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Ute fails NZ safety grade

Great Wall's Steed did not fare well in Ancap's crash test.

Kiwi vehicle buyers who value safety performance have been warned off a new Chinese made ute.

Open-road trip in a city EV video

Blue is the hero colour for BMW's very green i3 electric vehicle.

Can you seriously drive a city electric car into the country? We do two road trips in an i3 to find out (and have coffee).

HSV's very fast last-blast

In the club: last-ever R8 has gained the supercharged engine from the GTS.

You really couldn't ask for a more composed and responsive macho-machine.

The $166,000 car key video

The $166,000 diamond-encrusted Senturion bracelet that is also a car-key.

Have you ever wondered how billionaires unlock their cars?

NZ battle revs up over MG sales

The MG ZS on display at the Shanghai auto show.

Battle lines are being drawn over who is going to sell MG vehicles in New Zealand.

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Tasting the methanol, smelling the smoke

Paul Drew took on Lolife at the Lack-a-Trackion burnout competition on Saturday.

Our reporter Steph Rangi takes a ride to find out why people love doing burn outs.

'Flying taxi' prototype successfully tested video

How the "flying taxi" set up could work.

A Bavarian start-up is developing a five-seat "flying taxi" after successful test flights over Germany of a smaller version of the electric jet.

Trumpchi cars considers name change video

Chinese car brand Trumpchi considering a name change as it eyes entry to the US market.

A 10-year-old car brand has unwittingly landed much of the spotlight at the world's biggest auto show.

Rhino XT is an extreme SUV video

The original Rhino XT on display at the 2015 Los Angeles auto show.

Fresh off a star turn in The Fate of the Furious, a custom builder in the US has upgraded its newest creation.

Holden's mist opportunity

Once upon a time, you could spot an upmarket model by its foglights. No longer.

Once upon a time, you could spot an upmarket model by its foglights. No longer.

Fast chargers boost slow NZ trip

Multiple stops aren't just for charging. They're also for show-and-tell.

The route is carefully planned around charging points but NZ's Leading the Charge electric vehicle-road trip is heading north.

Vintage treasure trove sold video

The 1906 Model N sold for $60,500.

Some of the top lots went for over $60,000 and their new owners couldn't be happier.

12yo tries to drive across Australia

Police arrested the boy in Broken Hill, New South Wales

He got 1300km into his journey but was arrested after police spotted a broken bumper.

Watch: Truck drags car video

The shocking footage shows the car trapped under the truck's wheel.

An oblivious US truckie has dragged a car under his back wheel for more than 6km.

Supercar crashes in Auckland

McLaren logo is a cigarette homage, not a Kiwi. Sorry.

A motorist has lost control of his McLaren super car, flipping and crashing on an Auckland motorway.

Questions over bridge closure

A third sign is located on the other side of the bridge.

South Auckland motorists are worried about the potential impact a bridge's closure will have on their daily commute.

Subaru the car thief's preferred choice

Subarus are the most stolen car for the year so far, for most regions in the country. (File photo)

Mazdas and Holdens might be commonly pinched, but for the average Kiwi car thief, Subarus are tops.

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Ute fails NZ safety grade

Great Wall's Steed did not fare well in Ancap's crash test.

Kiwi vehicle buyers who value safety performance have been warned off a new Chinese made ute.

Ute expands LDV's NZ drives

New ute and van on the way to NZ from China's biggest car company.

NZ battle revs up over MG sales

Honda Civic claims 'Ring record video

Trends in SUVs and Vans

Vans we'd rather drive than cars

Ford SuperVan had to have an engine downgrade so non-racing-drivers could control it.

Vans are not the poor cousins to passenger cars. In fact, they're often much more desirable.

How Chinese van-maker LDV is chasing McLaren

That's a left-hook T60 ute, but the location is Lake Taupo. Kiwi-market RHD versions will be launched in July.

LDV makes vans. But now, it also makes a one-tonne ute and it's headed for NZ,

Battle brewing among small SUVs

New Zealand's most popular small SUV, the Nissan Qashqai.

They may be diminutive in size, but NZ's small SUV segment is shaping up as a battlefield in competition terms.

The secret of SUVs' success

Volvo's well-regarded XC60.

We take a look under the bonnet to understand what's driving New Zealand's love affair with SUVs.

lifestyle vehicles

Rhino XT is an extreme SUV video

The original Rhino XT on display at the 2015 Los Angeles auto show.

Fresh off a star turn in The Fate of the Furious, a custom builder in the US has upgraded its newest creation.

Lexus updates NX SUV

The updated Lexus NX that was unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai auto show.

Japanese brand's mid-size SUV gets a mid-life makeover and tagged for NZ in 2018.

Subaru reveals new big SUV video

Subaru Ascent SUV Concept was unveiled at the 2017 New York auto show.

Subaru is back in the seven-seat SUV race but don't expect to see it in New Zealand.

Outlander moves towards petrol-free driving

Doesn't look any different, but upgraded Outlander plug-in has made huge strides towards EV-status.

Groundbreaking plug-in SUV has gained even stronger EV-credentials.

road tests

Can a Tesla Model S corner in NZ? video

Model S versus Kiwi backroads: can Tesla's traffic-light champion cope?

We've all heard plenty about this car's electric smarts and acceleration. But does it handle NZ roads?

Four-rings that seek to rule them all

Motoring writer Paul Owen describes these new Audis as buff, chiseled mobile works of art.

Audi's new heroes in the compact luxury car range are both buff, chiseled mobile works of art.

BMW's triple-treat 3-series

Familiar 3-series from the outside. But wait'll you look under the bonnet...

The new 318i may be remarkably cheap, but it provides a rich driving experience.

Driving an almost-famous Pork Pie Mini

This was a backup car for the Pork Pie movie. Disclaimer: it appeared in precisely no scenes.

Like the latest Pork Pie movie, the new-generation is a very different proposition from the original.

bikes

City councillor collects classics

Dale Williams with one of the 11 bikes he collects and keeps in his garage.

Vintage bikes are a passion for Dale Williams - just don't ask him how many he has.

Keep a cool head on a motorcycle

Entrepreneur Steve Feher, who has patented the world's first practical air conditioned motorcycle helmet, poses with a ...

The days of a rider's head overheating inside a motorcycle helmet maybe over.

Riding first-class on the ultimate Harley

The look of the bike that used to be called Electra Glide hasn't changed for 50 years, but there are big changes beneath ...

We ride the ultimate American touring bike.

Learner bike still a bullet

The Tracer 700 lapped up the winding Putty Road like it was born for it, feeling more flick-able than most ...

There probably isn't a better bagger on the market for cross-town riding missions.

shows

Trumpchi cars considers name change video

Chinese car brand Trumpchi considering a name change as it eyes entry to the US market.

A 10-year-old car brand has unwittingly landed much of the spotlight at the world's biggest auto show.

Motoring metal in Shanghai

The LDV D90, officially unveiled at the Shanghai show.

The world's biggest auto show has provided us a glimpse of what's coming to NZ.

Audi's next-gen electric concept

Audi e-tron concept unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai auto show.

Wireless charging, 500 kilometre range and 370kW of power on the menu with e-tron Sportback.

'Predator face' for Merc concept

Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan.

German brand showcases future small sedan at Shanghai motor show.

customs & classics

Vintage treasure trove sold video

The 1906 Model N sold for $60,500.

Some of the top lots went for over $60,000 and their new owners couldn't be happier.

A Morrie love affair

Jeff and Doreen Attwood's restored 1962 Morris Minor won Best Car at the 26th Morris Minor Convention.

​Jeff Attwood has two enduring loves in his life and he regularly gets to drive with both.

Cars named after places

Lotus Evora.

Here's a handful of cars that you may not have realised were named after places.

Lowriding gets supercharged video

''Tee'' exits a 1963 Chevy Impala as the Ultimate Riders Car Club gathers at Fairmount Park in Riverside, California.

New Detroit muscle turns "low, slow and show" into "low, show and go."

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

Grand Prix venue decided

Manfeild Chief executive Julie Keane says the Feilding venue is committed to growing the New Zealand Grand Prix.

Manfeild fights off two other venues to keep the New Zealand Grand Prix. 

Dixon frustrated with second

Kiwi IndyCar driver laments restarts after press for rare victory in Alabama comes up just short.

Boy dies at F1 star's track

Mostert claims win on rotten day for Kiwis

Video

Open-road trippin' in a city EV

Can you seriously drive a city electric car into the country? We do two road trips in an i3 to find out (and have coffee).

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