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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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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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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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The ‘urban adventure’ machine

The ‘urban adventure’ machine

A long journey taken in small initial steps; the process of establishing the DS as a prestige label separate from donor marque Citroen has begun here, but it's more a quiet insurrection than a full-out French revolution.

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Kia eyeing share of sedan market

Kia eyeing share of sedan market

The market shift to crossovers, proper sports utilities and hatches has been killing demand for conventional booted cars.

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Young bloods take hands-on approach

Young bloods take hands-on approach

A group of young bloods who share a passion for motorsport are helping to drive the Otago Sports Car Club ahead.

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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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