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Our Top Executive Car of 2016 video

Compact XE covers many bases, from understated luxury to leery performance.

3:00 PM  We count down the best cars of 2016, culminating in our Top Car on December 16.

NZ's top Subaru WRXs chosen

Simon Rowe's 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX Crouching Tiger limited edition.

The votes have been counted and top 25 NZ versions of the iconic performance model have been chosen.

Safer Ninja steps up

New for 2016 is the optional Kawasaki Racing Team livery of the test bike: worth the extra $500 we reckon.

Engineering evolution and some loud paint further increase the Ninja's appeal.

Slip-sliding in new Toyota 86 video

A freshly facelifted Toyota GT86 in action on the Taupo motorsport track.

Toyota's enthusiastic little 86 sports coupe has had its first facelift, and all the revisions subtly change things for the better.

Fast and furious Ferrari racer

Ferrari unveils the 488 Challenge at the World Finals in Daytona.

Ferrari has a stunning new entry in the world of track-only supercar racing.

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Competition to stay in Timaru

Hundreds of cars were on display at the V 4 and Rotary South Island Champs, held in Timaru over the weekend.

A rotary car competition that drew thousands of people to Timaru will call the town home for the next three years.

Cyclists in the driving seat

Cyclist Elaine Richardson  in the driving cab of a Mercedes Actros truck.

Cyclists encouraged to see the road from truckies' perspective.

Police investigating oil spill video

Traffic was backed up on the Kapiti Coast on Thursday night after several crashes blocked SH1 in both directions.

Multiple crashes that snarled up SH1 on the Kapiti Coast may have been caused by diesel spill.

Slip-sliding in new Toyota 86 video

A freshly facelifted Toyota GT86 in action on the Taupo motorsport track.

Toyota's enthusiastic little 86 sports coupe has had its first facelift, and all the revisions subtly change things for the better.

Traffic chaos north of capital video

Northbound traffic remains heavy on State Highway 1 after a crash just north of Paekakariki on Thursday evening.

Two crashes and a fuel spill shut down large chunk of SH1 in both directions on Kapiti Coast.

Fast and furious Ferrari racer

Ferrari unveils the 488 Challenge at the World Finals in Daytona.

Ferrari has a stunning new entry in the world of track-only supercar racing.

$9.7m Ferrari boosts quake fund

Ferrari has released just the one photo of the special LaFerrari it donated for auction for Italian earthquake relief fund.

A prized one-off Ferrari LaFerrari has become the most valuable car ever made in the 21st Century.

$700m project begins

The turning of the sod to mark the beginning of a $700m project.

The sod has been turned to mark the start off the Puhoi to Wellsford Road.

American muscle goes AWD

The AWD 2017 Dodge Challenger GT.

Dodge has unveiled an all-wheel-drive version of its Challenger GT.

Cheaper car regos on the way

Electric car ACC levies have been significantly reduced.

Reduced ACC levies on cars welcomed by AA but rubbished by Labour as political move.

Our Top Hot Hatch of 2016

It's understated, but Peugeot's 308 GTI grabs your attention when you hit the road.

We count down the best cars of the year, culminating in our Top Car on December 16.

Re-packaged Impreza impressive video

Next year's Impreza rides on the first all-new Subaru platform since 1989.

A brand-new Subaru Impreza is set to arrive in February but numbers are limited.

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NZ's top Subaru WRXs chosen

Simon Rowe's 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX Crouching Tiger limited edition.

The votes have been counted and top 25 NZ versions of the iconic performance model have been chosen.

Cyclists in the driving seat

Cyclists encouraged to see the road from truckies' perspective.

Fast and furious Ferrari racer

$9.7m Ferrari boosts quake fund

Our Top Cars

Top Executive Car 2016 video

Compact XE covers many bases, from understated luxury to leery performance.

We count down the best cars of 2016, culminating in our Top Car on December 16.

Our Top Large SUV of 2016 video

New-gen styling has made the large CX-9 look positively athletic.

We count down the best cars of the year, culminating in our Top Car on December 16.

Our Top Luxury Car of 2016 video

Latest E-class is arguably the most hi-tech car on sale.

We count down the best cars of the year, culminating in our Top Car on December 16.

Our Top Hot Hatch of 2016

It's understated, but Peugeot's 308 GTI grabs your attention when you hit the road.

We count down the best cars of the year, culminating in our Top Car on December 16.

lifestyle vehicles

G-Pro has off-road go video

Three differential locks and strengthened chassis make the G-Pro virtually unstoppable.

Forgotten that the G-wagen is a heavy-duty off-roader? The G-Professional is here to remind you.

Rolls-Royce SUV revealed

The 2018 Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV has begun public testing.

Luxury British car maker releases first pics of prototype.

We drive AMG's GLC

Now that GLC is established, Mercedes is adding spice. First up is the biturbo AMG 43 version.

AMG has breathed on the GLC SUV with unexpected results. We drive it.

G-class ute goes Pro video

G-Professional based on the iconic (historic?) G-wagen SUV. But it's even tougher.

Think the Toyota Land Cruiser 70-series is retro-tough? You obviously haven't met the Mercedes-Benz G-Professional.

road tests

Barina, Trax face off

In your face: new corporate-GM grille designs most obvious change for Trax baby-SUV (left) and Barina supermini.

Korean small cars get a nip and tuck as the Trax and Barina cross paths.

Soft top but a great drive

C 200 cabriolet adds $17k to the price of the equivalent sedan. But you can't argue with the visual presence.

Mercedes has a plethora of new roof-optional cars coming. It all starts in fine style with the new C 200 cabriolet.

Astra helps Holden tackle 'dad-car' image

Astra RS and RS-V models have powerful 1.6-litre turbo engine with 147kW.

It's next year's most important new Holden. We drive the new Astra and bend elbows with soap stars and celebs.

Panamera suits the circuit video

Second-generation Panamera still super-luxurious. but it wants to be a sports car too.

There aren't many limos you can take to the racetrack. But the all-new Panamera is one.

bikes

Rude, rugged and retro

The Russian-made Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycle. Despite their antique look, the newer Urals feature Brembo disc brakes ...

Russian-made Ural Sahara looks like a beautifully preserved sidecar motorcycle, a barn find pulled from some remote Siberian grain silo.

Spotlight on superlight sportsbikes

World MotoGP champion 2006 with Ducati, Casey Stoner, unveiled Superleggera with CEO Claudio Domenicali.

Superbikes are about to step into a new lightweight era judging by two recent unveilings.

Don't worry about this Honda's age

The CBR600RR has the same hunky MotoGP-inspired looks, and there's an even better looking black-and-white version ...

Reports of the imminent demise of the Honda CBR600RR have been exaggerated.

Northwestern cycleway celebrated

Three-year-old Alex Sosna had a great time at the opening of the cycleway.

Northwestern Cycleway is proving popular.

shows

Novel 'last mile' transport

The URB-E personal scooter that is made in Pasadena, California.

It's one of the largest car events in the world, but a heavily trafficked area of the LA Auto Show featured precisely zero cars.

Nissan becomes $500,000 sports car video

Halcon SuperSport's Falcarto sports car.

In another life the Falcarto sports car was a Nissan 370Z.

Supercar goes for 'road jet' look video

Spyker C8 Preliator.

Spyker has aimed for a strong aviation theme in its latest supercar.

Jaguar rebuilds a legend from 1957 gallery video

Jaguar XKSS

Don't expect a paddle shift, ABS, or even the luxury of electric windows with Jaguar's new $1.7m supercar.

customs & classics

Coolest AMG cars ever made

The so-called Red Pig racing car kicked things off for AMG. Not pretty, didn't want to be.

Mercedes' AMG arm has ticked up quite a number of seriously good performance cars over the past 45 years.

Classic car records fall video

The record-breaking 1955 Jaguar XK 140 Fixed Head Coupe, which fetched $258,750.

A collection of 30 classic cars owned by Wellington businessman Roy Savage fetch $1.5m at auction. 

Family car's long journey home video

Peter Morrison with the 1923 Delage originally imported by his grandfather 93 years ago.

She's been swept down a river, burnt, her body battered and stripped, but now she's turning heads back in her first home.

Where to see McLaren NZ Tour

Tour kicked off at Auckland's ANZ Viaduct Events Centre on Sunday morning. Thirty-plus supercars draws a crowd.

Here's where to spot the McLaren Tour this week.

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

Evans wins in wet in Taupo

Simon Evans in his Smeg Holden leads the pack into turn one at Taupo on December 10, 2016.

Simon Evans coped with the conditions in Taupo to win the first race of the weekend at the NZ Touring car champs.

Young motocross rider dreams big video

Not even a broken leg can keep Roma Edwards from pursuing her dream of being a professional motocross rider.

Fast and furious Ferrari racer

Wanted - one F1 driver

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Competition to stay in Timaru

A rotary car competition that drew thousands of people to Timaru will call the town home for the next three years.

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