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Toyota workhorse and Lexus coupe worlds apart

Toyota workhorse and Lexus coupe worlds apart

In this tale of automotive chalk and cheese, David Thomson puts the Lexus RC 200T Sports Coupe and Toyota Landcruiser 70-Series through their paces.

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Fashion and cars a natural

Fashion and cars a natural

Fashion and car brands have long gone hand in hand and a local example is Cooke Howlison, which has a long-standing partnership with iD Dunedin Fashion Week.

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Otago gravel draws them in

Otago gravel draws them in

New Zealand Rally champion David Holder, of Mount Maunganui, headlines a bumper field of 132 cars in this year's Drivesouth International Otago Rally, to be held on April 8 and 9.

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Hyundai Ioniq electric rekindles spark of adventure

Hyundai Ioniq electric rekindles spark of adventure

In the dawn of motoring, over a century ago now, any kind of road trip had potential to become a stern test; what the route or vehicle would deliver was always a lottery.

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Scholarship helps driver to starting line

Scholarship helps driver to starting line

In a sport where every dollar helps, Rangiora's Ari Pettigrew (18) has received a welcome boost after being chosen as the inaugural winner of the Otago Rally Scholarship.

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Gilmour organising tour for rally spectators

Gilmour organising tour for rally spectators

Always wanted to watch a rally live, rather than on television, but don't know where to start? Dunedin rally driver Emma Gilmour may just have the solution for you.

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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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