Average car age hits 14 years

New Zealand is "importing somebody else' waste disposal problem," Motor Industry Association boss David Crawford said.

4:34 PM  The average age of cars in New Zealand keeps getting older and older, in part because so many used cars are imported from Japan.

'Love affair' with utes continues

In May, the Ford Ranger was the top selling model overall at 511 vehicles.

Kiwis' love of utes is undimmed, despite a fall in commercial vehicle sales in May.

More respect for cyclists?

A driver whose foul-mouthed road rage rant at a cyclist made world headlines has apologised for his "unacceptable" behaviour.

Are the majority of motorists treating cyclists with more consideration?

The rules of car-buying

Cars are expensive to buy and run, and spending too much on motoring can seriously retard wealth accumulation.

By any measure, we are big into machines that guzzle petrol.

Tank crushes learner's car

That's one way to learn to look before you pull out into traffic.

There's a lot to remember when you learn to drive - but they don't normally teach you to watch for tanks.

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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

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Average car age hits 14 years

New Zealand is "importing somebody else' waste disposal problem," Motor Industry Association boss David Crawford said.

4:34 PM  The average age of cars in New Zealand keeps getting older and older, in part because so many used cars are imported from Japan.

Respect for cyclists grows

OPINION: The spectacle on our news feeds of spats between two angry men - one holding a bike, one yelling from a car, is common in this age of GoPro cameras.

In May, the Ford Ranger was the top selling model overall at 511 vehicles.

'Love affair' with utes continues

Kiwis' love of utes is undimmed, despite a fall in commercial vehicle sales in May.

lifestyle vehicles

Hyundai confirms baby SUV plans

The China-only Hyundai ix25 paved the way for Hyundai's upcoming Creta.

Hyundai confirms plans to build a city-sized SUV to rival the likes of Mazda's CX-3 and the Honda HR-V.

New Q7 is better everywhere

New Q7 is lighter, nimbler, quieter and less imposing while offering big gains in interior practicality and useable space.

Ford's King Ranch F-150 at a special photo shoot at the King Ranch from which the name was derived, undertaken by Texas State Photographer Wyman Meinzer.

Big Ford truck sadly not for us

Ford is big on promoting its global sourcing of vehicles, however, here's one we all want but they won't give us.

road tests

Limited? Not with this little hatch

The Mazda2 Limited, showing off its Kodo "soul of motion" exterior design.

This Mazda2 might be badged a Limited, but it is limited only in its dimensions.

Renault Megane RS275 a true hottie

Renault's hot hatch the Megane RS has been made even hotter via more grunt from its turbocharged engine.

BMW's first front-drive production car shapes up well among other so-called one-box designs with a distinctive wedge-like look.

BMW puts the family up front

The packaging benefits of transverse front-wheel-drive were obvious to BMW and the family-oriented 2-series is the first of many.

bikes

Commuter thinks its a racer

Thanks to searing orange highlights, sporting graphics and Grand Prix styling, the 390 resembles a serious track-day ride.

KTM’s edgy commuter single looks as if its ready for the track, says PAUL OWEN.

Crossrunner no longer a wallflower

By making it cooler to look-at, Honda made its VFR800X the bike it should always have been.

The gloriously-named Bienville Legacy has an outrageous steam punk look about it.

The money no object motorcycle

Goodwood Festival of Speed will host the global public debut of the astonishing Bienville Legacy.

shows

Skoda taking Fabia rally concept to Woerthersee

Skoda's Fabia R5 Combi show car.

Skoda has reinterpreted its new Fabia R5 rally car as a racy stationwagon for the Woerthersee festival.

Ex-Top Gear hosts linked to new rival show

Ousted Top Gear hosts rumoured to be in talks with ITV for a new rival show to BBC.

Audi TT clubsport turbo concept.

Audi unveils electric biturbo TT for Woethersee festival gallery

An Audi TT electric biturbo rocket is the latest reveal from the VW group for the annual Woerthersee festival.

customs & classics

Why classic cars had tailfins

The 1959 Cadillac has fins to fly for.

Space-inspired 1950s styling cues were unlike anything the world had seen.

Shelby Cobra tops car auction gallery

A 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra roadster stole the show at a massive muscle car auction in the US.

Speedback looks like an Aston Martin at a glance, but a little less so when you focus on it.

The $1m car that thinks it's an Aston Martin

Is this quirky, Jag-powered faux-Aston worth a million dollars?

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Respect for cyclists grows

OPINION: The spectacle on our news feeds of spats between two angry men - one holding a bike, one yelling from a car, is common in this age of GoPro cameras.

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

Driver trapped after rally crash

Emergency services work to free a rally driver after he was trapped in his car when it went 50 metres down a bank in Ashley Forest, North Canterbury, on Sunday.

Rally driver trapped car for two hours after it plunged 50 metres down a bank, rolling several times.

Natzke wins at MXGP of France

Kiwi claims his first round-victory of the 2015 Euro motocross champs, cleaning up at the France MXGP.

Hartley sets Le Mans pace

Lorenzo completes hat-trick at Mugello

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