Motor

Subaru WRX wings it over spoiler choice

Subaru WRX STI.

Could a "no wing" option be proof that even the high-performance version of the new Subaru WRX is growing up?

Phantom Ford no Alien for this fan

Terence Costello's Ford Customline The Phantom

The only way to ensure you are driving the rarest cruiser in town is to invest in a one-of-a-kind, custom-built auto.

Holding the fort until Hyundai's hotties arrive

Hyundai i30 Limited

ROB MAETZIG - Taranaki Daily News

This Hyundai i30 hatch isn't exactly hot to touch, but it's nicely warm all the same - and it is a portent of better things to come.

Honda space ace better than ever

Honda Jazz III

The third-generation Jazz has equipped and priced itself into a much broader, younger market slot.

New-look Jeep Cherokee still a crusher

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A new fourth-generation Jeep Cherokee might have ''liquid'' upper-body styling, but it's still a rock-crusher underneath.

Manual adds choice to Mazda3 range

Mazda 3.

There's one manual model in the new Mazda3 range - a 2.5-litre SP25 hatch. Rob Maetzig recalls how to use a clutch and takes it for a spin.

Restored American beauty steals heart

Brian Rasmussen's 1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday Coupe.

Brian Rasmussen began restoring an American classic for his partner but fell in love with it and kept it for himself.

Hardcore Porsche Cayman GT4

Porsche Cayman GT4

Spy photographers have snapped the new Porsche Cayman GT4 during testing at and near the Nurburgring.

There once was a Nissan ugly duckling ...

Nissan

Nissan's new X-Trail may not be as recognisable as the first two models, but under the skin there's a whole lot more...

Plug in, turn on, drive off

Mitsubishi

Electric vehicle or hybrid? And what's it like to drive? Rob Maetzig takes the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV out on a weekend trip.

Veteran Hillman now the glory of Joe's garage

Joe Fraser's 1955 Hillman Californian

What started out as an enjoyable restoration project soon became a headache.

Kia Sportage facelift is all under the skin

Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage has just been overhauled, with all the major change under the bonnet.

Deals out there for runout VW Polo

Volkswagen Polo R-Line

Volkswagen Polo is heading towards a major facelift, which means it has entered the traditional value-adding runout phase.

Hybrid hatch touts 'guilt free' performance

Lexus hybrid F Sport hatch.

The Lexus CT200h range of luxury hatchbacks has been facelifted, with one model claiming to be a "guilt free" performance version.

An auto Subaru WRX? Oh yes...

Subaru's fourth-generation WRX

Despite its obvious sporting intent, Subaru's latest WRX really is an easy car to drive.

This Ford Fiesta offers triple appeal

Ford Fiesta Sport.

Small engine - big heart. That what makes the three-cylinder Ford Fiesta Sport so appealing.

Picasso puts the people in people-mover

Citroen's brand-new Grand C4 Picasso is now on sale in New Zealand. Rob Maetzig and his photographer luxuriate in its front seats.

Red-blooded Jeep - yes; stylish - nah

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Jeep Wrangler could be called macho, red-blooded or even staunch - but stylish, no.

A luxurious SUV, but no four-paw traction

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More and more motorists are opting for the SUV style but don't want the all-wheel drive.

Veteran cars Bill's life-long love

TARA SHASKEY - Taranaki Daily News

Bill Durling insists the key to a happy retirement is to immerse yourself in a much-loved pastime.

All the dirt on Taranaki's latest motorsport champions

Bryce Hunger, left, and David Smith won the New Zealand 4X4 championship title.

Taranaki now has two more national motorsport champions - and they are a pair of Inglewood brothers-in- law.

Mamma mia! This Fiat 500 is a riot

Fiat Abarth 500 Essesse Cabriolet

Abarth is back - and this time the car to get the treatment is Fiat's smallest car.

Bike offers motocross value for the money

Suzuki RMZ450

Suzuki's RMZ450 motocross has received just one major change for 2014 - but it's an important one, says Vince Seyb.

20 years on, Bruce still loves his T

Bruce Riddick and his T-bucket.

TARA SHASKEY - Taranaki Daily News

A humble hot rod purchase made simply for the love of cars quickly propelled an unsuspecting Bruce Riddick into the world of drag racing.

V40 crossing over to an XC future

ROB MAETZIG - Taranaki Daily News

While the XC in the likes of the Volvo XC60, XC70 and XC90 stands for Cross Country, there is a difference between those vehicles and the recently introduced Volvo V40 Cross Country.

Rare vehicles at big Stratford show

TARA SHASKEY - Taranaki Daily News

A new Taranaki car show will be held this weekend, featuring an expansive display of fine automobiles that will surely be a feast for all car enthusiasts.

BMW's increasingly urbanised X5

ROB MAETZIG - Taranaki Daily News

BMW's latest X5 is a big vehicle.

Bel Air is the prince for Allan

Allan Simons knows there are no age restrictions when it comes to car enthusiasm. That revelation followed a regretful sale of the New Plymouth man's beloved 1957 Chevrolet a decade ago.

Hot hatch sowing the Kia Cee'd

The Kia Pro Cee'd GT

Kia's new Pro-cee'd GT has to rate as one of the best of the fleet.

Passat packed for anniversary

Volkswagen Passat

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

'Fluidic' Elantra has plenty to admire

ROB MAETZIG - Taranaki Daily News

What's that they say? That the only constant is change? That what has been will be again?

Tarmac Rally back on calendar

Good news for Taranaki motorsport fans - the Taranaki Tarmac Rally is to be held again this year.

Snarling Italian on the prowl

ROB MAETZIG - Taranaki Daily News

You'll have four minutes, said the man from Maserati. And then the police will turn up and throw you out.

New Lexus hybrid offers better value

Lexus GS300h

Lexus has expanded its fleet of GS sedans with the launch of a second hybrid model. Rob Maetzig drives the GS300h.

Gas Gas at home on the trail

Gas Gas EC300

Spanish motorcycle manufacturer Gas Gas is best known for its trials bikes, but it also makes great enduros such as the EC300, as Vince Seyb explains.

Essence of Soul refined

The new second-generation Kia Soul

A new second-generation Kia Soul has arrived in New Zealand.

Goodbye boy racer

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ROB MAETZIG - Taranaki Daily News

The motoring media were handed crash helmets and given the opportunity to punt a WRX up a 1.6 kilometre hillclimb.

Ute battle on a knife-Edge

It speaks volumes about the state of New Zealand's new vehicle industry that four of the 10 best- sellers last year were utes.

Super-fast Porsche perfect

TARA SHASKEY - Taranaki Daily News

First car: 1986 Holden Commodore

Sedan widens Corolla appeal

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ROB MAETZIG - Taranaki Daily News

Toyota has completed its triumvirate of latest- generation Corolla models with arrival of a new sedan version. Rob Maetzig files from the vehicle's launch.

Q for quick

ROB MAETZIG - Taranaki Daily News

The first RS model in Audi's Q lineup of luxury SUVs has arrived. It's the RS Q3, and Rob Maetzig says it is an invigorating performer.

He finally got his Peugeot

When Mike Hodgkinson first laid eyes on his classic Peugeot it was love at first sight -and it was a love worth waiting for.

Toy story

TARA SHASKEY - Taranaki Daily News

About 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.

Charge up, drive off, save fuel

ROB MAETZIG - Taranaki Daily News

Mitsubishi 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.

Mazda3: Plenty to admire

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Taranaki Daily News

A 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 .

New coupe neue klasse

ROB MAETZIG - Taranaki Daily News

BMW 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.

Perfect for a Grand day out

The new Citroen Grand C4 Picasso strap

A new seven-seater Citroen has just entered New Zealand's new vehicle market.

A part of the family

Denis Adlam

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.

Motorsport became moreish for Keith

Keith Finnerty strap

It only took one blat around the track and Keith Finnerty was hooked.
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