Opposites really do attract

Dairy farmers Barry and Deidre Tippett have playfully named as Walter and Wanda their hopped-up 1934 Plymouth Deluxe and all-original 1935 De Soto - and further refer to them as boyfriend and girlfriend.

Meet Walter and his girlfriend, Wanda.

Touareg gets revamp

Volkswagen Touareg

VW's highly-regarded Touareg gets a facelift, a price reduction and extra specifications.

High-spec 2WD added

Daytime running lights are now a feature of the CRV's frontal design.

The addition of a highly specified front-driven model is the big news surrounding a facelift for the Honda CRV.

Farmer sets drag speed record

Manawatu farmer Blake Gloyn with his 1991 Toyota Soarer which he also races as a dragster.

Manawatu farmer Blake Gloyn drives his street car to drag-racing venues and then blasts off in it down the dragstrips.

Big V8 is 'very thirsty'

Up for the Challenge: Wayne Sinclair sold three other classic cars to make way for his 1971 Dodge Challenger.

Cool classic Dodge Challenger has an outrageous colour to much some equally outrageous fuel consumption.

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Car sales hit dizzy heights

Toyota Corolla

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

It's much cheaper and delivers most of the versatility of 4WD models.

Applaud new initiatives

Meet our bike of the year

news

Kapiti road a top priority

301014 news photo: Joel Maxwell/Kapiti observer: Kapiti Rd lights go online.

Easing congestion along a Kapiti road is the top priority in Wellington's draft regional transport plan.

Pedestrians dicing with death

A third of pedestrians killed on NZ roads in the five years to 2013 were drunk, report says.

Manawatu farmer Blake Gloyn with his 1991 Toyota Soarer which he also races as a dragster.

Farmer sets drag speed record

Rongotea farmer Blake Gloyn drives his street car to drag-racing venues and then blasts off in it down the dragstrips.

lifestyle vehicles

Facelift, price change for Touareg

Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen's highly-regarded Touareg has been facelifted - and a significant change is that prices have been reduced, or extra specification added at no extra cost, or both.

Facelift transforms Holden Colorado ute

Mid-summer is the time of the year to fully appreciate top-end double-cab utes.

Daytime running lights are now a feature of the CRV's frontal design.

High-spec 2WD part of facelift

The addition of a highly specified front-driven model is the big news surrounding a 2015 facelift for Honda's popular CRV range.

road tests

Goodbye Hyundai i45 - welcome back Sonata

Hyundai's Sonata nameplate is back, the revived badging gracing the flanks of this seventh-generation medium-sized sedan from the Korean manufacturer.

Hyundai new new seventh-generation medium-sized sedan was once the Sonata and then i45, but is now Sonata again.

The car that has almost everything

It appears that one third of a million dollars can buy love.

Suzuki Swift Sport

Swift still NZ's top mini gallery

It is easy to understand why the darling of the mini-car set in NZ as just completed a decade at the top of its class.

bikes

A more civilised Ducati Monster

2015 Monster: The most mature, refined, rider-friendly and powerful Monster created.

Once raw-boned and rorty, Ducati's latest has gained range, refinement and rider-friendliness.

Bids hover over restored pre-war bike

A Vincent is always to be celebrated but this 1939 Series-A Rapide is one with a story worth telling.

Deus Bully.

Custom motorcycle maker loses money on all models

They're custom-built motorcycles for stars like Orlando Bloom, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen but the company loses money on each one.

shows

Yank tanks on track to thrill

Vroom vroom: Moonshine Rod and Custom Club members Dean Somerville, Mike Simons and Brian Armstrong with a yellow 1937 Chevrolet sedan, a Harley Davidson Road King and a 1949 Ford F1 truck.

Trentham race course will humming with the sounds of different horses this weekend.

Drivers burn up Meremere track

It's New Zealand's answer to The Fast and the Furious, and any racer who fancied themselves in the same league as Vin Diesel could take to the track.

The Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup concept, revealed at the Detroit Motor Show.

Hyundai hints at future ute

The one glaring omission from Hyundai's product portfolio is a ute. But now there's a very strong hint that this gap may soon be filled.

customs & classics

Barry and Deidre just love Walter and Wanda

Dairy farmers Barry and Deidre Tippett have playfully named as Walter and Wanda their hopped-up 1934 Plymouth Deluxe and all-original 1935 De Soto - and further refer to them as boyfriend and girlfriend.

Meet Walter and his girlfriend, Wanda.

Making sparks fly gallery

Sole surviving Leyland P76 racer from NZ's B and H 1000 series still making sparks fly as it powers into its fifth decade of racing.

Up for the Challenge: Wayne Sinclair sold three other classic cars to make way for his 1971 Dodge Challenger.

Three classics sold for one cool gas-guzzling Dodge

Cool classic Dodge Challenger has an outrageous colour to much some equally outrageous fuel consumption.

Video

Road rage driver's own video is evidence

A driver versus cyclists road rage video has been handed to police in the hope the driver will be prosecuted.

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

SuperTourers pole for Simon Evans at Hampton Downs

OUT IN FRONT: Simon Evans is on pole for both races this weekend.

8 min ago  Simon Evans has pole position for both V8 SuperTourer races at Hampton Downs this weekend.

Vettel warns: Don't expect too much from Ferrari

Ferrari's new F1 car got the thumbs up from Sebastien Vettel, but he's managing fan expectations after the Italian team's lacklustre 2014 season.

Hamilton, Rosberg give new Mercedes test drive

Youngster firing up racing career

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