Motoring

Fatal Google Maps mistake: Mother sentenced for causing the death of her son in car crash near Napier

Driving phone in hand at 100kmh, Kim Crous, didn't see the roadworks ahead. Her young son James paid with his life.

Father and son were on last truck ride of the holidays before fatal crash

Outpouring of grief as seven-year-old dies alongside his dad in crash on the last of the school holiday drives he loved.

Man caught drink driving for tenth time says he was going to get insulin

Judge refuses to grant bail to recidivist drink driver due to risk he poses.

'Inflation' blamed for $200-800 million cost increase in Auckland's East West link

Chief economist says $200-800 million cost increase in East West link due to inflation "seems implausible".

Traffic slow-going on State Highway 1 at Raumati and closer to Wellington

Lengthy delays that hit those heading south on SH1 to Wellington this morning have now cleared.

Car companies rush crash testing ahead of stricter requirements

Australasia's vehicle safety tester's calendar booked out ahead of rule change.

Driver parks in such a narrow space he has to climb out of his boot

A driver in China devised a cunning escape plan when faced with a tight parking space for his vehicle.

2017 Mini Countryman JCW is the least Mini yet

British brand debuts its performance SUV.

2018 Ford Mustang Convertible revealed

Blue oval brand shows off facelifted pony car drop-top.

The five silliest luxury-car options

You can really go to town on high-end options for your car. But it's a weird town.

Terrain and conditions prevent South Island highways from being protected from all risks

Highways north of Christchurch are "fragile" in stormy weather, but what can we do?

Transport disruption likely as logging for Puhoi to Warkworth motorway starts

Beach goers and tourists heading north will be dodging logging trucks this summer.

Southland power company entices businesses to use electric vehicles

PowerNet are taking charge of the uptake of environment-friendly cars in Southland.

Nelson police operation puts brakes on boy racer 'vape sesh'

Nelson boy racer "vape sesh" ends with crashes, tickets and charges after police operation.

Police warn over seatbelt use after vehicle stopped

When police pulled over a vehicle they found 13 people inside, with just two wearing seatbelts.

Mercedes-AMG C 63 coupe passes the 1000km test

The C 63 S coupe makes a welcome return to our showrooms, and is more stunning than ever.

Number plate theft on the rise nationwide

Criminals are out to poach your licence plate … and boy, is it a hassle to get them replaced.

Rolls-Royce tarnished by corruption scandal

For years, Rolls-Royce bribed its way around the world with a series of shadowy backhanders, court documents show.

Jane Bowron: Steering us toward a future without drivers

OPINION: We've been warned that autonomous vehicles are coming - ready or not - and we'd better embrace the future.

Campaign to test foreign drivers seeks to decrease number of road deaths

Victims families set to take petition to parliament to push for foreign driver testing.

Are driverless cars the saviour of Auckland traffic?

The perennial question of how to transform Auckland's traffic may need a very futuristic answer: driverless cars.

Five tips from foreign drivers on how Kiwis can drive better

Kiwi drivers are notoriously bad, we're told – so we asked foreign-born NZers for five tips on how we can drive better.

Jonathan Milne: Is that an apologetic wave – or did you just give me the finger?

OPINION: New Zealanders are shocking drivers. Trust me – I can tell you some stories. We already wave 'thank you' when someone lets us in; now we need a wave of apology.

Top cop wants to raise speeding fines, says they're too low

Speed cameras bring in $1m of fines, each, a year, but one of NZ's top cops says they must be higher.

Kia Niro could be the tonic for people who don't like weird hybrids

New crossover from Korea aims to be small-SUV first, hybrid second. If you want one, tell Kia NZ now.

BMW joins the Scrambler revival party

The RnineT Scrambler will sell on looks alone. But there's substance to go with the style.

Electric buses to roll out across Auckland this year

Two E-Buses to join Auckland Transport's fleet in bid to combat climate change.

Beach rescuer wants to hear from crash victims and return their keys

The car flipped into Wellington Harbour, and two young men crawled out through a broken windscreen. Now, their rescuer wants to find them.

Spectator who fell in Hayden Paddon crash in the Monte Carlo rally dies

Kiwi Hayden Paddon has withdrawn from the Monte Carlo rally after the death of a spectator.

Rolls-Royce emerges tarnished, but lucky despite NZ$1.15b fine

Despite a heavy fine for corruption and bribery and a dent to its reputation, Rolls-Royce has been spared criminal conviction.

'For us it was too late' - but barriers could save other lives, says mum

Jesse Bucknell was a new dad when his truck left the road and hit a tree, killing him. A barrier could have saved his life.

Deer bounds around car dealership

The newest 2107 model at a luxury car dealership in the US is zippy and sleek and takes turns quickly.

Holden NZ's little salute to Greg Murphy in farewell to Aussie Commodore

There's a tip of the hat to Greg Murphy from Holden as limited-edition V8 models see out the Commodore with a bang in 2017.

Tesla avoids recall in probe of death linked to Autopilot

No evidence of defects after investigation into the death of a man whose Tesla hit a truck while using its Autopilot system.

Driver clocked at 146kmh in snowstorm wanted new car stereo

A motorist's excuse for speeding hit a bum note with police when she said she was late to have a new car stereo installed.

Alfa Romeo undercooks the saucy 4C

The Alfa Romeo 4C is the most exciting car from the serpent-brand for yonks. But it would be better if it was finished.

Man recovers beloved Holden Kingswood car by making citizen's arrest

Keith Millar took matters into his own hands to get his rare Holden Kingswood back.

Johnny Moore: ACC should penalise parents as harshly as motorcylists

Ease off motorcyclists ACC and focus on the real accident threat - parents. Johnny Moore writes.

Number of cycle helmet fines drops from 11,000 to 5500 in two years

Number of cyclists fined for not wearing a helmet has halved in two years, as police put focus elsewhere.

Eight shearing gang members injured in minivan crash near Gisborne

Van carrying eight-strong shearing gang hit tree near Gisborne

Airbus CEO sees 'flying car' prototype ready by end of year

The plane-maker's self-piloted flying car is an answer to congested cities and pollution.

Car wash bosses fight over new customers

Owners of neighbouring car wash businesses in China have clashed in a spectacular high pressure water fight.

Chargers for electric vehicles to be installed on Napier-Taupo Road

Drivers of electric cars will not have to worry about running out of steam on isolated highway

McLaren's Ferrari fighter set for Geneva debut

Next-gen active aerodynamics for Super Series coupe.

Police name cyclist who died in collision with truck in Gisborne

Death of Jason Houia has been referred to the coroner

Collecting everything from Matchbox cars to mini alcohol bottles a part of life for Michael

"People get singled out in life when you're born, it's something that's in you to collect and look after things."

F1 tech in Singapore's first hypercar, The Dendrobium

A fully electric revolution is headed to the Geneva Motor Show in the shape of Singapore's first-ever hypercar.

Ridiculous rides: Customised supercars in Japan

Epic gathering of supercars is spearheaded by a Murcielago customised with 24-carat gold.

Thieves make off with two rare Holdens from Waikato property

​The owner of two stolen Holden cars is desperate to get them back.

Reversing SUV hits and flips car

Pedal confusion is being blamed on a accident where an SUV reverses into a car and manages to flip it over.
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