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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

Capital's highway stitch-up video

This 300-tonne, 30-metre off-ramp at Kaiwharawhara, which has sat unused since the 1960s, will be "stiched" on to the Wellington urban motorway to create a fourth northbound lane.

An old off-ramp will be "stitched" on to Wellington's motorway to create a fourth lane.

An over-the-top child safety seat

Wild and wacky armoured car maker Dartz has moved into the world of baby protection.

Ex-Top Gear co-host Richard Hammond has been left wondering what to do next after the motoring show was canned.

Top Gear's end 'upsetting': Hammond

Richard Hammond has been left in the lurch since Top Gear ended.

lifestyle vehicles

Disco Sport starts new era

The Discovery Sport is a clever blend of traditional Land Rover and Range Rover design values with a crisp modern profile.

Land Rover's new Discovery Sport is set to fill the gap between the Japanese and German SUVs perfectly.

Super velocity Range Rover is special gallery

The stunning Range Rover Sport SVR is the most powerful Land Rover ever, yet it’s still a sophisticated SUV befitting the badge.

The Subaru Outback 3.6R Sport Premium looks very much the rest of the Outback range - but under its bonnet is a larger engine with the most grunt.

Subaru's Outback with six of the best

If you want a Subaru Outback wagon with the most grunt and the sharpest performance, then the model with six cylinders under the bonnet is the vehicle of choice.

road tests

MX-5 stays in front

It couldn't be anything but an MX-5 and yet not a panel is shared with the previous models.

There are more choices and accoutrements than every before, but the new Mazda MX-5 remains the beguiling two-seat funster it has always been.

A practical pair go head-to-head gallery

Here are two Euro-centric offerings for those looking for something practical but not too big, with premium cachet attached.

The Discovery Sport is clever blend of traditional Land Rover and Range Rover design values, with a crisp modern profile.

Disco Sport starts new era

Land Rover's new Discovery Sport is set to fill the gap between the Japanese and German SUVs perfectly.

bikes

Sporting Sprint true to Vespa’s style

Among older Vespas the Sprint may be a tad smaller, but it's the most masculine looking  scooter in the line-up.

Better looks and additional security improve the Sprint 150.

Sabotage claims in cycleway debate

Allegations of ''hysteria'' and sabotage are flying as the Island Bay cycleway dispute heats up.

There's a great bike lurking inside the CTX1300 which carries around more kit than most of us will ever need.

Too much kit, not enough character

Honda's sumptuous CTX1300 is amazingly over-equipped.

shows

The world's best motor show gallery video

A classic McLaren races up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Dynamic displays have replaced static stands in Britain's best automotive gathering.

New Astons revel at speed fest gallery

Aston Martin showed off several new models at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Lotus 3-Eleven.

Lotus unveils its fastest

Lotus unveiled the company's quickest production car ever, the 3-Eleven, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

customs & classics

Cars ahead of their time

Ford Model T

A look at five cars which for one reason or another were head and shoulders head of or at a complete tangent to the rest of the industry.

Old Morris easy to work on

No computers, or modern technology endears a 1951 Morris Minor Lowlight to Timaru's Jim Macdonald.

Ford named this model the Galaxie to tap into the hysteria surrounding the space race in the US at the time.

Galaxie a curious beast

This big classic Ford is space-race inspired and appropriately named Galaxie.

Video

Capital's highway stitch-up

An old off-ramp will be "stitched" on to Wellington's motorway to create a fourth lane.

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

Paddon climbs to fifth in Poland

Hayden Paddon was slightly out of rhythm but still climbed to fifth on the Polish roads.

3:51 PM  Hayden Paddon lies fifth after first full day of Rally Poland, fresh from his debut WRC podium in Sardinia.

Paddon continues good form at WRC

Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon says it will be a "close fight" for Rally Poland after a tough second day.

Mercedes' Rosberg fastest in British GP practice

Paddon slow start in Rally of Poland

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