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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.

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.

It's not all 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.

A sad year for Aussie cars

This is the new Toyota Camry, which will arrive in New Zealand early next year.

Right now is a bitter-sweet time for the motoring scene in Australasia.

Holden's new hot Commodore

No more SS for Commodore beyond 2017; new performance flagship will be called VXR.

VXR V6 will replace SS V8 as performance Commodore next year.

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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.

Dunne wants gorge tunnel

Ohariu MP Peter Dunne, who is also leader of United Future, suggests a Ngauranga tunnel could run parallel to the main ...

United Future leader proposes 4km route in case Ngauranga Gorge shuts.

Slip closes part of SH4

The NZ Transport Agency has closed part of State Highway 4 until at least Friday afternoon.

State Highway 4 between Whanganui to Raetihi is closed while a large slip is assessed.

Bus driver slams Saddle Rd

Saddle Road near Ashhurst.

If the Saddle Road collapsed under the weight of a full bus, there could be carnage, bus driver says.

Safety concerns for dynamic lanes

In non-peak traffic times, the median strip down the centre of the road remains unchanged. One lane of traffic will run ...

Auckland Transport under fire over dynamic lane trial.

Waterview tunnel a truckie goldmine video

With travel times between the CBD and Mangere halved, operators have a cost saving of about $75 per truck, per hour or ...

An hour's trip now takes 30 minutes and freight operators are saving up to $600 a day thanks to the Waterview tunnel.

New Fords stuffed with $1.35m in pot video

Some of the packages of cannabis found stuffed into new Ford cars being delivered to the US from Mexico.

A curious US mechanic stumbles across a clue that led to big drug haul from new cars being delivered from Mexico.

Fatal crash on Kapiti Coast

The Serious Crash Unit are investigating a collision between a bus and car.

The road is open again after a collision between a bus and car left one person dead.

Manawatu Gorge closure ire

One of the last views into the Manawatu Gorge before the NZ Transport Agency pulled repair workers out because of ...

Frustrated residents meet authorities as main route closure nears three months.

Slips plague Manawatu Gorge video

The Manawatu Gorge has been closed since April, after two slips, including the one pictured.

The crumbling ravine has caused issues for decades, but any alternative comes with a heavy price tag.

Honda reveals new Accord

The 2018 Honda Accord Touring.

High-tech Japanese sedan breaks cover as New Zealand division awaits information.

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Dunne wants gorge tunnel

Ohariu MP Peter Dunne, who is also leader of United Future, suggests a Ngauranga tunnel could run parallel to the main ...

United Future leader proposes 4km route in case Ngauranga Gorge shuts.

Holden's new hot Commodore

VXR V6 will replace SS V8 as performance Commodore next year.

New Fords stuffed with $1.35m in pot video

Fatal crash on Kapiti Coast

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.

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.

A sad year for Aussie cars

This is the new Toyota Camry, which will arrive in New Zealand early next year.

Right now is a bitter-sweet time for the motoring scene in Australasia.

lifestyle vehicles

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.

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.

road tests

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.

Did Toyota get complacent?

Corolla is remarkable for its continuing sales success. But is there anything else?

New Corolla lacks pizzazz to add proof that popularity can cause developers and planners to become lazy.

Giulia is Alfa's second coming. Or have we done this before?

In the red corner... oh, never mind. Less frantic Veloce (left) still looks the part next to super-fast Quadrifoglio.

Italian brand is reborn... again. We hot the road in the Giulia Veloce and Quadrifoglio.

Hyundai 're-invents' the i30

Frontal design features a "cascading" grille and vertical daytime running lights.

The third generation i30 hatchback is so new in New Zealand, Hyundai have opted for the "re-invented" tag.

bikes

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.

Scrambler ready to ramble

Upright stance, wire wheels and high-riding exhaust system make this the looker of the Triumph 900 twin models.

New Triumph doesn't do what it says on the box. But don't take it so seriously.

shows

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.

Porche's most powerful 911 video

2017 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Everything you need to know about the German brand's latest road racer which will cost more than $500,000 in NZ.

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

Formula 1 cars to use 'halo'

Sebastian Vettel drives his Ferrrari with the halo, which will be compulsory for all cars from next year.

The controversial cockpit protection system will be used on Formula One cars from next year.

Another Munro sets land speed record video

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

Dixon's IndyCar lead narrows

Kiwi victory at Nurburgring

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Safety concerns for dynamic lanes

Auckland Transport under fire over dynamic lane trial.

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