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American muscle machine

BMW X6.

BMW upgrades its first all-paw M machine that was well suited to the nature of NZ roads.

Car sales hit dizzy heights

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

Applaud new initiatives

news

Most blatant badge engineered cars

Pontiac Firebird.

What happens when car companies try to save on development costs in creating a "new" design?

Aucklanders back tolls

Colmar Brunton survey shows many Aucklanders support motorway tolls to pay for transport improvements.

The BMW 2-Series Active Tourer was awarded a 5-star rating in this EURO NCAP test, but only 4 stars in the ANCAP test.

BMW questions crash test rating

BMW unhappy with four-star crash test rating for 2-Series Active Tourer and Mini Cooper.

lifestyle vehicles

Range Rover turned into luxury ute

Startech's new Range Rover ute.

Startech-tweaked Range Rover puts a new spin on SUVs.

Long-term cars?

Sid is looking to buy a new car but doesn't know where to start.

The CX-3 marks the most successful use yet of Mazda's Kodo design language. At the rearmost part of the glasshouse, the C-pillars are glazed over but do supply light to the rear and luggage areas.

Kodo brings style to the SUV class

Mazda's new model offensive just doesn't stop.

road tests

Entry-point C-Class Benz World car of the Year

Softer, rounder style disguises the larger over all dimensions of the latest C-Class.

1:45 PM  If the world's most experienced car-maker needed to prove that it's aware of the market and its place in it, the recent foray into broadening the company's customer starting point with its front-driven A and B class line-ups and derivatives, confirms that it's a concern well focused on the main chance.

Porsche’s Venomous Spyder

The 918 Spyder costs over $NZ1million, and we take it around Phillip Island.

Lamborghini Huracan displays its supercar form.

Lamborghini Huracan is well bred gallery video

Lamborghini aims to please with its new Huracan, the most polished and usable Lambo to date.

bikes

Yamaha’s almost perfect 'ten'

The Tenere only comes in dark grey, a military Khaki would be a useful alternative for such a tough-looking machine.

Yamaha's Super Ténéré has always been a great well-rounded adventure bike, but it's fair to say that it has been swamped by the surging tide of technology that the all-surface touring sector has experienced over recent years.

Yamaha's racy tourer video

Yamaha’s MT-09 and MT-07 have sold almighty well. Now it’s the turn of the Tracer. Is this lightweight tourer the best MT yet?

The Kawasaki's 21-inch front wheel is a great advantage off road when compared with similar capacity competitors' 19-inchers.

Junior dual-purpose Kawasaki

Kawasaki's wee KLX150 is beaut commuter with dirty habits

shows

Ford GT-inspired furniture in spotlight gallery

Tyler Blake, a design manager in Ford's Irvine studio, created this design for an electric guitar that borrows from the Ford GT's interior design language.

Ford design team faces a very different challenge in Italy.

Land Rover range to grow and get 'sexy'

The expanding Land Rover and Range Rover families are on a collision course – on purpose.

New Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe SUV concept.

Merc reveals concept GLC coupe gallery

Swoopy coupe concept previews Mercedes' new mid-size SUV.

customs & classics

Oh Mr Sandman, bring me a dream...

For 2015 Sandman livery will only extend to Sportwagon and ute offerings, though someone is bound to try a panelvan van conversion on the latter.

Forty years on from the original, the Holden Sandman returns in wagon and ute forms, but sadly not to New Zealand.

Here for the love of Healeys

The distinct sound of more than 90 Austin Healeys will be heard throughout Nelson over Easter weekend.

New Plymouth District Councillor Harry Duynhoven is well-known for his love of Volkswagen vehicles.

Harry Duynhoven's motoring loves

New Plymouth District Councillor Harry Duynhoven is an avid VW enthusiast from way back -  but did you know he is also a devoted Porsche man?

Video

Lexus gives an 'F'

Lexus' cool new sideways video 'Dance of F' proves brand has shed the beige.

quizzes

Aston Martin's first 100 years

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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

Motorsport

Natzke fifth in EMX125 debut video

Josiah Natzke launches his European campaign in Italy.

Hamilton 16-year-old Josiah Natzke has finished a respectable fifth in his EMX125 debut in Italy.

Monster Tajima in dramatic crash video

Japanese driver plunges 250 metres in crash on notorious fast turn at NZ rally.

Dixon wins LA IndyCar race

Evans off the pace in GP2 opener

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