Holiday road toll rises to six

FATAL: Emergency services attended a deadly crash between a milk tanker and a car in the Eastern Bay of Plenty yesterday morning.

A second person has died as a result of a crash in the Bay of Plenty yesterday.

Poor driving, crashes concern cops

Ferry traffic making its way out of a bustling Picton yesterday afternoon.

Complaints about poor driving this holiday season are up on last year, despite less traffic on Marlborough's roads.

Old pistons now knobs gallery

Aston Martin Works 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Vanquish.

Aston Martin seems to have rummaged through its old parts bin to engineer a way creating six bespoke models.

'Reckless' driver nabbed by police

Speed limit

A speeding motorist has been busted travelling at more than 220km/h.

Bespoke supercar gets retro look gallery

McLaren P1 in Gulf livery.

McLaren has gone back to the future with its latest bespoke creation.

Holiday motoring nightmare gallery

GOING NOWHERE: The gridlock at Orewa, north of Auckland.

Traffic has eased after a nightmare day, but authorities warn more queues are possible tomorrow.

Nothing left on the table

2016 Cadillac CTS-V.

Based on sneak preview the third generation of Cadillac's CTS-V should put BMW and Mercedes-Benz on notice.

Driver 'rolls joint' in front of cop

This Perth driver allegedly rolled a joint in front of a motorbike cop.

Police released photographs of two people who appear to be putting the "silly" into silly season.

Best new cars for 2015

Ford Mustang convertible.

These are the cars most likely to succeed when they come to New Zealand next year.

Police admonish motorists

'TAKE THE SAFE OPTION': Drinkers should get a taxi home or organise a sober driver, police say.

Revellers requesting breath-tests from police officers at checkpoints should probably not be driving, police say.

Rental-return firm's new market

Traffic slow over Harbour Bridge

Auckland tech start-up offering travellers free car hire and a tank of fuel is revving up the US car rental industry.

2014 a year full of good cars

BMW i3: Making the BMW i3 our Top Car for 2014 was a no-brainer.

Making the BMW i3 our Top Car for 2014 was a no-brainer.

The little SUV with grunt

MEANER MACHINE: The engine of  the Trax turbo is the same as that under the bonnet of the very quick Barina RS.

During the year Holden addressed the one issue hampering its spunky little SUV, the Trax - a lack of power.

Every dog should have one

Bigger than the old SX-4 inside, the new model S-Cross arrives on the New Zealand market at exactly the right time.

Timed well to join the small-SUV flock, Suzuki's S-Cross could be the perfect pooch's choice.

Good things happen in threes

MAZDA3 SEDAN: Normally the more conservative shape in the model's line-up, the four-door is closer to the company's new design language than the five-door model this time.

The new Mazda3 line-up is the most complete in its segment on the New Zealand market.

Electric dreams a reality

DECEPTIVE: Under that entirely conventional SUV bodyshell, the Mitsubishi PHEV is all new-age electric technology.

An outstanding arrival during the year was Mitsubishi's ground-breaking plug-in SUV, the Outlander PHEV.

New tiger burns bright

PORSCHE MACAN: Key elements that cut the new SUV away from the Cayenne are the clamshell bonnet, clearly defined grille area and slightly smaller over all dimensions.

The least expensive Porsche is going to be a huge money-spinner for the brand.

Cool coupe from Jaguar

A great looking car: A driver's Coupe, rather than a boulevardier's carriage.

Its topless sister may turn heads, but it's the new coupe version that best displays the Jaguar F-type's talent.

All that Jazz - everyone a winner

FULLY-DRESSED: This is the Mugen model of the Jazz III with full body kit and alloy wheel regalia. It’s as quick as it looks.

The third-generation Jazz has equipped and priced itself into a much broader, younger market slot.

Pint-size high-rise

The Ford EcoSport has a definite family resemblance to its bigger brother, the Territory.

Ford has joined the compact SUV fray with a its compelling Indian-built EcoSport.

A tale of two Nissans

QASHQAI: Passes its seven-seater duties to the X-Trail, but gains a useful diesel option and new styling language.

In previous times, the X-Trail and Qashqai had clearly defined styles and duties; now they form the broadest selection of active family vehicles in their segment.

A small hatch with substance

EDGIER: The Volkswagen Polo has been re-engined and facelifted, but prices remain pretty much the same – a very good marketing point.

Volkswagen's little Polo hatch underwent a facelift during the year, with impressive results.

BMW's whirring warrior

BMW i3: Driving proof that most of what we think we don't like about electric cars is simply not valid.

BMW's i3 is fast, roomy, fun to drive and turns more heads than an Open tennis rally - making it a worthy winner of our Top Car title for 2014.

The C change

Mercedes-Benz C-class: Curves disguise the car's increased size. All models except the 'Excluisive' use the star-centred grille design.

As other car makers line the C-class in their cross-hairs, Mercedes-Benz decides to move the goal posts.

Hatching a Rapid decision

FITTING: Skoda’s Rapid Spaceback is appropriately named – it offers the most interior space in its class.

Skoda's decision to switch a liftback for a hatchback has proved to be inspired.

Blitz nabs drunks behind the wheel

breath testing

Police have nabbed 24 drink drivers in a Christmas period blitz on motorists in South Auckland.

Muscle cars make a comeback

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.

Horsepower is back, and in a heart-attack serious way.

Holiday traffic moving again video

CHAOS: There are major traffic delays following a breakdown on Auckland's Harbour Bridge.

Auckland's traffic is flowing again after a breakdown earlier caused gridlock.

Meet Google's 'goofy' car

Google's self-driving car.

It has no steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal and could be the future of cars.

New speed camera on SH2

SNAPPED: The new camera, operational from today, between Horokiwi and Petone.

Speeding drivers on State Highway 2 out of Wellington need to watch out. They're going to be caught.