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.

Luxury makers bring the bling

ONE-OFF: The hand-painted interior of Rolls-Royce's Phantom Serenity.

A crowded luxury car market means extra, personalised' effort to woo the wealthy - even from Rolls.

Merc’s new S 63 super coupe

QUICK COUPE – Merc's new S 63; 430kW, 900Nm. Enough said

REVIEW: Merc's new S 63 AMG Coupe – the car that leans into the bends .

Aston shifts focus

CROSSING OVER: Aston Martin's DBX Concept was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this week.

Crossover coupe is strange for Aston Martin - but it's hopeful the DBX concept will appeal to women.

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 next weekend.

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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

Link road for valley

WRONG DIRECTION: Stephen Mulholland, whose Takapu Valley farm would be split in two by the proposed link road, says it would be more expensive, less efficient and require the demolition of more homes than the New Zealand Transport Agency has claimed.

The Petone-Grenada highway appears destined to run through Takapu Valley as well.

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.

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

What about Kiwis drivers?

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.

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

Luxury makers bring the bling

ONE-OFF: The hand-painted interior of Rolls-Royce's Phantom Serenity.

A crowded luxury car market means extra, personalised' effort to woo the wealthy - even from Rolls.

Aston shifts focus

Crossover coupe is strange for Aston Martin - but it's hopeful the DBX concept will appeal to women.

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 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 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

Vettel hopes Ferrari can challenge Mercedes

BACK ON TRACK: Sebastian Vettel is looking to get back on the podium with Ferrari this season.

11:00 AM  Four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel hopes Ferrari can become the strongest challengers to Mercedes this season.

Alonso 'woke up thinking he was 13 years old

Reports in Spain say injured Formula One star Fernando Alonso woke up in hospital thinking he was a teenaged go-kart star.

Hamilton after Formula One dominance in 2015

Alonso ruled out of Australia Grand Prix

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