There are more choices and accoutrements than every before, but the new Mazda MX-5 remains the beguiling two-seat funster it has always been.
Land Rover's new Discovery Sport is set to fill the gap between the Japanese and German SUVs perfectly.
Here are two Euro-centric offerings for those looking for something practical but not too big, with premium cachet attached.
A pair of former Car of the Year winners, passed through our hands recently. Is there a standout?
This Peugeot 308 may lack the nicer things it is not that bad, especially at the price.
A more compact new CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake is a bit of a chip chopped from entertaining block that is the CLS 500.
Suzuki's strangely-named Celerio packs a lot into its square-set dimensions.
Mazda's new CX-3 is an impressive little car quite capable of being a dominant player in the compact SUV segment.
Maserati recently extended its customer track experience schedule to include Hampton Downs and a few fortunate journalists.
It may have polarising styling, but in terms of choice, Lexus' new NX model covers so many market bases.
If this is what Chinese investment in Volvo can achieve, then the future looks very bright for the Swedish brand.
Drivers have to fold themselves like human origami merely to get behind the wheel of the latest Lotus Exige S.
For some people, a big engine means more than a small one, even in an era when inconspicuous consumption is much more acceptable.
What's the least expensive new car in New Zealand? It's the diminutive little Italian hatch the Fiat Panda.
This Mazda2 might be badged a Limited, but it is limited only in its dimensions.
The packaging benefits of transverse front-wheel-drive were obvious to BMW and the family-oriented 2-series is the first of many.
Renault's hot hatch the Megane RS has been made even hotter via more grunt from its turbocharged engine.
Perhaps it's most accurate to think of the Z06 version of the Chevrolet Corvette not so much as a car, but as a motorcycle that's easy to balance.
Nimble new Kia Sorento is ready to put the frighteners on the currently Japanese-dominated mid to large SUV business.
It might not exactly set the world on fire, but Toyota's Prius C has a lot going for it in terms of everyday driving conditions.
BMW's latest M-division Sports Activity Vehicles offer lighter weight, more power and torque and Porsche-troubling zero 100kmh times.
Skoda's value and fun-packed Fabia shows the way in a marketful of abject ordinariness.
Despite its bottom of the range placement, the Mercedes-Benz C200 impresses as much as its hundred grand more expensive 500 horsepower AMG siblings.
Lamborghini aims to please with its new Huracan, the most polished and usable Lambo to date.
The 918 Spyder costs over $NZ1million, and we take it around Phillip Island.
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S on test
The only diesel in the latest Peugeot 308 selection is the most expensive of the range but there's plenty to like about the hatchback.
We've just scored a NZ exlusive first drive of a stunningly fast two-door coupe - the V8-engined Lexus RC F Carbon Edition.
Wannabe drivers in Nelson are being faced with a month-long wait to book practical driving tests as people flock to get their licence within the new five-year limits.
With lots of action occurring around the A and C-class platforms, the B-class Benz almost seems to have been forgotten - but not any more.