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Traffic-jam dream cars

It's what's inside the Tesla Model S that counts: massive screen, internet, free data.

Here are the cars we reckon are the best in the world... for being in while stuck in traffic jams.

GPS causing truck crashes

The scene of one of the major truck and trailer units in Ponca, Arkansas, earlier in 2017.

A series of major truck crashes in a small US town is being blamed on GPS systems.

Aston Martin lines up the Vs

The Aston Martin Valkyrie on display at the 2017 Geneva auto show.

Aston Martin is set to continue its run of V initialed vehicles but its not saying what's coming after the Valkyrie.

How F1 drivers prepare

Formula One drivers like Lewis Hamilton get put through rigorous training programmes to prepare for racing.

Cardio, weightlifting and acclimatisation to extremes are all part of training for drivers like Lewis Hamilton.

Great cars that arrived too late

Aussie manufacturing couldn't save Pontiac any more than it could save itself.

Some cars are good enough to save a brand in trouble - but only if they're launched in time.

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Tricks and tips to change a car tyre video

Reporter Kelley Tantau changes a tyre for the first time with the help from Harbans Singh at KW Motors.

Changing a car tyre in under 15 minutes, how hard can it be?

Driverless vehicles getting closer

The South Australian Government has committed funds towards driverless  passenger shuttle and cargo transfer services at ...

Passenger shuttles and cargo transfer services are set to go driverless in South Australia.

Car rolling tourist won't be charged

A car rolled outside Queenstown Primary School on Robins Rd on Wednesday.

A man who rolled his rental car while reportedly travelling at 15kmh will likely be given a warning.

McLaren's 'hyper-GT' successor

McLaren has offered a further glimpse to the spiritual successor to its original F1 road car.

McLaren has previewed the styling of its upcoming, range-topping "Special Operations" model.

SUV rises above the traffic video

Is this a great way to deal with our traffic woes?

This elevating car can drive over traffic.

Back up to speed

NZTA has reinstated the 100kmh speed limit between Blenheim and Woodbourne on State Highway 6.

Blenheim to Woodbourne reverts back to 100kmh, but other speed restrictions along alternative route remain.

Quadruple town's size, sell its carpark

Auckland Council's plan for the city.

"It is bizarrely counter-intuitive to be selling a parking asset when parking will clearly be at a premium in the next 10 to 20 years."

Vanquish S leads NZ drive

The Aston Martin Vanquish S is unveiled in Auckland.

Aston Martin signals the start of a new push in the NZ luxury car market with the arrival of the Vanquish S.

No choice except remote keys

Dave Doy's spare car key cost him $1400.

Those buying cars with remote keys should insist on getting two keys, AA says.

Elderly need driving rules refresh

Marlborough Road Safety Council president Nigel Perry would like to see more senior drivers spend time with a driving ...

Road safety campaigner wants older NZ drivers to brush up on road rules with an instructor before renewing their licence.

'Satnav' turns off parts of brain

It appears using satnavs effectively switches off parts of the brain that would otherwise be utilised to simulate ...

It appears the use of satellite navigation makes us worse at finding the way alone.

For a better Korean small car, you might go to Rio

New Kia Rio shares platform and powertrain with Hyundai i20. But it's also very different.

Kia is the junior sibling of Hyundai in a global sense, but it's outdone big brother when it comes to superminis. By Damien O'Carroll.

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Driverless vehicles getting closer

The South Australian Government has committed funds towards driverless  passenger shuttle and cargo transfer services at ...

Passenger shuttles and cargo transfer services are set to go driverless in South Australia.

GPS causing truck crashes

A series of major truck crashes in a small US town is being blamed on GPS systems.

Car rolling tourist won't be charged

McLaren's 'hyper-GT' successor

Trends in SUVs and Vans

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.

Rental business boosts van sales

Toyota Hiace is by far New Zealand's most popular van.

Want a van? There's an increasing number to choose from.

lifestyle vehicles

Four unlucky number for i20 Cross

Cross version of i20 rides 20mm higher and wears chunky body bits. Same underneath, though.

Hyundai's new baby-SUV is an appealing car that desperately needs another gear and another Ancap star.

Outlander not for outlaws

Latest Outlander VRX is quieter, smoother and more sophisticated. But where's the passion?

The "teeny" years have not treated the Outlander well.

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,

Where movie-magic is made

Navajo sandstone of Zion provided the backdrop for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. And our Land Rover.

Discovering the road to Little Hollywood, Utah... Hollywood, Utah that is.

road tests

Audi aims to amp up sales

New Q2 is simply an A3 served up in a different way. Anything wrong with that?

A compact crossover and a revised performance car should expand Audi sales at both ends of the luxury car market.

Aussies make a better Ram video

Ram is actually twice-made for NZ: one in Mexico, again for RHD in Melbourne.

For the few who must have an American-sized pickup, the Ram 2500 is here.

SUV is perfect for attention seekers

Hello high style, goodbye rear headroom, bootspace... and another $9k. But buyers love Merc's SUV-coupes.

Women obviously see both something-sexy and something-safe when they view machines like the GLC 250 coupe.

Jeep Grand Cherokee added to Trail mix

Air suspension is standard on Trailhawk; gives up to 275mm of ground clearance.

The hero model of the 2017 Grand Cherokee range is the rugged Trailhawk. Jeep wants you to get it dirty. No, really.

bikes

Five fine lightweight tourers

Frontal shot shows the Honda's best angle; like most bikes here, the CB500XA favours function over form.

Keeping the kilograms to a minimum can be a huge advantage when touring.

V7 Stornello an anti-global Guzzi

White and red livery channels 1972 Stornello 125, helps make Guzzi authentic. As does designed-in-1977 frame.

Moto Guzzi's new scrambler is all about authenticity, reports Paul Owen.

Triumph's better way to race to the cafe

Beefy engine, robust suspension/brakes and clean design improve Thruxton twin over previous 865cc version.

International demand kept Thruxton R numbers low in NZ last year. But it's worth the wait.

Classic bikes on display video

The 1982 Honda Motocompo, right, used to fit in the boot of your Honda City to be pulled out for a quicker commute in a ...

Largest public collection of classic Japanese motorcycles in the country rolls into Christchurch.

shows

Mitsubishi car aims for safety

Mitsubishi Emirai 3.1xDas showcases next-generation driver assistance.

 Mitsubishi Electric's EMIRAI xDAS 3.1 concept car promises a safe and comfortable ride for tomorrow’s driver.

Richard Hammond 'injured in crash'

Richard Hammond was knocked out in the crash, according to the report.

Reports say the Grand Tour presenter was knocked out while filming in Africa.

The best looking car of 2016? video

Lexus LC 500

Designers single out Lexus LC 500 as best design of 2016.

A hot desert-inspired roadster

The Sbarro Mojave roadster on display at the 2017 Geneva auto show.

This concept roadster is named after a desert in the US but it is a French design.

customs & classics

Old limo was once PM's ride gallery

The 1994 Ford DC LTD that was Government limousine for then Prime Minister Jim Bolger.

This 23-year-old limo once bore the coveted CR1 number plates reserved for vehicles transporting NZ's prime minister.

Wild winged Porsches video

The famous Porsche 935 Moby Dick completes a drive at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Porsche discloses five rear winged beauties inside one of the most advanced wind tunnels in the world.

Big price for rare Mike Tyson Ferrari video

A heavyweight price has been paid for this Ferrari F50 once owned by boxing champion Mike Tyson.

A heavyweight price has been paid for this Ferrari F50 once owned by boxing champion Mike Tyson.

Rally 'wet but fun' video

Raring to go in the 1928 Dodge are Cooper Ladbrook, 9, Bayley Rattray, 8, and Finlee Ladbrook, 6, of Timaru.

Rain didn't stop more than 60 vintage cars from rallying around South Canterbury.

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

Formula E manufacturers revealed

Sam Bird races during the FIA Formula E Championship Buenos Aires ePrix on February 18, 2016.

BMW is in and Mercedes is out as the Formula E series manufacturers are announced.

How F1 drivers prepare

Cardio, weightlifting and acclimatisation to extremes are all part of training for drivers like Lewis Hamilton.

Ricciardo confident for Australian GP

Karting focus centres on Invercargill

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Tricks and tips to change a car tyre

Changing a car tyre in under 15 minutes, how hard can it be?

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