Motoring

Basin flyover design labeled 'incoherent'

basin reserve flyover

Should the Basin Reserve flyover be an iconic structure that defines the capital city or a modest bridge that quietly slinks into its surrounds?

Staying alive over Easter

Tired driver

There's plenty you can do to reduce the accident odds and keep yourself alive on the roads this Easter aside from just obeying the road rules.

At the drag strip in Kia's hot Pro-cee'd hatch

It might be the hot hatch with the dumbest spelling, but Kia's new Pro-cee'd GT has to rate as one of the best of the fleet.

It might be the hot hatch with the dumbest spelling, but Kia's new Pro-cee'd GT has to rate as one of the best of the fleet.

More unregistered car selling convictions

car yard, sales 300

Four people operating unregistered vehicle sales businesses have been prosecuted in the past month.

Grieving son, 9, may force driving tests for tourists

Sean Roberts

Government to look at driving tests for tourists following a petition from a 9-year-old boy after his dad was killed in smash.

Critics slam Labour truck proposal

Traffic lights

Labour's plan to ban trucks from fast lanes and make it cheaper to own some vehicles gets mixed reaction.

Tower's track and reward driver app

SmartDriver app by Tower

Insurer Tower launches an app that rewards safe drivers with cheaper vehicle insurance premiums.

200 sites for hi-tech speed cameras

Speed camera strap

Police aren't saying where the new hi-tech cameras will be installed over the next few months.

Labour targets transport policy

Durham St traffic jam

Labour pledges to cut trailer and caravan regos and ban trucks from the fast lane - but National says it's a joke.

Inflatable child seat concept fits in a backpack

Volvo's inflatable child seat concept

Volvo has created an inflatable child seat concept that will fold down easily and fit into a backpack.

High performance Corvette drop top revealed

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible

Chevrolet boosts its range of performance cars to 14 with the unveiling of the 2015 Corvette Z06 convertible.

Kawasaki Z1000 offers much more for less

Kawasaki Z1000 SX

Kawasaki's Z1000 SX gains more power, more comfort and electronic goodies but costs $1000 less.

New Holden Cruze revealed

Holden Cruze

GM has readied a facelift for the Holden Cruze, focusing on technology such as in-car WiFi and smartphone integration as part of a mid-life update.

Lawnmower race keeps crisis at bay

lawnmower race

A group of friends has weathered a self-proclaimed mid-life crisis by racing one another on old lawnmowers.

Tiny car ready to tango

Tango car

A car thinner than many motorbikes has been touted as the solution to the capital's traffic congestion problems.

Hard core XX LaFerrari promised

Ferrari's LaFerrari.

Track-only LaFerrari XX will take hypercar to extreme levels of performance.

Best new cars under $20,000

Five best cars under $20,000

Want a new car but your budget will only stretch to $20,000? Here's our top five.

Wee $20k MG surprises on many fronts

MG3

MG launches entry-point car for less than $20,000 that shows no a sign of penny-pinching and is not short on fun.

Agony for Scott Dixon after running out of fuel

Scott Dixon

Scott Dixon missed out on a brilliant victory on the streets of Long Beach after running out of fuel with just three laps to go.

40 years and 30 million Volkswagen Golfs

40 years of VW Golf

Volkswagen is celebrating the 40th birthday of its incredibly successful Golf.

Motoring's big cats get the cream

Jaguar XFR-S

The ultimate Jaguar sedans have arrived in NZ. They're powerful and quick, but with two different characters.

New MX-5 to get radical styling, 1.5-litre option

Mazda MX-5

Mazda's all-new MX-5 roadster will get the most changes in its 25 year history when a new model arrives in 2015.

Metallica star's hot rod wins top US award

James Hetfield's Black Pearl

This Euro-American custom blend crafted for Metallica's James Hetfield has taken America's most sought-after hot rod gong.

Speed blitz saw more tickets

Speeding ticket

A reduced speed tolerance on NZ roads caused a massive increase in numbers of fines.

Car crashes into Christchurch pub

car crash Craic

This is the third time a car has crashed into a pub Marty Fuller owns.

Bentley builds hybrid future

Bentley hybrid

Bentley's luxury cars will soon be strengthened by the addition of hybrid models.

GM suspends engineers over fatal fault

GM general motors

US carmaker puts two engineers on paid leave during an investigation into ignition switches after 13 deaths.

'Fluidic' Elantra has plenty to admire

Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai's Elantra has been facelifted just in time to take advantage of a predicted surge in popularity of sedans.

Mustangs rule with this family

Mustang enthusiasts Gary Fraser with his 1966 Notchback original and Carl Hinton with his 2006 Roush Stage 3.

Finding common ground with in-laws is often an arduous challenge, but not for one family who share a mutual passion for Mustangs.

Land Rover invents 'see-through' car

Land Rover has developed new technology that will create a 'see-through' bonnet.

New technology allows drivers a better view of the road.

Dash cam captures head-on crash with rolling truck

A US university professor has walked away from an amazing head-on crash with a cement truck that was all recorded on his dash cam.

Dash cam captures the terrifying moment a rolling cement truck ploughs head-on into car.

Recalled Toyotas can still be driven - expert

Toyota

Owners of the Toyota vehicles recalled yesterday do not need to stop driving them, a motoring expert says.

VW rally was good restoration incentive

1972 volkswagen Beetle 1302

After 15 years of restoration work, Don Martin's 1972 Volkswagen Beetle is almost ready for it's debut.

Car dealer in receivership despite boom

King Toyota owner David Clarke

A high-profile Wellington car dealership has gone into receivership, owing an estimated $5 million.

Car sales boom but shoppers slow spending

Shopping, shopping bags

Shoppers are taking their foot off the pedal, with retail sales flat in March.

Dominion Rd gets overhaul

Dominion Road, Auckland

Auckland’s key traffic corridor Dominion Road will be overhauled with new bus lanes aimed at improving public transport use.

40,000 Toyota cars recalled in NZ

Toyota

Up to 40,000 Kiwi owners of Toyota vehicles are affected by massive global recall over steering and seating faults.

Snarling Italian on the prowl

Maserati Quattroporte S

New Maserati Quattroporte S deserves to be driven with enthusiasm.

Porsche thief dupes with fake cheque

stolen porche

He handed over a fraudulent cheque for $75,000 and drove away. Then he tried it again.

Vehicles for famous heroes on a budget

Unconventional Heroes.

What if money was in short supply for the transportation of our on-screen heroes?

Ford confirms final Falcon GT for NZ

FPV is bringing back some iconic badges from its early 1970s GT Falcons.

Ford's 351kW Bathurst-inspired V8 hero will be limited to 550 units with 50 of them coming to NZ.

Carbon fibre caravan to cost about $1m

Global Caravan Technologies CR-1 is expected to cost $1 million.

Carbon fibre holiday home built by Nasa, F1 engineers.

Is car-tipping an emerging craze?

Car-tipping

Smart cars are the victims but just how smart is it to be tipping up or over small vehicles?

Russell Ingall fined for spray at V8s officials

Russell Ingall

Russell Ingall has been fined NZ$16,150 for his scathing verbal attack on V8 Supercars officials.

BMW takes top off M4

BMW M4 convertible

German brand takes the lid off new M-tweaked drop-top.

Peugeot SUV is home-grown French honey

Peugeot 2008

After collaborating with Mitsubishi, it looks like Peugeot has learned enough to go its own way with a new bijou SUV.

Wellington crowd-funding sought for public cars

Shyft

You may soon be able to zoom around for $15 an hour as part of Wellington's newest car-share system.

Christchurch traffic jam today, jam tomorrow

chch traffic

Traffic authorities are urging Christchurch motorists to find new routes for their trips to work or school.

Stellar car sales on back of high kiwi

Mazda Demio

Annual car sales are on track to overtake 200,000 for the first time in nearly a decade, as used imports accelerate on a strengthening New Zealand dollar.

Northland's 'holiday highway' hearings begin

Auckland's Northern Motorway.

A major new Northland highway connection will be up for debate today.
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