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New Lexus NX nice and nimble

New Lexus NX nice and nimble

No-one needs tell Lexus how hot crossovers are; the RX has been the brand's sales leader here for some years now.

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BMW 25d X5 an accomplished performer

BMW 25d X5 an accomplished performer

BMW'S latest X5 made a hugely favourable impression when tested in mid-range 3.0-litre, six-cylinder turbo-diesel guise at the start of the year, garnering Drivesouth's maximum five-star test rating with ease.

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Classic bike donated for charity auction

Classic bike donated for charity auction

Classic motorcycle collectors with an appreciation for charitable causes have the chance to kill two birds with one stone, thanks to Dunedin businessman Graham Murphie.

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Vehicle sales boom continues

Vehicle sales boom continues

Demand for new and used import cars, light commercial vehicles and motorcycles is continuing to run red hot as the end of the year approaches.

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F1's Bianchi out of artificial coma

F1's Bianchi out of artificial coma

Critically injured French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi is no longer in an artificial coma but remains unconscious, his family said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Peugeot makes statement with new 308

Peugeot makes statement with new 308

Anyone with even an elemental understanding of European history and affairs will know the French tend not to cope well whenever a certain neighbour gets shouty.

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Teenager racing to promising future

Teenager racing to promising future

Alyssa Clapperton has been clocking up the race miles, contesting three separate series, in only her third season of circuit racing.

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Otago gets good bite of Silver Fern Rally

Otago gets good bite of Silver Fern Rally

The South Island is about to host its second major car rally in a fortnight, when the eight-day epay Silver Fern Rally begins today in Picton, making its way down to the Queenstown finish line this time next week.

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New Honda Jazz adds pizzazz

New Honda Jazz adds pizzazz

The new Honda Jazz is one of 10 finalists vying for top honours in the 2014 New Zealand Car of the Year Awards. David Thomson delivers his verdict after a week with the flagship RS Mugen variant.

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Hamilton closer to title after US GP win

Hamilton closer to title after US GP win

Lewis Hamilton took a big step towards a second Formula One world championship on Sunday with his 10th win of the season in a US Grand Prix that saw Mercedes equal the record for one-two finishes.

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Plenty of southern interest at meeting

Plenty of southern interest at meeting

At least 15 competitors from around Otago and Southern Lakes will be on the starting grid at next weekend's Highlands 101 race meeting.

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Nissan steps up with new Pulsar SSS

Nissan steps up with new Pulsar SSS

The use of the SSS appellation to identify the performance version of a mainstream Nissan model dates right back to the 1960s, in the days when the brand we now know as Nissan was Datsun.

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SUVs dominate Car of the Year awards

SUVs dominate Car of the Year awards

A pack of SUVs dominates the finalists for the 2014 New Zealand Car of the Year.

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Electric-assist Audi A3 offers best of both worlds

Electric-assist Audi A3 offers best of both worlds

As electric-assist cars increasingly press into our lives, it seems obvious they will invariably push another drivetrain format off to pasture.

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Treat for hotrod heads over holiday weekend

Treat for hotrod heads over holiday weekend

Hotrod enthusiasts are in for a treat over Labour Weekend when the New Zealand Hot Rod Association National Show hosts its first event in Otago for more than 10 years at Dunedin's Edgar Centre.

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New Mini Cooper S fresh, fun and funky

New Mini Cooper S fresh, fun and funky

Mini's latest offering, the funky Cooper, S caught Catherine Pattison up in its groove, making her reluctant to leave the highway.

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Seal fault behind Lexus recall

Seal fault behind Lexus recall

Toyota Australia has recalled 10,800 Lexus vehicles as part of a worldwide recall of more than 1.75 million vehicles.

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Muted response to Fiat Chrysler's Wall Street debut

Muted response to Fiat Chrysler's Wall Street debut

Investors cautiously greeted the Wall Street debut on Monday of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) , a move that shifts the carmaker's center of gravity away from Italy and caps a decade of canny dealmaking and tough restructuring by Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne.

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Ford must continue in V8s - drivers

Ford must continue in V8s - drivers

Bathurst 1000 winners Chaz Mostert and Paul Morris reckon it makes no sense and would be commercial suicide for Ford to exit the sport.

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Mercedes secures maiden F1 title

Mercedes secures maiden F1 title

The Formula One constructors' world championship trophy found a new home just down the road from Red Bull's factory in England on Sunday as Mercedes celebrated a historic first for their 'Silver Arrows' team.

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