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Still just ahead of the hatch pack

To ensure Golf maximises its time in the sun, VW has created a dress-up version called the R-Line.

New VW Golf doesn't exactly respect the R-brand. But it's a great small-car all the same.

Hot coupe is steer-by-wire

Q60 coupe is the newest model in the Infiniti lineup. Most hi-tech too, with a steer-by-wire system.

8:33 AM  New coupe has computer-controlled steering, but still puts lots of power to the back wheels.

Luxury car landscape 'changing'

Lexus New Zealand senior general manager Paul Carroll.

Lexus boss Paul Carroll's vision for growth includes a belief that their back-story strengthens the brand.

Misunderstood SUV is good

Tailgate is electrically operated, and can be activated by swiping a foot under the rear bumper.

9:49 AM  Do you know about the Ford Escape? Really?

Lighter, faster Lotus Evora

2017 Lotus Evora GT430.

4 min ago  British car maker reveals most hardcore model yet.

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Manawatu Gorge alternative urgent

Contractors work in the Manawatu Gorge earlier this year. Their efforts have so far been futile.

OPINION: For over 130 years, bits of the Manawatu Gorge have been falling down. But this time it might be closed forever.

Person trapped in car

The single car crash was on a tricky road, north of Wellington. (File photo)

The driver has been flown to hospital with serious injuries.

Mad about Mike video

"Benny's a big fan of Mad Mike because he goes to daycare with Mike's kid," dad Adam Liversedge said.

Champion Kiwi drifter "Mad Mike" Whiddett is proving a big draw card for Auckland car show audiences.

Millions spent fixing police cars

A police car comes to a final halt after crashing through a Hamilton property in June.

More than $8 million has been spent fixing damaged police cars in the past three years, with costs peaking in 2016.

Seatbelt message fails to click video

Freezing worker Danielle Kiriau, 17, was not wearing a seatbelt when she died in a car crash along with brother Shannon ...

Big rise in numbers killed when not wearing belts raises questions over safety ads.

Honeymoon hoon's 202kmh pickle

Brazilian surgeon Marco Filho, adjusting his belt after leaving the Hamilton courthouse on Friday, was charged with ...

Safe to say the Brazilian speedster is not in the good books of his new wife.

Sporty coupe reveal at Speedshow

The Lexus LC 500 coupe.

Lexus is all set to unveil its flagship luxury coupe to the New Zealand public.

Tiny engines that we really love

Mercedes-Benz E 200 coupe goes large on the styling and technology, very small on the engine: a 2.0-litre four.

These cars prove there is a substitute for cubes: clever technology.

Wow factor now populist

This is the first example of the eagerly awaited Civic Type R in NZ. With a 2007 model hot on its tail!

Some of the most exciting enthusiast cars of 2017 as are based on ordinary hatchbacks and sedans.

Our top 10 vehicles list almost carless

Toyota's Hiace van sells big to tradies and the rental industry.

What is going on? Just one conventional car in the top 10 of vehicles sold in New Zealand so far in 2017.

Lay off the boy racers, who don't even exist

Signs of burn outs on Summit Rd.

OPINION: Boy racers are fictional characters made up to scare old people.

Taxi sideswipe under investigation

Ann Clouston says her car was sideswiped by a Capital Taxis driver in Wellington on Tuesday night.

Couple with young son say driver acknowledged prang, then drove away.

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Lighter, faster Lotus Evora

2017 Lotus Evora GT430.

7 min ago  British car maker reveals most hardcore model yet.

Luxury car landscape 'changing'

Lexus boss Paul Carroll's vision for growth includes a belief that their back-story strengthens the brand.

Person trapped in car

Beautiful coupe now wows NZ video

Trends in SUVs and Vans

Wow factor now populist

This is the first example of the eagerly awaited Civic Type R in NZ. With a 2007 model hot on its tail!

Some of the most exciting enthusiast cars of 2017 as are based on ordinary hatchbacks and sedans.

Our top 10 vehicles list almost carless

Toyota's Hiace van sells big to tradies and the rental industry.

What is going on? Just one conventional car in the top 10 of vehicles sold in New Zealand so far in 2017.

We are in love with SUVs

Coming soon - the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

Queen sang about the car being the "machine of a dream" but for Kiwis that vehicle is the SUV.

Not all in-car tech is Apple or Android

Every car's cabin is different, but an Apple CarPlay display will always look pretty much like this.

It seems carmakers can't afford to to ignore Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But one small group is going to try.

lifestyle vehicles

Merc ute revealed, NZ-bound early-2018 video

Entry-level Pure is the most rugged and functional of the three X-class models.

First-ever one-tonner from German maker aims to cover all of the bases, from fleet to luxury-lifestyle.

Utes are becoming luxury cars

Want to talk work-life balance? Modern pickups can do everything. As they should: they cost a lot.

Like so many country properties, the pickup-truck is being gentrified big-time.

All in with $400k Bentley video

Would you do this with a $285k SUV? Actually, this optioned-up Bentley Bentayga is more like $350k.

The super-expensive Bentayga SUV will seldom go off-road. Shame, because it can.

New Honda CR-V is longer, wider, taller

The new fifth-generation Honda CR-V, just arrived in New Zealand.

Honda's all new CR-V just about the jumps the launch queue with its early New Zealand arrival.

road tests

The first 1000km in our Toyota Prius PHV

Prius PHV at a racetrack. That's "at" a racetrack, not "on" a racetrack. Let's not be silly.

It's not pure-of-EV-heart, but our plug-in Prius is still proving to be an extremely green choice.

Saddle Rd upgrades to begin

Saddle Rd was under snow on Thursday. From Saturday, it will be under repair.

The road will be taken down to one lane or closed for hours each day while the work is done.

Small drop-top a big surprise

Yes, it has image-issues. But SLC's hydraulic steering and strong engine make it a serious sports car.

The SLC is the cheapest and oldest open-top car in the Merc range. But it might be the most fun.

Cheapest Kodiaq still loaded for bear

This very big SUV has a very small engine: 1.4-litre, with front-drive.

The 1.4-litre, front-drive Kodiaq Ambition might just be all the SUV you need.

bikes

Another Munro sets land speed record video

Watch: Lee Munro - great-nephew of Burt Munro - screams across California desert on high-powered custom Indian Scout

Fifty years after Burt Munro set a land speed record, his great-nephew emulates him.

A master of all trades

Never mind the razor-cut form of the Superduke 1290 GT, experience the amazing way it functions.

This is arguably the most complete sport-touring motorcycle on the NZ market.

BMW brings quality to G 310 R

G 310 R is key to BMW Motorrad's plan to build more than 200,000 motorcycles per annum.

Learner bikes seldom offer as much status and quality as BMW's G 310 R.

Following in Burt's tyre tracks

Lee Munro with the 2017 Indian Scout he plans to ride at Bonneville.

History might be about to repeat itself as Lee Munro prepares to follow his great-uncle Burt to Bonneville.

shows

Sporty coupe reveal at Speedshow

The Lexus LC 500 coupe.

Lexus is all set to unveil its flagship luxury coupe to the New Zealand public.

Take a spin in a $43m classic video

The Ferrari 250 GTO owned by Pink Floyd drummer and car enthusiast Nick Mason.

Music and motoring combined to help celebrate 70 years of Ferrari at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Jaguar lays down Goodwood Law video

Jaguar XJR-12 D.

A nearly 30-year-old race car has posted the fastest run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Watch: Mad Mike's drifting frenzy video

Mad Mike Whiddett rips it up at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Kiwi Mad Mike Whiddett has lit up the Goodwood Festival of Speed in his Mazda MX5.

customs & classics

Beatle's famous Rolls-Royce going home video

John Lennon's Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Rolls-Royce Phantom V.

An exclusive Rolls-Royce exhibition is getting a little help from a colourful version once owned by John Lennon.

'New' 1957 Jaguar worth $1.76m

Essentially a D-Type racer for the road, XKSS is one of the world's rarest cars. But a little less rare now.

The rebooted XKSS is the first to be completed of a production run of just nine cars.

Steve McQueen loved his rare Jaguar video

Steve McQueen was not only the King of Cool, but also an obsessive collector of cool cars and bikes.

The "King of Cool" made these rare Jaguars famous and now a $1.76m example is being delivered to NZ.

Fast car comes home

Ernie Caske, 94, has been reunited with the Speedway Midget Car he built in 1946 - 71 years ago.

A 94-year-old Manawatu man has been reunited with the speedy car he built in 1946.  

quizzes

Quiz: Super behinds

Motoring quiz

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

Quiz: Motoring on

How well have you been keeping up with all the latest motoring news?

Quiz: Know your tail-lights

Are you a shining light?

Motorsport

Uncertain future for Hartley, Bamber

Timo Bernhard and Kiwis Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber have been on the podium in all four of their races this season.

They are killing it in the World Endurance Championship, but top Kiwi drivers Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber could both be looking for jobs at the end of the season.

Warkworth's speedway prodigy

Once a student at Warkworth Primary who frequented the Whangateau dirt track, Scotty is now living and competing in California.

Formula 1 cars to use 'halo'

Another Munro sets land speed record video

Video

Mad about Mike

Champion Kiwi drifter "Mad Mike" Whiddett is proving a big draw card for Auckland car show audiences.

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