Author Archives: Damien O'Carroll

FIRST DRIVE: Nissan Navara NP300

FIRST DRIVE: Nissan Navara NP300
The Nissan Navara has long been a mainstay in the local ute segment, generally hanging around the top five sellers, occasionally breaking into the top three and generally being a handsome, rugged option that was always worth consideration. While the old D22 (it was originally launched in 1997) managed to survive its replacement by the D40 in 2004, staying around as a budget-priced entry level ...

ROAD TEST: Mazda CX-3 GSX

ROAD TEST: Mazda CX-3 GSX
The recent explosion in popularity of the baby SUV has seen a number of manufacturers caught short and now lacking what has quickly become an important part of the range. But not Mazda. The Japanese manufacturer has been on a blinding roll recently, with remarkably good product pouring from its factories; the Mazda6, Mazda3 and Mazda2 are all brilliant ...

QUICK DRIVE: FORD FIESTA ST

QUICK DRIVE: FORD FIESTA ST
The Ford Fiesta ST is simply one of our favourite cars ever here at OVERSTEER. Its happy puppy-like enthusiasm is infectious and its ability to simply rip corners to shreds is utterly addictive. Very little has changed since we last tested the ST, in ...

FIRST DRIVE: Citroen C4

FIRST DRIVE: Citroen C4
The Citroen C4 range is a slightly odd one these days. Not because the cars are strange – they are, apart from the brilliantly odd C4 Cactus, some of the most “normal” cars Citroen has ever made. No, what is odd about them is the fact that five cars make up the C4 range – the C4, C4 Cactus, C4 Aircross, C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso ...

FIRST DRIVE: Ford Mondeo

FIRST DRIVE: Ford Mondeo
We have had along wait here in New Zealand for the new Ford Mondeo. The USA got it back in 2012 as the Fusion, while a change of manufacturing facilities has seen RHD production delayed by a number of years. But it is here now and it has some pretty big expectations that it needs to live up to if it is going to take its place as Fords “flagship model” on the eve of the Falcon’s demise. We ...

Volvo Drive-E

Around a year ago Volvo New Zealand quietly launched the first of the Drive-E engines into the local market nestling in the engine bay of the S60 and V60. Since that time two things have happened – more Volvos have been equipped with Drive-E engines ...

ROAD TEST: Lexus RC-F

ROAD TEST: Lexus RC-F
The Lexus RC F takes over from the IS F as the performance flagship in the Lexus line up (not counting the limited LF A, that is) and as such packs a revised version of the 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 that featured in the IS, but in an all-new two door coupe body that takes the Japanese manufacturer’s new styling language to its most aggressive extreme so far. We spend a week with one to see if we fall in love with it. Outside Likes: Incredibly aggressive and elegant at the same ...

Tweet Test

#Fiat Panda: maximum fun at the slowest speed possible. Tiny 2-cylinder engine and comedy trans are brilliant. Super ...