Rodney Times : January 13th 2011
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After rating the dozens of new cars to reach the market in New Zealand during 2010, the 32- strong membership of the New Zealand Motoring Writers' Guild has invested the BMW 5-series with the title Car of the Year'. The latest iteration of BMW's 5-series saloon has followed in the footsteps of two of its predecessors in being judged New Zealand's Car of the Year by the country's leading motoring writers and commentators. Coming after an immediate predecessor that attracted contro- versy on several fronts -- notably for its bold styling and complex drive interface -- the new F10 variant represents a welcome return to 5-series form by BMW,'' says Guild president John Oxley. It is this ability to combine passenger and driver appeal in a single vehicle that has always marked the 5-series out as a special car,'' he says. Back in 1988, this was what led the third- generation of the 5-series to become the inaugural winner of New Zealand's Car of the Year crown. Eight years later, its successor followed suit and now, after a further 14 years, the 5-series has become the first car to win the title for a third time.'' Running the German luxury sports sedan close were two slightly more affordable cars, in the form of Skoda's Yeti SUV and the Suzuki Kizashi Sports sedan. It was expected that the big German would gain votes well, what with its array of safety gear, chassis electronics and other luxury refinements. However, its six-figure pricing fac- tor was always likely to temper its scoring per- formance. The fact that the 5-series still came through on top is an endorsement of its value both to drive and acquire. I was personally impressed with its hand- ling dynamics, gentler styling than before, and the way it turned every drive from a chore into an occasion to savour. I said in my road test: Every time you climb into the new 5-series it's like being given a com- plimentary upgrade to first class.'' The Skoda Yeti, which has already won awards here and overseas, is one of those cars that's better than the sum-total of its parts. It offers hatchback like handling and ride, combined with carry-all practicality and suf- ficient gusto to show up most other SUVs off- road. Suzuki's Kizashi also came to the top level in the Car of the Year voting, with a brilliant chassis, high quality build and finish and a terrific 2.4-litre drive- train, all costing from around what many would pay for a Japanese 1.8-litre hatchback. In recognition of the BMW's title win, BMW New Zealand will be awarded the Peter Greenslade Trophy, named after the now deceased motoring editor of The Press in Christ- church, who was one of the instigators of the original New Zealand Car of the Year award. Rally round Mini Coupe Recently revealed at the North American Auto Show, the Mini Coupe is probably the shape of the com- pany's rally effort this year, reports DAVE MOORE. The Mini Paceman Concept is a totally new category of car for Mini, combining a spor- ty, masculine coupe appearance with the dimensions of the four- door Mini Countryman. BMW Mini says it is the ideal car for mod- ern, extrovert urban- ites who love the Mini's go-kart feeling, enjoy stand-out individu- ality, and place great importance on the per- sonality of the brand. The Paceman Con- cept retains the fam- iliar Mini front end, but adds its own flavour with large headlights, extending chrome surrounds and accentuated wheels which underline the car's sporty and power- ful appearance. The windows appear to wrap around the car like a band of glass, with the helmet roof' in a contrasting colour suspended' above. The coupe windows taper as they extend to the rear, and combine with the slightly rising waistline to create a prominently dynamic wedge shape. The four-seater car measures 4110 milli- metres in length, 1789 millimetres in width and 1541 millimetres in height. In telltale family style, the Paceman has extremely short over- hangs, which lend par- ticular emphasis to the car's athletic stature. A John Cooper Works 1.6-litre twin- scroll turbocharged engine gives the Paceman 155 kW and 260 Nm, which can be increased to as much as 280 Nm in brief bursts thanks to the overboost function. Based on the Countryman, the Paceman gets the Mini's new ALL4 per- manent all-wheel-drive system, with an elec- tromagnetic centre dif- ferential positioned directly on the final drive which varies the distribution of power seamlessly between the front and rear axle.
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