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Vettel warns: Don't expect too much from Ferrari

RED FLAG: Sebastien Vettel has a new challenge in Ferrari, which hopes the four-time F1 champion will help improve on last year's terrible season.

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.

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.

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.

High-spec 2WD part of facelift

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 2015 facelift for Honda's popular CRV range.

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.

Youngster firing up racing career

Otaki Formula First driver Brody McConkey, 16, has only been racing for a couple of years, but is already making his mark.

An Otaki 16-year-old is motoring into the lead of the New Zealand Formula First Championship.

Road rage driver's own video is evidence video

This guy really hates cyclists

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

Farmer sets drag speed record

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

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

A guide to van cargo barriers

It is essential that any cargo barrier is correctly fitted as per the manfacturer's instructions

Trucking New Zealand editor, Peter Lynch explains why van cargo barriers are an essential safety feature.

Three classics sold for one cool gas-guzzling Dodge

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.

Facelift transforms Holden Colorado ute

Holden Colorado

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

Pedestrians dicing with death

Bridge Road Traders Association president Herschel Landes directs traffic.

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

Vintage truck still at work

The Mack has also had a replacement can fitted.

Older machinery is still out there earning its keep in many country towns.

Expressway sound buffer being rebuilt

An embankment by the Kapiti Express will is been pulled down and replaced.

A length of giant, noise-reducing embankment along the Kapiti expressway will be pulled down and rebuilt after months of work.

Cheap fuel likely to boost emissions

Falling fuel prices are likely to have an effect on NZ's emissions, potentially putting national targets out of reach.

Fall in petrol prices makes it harder for NZ to meet greenhouse gas targets, climate expert says.

Aussie F1 star eyes Lewis Hamilton's Top Gear record

Daniel Ricciardo will take on some of the world's best drivers in a Top Gear segment which airs in February.

Australian F1 star has set his sights on dethroning world champion Lewis Hamilton … in a Suzuki Liana.

Better looking Porsche packs a bigger bite

Porsche Cayman GTS: Smaller and less expensive than a 911, but don't bet against it in a head-to-head track test.

Porsche's new mid-engined Cayman GTS has the potential to step out of the long shadow cast by the tyrannical 911.

Parking meter upgrade

Palmerston North City Council is spending $169,000 to upgrade parking meters in town.

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.

Foreigners in 25pc of crashes

accident generic police NZ

Overseas drivers were involved in a quarter of crashes on Southland roads, compared to six per cent nationally.

Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson set to re-sign with BBC

Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May.

Jeremy Clarkson seems to have been forgiven for all the recent controversies surrounding the top-rating Top Gear motoring show.

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.

Custom motorcycle maker loses money on all models

Deus Bully.

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

Nordic Nous: Volvo FH truck review gallery

Volvo's FH series

REVIEW: Volvo's FH series has evolved through several remodels since its introduction in 1993.

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.

Land Rover Discovery Sport is no pretender gallery

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Discovery Sport is a cat among the pigeons in a leisure SUV segment in which heritage and real off-road ability still counts.

Cycleway wins overwhelming support

Moving ahead: The proposed SkyPath will be scrutinised in a public hearing in March.

Anger over a proposed $33 million harbour bridge cycleway appears to have fizzled.

Don't store fuel at home, motorists warned

Petrol bowser.

People making the most of low fuel prices are even trying to fill up empty soft drink bottles at the pumps.

Top Gear changing channels in NZ video

Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson & James May

Top Gear's controversial visit to Patagonia will spearhead a new series of the widely popular motoring show as it starts life on a different New Zealand channel from next month.

Swift still NZ's top mini gallery

Suzuki Swift Sport

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.

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