Why concept cars matter

Buick's Avista concept.

Concept cars can cost millions and may never drive a kilometre mile but they can take the brand much farther.

Kia Niro targets Prius

Kia's new Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV).

Kia calls the new Niro a "hybrid utility vehicle" but simply it is a Subaru look-alike with Prius economy.

Good luck with that upgrade

Collisiion avoidance technology is now common in new cars but there are not a lot of options around when it comes to retro-fitting such upgrades to other vehicles.

11:28 AM  Automakers show little interest in upgrading existing cars with safety tech on their own.

$1.4m car hits Kiwi tarmac

It's a head-turner for sure, but 918 is primarily a functional high-speed, highly aerodynamic machine.

Forget supercars, this is a new breed of performance machine that can only be called a ''hypercar''.

Roadtrip to petrolhead heaven

Laying down some rubber at the Leadfoot Festival.

OPINION: The Passing Lane Grand Prix was a downside of an epic weekend drive to the Leadfoot Festival.

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Good luck with that upgrade

Collisiion avoidance technology is now common in new cars but there are not a lot of options around when it comes to retro-fitting such upgrades to other vehicles.

11:28 AM  Automakers show little interest in upgrading existing cars with safety tech on their own.

20 vehicles fished out

A pilot project to extract mostly stolen cars from river areas yielded 20 vehicles by its conclusion.

Top Gear's full line-up confirmed

Truck show for helicopter charities

lifestyle vehicles

Kia Niro targets Prius

Kia's new Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV).

You could call the all-new Kia Niro a "hybrid utility vehicle" or simply it is a Subaru look-alike with Prius economy.

SUV has a $320,000 optional extra

Time is big money in Bentley's luxury Bentayga SUV.

Archaic Land Rover Defender stopped being useful as an actual vehicle ages ago. This is a pedal car, by the way.

Don't mourn dead weight Defender

OPINION: Some people just can't accept their favourite cars are obsolete. The internet is to blame.

road tests

$1.4m hypercar hits Kiwi tarmac

It's a head-turner for sure, but 918 is primarily a functional high-speed, highly aerodynamic machine.

Forget supercars, this is a new breed of performance machine that can only be called a ''hypercar''.

Pajero Sport SUV is no soft-roader

Utes blended with SUVs are both old-school and the latest automotive fashion. We test the top-spec Pajero Sport VRX.

In the club: uprated A 45 is now officially a Mercedes-AMG.

Four cylinders of dynamite

Turns out that the 270kW Audi RS3 only had a few months to rule as the world's most powerful sports-hatch.

bikes

Father mourns motorcyclist son

Rhys Middleton, killed in a motorcycle accident on State Highway 5, near Napier.

Rhys Middleton will be buried a year before he was supposed to get married.

An American 999cc 'starter bike'

Indian Motorcycle is going down — in size, scale and price.

Imposing fairing is impressively functional - surely shaped in a wind tunnel, argues writer Paul Owen.

Tunnel vision shapes Harley bagger

We might have General Motors to thank for this Harley's smooth performance.

shows

Kia Niro targets Prius

Kia's new Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV).

You could call the all-new Kia Niro a "hybrid utility vehicle" or simply it is a Subaru look-alike with Prius economy.

Truck show for helicopter charities

A racing car transporter will be among more than 120 vehicles at the Wellsford Lions Roaring Truck Show on February 28.

Buick's Avista concept.

Why concept cars matter

Concept cars can cost over a million dollars and may never drive a kilometre mile but they can take the brand much farther.

customs & classics

Truck show for helicopter charities

The Truck of the Show award is up for grabs again on February 28, won last year by an International Lone Star. At the presentation are, from left, Wellsford Lions past president Tony Marshall, Craig Silby of sponsors Truck Sure, winner Blair Shearer from NJ Wood and show coordinator Bruce Wilson.

A racing car transporter will be among more than 120 vehicles at the Wellsford Lions Roaring Truck Show on February 28.

Old NZ GP racer restored

A restored 1953 Austin Healey that raced in the 1954 NZ Grand Prix to make its worldwide public show debut in the UK.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi may be celebrating more than just another goal after being linked to the purchase of a rare Ferrari.

Did Messi buy the $53m Ferrari? video

Football superstar's name is being kicked around as the person who paid NZ$53.7 million for a rare Ferrari.

Video

$1.4m hypercar hits Kiwi tarmac

Forget supercars, this is a new breed of performance machine that can only be called a ''hypercar''.

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

Norris won't play it safe

England's Lando Norris has taken pole positions seven out of eight times in the TRS this year.

Lando Norris is in the box-seat for his first Toyota Racing Series victory.

Mad Mike: less of a leadfoot

Top Kiwi drifter opens up about going sideways, getting respect - and the best moment of his career.

Women making impact in TRS pit lane

Battle of the Streets still going strong

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