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Distinctions in self-driving cars

If the companies that manufacture them were able to unleash the full autonomous driving capabilities of their latest premium cars, what could those cars do?

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Hammering the AMG into Mercedes-Benz

Time behind the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG E63 S that features in Drivesouth today had me thinking about the now legendary AMG Hammer sedan of 1986

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Upping the ante on warranty cover

The traditional three-year /100,000km new car warranty could become history in New Zealand, following Ford's announcement of five years' warranty cover with unlimited kilometres.

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Wanted: An ounce of racing luck

To what extent are there genuinely unlucky drivers in the rarefied world of Formula One?

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Electric perceptions

Significant gaps between perception and reality are a recurring theme that I have been pondering in the context of electric vehicles of late.

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Holden rolls back the years

This winter is throwing plenty of early challenges at Otago motorists, but based on what I observed driving to and from Queenstown last weekend, most folk are responding well.

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Things don't always go to plan

When I scheduled a road test of Hyundai's new i30 N hot hatch for this weekend's Drivesouth, I did so partly in the hope it would dovetail with an opportunity to reflect on a strong performance by a certain Hyundai driver in last weekend's Portuguese round of the World Rally Championship.

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Harder motoring breeds manners

It's good to be back. That was my thought on landing at Dunedin last Saturday following a sojourn in England that included covering roughly 1600km over nine days behind the wheel of a Renault Clio rental car.

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Driver, car reunited decades on

The Drivesouth Otago Rally Fest has been and gone for another year, attracting a big contingent of visitors from throughout New Zealand and overseas, as well as a large number of local fans.

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Otago Rally under way

Unless you are an unusually early riser, by the time you read this editorial the competitive stages that comprise the 2018 Drivesouth Otago Rally Fest will be under way.

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