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Kia's new manual Rio is the pick of the crop

Kia's new manual Rio is the pick of the crop

When Drivesouthintroduced the latest, fourth generation of the Kia Rio a few months back, the brand's prediction that 90% of buyers would choose the four-speed automatic version over the six-speed manual was prominently referenced.

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Mazda's roadster is a driver's delight

Mazda's roadster is a driver's delight

For more than a quarter of a century, the Mazda MX-5 has reigned supreme as the world's favourite mass-market soft-top sports car.

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Henderson relishes status as underdog

Henderson relishes status as underdog

We call it the journalist's curse, others call it jinxing. Whatever you call it, writing about a driver before an event can be regarded as tempting fate.

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Swift by name

Swift by name

Three times a charm is all very well, but unruffled success for three generations of any car is a big order few can fulfil, so there's no doubt the latest Suzuki Swift has a lot to live up to.

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Internationally-respected writer

Internationally-respected writer

‘‘There's this thing ... it's international and could be fun. Do you fancy having a go?''

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Paddon’s new co-driver shares about shift

Paddon’s new co-driver shares about shift

Englishman Seb Marshall is about to become a regular fixture in New Zealand's motorsport media, so Catherine Pattison decided to find out a bit more about Hayden Paddon's new co-driver.

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The Peugeot GT is moving with the times

The Peugeot GT is moving with the times

At a time when buyer interest in compact lifestyle SUVs is burgeoning, and an increasing number of manufacturers are playing in this space, it is easy to overlook some of the less obvious options. David Thomson has been trying one such vehicle, the Peugeot 2008.

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Borrowing some Paddon style

Borrowing some Paddon style

The latest version of Hyundai's small car, the i20, is offered in both standard hatchback and high-riding semi-SUV guise. David Thomson has been out and about in the latter.

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Gilmore looking to defend Canterbury title

Gilmore looking to defend Canterbury title

Rally Canterbury will forever be a favourite for Emma Gilmour after her historic victory last year, and she hopes to repeat the feat tomorrow.

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VW Tiguan's reputation well earned

VW Tiguan's reputation well earned

When Drivesouth provided a road test of Volkswagen's new Tiguan SUV late last year, it was penned by our North Island-based contributor Richard Bosselman as he was one of the lucky few who secured access to the machine to complete a full appraisal within a few weeks of its official launch.

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Classy cabriolets from Mercedes

Classy cabriolets from Mercedes

Can the drop-top version of Mercedes-Benz's acclaimed C-Class live up to the fine reputation of its hard-top counterparts? David Thomson takes the wheel of the base model C200 cabriolet and flagship AMG C63 S variants to find out.

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Top single-seaters returning to Teretonga

Top single-seaters returning to Teretonga

A combined community effort has culminated in Teretonga Park, in Invercargill, being confirmed as one of the venues for next season's Premier Motorsport Championship.

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Skoda's new Kodiak cool and clever

Skoda's new Kodiak cool and clever

Travelling through the Yukon Territory and into Alaska around 10 years ago, I learned a lot about North America's largest predator.

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COMC adds women's class

COMC adds women's class

Wanaka's Jody Tuffs is a keen advocate for women motocross riders, even if it has to be from her armchair for the time being.

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Thomas takes customising to a new level

Thomas takes customising to a new level

Otago Sports Car Club (OSCC) vice-president Jake Thomas, of Mosgiel, has a long list of people to thank as he nears the completion of his Toyota Levin AE85 build.

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Land Rover on the mark with new Discovery

Land Rover on the mark with new Discovery

Settling in behind the wheel of the latest Discovery, I took a moment to pray it wouldn't provide as much excitement as my last Land Rover outing.

Then, as today, the undertaking comprised a solid day of off-roading, but the circumstances were very different.

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Mission accomplished in Mazda's CX-5

Mission accomplished in Mazda's CX-5

Joining the team designing the current Mazda BT-50 and Ford Ranger on the eve of the vehicles' 2011 release allowed Mazda executive Masaya Kodama the rare experience of free time.

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Packards to pull crowd at airshow

Packards to pull crowd at airshow

''Packard people are coming from everywhere,'' bringing their luxury classic vehicles to display at next year's Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow, South Pacific Packard Car Club member Robert Duncan said.

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Drivers speed up preparations for NZRC

Drivers speed up preparations for NZRC

A short turn-around between New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) rounds has seen Balclutha-based Rhys Gardner's team put in some long hours in the workshop.

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Update propels Holden Colorado ahead

Update propels Holden Colorado ahead

Holden versus Ford equals Commodore versus Falcon. For as long as most of us can remember, this equation has defined the fiercest rivalry in New Zealand and Australian automotive circles.

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