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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

What about Kiwis drivers?

MAKING HEADLINES: Dangerous driving by tourists has been a hot topic in New Zealand lately.

OPINION: Let's look hard at ourselves before we start pointing our nasty little fingers at a group who are a much smaller part of the problem.

Evoque loses its lid gallery

Land Rover has lopped the roof off its Evoque SUV.

DON'T DO IT: Prime Minister John Key, seen trying out an electric car in 2011 at the Nelson Environment Centre, says key-snatching is not advisable and notes Kiwi drivers aren't perfect either.

PM: Kiwi drivers just as bad video

John Key says more New Zealanders drive on the wrong side of the road than foreigners do - and advises Kiwis to cut out the key confiscation.

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

Block rocked by Focus RS

DRIFT MODE: Block-approved bells and whistles packed into next-gen Ford Focus RS.

Rally ace and YouTube phenomenon makes a bold statement about upcoming performance hatch.

Trucks added to classic car show

Car, bike and truck enthusiasts won't want to miss Marlborough's biggest vehicle display this weekend, when the Hospice Classic Car Display rolls into Blenheim.

Ray Win, shown in 2009 at his Tahunanui museum where his Jowett collection was housed before its move to
Higgins Park.

Private collection goes on show

A prized collection of classic cars will go on show in a purpose-built building at Wakefield's Higgins Park next weekend.

customs & classics

Private collection goes on show

Ray Win, shown in 2009 at his Tahunanui museum where his Jowett collection was housed before its move to
Higgins Park.

A prized collection of classic cars will go on show in a purpose-built building at Wakefield's Higgins Park next weekend.

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.

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

For the love of a rare Ferrari

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

Video

Protecting the public?

Dunedin man who has taken keys off foreign drivers twice says he's trying to keep people safe on the roads.

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

Hamilton after Formula One dominance in 2015

AFTER MORE: Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton believes he'll be more dominant in 2015 than he was in 2014 when he won 11 Grands Prix.

Formula One world champion plans to drive his Mercedes team to a more dominant season than in 2014.

Alonso ruled out of Australia Grand Prix

Spain's Fernando Alonso will not race in next week's season-opening Australian GP on doctors' advice after a heavy crash in testing.

Less is more for Silverstone F1 race organisers

Wolff to take part in two free practice sessions

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