Award-winning VW Passat arrives

The new Volkswagen Passat wagon at its New Zealand launch in Auckland.

A new Volkswagen recently named Europe's Car of the Year has arrived in New Zealand.

European bargains for NZ?

As Europe starts to favour ever-cleaner cars up to Euro-6 standards, older right hand drive models and new models with soon to be illegal emissions Euro-5 ratings could become real bargains.

As Europe sharpens its emissions regulations opportunities will open for fast-acting NZ used car dealers.

Ute's crazy cargo loading video

A utility veicle is driven across water on two planks as it is loaded aboard a ship in Brazil.

It could so easily have been a Toyota Hilux "bugger" ad.

Don't dilly-dally in Dubai video

Bentley Mulsanne Speed in Dubai.

Sun, sand and straight roads present their own challenges in a different kind of drive in Dubai.

Driverless cars on the way

Google's prototype self-driving car.

Self-driving cars could be hitting New Zealand's roads in the next few years, Transport Minister says.

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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

Dope smokers take the high road

A third of cannabis smokers have admitted driving while stoned.

More than a third of cannabis smokers drive high, sparking calls for roadside testing technology.

NZTA sorry for threatening letter

Bruce Tie was "blown away" when he was accused of using fake names to get multiple driver licences.

Rachel Neale was surprised to hear Wellington City Council told wardens to ticket at least three cars an hour.

Three tickets an hour

Wellington parking wardens decry supposed "performance measure" that tells them how many tickets to issue.

lifestyle vehicles

Big Ford truck sadly not for us

Ford's King Ranch F-150 at a special photo shoot at the King Ranch from which the name was derived, undertaken by Texas State Photographer Wyman Meinzer.

Ford is big on promoting its global sourcing of vehicles, however, here's one we all want but they won't give us.

Honda Odyssey L is leather luxury

Luxury is the simple difference between the two versions of Honda's latest Odyssey people-mover available in NZ.

The new Q7 seems a fair bit smaller and generally less imposing than its predecessor.

New Q7 is better everywhere

New Q7 is lighter, nimbler, quieter and less imposing while offering big gains in interior practicality and useable space.

road tests

Renault Megane RS275 a true hottie

The Renault Megane RS275 Trophee, offering 10 more horsepower than before.

Renault's hot hatch the Megane RS has been made even hotter via more grunt from its turbocharged engine.

New Sorento aiming high

Nimble new Kia Sorento is ready to put the frighteners on the currently Japanese-dominated mid to large SUV business.

The 2015 Corvette Z06 has a "wow'' factor.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is ferocious, fabulous and thirsty

Perhaps it's most accurate to think of the Z06 version of the Chevrolet Corvette not so much as a car, but as a motorcycle that's easy to balance.

bikes

Commuter thinks its a racer

Thanks to searing orange highlights, sporting graphics and Grand Prix styling, the 390 resembles a serious track-day ride.

KTM’s edgy commuter single looks as if its ready for the track, says PAUL OWEN.

Crossrunner no longer a wallflower

By making it cooler to look-at, Honda made its VFR800X the bike it should always have been.

The gloriously-named Bienville Legacy has an outrageous steam punk look about it.

The money no object motorcycle

Goodwood Festival of Speed will host the global public debut of the astonishing Bienville Legacy.

shows

Skoda taking Fabia rally concept to Woerthersee

Skoda's Fabia R5 Combi show car.

Skoda has reinterpreted its new Fabia R5 rally car as a racy stationwagon for the Woerthersee festival.

Ex-Top Gear hosts linked to new rival show

Ousted Top Gear hosts rumoured to be in talks with ITV for a new rival show to BBC.

Audi TT clubsport turbo concept.

Audi unveils electric biturbo TT for Woethersee festival gallery

An Audi TT electric biturbo rocket is the latest reveal from the VW group for the annual Woerthersee festival.

customs & classics

Why classic cars had tailfins

The 1959 Cadillac has fins to fly for.

Space-inspired 1950s styling cues were unlike anything the world had seen.

Shelby Cobra tops car auction gallery

A 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra roadster stole the show at a massive muscle car auction in the US.

Speedback looks like an Aston Martin at a glance, but a little less so when you focus on it.

The $1m car that thinks it's an Aston Martin

Is this quirky, Jag-powered faux-Aston worth a million dollars?

Video

Don't dilly-dally in Dubai

Sun, sand and straight roads present their own challenges in a different kind of drive in Dubai.

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

Scott Dixon qualifies seventh fastest for Detroit race

New Zealand's Scott Dixon has qualified seventh for the latest IndyCar race in Detroit.

Kiwi IndyCar driver unable to match pace from Indy 500 in qualifying for the latest race in the series in Detroit.

FIA seeks new Formula One team from 2016

Formula One's governing body launches tender for a potential new team that could join the starting grid as early as next season.

Consistency is key for motocross rider

Dixon has big Indy 500 payday

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