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Fantastic weekend for Kiwi motorsport

Fantastic weekend for Kiwi motorsport

Last weekend was a big one for New Zealand motorsport. It saw Shane van Gisbergen win his first Supercars championship title, fellow Kiwi Supercars driver Scott McLaughlin secure third place in the hard-fought Australian championship and Europe-based Kiwi Earl Bamber was confirmed to race for the Porsche LMP1 team.

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Skoda Octavia a blend of performance and practicality

Skoda Octavia a blend of performance and practicality

Drive a sizzling hot hatch or a two-seater sports car in your 20s and early 30s, before surrendering to a life in which motoring choices are family rather than fun-focused; this has been the motoring-life trajectory of millions of folk around the world, Kiwis included, for years. The only major change in recent times has been that medium-sized SUVs and semi-SUVs have largely supplanted conventional wagons and specialised people- movers as the surrender-to-sensible choice.

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Champs over six rounds in 2017

The two-day Rally of Otago, April 8-9, is again the opening event of the New Zealand Rally Championship's six-round calendar next year.

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Money goes to quake appeal

Money goes to quake appeal

Dunedin rally driver Emma Gilmour has auctioned some of her personal memorabilia to raise $3700 for the New Zealand Red Cross November 2016 Earthquake Appeal to help the people of Kaikoura.

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Outstanding refinement in Mazda's CX-9

Outstanding refinement in Mazda's CX-9

The second-generation Mazda CX-9 is a finalist for the soon-to-be-announced New Zealand Car of the Year award. David Thomson checks the qualities that put it on the short list.

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Rosberg claims maiden F1 crown

Rosberg claims maiden F1 crown

Nico Rosberg shed tears of joy after clinching his first Formula One championship on Sunday in a tense Abu Dhabi Grand Prix won by Mercedes team mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton amid accusations of 'dirty tricks'.

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Drift champs will put smoke in your face

Drift champs will put smoke in your face

Next Friday and Saturday's motorsport smorgasbord at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr stadium is ‘‘shaping up to be a biggie'', D1NZ National Drifting Championship Series' managing director Brendon White says.

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Bargain Ford Focus thrills and intimidates

Bargain Ford Focus thrills and intimidates

BACK before he achieved world-wide fame as a sideways supremo through his internet- breaking Gymkhana videos, Ken Block sought to make his mark as an international rally driver. Though becoming one of the few Americans to score World Rally Championship points, Block struggled through _ and I know this sounds weird _ being ``too skidtastic''.

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Distinctive style and feel of Citroen's DS 4 HDI

Distinctive style and feel of Citroen's DS 4 HDI

AS well as testing the DS 5, Drivesouth marked the appearance of the DS brand in New Zealand with time behind the wheel of the smaller DS 4.

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Citroen's typical quirky DS 5 HDI

Citroen's typical quirky DS 5 HDI

‘‘We'll take the weird French car then.''

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Leadfoot Festival reveals top line-up

Leadfoot Festival reveals top line-up

Rod Millen has made use of his extensive contact list and enticed another round of international drivers to New Zealand to race up his driveway in the Coromandel.

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GT concept a roaring success

GT concept a roaring success

The Highlands 101 has become an annual motorsport calendar fixture and this weekend's event provides an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved over the past three years.

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Aitken heads Otago line-up

Also on the programme is the Highlands 101, which is the one-hour (plus one lap) race open to all cars and featuring six
different classes.

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Title within van Gisbergen's grasp

Title within van Gisbergen's grasp

New Zealand driver Shane van Gisbergen is only two events away from becoming the first Kiwi in two decades to win the V8 Supercars Championship.

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Kia's new Optima its best yet

Kia's new Optima its best yet

With production of the Ford Falcon now at an end and the demise of the Holden Commodore about a year away, we have entered a time of unusual opportunity for upper-medium and large-saloon brands as many long-standing buyers of such vehicles, both fleet and private customers, are forced to shop around for something new.

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Less could be more for AMG

Less could be more for AMG

What's AMG without the rumble? It's a new opportunity, one that could well spur a whole new sales charge for a brand already clearly on the move.

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Something for everyone at Home and Living show

Something for everyone at Home and Living show

The Great Kiwi Home and Living Show at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium next weekend will host a motoring and boating zone that will have a particularly special car on display.

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New Civic a big step forward for Honda

New Civic a big step forward for Honda

Honda's latest Civic has made the cut as a finalist for NZ Car Of The Year.  David Thomson finds out what it has to offer.

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Back to the future

Back to the future

In the 15 years since it kicked off, Toyota New Zealand's Signature Class has become quite an enterprise.

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Nerve-racking end to series for Blacks

Nerve-racking end to series for Blacks

As is often the case with motorsport, there were celebrations for some Otago drivers and heartbreak for others after the South Island Endurance Series (SIES) wrapped up last Saturday.

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