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Treat for hotrod heads over holiday weekend

Treat for hotrod heads over holiday weekend

Hotrod enthusiasts are in for a treat over Labour Weekend when the New Zealand Hot Rod Association National Show hosts its first event in Otago for more than 10 years at Dunedin's Edgar Centre.

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New Mini Cooper S fresh, fun and funky

New Mini Cooper S fresh, fun and funky

Mini's latest offering, the funky Cooper, S caught Catherine Pattison up in its groove, making her reluctant to leave the highway.

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Seal fault behind Lexus recall

Seal fault behind Lexus recall

Toyota Australia has recalled 10,800 Lexus vehicles as part of a worldwide recall of more than 1.75 million vehicles.

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Muted response to Fiat Chrysler's Wall Street debut

Muted response to Fiat Chrysler's Wall Street debut

Investors cautiously greeted the Wall Street debut on Monday of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) , a move that shifts the carmaker's center of gravity away from Italy and caps a decade of canny dealmaking and tough restructuring by Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne.

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Ford must continue in V8s - drivers

Ford must continue in V8s - drivers

Bathurst 1000 winners Chaz Mostert and Paul Morris reckon it makes no sense and would be commercial suicide for Ford to exit the sport.

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Mercedes secures maiden F1 title

Mercedes secures maiden F1 title

The Formula One constructors' world championship trophy found a new home just down the road from Red Bull's factory in England on Sunday as Mercedes celebrated a historic first for their 'Silver Arrows' team.

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Big bike makers rev up in Southeast Asia

Big bike makers rev up in Southeast Asia

Roads in Southeast Asia have been getting a little louder lately as motorcycle makers, an aspiring middle class and easy bank credit come together to breed a new genus of motorcyclists - the big-bike rider.

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Yaris face freshened for European tastes

Yaris face freshened for European tastes

The mid-life update for the Toyota Yaris is an intriguing story; it's a facelift of a Japanese staple mainly paid for in Euros.

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Bathurst comes to Central speedway

Bathurst comes to Central speedway

While many Kiwi and Australian eyes will be glued to televisions tomorrow watching Bathurst unfold, the Central Motor Speedway will run its own version of the great race today.

Now into its fifth year, the annual Bathurst Race Day features Holden Commodores and Ford Falcons battling for glory in a three-hour epic.

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Ford Mustang: Horse power

Ford Mustang: Horse power

Surely it couldn't be possible that those metre-high, brightly-painted metal stakes spaced evenly along either side of the road were snow markers?

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The bold and the beautiful on show at Highlands

The bold and the beautiful on show at Highlands

The Giltrap Group Roadshow is coming to Highlands Motorsport Park on Friday and will give the public a chance to drool over the ultimate line-up of super sports cars and luxury GTs.

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BMW X4 - a strong, sporty SUV

BMW X4 - a strong, sporty SUV

BMW's insatiable desire to fill every market niche in the premium new vehicle market has continued with the arrival of the new X4. David Thomson puts the mid-sized 4x4 that thinks it is a coupe to the test.

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Pride driving Columb as he captains NZ

Pride driving Columb as he captains NZ

In the ultimate feat of redemption, Queenstown's Scott Columb will ride out as New Zealand captain at this weekend's Motocross of Nations (MoN) in Latvia, after missing out on the team last year.

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Young a pivotal figure in motorsport journalism

Young a pivotal figure in motorsport journalism

Eoin Young, the Kiwi who was for some three decades the most widely read and influential motor racing journalist in the world, died earlier this this month, aged 75.

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Nissan's new Qashqai - the urban experience and more

Nissan's new Qashqai - the urban experience and more

The second-generation Nissan Qashqai is a recent arrival to New Zealand. David Thomson puts the mid-range turbo-diesel TS variant through its paces.

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Motorhome design scaled down for NZ

Motorhome design scaled down for NZ

Hawea's Steve Rumore has plans to compact the campers he used to build on a grand scale in the United States into smaller, slide-on versions that can fit on either a ute deck or trailer.

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Ghibli - A serious grand tourer from Maserati

Ghibli - A serious grand tourer from Maserati

That Maserati's first ''volume'' model is still set to be a relatively rare sight on Kiwi roads is, in some senses, a rich irony. Yet it pays to put the optimal New Zealand registration count for the remainder of this year and for all of 2015, just 60 units in total, into context.

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A rough guide to pulling your weight

A rough guide to pulling your weight

On average, seven people a year are killed and 45 seriously injured in crashes involving a passenger or light commercial vehicle towing a trailer (including caravans, as well as boat, horse and garden trailers). David Thomson shares his tips for avoiding becoming a towing statistic, and for completing a towing journey with the minimum of fuss and bother.

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Winning Rover finds happy owner

Winning Rover finds happy owner

When Allan Scott decided to buy a race car, there was only ever going to be one choice.

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Renault's hot hatch back in NZ

Renault's hot hatch back in NZ

Let's call it eight months. Which is around 240 days. Which further works out to 430,200 minutes. Way too long, whichever way you think about it.

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