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Ferrari 488: Thunder in blue sky

Roof-up, Spider still looks sensational. But you can't look at the engine like you can with the GTB coupe.

2:56 PM  Some blue-sky thinking has resulted in another magic mid-engined Ferrari.

Audi unveils new Q5

The Audi Q5 2.0 T quattro on display at the Paris auto show.

It's even more classy looking and technologically wondrous, but you'd be hard-pressed to spot differences from afar.

Car in 18,000km trip video

Owner of the British Car Museum at Haumoana, Ian Hope, with the Rover 75, which was gifted to the museum by Brian ...

Vehicle shipped from UK to car museum in Hawke's Bay to satisfy dying man's wish.

Ferrari sells out before launch

The new Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta - only 200 of the hybrid convertible sports cars will be produced for carefully ...

Ferrari's new $2.87m hybrid supercar is so popular it sold out before buyers even saw it.

New Panamera in wings

2017 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid.

​Porsche says it will be targeting younger buyers with a new model of its redesigned Panamera sedan.

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Ticket challenge thrown out

Al O'Connor has lost a challenge to the validity of tickets on unregistered cars.

Judge dismisses claim that thousands of tickets for unregistered cars were invalid.

Toyota diesel phase-out?

Toyota's new C-HR crossover SUV, unveiled at the 2016 Geneva motor show.

Toyota drops diesel engines from new C-HR compact and will probably do same for future model renewals, exec says.

Parade of electric cars gallery

The Volkswagen e-Golf Touch.

Global automakers are showing off new electric vehicles at the Paris auto show.

Mitsubishi shows of hybrid SUV

Mitsubishi's GT-PHEV Concept.

Mitsubishi has put the GT-PHEV concept, its vision for a next-generation Outlander on display at the Paris motor show.

Benz's new pure-electric car

Generation EQ concept is our first look at Mercedes-Benz's new range of pure-electric production cars.

German giant signals its intention to create pure-EV range of vehicles with new concept car.

Murphy's track sneak peek video

Greg Murphy is temporarily stepping out of retirement to race next month's Hampton Downs 101.

Greg Murphy says new-look Hampton Downs circuit is a great racetrack for "thinkers".

Wellington's SH1 and SH-other-1

???State Highway 1's stretch between Balclutha and Mosgiel could get a whole lot safer with a $8m upgrade planned for 2018.

For up to a year after Kapiti Expressway opens, there'll be two state highways running side by side.

VW turns up the heat

Latest R-Line with 162kW is our first taste of Tiguan's performance aspirations.

The old Tiguan wasn't exactly sexy. The new one has to be, to succeed. Here's how it's happening.

Hero cop stops runaway car video

British policeman uses his patrol car to stop unconscious driver.

When a driver fell into a coma on a busy motorway a police officer had just one chance to save her and her baby.

Daimler working on 'hypercar'

The hypercar will have the powertrain of the current Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 car.

A new "hypercar" from Daimler will have more than 1,000 horsepower under the bonnet.

A French, Japanese, Korean SUV

Renault Koleos is a medium-SUV that owes a lot to the Nissan X-Trail.

Don't worry about where the Koleos comes from - just enjoy the ride.

Electric times for Chinese vans

Coming soon - the LDV EV80 electric van.

There is already big interest in a range of Chinese LDV electric vans about to be imported into NZ.

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news

Toyota diesel phase-out?

Toyota's new C-HR crossover SUV, unveiled at the 2016 Geneva motor show.

2:46 PM  Toyota drops diesel engines from new C-HR compact and will probably do same for future model renewals, exec says.

Audi unveils new Q5

It's even more classy looking and technologically wondrous, but you'd be hard-pressed to spot differences from afar.

New Porsche Panamera in wings

Car travels 18,000km to new home video

lifestyle vehicles

VW turns up the heat

Latest R-Line with 162kW is our first taste of Tiguan's performance aspirations.

The old Tiguan wasn't exactly sexy. The new one has to be, to succeed. Here's how it's happening.

A French, Japanese, Korean SUV

Renault Koleos is a medium-SUV that owes a lot to the Nissan X-Trail.

Don't worry about where the Koleos comes from - just enjoy the ride.

Skoda's pint-sized carry-all

Fabia wagon is a conservative-looking vehicle, which means it can't compete with small SUVs on appearances.

Skoda's Fabia wagon might be small on exterior dimensions, but it is big on performance and interior room.

Large and still in charge

New GLS more like a GL-facelift, but there are big tech advancements including a nine-speed transmission.

The GLS seven-seat SUV isn't as new as Mercedes would like you to think. But there's no denying the quality.

road tests

A car out of time

Cascada is simply a drop-top version of the Astra. Looks punch above its humble status, though.

The Cascada still looks the part, but convertibles are falling out of fashion.

Large and still in charge

New GLS more like a GL-facelift, but there are big tech advancements including a nine-speed transmission.

The GLS seven-seat SUV isn't as new as Mercedes would like you to think. But there's no denying the quality.

More than a mere facelift

New Colorado in Lees Valley: still high and mighty, but aspiring to be trendy too.

Holden's revised Colorado is still tough, but now comes with a hint of sex appeal.

Merc hits back with hot A 45

Minor upgrades bring a big change in character for the Mercedes-AMG A 45.

Meet Mercedes-AMG's reply to the Audi RS as the two carmakers continue their high-performance five-door battle.

bikes

Cheapest scooter in the West

A well-dressed Scomadi TL125 with accessory racks and windscreen fitted.

It's British-designed, Italian-sounding, Chinese-made and a whole lot of fun.

For the distinguished learner-rider

Neo-retro styling is key to the appeal of the XSR700.

The XSR700 is supposed to remind us where Yamaha has come from. It deserves to go places.

Wheelie ends in disaster

The rider's wheelie did not end well.

He wanted to show off to his friends, but ended up rolling down the road instead.

Aprilia improve their thunder-bike

Sound isn't the only thing that makes this super-naked bike so absolutely super.

This road test is brought to you by the letters AC and DC, because it's easy to be thunderstruck by the new Aprilia.

shows

Parade of electric cars gallery

The Volkswagen e-Golf Touch.

Global automakers are showing off new electric vehicles at the Paris auto show.

Quality sound at the Aroha Cruise In

Te Aroha man James Bull is showing his 1994 Honda Accord as a feature item at this year's Aroha Cruise In.

It's a show car, not a racing car, with the highlight being a sound system with plenty of grunt.

Lexus hints at city SUV

Lexus has revealed its UX concept ahead of the 2016 Paris motor show.

Japanese luxury brand set to expand its SUV portfolio with baby soft roader.

Kia reveals 2017 Rio

Kia's all-new 4th generation 2017 Rio.

South Korean brand releases official images ahead of Paris motor show debut.

customs & classics

Quality sound at the Aroha Cruise In

Te Aroha man James Bull is showing his 1994 Honda Accord as a feature item at this year's Aroha Cruise In.

It's a show car, not a racing car, with the highlight being a sound system with plenty of grunt.

Hugh Anderson fronts Hamilton ride

Kiwi motorcycle legend Hugh Anderson (left) is supporting a fundraising and awareness event for prostate cancer ...

A Kiwi motorcycling legend will front the inaugural Hamilton Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride, an event where a troupe of well-dressed men ride through the town in support of prostate health.

Porsches star at car auction

The private Porsche collection that went to auction in London.

An Aston Martin sold for NZ$4.3m but it was a collection of Porsches that stole the records.

Distinguished gentlemen take note

Blenheim man Anthony Barnes with his 1927 BSA motorbike and sidecar. Anthony is organising the Distinguished Gentleman's ...

"You just have to dress distinguished, whatever your interpretation is of that."

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

Murphy's track sneak peek video

Greg Murphy is temporarily stepping out of retirement to race next month's Hampton Downs 101.

Greg Murphy says new-look Hampton Downs circuit is a great racetrack for "thinkers".

David Kirk wins award

David Kirk of Gore recounts how he thought little of it when his wife persuaded him to attend this year's Motorsport New Zealand Awards evening at Te Papa in Wellington.

Kiwi to flex muscle at Bathurst

Paddon tackles Corsica's 10,000 turns

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Ferrari 488: Thunder in blue sky

Some blue-sky thinking has resulted in another magic mid-engined Ferrari.

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