'March madness' in Auckland

CLOGGED: Heavy traffic this morning on the northwestern motorway.

If Aucklanders think the traffic has got worse in the last couple of weeks, they're right.

For the love of a rare Ferrari

Charles Betz, 75, left, and Fred Peters, 83, have spent decades in their garage workshop restoring the 1954 Ferrari 375MM race car.

They paid $1454 for their 375MM Spider convertible, and have just turned down a $7.6m offer.

Rusted ride to classy Cortina stuff nation

The car when it arrived in Bob Sinclair's garage, four years ago. Photo: Supplied.

After four years and hundreds of hours, Bob Sinclair turned a rusted Cortina into a thing of beauty.

Thief as thick as his brick video

Ireland's Dumbest Criminal. Brick rebounds off car window and smashes the criminals face and knocks him out cold. The car owner returns seconds later to have him arrested.

Want to break into a car by throwing a brick through a window? Well knock yourself out. This guy did.

Fifth time's a licence charm stuff nation

DRIVE ON: Looking back, Sarah McLaughlin is glad her father pushed her to sit her driving test a fifth time.

My ego and confidence were shattered, and I mentally resigned myself to a life of bicycles and buses.

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American muscle machine

BMW X6.

BMW upgrades its first all-paw M machine that was well suited to the nature of NZ roads.

Car sales hit dizzy heights

It turned out to be quite a sizzler 2014, and we're not talking about summer holiday weather but new vehicle sales.

When 2WD will do in a ute

Applaud new initiatives

news

Thief as thick as his brick video

Ireland's Dumbest Criminal. Brick rebounds off car window and smashes the criminals face and knocks him out cold. The car owner returns seconds later to have him arrested.

Want to break into a car by throwing a brick through a window? Well knock yourself out. This guy did.

SsangYong Tivoli to shake up segment

The international launch of SsangYong's all-new B-segment Tivoli SUV could prove to be the tipping point for the brand which once marketed weird-looking vehicles.

CLOGGED: Heavy traffic this morning on the northwestern motorway.

'March madness' on Auckland's roads

If Aucklanders think the traffic has got worse in the last couple of weeks, they're right.

lifestyle vehicles

Could Toyota's Fortuner be for us?

Toyota Fortuner: This is the latest model, designed, developed and engineered in Australia and based on our current HiLux. It's likely the down-under model will have next-generation HiLux underpinnings when it arrives.

Designed and engineered in Australia, the HiLux-based Fortuner has never been sold here, but that could change next year.

Hitting the road in style

Keith Austin discovers how to get behind the wheel of a Porsche for a day without breaking the bank.

TIKI TOUR: 'I can't go all over the country in my bach, but I can in my motorhome,' says Mike Lister.

Grey nomads create growing industry

More Kiwis are turning their backs on the bach and hitting the road in a motorhome.

road tests

Panda gets a five-grand push

Distinctive Italian: Through three generations, the Panda has charmed European small car fans, and now it's priced to please Kiwis too.

After a year during which hardly a soul realised the Panda was available in NZ, its distributors have given the Italian favourite a huge price boost.

Mazda's pint-sized perfection

New fourth-generation Mazda2 continues a magnificent career the Japanese car maker has forged with small five-door hatchbacks.

TT generation three: Borrows style from each of the first two iterations of the model and adds lighter materials and better performance.

Iconic Audi coupe lightens up

Audi's third generation TT is lighter, quicker and more fun.

bikes

Superbike roots ensure street cred

BMW S1000R: Slick looks not quite ruined by old-fashioned drop-shadow graphics.

BMW's first sporting street bike is sharpened by its Superbike roots.

Triumph's Bonneville Texas star

If the paintwork looks familiar, you probably know your Bonnevilles pretty well as this is Triumph's homage to a land speed record.

New Plymouth motorcycle enthusiasts Dennis Stewart, left, and Mark Phillips will lead the Americarna convoy on their California Highway Patrol bikes during a street parade.

Taranaki's CHiPs boys to lead Americarna

The CHiPs boys are going to lead Americarna into New Plymouth.

shows

Superb sets standards for comfort and room

New Superb: Displays many design cues from the Vision C concept which was so well-received at European motor shows during 2014.

Cab-drivers should queue up for this one - the ultra-roomy Skoda will gets its public premiere at the Geneva motor show.

Mercedes-AMG creates racing version of GT supercar

The Geneva Motor Show is shaping up as more of a Grand Prix or LeMans starting grid rather than a forum for showing models that average people will embrace.

The new Audi R8 V10.

Audi's new R8 supercar bows early

Audi's new R8 supercar has broken cover, getting a head start on its global debut at next week's Geneva Motor Show.

customs & classics

For the love of a rare Ferrari

Charles Betz, 75, left, and Fred Peters, 83, have spent decades in their garage workshop restoring the 1954 Ferrari 375MM race car.

Charles Betz and Fred Peters paid $1454 for their 375MM Spider convertible. They've just turned down a $7.6m offer.

Pimp My Ride secrets revealed

Broken cars, features removed after filming and fabricated background stories are just some of the Pimp My Ride horror stories revealed this week.

Happy birthday: Rose Oakley took her trusty car to the Seven Oaks conference centre in Timaru for her recent birthday celebration.

95-year-old still motoring in her 1969 Mini

Rose Oakley has owned her Morris Mini since 1969 and the trusty steed is still ferrying her around.

Video

Thief as thick as his brick

Want to break into a car by throwing a brick through a window? Well knock yourself out. This guy did.

quizzes

Aston Martin's first 100 years

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Iconic British sports car brand Aston Martin this month celebrated its 100th birthday.

Chevrolet Corvette quiz

The Chevrolet Corvette is an iconic American muscle car but just how much do you think you know about them?

Quiz: A feast of Ferraris

Know your Fords

Motorsport

Altitude and unfamiliar route to test Kiwi Paddon

PEDAL TO THE METAL: Hayden Paddon (left) and John Kennard are looking to back up their sixth place finish in Rally Sweden last month with a strong showing in Mexico.

Hayden Paddon is back in his own Hyundai for his second World Rally Championship event of the year in Mexico.

James Courtney holds off van Gisbergen in Adelaide

Defending champ claims back-to-back feature race wins at V8 Supercars season-opening Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.

Hamilton snubs F1 No 1 for 44, 'it's mine'

Coulthard hangs on for maiden Adelaide V8 win

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