TARA SHASKEY - © Fairfax NZ NewsAbout six decades ago a five-year-old Max Pennington amused himself with a matchbox toy Ferrari, fantasising about one day owning his very own Italian sports car.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsMitsubishi has finally launched its impressive new Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle - and it does so with the claim that it will open a new chapter in New Zealand's automotive history. Rob Maetzig reports.
© Fairfax NZ NewsA new third-generation Mazda3, which has just been launched in New Zealand, has very big shoes to fill. But it looks easily capable to meeting that challenge, writes Rob Maetzig .
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsBMW is about to introduce a brand-new coupe which will be powered by its most powerful six cylinder petrol engine yet. Rob Maetzig files from the launch of the first-ever 2-Series.
A new seven-seater Citroen has just entered New Zealand's new vehicle market.
Taranaki hosts the annual national Citroen Rally this weekend - and what makes this year's event so special is that it celebrates the 80th birthday of the Traction Avant. Rob Maetzig talks to an owner of one of these famous French cars.
It only took one blat around the track and Keith Finnerty was hooked.
A fifth model is about to be added to the Porsche fleet. It's the Macan, a vehicle Porsche is describing as the sports-car of the world's SUV segment. Rob Maetzig files from its international launch in Germany
Americarna isn't going around the mountain this year - instead it's going out to Whangamomona.
Australia is travelling the road that Kiwis were once on, says Rob Maetzig.
A new third-generation Toyota Highlander SUV has arrived in New Zealand, and this time it comes not from Japan or any other Asian country - but America. Rob Maetzig files from the vehicle's launch
New Plymouth businessman, founder of Americarna and self-confessed car enthusiast John Rae talks to Tara Shaskey about what he's driving and what drives him.
It has begun
At least 600 American cars will rumble through Taranaki from today in the region's famous Americarna festival.
Holidays - aren't they great?
Friday, February 28 will be a big day for this month's Americarna - the Taranaki festival of American motoring.
A fascination for all things cars has generations of one New Plymouth family bonding under the bonnet.
Audi has just launched the first-ever sedan version of its A3 model.
Nissan Altima, a sedan that's massively popular overseas, is now in New Zealand. Rob Maetzig experiences what makes the latest version such a good car.
Get ready Waitara and Inglewood - Americarna is coming to you.
Stereotypically the expression car enthusiast is used to identify a car-obsessed male.
Rob Maetzig files from the launch of the Audi S3, a magnificent new European hot hatch.
Kia's latest-generation Cerato five-door hatch is now firmly on the NZ motoring scene.
These days we hardly ever need to use the spare wheel stored in the boots of our vehicles.
A standout vehicle in this month's Corvette Nationals in Taranaki will be a special example owned by Taranaki's Chris Jury and it's special because there's a birthday connection there, writes Rob Maetzig .
The Dodge brand will be well represented at this month's Americarna.
Of all New Zealand's regions, maybe it is remote West Coast that best suits SUVs. Rob Maetzig packs his fishing rod and heads there in a Toyota Prado.
The new Citroen DS5 has the closest connection to Citroen's famous DS line
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsMaybe its the provincial upbringing in me, but I really don't enjoy swanning around the flash-Harry sports cars, particularly ones that have been painted up like the proverbial icecream wagon.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsOne of the big surprises in New Zealand's new vehicle industry last year was just how well the Holden Commodore performed.
TARA SHASKEY - © Fairfax NZ NewsTucked away within a lush natural paradise, Ian Lind can be found in his bloke's shed tending to his collection of classic American cars.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsThis week marks the start of a critical time for Toyota motor vehicle assembly in Australia.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsSubaru's well-known Impreza has found itself in a bit of a spot - and X marks it.
Subaru has added a second high-riding model to its range of Legacy sedans. Rob Maetzig drives the car called 2.5X.
Americarna - Taranaki's big celebration of American cars - is on again soon.
The tinkering with Holden's Captiva 5 SUV continues, and the big benefit is that the model keeps getting better and more luxurious.
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The following are the various category winners that battled it out for overall honours in this year's AMI Insurance NZ Autocar Car of the Year.
The lowest annual road toll in more than 60 years will be followed up by hi-tech efforts to drive it even lower.
And the winner for 2013 is . . . drum roll . . . this great little hatch from Germany.
© Fairfax NZ NewsLife's tough in the new car industry. If you don't keep up with rapidly-changing trends, then you're left behind.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsI remember thinking that although being told the IS stood for Intelligent Sport, it could also have stood for In-line Six.
TARA SHASKEY - © Fairfax NZ NewsEver felt your heart sink after you've heard the crunch of an alloy wheel hitting the kerb? Here's a potential answer.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsI've never before driven a full- sized all-wheel drive SUV that boasts an average fuel consumption of just 1.9 litres per 100 kilometres.
DAVE MOORE - © Fairfax NZ NewsOne of the things that both Ford and Holden have not been able to put into some of the mainstream media's mindset, is that the end of large car assembly in Australia does not mean that the brands are pulling out altogether.
© Fairfax NZ NewsA group of Hawera men are still talking about good times they experienced during a ride to the bottom of the South Island to attend the annual Burt Munro Challenge.
Audi's supercar-level RS6 Avant is so good its athleticism is almost - almost - wasted in New Zealand. Rob Maetzig experiences the high-performance wagon.
Suzuki Motor Corporation admits that in recent years it has taken a very cautious approach to business
Everyone knows that the future of the Australian rear-driven big car is limited.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsThis car has proved an embarrassment for Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsThere's one important detail about Kia's new Cerato Koup - it's the first Kia to be sold in New Zealand with a turbocharged petrol engine.
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