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Comfort, class in new Kia Koup

Comfort, class in new Kia Koup

The first Kia Koup was a stylistic stunner but a disappointing drive. David Thomson finds out what has changed with its successor.

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Corolla sedan a smooth move from Toyota

Corolla sedan a smooth move from Toyota

There's a new Corolla sedan in town and David Thomson has been behind the wheel.

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Rosberg wins home GP for Mercedes

Rosberg wins home GP for Mercedes

Nico Rosberg gave Germany another win to celebrate after their World Cup success with a home grand prix triumph for Mercedes on Sunday that stretched his overall lead in the Formula One championship to 14 points.

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New WRX another strong showing from Subaru

New WRX another strong showing from Subaru

Driving the latest "ultimate" WRX, the thought arises: did the memo from head office terminating Subaru's international rallying programme not reach the company's STI (Subaru Technica International) performance arm?

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Targa excitement builds in the South

Targa excitement builds in the South

Three months out from the inaugural South Island Targa, event director Peter Martin has returned to Auckland from a trip to the bottom of the mainland, satisfied there is a buzz about the six-day tarmac road rally already.

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Airbag concerns prompt BMW recall

Airbag concerns prompt BMW recall

German automaker BMW said on Wednesday it is recalling about 1.6 million cars worldwide to replace passenger-side front air bags made by Takata Corp because the inflators could break apart during deployment and injure passengers.

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'Goldfinger' car under the hammer

'Goldfinger' car under the hammer

A fully spy-spec 1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mk I Vantage considered to be the inspiration for James Bond's original Aston Martin in Ian Fleming's novel Goldfinger will be up for auction overnight in England.

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Might and sound - Jaguar's new F-Type Coupe

Might and sound - Jaguar's new F-Type Coupe

Look at the F-Type Coupe and you'll see a body shape sweet enough to stand critical comparison with Jaguar's finest work, the E-Type.

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McIntyre back, looking for a repeat drive

McIntyre back, looking for a repeat drive

Nelson racing driver John McIntyre has hit the refresh button on his long and successful circuit career and is eyeing a repeat drive in the South Island Endurance Series (SIES).

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Hamilton delights fans with home GP win

Hamilton delights fans with home GP win

Lewis Hamilton ran a rollercoaster of emotions to give his home Formula One fans the win they wanted at the British Grand Prix on Sunday.

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Porsche spices up off-road offerings

Porsche spices up off-road offerings

You're a modest-sized brand knocking out highly regarded specialist sports cars. It's a niche business until 12 years ago, when your marketing guys propose a crazy concept.

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Outstanding new coupe from BMW

Outstanding new coupe from BMW

Hot on the heels of its new 4-series range, BMW has launched another new model line, the 2-series. David Thomson puts the coupe variant to the test.

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New Lexus offers economy with luxury

New Lexus offers economy with luxury

For a solid sedan, the Lexus GS 300h was not greedy at the pump. Catherine Pattison learned a lot about hybrid efficiency after a week with this prudent petrol-electric sedan.

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Another 2000 reasons to go faster

Another 2000 reasons to go faster

If you thought motor racing was only for the well-heeled, think again. The South Island (SI) 2K Cup will debut on the mainland this spring, promising close racing at the most affordable level possible.

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Honda Jazz sporting new attitude

Honda Jazz sporting new attitude

A new platform, new engine and transmissions, and a new look: all this, we knew was coming. The surprise sight at the media event for the generation three Honda Jazz was a new attitude.

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Surprise package - Nissan's new Juke

Surprise package - Nissan's new Juke

David Thomson reports in after a week with the hottest version of Nissan's quirky crossover baby, the Juke.

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GM recalls three million more cars

GM recalls three million more cars

General Motors Co on Monday recalled 3.36 million North American cars with ignition switches that can be jarred out of the "run" position, potentially affecting power steering, power brakes and air bags.

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Jeep makes changes to Cherokee

Jeep makes changes to Cherokee

Here's an open secret from the media preview of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee: the new Cherokee comes as an all-petrol range for now, but a diesel-engined version is on the way.

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Faulty airbags prompt expanded Toyota recall

Faulty airbags prompt expanded Toyota recall

Takata Corp's safety crisis deepened on Wednesday after Toyota Motor Corp recalled almost 2.3 million vehicles globally, many for the second time, and the Japanese air bag maker warned that further fixes may be needed.

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Citroen's Grand C4 - a people-mover that dares to be different

Citroen's Grand C4 - a people-mover that dares to be different

Bereft of a mid-sized SUV choice, Citroen needs its Grand C4 Picasso people-mover to woo the family-minded buyer. David Thomson puts this distinctive machine through its paces.

Citroen was a relative latecomer to the people-mover segment, but since the launch of its original Xsara Picasso in 1999, the French maker has gained a reputation as an innovator in the class.

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