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Road test: Holden Spark LT

New Spark is one of the smallest models in the segment, but cleverly adopts a big-car stance.

Holden's new city car aims to deliver budget motoring without skimping on technology. 

Kiwis 'inconsiderate' drivers video

Waikato roading police manager Inspector Freda Grace believes Kiwi attitudes towards driving needs an overhaul.

You can't break the law, but how do you get past that idiot who only speeds up for the passing lanes?

Dodgy on-screen car salesmen

Cyril tells it like it is. Especially if the car's been owned by one of the Trevors.

These guys will make you want to take the bus.

Brazen car thieves at large

060411 News. Photo: Alexia Johnston/ High Country Herald. John and Jenny Hardie's 1979 Lincoln Contiental MKV ...

Gone in 60 seconds? More like gone in 16 hours for an unsolved slow motion luxury car heist.

Sights set on world vets gallery

Josh Coppins jumping one of the table top jumps during the Nelson Motocross Championships held at MotoXpark in Wakefield.

Coaching may be his focus  but ex Grand Prix star Josh Coppins hasn't lost his speed on the bike.

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Cancer sufferer's dream car stolen

The classic AC Cobra was Brad Douglas' dream car.

Freshly diagnosed, she bought her husband a car because "life's too short" – only to have it stolen.

A car that can sense your emotions

Honda is looking to develop technology that would allow its cars to interact with humans.

Honda teams up with Softbank to create a car that can sense drivers' emotions.

Rise of the e-asy riders video

E-mountainbikes are growing in popularity, especially among older riders who appreciate the assistance up hills.

Motorised e-mountainbikes can be found on a trail near you, but are the purists prepared?

Tiny 1970s car sets world speed record video

The Enfield 8000 smashes world speed record.

A tiny 40-year-old electric vehicle dubbed the "Flux Capacitor" has become the world's quickest street legal electric vehicle.

Mechanics gear up for EVs video

Nissan Leaf is still the only pure electric vehicle on sale in New Zealand.

Is fixing cars is still a good career option at the dawn of the electric vehicle era?

Ideal car crash survivor is spooky video

Graham has no neck, ruling out broken necks and whiplash and a flat, fatty face to protect the nose and ears.

Meet Graham, the only person designed to survive a car crash.

Ban on Wicked in Aus video

Three Wicked Campers vehicles have been banned in New Zealand.

Wicked Campers' controversial slogans are forced off the road in Queensland.

Truck tips digger in ditch

A truck balances on two wheels after its trailer skidded into a ditch.

A truck has skidded on grit and tipped its trailer on a remote road in the Marlborough Sounds.

VW scandal tab nears $20b

The VW brand outperformed expectations as the European auto market improved and corporations purchased more fleet ...

Volkswagen's stock jumps even as its bill on the emissions scandal grows.

Life-saving rally victors video

Bruce and Harry at a stop on their epic Peking to Paris rally journey.

When Bruce and Harry Washington arrived at the car crash, they could see the man was dead.

Tesla's future revealed

Elon Musk will reveal the future of his car company later today.

Plans for an electric pick-up truck, compact SUV, semi and bus, as well as self-driving capabilities and more.

Tequila transformation for Ford

Tequila makers use juice from the fruit of these agave cactus plants to create the famous alcohol. Now the leftovers ...

Leftovers from plants used to make tequila will be recycled into sustainable plastics, for use in cars.

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news

Cancer sufferer's dream car stolen

The classic AC Cobra was Brad Douglas' dream car.

Freshly diagnosed, she bought her husband a car because "life's too short" – only to have it stolen.

Truckies 'unsafe' drivers: police

Stats show truck drivers are no great shakes at driving, either, police say.

Kiwis 'inconsiderate' drivers video

A car that can sense your emotions

lifestyle vehicles

Ranger a runaway sales success video

The Ford Ranger Wildtrak ute, hard at work on the Urenui beach sand.

We get down and dirty for charity in Ford's Ranger ute - New Zealand's top-selling new vehicle.

Ford F-150 still delivers

The 2016 4x4 Supercrew Limited is Ford's top of the line F-150 model, which has been the most popular vehicle sold in ...

For 34 consecutive years, the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the US and the best-selling truck for even longer.

NZ's unique D-Max ute

The Isuzu D-Max LS-T ute - in 2WD form it is a model unique to New Zealand.

It's just for us - we drive the Isuzu D-Max ute that can only be purchased in New Zealand.

Origin stage for Holden Colorado reveal

The new-look Holden Colorado ute.

Holden's facelifted Colorado made its public debut at the final game of the 2016 State of Origin series.

road tests

Alpha Audi is an unholy supercar

Previous R8 looks awkward from some angles. The new one's an instant design-classic.

Audi manages to combine a supercar's technical demands with a minimalist design strategy in the V10 R8.

Autonomous cars like a pregnancy? video

New E-class takes driver-assistance technology to the next level.

The E-class can do a lot of things by itself. But don't call it autonomous, explains Mercedes-Benz's active safety guru.

The 'A' is 4 aspirational

Front-drive A4 TFSI Design gets maximum benefit from Audi's weight-saving measures.

We try Audi's highly revamped comeback to a rival's success in NZ's luxury car market.

Black Edition adds colour to Commodore video

Never mind the red paintwork: this is the Black Edition, with dressed-up exterior and some useful technology.

Never mind the red paintwork, Holden has given its Aussie sedan a fillip with a limited-run Black Edition.

bikes

Rise of the e-asy riders video

E-mountainbikes are growing in popularity, especially among older riders who appreciate the assistance up hills.

Motorised e-mountainbikes can be found on a trail near you, but are the purists prepared?

Aprilia's RSV4 now an easier, faster ride

Race Pack gives you fully kitted out RSV4 - but costs $32k-plus.

Aspiring racers will get plenty of thrills from the flagship RSV4 RR.

That's no pushbike - cops

Serious crash investigators on the scene of a fatal motorised bicycle accident near Motueka in 2014.

Disqualified drivers think they've found a loophole by riding motorised bicycles. Police say they should think again.

Aprilia's alpha-scooter still leads the pack

Aprilia SRV 850 is the world's largest and fastest scooter. Hold on tight at the traffic lights.

The SRV 850 brings a whole new meaning to ''quick commute'.

shows

Speedshow's mystery motorsport

Formula SAE teams have to create an autocross-style car to strict criteria.

Kiwi engineering students are competing in an international racing series called Formula SAE.

Top Gear: What went wrong?

"Gave it my best shot but sometimes that's not enough" ... Former Top Gear host Chris Evans.

After a week of resignations it was inevitable someone from the overpopulated Top Gear had to go.

Polish supercar runs Goodwood video

The Arrinera Hussarya GT at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Arrinera Hussarya GT was the first Polish car to spin its tyres on the famous Goodwood hillclimb.

Watch: Goodwood's fastest road-legal car video

Kenny Brack at the wheel of the McLaren P1 LM during a run at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

A McLaren P1 LM supercar is now the fastest road-legal car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed's hillclimb.

customs & classics

Life-saving rally victors video

Bruce and Harry at a stop on their epic Peking to Paris rally journey.

When Bruce and Harry Washington arrived at the car crash, they could see the man was dead.

Historical Packard pursuit stalls

Packard vehicles like this 1927 model are a rare treat for classic car enthusiasts.

German man discovers rare 1934 limo came from Oregon, USA, raising even more questions.

Old Kombi, new attraction video

It took about seven years of searching for Pienaar to find this 1967 VW Kombi van - in South Africa.

It took a seven-year search, but Rocco Pienaar's finally got the Kombi he was after.

The real Porsche 718

Later 718 W RS had a larger-capacity 2.0-litre engine. It won the European Hill Climb Championship in 1963-64.

The 718 name comes from a minuscule racing car with a massive reputation.

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

Hamilton flips the bird video

Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton raises his middle finger to Esteban Guiterrez as he passes him in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

F1 world champ gestures to rival as he zooms past en route to victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Coppins sets sights on world vets gallery

Coaching may be his focus these days but former Grand Prix star Josh Coppins hasn't lost his speed on the bike.

Hamilton wins Hungarian GP video

Evans drifts to 7th in GP2

Video

Road test: Holden Spark LT

Holden's new city car aims to deliver budget motoring without skimping on technology. Does it succeed in being cheap and cool? By David Linklater

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