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Otago drivers finish on the podium

Otago drivers finish on the podium

Otago drivers were among the podium place-getters at the Classic SpeedFest at Teretonga Park in Invercargill last weekend.

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Renault a brother from another mother

Renault a brother from another mother

Surely nothing better sums up the internationalism of the car business than a French-designed car, largely engineered by the Japanese, and built in South Korea.

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Rally to make two stops in Otago

Rally to make two stops in Otago

The Sh*tbox Rally New Zealand is not only set apart from other more traditional car events by its unusual name.

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Battling the enemy within the Lexus IS

Battling the enemy within the Lexus IS

Selling fewer sedans than its German rivals is one issue Lexus hopes to remedy, and selling fewer sedans than SUV crossovers is a no-less challenging situation the brand also aims to alleviate.

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Accent on roominess with Suzuki Baleno

Accent on roominess with Suzuki Baleno

While Suzuki is pinning most of its hopes for a further 2017 sales boost on the new Ignis compact SUV, it is also covering its bases at the budget end of the new-car market with the far more conventional Baleno.

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Suzuki's Big small car fires up

Suzuki's Big small car fires up

Last year's sales count for Suzuki New Zealand was a cracker - 18% year-on-year growth and 5311 registrations in the bag - only surpassed once since it started up in the 1970s.

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Time no longer on their side

Time no longer on their side

Dunedin-based Dippie brothers Allan and Martin are regular competitors in fast-paced Porsches on the country's race-tracks and tarmac events, but they took a more historic pair of vehicles to last weekend's Leadfoot Festival.

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Scion shows he too can scoot

Scion shows he too can scoot

Dunedin motocross rider Grason Veitch (14) learnt to ride a motorbike not long after he learned to walk and 12 years later that almost innate knowledge is paying dividends.

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New Impreza bigger and comes with more tech

New Impreza  bigger and comes with more tech

Going big by starting small: That's one way of describing the impact that the new Impreza will have on Subaru's fortunes. The model itself is off to a great start, being named Japan's car of the year at the end of 2016, but ultimately it's the underpinning for this entry to the brand that will make bigger impact.

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Updates improved in specs and style for Holden

Updates improved in specs and style for Holden

For Holden, this year is about the Commodore seeing out the current car and introducing the new _ but, at present, two small matters are also occupying the company.

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Mixed weekend for Leitch in series

Mixed weekend for Leitch in series

Cromwell-based driver Brendon Leitch experienced the good and the bad that comes with motorsport over the two-day 2017 Castrol Toyota Racing Series (TRS) round three at Teretonga Park last weekend.

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Picks of the Year 2016 - Part 2

Picks of the Year 2016 - 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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Picks of the Year 2016 - Part 1

Picks of the Year 2016 - Part 1

David Thomson and Richard Bosselman ease into 2017 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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Technology puts Mercedes ahead of the pack

Technology puts Mercedes ahead of the pack

A blend of cutting-edge technology, a stunning cabin and fine luxury saloon dynamics have propelled the latest Mercedes-Benz E-Class to 2016 New Zealand Car of the Year honours.

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Mercedes’ crossover shapes up

Mercedes’ crossover shapes up

Everything going to plan, the GLC medium crossover would be the top-selling Mercedes- Benz by now.

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Fantastic weekend for Kiwi motorsport

Fantastic weekend for Kiwi motorsport

Last weekend was a big one for New Zealand motorsport. It saw Shane van Gisbergen win his first Supercars championship title, fellow Kiwi Supercars driver Scott McLaughlin secure third place in the hard-fought Australian championship and Europe-based Kiwi Earl Bamber was confirmed to race for the Porsche LMP1 team.

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Skoda Octavia a blend of performance and practicality

Skoda Octavia a blend of performance and practicality

Drive a sizzling hot hatch or a two-seater sports car in your 20s and early 30s, before surrendering to a life in which motoring choices are family rather than fun-focused; this has been the motoring-life trajectory of millions of folk around the world, Kiwis included, for years. The only major change in recent times has been that medium-sized SUVs and semi-SUVs have largely supplanted conventional wagons and specialised people- movers as the surrender-to-sensible choice.

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Champs over six rounds in 2017

The two-day Rally of Otago, April 8-9, is again the opening event of the New Zealand Rally Championship's six-round calendar next year.

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Money goes to quake appeal

Money goes to quake appeal

Dunedin rally driver Emma Gilmour has auctioned some of her personal memorabilia to raise $3700 for the New Zealand Red Cross November 2016 Earthquake Appeal to help the people of Kaikoura.

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Outstanding refinement in Mazda's CX-9

Outstanding refinement in Mazda's CX-9

The second-generation Mazda CX-9 is a finalist for the soon-to-be-announced New Zealand Car of the Year award. David Thomson checks the qualities that put it on the short list.

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