Mercedes-AMG in track race

The Mercedes-AMG GT3 racing car.

Geneva Motor Show shaping up as more of a GP or LeMans starting grid rather than a forum for showing models that average people will embrace.

Audi supercar bows early

The new Audi R8 V10.

Audi's new R8 supercar has broken cover, getting a head start on its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

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.

Ranging in Amarok

IN THE TRAY: VW Amarok provides respite from the heat and wind of the west coast.

Over a recent holiday break, we found the workhorse VW Amarok to be an excellent family-oriented vehicle as well.

This is a right Cracker

ROUND THE BEND: Not quite class leading in terms of dynamics but a tidy handler all the same.

The start of a good relationship with Mercedes-Benz's new C-Class Estate.

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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

The secrets of Top Gear revealed

Mutual loathing: James May (right) says the edginess between the three Top Gear hosts is genuine and the key to the show's success.

James May admits the show has gone too far at times and says "mutual loathing" is the key to success.

Boy racer invasion riles residents gallery video

Organised through social media, hundreds of car enthusiasts are making life hell for some Waikato residents.

Graham Murrell of Whitianga will drive his vintage Ferguson tractor to Bluff.

Miss Ferguson ready to roll video

Former dairy farmer all set to tackle a 1700km trip through the country on vintage Massey Ferguson tractor.

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.

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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

Audi's new R8 supercar bows early

The new Audi R8 V10.

Audi's new R8 supercar has broken cover, getting a head start on its global debut at next week's Geneva Motor Show.

675LT is the new track-focused McLaren

New lighter, longer supercar revealed with twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8.

The Mercedes-AMG GT3 racing car.

Mercedes-AMG creates racing version of GT supercar

The Geneva Motor Show is shaping up as more of a Grand Prix or LeMans starting grid rather than a forum for showing models that average people will embrace.

customs & classics

95-year-old still motoring in her 1969 Mini

Happy birthday: Rose Oakley took her trusty car to the Seven Oaks conference centre in Timaru for her recent birthday celebration.

Rose Oakley has owned her Morris Mini since 1969 and the trusty steed is still ferrying her around.

The $210,000 Kombi

Classic van fetches record price in Melbourne auction.

Inside a customised car.

Pimp My Ride secrets revealed

Broken cars, features removed after filming and fabricated background stories are just some of the Pimp My Ride horror stories revealed this week.

Video

Miss Ferguson ready to roll

Former dairy farmer all set to tackle a 1700km trip through the country on vintage Massey Ferguson tractor.

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

Hamilton snubs F1 No 1 for 44, 'it's mine'

Lewis Hamilton drives his Mercedes, car No 44.

4:13 PM  Formula One world champion chooses to drive car 44 because it has meaning, "it's mine".

Coulthard hangs on for maiden Adelaide V8 win

Kiwi driver jumps on rival's puncture misfortune to steal his maiden Adelaide V8 victory.

Coulthard wins race two at Adelaide 500

SBR sets modest expectations in freshman year

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