School holidays cut Auckland commute times

Auckland traffic

Rejoice Auckland commuters - you are enjoying your fastest travel times for years thanks to Easter school holidays.

Driving test pass rates drop

learner driver

More than half of young drivers are failing the new driver licence tests.

Football star takes on world's biggest hoon

Ken Block kicks goals

It's football against car in the latest web video from the world's biggest hoon.

Stroppy Juke is Nissan's bovver boy

Juke Ti-S

If the standard front-driven Nissan Juke is sprightly, then the new all-wheel drive turbo version can be called stroppy.

Yamaha's compelling desert-sled

Yamaha XTZ660Z Tenere

Yamaha's single-cylinder desert-racer is a competent ADV.

Scott McLaughlin still has his feet on ground

Scott McLaughlin

Success has come quickly for Scott McLaughlin but he says he'll never forget his roots.

Jamie Whincup confident Red Bull in good place

Jamie Whincup

Current V8 Supercars champion Jamie Whincup is confident Red Bull will be back on track in Auckland.

Mechanics thrive in city road conditions

Christchurch mechanic Steve Welford

Business booming for mechanics as pothole-ridden roads take their toll on Christchurch's cars.

Auckland gearing up for V8s race weekend

V8 Supercars

V8 Supercar fans got to meet their favourite drivers today before the upcoming four day ITM 500.

Basin flyover 'to destroy' a point of difference

Basin Reserve flyover

Australian architect says building the Wellington's Basin Reseve flyover would be like putting a motorway beside the Sydney Opera House.

Barina provides proof of life after Holden

Holden Barina RS

Barina RS proves that it isn't all doom and gloom at Holden.

New Mustang has in-built burnout mode

Ford Mustang burnout

Ford's upcoming Mustang features an industry-first performance feature: burnout mode.

Key rings for tyres in safety campaign

Adrian Balman tests one of the new key ring that can gaguge the safety of your tyres.

Key rings that help car owners check tyre treads are part of a check your car campaign to encourage car owners to check the vehicles more often.

Safety first, even when dodging sirens

timaru ambulance safety alert

Safety comes first - even if motorists are being followed by an ambulance with sirens and lights blazing.

Kiwis 'more likely to buy used cars'

used car strap

The appetite for used cars is stronger in New Zealand than most other countries, a new survey finds.

Automakers unveil China-focused models

ford strap

Ford Motor Co. has unveiled a new Escort sedan designed in China for global sale at a Beijing auto show.

Toyota unveils updated Yaris

yaris strap

Toyota has released the first look of the new Yaris city car, says it will drop the three-door model.

Keeping the kids quiet on the road

DVDs in the car

How do you make your holiday road trip as safe, comfortable and kid-friendly as possible?

Ford unveils 50th anniversary tribute Mustang

Special 50th anniversary Ford Mustang coupe pays tribute to 1964 original.

Special Ford Mustang coupe pays tribute to 1964 original.

Mercedes drops Benz name on new AMG GT

Mercedes-Benz will drop its name in favour of AMG for its SLS AMG replacement.

Mercedes-Benz has canned any traditional reference to its founder in the name of its new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 powered sportscar.

Focus facelift previews new-look Falcon

Facelifted Ford Focus.

Revised styling on popular sedan provides a hint at how final Ford Falcon will look.

Caution urged on wet Easter roads

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.

VW packs Passat for anniversary

Volkswagen Passat

VW Passat has just had thousands of dollars of value added to help celebrate a special Volkswagen anniversary in NZ.

Bel Air is the prince for Allan

Allan Simons with his 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air.

Allan Simons knows there are no age restrictions when it comes to car enthusiasm.

Nissan's ugly duckling Murano gets makeover

Nissan Murano.

The ugly duckling in Nissan's flock of four-wheel drives has grown into a familiar-looking member of the family.

Drifting attracts whole new breed of driver

New Zealand drifting star

Ask a V8 Supercar driver where he got his start on the motor racing ladder and more often than not the answer will be karts.

Basin flyover design labeled '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?

Staying alive over Easter

Tired driver

There's plenty you can do to reduce the accident odds and keep yourself alive on the roads this Easter aside from just obeying the road rules.

At the drag strip in Kia's hot Pro-cee'd hatch

It might be the hot hatch with the dumbest spelling, but Kia's new Pro-cee'd GT has to rate as one of the best of the fleet.

It might be the hot hatch with the dumbest spelling, but Kia's new Pro-cee'd GT has to rate as one of the best of the fleet.

More unregistered car selling convictions

car yard, sales 300

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

Grieving son, 9, may force driving tests for tourists

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 sites for hi-tech speed cameras

Speed camera strap

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

Tower's track and reward driver app

SmartDriver app by Tower

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

Labour targets transport policy

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 fits in a backpack

Volvo's inflatable child seat concept

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

High performance Corvette drop top revealed

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible

Chevrolet boosts its range of performance cars to 14 with the unveiling of the 2015 Corvette Z06 convertible.

Kawasaki Z1000 offers much more for less

Kawasaki Z1000 SX

Kawasaki's Z1000 SX gains more power, more comfort and electronic goodies but costs $1000 less.

New Holden Cruze revealed

Holden Cruze

GM has readied a facelift for the Holden Cruze, focusing on technology such as in-car WiFi and smartphone integration as part of a mid-life update.

Tiny car ready to tango

Tango car

A car thinner than many motorbikes has been touted as the solution to the capital's traffic congestion problems.

Lawnmower race keeps crisis at bay

lawnmower race

A group of friends has weathered a self-proclaimed mid-life crisis by racing one another on old lawnmowers.

Hard core XX LaFerrari promised

Ferrari's LaFerrari.

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

Best new cars under $20,000

Five best cars under $20,000

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

Wee $20k MG surprises on many fronts


MG launches entry-point car for less than $20,000 that shows no a sign of penny-pinching and is not short on fun.

Agony for Scott Dixon after running out of fuel

Scott Dixon

Scott Dixon missed out on a brilliant victory on the streets of Long Beach after running out of fuel with just three laps to go.

40 years and 30 million Volkswagen Golfs

40 years of VW Golf

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

Motoring's big cats get the cream

Jaguar XFR-S

The ultimate Jaguar sedans have arrived in NZ. They're powerful and quick, but with two different characters.

New MX-5 to get radical styling, 1.5-litre option

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.

Metallica star's hot rod wins top US award

James Hetfield's Black Pearl

This Euro-American custom blend crafted for Metallica's James Hetfield has taken America's most sought-after hot rod gong.

Speed blitz saw more tickets

Speeding ticket

A reduced speed tolerance on NZ roads caused a massive increase in numbers of fines.