Kiwi utes are a changin'

Toyota New Zealand has had to respond to dramatically changing buyer preferences with its new Hilux.

How have pickup trucks gone from down-and-dirty to desperately trendy?

First Mustang shipment arrives

Ford Mustangs on the wharf at Auckland after being unloaded from their delivery ship.

Mustang fans in a lather as NZ's first shipment of Ford's iconic all-new model has arrived.

One-year warrants dangerous for drivers video

"How safe would you feel with that barrelling down the road towards you?" Adrian Curtis of Tyres & More,

A Nelson tyre retailer says year-long WoFs will mean more unsafe cars on our roads.

How Toyota swayed US car buyers

A Nascar official looks over Michael Waltrip's Toyota before the 49th annual Daytona 500 race in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 2007. Toyota has seen its biggest market-share gains in Nascar's traditional strongholds from 2011 to 2014.

Japanese carmaker using Nascar to convince brand-loyal Americans just how American its products are.

VW's dirty diesel solution

VW says a simple add-on part will return its cheating diesels to emissions-legal status.

The fix for VW's emissions-cheating diesel engines is surprisingly simple, but it won't be quick.

Paul Walker's dad sues Porsche

A March 2013 file photo of Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker who was killed in a car crash on November 30, 2013.

Paul Walker's dad files claim against Porsche for negligence and wrongful death over the accident that killed the Fast & Furious star.

Cheers, jeers for motor museum's makeover

This image, created using a tilt-shift lens, shows the view of the northside exterior of the revamped Petersen Automotive Museum.

Like a flashy sports car a redesigned iconic motor museum is impossible to miss.

Hair-raising highway ride video

A dash cam screen grab as motorist with a stuck accelerator heads towards oncoming traffic.

A motorist in South Korea has endured a hair-raising highway ride at the wheel of a vehicle with a stuck accelerator.

Our Car of the Year finalists

Skoda Fabia is a practical city car with truly accomplished performance and handling.

Our Car of the Year search is now down to a shortlist of six. We take a look at the contenders.

Google forced to change route

A recently installed traffic sign on State Highway 94 asking slower motorists to move over and let traffic behind pass. This sign was just one of many that have been placed around Southland.

Internet giant off with popular tourism route estimate.

When cars and chefs combine video

French Cafe founder and executive chef Simon Wright has signed on with Mercedes Benz.

Mercedes-Benz NZ has unveiled its latest brand ambassador - Simon Wright, executive chef and founder of The French Cafe restaurant in Auckland.

NZ's fastest electric car faces competition

Tom Short with his electric Datsun which is set to compete during EVolocity in Christchurch.

Taupo man set to compete in Christchurch electric car event in self-converted yellow Datsun.

Dunedin's $45m highway opens video

About 25,000 vehicles traverse Dunedin's Caversham Highway each day.

Transport Minister wields giant scissors to mark the opening of a $45 million highway project in Dunedin.

Mayweather's miscellaneous luxury cars

A 2014 file photo shows a security guard standing by as boxer Floyd Mayweather arrives at his boxing club in a Rolls Royce limousine for a workout.

When you are earning over NZ$450 million a year it's feasible that you have miscellaneous Rolls-Royces lying around.

EV myths busted by EECA

Nissan Leaf is still the only pure electric vehicle on sale in New Zealand.

The New Zealand government's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has been doing some mythbusting around electric vehicles (EVs).

Renault under scrutiny

Nitrogen oxide emissions of Renault's 1.6 dCi Espace were found in tests to be up to 25 times higher than the current Euro-6 limit, German environmental lobby group DUH said.

Study showed Renault's flagship Espace minivan released toxic diesel emissions 25 times over legal limits, group says.

Electric cars demand dirty power

Belchatow Power Station, Europe's largest coal-fired plant.

A filthy secret behind the green growth of electric cars in some markets is the need for more coal-fired power plants.

Shorter, heavier trucks safer

Protranz owner Gerald Daldry says changing the load limits for heavy trucks would lead to fewer dangerous trailers on roads.

Heavier trucks without trailers could make roads safer and less frustrating, a technology innovator says.

Sticky lizard toes inspire Ford

Ford is studying gecko's sticky toes in the hope they will provide answers to its recycling woes.

Sticky lizard toes could be the answer to recycling car parts.

Five great de Silva car designs

Walter de Silva retires as head of VW Group design this month.

We celebrate Walter de Silva's most important car designs.

Big money for Sopranos Caddy

Tony Soprano's 2003 Cadillac Escalade has been an auction hit.

A car used by fictional mobster Tony Soprano was a hit at auction, selling for over NZ$180,000.

Single Ford seat to save millions

Inside Ford's 2016 Explorer, a vehicle that uses the company's single global seat structure.

Ford thinks it has a front seat to being the best in the world.

Five weird Minis

A luxury Mini: the Riley Elf was made from 1961-69.

Weird Minis? You could fill volumes with one-off examples. But here are five that the factory actually put into production.

More streets get 30kmh limit

Five more Wellington suburban centres will have the speed limits reduced to 30kmh from February, bringing the total at the lower speed to 17.

Wellington motorists will be slowing down in most suburban centres, and more limits are likely.

Range Rover drives over paper bridge

The Range Rover made the short but spectacular journey over the paper bridge to mark the brand's 45th anniversary.

How do you mark 45 years of Range Rover innovation? By driving one over a bridge made of paper.

More slip than grip

The two-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 is set to offer rear-wheel-drive thrills.

Rear-wheel-drive Huracan coupe offers serious appeal for "serious drivers".

Rolls-Royce sails into Sydney video

Rolls-Royce launched the new Dawn convertible to the Asia-Pacific market on the back of a motor yacht in Sydney harbour.

New convertible takes a high-profile tour of Sydney Harbour.

New site for overseas motorists video

AA has released a video test that highlights some of the dangers on New Zealand roads - including livestock.

A driving test has been launched for overseas motorists - complete with cows and one-lane bridges.

Car-pooling app launches

Chariot chief executive and co-founder Thomas Kiefer hopes to launch the app globally.

Developers of a new car-pooling app vow to change the world of commuting.

Drive it like Beckham chance

The 2007 Range Rover Sport previously owned by English football star David Beckham.

The auction of this luxury Range Rover offers the rare chance to be a bit "Posh" and drive it like Beckham.

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