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What is Fieldays for the car enthusiast?



Fieldays, in Mystery Creek near Hamilton, is not just New Zealand's largest rural fair – it's also the biggest show in the country.

Many automakers are pulling all stops to show their brightest things to potential customers, many of them (130,000 last year) and often want to buy big tickets at once.

There is no shortage of big machines this year's Fieldays, which is open now until Saturday afternoon (15 June). But what's special about the enthusiasts? Here are some things you should see.

HYUNDAI

Hydrogen Hyundai Nexo creates a lot of noise in Fieldays.

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Hydrogen Hyundai Nexo creates a lot of noise in Fieldays.

Hyundai NZ has traditionally dominated the field landscape in Fieldays – physically with a massive two-storey tent and sometimes sound: there is a tradition of ringing every time the car is sold locally.

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This year there is more than a bit of a buzz motor show with two Nexo fuel cell displays on the display. Nexo has been around for some time (in February 2018, we tried the story of the drive), but this is the first time he's on earth in New Zealand.

Hydrogen gives Nexo 600 km one (quick) filling.

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Hydrogen gives Nexo 600 km one (quick) filling.

Nexo is an electric car running on hydrogen. The engine produces 120kW / 395Nm, attracting its power from a bunch of fuel cells that combines oxygen with hydrogen from high-pressure tanks.

Nexo is able to travel 605 km between the tanks. It takes approximately the same time to fill up as a gasoline car.

Nexo is not yet sold in NZ. For starters, there is nowhere to fill it up because hydrogen requires a fueling infrastructure.

But Hyundai NZ is committed to promoting hydrogen as a future fuel and is the first automotive member of the NZ Hydrogen Association (established in 2018).

Expect to see Skyx on the road in the coming months; Hyundai NZ is currently building a mobile hydrogen gas station to accompany demonstration cars.

HOLDEN

Murph Rox.

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Murph Rox.

Colorado Rock: was there driven by this in an exceptional experience earlier this month.

The only monster of Holden NZ was built specifically for Fieldays in partnership with Auckland RVE. It was a little spared to turn the mainstream pickup into the ultimate off-road (and demonstration).

However, this is not a fragile exhibit. Rox is also designed to be fully legal, so if you can not get to Fieldays, there's a good chance you'll catch him in the coming months as he goes around New Zealand.

HSV

Now they are making trucks: HSV in Fieldays.

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Now they are making trucks: HSV in Fieldays.

Nothing specifically new to HSV, but the Australian performance brand is distinguished by its presence in Fieldays, which would not have made sense a few years ago.

HSV is still making muscle cars for Australia (for example, Camaro on the right), but its main business is now: HSV SportsCat, based in Holden Colorado and the massive Chevrolet Silverado.

FORD

The Ford GT is too hot to touch. Hence the ropes.

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The Ford GT is too hot to touch. Hence the ropes.

You can expect a strong Ranger presence on the Ford stand and you will be right.

But in terms of real new metal, this year's focus differs (not a reality) – the ultimate performance of automobile performance cars.

In the black corner there is GT supercar. In the blue corner there is something even cooler (well, we think so): the hot hatch of Fiesta ST.

We are a little excited about the Fiesta ST.

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We are a little excited about the Fiesta ST.

Speaking of this different Focus (well, it's a game of words), you can also see the Focus Active-style SUV. We will not see him in the local exhibition halls until October.

ISUZU

Try before buying Isuzu's 4WD Fieldays course.

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Try before buying Isuzu's 4WD Fieldays course.

Isuzu does not have any new models, but it is worthwhile to look at its off-road course, which visitors can try out on different 4WD models.

MERCEDES-BENZ

Everything is about attention to detail with premium brands.

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Everything is about attention to detail with premium brands.

In addition to the brightest casings for the staff at each booth, the Mercedes-Benz NZ has just released its new GLE.

The technical features include a 48-volt suspension trick, the new MBUX virtual panel (one screen stretches right in the center of the car) and comes with seven seats for the first time.

M-B NZ will concentrate on diesel models when it is launched, as it is still the preferred driving force for SUVs of this size in New Zealand.

The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLE will be launched soon.

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The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLE will be launched soon.

There are still no prices, but check out after a month or when the new GLE is expected to make its showroom and make its debut on the market.

SUZUKI

Excellent Tray: Chopped Jimny makes for a sweet ute.

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Excellent Tray: Chopped Jimny makes for a sweet ute.

And he thought Jimmy could not be more fun. At the Suzuki show, Jimny flat-deck ute is a "prototype" created locally, just breaking the back of the latest generation model.

Depending on the customer response, this can be proposed as a NZ model in the $ 30,000 bracket.

KIA

You are crossed out: Kia has no NZ police vehicle contract (yet).

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You are crossed out: Kia has no NZ police vehicle contract (yet).

The rear of the Kia stand is Stinger GT, wrapped in NZ police lyre.

Check before Holden NZ to issue an order for termination and refusal.

In the front you will find a special project of the Kapiti Kia dealer, which will be available for sale as an accessory.

The Kia dealer is great for Stinger GT accessories.

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The Kia dealer is great for Stinger GT accessories.

It adds 22-inch alloys, spring springs, colored windows, three-component spoiler (plastic on the show, but available with carbon fiber) and a roof with gloss and a Stinger GT lid.

MITSUBISHI

How low can you go? Motor Racer of Mitsubishi Triton SuperUte.

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How low can you go? Motor Racer of Mitsubishi Triton SuperUte.

Production pickups and jeeps are thick on the ground at Mitsubishi, but they dangle in the middle of the stand and you'll find a racing ute.

A Triton player from the Australian SuperUtes series is on display.

SuperUtes are based on double-cab diesel and replaced the Commodore / Falcon V8 Ute Racing Series in 2018. The program is owned and operated as a V8 Supercars series.

Guaranteed: You will never see a toner with a lower road clearance than this one.

VOLKSWAGEN

VW Golf with some inspiration from Oettinger.

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VW Golf with some inspiration from Oettinger.

Check the Golf GTI, decorated in accessories from the German brand Oettinger – a long-time partner of VW.

The car features a large front spoiler, large wheels, a rear wing roof and a lowered suspension.

In fact, there is a little factory-approved post-sales taste to VW in Fieldays; one of the best things on the booth is the off-road transformation of the carrier by German specialist Seikel.

High and powerful: modified by Seikel VW Transporter.

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High and powerful: modified by Seikel VW Transporter.

You will also see some clever camping figures (including kitchen / bathroom equipment that fit in the Amarok ute tray) from VanEssa Mobilcamping.

Herbie goes to the VW stand.

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Herbie goes to the VW stand.

It's not just about changing the product. Also on the show is a private replica Herbie Beetle. This is thoroughly correct and pretty awesome.

TOYOTA

The color impressed us: a return of the 80s to Hilux.

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The color impressed us: a return of the 80s to Hilux.

The Toyota NZ has two Mirai hydrogen-powered cars in the country so this year it could easily try to get a rival from Hyundai in Fieldays.

No. In fact, there is nothing quite new from the first NZ brand this year (not even Supra), but there is still no shortage of things to see from the current range.

Our choice: the Hilux chassis bearing flat decks and magnificent stickers inspired by the 80's. Sometimes these are the simple things.


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