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

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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

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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

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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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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

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First car: 1986 Holden Commodore

Sedan widens Corolla appeal

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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

Macan-do attitude

Porsche Macan.

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

Whangamomona first stop for Americarna

Americarna isn't going around the mountain this year - instead it's going out to Whangamomona.

No political will - no car industry

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Australia is travelling the road that Kiwis were once on, says Rob Maetzig.

Born in the USA

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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

Plenty of growth yet for Rae's Americarna

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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.

American car mania rumbles into Taranaki

It has begun


At least 600 American cars will rumble through Taranaki from today in the region's famous Americarna festival.

Getting ready for the holiday trip

Holidays - aren't they great?

Stratford, Hawera - and then the Friday Cruise

Friday, February 28 will be a big day for this month's Americarna - the Taranaki festival of American motoring.

A family affair

A fascination for all things cars has generations of one New Plymouth family bonding under the bonnet.

Audi A3

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Audi has just launched the first-ever sedan version of its A3 model.

What Maxima? Altima now the sedan of choice

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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.

Americarna on road to Waitara and Inglewood

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Get ready Waitara and Inglewood - Americarna is coming to you.

Rear-engined Roxanne is

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Stereotypically the expression car enthusiast is used to identify a car-obsessed male.

Audi's hottest hatch

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Rob Maetzig files from the launch of the Audi S3, a magnificent new European hot hatch.

Your flexible friend

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Kia's latest-generation Cerato five-door hatch is now firmly on the NZ motoring scene.

Throw away that space-saver tyre

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These days we hardly ever need to use the spare wheel stored in the boots of our vehicles.

Birthday link makes Corvette special

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 .

'Moving works of art'

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The Dodge brand will be well represented at this month's Americarna.

Prado at home on wild West Coast

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.

Lines of inheritance

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The new Citroen DS5 has the closest connection to Citroen's famous DS line

Tailoring your own Toyota 86

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Maybe 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.

Calais V combines luxury and safety

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One of the big surprises in New Zealand's new vehicle industry last year was just how well the Holden Commodore performed.

Yellow Ford pickup Ian's favourite ride

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Tucked away within a lush natural paradise, Ian Lind can be found in his bloke's shed tending to his collection of classic American cars.

Rocky road ahead

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This week marks the start of a critical time for Toyota motor vehicle assembly in Australia.

X marks the spot for single Impreza

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Subaru's well-known Impreza has found itself in a bit of a spot - and X marks it.

New Legacy riding high


Subaru has added a second high-riding model to its range of Legacy sedans. Rob Maetzig drives the car called 2.5X.

Here comes Americarna

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Americarna - Taranaki's big celebration of American cars - is on again soon.
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