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Beach packed for Burt gallery video

Crowds of people watch the Burt Munro Challenge beach races from sand dunes on Oreti Beach.

Friday was not the first time Rhys Hanna has sat on the beach waiting for the Burt Munro beach race to begin.

Kiwi utes are a changin'

Toyota New Zealand has had to respond to dramatically changing buyer preferences with its new Hilux.

How have pickup trucks gone from down-and-dirty to desperately trendy?

Audi Sportback soundtrack is sexy

The Audi RS3 - you should hear it coming round the bend.

The Audi RS3 Sportback offers awesome performance - and a soundtrack to die for.

Invercargill street races set to go gallery

Nigel Curtis racing in the Super Motard class during the Wyndham Street Race circuit of the Burt Munro Challenge in 2007.

The first Invercargill street races are set for Sunday.

First Mustang shipment arrives

Ford Mustangs on the wharf at Auckland after being unloaded from their delivery ship.

Mustang fans in a lather as NZ's first shipment of Ford's iconic all-new model has arrived.

Vintage motorcycle show revs up

Burt Munro's son John Munro chats to Otatara School pupils Bella Earley, 5, and Kadin Cracknell, 6, at the Southland Vintage Car Club Burt Munro Motorcycle Show on Friday.

Motorbikes a mode of transport, not toys, Burt Munro's son says.

One-year warrants dangerous for drivers video

"How safe would you feel with that barrelling down the road towards you?" Adrian Curtis of Tyres & More,

A Nelson tyre retailer says year-long WoFs will mean more unsafe cars on our roads.

How Toyota swayed US car buyers

A Nascar official looks over Michael Waltrip's Toyota before the 49th annual Daytona 500 race in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 2007. Toyota has seen its biggest market-share gains in Nascar's traditional strongholds from 2011 to 2014.

Japanese carmaker using Nascar to convince brand-loyal Americans just how American its products are.

VW's dirty diesel solution

VW says a simple add-on part will return its cheating diesels to emissions-legal status.

The fix for VW's emissions-cheating diesel engines is surprisingly simple, but it won't be quick.

No bacon for rally star Hayden

Look but don't eat - Kiwi rally star Hayden Paddon cooked up a barbecue in New Plymouth on Friday morning but his strict diet meant he couldn't eat any of it.

New Zealand rally ace Hayden Paddon helped cook up a storm for Taranaki motorsport fans on Friday.

Paul Walker's dad sues Porsche

A March 2013 file photo of Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker who was killed in a car crash on November 30, 2013.

Paul Walker's dad files claim against Porsche for negligence and wrongful death over the accident that killed the Fast & Furious star.

Cheers, jeers for motor museum's makeover

This image, created using a tilt-shift lens, shows the view of the northside exterior of the revamped Petersen Automotive Museum.

Like a flashy sports car a redesigned iconic motor museum is impossible to miss.

No drivers on roads of the future video

Self-driving cars seem inevitable and this what they may look like.

Flying cars? Hovercraft? The Ministry of Transport reveals its predictions.

Burt Munro brings out characters

Bruce McCormack, left, Tony Burtenshaw, Dave MacDonald, Cody Smith and Ian McCormack at the Burt Munro campsite on Thursday.

Every year, the Burt Munro Challenge brings bikers from around New Zealand, and the world, to Invercargill for a weekend.

'Life doesn't stop after a spinal injury' gallery video

Brett Ladbrook has been riding motorcycles for 29 years since he had a spinal injury that left him unable to walk.

Nearly 30 years after he crashed his motorbike and injured his spine, Brett Ladbrook is still getting around on two wheels.

The quickest SUV money can buy

Turbo S - it's the Porsche Cayenne turned up to 11

Porsche's Cayenne Turbo should satisfy any need for speed, but for those who need more, there’s the Turbo S, currently the fastest SUV you can buy.

Hair-raising highway ride video

A dash cam screen grab as motorist with a stuck accelerator heads towards oncoming traffic.

A motorist in South Korea has endured a hair-raising highway ride at the wheel of a vehicle with a stuck accelerator.

Our Car of the Year finalists

Skoda Fabia is a practical city car with truly accomplished performance and handling.

Our Car of the Year search is now down to a shortlist of six. We take a look at the contenders.

Want a superbike with that coffee?

Kawasaki ZX-7RR was raced by Kiwi legends such as Aaron Slight and Simon Crafar.

An Auckland cafe is one of the few places in the world you can pick up a superbike with your coffee.

Big rise in drivers on phones

A record number of drivers were fined in September for using mobile phones while driving.

Driver with beer in one hand and phone in the other is among thousands caught.

Burt Munro's record still stands

Burt Munro.

The world speed record Burt Munro set nearly 50 years ago still stands today.

Burt Munro Challenge turns 10 video

The Edendale Community Pool Society mural that features Burt Munro and his motorbike.

Thousands of motorcycle devotees pour south for 10th edition of Burt Munro Challenge.

Google forced to change route

A recently installed traffic sign on State Highway 94 asking slower motorists to move over and let traffic behind pass. This sign was just one of many that have been placed around Southland.

Internet giant off with popular tourism route estimate.

When cars and chefs combine video

French Cafe founder and executive chef Simon Wright has signed on with Mercedes Benz.

Mercedes-Benz NZ has unveiled its latest brand ambassador - Simon Wright, executive chef and founder of The French Cafe restaurant in Auckland.

NZ's fastest electric car faces competition

Tom Short with his electric Datsun which is set to compete during EVolocity in Christchurch.

Taupo man set to compete in Christchurch electric car event in self-converted yellow Datsun.

Older offenders causing crashes

Careless driving is the most common reason for elderly being apprehended by police.

Careless driving the common offence among the country's older offenders.

Dunedin's $45m highway opens video

About 25,000 vehicles traverse Dunedin's Caversham Highway each day.

Transport Minister wields giant scissors to mark the opening of a $45 million highway project in Dunedin.

Mayweather's miscellaneous luxury cars

A 2014 file photo shows a security guard standing by as boxer Floyd Mayweather arrives at his boxing club in a Rolls Royce limousine for a workout.

When you are earning over NZ$450 million a year it's feasible that you have miscellaneous Rolls-Royces lying around.

EV myths busted by EECA

Nissan Leaf is still the only pure electric vehicle on sale in New Zealand.

The New Zealand government's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has been doing some mythbusting around electric vehicles (EVs).

Renault under scrutiny

Nitrogen oxide emissions of Renault's 1.6 dCi Espace were found in tests to be up to 25 times higher than the current Euro-6 limit, German environmental lobby group DUH said.

Study showed Renault's flagship Espace minivan released toxic diesel emissions 25 times over legal limits, group says.

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