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Review: Subaru Levorg

THE NEW GT – Subaru’s Legacy GT wagon is a thing of the past but this new Levorg will be along to replace it…well eventually

REVIEW: Subaru’s Legacy GT wagon is a thing of the past.

Maybach unveils S600 Pullman

ARMOUR ALL: The Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show today.

The limited-edition limo that will cost at least NZ$1 million in armored form.

Aston Martin's track-only Vulcan

ON TRACK: Aston Martin's Vulcan is aimed at the very top of the track day warrior market.

Aston Martin's latest limited edition is only the wealthiest of track day warriors.

Protecting the public?

Robert Penman's wife confronts a tourist driver on High Cliff Rd, on the Otago Peninsula, who they say parked dangerously as he took photos with his wife. Penman eventually took the keys from the driver.

Dunedin man who has taken keys off foreign drivers twice says he's trying to keep people safe on the roads.

PM: Kiwi drivers just as bad video

DON'T DO IT: Prime Minister John Key, seen trying out an electric car in 2011 at the Nelson Environment Centre, says key-snatching is not advisable and notes Kiwi drivers aren't perfect either.

John Key says more New Zealanders drive on the wrong side of the road than foreigners do - and advises Kiwis to cut out the key confiscation.

BMW launches 'frumpy' 7-seater

VAN CLUB: Gran Tourer is the second front-drive BMW, and a big departure from its performance pedigree.

Is the ultimate driving machine really a front-driving seven seater?

Evoque loses its lid gallery

SHELTER ME: Land Rover has revealed it will produce a convertible version of its Evoque SUV.

Land Rover has lopped the roof off its Evoque SUV.

Bentley's EXP 10 concept coupe gallery

ARISTOCRATIC HOONING: The twin-turbo V8 will belt out 372kw.

Bentley may add fifth model to its lineup - the EXP 10.

Topless toys parked up

ROOFLESS PEOPLE: Convertibles are dying - Renault's Megane CC may be ready for retirement soon.

Showy convertibles seemingly have no place in these austere times.

Ferrari again under family control

FAMILY BUSINESS: Fiat Chrysler will spin off the Ferrari portion of its business this year.

The Fiat Agnelli family will again control Ferrari as FCA spins the sportscar maker off.

World’s hottest hatch to get hotter

OUTRAGEOUS FOUR TUNE: The Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG is set to receive more power.

Mercedes-Benz' A45 AMG is a scary-quick hatchback - but set to more raucous still.

Lamborghini tweaks Aventador

ROCKETSHIP: The SV version will beat the 'normal' Lamborghini Aventador's 3-sec sprint to 100km/h by two tenths.

Lamborghini is set to reveal an 'SV' spec version of its range-topping Aventador.

Petrol prices rise again

Allegation: Petrol price gouging in rural areas.

Motorists will pay another 2 cents a litre a week after National MPs voted against a probe into fuel prices.

Lexus reveals Mini rival

2015 Lexus LF-SA concept

Lexus plans to take on BMW's Mini unit at its own game with a little battler to be revealed at Geneva.

History driven to repeat

BACK FOR MORE: Colin Lyon with his 1925 Hupmobile, which he is driving in the Haast rally this year. He drove the same car in the same rally 50 years ago.

Fifty years after taking part in his first Haast Rally, a Pleasant Point man will take part in his second, in the same car.

Teutonic toilers

DIESEL MUSCLE – Cayenne Diesel S and BMW X6 M50d. Here are two ways to spend almost $200k on fast SUV luxury.

REVIEW: We compare a couple of gobsmacking German uber-diesels - the Porsche Cayenne Diesel S and BMW’s X6 M50d.

Thief as thick as his brick video

Ireland's Dumbest Criminal. Brick rebounds off car window and smashes the criminals face and knocks him out cold. The car owner returns seconds later to have him arrested.

Want to break into a car by throwing a brick through a window? Well knock yourself out. This guy did.

'March madness' on Auckland's roads

CLOGGED: Heavy traffic this morning on the northwestern motorway.

If Aucklanders think the traffic has got worse in the last couple of weeks, they're right.

For the love of a rare Ferrari

Charles Betz, 75, left, and Fred Peters, 83, have spent decades in their garage workshop restoring the 1954 Ferrari 375MM race car.

Charles Betz and Fred Peters paid $1454 for their 375MM Spider convertible. They've just turned down a $7.6m offer.

Trucking, the Russian way

This ageing Kraz 256b is still capable of putting in a shift

Russia, which spans more than 17 million square kilometres possessing a set of unique transport challenges.

SsangYong Tivoli to shake up segment

SsangYong Tivoli: A good first car under Mahindra control, it should do well on most markets.

The international launch of SsangYong's all-new B-segment Tivoli SUV could prove to be the tipping point for the brand which once marketed weird-looking vehicles.

Triple treat for BMW trio

BMW i8.

BMW's first three-cylinder engine since 1980s is twice the size and has a wider range of applications.

Superb sets standards for comfort and room

New Superb: Displays many design cues from the Vision C concept which was so well-received at European motor shows during 2014.

Cab-drivers should queue up for this one - the ultra-roomy Skoda will gets its public premiere at the Geneva motor show.

Audi's new R8 supercar bows early

The new Audi R8 V10.

Audi's new R8 supercar has broken cover, getting a head start on its global debut at next week's Geneva Motor Show.

C-Class Estate is a right Cracker

ROUND THE BEND: Not quite class leading in terms of dynamics but a tidy handler all the same.

The start of a good relationship with Mercedes-Benz's new C-Class Estate.

Superbike roots ensure street cred

BMW S1000R: Slick looks not quite ruined by old-fashioned drop-shadow graphics.

BMW's first sporting street bike is sharpened by its Superbike roots.

Ranging in Amarok

IN THE TRAY: VW Amarok provides respite from the heat and wind of the west coast.

Over a recent holiday break, we found the workhorse VW Amarok to be an excellent family-oriented vehicle as well.

Mercedes-AMG creates racing version of GT supercar

The Mercedes-AMG GT3 racing car.

The Geneva Motor Show is shaping up as more of a Grand Prix or LeMans starting grid rather than a forum for showing models that average people will embrace.

Taking driver's keys a last resort

There's legal protections for taking a dangerous driver's keys, but not if it's an overreaction.

Motorists can take away the keys of a fellow driver, but only in exceptional circumstances, police say.

Road kill - The foreign drivers debate

Kejia Zheng

Imagine being Kejia Zheng. It was November 2012 and on the second day of her New Zealand holiday, the 20-year-old was driving herself from Lake Tekapo, heading south through the Lindis Pass.

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