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Ugly car has special meaning

Josef Cikmantory celebrates his Trabant on a hill in Yorba Linda that overlooks Orange County.

5 min ago  To say it looks like a clown car insults all the other clown cars.

Toyota trumpets big expansion

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19 min ago  Toyota joins the parade of manufacturers seeking to highlight their US investments in the President Trump age.

Cruz and his dad's final journey

Cruz McDonald loved nothing more than riding in his father's truck, according to family.

Outpouring of grief as seven-year-old dies alongside his dad in crash on the last of the school holiday drives he loved.

Car safety testing rush

Car companies are racing to crash test vehicles before stricter rules come into play.

Australasia's vehicle safety tester's calendar booked out ahead of rule change.

$800m highway cost 'inflation'

A map of the proposed East West link highway connecting together State Highway's 1 and 20.

Chief economist says $200-800 million cost increase in East West link due to inflation "seems implausible".

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Mother's fatal Google Maps mistake

Hastings boy James Crous, 8, died in a crash in Napier on Thursday morning.

Driving phone in hand at 100kmh, Kim Crous, didn't see the roadworks ahead. Her young son James paid with his life.

Drink driver's 10th conviction

Hastings man Michael Miele was caught driving drunk for the tenth time.

Judge refuses to grant bail to recidivist drink driver due to risk he poses.

Long road back

Heavy traffic is making the journey sluggish for motorists along State Highway 1 at Raumati on Tuesday morning.

Lengthy delays that hit those heading south on SH1 to Wellington this morning have now cleared.

Boot exit after tight park video

A motorist looks at his car after clambering out through the boot.

A driver in China devised a cunning escape plan when faced with a tight parking space for his vehicle.

Five silly luxury-car options

The Bugatti Veyron's body is made of carbon fibre. It costs a lot extra to show it off by leaving it unpainted. A lot.

You can really go to town on high-end options for your car. But it's a weird town.

Our State Highways are vulnerable video

NZTA contractors have removed about 37,000 cubic metres of debris from a large slip on State Highway 73 near Otira, 15 ...

Highways north of Christchurch are "fragile" in stormy weather, but what can we do?

Heading north? Expect delays

Felling of 150ha of young forestry at Moirs Hill will see some exported as logs while the rest is pulped.

Beach goers and tourists heading north will be dodging logging trucks this summer.

Charging ahead with new technology

PowerNet electrical engineer Dyson Gentle with an electric vehicle, which the company is hoping Southland businesses ...

PowerNet are taking charge of the uptake of environment-friendly cars in Southland.

Airlift after motorbike crash

He was transported to the Helicopter from the crash site by 4WD.

Man found dazed and confused with severe injuries after incident in Auckland forest.

Belt up, police say

Police warn of the dangers of not wearing seatbelts.

When police pulled over a vehicle they found 13 people inside, with just two wearing seatbelts.

Number plate theft on the rise

Over the past five years number plate theft has jumped from 4079 to 5673 in New Zealand.

Criminals are out to poach your licence plate … and boy, is it a hassle to get them replaced.

Rolls' murky past revealed

British, US and Brazilian documents show that Rolls was conducting criminal acts in a dozen countries, from Azerbaijan ...

For years, Rolls-Royce bribed its way around the world with a series of shadowy backhanders, court documents show.

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news

Toyota trumpets $826m US expansion

Toyota Corolla RZ badge

19 min ago  Toyota has joined the parade of manufacturers seeking to highlight their US investments in the President Trump age.

Mother's fatal Google Maps mistake

Driving phone in hand at 100kmh, Kim Crous, didn't see the roadworks ahead. Her young son James paid with his life.

Long road back

Car safety testing rush

Our Top Cars

Here is Our Top Car of 2016 video

Spark is Holden's entry-level model. But one of its best, we reckon.

Meet our Top Car for 2016. Micro round of applause please.

Our Top Tow Truck of 2016 video

You can't deny the presence. But Ram offers unique selling proposition as a working truck.

We count down the best cars of the year, culminating in our Top Car on Friday.

Our Top Hyper-Hatch 2016 video

Ford Focus RS

We count down the best cars of the year, culminating in our Top Car on December 16.

Our Top Super-Coupe of 2016 video

The C 63 S coupe is so much more than just a two-door version of the sedan.

We count down the best cars of the year, culminating in our Top Car on December 16.

lifestyle vehicles

Kia's hybrid-SUV tonic video

Niro hybrid is based on an all-new eco-car platform, designed from the ground up to carry batteries.

New crossover from Korea aims to be small-SUV first, hybrid second. If you want one, tell Kia NZ now.

Inside a $490,000 Rolls-Royce video

There's luxury, and then there's extreme luxury.

Did someone say luxury? This is the closest most of us will get to inside a Rolls-Royce Ghost (sadly).

Holden's lighter brigade

New Astra sedan has dropped over 100kg compared with the Cruze it replaces.

How new Holden models are benefiting from hi-tech weight-loss strategies.

China's King of the Road - SUV

Geely Auto's SUV model Emgrand GS at the Auto China 2016 show in Beijing, China.

Drivers shun boring sedan as four of every 10 passenger vehicles sold in the country are SUVs.

road tests

A diesel Bentley you say? video

The Bentley Bentayga, now available with diesel power.

Once, even the idea of a diesel Bentley would have been greeted with angry harrumphs.

Volcanic 4WD adventure

The Ranger has received a number of improvements including upgrades to its powertrain.

We take a Ford Ranger into countryside with a violent volcanic past.

Renault's Koleos deserves better

The Renault Koleos, showing off its distinctive frontal styling.

This Renault stands in the shadow of its better-known Nissan cousin.

Big cat takes on Corvette video

Head-to-head: The Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport v Jaguar's F-Type SVR.

Which of these sports cars is worth your money?

bikes

Airlift after motorbike crash

He was transported to the Helicopter from the crash site by 4WD.

Man found dazed and confused with severe injuries after incident in Auckland forest.

Scrambler revival party grows

Toaster tank, floating headlight, retro front suspension, and minimal seat in brown suede: tasty details.

The RnineT Scrambler will sell on looks alone. But there's substance to go with the style.

Why is ACC so mean to motorcyclists?

Accident-prone children and their parents are the real threat to the pockets of taxpayers, Johnny Moore says.

Ease off motorcyclists ACC and focus on the real accident threat - parents. Johnny Moore writes.

Watch: Biker films hit and run video

The biker escapes being run over by an oncoming car.

A car drives away after causing an accident, but there is a happy ending to this.

shows

Gear up for the Kumeu Car Show

Expect to see over 4000 more cars like this 1930 Studebaker at The 23rd Kumeu Classic Car and Hot Rod Festival this weekend.

Looking for something to do this weekend? The 23rd Kumeu Classic Car and Hot Rod Festival will be full throttle.

Lego Batmobile - as cool as it sounds video

The Lego Batmobile took 222 hours to design.

It comes in 12 shades of black, cause... Batman.

Auto show concepts: hit or miss?

The I.D. Buzz seats up to eight and lets the driver's seat face the rear when the minivan is in self-driving mode.

The future of motoring or consigned to the dustbin? A look at the some of the concept vehicles on display in Detroit.

Detroit show stars coming to NZ

Q8 concept (front) points to Audi's new flagship SUV. New SQ5 (rear) eschews previous car's diesel power... for now.

America's first big car show of the year leads the news. New models for NZ will follow.

customs & classics

'Mate, get out of my car'

Keith Millar is stoked to have his Holden 1970 HG Kingswood back after it was stolen last weekend.

Keith Millar took matters into his own hands to get his rare Holden Kingswood back.

Irreplaceable cars stolen

Keith Millar's 1970 Holden HG Kingswood was stolen from a rural Te Kauwhata property.

​The owner of two stolen Holden cars is desperate to get them back.

Rare car could identify thieves

John Ellice identifies what he believes burglars used to break into his workshop just outside of New Plymouth.

"They are really in demand if you can get them."

2017's big auto milestones

The iconic McLaren F1 turns 25 in 2017.

There are plenty of reasons to be partying in the new year for car lovers.

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

Ecclestone F1 era over

Bernie Ecclestone has been at the top of F1 for 39 years.

"I was deposed today. I've gone. That's official," ex-F1 supremo says after 39 years at the top.

Nick Ross bounces back at Teretonga

Cambridge race car driver Nick Ross had a great weekend at Teretonga and now sets his sights on Manfield.

Bathurst cars, stars for NZ

Ogier wins Monte Carlo Rally

Video

Boot exit after tight park

A driver in China devised a cunning escape plan when faced with a tight parking space for his vehicle.

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