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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


PM: Kiwi drivers just as bad video

DON'T DO IT: Prime Minister John Key, seen trying out an electric car in 2011 at the Nelson Environment Centre, says key-snatching is not advisable and notes Kiwi drivers aren't perfect either.

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.

Bentley's EXP 10 concept coupe gallery

Bentley may add fifth model to its lineup - the EXP 10.

SHELTER ME: Land Rover has revealed it will produce a convertible version of its Evoque SUV.

Evoque loses its lid gallery

Land Rover has lopped the roof off its Evoque SUV.

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.


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.


BMW launches 'frumpy' 7-seater

VAN CLUB: Gran Tourer is the second front-drive BMW, and a big departure from its performance pedigree.

Is the ultimate driving machine really a front-driving seven seater?

Lexus reveals Mini rival

Lexus plans to take on BMW's Mini unit at its own game with a little battler to be revealed at Geneva.

ROCKETSHIP: The SV version will beat the 'normal' Lamborghini Aventador's 3-sec sprint to 100km/h by two tenths.

Lamborghini tweaks Aventador

Lamborghini is set to reveal an 'SV' spec version of its range-topping Aventador.

customs & classics

For the love of a rare Ferrari

Charles Betz, 75, left, and Fred Peters, 83, have spent decades in their garage workshop restoring the 1954 Ferrari 375MM race car.

Charles Betz and Fred Peters paid $1454 for their 375MM Spider convertible. They've just turned down a $7.6m offer.

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.

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

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.


Protecting the public?

Dunedin man who has taken keys off foreign drivers twice says he's trying to keep people safe on the roads.


Aston Martin's first 100 years


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


Wolff to take part in two free practice sessions

YOU GO GIRL: Test driver Susie Wolff of Scotland and Williams sits in her car at Hockenheim.

11:44 PM  Williams test driver Susie Wolff will take part in Friday practice sessions at this year's British and Spanish GPs.

Ecclestone offers cash advance for smaller teams

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has offered advance revenue payments to Sauber, Force India and Lotus.'s F1 tipping competition

Schumacher's teen son to race F4

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