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    Toyota 86: On the Right Track!

    The Toyota 86 is a legend in the making. It is a return to the pure fun of driving. Rear wheel, front engined with a very low centre of gravity. It has been winning Car of the Year awards all over the world, including being named the Top Gear Car of 2012 when it was first released! Fun starts when you press the button. Click here to learn more. New or used, Bowater Toyota can put you on the right track!
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    The Bowater Motor Group are ready to exceed your expectations, and make it possible to drive your dream today. A local, family owned company, we have been supporting the community since 1945 - and selling what we feel are the best cars the world has to offer, and servicing all makes and models from onsite workshops we are very proud of. We have a range second to none, with new cars in the showrooms from Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, & Isuzu. There is something for everyone, at every stage, new or used.
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    If you drive a small car, or are thinking about downsizing to a lower fuel use, more efficient smaller car for around town use, then you need to see the Hyundai Accent. This zippy little hot hatch has it all! Small on size but massive on features across the model range. We have a wide range of quality used vehicles like this one in our central Nelson Yard. Click here to find out more.

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How to build an electric car; if you are mad!

Prius electric motorWith the Prius Challenge ready to wrap up in Nelson this week and move to Motueka we thought that perhaps it was time to look at the recurrent question that gets bandied around within this discussion of alternative technologies - fully electric cars!

If you have got a spare USD$109,000 you could always invest in current market leaders Tesla Motors, but as you can see they have a very small production run and are sold out until production begins again in 2014. It looks like a Lotus Elise anyway....

So the boys from Top Gear did what any good kiwi bloke would - set about making their own electric car. After all, how hard could it be?

There is more, 2 more parts to this story that are as funny as the first one.

The conclusion, which is no surprise really as the homemade car is quite ridiculous.

See, easy as. Something to think about for your next project? Or perhaps you could come and see the wide range of hybrid cars we have across our showrooms: The Toyota Prius family, the Camry Hybrid for life's busy executives, the Honda Insight, the sporty little Honda CR-Z, the Lexus CT200H, and the Lexus 400H SUV to name but a few!

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