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Enjoying the Highlander's quiet comforts

Enjoying the Highlander's quiet comforts

It's facelift time for New Zealand's favourite American car, but not the one you're probably thinking of. The Ford Mustang is the No 1 born-and-bred Yank for Kiwis, but the Indiana-built Toyota Highlander, with 1989 registrations last year, is actually this country's strongest-selling US-manufactured vehicle.

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Subaru Impreza the shape of things to come

Subaru Impreza the shape of things to come

Automotive progress is, for the most part, a step-by-step affair. However, every so often, a step is replaced by a leap.

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Charity auction offering hot lap in Vulcan

Charity auction offering hot lap in Vulcan

What are your chances of owning a $4.2 million hand-built Aston Martin Vulcan? If fairly minimal to non-existent is your answer, then the CatWalk Trust has the next best option, the chance to bid for a ride in Highlands Motorsport Park owner Tony Quinn's limited edition track-only Vulcan supercar.

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Kia Rio a bright ride

Kia Rio a bright ride

A sense that Kia has a fine-tuned ability to bring extra polish to products developed from those of parent-company Hyundai, is further cemented by the latest generation of the Rio small hatchback.

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Looking back at the 2017 Otago Rally

Looking back at the 2017 Otago Rally

Last weekend's Otago Rally provided plenty of memorable moments for crews and spectators alike. Here are some highlights captured on camera by our Drivesouth team.

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Highlands hosting Festival of Speed

Highlands hosting Festival of Speed

Classic racing returns to Cromwell this weekend as Highlands Motorsport Park hosts the two-day Festival of Speed.

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Otago Rally - Putting it all together

Otago Rally - Putting it all together

The Drivesouth Otago Rally Fest is actually three events in one: a full-blooded national championship event featuring New Zealand's leading drivers in modern turbocharged four- wheel-drive cars; a classic rally featuring a star- studded international cast in old-style two- wheel-drive machines; and an allcomers event, including some drivers in very quick and spectacular cars who are out to have fun.

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Audi Q7 an 'unlikely' muscle car

Audi Q7 an 'unlikely' muscle car

Those in Dunedin for this weekend's Otago Rally will doubtless associate Audi's famous advertising slogan ‘‘Vorsprung durch Technik'' with the original edition of the German company's legendary quattro coupe.

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Aussie bound to go all-out

Aussie bound to go all-out

Simon Evans is one of Australia's most popular drivers because of his on-the-limit style and next weekend he will be letting it all hang out in a classic Datsun Stanza in the Classic Rally of Otago. Catherine Pattison finds out more about the four-time Australian Rally Champion.

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New rally car a big step up for Gardner

New rally car a big step up for Gardner

While most of the local drivers have stuck to the familiar for their home event, Rhys Gardner has gone all-out on changes for next weekend's Drivesouth International Otago Rally.

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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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