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Audi A4: More than meets the eye

Audi A4: More than meets the eye

Audi has recently released its new-generation A4 saloon. David Thomson finds out that there is a lot more to this machine than meets the eye.

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Sharp pricing expected for new Suzuki Baleno

Sharp pricing expected for new Suzuki Baleno

New car, not-so-new engine: that's the intriguing twist to the story associated with Suzuki's incoming compact hatchback.

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Otago drivers in action around the world

Otago drivers in action around the world

This weekend, three Otago drivers are competing in different corners of the world, in different events.

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New Suzuki Vitara shines on the road

New Suzuki Vitara shines on the road

About 80m down the access track from the country estate where Suzuki staged the media launch for the latest Vitara variant, there's a fork in the road.

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Rosberg eases to win in Azerbaijan

Rosberg eases to win in Azerbaijan

Nico Rosberg won the first Formula One grand prix held in Azerbaijan to turn the championship tide and stretch his lead over frustrated Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton to 24 points.

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Quinn tackling Pikes Peak in Monster Tamer

Quinn tackling Pikes Peak in Monster Tamer

Tony Quinn has found a use for his Monster Tamer. The custom-built racer, originally constructed for the 2015 Race to the Sky hill climb in the Cardrona Valley, will be put through its paces in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb next Sunday.

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Mercedes-Benz goes all-out with coupe

Mercedes-Benz goes all-out with coupe

Luxury two-door, four-seater cars are aspirational fare and in the case of the C-Class Coupe there's no limit to the degree of desire.

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An aristocratic experience of top-down motoring

An aristocratic experience of top-down motoring

Sometime in the early hours of the morning, the pitch black of the night sky gradually transitions to a deep blue. A band of orange appears, faint at first and hugging the horizon, but gathering in depth and intensity until the sun rises into view.

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Thirsty worker

Thirsty worker

As everyone knows, dubbya-dubbya-deuce was the making of the Jeep brand; the concept of an agile all-duties rock-hopper was born out of military need and the resultant model earned its spurs as a workhorse in the major Allied campaigns.

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Murphy, Marston to drive Holdens in NZRC

Murphy, Marston to drive Holdens in NZRC

Former V8 Supercar driver Greg Murphy will run one of two Holden-backed AP4 (NZ spec) rally cars in next year's New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC).

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Holder enjoying his time in the sun

Holder enjoying his time in the sun

Like all rally drivers David Holder has experienced his fair share of lows, but lately it has been his time to shine.

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French flair

French flair

Peugeot has two quite different hot-hatch 308 variants in its New Zealand line-up. David Thomson puts them through their paces.

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Small but punchy cars to debut this year

Small but punchy cars to debut this year

Momentum is growing behind a new, pint-sized motorsport class, the New Zealand Racing Cars, which will race a five-round series from November.

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Mustang’s new GT Fastback right up to the mark

Mustang’s new GT Fastback right up to the mark

Half a century after its launch, the Mustang GT, one of the enduring images of '60s America, has been redesigned for international success. David Thomson sees what it has to offer. 

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New Porsche carries Dippie to fourth

New Porsche carries Dippie to fourth

Martin Dippie had the ultimate first race outing in his new Porsche 991 GT3 RS - winning the Targa Rotorua's Modern 2WD class and finishing fourth overall last weekend.

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Elantra facing fall in small-sedan popularity

Elantra facing fall in small-sedan popularity

Cursory scrutiny of small-sedan sales statistics is enough to suggest that Hyundai shouldn't get too fired up in respect to any expectation for the Elantra.

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Dutch teen rewrites record books with F1 win

Dutch teen rewrites record books with F1 win

Less than eight months after passing his driving test on his 18th birthday, Max Verstappen raced into the record books as Formula One's youngest winner.

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Quinn pumps $1million into motorsport

Quinn pumps $1million into motorsport

The Kiwi Driver Fund has received a $1million boost from Highlands Motorsport Park owner Tony Quinn, who pledged to put $50,000 per annum into the fund for the next 20 years.

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BMW brings X1 into the fold

BMW brings X1 into the fold

The second-generation X1 is a fine addition to the junior luxury SUV ranks. David Thomson has been driving the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel version. 

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Wanaka man’s Ford stuck in a time warp

Wanaka man’s Ford stuck in a time warp

In the world of classic cars there are those which have been restored and then there are those even rarer examples, such as Jim Ledgerwood's 1941 Ford Super Deluxe Coupe, that are original.

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