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Motorhome design scaled down for NZ

Motorhome design scaled down for NZ

Hawea's Steve Rumore has plans to compact the campers he used to build on a grand scale in the United States into smaller, slide-on versions that can fit on either a ute deck or trailer.

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Ghibli - A serious grand tourer from Maserati

Ghibli - A serious grand tourer from Maserati

That Maserati's first ''volume'' model is still set to be a relatively rare sight on Kiwi roads is, in some senses, a rich irony. Yet it pays to put the optimal New Zealand registration count for the remainder of this year and for all of 2015, just 60 units in total, into context.

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A rough guide to pulling your weight

A rough guide to pulling your weight

On average, seven people a year are killed and 45 seriously injured in crashes involving a passenger or light commercial vehicle towing a trailer (including caravans, as well as boat, horse and garden trailers). David Thomson shares his tips for avoiding becoming a towing statistic, and for completing a towing journey with the minimum of fuss and bother.

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Winning Rover finds happy owner

Winning Rover finds happy owner

When Allan Scott decided to buy a race car, there was only ever going to be one choice.

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Renault's hot hatch back in NZ

Renault's hot hatch back in NZ

Let's call it eight months. Which is around 240 days. Which further works out to 430,200 minutes. Way too long, whichever way you think about it.

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Haul away: Isuzu MU-X will take it with you

Haul away: Isuzu MU-X will take it with you

With a Drivesouth feature on towing scheduled, Catherine Pattison thought it was an ideal time to try out Isuzu's new hearty hauler, the MU-X.

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Rollers on show at Autospectacular

Casting around for subject matter, I decided to use this space as a noticeboard of sorts.

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Targa training day at Highlands

Targa training day at Highlands

The Targa South Island might be a serious business for some but for others, such as Oamaru's Nigel de Geest, it is a chance to get a good car out and give it some gas on closed roads.

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Mercedes sharpens up with C-Class

Mercedes sharpens up with C-Class

For the past decade, two German brands - neither of them Mercedes-Benz - have taken turns at dominating the prestige sector: The new C-Class compact sedan reminds why those protagonists need to start watching their mirrors.

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Holden crossover right back on Trax

Holden crossover right back on Trax

Simple solution: That's the 1.4-litre Trax in a nutshell. When originally shown 11 months back, this compact crossover was presented as a step in divergent directions: ahead on technology, behind on performance, the weak point being the engine.

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Much to admire in new Mazda3

Much to admire in new Mazda3

After spending time behind the wheel of two variants of the latest Mazda3, David Thomson has a fresh appreciation of what it takes to be a winner on the new-car sales charts.

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Tulloch puts faith in German efficiency

Tulloch puts faith in German efficiency

Southland's Ian ''Inky'' Tulloch is hoping the cultural stereotype of German efficiency and punctuality rings true as he awaits the arrival of an important shipment next month.

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Francevic glad to be a geezer this time

Francevic glad to be a geezer this time

Inaugural Wellington Street Race and 1986 Australian Touring Car Championship winner Robbie Francevic has made sure he does not miss out on the second Gathering of Geezers at Wanaka's Warbirds and Wheels this November.

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New Spaceback a solid performer from Skoda

New Spaceback a solid performer from Skoda

Skoda's rise as a respected player in the New Zealand new-car market has proceeded apace this year, with sales up by almost a quarter on 2013. David Thomson checks out the company's Rapid model.

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Beautiful new beasts do BMW badge justice

Beautiful new beasts do BMW badge justice

It was a heck of a way to release a performance car: take it out to sea on one of the world's largest aircraft carriers and then cajole a stunt driver to skid around a flight deck, made up to look like a winding road, at speed.

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Graves in co-driver's seat for Catlins rally

Graves in co-driver's seat for Catlins rally

Defending Catlins Coast Rally champion Andrew Graves will swap seats today to co-drive for Highlands Motorsport Park owner Tony Quinn in his two-litre Ford Escort BDA.

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Mercedes smartens up snappy off-roader

Mercedes smartens up snappy off-roader

How's this for a curious twist: to best tailor the only version of its GLA small sport utility that has off-roading potential to New Zealand conditions, Mercedes-Benz adds as standard an ''off-road pack'' equipment enhancement that is optional in most places.

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Crusty stalwarts keen to meet Kiwi kids

Moto Mayhem South Island manager Regan Healey has a couple of American mates visiting in October who he knows a lot of motocross enthusiasts will want to meet.

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Gilmour happy to match the boss

Gilmour happy to match the boss

Midway through the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) season Emma Gilmour has proven she is more than the token female in this fast and furious United States-based series. Catherine Pattison catches up with the Dunedin rally ace.

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Nissan steps up with new 2WD X-Trail

Nissan steps up with new 2WD X-Trail

''What's the point then?'' was a friend's direct response upon learning that the Nissan X-Trail I was about to drive home at the end of an evening family visit was a two- rather than four-wheel-drive variant.

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