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Our Top Hot Hatch of 2016

It's understated, but Peugeot's 308 GTI grabs your attention when you hit the road.

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

G-Pro has off-road go video

Three differential locks and strengthened chassis make the G-Pro virtually unstoppable.

Forgotten that the G-wagen is a heavy-duty off-roader? The G-Professional is here to remind you.

This gadget helps steal cars

A "Relay Attack device" that is said to be a new tool for car thieves that can capture signals from key fobs.

A device that lets thieves steal cars that use key fobs has been identified by a watchdog group in the US.

Beast of a truck to the rescue video

Russia: Snegobolotohod to the rescue - Russia's river warrior saves those who fall through ice

Russia's river warrior vehicle saves those who fall through the ice.

Remote locking traps car thief

BMW employees have been able to remotely lock a stolen vehicle trapping the car thief inside.

A suspect in a US car theft had a rude awakening when the car he allegedly stole seemed to take on a life of its own.

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Serious crash in Kapiti

A serious crash is blocking both directions north of Paekakariki Hill Road.

Both lanes of SH1 closed at Paekakariki after 6pm accident.

Cheaper car regos on the way

Electric car ACC levies have been significantly reduced.

Reduced ACC levies on cars welcomed by AA but rubbished by Labour as political move.

$700m project begins

The turning of the sod to mark the beginning of a $700m project.

The sod has been turned to mark the start off the Puhoi to Wellsford Road.

Drowsy driving as risky as drunk driving

Drowsy driving study reveals you cannot miss sleep and still expect to be able to safely function behind the wheel.

You cannot miss sleep and still expect to be able to safely function behind the wheel.

Crash causes delays out of capital

A crash near the Johnsonville on-ramp closed SH1 out of Wellington for a time.

A crash on SH1 near the Johnsonville on-ramp is blocking one lane out of Wellington.

SH1 crash causes delays

A crash is blocking the right northbound lane just after the Johnsonville off-ramp.

A crash near the Johnsonville off-ramp has been cleared but is still causing delays to commuters.

Our Top Small SUV of 2016 video

Turbo version has added extra fizz to Vitara this year. But we like the standard model as well.

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

Rude, rugged and retro

The Russian-made Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycle. Despite their antique look, the newer Urals feature Brembo disc brakes ...

Russian-made Ural Sahara looks like a beautifully preserved sidecar motorcycle, a barn find pulled from some remote Siberian grain silo.

Spotlight on superlight sportsbikes

World MotoGP champion 2006 with Ducati, Casey Stoner, unveiled Superleggera with CEO Claudio Domenicali.

Superbikes are about to step into a new lightweight era judging by two recent unveilings.

Don't worry about this Honda's age

The CBR600RR has the same hunky MotoGP-inspired looks, and there's an even better looking black-and-white version ...

Reports of the imminent demise of the Honda CBR600RR have been exaggerated.

Route 66 - the road that hums a tune

On a desolate stretch of Route 66, between Albuquerque and Tijeras, the road plays 'America the Beautiful'.

But you need to be driving at 72kmh to hear it.

Rain grinches delay expressway

Traffic crossing the new Peka Peka overbridge, which runs above the Kapiti expressway route.

Christmas present of a $630m Kapiti motorway is dashed by a wet November.

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This gadget helps steal cars

A "Relay Attack device" that is said to be a new tool for car thieves that can capture signals from key fobs.

A device that lets thieves steal cars that use key fobs has been identified by a watchdog group in the US.

Beast of a truck to the rescue video

Russia's river warrior vehicle saves those who fall through the ice.

Re-packaged Impreza impressive video

Drowsy driving as risky as drunk driving

Our Top Cars

Our Top Hot Hatch of 2016

It's understated, but Peugeot's 308 GTI grabs your attention when you hit the road.

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

Our Top Small SUV of 2016 video

Turbo version has added extra fizz to Vitara this year. But we like the standard model as well.

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

Our Top Roadster of 2016

Four-pot power hasn't dulled the Boxster's character. We reckon it's more interesting than ever.

We count down the best cars of 2016, culminating in our Top Car on December 16.

Our Top Green Car of 2016 video

There's very little to identify the hybrid version of the Corolla from the outside. That's kind of the point.

We count down the best cars of 2016, culminating in our Top Car on December 16.

lifestyle vehicles

Rolls-Royce SUV revealed

The 2018 Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV has begun public testing.

Luxury British car maker releases first pics of prototype.

We drive AMG's GLC

Now that GLC is established, Mercedes is adding spice. First up is the biturbo AMG 43 version.

AMG has breathed on the GLC SUV with unexpected results. We drive it.

G-class ute goes Pro video

G-Professional based on the iconic (historic?) G-wagen SUV. But it's even tougher.

Think the Toyota Land Cruiser 70-series is retro-tough? You obviously haven't met the Mercedes-Benz G-Professional.

This Jeep puts fun into functional video

The Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, one of the most cheerful compact SUVs on the market.

Summer's officially here - and here's a cheerful compact SUV that would be ideal for the season.

road tests

Soft top but a great drive

C 200 cabriolet adds $17k to the price of the equivalent sedan. But you can't argue with the visual presence.

Mercedes has a plethora of new roof-optional cars coming. It all starts in fine style with the new C 200 cabriolet.

Astra helps Holden tackle 'dad-car' image

Astra RS and RS-V models have powerful 1.6-litre turbo engine with 147kW.

It's next year's most important new Holden. We drive the new Astra and bend elbows with soap stars and celebs.

Panamera suits the circuit video

Second-generation Panamera still super-luxurious. but it wants to be a sports car too.

There aren't many limos you can take to the racetrack. But the all-new Panamera is one.

We drive fastback MX-5 video

Very much a coupe look with the roof raised.

A folding roof and coupe-like ''fastback'' styling adds another dimension to the MX-5. We drive it.

bikes

Rude, rugged and retro

The Russian-made Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycle. Despite their antique look, the newer Urals feature Brembo disc brakes ...

Russian-made Ural Sahara looks like a beautifully preserved sidecar motorcycle, a barn find pulled from some remote Siberian grain silo.

Spotlight on superlight sportsbikes

World MotoGP champion 2006 with Ducati, Casey Stoner, unveiled Superleggera with CEO Claudio Domenicali.

Superbikes are about to step into a new lightweight era judging by two recent unveilings.

Don't worry about this Honda's age

The CBR600RR has the same hunky MotoGP-inspired looks, and there's an even better looking black-and-white version ...

Reports of the imminent demise of the Honda CBR600RR have been exaggerated.

Northwestern cycleway celebrated

Three-year-old Alex Sosna had a great time at the opening of the cycleway.

Northwestern Cycleway is proving popular.

shows

Novel 'last mile' transport

The URB-E personal scooter that is made in Pasadena, California.

It's one of the largest car events in the world, but a heavily trafficked area of the LA Auto Show featured precisely zero cars.

Nissan becomes $500,000 sports car video

Halcon SuperSport's Falcarto sports car.

In another life the Falcarto sports car was a Nissan 370Z.

Supercar goes for 'road jet' look video

Spyker C8 Preliator.

Spyker has aimed for a strong aviation theme in its latest supercar.

Jaguar rebuilds a legend from 1957 gallery video

Jaguar XKSS

Don't expect a paddle shift, ABS, or even the luxury of electric windows with Jaguar's new $1.7m supercar.

customs & classics

Coolest AMG cars ever made

The so-called Red Pig racing car kicked things off for AMG. Not pretty, didn't want to be.

Mercedes' AMG arm has ticked up quite a number of seriously good performance cars over the past 45 years.

Classic car records fall video

The record-breaking 1955 Jaguar XK 140 Fixed Head Coupe, which fetched $258,750.

A collection of 30 classic cars owned by Wellington businessman Roy Savage fetch $1.5m at auction. 

Family car's long journey home video

Peter Morrison with the 1923 Delage originally imported by his grandfather 93 years ago.

She's been swept down a river, burnt, her body battered and stripped, but now she's turning heads back in her first home.

Where to see McLaren NZ Tour

Tour kicked off at Auckland's ANZ Viaduct Events Centre on Sunday morning. Thirty-plus supercars draws a crowd.

Here's where to spot the McLaren Tour this week.

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

Motorsport legend to be celebrated

Motor racing drivers reunited, Kenny Smith, left, and Palmerston North driver Brendon Hartley.

January's NZ Festival of Motor Racing will celebrate Kiwi motorsport great Kenny Smith.

Conroy targets Taupo

Invercargill driver Jamie Conroy is ready to bounce back in round two of the NZ Touring Car Championship. 

Country star's son enters TRS

Southlander confirmed for TRS

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Our Top Hot Hatch of 2016

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

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