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Big numbers for rare car rego

Australian numberplate NSW "29" sold for a record price at auction.

Someone has paid close to NZ$800,000 for a rare Australian number plate.

Melting an icy windscreen

There are many ways to remove ice from your windscreen. But why not prevent it in the first place?

Winter means frosted-up windscreens so here's a few tips to dealing with that early morning hassle.

MU-X no longer mysterious

Most visible exterior change is this new nose with its different grille, LED lights and daytime running lights. ...

We drive Isuzu's upgraded MU-X which is probably the most straightforward SUV around.

Alley standoff turns nasty video

Trouble ahead as two cars meet in a narrow alleyway in China.

Watch as a Mexican standoff quickly escalates into Chinese road rage.

Supercar rises from ashes video

The 2018 Karma Revero is a plug-in hybrid electric luxury car, born from the ashes of designer Henrik Fisker's failed ...

It's sleek, speedy and almost silent but can the reborn Karma make headway in the competitive luxury car market?

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Judge: Sign up at Teretonga

Dee St, Invercargill

"If you're wanting to do anything outrageous, go to Teretonga and sign up there."

Lions' fans may skip south

Christchurch hosted a test match in 2005 when Welsh Lions Fan Simon Mathias tested his ball skills in Cathedral Square.

South Island centres are unlikely to cash in on the Lions tour, with only a few hundred campervans to cross Cook Strait.

Fields out at Ford

New Ford CEO Jim Hackett.

Ford replaces its CEO as it struggles to keep its traditional auto-manufacturing business running smoothly.

Another luxury AMG to desire

Pseudo-coupe body style brings sex appeal to GLC. But it's nothing compared with the excitement the 43-badge brings.

Kiwis have suddenly gone quite mad on Merc-AMGs and here's another that ups the fun factor.

Unbelievable pile up in Moto3 video

No riders were injured after half of the field slid off the track in the French Grand Prix at Le Mans

Remarkably no injuries were reported after an unprecedented pile up of almost half the riders in Moto3 at Le Mans.

Damaged bridge needs extra support

A campervan uses the ford next to the Wye River bridge, which was shut on Sunday after a truck crash.

Alternate highway bridge to have deck strengthened so cars can cross "at a low speed".

Tiny car improves mobility video

The Kenguru is an all-electric vehicle made specifically for wheelchair users.

This vehicle is purpose built from the ground up for people in wheelchairs.

Car 'transforms' into gun-toting robot video

A Russian invention begins its change from car to a Transformers-like structure while being driven.

If you're a Transformers fan, worry not, cars which morph into robots are not far off.

Skoda debuts new baby SUV video

Skoda's 2018 Karoq SUV.

Skoda's SUV onslaught continues with new Mazda CX-3 rival.

VW hots up the Up! video

The 2017 Volkswagen Up GTI.

The fast and affordable VW hot hatch is back with a new Up GTi that packs more power than the original Golf GTi.

School bus safety campaign

Motorists warned to watch their speed around school buses.

"Higher speed will result in injury, usually serious injury or death."

Cars with really weird doors

You could legally drive the BMW Z1 with the doors retracted. Any takers?

Five cars where you deserve a gold medal just for working out how to get in.

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Motorists' alley standoff turns nasty video

Trouble ahead as two cars meet in a narrow alleyway in China.

Watch as a Mexican standoff quickly escalates into Chinese road rage.

Big numbers for rare car rego

Someone has paid close to NZ$800,000 for a rare Australian number plate.

Melting an icy windscreen

Hybrid supercar rises from ashes video

Trends in SUVs and Vans

Isuzu MU-X no longer mysterious

Most visible exterior change is this new nose with its different grille, LED lights and daytime running lights. ...

We drive Isuzu's upgraded MU-X which is probably the most straightforward SUV around.

The world's most outrageous people mover video

Tesla Model X is based on same platform as Model S sedan. But strange things happen when you open the doors.

Electric performance and weird doors really give the Model X wings.

V8 Jeep missing a spot

It's possible there's too much choice in the Grand Cherokee range. Because we can't see where this one fits.

We look at the secret lurking in the Grand Cherokee range that doesn't often get talked about.

Dressed-up Isuzu D-Max?

D-Max is more about work, less about play than other "lifestyle" utes. Even in more luxurious LS specification.

The revised D-Max ute is still more about function than weekend fun.

lifestyle vehicles

Another luxury AMG to desire

Pseudo-coupe body style brings sex appeal to GLC. But it's nothing compared with the excitement the 43-badge brings.

Kiwis have suddenly gone quite mad on Merc-AMGs and here's another that ups the fun factor.

Skoda debuts new baby SUV video

Skoda's 2018 Karoq SUV.

Skoda's SUV onslaught continues with new Mazda CX-3 rival.

The world's most outrageous people mover video

Tesla Model X is based on same platform as Model S sedan. But strange things happen when you open the doors.

Electric performance and weird doors really give the Model X wings.

It's a Land Rover not a Sea Rover video

A stranded Land Rover SUV is hit by waves on a beach in the US.

An SUV driver's joy ride along a beach in the US has come to a salty and sandy end.

road tests

BMW 540i is hi-tech but old-fashioned video

Elegant, but it's unlikely the new 5-series will wow you with its styling innovation.

New luxury sedan looks like a heritage model, but it's one of the most hi-tech cars in the world.

The day I drove an electric racing car video

Feels like a real racing car in the corners. Just not that fast in a straight line...

Electric racer proves there's more to circuit cars than straight-line speed.

Superb Sportline sweet but not super-sharp

Sportline package dispenses with the chrome in favour of black exterior detailing.

A big family-car favourite has taken up sports.

Real plug-in driving in NZ video

Plug-in version hardly distinguishable from regular Prius. Unless you count our car's fetching silver stripes.

We're spending the next few months in an electric Prius. For now, we've just spent time in a traffic jam.

bikes

Ton-up Triumph a green and pleasant ride

Good luck with spotting the new T100 from the existing T120; the best way is to count the number of front disc brakes.

A gentle ride back to the 1960s on a machine that looks like it has stepped straight out of The Who's mods-versus-rockers classic rock opera, Quadrophenia.

Bike racer turns safety champ

Karel Pavich demonstrates the style that won her the 2006 New Zealand 250cc road-racing championship.

There's a lot more to riding a bike than there is to driving a car and riding for 45 years doesn't make you a good rider.

Unreal wheelie stunts video

Unreal wheelie stunts in Miami.

Check out this young man as he performs some jaw-dropping wheelies on the streets of Miami.

Road King now Special

Lowered stance, blackout of all the shiny bits and the ditching of the windshield identify the special Road King.

 A Harley-Davidson classic has been refreshed to appeal more to today's cool kids.

shows

The $166K diamond-studded car key video

The $166,000 diamond-encrusted Senturion bracelet that is also a car-key.

Have you ever wondered how billionaires unlock their cars?

Trumpchi cars considers name change video

Chinese car brand Trumpchi considering a name change as it eyes entry to the US market.

A 10-year-old car brand has unwittingly landed much of the spotlight at the world's biggest auto show.

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.

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.

customs & classics

'So uncool, it's cool' video

Tom Henman with his 1992 Lada Cossack converted from petrol to diesel.

A young Nelsonian is proud to be seen in his Russian "joke on wheels".

Pet pony-for-pony car starts collection gallery

Speed family Ford Mustangs.

A family's collection of classic Ford Mustangs began with the exchange of a real horse.

Iconic Jaguars are vintage drives

Jaguar E-Type.

What's it like behind the wheel of a quartet of legendary Leaping Cats?

Kiwi's 1966 Mini is all-electric

Michael Laba with his pure-electric '66 Mini. It's been a labour of love for nearly two decades.

Quiet achiever turns classic small-car into into an electric vehicle

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 opens up on armed robbery

Scott Dixon says it was a shock to be held up at gunpoint in Indianapolis.

8:32 AM  Waiting in the Taco Bell drive thru for a Cheesy Gordita Crunch never was so dangerous.

Behind Scott Dixon's wheel video

8:29 AM  370kmh and all you have to hold onto is the wheel - here's what Scott Dixon will use in the Indy 500.

Robbery could puncture Dixon's dream

Ex-MotoGP champ Hayden dies video

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Motorists' alley standoff turns nasty

Watch as a Mexican standoff quickly escalates into Chinese road rage.

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