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Great car, shame about the diesel

Mazda6 is a class act on the road. But like so many diesel cars in NZ, it's not as clean as the same model in Europe.

Will emissions concerns prevent us buying cars as good as this Mazda6 Limited diesel?

Audi's swiftly smooth S4

S4 Avant: Audi people do love their high-performance wagons.

Want a new-generation RS4? Sorry, you'll have to wait another two years. Until then, the new S4 is the fastest of the range.

'Torque' of the town gallery video

Americarna cruised through South Taranaki before heading back to New Plymouth for the highlight event - the Mangorei Rd ...

Dee Temple and her children have been waiting all year to wave their American flags.

Fortnight on motorway

"There doesn't always seem to be a reason for the traffic apart from at Takanini," Bob Mitchell said.

Congestion so bad on Auckland motorway commuters spend equivalent of 12 days a year on it.

Brazen cyclists spark concern video

A cyclist pulls a wheelie in front of a car in Staten Island, New York.

Helmet-less wheelie-popping cyclists are irritating residents and motorists in a New York suburb.

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'It's money well spent' video

The expressway runs for 18 kilometres through central Kapiti, and includes a second bridge over the Waikanae River.

First section of Kapiti expressway, north of Wellington, opens to traffic - and rave reviews.

Parking tickets 'poor form'

AA says motorists should be let off if they can prove they paid.

AA says parking companies should wipe penalties when motorists can prove they paid.

Speed cameras to be privatised?

Police are considering handing over management of the country's speed cameras.

New Zealand's speed camera network could soon be privately managed.

Special LaFerrari tipped

The original Ferrari LaFerrari design races at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Ferrari built 499 of these.

European patent leak shows plans for 70th anniversary LaFerrari special.

The return of the classics

History repeats itself with the streets of Waitara visited by hundreds of Americarna cars and entrants dressed in 50s garb.

The streets of a small town have gone back in time.

What on earth is a Tesla? video

Tesla Model S: the thinking person's electric sports luxury thingy.

The electric car giant is driving Kiwis crazy with excitement. Here's what you need to know.

Tesla hits New Zealand

Model S is the car that established Tesla as an 'it' brand. Still doing stirling work.

Hold on tight: Tesla has arrived. Can Kiwi fans keep control?

Video: dodgy taxi dash video

Oncoming cars had the clear to go but fortunately didn't.

A Wellington taxi driver will be fired for a dash through an intersection at rush-hour.

Classic car up in flames

Dorothy Caldwell, 99, shares her stories of the family Rolls Royce, owned by her son, Alastair Caldwell, that burst into ...

For over 30 years, the Rolls-Royce travelled around the world with Alastair Caldwell and his mum, Dorothy Caldwell.

A cruise in a hearse

Derek Hampstead, daughter Jazz and sister Catherine Kahukiwa, took part in the annual Rest Home Run in a funeral car.

"Might as well take a ride while you're alive."

Big bus changes for Qtown

Traffic congestion in Queenstown.

Two dollar bus rides and new routes and timetables could be available in Queenstown later this year as new Mayor Jim Boult pushes to improve the area's public transport.

'Chop shop' pair appeal

Toyotas were also seen as reliable for a chop shop.

Consistency was a byword in the thievery, judge says.

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news

Brazen cyclists spark concern video

A cyclist pulls a wheelie in front of a car in Staten Island, New York.

Helmet-less wheelie-popping cyclists are irritating residents and motorists in a New York suburb.

Special LaFerrari tipped

European patent leak shows plans for 70th anniversary LaFerrari special.

Max capacity for Isuzu's new ute

Tesla's Auckland key party video

Our Top Cars

Here is Our Top Car of 2016 video

Spark is Holden's entry-level model. But one of its best, we reckon.

Meet our Top Car for 2016. Micro round of applause please.

Our Top Tow Truck of 2016 video

You can't deny the presence. But Ram offers unique selling proposition as a working truck.

We count down the best cars of the year, culminating in our Top Car on Friday.

Our Top Hyper-Hatch 2016 video

Ford Focus RS

We count down the best cars of the year, culminating in our Top Car on December 16.

Our Top Super-Coupe of 2016 video

The C 63 S coupe is so much more than just a two-door version of the sedan.

We count down the best cars of the year, culminating in our Top Car on December 16.

lifestyle vehicles

Tesla hits New Zealand

Model S is the car that established Tesla as an 'it' brand. Still doing stirling work.

Hold on tight: Tesla has arrived. Can Kiwi fans keep control?

New entry in NZ's luxury car market

Infiniti Q50 is available with conventional powertrain or as a hybrid.

Nissan's luxury brand is being brought here. But not by Nissan.

A new Range Rover coming

The only image that Range Rover has released so far of the new Velar.

Land Rover has confirmed a new addition to the Range Rover family and it will be available in New Zealanders in late 2017.

Another Audi SUV, as is the fashion

Audi calls Q2 an urban SUV. So yes, it's front-drive. But quattro is coming.

Think Audi SUVs are a bit staid? Maybe you'll like the fashion-forward Q2.

road tests

New Barina, but no RS?

Do not attempt this at home with showroom-specification Barina LT. At least that's what they told us.

The Barina has taken many forms, but it matured into a decent car in 2011. Does the 2017 upgrade go far enough?

Flagship Mitsi ute a wannabe SUV

Top Triton picks up luxury equipment and the VRX badge. Does that make it an SUV?

Mitsubishi's top Triton ute picks up luxury equipment and the VRX badge. So who needs an SUV?

Does Optima GT have enough sting? video

Optima GT represents a step towards a serious sporting sedan from Kia. Indent order-only for Kiwi market.

The GT is Kia's first try at a sports sedan with substance.

Luxury SUV almost nails sporty video

Undeniably impressive around corners, but will the Levante's ride be too firm for some luxury-SUV buyers?

Maserati's first SUV has enough sportiness to be convincing. But it's a tricky balance.

bikes

Donated bikes stolen from school

The shed at Pomare Primary School in Taita, Lower Hutt, was broken into early this year. The barred door was pulled on ...

A locked door and a padlocked gate didn't stop thieves from taking ten bikes from a Lower Hutt school

Should kids ride on footpaths? video

NZTA has recommended a law change to allow children under 12 to cycle on footpaths - but that's not pleasing everyone.

Major backing for a mum's petition to allow kids and parents to cycle on the footpath.

Harley-Davidson gift excites video

The Harley-Davidson Dyna that has been modified by motorsport icon Dan Gurney and gifted to Goodwood's Lord March.

Motorsport legend sends a surprise gift to the founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Harley Road King rearmed

The 2017 Road King might look the same, but there are huge changes behind the traditional facade.

More polish hasn't affected the Road King's classic Harley-Davidson character.

shows

New Ferrari is 'Superfast'

The 2017 Ferrari 812 Superfast.

Geneva debut for the most powerful and fastest Ferrari in the marque’s history.

Mitsubishi Eclipse name appears again

Mitsubishi is set to debut the Eclipse Cross concept at the 2017 Geneva motor show.

Mitsubishi is putting all its eggs in one basket as it looks to capitalise on the SUV boom.

Best Chicago show cars video

Just when it seems like there couldn't be any more crossovers, here come pavement-blistering high performance variants.

Hot Mopar Dodge Challengers video

The Mopar 2017 Dodge Challenger offers a pair of hand-painted, custom show car trim options.

Limited edition Dodge Challengers get custom paint jobs to celebrate Mopar's 80th anniversary.

customs & classics

Hawt dawg, it's hot dogs gallery video

Camaros, Mustangs, and BelAirs - oh my! Opunake Beach welcomed the first lot of Americarna participants.

Americarna under way as hundreds of car enthusiasts kick it by the seaside.

The red, white and 'oohs' video

The 1937 factory built Cord Beverly is Reeve Barnett's favourite car to cruise around in.

The 10th anniversary of a classic car event will "make New Plymouth America, again".

A most beautiful custom car gallery

Top down time for the "Mulholland Speedster", a 1936 Packard built by Hollywood Hot Rods.

A stunning heavily modified 1936 Packard has been named America's most beautiful custom roadster.

Ex-Trump limo for sale

The now US President Donald Trump commissioned this Cadillac limousine back in 1988.

It's not quite a presidential ride but this limousine was commissioned by the now US President Donald Trump.

quizzes

Quiz: Super behinds

Motoring quiz

Can you recognise these beauties just by looking at their rears?

Quiz: Motoring on

How well have you been keeping up with all the latest motoring news?

Quiz: Know your tail-lights

Are you a shining light?

Motorsport

McLaren look to brighter future

McLaren's new MCL32 Formula One car at its launch in Woking, England.

The change in colours, to an orange glow, for McLaren comes as a nod to its late Kiwi founder.

From tarmac to water

"To be honest I'm just a petrol head, I love burning dinosaurs."

Hamilton: F1 cars sound terrible

Armstrong locks in two F4 drives

Video

'It's money well spent'

First section of Kapiti expressway, north of Wellington, opens to traffic - and rave reviews.

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