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Fast chargers boost slow NZ trip

Multiple stops aren't just for charging. They're also for show-and-tell.

8:33 AM  The route is carefully planned around charging points but NZ's Leading the Charge electric vehicle-road trip is heading north.

Holden's mist opportunity

Once upon a time, you could spot an upmarket model by its foglights. No longer.

9:44 AM  Once upon a time, you could spot an upmarket model by its foglights. No longer.

Motoring metal in Shanghai

The LDV D90, officially unveiled at the Shanghai show.

The world's biggest auto show has provided us a glimpse of what's coming to NZ.

12yo tries to drive across Oz

Police arrested the boy in Broken Hill, New South Wales

He got 1300km into his journey but was arrested after police spotted a broken bumper.

Vintage treasure trove sold video

The 1906 Model N sold for $60,500.

Some of the top lots went for over $60,000 and their new owners couldn't be happier.

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Supercar crashes in Auckland

McLaren logo is a cigarette homage, not a Kiwi. Sorry.

A motorist has lost control of his McLaren super car, flipping and crashing on an Auckland motorway.

Questions over bridge closure

A third sign is located on the other side of the bridge.

South Auckland motorists are worried about the potential impact a bridge's closure will have on their daily commute.

Subaru the car thief's preferred choice

Subarus are the most stolen car for the year so far, for most regions in the country. (File photo)

Mazdas and Holdens might be commonly pinched, but for the average Kiwi car thief, Subarus are tops.

Diesel spill on SH6

Police are still investigating the source of the spill. (FILE PHOTO)

Motorists in Nelson are urged to avoid the area after two minor accidents.

Cyclist killed in Napier crash

The Serious Crash Unit are investigating the death of a cyclist in Napier.

A cyclist has been killed after he collided with a truck on Georges Drive in Napier.

First supercharge site opens

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News: Grand opening of the Tesla super-charger at The Base in Te Rapa, Hamilton.

New Zealand's first Tesla Supercharging Station is located on the Hamilton map.

Tesla to recall 53,000 cars

The recall affects Model S and Model X vehicles assembled between February and October last year.

US luxury electric car maker says parking brakes on some vehicles may not release properly.

NZ electric-vehicle roadshow under way

A disparate bunch of vehicles, united in the Leading the Charge EV-cause.

Fleet of vehicles running on battery power is travelling from Bluff to Cape Reinga.

Audi's next-gen electric concept

Audi e-tron concept unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai auto show.

Wireless charging, 500 kilometre range and 370kW of power on the menu with e-tron Sportback.

Lexus updates NX SUV

The updated Lexus NX that was unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai auto show.

Japanese brand's mid-size SUV gets a mid-life makeover and tagged for NZ in 2018.

Kia Rio Limited: 2min test

Rio is Kia's new budget supermini. more fun than a high-performance sedan? Some say yes.

New Korean supermini illustrates the joys of driving something modest.

'Predator face' for Merc concept

Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan.

German brand showcases future small sedan at Shanghai motor show.

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Fast chargers boost slow NZ trip

Multiple stops aren't just for charging. They're also for show-and-tell.

8:33 AM  The route is carefully planned around charging points but NZ's Leading the Charge electric vehicle-road trip is heading north.

12yo tries to drive across Australia

He got 1300km into his journey but was arrested after police spotted a broken bumper.

Watch: Truck drags car video

Supercar crashes in Auckland

Trends in SUVs and Vans

Vans we'd rather drive than cars

Ford SuperVan had to have an engine downgrade so non-racing-drivers could control it.

Vans are not the poor cousins to passenger cars. In fact, they're often much more desirable.

How Chinese van-maker LDV is chasing McLaren

That's a left-hook T60 ute, but the location is Lake Taupo. Kiwi-market RHD versions will be launched in July.

LDV makes vans. But now, it also makes a one-tonne ute and it's headed for NZ,

Battle brewing among small SUVs

New Zealand's most popular small SUV, the Nissan Qashqai.

They may be diminutive in size, but NZ's small SUV segment is shaping up as a battlefield in competition terms.

The secret of SUVs' success

Volvo's well-regarded XC60.

We take a look under the bonnet to understand what's driving New Zealand's love affair with SUVs.

lifestyle vehicles

Lexus updates NX SUV

The updated Lexus NX that was unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai auto show.

Japanese brand's mid-size SUV gets a mid-life makeover and tagged for NZ in 2018.

Subaru reveals new big SUV video

Subaru Ascent SUV Concept was unveiled at the 2017 New York auto show.

Subaru is back in the seven-seat SUV race but don't expect to see it in New Zealand.

Outlander moves towards petrol-free driving

Doesn't look any different, but upgraded Outlander plug-in has made huge strides towards EV-status.

Groundbreaking plug-in SUV has gained even stronger EV-credentials.

World Car of the Year named

Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar's first performance SUV has been named 2017 World Car of the Year.

road tests

BMW's triple-treat 3-series

Familiar 3-series from the outside. But wait'll you look under the bonnet...

The new 318i may be remarkably cheap, but it provides a rich driving experience.

Driving an almost-famous Pork Pie Mini

This was a backup car for the Pork Pie movie. Disclaimer: it appeared in precisely no scenes.

Like the latest Pork Pie movie, the new-generation is a very different proposition from the original.

Little Fiat a whole lot bigger

Very definitely a Fiat 500 and very definitely an SUV. Nothing surprises us any more.

Italian baby has always been cheap and cheerful. Now it's tall and (sort of) spacious as well.

The Land Cruiser for Luddites

Safety upgrades make 70-series practical for fleets again, but double-cab isn't quite up to single-cab star-rating.

 The hard-working 70-series has been with us for three decades now, and Toyota has spent large for a 2017 update. Here's why.

bikes

City councillor collects classics

Dale Williams with one of the 11 bikes he collects and keeps in his garage.

Vintage bikes are a passion for Dale Williams - just don't ask him how many he has.

Keep a cool head on a motorcycle

Entrepreneur Steve Feher, who has patented the world's first practical air conditioned motorcycle helmet, poses with a ...

The days of a rider's head overheating inside a motorcycle helmet maybe over.

Riding first-class on the ultimate Harley

The look of the bike that used to be called Electra Glide hasn't changed for 50 years, but there are big changes beneath ...

We ride the ultimate American touring bike.

Learner bike still a bullet

The Tracer 700 lapped up the winding Putty Road like it was born for it, feeling more flick-able than most ...

There probably isn't a better bagger on the market for cross-town riding missions.

shows

Audi's next-gen electric concept

Audi e-tron concept unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai auto show.

Wireless charging, 500 kilometre range and 370kW of power on the menu with e-tron Sportback.

'Predator face' for Merc concept

Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan.

German brand showcases future small sedan at Shanghai motor show.

Don't mention the Chinese

Stylish, advanced Isabella coupe was typical of the 1950s heyday of Borgward cars.

Revived German car brand touts its heritage while saying as little as possible about its backers.

Lucid's electric dreams are big video

Derek Jenkins, VP of Design at Lucid Motors, introduces the alpha prototype of the Lucid Air at the 2017 New York ...

Add another start-up to the list of dreamers trying to become the next Tesla.

customs & classics

A Morrie love affair

Jeff and Doreen Attwood's restored 1962 Morris Minor won Best Car at the 26th Morris Minor Convention.

​Jeff Attwood has two enduring loves in his life and he regularly gets to drive with both.

Cars named after places

Lotus Evora.

Here's a handful of cars that you may not have realised were named after places.

Lowriding gets supercharged video

''Tee'' exits a 1963 Chevy Impala as the Ultimate Riders Car Club gathers at Fairmount Park in Riverside, California.

New Detroit muscle turns "low, slow and show" into "low, show and go."

McQueen's Le Mans Porsche electrified

The Porsche 910 driven by Steve McQueen in the movie Le Mans has been electrified.

Austrian brothers rework a limited-edition Porsche race car model driven by Steve McQueen in Le Mans to run on electricity.

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

Dixon frustrated with second

May 29, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Scott Dixon shakes hands with Takuma Sato before the 100th running of the ...

4 min ago  Kiwi IndyCar driver laments restarts after press for rare victory in Alabama comes up just short.

Boy dies at F1 star's track

The 11-year-old was karting at Fernando Alonso's track when his kart reportedly flipped and landed on him.

Mostert claims win on rotten day for Kiwis

Dixon 4th on Alabama grid

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Vintage treasure trove sold

Some of the top lots went for over $60,000 and their new owners couldn't be happier.

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