Big bang equals big bucks

The damaged Lamborghini was towed away after the accident.

Repairing a damaged luxury car could cost $80,000 or more due to the top quality parts needed.

Good luck with that upgrade

Collisiion avoidance technology is now common in new cars but there are not a lot of options around when it comes to retro-fitting such upgrades to other vehicles.

Automakers show little interest in upgrading existing cars with safety tech on their own.

20 vehicles fished out

Photo by John Ewing/Staff Photographer...
Tuesday, February 23, 2010...Cumberland County Sheriff Department and several other local emergency departments deal with a stolen car found submerged in a canal off the Presumpscot River in Standish.

A pilot project to extract mostly stolen cars from river areas yielded 20 vehicles by its conclusion.

Top Gear's full line-up confirmed

Top Gear's new line-up, from left to right: Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Matt LeBlanc, Chris Evans, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan, The Stig.

“A magnificent seven sent from motoring heaven" will front the show - but who are the newcomers?

Truck show for helicopter charities

The Truck of the Show award is up for grabs again on February 28, won last year by an International Lone Star. At the presentation are, from left, Wellsford Lions past president Tony Marshall, Craig Silby of sponsors Truck Sure, winner Blair Shearer from NJ Wood and show coordinator Bruce Wilson.

A racing car transporter will be among more than 120 vehicles at the Wellsford Lions Roaring Truck Show on February 28.

Spike in kids, pets locked in cars

AA rescued more than 1500 pets or kids locked in cars last year, with 210 rescues in December and January alone.

Nearly 1500 emergency callouts to AA were made last year because a child or animal was locked in a car.

Driverless car decision huge for Google

A Google self-driving car.

If you hop into one of Google's pod-like self-driving cars in the US, you won't be considered the driver.

Backyard car dealers in Trade Me's sights

Anyone who sells more than six vehicles in a year must be registered as a trader.

Changes should mean you're less likely to buy a car off a dodgy dealer on Trade Me.

Cool runnings for seven

Seven-seat bobsleigh pays tribute to seven-seat X-Trail. The car's the one on the right, by the way.

Nissan markets X-Trail crossover by creating a seven-seat bobsleigh. Nobody's sure why.

What was Steve McQueen thinking?

Steve McQueen and Le Mans: focused on the racing rather than the film.

A documentary explores the megabuck disaster that was Steve McQueen's 1971 motor-racing movie homage.

How to beat car sickness

Feeling squiffy on the road? You’re not alone.

It's time to put down the paper bag and take note of the scientific way to quell travel-induced nausea.

Fiat excess emissions claim

The Fiat 500X.

Lobby group steps up campaign against auto industry pollution, accusing little Fiat SUV of releasing excessive levels of toxic diesel emissions.

Ford reveals Falcon Sprint details

2016 Ford Falcon XR8 Sprint.

Blue oval unveils its powerful send-off for thesports sedan.

Raumati roadworks cause layout change

Road works on the Raumati Straights section of road began in January.

Motorists asked to avoid peak hour traffic on SH1 between MacKays Crossing and Raumati, north of Wellington.

Long weekend traffic jams

It was slow-going on the highways north of Wellington on Friday.

Traffic snarled up north of Wellington as everyone escapes for the long weekend.

Ute first to get VW emissions fix

Volkswagen's emissions recall will begin with the Amarok ute.

Volkswagen's NZ boss still has difficulty sleeping at night in the wake of the company's diesel emissions scandal.

More bad airbag news

A fault has been found in computer components that control up to 5 million airbags in vehicles worldwide.

Another problem has developed with automotive air bags, this one resulting in recalls of up to five million vehicles worldwide.

No charges anger hit cyclist video

A still from the cyclist's video of the attack in Nottingham, England.

Cyclist who was left gasping in agony on the road after hit-and-run with a car is furious police won't prosecute the driver.

Toyota cans Scion brand

The Scion logo.

Toyota to wind down its Scion brand ending a 12-year effort aimed at young buyers.

Baby in burning, skidding car video

Newly-released dashcam video shows the moment when a car driving along a U.K. highway flips onto its roof before sliding off the road in a shower of sparks. The driver along with his wife and four-month-old child, all reportedly survived unscathed. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

A four-month-old baby was one of three people who survived this scary fiery crash on a motorway in the UK.

'Super rude' buyer denied car

Falcon doors on Tesla Model X.

The customer is always right, goes the saying. But if you're rude, don't expect that maxim to apply universally as one man found out.

Five films featuring car bosses

Enzo Ferrari biopic from 2003 was not exactly a feel-good piece.

How many car company bosses have featured on the silver screen? We've found five.

Island may offer roads to self-driving cars

Practice laps for a TT Superbike race on the Isle Man. The tiny self-governing island is considering giving up its roads to self-driving vehicles.

Famous for its dangerous TT motorcycle races, the tiny Isle of Man is looking at giving up its roads to driverless cars.

Zika virus forces car name change

The spread of the Zika virus has seen Tata Motors decide to change the name of their new "Zica" model.

A new car is to be rebranded after a run-in with the Zika virus.

$9m to make Hutt Rd safer

An illustration of the proposed upgrade to Hutt Rd, Wellington.

A proposed $9 million upgrade of Hutt Rd will include a new cycleway and transit lane.

Motorist nabs cop for speeding video

A Miami police officer walks back to his patrol car after being reprimanded by a motorist for allegedly speeding.

It unfolded like a routine traffic stop but there was a twist... this time it was the police officer being accused of speeding.

China's standards concerns carmakers

New vehicles are seen at a parking area of an automobile factory in Wuhan, Hubei province, August 1, 2015.

Concerns mount that China forcing often outdated, vehicle certification standards on foreign cars.

Hardcore car collector's new $1.8m buy

Honda's first production model of its new NSX supercar goes under the hammer at auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, in the US.

Nascar race team owner pays nearly 10 times normal retail price for first new generation NSX supercar.

Steel plant blast stops Toyota builds

Toyota Corolla GLX

Steel plant explosion sees Toyota halting production at all car assembly plants in Japan for a week.

The agony behind the Ecstasy

Spirit of Ecstasy in 2016. It's been fitted to Rolls-Royce cars since 1911.

Cameras to roll soon on the soap-opera-worthy story behind Rolls-Royce's Spirit of Ecstasy emblem.

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