ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsSuzuki Motor Corporation admits that in recent years it has taken a very cautious approach to business as it has worked its way through the dangerous days caused by the global financial crisis.
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.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsLast week as I sat in the rear seat of a long-wheelbase Mercedes- Benz S-Class while being chauffeured to a country location behind Melbourne, the interior environment was silent enough for me to contemplate some of the mind-boggling statistics about this new luxury sedan.
© Fairfax NZ NewsLast week I was introduced to a low-cost nut-picker.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsMedia days at major international motor shows are hard work. They really are. You spend all day on your feet, traipsing from one vehicle reveal function to another, which take place at an average rate of one every quarter-hour.
© Fairfax NZ NewsIs it possible to envisage a burly Kiwi male and his wife travelling around central Wellington in a little 2.4 metre-long and 1.28 metre-wide electric vehicle? Or a mother and her child taking one on a shopping trip to the nearest supermarket?
A feature of Toyota's new RAV4 range is that it now includes diesel models with automatic transmissions. Rob Maetzig drives the top Limited version.
Holden has a new medium-sized sedan - it's the American-sounding but Korean-built Malibu. Rob Maetzig tries it out for size.
Kia's people-friendly Carens is the sort of vehicle more people should consider
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe other day it occurred to me that the car I was driving was a technological ground-breaker.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsHyundai has enjoyed a year that has been encouraging, yet frustrating.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsNot many people in New Zealand will know this, but the Lexus ES is the original Lexus.
PAUL OWEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsMy trusty dictionary defines cruising as "travelling at a safe, average speed."
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe instructions to Charlie the photographer were clear enough: Make tracks in the Trax and get some pictures of it.
PAUL OWEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsBMW is waving the white flag in the World Superbike Championship, and will withdraw from the world's most- recognised series for production bikes at the end of the year.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsEarlier this year when Subaru New Zealand introduced its fourth-generation Forester range to the media, the event was over some lonely roads deep in the South Island.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsThere's a good news-bad news scenario surrounding the arrival of the latest Range Rover Sport.
Rare bike buried in history
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsA Taranaki man is busy recreating the machine behind one of New Zealand's great motorcycling mysteries.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsTwo years ago when Kia introduced its new Optima medium-sized sedan, it impressed many - yours truly included - for how pretty it was.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsHolden's Colorado ute and Colorado7 SUV sibling have been facelifted, and while they're still trucks they're definitely better than before, reports Rob Maetzig from their media launch in Australia.
PAUL OWEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsI've been a grumpy old bloke ever since I first rode the learner- approved edition of the Ducati Monster.
© Fairfax NZ NewsThe next few months are going to be an important time for Nissan New Zealand.
AMELIA RITCHIE - © Fairfax NZ NewsFirst car: Triumph Herald.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsIn a BMW dealership in downtown Melbourne, a special little hatchback has just gone on display.
PAUL OWEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsOlder motorcycle technology often enjoys a second life in Southeast Asia as soon as it reaches its use-by date in Europe.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsEven the stunning scenery along northern Victoria's Great Alpine Road couldn't detract from the looks of BMW's latest medium- sized coupe.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt was always a given that a racetrack version of the Toyota 86 would be developed - the only real surprise is how quickly it has happened.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe finalists have been selected for the 2013 New Zealand Car of the Year award.
Is this the best Mazda ever made? After driving the new diesel-powered Mazda6 Limited wagon, Rob Maetzig thinks it might just be.
AMELIA RITCHIE - © Fairfax NZ NewsFirst car: Austin A40 Farina.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsAs temperatures in London soared to their highest in years, a blue BMW wagon slipped out of a carpark near Heathrow and headed south-west.
Honda's Jazz hybrid is a practical and efficient drive, as Rob Maetzig discovers.
The big annual Bathurst 1000 motor race is on this weekend, and to mark the occasion Rob Maetzig tells the story of a true-blue Kiwi motorsport fan who has built a Tru Blu car.
It took a while for Dan Mills to get used to people staring as he drove by.
Here's a small sedan with a wheelbase the same as its large SUV sibling. Rob Maetzig drives the new Kia Cerato.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsAt first glance Waiheke Island seemed a rather unusual place to hold a motor vehicle media conference.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsAudi doesn't call its A3 hatchback a hatch - it's a Sportback.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsThere's an old saying about slot car racing - the cars look like toys until you press the trigger.
PAUL OWEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsYou could say that the original 1098cc Ducati Streetfighter, which made its debut in 2009, is a little too hardcore.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsWhen a motor vehicle is travelling at 100kmh, it covers 27 metres every second - or the equivalent of two suburban house frontages.
Peugeot is the latest to enter the increasingly popular small crossover segment of the new vehicle market. It's doing it with a new model called 2008, as Rob Maetzig reports.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsAlthough the popularity of diesel- engined SUVs continues to grow in New Zealand to the extent that they now account for close to 40 per cent of sales of such vehicles, it isn't a given that if you plonk a diesel under the bonnet, it will sell.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsBMW's Corolla-sized 1-Series five- door hatchback can be bought in New Zealand with engine sizes as small as a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol units that pumps out 100 kilowatts of power.
PAUL OWEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsIs it a long-distance ride? It's an interesting question, because the end result is flawed as a tourer, but still makes for a more usable and versatile muscle-bike than the basic Diavel.
AMELIA RITCHIE - © Fairfax NZ NewsFirst car: Ford Laser.
As a motoring journalist, I always enjoy the opportunity to road test the entry version of any new model first.
Not everyone has the luxury of owning a car that will park itself. For the rest of us, parallel parking is a skill that can be daunting.
ROB MAETZIG - © Fairfax NZ NewsEver since the early 1950s, Jaguar has been synonymous with engine sizes no smaller than six cylinders.
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