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High refinement in Mercedes CDI

High refinement in Mercedes CDI

Devotees of Mercedes-Benz will be familiar with the CLS. A rakish four-door, coupe-style take on the E-Class saloon, it was launched back in 2004 and a second-generation version appeared in 2010.

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Quinn has high hopes for hillclimb special

Quinn has high hopes for hillclimb special

Wanted: A driver for a lightweight, 850hp (633kW), hillclimb-demolishing car in April's Race to the Sky.

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Sundstrum Rally gentle challenge for all

Sundstrum Rally gentle challenge for all

The annual Sundstrum Rally returns next Saturday to once again offer a motorised clash of minds and the chance to do some orienteering on wheels.

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Lexus flexes SUV muscles

Lexus flexes SUV muscles

Lexus has filled a vital niche in its line-up with the new NX.  David Thomson puts this new luxury SUV through its paces.

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Genesis an impressive premium sedan from Hyundai

Genesis an impressive premium sedan from Hyundai

Who will be attracted to Hyundai's just-released premium sedan, the Genesis?

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Plenty to like in VW's practical Polo

Plenty to like in VW's practical Polo

Volkswagen is expecting big things of its latest CrossPolo supermini SUV. David Thomson slips behind the wheel to see how it fares in local conditions.

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Paddon prepares for chilly WRC return

Paddon prepares for chilly WRC return

Instead of a baptism by fire, Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon's return to the 2015 World Rally Championship will be on ice and snow as he wrestles with the frozen roads of Rally Sweden this week.

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Mercedes hits mark with new C-Class

Mercedes hits mark with new C-Class

Mercedes-Benz has high ambitions for its latest C-Class. David Thomson tests the C200 variant to see if the new machine delivers.

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Delight as Highlands team backs Race to the Sky

Delight as Highlands team backs Race to the Sky

Race to the Sky (RTTS) founder Grant Aitken is ''delighted and excited'' the event he put on for a decade until 2007, will be back on April 17-19 under the stewardship of Highlands Motorsport Park.

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Toyota's 2WD workhorse gains extra appeal

Toyota's 2WD workhorse gains extra appeal

In one of those odd ironies of life, at the very time Toyota has been promoting the Hilux as New Zealand's top-selling four-wheel-drive utility, a two-wheel-drive variant of the same machine was dispatched to Drivesouth for appraisal.

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Muscle cars meet in transtasman thriller

Muscle cars meet in transtasman thriller

Dunedin race driver Steve Scoles enjoys the camaraderie of muscle car racing and he is in some fine company this weekend at the Highlands Festival of Speed.

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Hyundai plays a reprise

Hyundai plays a reprise

Take a letter, add a number, create a cool persona: Alpha-numerics work well for some car companies, BMW being the best example, but not all.

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Honda is on the move

Honda is on the move

The new, fifth-generation Honda Odyssey has made it to our shores. David Thomson hops aboard to ponder the vehicle's importance in the booming people-mover segment.

It is close on 10 years since people-movers were last as significant in the new vehicle market as they are right now, and almost as long since Honda's once popular Odyssey was more han a bit-player.

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2014's best cars: part 2

2014's best cars: part 2

David Thomson and Richard Bosselman conclude their review of cars that made a real impression last year by picking their SUV and sports car favourites, as well as an overall winner.

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New Skoda Scout a spacious surprise

New Skoda Scout a spacious surprise

Plenty of fun, not a lot of badges: That's my memory of adolescent years as a boy scout.

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The best cars from 2014, part 1

The best cars from 2014, part 1

David Thomson and Richard Bosselman ease into 2015 by looking back at the cars from the year just past that left a real impression. They start in this issue with small, medium, large and luxury cars.

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New Subaru Outback a good fit for Kiwis

New Subaru Outback a good fit for Kiwis

Subaru's latest version of the Outback is being touted as being produced especially for the marque's greatest drivers - New Zealanders. Catherine Pattison found out on the predominantly off-road Central Otago launch drive that it is a suitable fit for southerners.

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Pocket rockets make NZ debut

Pocket rockets make NZ debut

Highlands Motorsport Park will be buzzing to the tune of more than 40 pocket rockets as the popular Aussie Racing Cars (ARC) make their New Zealand debut at January's classic race meeting.

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Manual Mazda hatch maintains high standard

Manual Mazda hatch maintains high standard

The new Mazda 3 - confirmed on Thursday night as New Zealand's 2014 car of the year - has already impressed Drivesouth this year, when tested in both 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre automatic four-door guise. Now the manual SP25 five-door hatchback has also passed through our hands.

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Kia's new Pro_cee'd GT a soul-stirrer

Kia's new Pro_cee'd GT a soul-stirrer

As surely as its name defies the rules of punctuation, the new Pro_cee'd GT challenges the accepted view of what Kia can offer the enthusiastic driver. David Thomson reports.

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