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Taking your home anywhere at all

Taking your home anywhere at all

Kiwis love their caravans and they can now choose a custom-designed, compact version to suit their motoring preferences courtesy of Lake Hawea man Steve Rumore.

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Graceful elegance in new Jaguar XF

Graceful elegance in new Jaguar XF

Don't think I'm being negative about the Jaguar XF in suggesting that, when it comes to striking sweet spots, this particular version doesn't quite hit dead centre.

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Taking the small out of the Mini

Taking the small out of the Mini

Pay attention fans of the modern Mini who have been deterred from ownership because it is too small to meet your everyday motoring needs.

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Easy win for Rosberg in Chinese GP

Easy win for Rosberg in Chinese GP

Nico Rosberg claimed a dominant win in an action-packed Formula One Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday to extend his championship lead over Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton, who battled up to seventh with some feisty driving after starting last.

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A fair bit of shine in new Holden Spark

A fair bit of shine in new Holden Spark

Badge engineering will not be unknown for Holden once it quits making cars, but it will be kept to a minimum.

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Drivesouth Otago Rally in pictures

Drivesouth Otago Rally in pictures

Looking back at the last weekend's Drivesouth Otago Rally Fest through the cameras of David Thomson and Geoff Ridder.

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Chance to see what all the fuss is about

Chance to see what all the fuss is about

Whether you believe they are the way of the future, or are simply curious about electric cars, a convoy of them will be passing through Otago next week on the Leading the Charge Road Trip and the public is invited along.

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Hunt's second in Otago Rally 'beyond expectations'

Hunt's second in Otago Rally 'beyond expectations'

Although Hayden Paddon stole the show with a record winning margin in the Drivesouth Rally of Otago, Ben Hunt's brand new Subaru WRX STi had a promising debut, finishing second yesterday.

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Paddon leaves records behind in cloud of dust

Paddon leaves records behind in cloud of dust

Hayden Paddon really outdid himself when he won the two-day Drivesouth Rally of Otago by a whopping 9min 22sec yesterday, in his Hyundai i20.

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Otago Rally - Where to catch the action

Otago Rally - Where to catch the action

Here are our top viewing tips to catch all the action in this year's Rally of Otago.

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Trio still rallying 40 years on

Trio still rallying 40 years on

Rally driving participants enjoy a longevity not possible in other sports, as is demonstrated by three of the inaugural Rally of Otago drivers returning for the 40th anniversary event this weekend.

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Three into one really does work

Three into one really does work

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 aimed at locals - some of them in very quick cars - who are out to have fun.

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Australians driven to compete

Nearly a quarter of the competitors in this year's Stadium Cars International Otago Classic Rally are Australians, continuing the strong support of the event from our cross-Tasman neighbours.

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Swift approach might earn Gilmour podium spot

Swift approach might earn Gilmour podium spot

Amidst the Rally of Otago's hotshot-filled national field are local drivers Emma Gilmour and Rhys Gardner, who could well be challenging for podium finishes next weekend.

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Special names for rally's special stages

Traditionally, the high-speed special stages that make up rallies are named either for the roads or the localities they traverse.

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Rosberg triumphs in Australian GP

Rosberg triumphs in Australian GP

Nico Rosberg won a dramatic Australian Grand Prix on Sunday after a bungled tyre strategy dashed Sebastian Vettel's chances of a season-opening triumph and Fernando Alonso survived a spectacular crash that left his McLaren wrecked.

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Big entry expected for Rally of Otago

Big entry expected for Rally of Otago

Next month's Otago Rally is shaping up to be one of the biggest in the event's 40 year history.

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Toyota takes steps forward with new Hilux

Toyota takes steps forward with new Hilux

The new Hilux range has more than 20 variants: petrols, diesels, two-wheel-drives and four-wheel-drives, single, extra and double cabs. David Thomson dodges possible confusion by checking the heavyweight towing choice, the SR5 double cab diesel manual.

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Kia quietly optimistic over latest Sportage

Kia quietly optimistic over latest Sportage

Being factory-owned rather than in the hands of an independent distributor; buying in New Zealand dollars rather than yen or American greenbacks; a desire to create a stronger brand image.

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Sales records keep tumbling

Sales records keep tumbling

It keeps on being predicted, but a softening demand for new motor vehicles has yet to materialise in the sales charts.

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