Ferrari reveals drop-top 488

Yawning air intakes have ruined the flowing lines of the 488's predecessor - but they contribute to a 429kW power figure from the twin-turbo V8.

Ferrari's new 488 Spider, with its twin-turbo V8, gets a 73kW boost over its predecessor.

Driving courses not helpful

Young drivers were more likely to speed after completing a DCC

Young drivers more likely to be caught committing traffic offences after defensive driving courses, study shows.

Euro-built Avensis hits NZ

A more sculpted grille, with chrome only used for highlights, features in the new Avensis, along with new-pattern fifteen-spoke 17 inch alloy wheels.

Toyota's Avensis is the only Euro-built car from the Japanese giant that's available in New Zealand.

New car sales in high gear

Potential car buyers check out vehicles at an Invercargill car yard.

New car sales hit new records, but commercial vehicle sales tapped the brakes last month.

Electric Tesla rides in Auckland

12012015 News Photo: Mytchall Bransgrove/Fairfax NZ.
Auckland-based audio software developer Steve West has been travelling the country in his new Tesla Model S car in support of the electric vehicles.

Free rides in rare Tesla aim to turn Aucklanders on to electric cars.

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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

Defensive driving not helpful

Young drivers were more likely to speed after completing a DCC

Young drivers more likely to be caught committing traffic offences after defensive driving courses, study shows.

Derby-built Avensis enjoys a revamp

Toyota's Avensis is the only Euro-built car from the Japanese giant that's available in New Zealand.

Is this the future of electric car charging?

NZ in slow lane on electric cars

Highways England is planning for a future when electric cars can be recharged by the roads they travel on.

lifestyle vehicles

Mitsi's all-new Sport SUV

Angular design lends a whole new modern look to the Pajero and Challenger line-ups.

We won't be getting this Mitsubishi until early 2016 and quite where it will fit into the line-up is a moot point.

First drive: New Ford SUV scales new heights

New Ford Everest SUV does admirable job in hairy conditions in mountain jungle country in Thailand.

Jaguar's F-Pace concept is test driven in the cold of Sweden.

Jaguar F-Pace concept out and about gallery

Jaguar has been putting its first performance crossover through its paces before its official reveal in September.

road tests

World’s fastest go-kart

The extra scoops help give the game away that this is the John Cooper Works Mini.

The new Mini John Cooper Works ushers in a new level of performance for the British BMW subsidiary.

Merc-AMG GT thunders in

We sample the new Mercedes-AMG GT S on road and track, and find it a more muscular alternative to a 911.

Elegance personified, the Ghost II can be personalised so that it is yours and yours alone.

Rolling in luxury

Dave Moore spent his 65th birthday in the company of what's often known as the world's finest car.

bikes

Big waves surfed on a motorbike video

Robbie Maddison surfs on his motorbike in his new video - Pipe Dreams.

Australian stuntman becomes the first person to surf a wave on a motorbike.

MV Agusta's nicest ride

The Italian motorcycle-maker’s latest triple comes with the best manners in MV’s three-cylinder history.

A slight revamp of the fairing and bodywork has not improved the Panigale's looks even if it is more aerodynamically sound.

Bigger-bang for this Ducati

The latest Panigale is just 100cc up on its predecessor, but is an infinitely better machine.

shows

Unorthodox bike re-build

Mark and James Currie with the 1948 BSA C10 that they have put their own spin on for the Grand National Rod and Custom Show at the Speedshow in Auckland.

Classic bike enthusiasts may cringe when they see what James Currie delivers at Grand National Rod and Custom Show.

The world's best motor show gallery video

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

Despite its age Kevin still uses his 1935 Ford as a daily driver.

Hot rod show is a family affair

The CRC Speedshow will feature 40 of New Zealand's best hot rods. Kevin Salter's will be one of them.

customs & classics

Lotus Elan masterpiece not the most reliable

Designer Ron Hickman with his two greatest creations - the Lotus Elan and The Workmate.

It is one of the most iconic British sports cars of all-time... but not the most reliable.

Gap in museum timeline filled

A Northland museum is pleased to be plugging a hole in its collection timeline with a rare car.

“I’d like to be driving Val until I’m 90, hopefully with Brian in the passenger seat. He’s got a great voice and he could sing his Rolling Stones favourite Not Fade Away.”

'70s Valiant unleashed mum's motoring mania

The gift of a 1970 Chrysler Valiant unleashed mid-life obsession for this Kiwi mum.

Video

Angry dad 'tried to run over bullies'

Father "took matters into his own hands" after hearing his teen daughter had been in a fight... and was swiftly arrested.

quizzes

Are you a shining light?

The front headlight of a 2015 Dodge Viper SRT is pictured at the 2015 New York International Auto Show in New York City.

How well do you know your headlights?

Aston Martin's first 100 years

Iconic British sports car brand Aston Martin this month celebrated its 100th birthday.

Chevrolet Corvette quiz

Quiz: A feast of Ferraris

Motorsport

Speedway victim in legal limbo video

Bryan Forbes, of Hastings, who was injured in an accident at Meeanee Speedway.

A speedway volunteer who had both legs broken in an accident has no legal protection.

Natzke taking European hunt to final round

Josiah Natzke's latest performance in the European motocross championships has him right in the mix for the European title.

Dixon's 4th keeps him in title race

Mostert fires to victory at Ipswich

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