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Nissan smartens up X-Trail

Nissan smartens up X-Trail

Nissan's new X-Trail wants to be noticed, Richard Bosselman writes.

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No harm at all in a little Highlands Fling

No harm at all in a little Highlands Fling

The Highlands Festival of Speed is bringing a celebrated bit of British racing culture back to Cromwell this weekend when it introduces the Highlands Fling.

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Holden covers bases with Colorado

Holden covers bases with Colorado

With light commercials and SUVs spearheading the current increase in new vehicle sales, Holden's update of its Colorado is timely. David Thomson reports.

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Strong home contingent for Rally Championship opener

Strong home contingent for Rally Championship opener

Youth will be pitted against experience as the six-­round New Zealand Rally Championship begins this weekend at the International Rally of Whangarei.

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Toyota recalls 6.4 million vehicles

Toyota recalls 6.4 million vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp, in its second-largest recall announcement, said on Wednesday that it would call back 6.39 million vehicles globally, and analysts saw automakers increasingly turning to recalls rather than risk bad publicity or legal costs.

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Hamilton triumphs in Bahrain GP thriller

Hamilton triumphs in Bahrain GP thriller

Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday after a duel with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg in a floodlit night race full of overtaking and wheel-to-wheel battles.

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VW's new Golfs impress on track

VW's new Golfs impress on track

Anger issues can be the ruin of a harmonious relationship, except, that is, when sporting versions of the VW Golf are concerned. With these, the hotter the temper, potentially the better the result.

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Holden Barina a whole lot of fun

Holden Barina a whole lot of fun

When Holden announced a performance version of its Barina was in the pipeline, hot­-hatch purists might well have raised an eyebrow; built in Korea, and known in most parts of the world as the Chevrolet Aveo, the current Barina seems an unlikely source car for sporting desire.

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McArthur nabs second in Superbike champs

McArthur nabs second in Superbike champs

Former Dunedin rider Tim McArthur finished second overall in the New Zealand Superbike Championship's 250 Production category, despite competing in only two rounds.

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Plenty of presence in Audi's RS Q3

Plenty of presence in Audi's RS Q3

For a small vehicle, Audi's new RS Q3 has big presence, writes Richard Bosselman.

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Hamilton takes honours at Malaysian GP

Hamilton takes honours at Malaysian GP

Briton's Lewis Hamilton won the Malaysian Grand Prix with a pole-to-flag victory ahead of Nico Rosberg on Sunday in a first Mercedes one-two since they returned to Formula One as a works team in 2010.

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Rule change opens door for cooler cars

Rule change opens door for cooler cars

The South Island Endurance Series (Sies), has altered its rules to allow ''cooler cars'' to be eligible, while still protecting the balance of professional and amateur drivers within teams.

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Toyota's petrol Prado a serious off-roader

Toyota's petrol Prado a serious off-roader

Petrol power is back on the menu for New Zealand's best-­selling and recently facelifted large SUV, the Toyota Landcruiser Prado. David Thomson has been putting it to the test on Otago roads and trails.

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Subaru's bad boy all grown up

Subaru's bad boy all grown up

Bogans, backwards baseball caps and booming stereos may well have been associated with the WRX brand in the past. Catherine Pattison forgot all these stereotypes when she was introduced to the new, grown­-up Subaru on the ultimate big kid's driveway.

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Toyota adds sedan to Corolla range

Toyota adds sedan to Corolla range

There are no prizes for guessing which car is the country's best-­selling compact.

It's the Toyota Corolla, of course, and by a country kilometre. The past year again saw this model achieve status as the country's No.1 passenger car -­ with 5193 sold ­- and Toyota boasts it has topped its segment for 28 years.

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4-series coupe a fine ride from BMW

4-series coupe a fine ride from BMW

When is the new BMW 3-series coupe not a BMW 3-series? When it is a 4-series instead. David Thomson explains, after a week behind the wheel of the company's new 435i.

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GM recalls 1.5 million more vehicles

GM recalls 1.5 million more vehicles

General Motors Co announced three more recalls on Monday, related to airbag deployment and other issues, and said it would take a $300 million charge primarily to cover the costs related to these actions as well as the previous recall for faulty ignition switches.

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Hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander leads the charge off road

Hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander leads the charge off road

In the same week that the local specification PHEV Outlander was shown to media, petrol rose in price; a mere 2c adjustment, but enough to remind us that, as much as we prefer not to consider it, fossil fuels are not in inexhaustible supply.

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Nissan covers bases with new Altima

Nissan covers bases with new Altima

A matter of months after the once popular Maxima slipped off the market, almost unnoticed, a replacement of a kind is available. David Thomson checks out the new Nissan Altima.

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High-­achieving engine gives Mazda3 wings

High-­achieving engine gives Mazda3 wings

The quality of a given technology is surely proven when a key rival is driven to seek to buy into it.

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