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Fortnight on motorway

"There doesn't always seem to be a reason for the traffic apart from at Takanini," Bob Mitchell said.

Congestion so bad on Auckland motorway commuters spend equivalent of 12 days a year on it.

Peaks and troughs video

Billy Marshall of Salt Lake City is in town to join in the festivities.

Americarna is well-oiled machine, but it's had its ups and downs over the years.  

Brazen cyclists spark concern video

A cyclist pulls a wheelie in front of a car in Staten Island, New York.

Helmet-less wheelie-popping cyclists are irritating residents and motorists in a New York suburb.

Tesla's Auckland key party video

Single example of the Falcon-door Model X SUV was on display. Deliveries start in March.

First eight buyers of facelifted Model S were the stars of Tesla NZ's launch party.

My mum's parking battle

Wilson Parking has taken over many empty lots in Christchurch's central city.

OPINION: Even the most reasonable, level-headed people can be reduced to a hot ranting mess by parking tickets.

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'It's money well spent' video

The expressway runs for 18 kilometres through central Kapiti, and includes a second bridge over the Waikanae River.

First section of Kapiti expressway, north of Wellington, opens to traffic - and rave reviews.

'Torque' of the town gallery

Americarna cruised through South Taranaki before heading back to New Plymouth for the highlight event - the Mangorei Rd ...

Dee Temple and her children have been waiting all year to wave their American flags.

Parking tickets 'poor form'

AA says motorists should be let off if they can prove they paid.

AA says parking companies should wipe penalties when motorists can prove they paid.

Speed cameras to be privatised?

Police are considering handing over management of the country's speed cameras.

New Zealand's speed camera network could soon be privately managed.

The return of the classics

History repeats itself with the streets of Waitara visited by hundreds of Americarna cars and entrants dressed in 50s garb.

The streets of a small town have gone back in time.

What on earth is a Tesla? video

Tesla Model S: the thinking person's electric sports luxury thingy.

The electric car giant is driving Kiwis crazy with excitement. Here's what you need to know.

Classic car up in flames

Dorothy Caldwell, 99, shares her stories of the family Rolls Royce, owned by her son, Alastair Caldwell, that burst into ...

For over 30 years, the Rolls-Royce travelled around the world with Alastair Caldwell and his mum, Dorothy Caldwell.

A cruise in a hearse

Derek Hampstead, daughter Jazz and sister Catherine Kahukiwa, took part in the annual Rest Home Run in a funeral car.

"Might as well take a ride while you're alive."

Big bus changes for Qtown

Traffic congestion in Queenstown.

Two dollar bus rides and new routes and timetables could be available in Queenstown later this year as new Mayor Jim Boult pushes to improve the area's public transport.

'Chop shop' pair appeal

Toyotas were also seen as reliable for a chop shop.

Consistency was a byword in the thievery, judge says.

Kingston Flyer sold

The Kingston Flyer in its heyday.

The Kingston Flyer has been sold unconditionally to mystery buyers.

Lemons hit the road

The Shitbox Rally is returning to NZ for its second year.

Sixty "shitbox" cars set to leave Christchurch on a colourful convoy as part of the Shitbox Rally.

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Brazen cyclists spark concern video

A cyclist pulls a wheelie in front of a car in Staten Island, New York.

Helmet-less wheelie-popping cyclists are irritating residents and motorists in a New York suburb.

Special LaFerrari tipped

European patent leak shows plans for 70th anniversary LaFerrari special.

Max capacity for Isuzu's new ute

Tesla's Auckland key party video

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

New entry in NZ's luxury car market

Infiniti Q50 is available with conventional powertrain or as a hybrid.

Nissan's luxury brand is being brought here. But not by Nissan.

A new Range Rover coming

The only image that Range Rover has released so far of the new Velar.

Land Rover has confirmed a new addition to the Range Rover family and it will be available in New Zealanders in late 2017.

Another Audi SUV, as is the fashion

Audi calls Q2 an urban SUV. So yes, it's front-drive. But quattro is coming.

Think Audi SUVs are a bit staid? Maybe you'll like the fashion-forward Q2.

Flagship Mitsi ute a wannabe SUV

Top Triton picks up luxury equipment and the VRX badge. Does that make it an SUV?

Mitsubishi's top Triton ute picks up luxury equipment and the VRX badge. So who needs an SUV?

road tests

Does Optima GT have enough sting? video

Optima GT represents a step towards a serious sporting sedan from Kia. Indent order-only for Kiwi market.

The GT is Kia's first try at a sports sedan with substance.

Luxury SUV almost nails sporty video

Undeniably impressive around corners, but will the Levante's ride be too firm for some luxury-SUV buyers?

Maserati's first SUV has enough sportiness to be convincing. But it's a tricky balance.

Electric car test run frayed nerves video

The new Hyundai Ioniq - by far the least expensive fully electric new vehicle in New Zealand.

The car panicked and we panicked as "range anxiety" hit on 170km test drive of Hyundai's new Ioniq electric car near Queenstown.

Countryman's a big deal

Refined on the road when you want it to be, but that Mini-ride is firm by most family-SUV standards.

The new Mini Countryman has given up any pretense of being small. It's just a fun family SUV now.


Donated bikes stolen from school

The shed at Pomare Primary School in Taita, Lower Hutt, was broken into early this year. The barred door was pulled on ...

A locked door and a padlocked gate didn't stop thieves from taking ten bikes from a Lower Hutt school

Should kids ride on footpaths? video

NZTA has recommended a law change to allow children under 12 to cycle on footpaths - but that's not pleasing everyone.

Major backing for a mum's petition to allow kids and parents to cycle on the footpath.

Harley-Davidson gift excites video

The Harley-Davidson Dyna that has been modified by motorsport icon Dan Gurney and gifted to Goodwood's Lord March.

Motorsport legend sends a surprise gift to the founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Harley Road King rearmed

The 2017 Road King might look the same, but there are huge changes behind the traditional facade.

More polish hasn't affected the Road King's classic Harley-Davidson character.


New Ferrari is 'Superfast'

The 2017 Ferrari 812 Superfast.

Geneva debut for the most powerful and fastest Ferrari in the marque’s history.

Mitsubishi Eclipse name appears again

Mitsubishi is set to debut the Eclipse Cross concept at the 2017 Geneva motor show.

Mitsubishi is putting all its eggs in one basket as it looks to capitalise on the SUV boom.

Best Chicago show cars video

Just when it seems like there couldn't be any more crossovers, here come pavement-blistering high performance variants.

Hot Mopar Dodge Challengers video

The Mopar 2017 Dodge Challenger offers a pair of hand-painted, custom show car trim options.

Limited edition Dodge Challengers get custom paint jobs to celebrate Mopar's 80th anniversary.

customs & classics

Hawt dawg, it's hot dogs gallery video

Camaros, Mustangs, and BelAirs - oh my! Opunake Beach welcomed the first lot of Americarna participants.

Americarna under way as hundreds of car enthusiasts kick it by the seaside.

The red, white and 'oohs' video

The 1937 factory built Cord Beverly is Reeve Barnett's favourite car to cruise around in.

The 10th anniversary of a classic car event will "make New Plymouth America, again".

A most beautiful custom car gallery

Top down time for the "Mulholland Speedster", a 1936 Packard built by Hollywood Hot Rods.

A stunning heavily modified 1936 Packard has been named America's most beautiful custom roadster.

Ex-Trump limo for sale

The now US President Donald Trump commissioned this Cadillac limousine back in 1988.

It's not quite a presidential ride but this limousine was commissioned by the now US President Donald Trump.


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?


From tarmac to water

Top level racer Neil Marshall made the switch from tarmac to water and hasn't looked back.

"To be honest I'm just a petrol head, I love burning dinosaurs."

Hamilton: F1 cars sound terrible

Triple world champ urges new F1 bosses to upgrade "outdated" scene in blistering attack, fearing for 2017 cars.

Armstrong locks in two F4 drives

Red Bull ready to battle Mercedes video


'It's money well spent'

First section of Kapiti expressway, north of Wellington, opens to traffic - and rave reviews.

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