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Big rigs' autonomous future

Uber-owned tech company Otto is pioneering technology for retrofitting big rigs to make them self-driving.

Uber-owned startup pioneers opens the door to retrofitting trucks to be self-driving.

The future of transport? video

Associate professor Tom Qi, of Otago Polytechnic, with what could be the future of transport.

A transport prototype is attracting worldwide interest. Just don't call it a "car".

Porsche's self-adjusting tech

With InnoDrive, the car scans the next three kilometres of road it is about to cover and adapts its suspension systems ...

Porsche's new Panamera offers groundbreaking new road scanning technology.

Bad times' effect on driving

Every 1 per cent increase in unemployment in the United States is linked to a decrease in traffic fatalities by about ...

A strange thing happens to fatal car crash numbers when the economy tanks, a new study has found.

Charity rally roaring success video

Pictured in a 1951 Bradford are Allan Averis and Helen Cholmondeley. The pair were taking part in the South Canterbury ...

Vintage Car Club's first charity rally was 'worthwhile'.

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Corner claims two lives

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VW fights US sales slump

VW's compact Tiguan is generally too small for Americans.

VW promises US car dealers wider model range and lower pricing in wake of plunging sales.

Petrolheads in Porirua

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It was petrolhead heaven in Porirua when the Western Bay Street Rodders car show roared into town.

Are petrolheads a dying breed?

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Fuel requires deep thought for more Kiwis than ever before, according to new research.

What's the hold up?

This traffic is going to take a while to clear.

UK motorists stuck in a 30km queue while police talk woman down from bridge.

Toyota Signature Class now strangely normal

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What's been the key to Toyota's success with its Signature Class programme? Everything from completely weird imports to the humble Corolla.

Kia teases new Rio

The Kia Rio is set to be revealed at the 2016 Paris motor show.

South Korean brand's set debut new city car.

BoosterJet Vitara is all go

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Suzuki has added a pair of out-there turbo models to its Vitara small SUV fleet.

Uber loses US$1.3b in 6 months

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Uber may be gaining riders. It may be on the cutting edge of technology. But it's also a money-loser.

World's first self-driving taxis debut

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Dozens sign up to hail a free ride in driverless taxis through their smartphones.

Meet the world's fastest truck video

Volvo's "Iron Knight", the world's fastest truck over standing 500m and 1000m distances.

Volvo's "Iron Knight" is a truck specially built for breaking world speed records.

Yamaha's MT 'daddy' fails DNA test

MT-10 handles like an upright R1 sportsbike: similar weight distribution, short wheelbase and sporty geometry.

The MT-name says streetbike, but this new Yamaha is more like a naked sportsbike.

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Big rigs' autonomous future

Uber-owned tech company Otto is pioneering technology for retrofitting big rigs to make them self-driving.

Uber-owned startup pioneers opens the door to retrofitting trucks to be self-driving.

VW fights US sales slump

VW promises US car dealers wider model range and lower pricing in wake of plunging sales.

Porsche's self-adjusting tech

The future of transport? video

lifestyle vehicles

BoosterJet Vitara is all go

Vitara Turbo is easily recognsiable via a five-slotted chrome grille and red-rimmed lights.

Suzuki has added a pair of out-there turbo models to its Vitara small SUV fleet.

Mega-sized Merc in catch-up mode

The Mercedes-Benz GLS 350d.

This big Merc appears to be struggling with the increased expectations of XXL-sized SUV buyers.

Honda HR-V gets AWD for NZ market

Honda HR-V AWD

New Zealand gets a special deal for this new small SUV.

Could the new Colorado top the class? video

The facelifted Holden Colorado in action during its Queensland first drive.

We introduce the quieter and more refined Holden Colorado ute.

road tests

Corolla hybrid a model of consistency video

Mild-mannered Corolla on the outside, mild-mannered petrol-electric hybrid on the inside.

The new petrol-electric Corolla is thrifty for sure. But it's also a quiet achiever in other ways.

Jaguar pumps up the volume video

Jaguar XE S looks low-key, although optional Black Pack and Venom alloys add a sense of menace.

Jaguar's supercharged XE gets better with every interaction. Sounds better too, reports David Linklater.

Jeep Cherokees celebrate 75 years video

New 75th Anniversary lineup includes Grand Cherokee (left) and Cherokee models.

More style than substance as iconic American brand marks 75 years with a bit of bronze and orange.

The world's coolest campervan video

The most awesome awning attachment you can buy: VW's T6 van-based California, in top Ocean specification.

Incredible design and packaging is only the start of the California's appeal.

bikes

Yamaha's MT 'daddy' fails DNA test

MT-10 handles like an upright R1 sportsbike: similar weight distribution, short wheelbase and sporty geometry.

The MT-name says streetbike, but this new Yamaha is more like a naked sportsbike.

Harley-Davidson unveils new motor

Harley-Davidson's new Milwaukee-Eight engine.

Harley-Davidson is to introduced an all-new engine, the Milwaukee-Eight, named for the city where the company was born.

Keanu Reeves will build you a motorcycle

Avid motorcycle fan and actor Keanu Reeves takes part in the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Don't mistake Keanu Reeves for some nice-guy motorcycle dilettante.

Ducati shows off customised XDiavel

Ducati's XDiavel by Roland Sands at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

A one-off customised Ducati xDiavel has wowed those attending the largest motorcycle rally in the USA.

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Crazy Beetle gathering theme video

Volkswagen's "Denim Beetle" is presented at the  12th Beetle Sunshine Tour in Germany.

World's largest privately organised Volkswagen Beetle meet was not for squares.

Where $1m cars are ho-hum gallery video

2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

There are very few places in the world where you walk past a million dollar car without blinking.

McLaren's supercar for touring gallery video

McLaren's 570GT concept which was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Conours d'Elegance.

In the drive to sell more cars, McLaren realised it had a problem.

Got $3m? You still can't buy this Lambo gallery

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In the world of exotic cars, exclusivity is everything.

customs & classics

Petrolheads in Porirua

Colin Wansbrough, club president of the Western Bays Street Rodders, with his 1956 Chevrolet Bel-Air.

It was petrolhead heaven in Porirua when the Western Bay Street Rodders car show roared into town.

Jaguar and Shelby set sale records video

This 1955 Jaguar D-Type set an auction price record for a British car when it was sold for NZ$29.9m in Monterey, California.

Monster prices paid for classic sports cars, including a Le Mans winner, at auction in the US.

Best of the best show car

A 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C owned by French Art Deco car collectors Peter and Merle Mullins has won the first inaugural ...

A 1937 Art Deco-styled French car has been named best of the best from the world's most prestigious car shows.

Want to race like Stirling Moss?

Lister Motor Company's Knobbly Stirling Moss edition.

British company has built a NZ$1.79m racing time machine.

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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

Webber's boot-iful response

Mark Webber drinks champagne from the boot of Daniel Ricciardo of Australia on the podium of the Belgium Grand Prix.

F1 commentator takes up challenge as Daniel Ricciardo offers a taste of podium champagne from his racing shoe.

Dramatic crash at Belgian GP video

Renault driver Kevin Magnussen escapes serious injury after smashing into a wall at high-speed.

Rosberg wins Belgian GP

Whincup reaches Supercars ton

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