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New 911 GTS a circuit commuter

Porsche's GTS models bridge the gap between road and track. This is the $264,600 911 Carrera 2 version.

There's yet another new 911 model. Confused? Us too. But we still love the road-to-racetrack GTS.

Faulty airbag kills Aussie

Takata airbags are subject to a worldwide recall. (File photo)

Takata airbags have now been attributed to 17 deaths worldwide, including a near decapitation.

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.

How to deal with tailgaters video

Tailgating is a big problem. But slamming on your brakes isn't the solution.

There's a surprisingly easy way to get following traffic to back off.

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.

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Cost to fix police cars peaks

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.

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.

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.

Why not a Ngauranga tunnel?

The landslip in Ngauranga Gorge that closed State Highway 1 last week. Dunne says a tunnel would provide an alternative ...

After a slip closed the gorge route into Wellington, Peter Dunne says we should consider a tunnel.

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.

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.

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Cost to fix police cars peaks

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.

Faulty airbag kills Aussie

Takata airbags have now been attributed to 17 deaths worldwide, including a near decapitation.

Seatbelt message fails to click video

Honeymoon hoon's 202kmh pickle

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

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.

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.

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

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Seatbelt message fails to click

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

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