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Toyota recalls 6.4 million vehicles

Toyota recalls 6.4 million vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp, in its second-largest recall announcement, said on Wednesday that it would call back 6.39 million vehicles globally, and analysts saw automakers increasingly turning to recalls rather than risk bad publicity or legal costs.

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GM recalls 1.5 million more vehicles

GM recalls 1.5 million more vehicles

General Motors Co announced three more recalls on Monday, related to airbag deployment and other issues, and said it would take a $300 million charge primarily to cover the costs related to these actions as well as the previous recall for faulty ignition switches.

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Lifestyle key in Kiwis' car choices

Lifestyle key in Kiwis' car choices

New car buyers here are taking a different route to the rest of the world when it comes to their choice of vehicle, the Motor Trade Association says.

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More Drivesouth's best cars of 2013

More Drivesouth's best cars of 2013

David Thomson and Richard Bosselman conclude their review of cars that made a real impression last year by picking their SUV and sports-car favourites, as well as an overall winner.

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Drivesouth's best cars of 2013

Drivesouth's best cars of 2013

David Thomson and Richard Bosselman ease into 2014 by looking back at the cars from the year just past that left a real impression. They start in this issue with small, medium, large and luxury cars.

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NZ drivers ditch gas guzzlers

NZ drivers ditch gas guzzlers

Higher petrol prices and more fuel-efficient engines have prompted Kiwis to ditch bigger gas guzzlers in favour of smaller vehicles, industry experts say.

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Cuba opens up vehicle sales

Cuba opens up vehicle sales

For the first time since the 1959 revolution, Cubans will have the right to buy new and used vehicles from the state without government permission, official media have announced, another step toward greater economic freedom on the communist-led island.

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Leonardo DiCaprio involved in Formula E series

Leonardo DiCaprio involved in Formula E series

Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio will be involved in the new Formula E electric racing series as a co-founder of the Monaco-based Venturi team that has secured the 10th and final entry.

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GM to drop Chevy brand in Europe

GM to drop Chevy brand in Europe

In a strategic about-face, General Motors will drop the Chevrolet brand in Europe by the end of 2015 after it failed to build significant market share, and the company will focus instead on its Opel and Vauxhall lines to try to return to profitability there.

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Visual treats from luxury marques

Visual treats from luxury marques

For a constitutional change, Drivesouth has decided to serve up a selection of photographic treats this week.

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Dilemma over future of Hyundai hot hatch

Dilemma over future of Hyundai hot hatch

Hyundai New Zealand boss Andy Sinclair is confident his customers will enjoy a performance hatchback, but his dilemma is determining just how hot the first of this breed needs to be.

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Hyundai, union in marriage of inconvenience

Hyundai, union in marriage of inconvenience

It takes twice as long on average - over 28 hours - for Hyundai Motor Co to make a car in South Korea than in the United States, even though its domestic plants have far more workers for each production line.

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Holden to upgrade South Australian factory

Holden will go ahead with the upgrade of its South Australian factory, despite uncertainty over future federal government funding.

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Car of the year finalists a mixed bag

Car of the year finalists a mixed bag

The finalists for the 2013 New Zealand car of the year include three SUVs, a sports car, a luxury vehicle and, for the first time, an electric offering.

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Subaru acts boldly on extras, pricing

Subaru acts boldly on extras, pricing

Subaru has taken an aggressive stance for a car company, offering more for the same price in its Outback Sport models and reducing prices to meet market demand in its Legacy sedans and wagons.

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Motorsport park new to GT series drivers

Motorsport park new to GT series drivers

With the three-day Highlands 101 race meeting just over a month away, Drivesouth decided to chat to two Australian GT Series drivers about the adrenaline-inducing cars they are bringing over.

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Change of direction for Sundstrum Rally

Change of direction for Sundstrum Rally

The annual navigational Sundstrum Rally has had a change of direction this year and has been rebranded as the ''Otago AA Tour for the Sundstrum Trophy''.

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BMW builds indoor test track for car show

BMW builds indoor test track for car show

BMW has built a 300-metre, three-level indoor test track at this year's Frankfurt motor show - all to outshine German arch-rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz as it battles to stay in pole position in the world's luxury car market.

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New Kia dealership for Queenstown

New Kia dealership for Queenstown

A new Kia dealer is to open in Queenstown, where the company has previously only had a service representative.

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US buyers snapping up new cars

US buyers snapping up new cars

Even as dealers sold out of some of the hottest models, U.S. auto sales raced past expectations in August, rising at their fastest pace in nearly six years, while demand showed no signs of cooling as consumers grew more confident in the economy.

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