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Fatal crash blamed on several factors

Haywards Hill Rd, Wellington

Speed, tyres and roading have been blamed for death of a teenager on Haywards Hill Rd.

Rowan Atkinson puts huge price tag on rare McLaren

Rowan Atkinson at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2012.

Mr Bean has gone Mr Big with a whopping multi-million-dollar price tag on his rare crash-repaired McLaren F1 supercar.

Safest cars on the world market

With the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety now being the go to source for real world safety ratings, these five cars scored the best of all.

Long weekend traffic expected to cause delays

The New Zealand Transport Agency has warned Auckland motorists escaping the city over the long weekend to expect delays.

Auckland motorists have been warned to expect delays as people take to the roads for the long weekend.

Self-driving cars may worsen road safety

Self-driving cars face a variety of challenges.

Computers unlikely to understand hazards as well as experienced drivers.

Pohutukawa battle heats up

ONGOING SAGA: Supporters fighting to save the six pohutukawa on Great North Rd have used signage to raise awareness to the trees' plight.

Backlash over the planned removal of pohutukawa trees in Auckland.

$200 Ford becomes Italian supercar video

Short video of a Zonda inspired Audi twin turbo V8.

Amateur mechanic in the UK has spent five years turning his 1990 Ford Granada into a replica of an Italian supercar.

Worst American cars

Here's a handful of automotive shockers from the US car industry that you might not have thought of.

Low prices could last two years

Z Energy chief executive Mike Bennetts launched a price war in November.

Fuel prices have fallen to an area where they will probably trade for the next year or two, Z Energy boss says.

The rise of fake engine noise

FAKER: A Ford Mustang, seen at the Paris Motor Show, is one of a number of cars with "enhanced" engine sounds.

The engine growl in many best-selling cars and trucks is actually a finely tuned bit of lip-syncing - and it's driving car car enthusiasts insane.

Kiwi pays $1.5m for McLaren video

SPEEDY KIWI: The McLaren P1 Hypercar bought by an unnamed Hawke's Bay man for about $1.5 million. He has had Bruce McLaren's original "Speedy Kiwi" logo stitched into the seats.

Hawke's Bay will soon be home to a McLaren P1 Hypercar - one of just 375 built.

Barriers cut road toll

Wellington is seeing the benefit of more median barriers being installed on its state highway network.

Wellington's roads had the lowest level of road deaths per capita of NZ or Australia in 2014.

Passenger films supercar's 320 kmh crash video

THAT'S FAST: A screen grab from a video footage inside a Lamborghini Huracan shows it going 334 kmh moments before it crashed in Hungary.

Passenger in a Lamborghini films the exact terrifying moment the supercar crashed at over 320 kmh.

New cars could save cyclists' lives video

Jaguar is developing technology to protect cyclists.

Jaguar developing technology to protect riders on the road.

Oil falls again as IMF cuts forecast

The price of oil just keeps on falling.

Key producer Iran hints prices could drop to US$25 a barrel without supportive OPEC action.

How to avoid buying a lemon

Used cars for sale

Buying a second-hand car can be a bit like navigating a minefield. Here are 12 tips for dodging the old bombs and clangers.

Falling trees just miss motorists video

Dramatic video posted online shows trees falling in front of Victorian motorists.

Australian driver releases dramatic wind storm video of large trees falling across highway directly in front of his car.

Taxi rules reviewed after Uber campaign

An illustration picture shows the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign in Frankfurt, September 15, 2014. A Frankfurt high court will hold a hearing on a recent lawsuit brought against Uberpop by Taxi Deutschland on Tuesday.  San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to summon taxi-like services on their smartphones, offers two main services, Uber, its classic low-cost, limousine pick-up service, and Uberpop, a newer ride-sharing service, which connects private drivers to passengers - an established practice in Germany that nonetheless operates in a legal grey area of rules governing commercial transportation. The company has faced regulatory scrutiny and court injunctions from its early days, even as it has expanded rapidly into roughly 150 cities around the world.

Rules covering taxis and services like Uber will be looked at after the company urged Kiwis to lobby Government.

Commodore name to live on

Holden has confirmed the Commodore nameplate will continue beyond the end of its locally-produced large car

Holden will carry on its most famous nameplate after Australian production stops.

How to save on the commute

GO BY BUS: New survey suggests that selling the car and commuting by bus or train could save workers more than $13,000 a year.

Selling the car and commuting by bus or train could save workers more than $13,000 a year, a new study has found.

Body slam costs $1k video

CAR BATTERED: New Plymouth driving instructor Casey Erp is stuck with a bill of more than $1000 to fix her car bonnet after teenage boys jumped on it as part of a new craze called ‘‘manuing’’.

Driving instructor's car - and reputation - takes a battering after boys jump on bonnet in latest social media stunt.

For whom the road tolls

ROAD TOLL: Even without alcohol and speed being involved, the numbers would still need vast improvment to match the better driving nations out there.

OPINION: It's the little things that could be the start of a low-tolerance policy on bad driving rather than tiny speeding infractions.

Tanks very much, say motorists

Falling fuel prices are saving motorists and freight companies big bucks, but don’t expect
cheaper taxis.

Plummeting fuel prices have been welcomed by many motorists and transport companies.

Police get smart to drivers' phone use

About 43 per cent of cellphone use
while driving goes undetected in New
Zealand, say police.

Drivers unable to ignore their cellphones have become sneaky, say police.

Hard road to fix phone dependency

Drivers were more likely to use their phone while driving if more confident of their ability.

OPINION: Do we need hands free cars - or is there an easier way to stop driving while texting?

FF abandons lower limits

Speed camera

Federated Farmers gives up trying to to pursue lower speed limits on unsealed roads.

Crushed by two big rigs, he walks out with two Band-Aids video

WEDGED: Kaleb Whitby is pictured trapped in the remains of his Chevrolet Silverado crushed between two big rigs. Whitby survived the crash, needing just two Band-Aids on a right finger.

Sometimes the picture says it all.

Homes saved from fire video

BLAZE: A helicopter with monsoon bucket battles a grass fire in the Weld Pass near Seddon, Marlborough.

Firefighters have contained about 80 per cent of a massive grass fire in Marlborough.

Police target tailgaters

BACK OFF: Tailgating is 'a really uncomfortable feeling for the driver in front', says Sergeant John Hamilton.

North Canterbury police crack down on tailgaters and drivers cutting corners as people head home from holidays.

$5000 bill for bonnet body-slams

DENTED PROFITS: MS Ford car salesman Shane Ohlson with a damaged Ford Ranger, one of five vehicles damaged.

Two men allegedly responsible for "mindless vandalism" were spoken to by police after damaging cars in a Nelson yard by "body-slamming" onto their bonnets.

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