Japan builds functional Transformer

Your dream of a sports car that transforms into a real robot just inched closer to reality.

Auckland's red road stripes confuse drivers

Red road stripes confuse Aucklanders.

Red stripes appear on Auckland's roads, alarming locals. But what are they for?

Motorists urged to take it easy

Traffic is backed up on the off ramp to the North Western Motorway in Auckland.

Motorists are being urged to take it easy on the roads over Labour weekend, as thousands of New Zealanders hit the highways.

Did someone pay $2m for a fake Easy Rider bike?

Easy Rider's

Despite doubts over its authenticity, the last remaining Easy Rider chopper has sold for a reported world record price.

Petrol, diesel prices fall again

Petrol, fuel, gas

A continued drop in barrel prices has led to another 2c cut in the cost of fuel at the pump.

$200 fines to be issued for out-of-date WOFs


Kapiti Police are warning motorists they will be cracking down on expired car registrations and warrants of fitness.

Holden hunting its first NZ owner

One of the first Holdens to arrive in New Zealand is unloaded from a ship.

A nationwide search is under way for the very first Holden owner in New Zealand.

It's electric against petrol in Ford Falcon battle

Electric-powered Ford Falcon ute

The man behind an electric Ford Falcon utility is feeling confident the many nights spent in his workshop converting it are set to pay off.

Limited edition Commodore for NZ market

Holden's Limited Edition Commodore GTR

Holden unveils a special Limited Edition Commodore designed especially for the New Zealand market.

Pump and dump low-riding Hilux

Jarred Webber's customised Toyota Hilux

Low and slow is not about tough terrain for his Toyota Hilux.

Time to re-live stockcars' glory days


Back in the day, the Wellington Wildcats dominated stockcar racing nationally - and they may do so again.

Wellington drivers caught in more jams

Traffic light

Traffic congestion has hit a record high in Wellington, and there could be more pain to come as the region's motorway projects take shape.

Toyota looks to Edge in battle of utes

Toyota Hilux Edge 2WD ute

Toyota prepares to fend off the Ford Ranger challenge in this year's ute sales battle with new value-added weapons called Edge.

The bigger small car from VW

VW Cross Polo

It has the looks of a little SUV but there's no way anyone with any brains would go cross country driving in this VW.

Holden on for 60 great years

Taranaki's Steve and Joy Fabish with their 1980 Holden Kingswood

Some Holdens are like the holy grail, especially on the occasion of the marque's 60th birthday.

Argentina complains about Jeremy Clarkson

Argentina has complained about Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson's "provocative behaviour".

Australia has monstrous self-driving trucks

Rio Tinto uses self-driving trucks in its West Australian mining operations.

Automated giant trucks, controlled from 1800km away, are driving around the west Australian outback.

SUVs dominate NZ car awards finalists

New Zealand Automobile Association and New Zealand Motoring Writers' Guild car of the year award.

A pack of SUVs dominate the top finalists for first of New Zealand's two major car of the year awards.

Aprilia's primal ride

Aprilia RSV 4

It's effectively the Italian bikemaker's entry point superbike, but it's way better than that.

Driverless 200 kmh hot lap in Audi's RS7

Self-driving Audi RS7.

What's it like to do a fast lap around a racetrack with nobody behind the wheel?

Weather-activated speed signs trial signalled

80kmh speed limit sign

NZ's first weather-activated road signs with variable speed limits are to be trialled in the Kaimai Range.

Trucks' breasts billboards cause traffic chaos

Truck billboards featuring a woman's naked breasts have caused over 500 vehicle accidents in a single day.

Truck billboards featuring a woman's naked breasts have caused over 500 vehicle accidents in a single day.

Lack of speed worries octogenarian racer

john cottier

A lack of speed foiled New Zealand's oldest circuit racer at Timaru International Motor Raceway yesterday.

Jeremy Clarkson nabbed for speeding

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

The controversial Top Gear presenter is in the headlines again, after being nabbed for speeding.

New Duster set to pass muster

Dacia Duster Pick-Up

DAVE MOORE - The Press

One of the least known successful Renault/Nissan ventures is the Dacia brand which has one particularly interesting project on the go.

Wrongly set speed camera snaps law-abiding drivers

speed camera

Speed-camera programming error leaves police red-faced and having to cancel fines.

SsangYong chases EcoSport and Trax

SsangYong XIV

DAVE MOORE - The Press

After years in the wilderness of almost wilfully ugly cars, SsangYong enters the B-segment light SUV fray with this compelling piece of design.

Pampered pets make better travellers


Taking your dog or cat with you during those holiday drives and trips away entails a little more than merely heaving the dog aboard and closing the door.

'Halo' to a Holden hatch

The Vauxhall Astra VXR that will be a Holden when it arrives in New Zealand.

Rob Maetzig has been in the UK driving a quartet of high performance European "halo" cars destined for New Zealand.

Life on the rails

Train drivers don't often stop to take pictures


A train driver of nearly 50 years shows there's more to the railways than level crossings and nostalgia.

Police seek witnesses to cycle rage incident

Violent cyclist encounter

Police seek witnesses of alleged attack in which motorist says cyclist punched him six times.

Tom Hunt upsizes from a Corolla to a Lamborghini

A V10, 320kmh toy - yours for $418,000


Wellington journo Tom Hunt jumps at the chance to test-drive a Lamborghini. And lives to tell the tale.

How did anyone survive this crash?

How did anyone survive this crash?

It is simply hard to believe that the driver survives this horror accident in Belgium.

Hybrids - increasingly less of a compromise

Audi hybrid

One day, someone will invent a zero emissions vehicle that will have good performance and range and won't set you back the price of a small island.

Spaceback Rapid: Skoda at its best

Skoda Rapid Spaceback

Skoda's Corolla-sized Spaceback embodies all that has made the company an industry leader, when just a few years ago it was a laughing stock.

Cycle rage caught on camera

Violent cyclist encounter

Driver complains to police after capturing video of spat with cyclist who allegedly turned violent.

Price of fuel falls another 2c

Oil barrel

Petrol and diesel prices were cut today by 2c a litre, meaning prices have fallen 6c in less than a week.

Twin Prado power in the 'Toy-boat-a'


Japanese brand's latest model puts new meaning into off-roader.

Warning that WoF fees on rise


Cost of a warrant of fitness could rise as inspectors and mechanics grapple with new fees.

Motorists win with Z matching discounts

Z petrol station

Motorists are the winners with Z service stations more aggressively matching fuel discounts offered by rivals.

Vintage beauty a real star

1934 Duesenberg

A 1934 Duesenberg originally owned by actress Carole Lombard will cruise though the streets of Napier.

NZ gets big Bentley's down under racing debut

Bentley Continental GT3 racer

A big Bentley Continental GT3 racer is set to make its down under racing debut at Cromwell.

What's hot for NZ motoring in Paris show

Lexus RC-F

The Paris Motor Show is big and here's our look at some of the cars we will soon see in New Zealand.

Wrong tyres chew up fuel - EECA

EECA general manager of transport Liz Yeaman and EECA senior advisor of transport Joern Scherzer with a sticker marked energy efficient tyre.

Energy authority introduces new tyre approval mark which could save New Zealand $130 million in fuel every year.

Getting a buzz out of driving

Petit Paris

Summer is still six weeks away but the biggest bumblebee ever is already buzzing around New Plymouth.

Our best of the rest 'Pony' cars

Best of the rest 'Pony' cars

Mustang will always be the first "Pony" car so here's what we think are the next best five.

Mustering all NZ's Mustangs


Christchurch revs up to host NZ's largest ever Mustang convention, in celebration of the model's 50th birthday.

Yamaha's budget learner-leader

Yamaha MT-07

Here's one Learner Approved Motorcycle that still talks the torque.

Ferrari's gazillion dollar Beverly Hills blowout

Megan Fox and Brian Austin Greene at Ferrari dinner

Ferrari shows it is not your normal automaker with lavish weekend bash aimed at staying exclusive.

Skoda satisfies most Kiwi drivers

Skoda Octavia III

Historically the subject of roadside scorn, the Skoda has the most satisfied drivers in New Zealand, new research shows.
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