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Kia's Niro hybrid would be welcome

Kia's Niro hybrid would be welcome

Kia is considering adding the Niro hybrid SUV to the local line-up, and has dispatched a couple of examples to New Zealand for evaluation. David Thomson gets behind the wheel of one. 

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Finding the delight in the twists and turns

Finding the delight in the twists and turns

It is hard to believe that five years have passed since Toyota and Subaru's joint endeavour to produce a top-notch sports coupe first bore fruit.

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New season, new car, new challenge

New season, new car, new challenge

Keeping it fresh is important for circuit racing aficionado John McIntyre, that's why he is starting the South Island's 2017 endurance season in a Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup MR.

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Better conditions wanted for rally

Better conditions wanted for rally

Richie and Rachel Chadwick would have been anxiously monitoring the weather forecast this week ahead of today's Catlins Coast Rally.

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New coup, sedan soup up E-Class

New coup, sedan soup up E-Class

MERCEDES-BENZ'S E-Class is already a star car as current holder of the country's top motoring award.

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The other Suzukis stake a claim

The other Suzukis stake a claim

Think Suzuki, and right now the chances are you'll think Swift: the chic compact hatchback that has dominated the small-car segment of the New Zealand market in recent years, and looks likely to carry on doing so following the launch of the all-new model just a couple of months ago.

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Changes may see Kiwis in electric car

Changes may see Kiwis in electric car

The future of Porsche's two New Zealand factory drivers, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley, remains secure, despite the manufacturer's decision to withdraw from the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the end of the 2017 season. An announcement was made this week confirming that from 2019 a Porsche works team would compete in Formula E, the world's first p

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Familiar line-up to contest Catlins

Familiar line-up to contest Catlins

The Catlins Coast Rally's first entry cut-off closed this week, and among the 50-something teams on the list are three familiar names - Gore pair Andrew Graves and Derek Ayson and Christchurch's Deane Buist - who will be fighting it out for the top positions.

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New route for NZRC penultimate round

New route for NZRC penultimate round

Although national rally competitors will be focused on August's Coromandel- based round, they will also be aware of the challenge awaiting them at the penultimate fifth round at Rally Waitomo.

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Born to be wild

Born to be wild

Honda's most recent media gathering was wall-to-wall with new models expected to a play key role in leading buyers back to
the brand.

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Plenty to like about new i30

Plenty to like about new i30

Has the maker of Korea's most European compact car grown out of drawing comparison with a certain German other?

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Leitch gets on the F4 board

Leitch gets on the F4 board

Cromwell-based Brendon Leitch got his first points and had the satisfaction of completing three races with a fast consistent car last weekend at the Mosport circuit in Ontario, Canada.

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‘Wild ride’ at Pikes Peak

‘Wild ride’ at Pikes Peak

A Queenstown car tuner recently had the ‘‘bucket-list'' experience of working at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, although he was left wondering ‘‘what could have been''.

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Impreza quality at a better price

Impreza quality at a better price

A couple of minutes into presenting the new XV, Subaru's local boss idly commented that it was actually a totally different car from the Impreza.

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Audi Q5 range covers all bases

Audi Q5 range covers all bases

Good news for the strong Kiwi fan base of the outgoing Audi SQ5: the world's most potent turbo-diesel medium sports utility is set to be reissued about a year from now.

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Holden Astra saloon for space and comfort

Holden Astra saloon for space and comfort

Despite reasonably high component commonality, US Chevrolet rather than European Opel genes mean the Astra saloon has the familial look, but not quite the same feel as its hatchback cousin.

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Astra hatch classy and sporty

Astra hatch classy and sporty

Opt for the current Holden Astra in hatchback guise and you'll be choosing a car that was crowned 2016 European Car of the Year as an Opel.

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Central drivers getting a grip on winter

Central drivers getting a grip on winter

Winter driving conditions can wreak havoc on companies who have staff out in vehicles around Otago, so Highlands Motorsport Park has expanded its Winter Drive Experience to upskill employees.

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Kia's new manual Rio is the pick of the crop

Kia's new manual Rio is the pick of the crop

When Drivesouthintroduced the latest, fourth generation of the Kia Rio a few months back, the brand's prediction that 90% of buyers would choose the four-speed automatic version over the six-speed manual was prominently referenced.

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Mazda's roadster is a driver's delight

Mazda's roadster is a driver's delight

For more than a quarter of a century, the Mazda MX-5 has reigned supreme as the world's favourite mass-market soft-top sports car.

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