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Sport is the winner

Sport is the winner

Halfway through its production life, the fourth-generation Honda CR-V has had a mild facelift and upgrade. David Thomson takes the flagship version on a winter alpine trek to see how it stacks up.

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Three-way fight predicted for 2WD glory

Three-way fight predicted for 2WD glory

Although it is traditionally the higher-powered, more adept at finding traction 4WD entrants that tend to dominate gravel events, next Saturday's Catlins Coast Rally could see strong title challenges from a bevy of 2WDs.

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Mt Panorama snow limits AMG Mercedes speedfest

Mt Panorama snow limits AMG Mercedes speedfest

Such a fantastic early evening view from my hotel room; straight up to where the place's internationally recognised name, Mount Panorama, is inscribed in giant lettering.

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Where winter worries turn into pure entertainment

Where winter worries turn into pure entertainment

Living in the south of the South Island means black ice and snow are unpleasant regulars on the roads, leaving many of us women (and I'm sure a few blokes) nervous when heading out in our cars.

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Suzuki Celerio: Size isn't everything

Suzuki Celerio: Size isn't everything

Suzuki's new city car, the Celerio, has landed. David Thomson finds out what it has to offer at the price-conscious, cheap and cheerful end of the new-car market.

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Autospectacular calls for display vehicles

Autospectacular calls for display vehicles

As Dunedin's well-known annual car show rolls around again, Drivesouth takes a look at the humble beginnings, 40 years ago, that made the Autospectacular the regionally recognised display it is today.

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Mondeo bigger and bolder

Mondeo bigger and bolder

Ford's mid-sized family car, the Mondeo, is back bigger and bolder than ever before. David Thomson takes to the helm of the mid-range trend hatchback version to discover what's on offer.

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Young driver takes top spot at academy

Young driver takes top spot at academy

Asia-Pacific rally star Michael Young has had a rewarding fortnight, as he received highest honours in last week's 2015 Elite Motorsport Academy on top of a podium finish at an Australian rally last month.

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Insignia an ice-breaker for Holden

Insignia an ice-breaker for Holden

Call me Richard Bosselman-kunen: I've just aced the ''Scandinavian flick'', a cornering technique that the Nordic rally gods I've long worshipped use to maintain speed in low-grip situations.

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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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