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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

Google car cuts off another driverless car

A Google self-driving car is shown in this handout photo released to Reuters March 15, 2015. Google will put 25 prototype self-driving ???pod??? cars on the roads in and around its Silicon Valley headquarters in Mountain View, California. These prototypes, built in Detroit, will have ???removable??? steering wheels and pedals so that drivers can assume manual control if needed in sticky situations. REUTERS/Google/Handout via Reuters

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2:49 PM  One of Google's self-driving cars cuts off competitor's prototype about to change lanes.

Cameras catch 12,172 motorists

A high-tech speed camera next to the old Griffins factory proves lucrative for the Government.

Kiwis don't seem too concerned about drivers who fail to follow the keep left rule.

Tailgating, non-indicating, most unpopular

2:46 PM  Kiwis get most upset at tailgaters and drivers who fail to indicate.

lifestyle vehicles

Super velocity Range Rover is special gallery

Raining Datsun cogs on photography day, but never has 405kW been so ably deployed in such conditions.

The stunning Range Rover Sport SVR is the most powerful Land Rover ever, yet it’s still a sophisticated SUV befitting the badge.

Benz readies SUV blitz

Within a few months the German luxury vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz will have at least 20 different SUVs on sale in New Zealand.

R-Line upgrade adds spice to the VW Tiguan's exterior.

Upgrade adds spice to Tiguan

Just as there's now an R-Line version of the Golf, so too the Tiguan 2WD.

road tests

A practical pair go head-to-head gallery

Peas in a pod - The styling and packaging of BMW's new Active Tourer clearly apes that of Mercedes' popular B Class.

Here are two Euro-centric offerings for those looking for something practical but not too big, with premium cachet attached.

Easy Access to Peugeot basics

This Peugeot 308 may lack the nicer things it is not that bad, especially at the price.

The 308’s compact rear suspension gives it the bigger hatch (501L vs 380L).

Car of the Years battle

A pair of former Car of the Year winners, passed through our hands recently. Is there a standout?

bikes

Too much kit, not enough character

There's a great bike lurking inside the CTX1300 which carries around more kit than most of us will ever need.

Honda's sumptuous CTX1300 is amazingly over-equipped.

Motorcycle helmet industry gets shake up video

Bob Weber's simple plan to design a safer helmet for dirt bike riders has shaken up the industry.

Anti-cycleway signs along The Parade, Island Bay.

Sabotage claims in cycleway debate

Allegations of ''hysteria'' and sabotage are flying as the Island Bay cycleway dispute heats up.

shows

The world's best motor show gallery video

A classic McLaren races up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Dynamic displays have replaced static stands in Britain's best automotive gathering.

New Astons revel at speed fest gallery

Aston Martin showed off several new models at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Lotus 3-Eleven.

Lotus unveils its fastest

Lotus unveiled the company's quickest production car ever, the 3-Eleven, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

customs & classics

Cars ahead of their time

Ford Model T

A look at five cars which for one reason or another were head and shoulders head of or at a complete tangent to the rest of the industry.

Old Morris easy to work on

No computers, or modern technology endears a 1951 Morris Minor Lowlight to Timaru's Jim Macdonald.

Ford named this model the Galaxie to tap into the hysteria surrounding the space race in the US at the time.

Galaxie a curious beast

This big classic Ford is space-race inspired and appropriately named Galaxie.

Video

The world's best motor show

Dynamic displays have replaced static stands in Britain's best automotive gathering.

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

Paddon heads to Poland with high hopes

Hayden Paddon, right, and co-driver John Kennard are hoping for more success as they head to Poland.

The fast roads of Poland are enticing Kiwi rally star as he looks to maintain his momentum in the WRC.

SI pair claim Australasian first

South Island driving duo claim victory in three-hour endurance race at Waikato.

Piquet first Formula E champ

'Formula E to overtake F1'

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