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E 43 refines AMG theme

Latest addition to Mercedes-AMG's V6 family is the E 43. It's swift... but also remarkably smooth.

5:00 AM  The performance flagship of the E-class range (for now) impresses as much for its comfort as its speed.

New Cross has highs and lows

Looks the part, but i20 Cross won't be going off-road. Or anywhere fast, really.

Has Hyundai focused too much on low-tech rivals with the new i20?

Couple killed by car fumes

Nikki Willis and Thomas Putt were found dead in their car in December. Tests showed modifications to the vehicle had ...

British police urge car enthusiasts to have modifications checked after carbon monoxide tragedy.

'Offensive' plate withdrawn

The number plate was used by three generations of Grabhers.

Lorne Grabher was proud of his unique last name. But Canadian authorities were not so impressed.

Uber self-driving cars grounded

The self driving Uber SUV ended up on its side after the crash.

More questions over the safety of self-driving cars after an Uber SUV flips in the US.

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Linehaul drivers quit highway

Picton truck driver Barry Peters has ditched his night shift to Christchurch in favour of a safer day shift to Nelson.

B-trains and B-drivers don't mix on the South Island's new "white-knuckle highway".

Review: Navman MiVue 660

The ever vigilant Navman MiVue 660.

Review: Jonathan MacKenzie puts a crash camera through its paces.

Trend-spotter eyes driverless cars video

The industry is expected to be worth NZ$59 billion in under a decade.

On the lookout for her third "a-ha" moment, fund manager Elizabeth Soon has her sights on driverless car suppliers.

Place where 24 time zones meet

A road trip where everyone constantly wants to pull over — for all the right reasons.

Adventures don't get any more intrepid than a two-week-long road trip across Antarctica.

GWRC chairman backs light rail move

An artist's impression of what light rail advocates hope to see  in the Wellington CBD.

Chris Laidlaw says capital needs "similar approach" to Auckland to fix traffic congestion.

Expressway takes its toll video

An aerial view of the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway.

It once was a busy section of State Highway 1 north of Wellington, but now it's "quite eerie".

New lessons for old-school supercar video

Aventador S is the new flagship Lamborghini: more power, more sophisticated steering and chassis. Still scary.

There's no way Lamborghini is giving up tradition with its flagship model. But it has added some intriguing new technology.

Beautiful, deadly road 'underestimated'

Sergeant Tod Hollebon of Te Anau police, Te Anau Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Fire Officer Graeme Moffat, Te Anau St ...

The Milford Rd claimed two more victims this week. Do we need to change the road, or educate drivers?

Vehicle inspectors to be axed – police

New Zealand Police's Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit is proposed to lose 26 safety-officer jobs.

Police want to cut 26 roles from their commercial vehicle safety team, sparking industry concern.

Tiny toy trucks tow real-sized Hilux video

A full-sized Toyota Hilux is towed by 15 tiny remote-controlled toys.

How many remote control cars does it take to pull a real car?

Audi reimagines turn signal video

Audi equips the light fantastic.

Audi's OLED turn signal concept could be mistaken for a swarm of bees.

SH2 flowing freely after crash

Traffic is backed up from Melling to Major Drive after a crash on State Highway 2 this morning. (File Photo)

Traffic flowing freely after a crash earlier this morning.

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Five unusual Hyundais

Hyundai started building Ford Cortina in Korea from 1967.

In its early days, Korean maker Hyundai built an eclectic bunch of British, German and Japanese models.

'Offensive' plate withdrawn

Lorne Grabher was proud of his unique last name. But Canadian authorities were not so impressed.

Couple killed by car fumes

Uber self-driving cars grounded

Trends in SUVs and Vans

How Chinese van-maker LDV is chasing McLaren

That's a left-hook T60 ute, but the location is Lake Taupo. Kiwi-market RHD versions will be launched in July.

LDV makes vans. But now, it also makes a one-tonne ute and it's headed for NZ,

Battle brewing among small SUVs

New Zealand's most popular small SUV, the Nissan Qashqai.

They may be diminutive in size, but NZ's small SUV segment is shaping up as a battlefield in competition terms.

The secret of SUVs' success

Volvo's well-regarded XC60.

We take a look under the bonnet to understand what's driving New Zealand's love affair with SUVs.

Rental business boosts van sales

Toyota Hiace is by far New Zealand's most popular van.

Want a van? There's an increasing number to choose from.

lifestyle vehicles

Tiny toy trucks tow real-sized Hilux video

A full-sized Toyota Hilux is towed by 15 tiny remote-controlled toys.

How many remote control cars does it take to pull a real car?

Highlander gets a taste of Lexus

The "nose ring" grille has gone. But the big change for Highlander is under the bonnet. This is the entry GX model.

Smooth new engine and transmission will make for sweet ride to the ski field.

Four unlucky number for i20 Cross

Cross version of i20 rides 20mm higher and wears chunky body bits. Same underneath, though.

Hyundai's new baby-SUV is an appealing car that desperately needs another gear and another Ancap star.

Outlander not for outlaws

Latest Outlander VRX is quieter, smoother and more sophisticated. But where's the passion?

The "teeny" years have not treated the Outlander well.

road tests

For a better Korean small car, you might go to Rio

New Kia Rio shares platform and powertrain with Hyundai i20. But it's also very different.

Kia is the junior sibling of Hyundai in a global sense, but it's outdone big brother when it comes to superminis. By Damien O'Carroll.

Audi aims to amp up sales

New Q2 is simply an A3 served up in a different way. Anything wrong with that?

A compact crossover and a revised performance car should expand Audi sales at both ends of the luxury car market.

Aussies make a better Ram video

Ram is actually twice-made for NZ: one in Mexico, again for RHD in Melbourne.

For the few who must have an American-sized pickup, the Ram 2500 is here.

SUV is perfect for attention seekers

Hello high style, goodbye rear headroom, bootspace... and another $9k. But buyers love Merc's SUV-coupes.

Women obviously see both something-sexy and something-safe when they view machines like the GLC 250 coupe.

bikes

Five fine lightweight tourers

Frontal shot shows the Honda's best angle; like most bikes here, the CB500XA favours function over form.

Keeping the kilograms to a minimum can be a huge advantage when touring.

V7 Stornello an anti-global Guzzi

White and red livery channels 1972 Stornello 125, helps make Guzzi authentic. As does designed-in-1977 frame.

Moto Guzzi's new scrambler is all about authenticity, reports Paul Owen.

Triumph's better way to race to the cafe

Beefy engine, robust suspension/brakes and clean design improve Thruxton twin over previous 865cc version.

International demand kept Thruxton R numbers low in NZ last year. But it's worth the wait.

Classic bikes on display video

The 1982 Honda Motocompo, right, used to fit in the boot of your Honda City to be pulled out for a quicker commute in a ...

Largest public collection of classic Japanese motorcycles in the country rolls into Christchurch.

shows

Mitsubishi car aims for safety

Mitsubishi Emirai 3.1xDas showcases next-generation driver assistance.

 Mitsubishi Electric's EMIRAI xDAS 3.1 concept car promises a safe and comfortable ride for tomorrow’s driver.

Richard Hammond 'injured in crash'

Richard Hammond was knocked out in the crash, according to the report.

Reports say the Grand Tour presenter was knocked out while filming in Africa.

The best looking car of 2016? video

Lexus LC 500

Designers single out Lexus LC 500 as best design of 2016.

A hot desert-inspired roadster

The Sbarro Mojave roadster on display at the 2017 Geneva auto show.

This concept roadster is named after a desert in the US but it is a French design.

customs & classics

Old limo was once PM's ride gallery

The 1994 Ford DC LTD that was Government limousine for then Prime Minister Jim Bolger.

This 23-year-old limo once bore the coveted CR1 number plates reserved for vehicles transporting NZ's prime minister.

Wild winged Porsches video

The famous Porsche 935 Moby Dick completes a drive at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Porsche discloses five rear winged beauties inside one of the most advanced wind tunnels in the world.

Big price for rare Mike Tyson Ferrari video

A heavyweight price has been paid for this Ferrari F50 once owned by boxing champion Mike Tyson.

A heavyweight price has been paid for this Ferrari F50 once owned by boxing champion Mike Tyson.

Rally 'wet but fun' video

Raring to go in the 1928 Dodge are Cooper Ladbrook, 9, Bayley Rattray, 8, and Finlee Ladbrook, 6, of Timaru.

Rain didn't stop more than 60 vintage cars from rallying around South Canterbury.

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

Coulthard takes honours

Fabian Coulthard picked up a win in Melbourne despite finishing the final race 20th.

Fabian Coulthard has driven himself to a Grand Prix win in Melbourne.

Vettel breaks Ferrari's drought

Vettel 10 seconds clear of Hamilton in big early statement for Ferrari in Australian Grand Prix.

Harwood retains NZ title

Lewis Hamilton's fastest pace

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Trend-spotter eyes driverless cars

On the lookout for her third "a-ha" moment, fund manager Elizabeth Soon has her sights on driverless car suppliers.

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