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Car sales hit dizzy heights

Toyota Corolla

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

It's much cheaper and delivers most of the versatility of 4WD models.

Applaud new initiatives

Meet our bike of the year


Kapiti road a top priority

301014 news photo: Joel Maxwell/Kapiti observer: Kapiti Rd lights go online.

Easing congestion along a Kapiti road is the top priority in Wellington's draft regional transport plan.

Pedestrians dicing with death

A third of pedestrians killed on NZ roads in the five years to 2013 were drunk, report says.

Manawatu farmer Blake Gloyn with his 1991 Toyota Soarer which he also races as a dragster.

Farmer sets drag speed record

Rongotea farmer Blake Gloyn drives his street car to drag-racing venues and then blasts off in it down the dragstrips.

lifestyle vehicles

Facelift transforms Holden Colorado ute

Holden Colorado

Mid-summer is the time of the year to fully appreciate top-end double-cab utes.

Billionaire races to Ruapuna

Fashion magnate behind brands like Tommy Hilfiger is travelling NZ in a giant ultra-luxury motorhome.

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover Discovery Sport is no pretender gallery

Discovery Sport is a cat among the pigeons in a leisure SUV segment in which heritage and real off-road ability still counts.

road tests

Goodbye Hyundai i45 - welcome back Sonata

Hyundai's Sonata nameplate is back, the revived badging gracing the flanks of this seventh-generation medium-sized sedan from the Korean manufacturer.

Hyundai new new seventh-generation medium-sized sedan was once the Sonata and then i45, but is now Sonata again.

The car that has almost everything

It appears that one third of a million dollars can buy love.

Suzuki Swift Sport

Swift still NZ's top mini gallery

It is easy to understand why the darling of the mini-car set in NZ as just completed a decade at the top of its class.


A more civilised Ducati Monster

2015 Monster: The most mature, refined, rider-friendly and powerful Monster created.

Once raw-boned and rorty, Ducati's latest has gained range, refinement and rider-friendliness.

Bids hover over restored pre-war bike

A Vincent is always to be celebrated but this 1939 Series-A Rapide is one with a story worth telling.

Deus Bully.

Custom motorcycle maker loses money on all models

They're custom-built motorcycles for stars like Orlando Bloom, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen but the company loses money on each one.


Yank tanks on track to thrill

Vroom vroom: Moonshine Rod and Custom Club members Dean Somerville, Mike Simons and Brian Armstrong with a yellow 1937 Chevrolet sedan, a Harley Davidson Road King and a 1949 Ford F1 truck.

Trentham race course will humming with the sounds of different horses this weekend.

Drivers burn up Meremere track

It's New Zealand's answer to The Fast and the Furious, and any racer who fancied themselves in the same league as Vin Diesel could take to the track.

The Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup concept, revealed at the Detroit Motor Show.

Hyundai hints at future ute

The one glaring omission from Hyundai's product portfolio is a ute. But now there's a very strong hint that this gap may soon be filled.

customs & classics

Three classics sold for one cool gas-guzzling Dodge

Up for the Challenge: Wayne Sinclair sold three other classic cars to make way for his 1971 Dodge Challenger.

Cool classic Dodge Challenger has an outrageous colour to much some equally outrageous fuel consumption.

Driven to restore Daimlers

An obsession with old British cars lead to an Upper Hutt man restoring two Daimler saloons.

Andrew Larsen has the only remaining Leyland P76 from the Benson and Hedges 1000 series.

Making sparks fly gallery

Sole surviving Leyland P76 racer from NZ's B and H 1000 series still making sparks fly as it powers into its fifth decade of racing.


Road rage driver's own video is evidence

A driver versus cyclists road rage video has been handed to police in the hope the driver will be prosecuted.


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


Hamilton, Rosberg give new Mercedes test drive

ICY CONDITIONS: Mercedes team-mate's Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg tested their new car at Silverstone.

1:10 PM  F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and team-mate Nico Rosberg gave 2015 Mercedes race car a 'shakedown' test at Silverstone before a snowstorm forced an end to proceedings.

Youngster firing up racing career

An Otaki 16-year-old is motoring into the lead of the New Zealand Formula First Championship.

Minimum outlay; maximum excitement

Kelly swaps Porsche for Firebird

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