News & Road Tests

New Subaru Outback a good fit for Kiwis

New Subaru Outback a good fit for Kiwis

Subaru's latest version of the Outback is being touted as being produced especially for the marque's greatest drivers - New Zealanders. Catherine Pattison found out on the predominantly off-road Central Otago launch drive that it is a suitable fit for southerners.

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Pocket rockets make NZ debut

Pocket rockets make NZ debut

Highlands Motorsport Park will be buzzing to the tune of more than 40 pocket rockets as the popular Aussie Racing Cars (ARC) make their New Zealand debut at January's classic race meeting.

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Manual Mazda hatch maintains high standard

Manual Mazda hatch maintains high standard

The new Mazda 3 - confirmed on Thursday night as New Zealand's 2014 car of the year - has already impressed Drivesouth this year, when tested in both 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre automatic four-door guise. Now the manual SP25 five-door hatchback has also passed through our hands.

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Kia's new Pro_cee'd GT a soul-stirrer

Kia's new Pro_cee'd GT a soul-stirrer

As surely as its name defies the rules of punctuation, the new Pro_cee'd GT challenges the accepted view of what Kia can offer the enthusiastic driver. David Thomson reports.

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Holden Colorado a quieter achiever

Holden Colorado a quieter achiever

Another year, another ''new'' Holden Colorado. Well, sort of.

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Plenty of appeal in new Holden Trax

Plenty of appeal in new Holden Trax

A new 1.4-litre turbo engine boosts the appeal of the Holden Trax. David Thomson reports back after a week behind the wheel of the compact sports utility machine.

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Bamber proud to be `flying the Kiwi flag'

Bamber proud to be `flying the Kiwi flag'

Right from his earliest racing days, Wanganui wonder-kid Earl Bamber has sported a silver fern and a kiwi on his helmet.

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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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