Who needs an SUV? Buy a classic wagon instead! video

The Ford representative was optioned up with the clever two way tailgate and had a manual transmission hooked up to its ...

Thinking about buying an SUV? How about a classic station wagon instead - they are surprisingly affordable.

The 112 year-long race video

Perched over the front axle,  Oscar Foucauld's navigator's seat was a slightly terrifying place to be.

A 112-year-old three-wheel French car is set to take on the 2019 Peking to Paris, aiming to finish a 13,840 km journey it started in 1907.

The world's fastest Porsche... on sand? video

Way more power, but not stripped out - weight is your friend when it comes to setting speed records on sand.

Zef Eisenberg holds a number of land speed records, but now he wants to go faster than anyone else on sand in a Porsche 911.

Young drivers avoid safety basics video

Despite four in five young kiwi drivers owning a car that is more than 10 years old almost 30 per cent haven't ever ...

New research has shown that while drivers under 25 own older cars, they are far less likely to carry out basic safety checks.

Meet NZ's cheapest pure-electric SUV video

Niro will come in 289 and 455 versions; the numbers tell you the range on a full charge.

It's still not cheap, but Kia's Niro EV will reduce the entry price of the pure plug-in tech for SUVs by thousands.

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Double bed with lane-keep assist video

Pressure sensors detect movement and then the bed automatically returns occupants to where they should be.

Now that Valentine's day is over, let's talk about the truth of long-term relationships: it's really hard to share space in bed and get a decent sleep.

One of life's little SUV luxuries video

Chunky styling detail says SUV, but UX is more like a raised hatchback.

Premium Japanese brand launches a baby SUV with a big-car price.

Dune buggy is back - as an EV video

Concept e-buggy based on VW's new electric-vehicle platform.

New modular EV platform serves as a base for reborn buggy.

BMW reveals monster SUVs video

The X3 M and X4 M are available in two new M-exclusive colours - Doningtion Grey metallic and Torino Red metallic.

BMW has cranked up the SUV madness with new M versions of its X3 and X4 models. As well as the most powerful Mini it has ever built.

GM, Amazon rumoured to invest in Rivian video

The Rivian R1T created quite a scene when it was unveiled at the Los Angeles show last year and now GM and Amazon are ...

Are General Motors and Amazon going to invest in EV pick-up/SUV start up Rivian? It looks likely.

Ford's doggy designer video

This is Emil. He helped make the boot in the new Ford Focus wagon much dog-friendlier.

Meet Emil, the dog who helped design a car.

Five best uses of the EV Contestable fund video

The YMCA in Invercargill will add  two second-hand EVs to its fleet.

The latest round of funding from the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund was announced recently. We look at five of the best.

Ford SUV trying to escape the ordinary video

Looks the part and ST Line does get some chassis modifications. It also just got a $10k price cut.

Underperforming Escape SUV gets a giddy-up with new ST Line. Oh, and a $10k price drop.

Forget Tesla, Lucid is aiming for Benz video

Unashamedly a luxury car, the Lucid Air will start at more than US$100,000.

Peter Rawlinson, chief technology officer at electric carmaker Lucid, tells why his vehicles are a step up from Tesla.

Is an 'elevated sports sedan' really just an SUV? video

Lights change colour depending on whether IMs is in manual or autonomous mode.

Nissan claims to have invented a whole new vehicle segment with its IMs concept: the "elevated sports sedan".

Off-road legend turns 40 video

No frills and seriously capable, the original G-Wagen became an icon that may well be impossible to replace.

The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen is an undeniable off-road legend. And it turns 40 years old this month.

Safety authority calls for toddler-saving technology video

ANCAP has called for manufacturers to place increased emphasis on occupant detection systems following the death of a ...

Australia’s crash testing authority is pleading for increased occupant detection systems following the death of a Sydney toddler last week.

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Car vs pole in Gisborne

Police have closed one lane on Chalmers Rd in Elgin lane after a car crashed into a power pole. (File photo)

Police say a driver has fled the scene after crashing into a power pole early Saturday morning.

Unauthorised WOF inspections

Hamilton inspector Michael Cox let unauthorised people use his credentials and did "poor quality" inspections.

Dune buggy is back - as an EV video

BMW reveals monster SUVs video

Trends in SUVs and Vans

BMW reveals monster SUVs video

The X3 M and X4 M are available in two new M-exclusive colours - Doningtion Grey metallic and Torino Red metallic.

BMW has cranked up the SUV madness with new M versions of its X3 and X4 models. As well as the most powerful Mini it has ever built.

Off-road legend turns 40 video

No frills and seriously capable, the original G-Wagen became an icon that may well be impossible to replace.

The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen is an undeniable off-road legend. And it turns 40 years old this month.

Two SUVs, one problem video

Diesel is the most popular fuel of choice among Santa Fe buyers, by a massive margin too.

Two of Korea's class-leading SUVs have seen their crowns slip a little. But they are still good.

Does diesel still do it for Touareg?

There's a lot of chrome gone into the latest Touareg. Most of it is right here in the grille.

The new VW Touareg is bigger and blingier than ever, but it is still powered by a diesel engine and there is no 7 seat option. Does that work?

lifestyle vehicles

One of life's little SUV luxuries video

Chunky styling detail says SUV, but UX is more like a raised hatchback.

Premium Japanese brand launches a baby SUV with a big-car price.

Dune buggy is back - as an EV video

Concept e-buggy based on VW's new electric-vehicle platform.

New modular EV platform serves as a base for reborn buggy.

Ford SUV trying to escape the ordinary video

Looks the part and ST Line does get some chassis modifications. It also just got a $10k price cut.

Underperforming Escape SUV gets a giddy-up with new ST Line. Oh, and a $10k price drop.

Diesel utes are saving the planet video

New Silverado (left) with previous version sold in right-hand drive by HSV in New Zealand.

Massive diesel-burning pickup trucks are paying for GM's electric and autonomous-vehicle future.

road tests

Ford SUV trying to escape the ordinary video

Looks the part and ST Line does get some chassis modifications. It also just got a $10k price cut.

Underperforming Escape SUV gets a giddy-up with new ST Line. Oh, and a $10k price drop.

Small SUV, big value video

Suzuki has given the Vitara a fresh new face for 2019. Thankfully all that chrome can be optioned away.

The popular Suzuki Vitara gets a fresh look for 2019.

Even in smallest Merc, bigger is better video

A 250 looks identical to entry A 200 - although this one wears some extras, including 19-inch AMG wheels.

The A-class might be the cheapest Benz, but don't be tempted to buy the least expensive version.

HSV lands a right-hook video

HSV is keeping its V8 flame alive with "remanufactured" RHD American icons like the Camaro.

HSV muscles up to the Mustang with a re-manufactured right-hook Camaro.

bikes

Red Knights hit the highway

Bluff Red Knight Motorcycle club members and firefighters Mike Haines, Rangi Goodman, Terry Osborne and Grey Russel ...

New Zealand's southern most branch of the Red Knights motorcycle club have departed from Bluff on a two week journey to Cape Reinga and back.

'Left-field' honour for Affleck

The Late Wayne Affleck was honoured with the introduction of the Affleck Maverick Trophy at the 2019 Burt Munro Trophy ...

Kevin Kinghan has been awarded the inaugural Affleck Maverick Trophy at the 2019 Burt Munro Trophy prizegiving.

'Burt' retains its appeal video

Nelson based rider Jonny Lewis has attended five Burt Munro's, and is the south with his family, wife Lauren, and ...

"I've got to be honest, I don't know if we would have come to Invercargill if it wasn't for the Burt Munro ... we love the place now."

The Spirit of Munro rides on gallery video

Lee Munro gets ready to ride the Spirit of Munro bike at Oreti Beach during the Burt Munro Challenge on Friday.

Spectators donned denim and leather instead of togs and jandles at Oreti Beach on Friday.

shows

Motorheads share dreams

Kids take a train ride of sorts around the Morrinsville Motorama.

After rain washed out last year's event, the Morrinsville Motorama has returned in style.

Hispano-Suiza to return at Geneva video

Hispano-Suiza teased its comeback with this photo of the Carmen's carbon fibre monocoque.

The Geneva Motor Show will see the world debut of a new fully-electric hyperlux grand tourer from a forgotten Spanish manufacturer.

The Toyota Supra is back! video

Toyota says the Supra has perfect 50:50 weight distribution and that the 3.0-litre six version should rattle off the 0 ...

Toyota has finally revealed the all-new Supra at the Detroit motor show.

Top car tech trends from CES video

The Consumer Electronics Show is rapidly becoming a car show as manufacturers flock there to present their vision of the ...

Every year the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas attracts more car makers keen to show off the near - and distant - future of cars.

customs & classics

Ticking Americarna off the bucket list

75-year-old Aileen Cutting-Gardner is ticking Americarna off her bucket list after she almost died in 2015.

Aileen Cutting-Gardner almost sold her Mustang after spending a year in hospital with a bacterial infection. She's glad she didn't.

Americarna in Taranaki

Kerry Hodge from Palmerston North is gearing up for his seventh Americarna, which starts on Wednesday.

Engines will roar and the Star Spangled Banner in Taranaki this week.

The defeater of men

The couple have had the classic car for three years and thought it would be a cool project but never found the time.

Down a long Taranaki driveway, hidden in a dusty old work shed sits a 1929 Buick that has defeated many men. 

Costly tour for true fans video

Iconic cars from an iconic movie. No, this isn't a shot from the movie and, yes, that is a Starbucks in the background.

The Ultimate Italian Job Tour isn't cheap, but if you are a fan it is appealing.

quizzes

Where is your new car built?

The Toyota Camry Atara SX which is sold new in New Zealand. But do you know where it is actually built?

The geographical net has to be cast worldwide to find out where NZ's new cars are built.

Quiz: Super behinds

Can you recognise these beauties just by looking at their rears?

Quiz: Motoring on

Quiz: Know your tail-lights

Motorsport

Lawson signs with Red Bull video

Liam Lawson celebrates his Castrol Toyota Racing Series victory with M2 Competition owner Jonathan Moury.

Kiwi driver wins contract with racing giant's junior team, and will be mentored by Brendon Hartley.

Mercedes boss' Brexit fears video

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff fears the effect a no-deal Brexit would have as his team seeks a sixth consecutive title.

Hartley set for Le Mans return

Kiwi ‘Skippy’ on verge of motorsport history

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The 112 year-long race

A 112-year-old three-wheel French car is set to take on the 2019 Peking to Paris, aiming to finish a 13,840 km journey it started in 1907.

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