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World’s fastest go-kart

The extra scoops help give the game away that this is the John Cooper Works Mini.

The new Mini John Cooper Works ushers in a new level of performance for the British BMW subsidiary.

BMW revamps little and large

Our test-driver found the $59,900 125i almost as compelling as the M135i which asks $22,000 more.

There's nothing wrong with its 6-series Gran Coupe, and even less with the M135i, but BMW went and revamped them anyway.

Bigger-bang for this Ducati

A slight revamp of the fairing and bodywork has not improved the Panigale's looks even if it is more aerodynamically sound.

The latest Panigale is just 100cc up on its predecessor, but is an infinitely better machine.

Rolling in luxury

Elegance personified, the Ghost II can be personalised so that it is yours and yours alone.

Dave Moore spent his 65th birthday in the company of what's often known as the world's finest car.

Basin Reserve flyover appeal finishes gallery video

An artist's impression of what the proposed Basin Reserve flyover would look like from Hania St in central Wellington.

NZTA says it did not need to spend lots of time looking at Basin flyover alternatives.

Two options for bus network

Two options have been identified for a rapid bus network through central Wellington.

Plans to create a rapid bus network through Wellington have been narrowed down to two choices.

Merc-AMG GT thunders in

Mercedes-AMG GT S, the stuff of nightmares for the 911

We sample the new Mercedes-AMG GT S on road and track, and find it a more muscular alternative to a 911.

C 63 AMG recharged and ready to go

Smart in blue. Latest C-Class shape looks even better with added muscle of AMG C 63 styling.

The latest Mercedes AMG C 63 makes the move to forced induction and adds plenty of technology to give it a dual luxo-sport personality.

GLC key for Mercedes-Benz

GLC uses TC electronics to stop spinning airborne wheels.

You’re looking at the vehicle that could help to take Mercedes-Benz to luxury car leadership in NZ next year. Meet the GLC.

Clarkson, Top Gear presenters sign with Amazon

Former Top Gear presenters (from left) Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have signed a deal for a new motoring show on Amazon's subscription service.

Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has signed an exclusive deal with Amazon to present a new motoring show.

The Man of Le Mans

The Porsche 917K was Steve McQueen's car of choice in Le Mans.

New documentary Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans takes an intimate look at a Hollywood legend.

Lotus Elan masterpiece not the most reliable

Designer Ron Hickman with his two greatest creations - the Lotus Elan and The Workmate.

It is one of the most iconic British sports cars of all-time... but not the most reliable.

Jaguar F-Pace concept out and about gallery

Jaguar's F-Pace concept is test driven in the cold of Sweden.

Jaguar has been putting its first performance crossover through its paces before its official reveal in September.

Flyover: Option X returns to haunt NZTA gallery video

The Architectural Centre's proposed alternative to the Basin Reserve flyover, known as Option X.

It started as a sketch on an envelope, and became one of the main roadblocks to the Basin Reserve flyover.

Petition against American writer

Former Timaru man Shane Harris has an issue with Janis Powers' article on Timaru police.

A former Timaru man is behind a petition calling for an American writer to apologise for an article taking aim at police.

Testing a bulletproof police car video

Windscreen of a bulletproof Italian police car during testing.

New Italian police cars have been built to withstand gunshots from weapons such as the 357 Magnum and the AK47 machine gun.

Cycle lane shambles: Even cyclists are concerned

Trial cycle lanes, visible in black, have been removed from Roto-o-rangi Road due to safety fears.

Dangerous road layout and unsatisfactory consultation make for an absolute disaster.

'70s Valiant unleashed mum's motoring mania

“I’d like to be driving Val until I’m 90, hopefully with Brian in the passenger seat. He’s got a great voice and he could sing his Rolling Stones favourite Not Fade Away.”

The gift of a 1970 Chrysler Valiant unleashed mid-life obsession for this Kiwi mum.

Audi RS4 to be a V6

The Audi RS4 is going from a V8 to a V6 with electric turbocharging.

Audi has confirmed plans to outfit the next-generation RS 4 with a downsized engine.

Ford re-invents the wheel

The new mass-produced carbon fibre wheel sits in front of the Ford Mustang GT350R.

Ford is releasing its Mustang GT350R's with the world's first mass-produced carbon fibre wheels.

Basin flyover 2.0 on the cards?

How the proposed Basin Reserve flyover would look from the median between Kent and Cambridge terraces in central Wellington.

A redesigned and repackaged Basin Reserve flyover could still get the green light, opponents say.

Cycle lane trial ditched after a day

What the trial cycle lanes looked like on Saturday before they were removed for safety reasons.

A road layout experiment creating two cycle lanes and one for cars was an abject failure.

That time I drove in Canada

The Icefields Parkway in Alberta. Like New Zealand, if you focus on the scenery rather than the road then you're probably going to crash. In short, it sucks to be the driver.

I was nervous, alone in a different country and driving on the "wrong" side of the road.

Cyclist lifts car out of cycling lane video

Cyclist lifts car to clear cycling path

A video purporting to show an angry cyclist lifting a small car out of a cycling lane has gone viral.

Biggest automaker lead changes

The logos of Volkswagen (left) and Toyota are seen at their dealership in Tokyo, Japan.

Volkswagen has clinched the top spot in global auto sales for the first half of 2015 by selling 5.04 million vehicles, enough to overtake longtime standout Toyota.

Revitalised Volvo worth a look

Ride height is increased by 40mm over the standard V40.

When you consider buying a premium compact you generally think Audi, BMW or Mercedes, but you should include Volvo's V40.

Brakes put on rich boy racers gallery

A Saudi Arabian registered Pagani Huayra in London

Council moves to muffle supercars that roar through posh London suburb.

First drive: New Ford SUV scales new heights

Ford's new Everest SUV is put through its paces by motoring journalists in a Thailand jungle.

New Ford Everest SUV does admirable job in hairy conditions in mountain jungle country in Thailand.

Throwaway recycled plastic roading

A computer generated image of what roading made from recycled plastic may look like.

A Dutch construction company called PlasticRoads is ready to make roads out of recycled water bottles and other waste plastic.

Spy shot reveals new Mitsubishi

A spy shot of the all-new Mitsubishi Challenger.

Amateur spy shots taken in Thailand have revealed the all-new Mitsubishi Challenger well ahead of its scheduled debut.

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