min.
trail blazers celebrate 40th anniversary

Half a lifetime’s worth of fun and fellowship is set to be celebrated in Gore over the Easter weekend this year as members present and past gather to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Southern Trail Blazers 4WD club. A dedicated club committee has planned an active social programme over the Easter long weekend. Festivities start with a 4x4 vehicle display in the shadow of the town’s famous Trout statue on Easter Friday followed by a social function and registration at the Gore Town & Country Club. There will then be the first of two full-day 4WD trips on Saturday followed by an evening meal (included in entry cost) at which the guest speaker is 4x4Explorer.co.nz main man (and NZ4WD magazine columnist) Richard Soult. Sunday sees a second full-day 4WD trip and evening meal…

1 min.
better late… etc… etc

Sure it feels like a year since the final round of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercar Championship in Newcastle. But it’s really only been two-and-a-bit months since two Kiwis won big at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500. One, obviously, was Supercar series star Scott McLaughlin who claimed his second Supercar series title in as many years. And the other? Well, it was none other than young Ken Smith protégé Tom Alexander, originally form Christchurch but now calling Auckland home. Tom has been contesting the ECB SuperUtes championship for the past two seasons with expat Kiwi Ross Stone (of Stone Brothers Racing fame) and after just missing out on a title shot in 2018, Tom came up trumps for his Caltex Delo Racing Isuzu D-Max squad in 2019. Over the course of the twenty four…

1 min.
sainz and brabec star in dakar rally

Red Bull-backed 2WD MINI Buggy driver Carlos Sainz and co-driver Lucas Cruz won the ‘car’ category of this year’s new-look Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia in January, the Spanish pair leading home the V8-powered 4WD Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux of former winner Nasser Al-Attiyuh of Qatar and his co-driver, Matthieu Baumel from France. Former bike and car section winner Stefan Peterhansel and co-driver Paulo Fiuza were third in their Red Bull 2WD MINI Buggy, while American rider Ricky Brabec finally broke a KTM-stranglehold on the motorcycle section (18 years) with Honda’s first victory in 31 years. Casey Currie gave America another reason to celebrate by winning the SSV (SxS) race while Chile’s Ignacio Casale took back the throne in the quads. The 42nd edition of the Dakar took competitors from the shores…

1 min.
land rover buys bowler

So the rumours were true; Jaguar Land Rover finally confirming early in the New Year that its Special Vehicle Operations had indeed acquired Bowler, the UK-based manufacturer of all-terrain performance cars, parts and rally raid vehicles. Founded in 1985, Bowler pioneered the production of dedicated off-road competition cars in the UK based on highly-modified Land Rovers and/or L/R componentry. As such the expertise Bowler has amassed for all-terrain vehicle dynamics, low-volume production techniques, and proving the durability of components under extreme conditions, has become highly sought-after, and cynics might see the purchase as a means of keeping a lot of the company’s intellectual property out of the reach of cash-rich 4x4 upstart INEOS. Jaguar Land Rover – of course – isn’t saying, instead telling media instead that Bowler is simply another business unit…

1 min.
hybrid c-hr will ‘sell like hotcakes’ – toyota

Impressed by the take-up of the hybrid model when it launched its new-look RAV4 medium SUV late last year Toyota New Zealand has added a hybrid FWD model to its smallest ‘SUV’ the C-HR. And company Chief Operating Officer Neeraj Lala reckons it is going to ‘sell like hotcakes.’ “We’re expanding the C-HR with Toyota’s hybrid-electric technology because it’s becoming increasingly popular among consumers due to its low emissions, great fuel economy and proven reliability,” Mr Lala said. “Also it’s great to be able to offer the environmental performance of the hybrid-electric engine in such a visually different and funky compact SUV package.” Available in standard and Limited grades, the C-HR hybrid offers an eye-catching design and a new generation multimedia system as well. While the ground-breaking 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine remains available,…