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Driving caution urged

Traffic travels slowly in bad weather.

Transport officials are warning drivers to be careful on sodden roads as they head away for their Easter break.

Flyover design '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?

Unregistered sellers convicted

car yard, sales 300

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

Grieving boy's tourist driver petition

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.

200 new speed cameras

Speed camera strap

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

Track and reward driver app

SmartDriver app by Tower

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

Labour would ban fast trucks

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

Volvo's inflatable child seat concept

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

Getting 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 LaFerrari confirmed

Ferrari's LaFerrari.

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

Best new cars under $20k

Five best cars under $20,000

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

40 years and 30 million Golfs

40 years of VW Golf

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

Radical MX-5 changes

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.

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 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 fault

GM general motors

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

See-through technology

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

New technology allows drivers a better view of the road.

Recall set to hurt Toyota

Toyota

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

Shoppers slow spending

Shopping, shopping bags

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

Car dealer in receivership

King Toyota owner David Clarke

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

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.

NZ cars in Toyota recall

Toyota

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

Porsche thief dupes salesman

stolen porche

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

Final Falcon GT confirmed

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.

A new car craze?

Car-tipping

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

Jam today, jam tomorrow

chch traffic

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

High kiwi boosts car sales

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.

Capital car share co-op

Shyft

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

'Holiday highway' hearings begin

Auckland's Northern Motorway.

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

Road Code refreshers?

Driving

OPINION: Should drivers have refresher courses to ensure they know all the road rules?

Sporty four pots

Best four-cylinder mid-engined sports cars

Here's what we think are the best four-cylinder mid-engined sports cars.

Porsche confirms four-cylinders

Porsche

All-new engine to mark the return of four-cylinder engines to Porsche's sports car range.

Gridlock issues escalate

Main North Road at Belfast

Christchurch's heavily-congested northern corridor is facing increased pressure as North Canterbury's population swells.

Petrol drops 2c a litre

Petrol pump

AA PetrolWatch spokesman Mark Stockdale says "the reduction was long overdue".

World's fastest lawn mower

Honda's 'Mean Mower'

Honda's 1000cc Mean Mower is the world's fastest lawn mower.

Clamper may appeal conviction

tdn clout strap

Controversial clamper Daniel Clout is considering whether to appeal his conviction for operating without a licence.

Hybrid pros and cons

Honda Jazz hybrid.

No-one these days could blame you for wanting to buy a hybrid car.

Road rage is obnoxious

Red light

OPINION: It's the white-hot rage that emerges from seemingly normal people that astounds me.

GM fix was 57c part

Mary Barra

GM inquiry reveals fix for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents.

TV editing dubs sound on quiet electric car

Tesla Model S.

CBS News says an editor made an "audio error" in dubbing the sound of a loud traditional car engine over footage of the much quieter Tesla electric car in a "60 Minutes" story.

Car salesman 'reckless'

Court

Man who attacked TV host fined for repossessing cars and reselling them, marked up.

Many victims were young drivers

General Motors.

As the deaths are tallied from GM's delayed recall of compact cars, one thing is becoming clear: Of those killed, the majority were young.

Spotlight extras

A gold vinyl wrapped Ferrari 458 Italia in London.

The rich and famous will go to extraordinary lengths to stand out in traffic.

Only six to survive?

BMW

Car industry experts predicts massive changes over the next 20 years.

Clamper Clout guilty

Daniel Clout

New Plymouth's former wheel clamper has been found guilty of acting as a property guard without a licence.

Ferrari in Facebook fight

Ferrari

Ferrari locked in an alleged copyright infringement battle over its takeover of a Facebook fan site.

Faking it with new cars

Jaguar XKR-S

Faux wood and leather are only the start when it comes to saving money and weight in new cars.

Important new cars

These are possibly the five most important affordable new cars either already here or due in NZ later this year.

These are possibly the five most important affordable new cars either already here or due in NZ later this year.

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