Triple treat for BMW trio

BMW i8.

5:00 AM  BMW's first three-cylinder engine since 1980s is twice the size and has a wider range of applications.

Setting Superb standards

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

5:00 AM  Cab-drivers should queue up for this one - the ultra-roomy Skoda will gets its public premiere at the Geneva motor show.

Tivoli to shake up segment

SsangYong Tivoli: A good first car under Mahindra control, it should do well on most markets.

5:00 AM  SsangYong's all-new B-segment Tivoli SUV could be a tipping point for the brand which once marketed weird-looking vehicles.

Trucking, the Russian way

This ageing Kraz 256b is still capable of putting in a shift

5:00 AM  Russia, which spans more than 17 million square km, possesses a set of unique transport challenges.

Mercedes-AMG in track race

The Mercedes-AMG GT3 racing car.

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

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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

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SsangYong Tivoli to shake up segment

SsangYong Tivoli: A good first car under Mahindra control, it should do well on most markets.

5:00 AM  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.

The secrets of Top Gear revealed

James May admits the show has gone too far at times and says "mutual loathing" is the key to success.

BMW i8.

Triple treat for BMW trio

5:00 AM  BMW's first three-cylinder engine since 1980s is twice the size and has a wider range of applications.

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.

5:00 AM  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

95-year-old still motoring in her 1969 Mini

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

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

The $210,000 Kombi

Classic van fetches record price in Melbourne auction.

Inside a customised car.

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.

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Miss Ferguson ready to roll

Former dairy farmer all set to tackle a 1700km trip through the country on vintage Massey Ferguson tractor.

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

James Courtney holds off van Gisbergen in Adelaide

TIGHT TUSSLE: James Courtney holds off Kiwi driver Shane van Gisbergen during race three of the V8 Supercars season-opening Clipsal 500 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'

Formula One world champion chooses to drive car 44 because it has meaning, "it's mine".

Coulthard hangs on for maiden Adelaide V8 win

Coulthard wins race two at Adelaide 500

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