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Plugging in before Musk born

The 1602 Electric of 1972 had massive batteries and a tiny range. Back to the drawing board.

9:02 AM  Traditional carmakers have been working on electric vehicles a wee bit longer than most probably think.

Keeping old Bedfords trucking

Sophie Hammond is enjoying her restoration project, a 1950s Bedford K truck called Alice.

9 min ago  Sophie Hammond thinks her after school hobby is a "bit weird for a girl", especially a 16-year-old.

Desirable foil to luxury SUVs video

Yes the 530d is on a beach. Yes it's all-wheel drive. No, it's not an SUV (it's better).

Adding an estate body shape and xDrive to the 5-series transforms both image and the driving experience.

Driver trainer 'forced out'

Lee Hurley says delays in processing his driver training service provider application by the New Zealand Transport ...

"People who point out what's going wrong get crucified."

Too much heritage in Harley

Heritage in name... like all Softails this one has the same 19-litre fuel tank that H-D has made for 40 years.

Classic-style bike aims to take us back to a more simple time. But it might be a bit too simple.

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The 'Russian roulette' highway video

Terry Trotman says the area is an accident waiting to happen.

Resident says "someone's going to get creamed" thanks to the blind corners and 70kmh speed limit of SH2.

Golf turbo drives Tiguan SUV video

The Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line, powered by the same turbocharged engine as the Golf GTi.

Stick a hot hatch's turbocharged engine into an SUV and you get a rather invigorating drive.

When we were kings - of motorsport

Bruce McLaren, right, with fellow Kiwi driver Denny Hulme.

REVIEW: Roger Donaldson tells the story of a Kiwi motor-racing legend with substance, style and verve.

Vague timing for $70M traffic fix video

Lake Rd upgrades are the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board's top priority for Auckland Council to fund in its 2017/18 ...

Long-awaited solutions for one of Auckland's worst bottlenecks have been revealed, but when they arrive is another matter.

New Gorge damage revealed

Higgins contractors work on a fallen section of road at the Manawatu Gorge.

The Manawatu Gorge road has been closed for more than a month after several slips and a new gouge in the road was discovered.

BMW unveils 8 Series gallery video

BMW 8 Series Concept.

The luxury coupe is scheduled to go into production next year.

Thieves targeting utes

One of the stolen vehicles: DLN435 1993 Toyota.

In the past 30 days, 21 vehicles have been taken in Taranaki.

Road opponents band together

A Wellington lobby group fears a similar proposal to the controversial Basin flyover could be on the cards.

Lobby group formed amid fears of another central Wellington flyover plan.

Bentley reveals specials

2017 Bentley Continental 24.

A two dozen limit as luxury car maker draws attention to its racing pedigree.

New meets old in Spider battle video

The original Fiat 124 Sports Spider enjoyed massive popularity in the United States.

How's this for a unique sportscar comparison?

Let 'Stan' the robot park your car video

"Stan" the robot that will park your car at the Charles De Gaulle airport.

There's now no need to worry about where you've left your car at the airport.

More police caught speeding

More than 100 police vehicles were caught speeding without justification from January to March.

More than 100 police vehicles were caught speeding in first three months of 2017.

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BMW plugged in before Elon Musk born

The 1602 Electric of 1972 had massive batteries and a tiny range. Back to the drawing board.

9:02 AM  Traditional carmakers have been working on electric vehicles a wee bit longer than most probably think.

The 'Russian roulette' highway video

Resident says "someone's going to get creamed" thanks to the blind corners and 70kmh speed limit of SH2.

Cyclists battling cones in their road

BMW unveils 8 Series gallery video

Trends in SUVs and Vans

Isuzu MU-X no longer mysterious

Most visible exterior change is this new nose with its different grille, LED lights and daytime running lights. ...

We drive Isuzu's upgraded MU-X which is probably the most straightforward SUV around.

The world's most outrageous people mover video

Tesla Model X is based on same platform as Model S sedan. But strange things happen when you open the doors.

Electric performance and weird doors really give the Model X wings.

V8 Jeep missing a spot

It's possible there's too much choice in the Grand Cherokee range. Because we can't see where this one fits.

We look at the secret lurking in the Grand Cherokee range that doesn't often get talked about.

Dressed-up Isuzu D-Max?

D-Max is more about work, less about play than other "lifestyle" utes. Even in more luxurious LS specification.

The revised D-Max ute is still more about function than weekend fun.

lifestyle vehicles

Golf turbo drives Tiguan SUV video

The Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line, powered by the same turbocharged engine as the Golf GTi.

Stick a hot hatch's turbocharged engine into an SUV and you get a rather invigorating drive.

Maserati Levante S for NZ

Maserati Levante S.

Performance SUV opens the door for more powerful models.

Kiwi keeps Jeeps going forever video

Tony Comber with his latest Jeep.

They were the workhorses of the US Army, and Tony Comber loves them to bits.

Isuzu MU-X no longer mysterious

Most visible exterior change is this new nose with its different grille, LED lights and daytime running lights. ...

We drive Isuzu's upgraded MU-X which is probably the most straightforward SUV around.

road tests

The world's most outrageous people mover video

Tesla Model X is based on same platform as Model S sedan. But strange things happen when you open the doors.

Electric performance and weird doors really give the Model X wings.

Fantastic car for Kiwi roads

Chrome-wearing RS-V is the flagship of the new Astra range.

Holden's new Astra hatchback is an international car in a most confusing way.

BMW 540i is hi-tech but old-fashioned video

Elegant, but it's unlikely the new 5-series will wow you with its styling innovation.

New luxury sedan looks like a heritage model, but it's one of the most hi-tech cars in the world.

The day I drove an electric racing car video

Feels like a real racing car in the corners. Just not that fast in a straight line...

Electric racer proves there's more to circuit cars than straight-line speed.

bikes

Barry Sheene's RG500 restored video

Suzuki restores Barry Sheene 1976 world championship-winning XR14

Barry Sheene's 41-year-old world championship-winning Suzuki has undergone a ground-up restoration in the UK.

Ton-up Triumph a green and pleasant ride

Good luck with spotting the new T100 from the existing T120; the best way is to count the number of front disc brakes.

A gentle ride back to the 1960s on a machine that looks like it has stepped straight out of The Who's mods-versus-rockers classic rock opera, Quadrophenia.

Bike racer turns safety champ

Karel Pavich demonstrates the style that won her the 2006 New Zealand 250cc road-racing championship.

There's a lot more to riding a bike than there is to driving a car and riding for 45 years doesn't make you a good rider.

Unreal wheelie stunts video

Unreal wheelie stunts in Miami.

Check out this young man as he performs some jaw-dropping wheelies on the streets of Miami.

shows

VW concepts on show

The Volkswagen Golf GTI RS concept.

Aftermarket suppliers go to work on a range of Volkswagen products.

The $166K diamond-studded 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?

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.

customs & classics

Roger Moore's top movie cars video

Lotus submarine is one of the greatest Bond 'cars' ever.

Not an Aston Martin in sight as we take a look the memorable cars the late British actor shared the screen with.

'So uncool, it's cool' video

Tom Henman with his 1992 Lada Cossack converted from petrol to diesel.

A young Nelsonian is proud to be seen in his Russian "joke on wheels".

Pet pony-for-pony car starts collection gallery

Speed family Ford Mustangs.

A family's collection of classic Ford Mustangs began with the exchange of a real horse.

Iconic Jaguars are vintage drives

Jaguar E-Type.

What's it like behind the wheel of a quartet of legendary Leaping Cats?

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

Battler takes out Indy 500

It was a sweet win for Takuma Sato after he crashed while trying to beat Dario Franchitti on the final lap of the 2012 race.

9:25 AM  Driver who'd never finished higher than 13th in famous race holds off three-time winner in thrilling finish.

Dixon survives 'wild ride' crash video

Kiwi driver's wife "didn't think he was coming home," after terrifying high speed crash at the Indy 500.

Vettel wins Monaco GP

Live: Indy 500 - final laps

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BMW's highly desirable foil to luxury SUVs

Adding an estate body shape and xDrive to the 5-series transforms both image and the driving experience.

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