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Tulloch, McIntyre roar to victory

Tulloch, McIntyre roar to victory

Southland's Ian (Inky) Tulloch and Nelson's John McIntyre claimed an Australasian first at Waikato's Hampton Downs circuit by winning the three-hour endurance race last weekend.

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Land Rover's rugged, smart off-roader takes new direction

Land Rover's rugged, smart off-roader takes new direction

Even in places where climatic and geographic conditions encourage sports utility vehicle sales - take a bow, Otago - an emergent syndrome is being noticed.

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VW ticks boxes with updated Touareg

VW ticks boxes with updated Touareg

A substantial midlife upgrade and an improved standard specification at no additional cost should boost the appeal of Volkswagen's large Touareg SUV. David Thomson tries the entry-level 150kW turbo-diesel.

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Gisborne gravel lure for rally contenders

Gisborne gravel lure for rally contenders

The entry list for the New Zealand Rally Championship's (NZRC) fourth round today sees the return of four contenders, back for battle on the Gisborne gravel.

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Strong allure to new Nissan Navara

Strong allure to new Nissan Navara

Late, yes, but still in time to reap rich reward from a one-tonne utility market that is in its best-ever shape, but probably still has yet to peak.

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Ford's flagship Ranger looks the business

Ford's flagship Ranger looks the business

Given their intense rivalry in the marketplace, it came as no surprise when Ford responded to Toyota's recent unveiling of the next Hilux by revealing its updated Ranger at National Fieldays. Richard Bosselman reports.

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Paddon's Italian job leaves proud father speechless

Paddon's Italian job leaves proud father speechless

Hayden Paddon's first WRC podium finish was greeted enthusiastically by many New Zealanders. It was, however, particularly poignant that his dad Chris was in Sardinia to witness his son's career high.

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Remarkable time for rising Kiwi stars

Remarkable time for rising Kiwi stars

As the excitement tapers following a stunning weekend for Kiwi motorsport, David Thomson reflects on the achievements of our latest racing stars, and their paths to the top of the sport.

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Paddon targeting good result in Sardinia

Paddon targeting good result in Sardinia

Hayden Paddon will celebrate 12 months since he contested his first event with the World Rally Championship Hyundai Motorsport team when he competes in Sardinia this week.

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Memorable machine - the Mercedes GLA 45 AMG

Memorable machine - the Mercedes GLA 45 AMG

Part performance SUV and part hot hatch, the GLA 45 AMG steers Mercedes-Benz into previously uncharted waters at a breakneck pace. David Thomson straps in for the ride.

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Hamilton savours Canada win after Monaco blow

Hamilton savours Canada win after Monaco blow

Lewis Hamilton put Monaco misery behind him on Sunday with a controlled Canadian Grand Prix victory that sent the Formula One world champion 17 points clear of Mercedes team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg.

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Citroen steps up with C4

Citroen steps up with C4

No argument, Citroen's compact C4 hatchback is all the better for having stepped up to a new drivetrain that has already done the world of good for a Peugeot sister car.

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Volkswagen pleases with new Passat

Volkswagen pleases with new Passat

In a market dominated by SUVs, the new VW Passat is flying the flag for the medium car.  Richard Bosselman assesses the generation-eight models.

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GT86 still a treat from Toyota

GT86 still a treat from Toyota

Built by Subaru with extensive engineering and mechanical input from Toyota, the endeavour that spawned the Toyota 86 and its identical twin, the Subaru BRZ, has been one of the few joint-production success stories of recent motoring history.

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Kiwis warming up for Le Mans

Kiwis warming up for Le Mans

Twenty-four hours is a long time to be racing for the two Kiwis entered in next weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans. However, the build-up behind the scenes is nothing short of phenomenal.

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Performance and economy from Subaru's diesel Outback

Performance and economy from Subaru's diesel Outback

The 2.5i Sport Premium version of the latest Subaru Outback garnered an easy four and a-half star rating when it was tested in these pages earlier this year.

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All-new Hilux variants aim to widen market appeal

All-new Hilux variants aim to widen market appeal

Unveiling its much anticipated all-new Hilux several months ahead of it going on sale, Toyota New Zealand has vowed the model's return to ute-sector dominance will be a matter not of if but when.

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Five-door Mini Cooper more of a score

Five-door Mini Cooper more of a score

Once all Minis were three-doors, but now there's a five-door version in town. David Thomson sees what it has to offer, and at what price.

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Consummate circuit racers join forces

Consummate circuit racers join forces

Long-standing mates Ian (Inky) Tulloch and John McIntyre will form a fairly formidable endurance team to take on the North and South Island series.

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Rosberg claims hat-trick of Monaco titles

Rosberg claims hat-trick of Monaco titles

Germany's Nico Rosberg celebrated a surprise hat-trick of Monaco Grand Prix victories on Sunday after Mercedes blew championship-leading team mate Lewis Hamilton's chances with a needless pitstop.

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