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Petrol prices 'squeaky clean'

A study suggests petrol company pricing is squeaky clean.

AA backs a study that suggests petrol companies are as quick to drop prices as raise them

Lexus RX SUV gets turbo power

Lexus is set to turbocharge its RX series SUV.

Lexus has confirmed plans to put a new turbocharged engine under the bonnet of its RX series luxury SUV.

Spate of motorbike thefts investigated

Police are investigating the theft of motorbikes worth more than $100,000.

Police want the public to keep an eye out for motorbikes sold in suspicious circumstances following multiple motorcycle thefts.

Lexus updates mid-sized sedan

The 2015 Lexus ES has a new look inside and out.

Lexus has readied a mid-life update for the ES range.

BMW cuts China production

BMW is showing the plug-in hybrid version of its popular X5 at Shanghai.

BMW, like many manufacturers, is still adapting to the changeable Chinese market.

Petrol up 4c a litre

The AA says petrol companies have been too quick on the draw with a 4c price rise.

The price of a litre of 91 is back up to a fraction under $2 at BP

Most blatant badge engineered cars

Pontiac Firebird.

What happens when car companies try to save on development costs in creating a "new" design?

BMW questions crash test rating

The BMW 2-Series Active Tourer was awarded a 5-star rating in this EURO NCAP test, but only 4 stars in the ANCAP test.

BMW unhappy with four-star crash test rating for 2-Series Active Tourer and Mini Cooper.

Aucklanders back tolls

Aucklanders support motorway tolls to pay for transport improvements

Colmar Brunton survey shows many Aucklanders support motorway tolls to pay for transport improvements.

Skoda launches sub-$20k Fabia gallery

Like the new Octavia, Rapid and Superb models the Fabia III takes styling cues from the VisionC concept displayed two years ago at Geneva.

Skoda's impressive little Fabia III will hit NZ starting below $20,000.

Mahindra set to buy Pininfarina

The Ferrari California T is one of Pininfarina's most recent design successes.

Tata beat it to buy Jaguar Land Rover, now Mahindra rival eyes up Italian design firm.

China's Geely geared up for global push

China's Geely, owner of Volvo, is keen to shed its 'no frills' image outside of its own country.

Chinese manufacturer Geely wants to shed 'no frills' image by selling new SUV on a platform jointly developed with Volvo.

Cars aren't safe in parking buildings

Wellington City Council has commissioned Massey University design students to come up with an eye-catching advertising campaign to remind drivers not to leave valuables in their cars.

Most break-ins happen in parking buildings - so what can drivers do to deter the thieves?

GM shielded from ignition switch lawsuits

The 2009 taxpayer bailout of General Motors looks to save the automotive giant against lawsuits over its faulty ignition switches.

GM's smoke and mirrors bailout in 2009 will help it skip over 100 court cases in ignition switch drama.

Manawatu Gorge to reopen

A slip in the Manawatu Gorge has closed State Highway 3 for the past week.

State Highway 3 through the Manawatu Gorge will reopen to motorists this weekend, weather permitting.

Facelift for old hill road

Cars cruise down Carlton Gore Rd in Roseneath in 1925 shortly after major road reconstruction work was finished.

The 90-year-old road linking Oriental Bay to Roseneath in Wellington is being made stronger and safer.

James May defends Sue Perkins

Top Gear presenters James May has defended Sue Perkins

Top Gear presenter James May has hit out at people threatening British TV host Sue Perkins.

Dirty downside to driverless cars - study

Mercedes-Benz seems to think that no one will communicate in its own windowless look at our driving future.

    That's the somewhat counterintuitive conclusion in a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. They say that autonomous autos could reverse a years-long trend of declining fuel consumption.

Driver films tornado video

Illinois driver films powerful tornado passing right by his car.

"Oh crap ... It's coming right over top of me," says man caught in powerful tornado.

Gorge closure 'frustrating'

A slip closed State Highway 3 through the Manawatu Gorge on April 9.

Two Manawatu politicians are fed up with the inevitability of future Manawatu Gorge closures.

Trolley bus cost shock

Questions are looming over the potential cost of taking down the overhead wires when Wellington's trolley bus network is scrapped.

Plans to ditch Wellington's trolley bus network are going to cost more than expected, with the bill looking likely to fall into the tens of millions.

Lincoln's high road to China

Well-off Americans will be attracted to the new Continental, but truth be known it's the Chinese market that it's mainly aimed at.

There's nothing more American than a Lincoln sedan, but Ford reckons the latest Continental will also appeal to the Chinese.

How much will your rego cost?

The ACC portion of licensing is going down by an average of 41 per cent from July 1, 2015.

Motorists in line for cheaper ACC levies on car registrations can now see exactly how much they will save.

Who gives a hoot for dead teen?

A gruesome murder was not on dignitaries' minds at the opening of the Mount Victoria Tunnel in 1931.

A gruesome murder may be the reason why drivers toot in Wellington's Mt Victoria tunnel.

Hinchcliffe beats a wet track to win

James Hinchcliffe was the inaugural winner of the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana at the weekend.

James Hinchcliffe is getting used to partying in New Orleans.

Mind the road, not your phone video

A new campaign by Auckland Transport is looking at drivers and their use of smartphones while driving.

A new campaign targeting drivers on mobile phones could spark bouts of road rage, AA says.

Slip hampers Saddle Rd repairs

NZTA Operations Manager John Jones checks out the slip in Manawatu Gorge.

The latest Manawatu Gorge slip comes during a $4.5m upgrade to the alternative Saddle Rd route.

Fun bike event has 50cc limit

Aaron Carr from Bulls on bike 13 laps Brent White from Bulls and ultimately the rest of the field in the annual Ohakea mopedathon.

About 40 big boys on small bikes spent six hours scooting round a 400m circuit at Ohakea on Saturday.

Hoteliers trial foreign driver packs

Horizons Regional Council plans to provide information packs highlighting key differences between New Zealand roads and driving overseas.

Palmerston North hoteliers are trialling a scheme to distribute driver information packs to overseas visitors.

Report upsets rental firms

Overseas drivers shouldn't be the only focus of accident prevention, says one rental car company owner.

Car rental operators have queried where the buck stops for irresponsible driving while defending their safety practices.

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