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Rosberg eases to Belgian GP win

Rosberg eases to Belgian GP win

German Nico Rosberg steered clear of the chaos unfolding behind him and cruised to an unchallenged win in a disrupted Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.

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Dealing with disappointment

Dealing with disappointment

Dunedin Emma Gilmour has had a particularly tough year.

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Volvo powers up to conquer the hills

Volvo powers up to conquer the hills

Who, or what, killed the electric car? The highest, steepest highway mountain crossing in the lower North Island had a damn good try.

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Dud mill puts Gilmour out of running

Dud mill puts Gilmour out of running

While the 2016 New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) title was decided in the penultimate round, a fierce battle for the other podium spots will be raging today at the Rally of Coromandel.

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Fully equipped and safer than ever

Fully equipped and safer than ever

Hands up those readers who have noticed the baffling English-language slogans that adorn the spare-wheel covers of some early used-import Toyota RAV4s.

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Driving ambition sees car almost take the wheel

Driving ambition sees car almost take the wheel

The closest injury-causing call I've had at the wheel of a car occurred soon after I gained my licence.

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Road-report tool extended to wider area

Road-report tool extended to wider area

Afterbeing successfully trialled in the Queenstown Lakes district last winter, the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) winter road report trial and road conditions tool has now been extended further into the southern region.

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Isle of Man winner Dunlop racing here

Isle of Man winner Dunlop racing here

Motorcycle street racing fans might like to book tickets to Wanganui for Christmas to see one of the world's fastest road racers.

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Isle of Man winner racing in NZ

Isle of Man winner racing in NZ

Motorcycle street racing fans might like to book tickets to Wanganui for Christmas to see one of the world's fastest road racers.

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Hamilton cruises to win in Germany

Hamilton cruises to win in Germany

Lewis Hamilton cruised to an unchallenged victory in Sunday's German Formula One Grand Prix to extend his lead over Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg at the top of the world championship standings.

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Eastern Southland champ used two cars

Eastern Southland champ used two cars

Although attending multiple car events in a season is hardly a chore for a motorsport enthusiast, it took real commitment for Winton's Brendon Mitchell to claim the 2015/2016 Eastern Southland Car Club's (ESCC) Championship title.

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Sharp looker cuts a dash

Sharp looker cuts a dash

It's bigger and bolder than ever before and also - according to the official figures - more fuel efficient. David Thomson hits the highway in the latest Lexus RX450 hybrid.

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Catlins Rally a family affair

Catlins Rally a family affair

Dunedin rally driver Tony Johnston is usually outnumbered by the female co-drivers in his home, but for the up-coming Catlins Rally, he will join his wife Heather and stepdaughter Nikita Gibson on the passenger side.

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Jaguar changes its spots

Jaguar changes its spots

THE SS100, the XK120, E-Type, the XJ in original and first-generation alloy form, that initial XF ... past landmark Jaguar road cars are easy to cite.

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Back to the future

Back to the future

Toyota is looking to the future by reaching back to the past with its new Fortuner SUV. David Thomson explains.

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Changes point to outstanding season

Changes point to outstanding season

With just under two months to go until the 2016 South Island Endurance Series (SIES) roars into life, some significant changes have been made, one of which will result in up to six full FIA GT3-spec cars competing this season.

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Legacy project is more than the sum

Legacy project is more than the sum

So maybe you think the name Levorg is too Star Trek-reminiscent or you're so over being reminded what it becomes when spelled backwards?

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Leitch says TRS will keep him race-ready

Leitch says TRS will keep him race-ready

Cromwell-based racing driver Brendon Leitch will enter the Toyota Racing Series (TRS) for a fourth time in the 2016-17 season, with an eye out for international opportunities.

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BMW’s ‘i’ technology goes mainstream

BMW’s ‘i’ technology goes mainstream

The next step forward for BMW's electric vehicle plan might seem like a step back, simply because of how it is packaged.

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Current thinking

Current thinking

An increase in electric cars on the scene does not mean hybrids have had their day.

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