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New Suzuki Vitara shines on the road

New Suzuki Vitara shines on the road

About 80m down the access track from the country estate where Suzuki staged the media launch for the latest Vitara variant, there's a fork in the road.

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Thirsty worker

Thirsty worker

As everyone knows, dubbya-dubbya-deuce was the making of the Jeep brand; the concept of an agile all-duties rock-hopper was born out of military need and the resultant model earned its spurs as a workhorse in the major Allied campaigns.

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French flair

French flair

Peugeot has two quite different hot-hatch 308 variants in its New Zealand line-up. David Thomson puts them through their paces.

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Elantra facing fall in small-sedan popularity

Elantra facing fall in small-sedan popularity

Cursory scrutiny of small-sedan sales statistics is enough to suggest that Hyundai shouldn't get too fired up in respect to any expectation for the Elantra.

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Kia eyeing share of sedan market

Kia eyeing share of sedan market

The market shift to crossovers, proper sports utilities and hatches has been killing demand for conventional booted cars.

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AMG 45 retakes the high ground

AMG 45 retakes the high ground

Racetracks suit Mercedes-Benz's raciest small car, even when the circuit isn't designed for four wheels.

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Plenty of bang for not too many bucks

Plenty of bang for not too many bucks

The memorable cars in a motoring writer's diary tend to be those that boast one or both of stunning performance and luxury appointments, and all too often wear a six-figure price tag.

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Hyundai's Santa Fe the people's choice

Hyundai's Santa Fe the people's choice

So much noise from Hyundai lately, more than just an ad featuring a rowdy child.

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Audi RS3 maintains its poise

Audi RS3 maintains its poise

Sopping-wet circuit, searingly fast car: You know how that's going to go, right?

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Updates lift Peugeot 208

Updates lift Peugeot 208

Less a freshen-up than a start afresh, the mid-life update for the Peugeot 208 hatchback reaches beyond the usual norm of a quick styling revision and strengthened specification.

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Rear drive option for Isuzu's tough truck

Rear drive option for Isuzu's tough truck

''Most customers are after a commercial quality vehicle,'' attests the man directing Isuzu utility sales New Zealand, yet a growing owner interest in after-market options suggests they like to tart up their trucks.

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Mt Panorama snow limits AMG Mercedes speedfest

Mt Panorama snow limits AMG Mercedes speedfest

Such a fantastic early evening view from my hotel room; straight up to where the place's internationally recognised name, Mount Panorama, is inscribed in giant lettering.

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Citroen steps up with C4

Citroen steps up with C4

No argument, Citroen's compact C4 hatchback is all the better for having stepped up to a new drivetrain that has already done the world of good for a Peugeot sister car.

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Performance and economy from Subaru's diesel Outback

Performance and economy from Subaru's diesel Outback

The 2.5i Sport Premium version of the latest Subaru Outback garnered an easy four and a-half star rating when it was tested in these pages earlier this year.

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Best foot Ford

Best foot Ford

Only the Camry is cited, but the intention is also to serve notice on every other big-name competitor in the medium passenger car sector.

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Hyundai plays a reprise

Hyundai plays a reprise

Take a letter, add a number, create a cool persona: Alpha-numerics work well for some car companies, BMW being the best example, but not all.

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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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Ford Mustang: Horse power

Ford Mustang: Horse power

Surely it couldn't be possible that those metre-high, brightly-painted metal stakes spaced evenly along either side of the road were snow markers?

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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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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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