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Holden chasing SUV market

Holden chasing SUV market

Sport is still a priority for Holden and Bathurst credibility still counts, yet changing consumer trends that signalled the end for Australian-made six and eight-cylinder performance sedans have also accelerated the intent to hit a different kind of track.

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Upgraded CX-3 even sweeter

Upgraded CX-3 even sweeter

THE CX-3 has been a star performer for Mazda since its launch in late 2015, and in the normal run of motoring play, a mid-life upgrade would be at least a year away. However, with new rivals arriving thick and fast, Hiroshima's compact SUV has been given an early update.

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Plenty of Otago action anticipated

Plenty of Otago action anticipated

Otago drivers will be competing in circuit racing and rallying today as the South Island Endurance Series (SIES) wraps up and the New Zealand Rally Championship enters its penultimate round.

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Poise and Grace of Ford Focus Sport

Poise and Grace of Ford Focus Sport

Truth be known, this is a road test that should not be appearing in Drivesouth: to cut a long story short, a few weeks back we were due to take delivery of the latest Ford Escape mid-sized SUV for appraisal. But, as sometimes happens, problems arose along the way, and the vehicle earmarked for testing was no longer able to come to Dunedin.

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Suzuki Swift up to the challenge

Suzuki Swift up to the challenge

On the face of it, Suzuki can be well-pleased with the initial response to the third-generation Swift.

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Henderson ahead despite drama

Henderson ahead despite drama

Chris Henderson has made it two from two in the one-hour race at the South Island Endurance Series (SIES), although his win on Saturday was not without drama.

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Subaru unleashes new WRX

Subaru unleashes new WRX

There is nothing better than low adhesion conditions to bring the best out of high-grip hardware, but even with rain squalls lashing the Hampton Downs circuit, Subaru's updated performance cars didn't let go easily.

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No mistakes as Cox smashes record

No mistakes as Cox smashes record

Mechanical issues robbed him last year but Sloan Cox made no mistake this time round as he set a course record on his way to top honours at last weekend's Ashley Forest Rallysprint.

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Range Rover Velar hiding in plain sight

Range Rover Velar hiding in plain sight

True Range Rover aficionados will recognise the historical context of Velar; it's the project name given to the pre-production prototypes of the very first of the Range Rover over four and a-half decades ago.

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Old girl still getting out and about

Old girl still getting out and about

Murray and Jenny Pryde's 1915 Ford Model T Roadster requires knowledge born of long-term ownership to both start and drive.

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The art of the inspirational VW Arteon

The art of the inspirational VW Arteon

Having now firmly established itself as a car buyers' favoured lower-level premium choice, Volkswagen is looking upwards with the Arteon.

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Kia bringing the zing

Kia bringing the zing

Kia's large car line-up for New Zealand is set to gain even more performance zing with the upcoming launch of the Stinger 5-door high- performance liftback.

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Kia steps up with performance saloon

Kia steps up with performance saloon

Late last year Drivesouth welcomed the new Kia Optima, proclaiming it the best large saloon yet from the Korean firm.

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Leader of the pack

Leader of the pack

If you want confirmation of the importance of sports utility vehicles to mainstream car-makers in 2017, pause and consider this startling piece of information: eight of the top-l0-selling new vehicles in New Zealand so far this year are SUVs.

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Enduro series bursts into life

Enduro series bursts into life

The three-round South Island Endurance Series (SIES) bursts into life today at Invercargill's Teretonga Park, with plenty of Otago drivers racing in both the one-hour and three-hour championships.

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Night racing music to the ears

Night racing music to the ears

With all the flashing neon lights brightening the night sky, North Taieri residents may wonder if there is a disco going on in the neighbourhood.

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Trax stays on track

Trax stays on track

When Holden launched the Trax in 2013, it was, in some respects, a vehicle ahead of its time: a compact sports utility spawned from a front-wheel drive light car platform.

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Otago men honoured at MSNZ awards

Otago men honoured at MSNZ awards

Two humble Otago men, who have contributed significantly to car rallies in the region, were recognised at the Motor Sport New Zealand (MSNZ) 50th anniversary of rallying event last weekend.

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Hyundai Ioniq true to its word

Hyundai Ioniq true to its word

How about this for an illustration of the rapid march of electric vehicle (EV) technology.

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Kia's Niro hybrid would be welcome

Kia's Niro hybrid would be welcome

Kia is considering adding the Niro hybrid SUV to the local line-up, and has dispatched a couple of examples to New Zealand for evaluation. David Thomson gets behind the wheel of one. 

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