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Motor Equipment News - - CONTENTS - By John Ox­ley

Fiel­d­ays used to be all about agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery and equip­ment, among a whole lot of ru­ral so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, but over the past few years there has been more and more ac­cent on the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor, per­haps fu­elled by the New Zealand mar­ket switch­ing over from cars and sta­tion wag­ons to SUVs and utes, and by the ab­sence of a ded­i­cated na­tional mo­tor show.

As a re­sult you’ll have seen lots of spe­cial Fiel­d­ays of­fers, many of them last­ing six months or more – but I was told at the show that only ex­hibitors can of­fer Fiel­d­ays spe­cials – you have to be in to win, so to speak!

This has re­sulted in at least one im­porter be­ing told to ditch ref­er­ence to Fiel­d­ays in their ad­ver­tis­ing, which must have led to a bit of hmm­ph­ing and hu­ur­rring around the ad agency of­fices!

We went down to Fiel­d­ays, held as usual at Mys­tery Creek near Hamil­ton, on Wed­nes­day June 13, first of the four day ses­sions, ar­riv­ing specif­i­cally to wit­ness the un­veil­ing of a new Hyundai Santa Fe, as well as an i30, and more im­por­tant, the new Kona full EV.

The first two had their cov­ers whipped off with vir­tu­ally no pomp or cer­e­mony, while the third only ar­rived later so we didn’t get to see it, al­though Hyundai kindly sent us a pic­ture of it be­ing un­loaded at the air­port!

Any­way, we en­joyed our wan­der around on, as usual, a slightly damp day that turned out quite warm, and glad that we had wa­ter­proof boots and a 4x4 to com­bat the muddy paths and pad­docks. Here’s some of what we came across.

1 Ubco

The Ubco elec­tric bike, made in Tau­ranga, won this year’s Fiel­d­ays In­ter­na­tional In­no­va­tion Award, sup­ple­men­tary to the In­no­va­tion Award it won in 2014. It has a mo­tor on each wheel for ex­tra grip and trac­tion, and no trans­mis­sion. It weighs only 58kg, has a 45 km/h top speed, takes six hours to charge to 90 per­cent, and has a 100km range. Pric­ing starts at $7,990.

2 Ar­ca­dia

The Holden Ar­ca­dia is sourced from the US, it’s a full seven-seater, and power comes from the same 3.6-litre V6 found in the Com­modore, as is its nine-speed auto trans­mis­sion. Fea­tures in­clude high tech phone charg­ing, 360 deg. cam­eras, and a self-park­ing sys­tem. Pric­ing and fi­nal specs won’t be avail­able un­til launch in the fourth quar­ter, but ex­pect both 2WD and 4WD mod­els.

3 Colorado

The Holden Colorado Xtreme has an ag­gres­sive-look­ing front bumper with a built-in winch, 18-inch al­loy wheels, an ex­tended sports bar, tubu­lar side steps, a tow bar, and a bulge on the bon­net. How­ever, en­gine and trans­mis­sion are un­changed. Im­age Cathy Parker.

4 Rap­tor

Fiel­d­ays was the first pub­lic sight­ing of the up­com­ing Ford Rap­tor, with its out-there styling, highly-spe­cialised lifted sus­pen­sion, wider track, and best of all, a new, more­pow­er­ful two-litre twin turbo diesel en­gine and eight-speed auto gear­box.

5 Hilux

Fiel­d­ays wouldn’t be com­plete with­out a tricked-up Toy­ota Hilux of two. In ad­di­tion to this wild cus­tomi­sa­tion there were sev­eral oth­ers. Ma­jor items shown in­clude a con­stant load sus­pen­sion up­grade, al­ter­na­tive wheel and tyre pack­ages, side steps, nudge bars, side bars, TRD (Toy­ota Rac­ing De­vel­op­ment) parts and de­cals in a va­ri­ety of colour com­bi­na­tions.

6 Isuzu 49 de­grees

We hate driv­ing on sidlings, but Isuzu showed just how far you can go in a D-Max – as much as 49 de­grees. That’s about 30 de­grees too far for most of us, though!

7 Kona

The Hyundai Kona elec­tric ve­hi­cle (EV), to be launched here later in the year, comes with a long range 64kWh bat­tery with a “real world” range between charges of more than 400km. The bat­tery can be charged from empty to 80 per­cent in 75 min­utes us­ing a fast charger. It’s got a 150kW/395Nm mo­tor and drives through the front wheels.

8 LDV-T60

The big LDV T60 from China comes with a five-star ANCAP safety rat­ing, and has a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel en­gine plus lots of spec, in­clud­ing elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, blind spot mon­i­tor hill de­scent con­trol, hill start as­sist, trac­tion con­trol sys­tem and elec­tronic dif­fer­en­tial lock. Pric­ing is keen.

9 Mercedes X-Class

Mercedes-Benz was at Fiel­d­ays for the first time, show­ing off its new X-Class ute, as well as a G-Wa­gen ute fit­ted out as a fire en­gine. Var­i­ous trim and spec pack­ages are avail­able for the X-Class, as well as 2WD in ad­di­tion to 4WD. Cur­rently only 120kW and 140kW four­cylin­der turbo-diesel en­gines are on of­fer, but a 190kW/550Nm V6 is on the way.

10 Musso

SsangYong showed off its new Musso ute, based on the Rex­ton chas­sis and some body parts. It can tow 3.5-tons while si­mul­ta­ne­ously car­ry­ing a ton of weight, and is fit­ted with a Mercedes­derived 2.2-litre 135kW en­gine. For­get about the old Musso – this one is stylish, mod­ern, and ca­pa­ble. Im­age Cathy Parker.

11 RAM

New Zealand’s most pow­er­ful ute has ar­rived – the RAM 1500, with a 5.7litre Hemi V8 push­ing out 291kW and enough torque to pull 4.5-tones, as well as of­fer­ing lots of space with­out the truck­like de­meanour of its big­ger 2500 and 3500 sib­lings.

12 Tri­ton

Last year Mit­subishi showed a spe­cial Hunt­away ver­sion of its Tri­ton ute. And it proved so pop­u­lar that a num­ber of pro­duc­tion ver­sions have been built, with great styling kit and fea­tures and lots of ex­tra spec, in­clud­ing a 50mm lift kit and much wider track thanks to off­set wheels. But it’s a lim­ited edi­tion of just 20.

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