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Still trying to tame big beast

Still trying to tame big beast

Animal imagery comes to the fore when Southland's Ian Tulloch talks about the GT3 Sareni Reiter Camaro he and John McIntyre will use to contest the three-round 2015 South Island Endurance Series.

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Hyundai steps up with sweet saloons

Hyundai steps up with sweet saloons

Now firmly entrenched as one of this country's big four for passenger-car sales, Hyundai's current Kiwi car range extends to 12 different models. David Thomson checks the mid-sized Sonata sedan and luxury-focused Genesis on local roads.

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Honda out to pick up pace with HR-V

Honda out to pick up pace with HR-V

The effervescent small crossover sector is set for a further fizz-up with the arrival of Honda's offer, the Jazz-based HR-V.

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Large field assembled for Gold Rush Rally

Large field assembled for Gold Rush Rally

Today's penultimate round of the New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC), the Gold Rush Rally Coromandel, will play host to the biggest field assembled in more than 10 years.

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TTS coupe an ace from Audi

TTS coupe an ace from Audi

The latest Audi TT coupe is carrying on where its predecessors left off as a visually appealing machine, but how much substance is there beneath the style? David Thomson takes to the wheel of the flagship model to find out.

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Subaru builds on Legacy with new 3.6RS

Subaru builds on Legacy with new 3.6RS

Whether it's coincidence or not, ditching the wagon from the range seems to have done wonders for the Subaru Legacy. David Thomson explains why after a week with the new flagship 3.6RS variant.

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Kiwi rally driver heads to Malaysia

Kiwi rally driver heads to Malaysia

Graduating top of the class at the Dunedin-based 2015 Motorsport New Zealand Elite Motorsport Academy has helped Opotiki's Michael Young prepare for the notoriously tough Malaysian Rally this weekend.

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Future current - Audi's A3 e-tron

Future current - Audi's A3 e-tron

Audi is the latest of a small but growing band of brands to offer Kiwi motorists a plug-in hybrid option. David Thomson puts that vehicle - the A3 e-tron - through its paces.

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Territory and Falcon XR8 - Ford delivers on last hurrahs

Territory and Falcon XR8 - Ford delivers on last hurrahs

Just over 10 years after its launch, the Ford Territory stands proud as a vehicle that was ahead of its time when it first appeared, and remains a remarkably appealing SUV choice 18 months out from its production demise.

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Opportunity of a lifetime for Clapperton

Opportunity of a lifetime for Clapperton

Dunedin's Alyssa Clapperton recently announced she had secured a drive with Team Kiwi Racing (TKR). Drivesouth asked Clapperton and TKR team principal David John what this opportunity means for the talented teen.

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Touch of class in Volvo XC90

Touch of class in Volvo XC90

Fresh-baked cinnamon rolls, a welcoming cold drink poured from a classy decanter from a top Swedish glass-maker, the keys to your new car presented in a personalised, handcrafted box: this isn't how car selling usually goes, even in high-end hangouts, yet it is to be part of the new Volvo experience, brought on by the latest XC90.

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Three-way fight predicted for 2WD glory

Three-way fight predicted for 2WD glory

Although it is traditionally the higher-powered, more adept at finding traction 4WD entrants that tend to dominate gravel events, next Saturday's Catlins Coast Rally could see strong title challenges from a bevy of 2WDs.

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Mt Panorama snow limits AMG Mercedes speedfest

Mt Panorama snow limits AMG Mercedes speedfest

Such a fantastic early evening view from my hotel room; straight up to where the place's internationally recognised name, Mount Panorama, is inscribed in giant lettering.

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Sport is the winner

Sport is the winner

Halfway through its production life, the fourth-generation Honda CR-V has had a mild facelift and upgrade. David Thomson takes the flagship version on a winter alpine trek to see how it stacks up.

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Where winter worries turn into pure entertainment

Where winter worries turn into pure entertainment

Living in the south of the South Island means black ice and snow are unpleasant regulars on the roads, leaving many of us women (and I'm sure a few blokes) nervous when heading out in our cars.

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Suzuki Celerio: Size isn't everything

Suzuki Celerio: Size isn't everything

Suzuki's new city car, the Celerio, has landed. David Thomson finds out what it has to offer at the price-conscious, cheap and cheerful end of the new-car market.

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Autospectacular calls for display vehicles

Autospectacular calls for display vehicles

As Dunedin's well-known annual car show rolls around again, Drivesouth takes a look at the humble beginnings, 40 years ago, that made the Autospectacular the regionally recognised display it is today.

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Mondeo bigger and bolder

Mondeo bigger and bolder

Ford's mid-sized family car, the Mondeo, is back bigger and bolder than ever before. David Thomson takes to the helm of the mid-range trend hatchback version to discover what's on offer.

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Young driver takes top spot at academy

Young driver takes top spot at academy

Asia-Pacific rally star Michael Young has had a rewarding fortnight, as he received highest honours in last week's 2015 Elite Motorsport Academy on top of a podium finish at an Australian rally last month.

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Insignia an ice-breaker for Holden

Insignia an ice-breaker for Holden

Call me Richard Bosselman-kunen: I've just aced the ''Scandinavian flick'', a cornering technique that the Nordic rally gods I've long worshipped use to maintain speed in low-grip situations.

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