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Japan builds real Transformer

Your dream of a sports car that transforms into a real robot just inched closer to reality.

Keep calm and drive on

Red road stripes confuse Aucklanders.

Red stripes appear on Auckland's roads, alarming locals. But what are they for?

Take it easy plea

Traffic is backed up on the off ramp to the North Western Motorway in Auckland.

Motorists are being urged to take it easy on the roads over Labour weekend, as thousands of New Zealanders hit the highways.

Petrol, diesel prices drop

Petrol, fuel, gas

A continued drop in barrel prices has led to another 2c cut in the cost of fuel at the pump.

Spot fines for out-of-date WOFs

regost

Kapiti Police are warning motorists they will be cracking down on expired car registrations and warrants of fitness.

Holden hunts first owner

One of the first Holdens to arrive in New Zealand is unloaded from a ship.

A nationwide search is under way for the very first Holden owner in New Zealand.

Electric-petrol Falcons clash

Electric-powered Ford Falcon ute

The man behind an electric Ford Falcon utility is feeling confident the many nights spent in his workshop converting it are set to pay off.

Commodore gets NZ dress up

Holden's Limited Edition Commodore GTR

Holden unveils a special Limited Edition Commodore designed especially for the New Zealand market.

Stockcars gearing up

speedway

Back in the day, the Wellington Wildcats dominated stockcar racing nationally - and they may do so again.

Clarkson target of complaint

Argentina has complained about Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson's "provocative behaviour".

Monster self-driving trucks

Rio Tinto uses self-driving trucks in its West Australian mining operations.

Automated giant trucks, controlled from 1800km away, are driving around the west Australian outback.

SUVs dominate finalists

New Zealand Automobile Association and New Zealand Motoring Writers' Guild car of the year award.

A pack of SUVs dominate the top finalists for first of New Zealand's two major car of the year awards.

Driverless at 200 kmh

Self-driving Audi RS7.

What's it like to do a fast lap around a racetrack with nobody behind the wheel?

Weather-activated speed signs trial

80kmh speed limit sign

NZ's first weather-activated road signs with variable speed limits are to be trialled in the Kaimai Range.

500 accidents in a day

Truck billboards featuring a woman's naked breasts have caused over 500 vehicle accidents in a single day.

Truck billboards featuring a woman's naked breasts have caused over 500 vehicle accidents in a single day.

Jeremy Clarkson: They got me

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

The controversial Top Gear presenter is in the headlines again, after being nabbed for speeding.

Law-abiding drivers wrongly snapped

speed camera

Speed-camera programming error leaves police red-faced and having to cancel fines.

Ready to go

SsangYong XIV

DAVE MOORE - The Press

After years in the wilderness of almost wilfully ugly cars, SsangYong enters the B-segment light SUV fray with this compelling piece of design.

Pamper the travelling pet

Dog

Taking your dog or cat with you during those holiday drives and trips away entails a little more than merely heaving the dog aboard and closing the door.

'Halo' to a Holden hatch

The Vauxhall Astra VXR that will be a Holden when it arrives in New Zealand.

Rob Maetzig has been in the UK driving a quartet of high performance European "halo" cars destined for New Zealand.

Life on the rails

Train drivers don't often stop to take pictures

TRAIN DRIVER

A train driver of nearly 50 years shows there's more to the railways than level crossings and nostalgia.

Probe into cycle rage

Violent cyclist encounter

Police seek witnesses of alleged attack in which motorist says cyclist punched him six times.

Cycle rage caught on camera

Violent cyclist encounter

Driver complains to police after capturing video of spat with cyclist who allegedly turned violent.

Price of fuel dips again

Oil barrel

Petrol and diesel prices were cut today by 2c a litre, meaning prices have fallen 6c in less than a week.

It's a Toy-boat-a

Toyboata

Japanese brand's latest model puts new meaning into off-roader.

WoF fees on the rise

mechanic

Cost of a warrant of fitness could rise as inspectors and mechanics grapple with new fees.

Motorists win with Z

Z petrol station

Motorists are the winners with Z service stations more aggressively matching fuel discounts offered by rivals.

Vintage beauty a real star

1934 Duesenberg

A 1934 Duesenberg originally owned by actress Carole Lombard will cruise though the streets of Napier.

Big Bentley on the way

Bentley Continental GT3 racer

A big Bentley Continental GT3 racer is set to make its down under racing debut at Cromwell.

Wrong tyres chew up fuel - EECA

EECA general manager of transport Liz Yeaman and EECA senior advisor of transport Joern Scherzer with a sticker marked energy efficient tyre.

Energy authority introduces new tyre approval mark which could save New Zealand $130 million in fuel every year.

Getting a buzz out of driving

Petit Paris

Summer is still six weeks away but the biggest bumblebee ever is already buzzing around New Plymouth.

Mustering all NZ's Mustangs

Mustang

Christchurch revs up to host NZ's largest ever Mustang convention, in celebration of the model's 50th birthday.

Skoda satisfies Kiwis

Skoda Octavia III

Historically the subject of roadside scorn, the Skoda has the most satisfied drivers in New Zealand, new research shows.

Petrol prices edge lower

petrol pump

The continued drop in international oil prices has seen the price of fuel cut for the first time in nearly two months.

The next chapter at Ferrari

Ferrari

Why the Maranello brand is about to change as we know it.

Bentley SUV spied at the 'Ring'

Bentley

Bentley's luxurious off-roader has started to shed its disguise.

Stay in bed to avoid traffic

Northern Motorway traffic jam

Congestion on the northern corridor would be greatly reduced if 100 motorists slept in by 10 minutes each morning

The dangers of talking to your car

Dashboard

Just because you can talk to your car doesn't mean you should.

$1m Warkworth upgrade begins

Victoria St roadworks

Work on a congestion-plagued Warkworth highway intersection has begun.

Economy has 'plenty of pep': ANZ

dollar coin

Truck and traffic flows were up in September, but while suggesting the economy still has "plenty of pep", the brakes are being applied.

Group will oppose NZTA

Basin Reserve flyover

Community group against the Basin flyover has called their lawyers and will go to the High Court.

Mazda MX-5's shrinking engine

Mazda MX-5

Mazda has officially confirmed the first of what is expected to be a two-engine line-up for the fourth generation MX-5.

Lamborghini says no to hypercar

Lamborghini Asterion

Despite the arrival of a trio of multi-million dollar hybrid supercars, Lamborghini will not follow suit.

Train v truck: 'Holy mother of moo moo!'

Train v truck

"Holy mother of moo moo!" exclaims the woman filming the moment a train ploughs into a truck.

From Kiwi cows to GM cars

Dan Ammann

He's come a long way from a farm in an out-of-the-way spot in the Waikato. Now Dan Ammann is one of the world's most powerful motor industry execs.

Top Gear crew flees mob

Top Gear Argentina

No stranger to controversy, Jeremy Clarkson says that "for once, we did nothing wrong" in Argentina.

Skinny tyres the new fashion

MIchelin tyre

The new trend in tyres is driven by a desire to cut fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions.

Kiwi in the driving seat at GM

Dan Ammann

Dan Ammann has gone from a Waikato farm to spearheading the turnaround at the US automobile giant.

Holden NZ head returns to Aus

Jeff Murray

The managing director of Holden NZ will become sales operations director in Australia.

Losing cash in style

Mercedes AMG GT sports car

Sports cars can be exciting to design and drive but difficult for automakers to justify, Renault executive says.