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Porsche spices up off-road offerings

Porsche spices up off-road offerings

You're a modest-sized brand knocking out highly regarded specialist sports cars. It's a niche business until 12 years ago, when your marketing guys propose a crazy concept.

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Much to like in Kia's spruced-up Sportage

Much to like in Kia's spruced-up Sportage

Small sports utility history was made 21 years ago, but not by the original forebear to the vehicle featured today.

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New Mini - same, same but different

New Mini - same, same but different

Nothing changes for the Mini but everything is new, writes Richard Bosselman.

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Kia rediscovers its Soul

Kia rediscovers its Soul

What went wrong for a car cited as ''so right''?

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Nissan smartens up X-Trail

Nissan smartens up X-Trail

Nissan's new X-Trail wants to be noticed, Richard Bosselman writes.

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VW's new Golfs impress on track

VW's new Golfs impress on track

Anger issues can be the ruin of a harmonious relationship, except, that is, when sporting versions of the VW Golf are concerned. With these, the hotter the temper, potentially the better the result.

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Subaru's bad boy all grown up

Subaru's bad boy all grown up

Bogans, backwards baseball caps and booming stereos may well have been associated with the WRX brand in the past. Catherine Pattison forgot all these stereotypes when she was introduced to the new, grown­-up Subaru on the ultimate big kid's driveway.

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Toyota adds sedan to Corolla range

Toyota adds sedan to Corolla range

There are no prizes for guessing which car is the country's best-­selling compact.

It's the Toyota Corolla, of course, and by a country kilometre. The past year again saw this model achieve status as the country's No.1 passenger car -­ with 5193 sold ­- and Toyota boasts it has topped its segment for 28 years.

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Hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander leads the charge off road

Hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander leads the charge off road

In the same week that the local specification PHEV Outlander was shown to media, petrol rose in price; a mere 2c adjustment, but enough to remind us that, as much as we prefer not to consider it, fossil fuels are not in inexhaustible supply.

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Citroen Grand C4 Picasso - the art of movement

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso -  the art of movement

Bringing a breed back from the brink of extinction requires massive effort and often nothing less than wholly creative solutions will bring a positive result.

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Renault re-energises the Clio

Renault re-energises the Clio

Relaunching a brand must be quite a challenge when you're striving to do so with, for the short term at least, just one model line.

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Confident Audi adds to A3 line

Confident Audi adds to A3 line

A growing international desire for premium four-door compact cars and a Kiwi fervour for petite performance rockets leaves Audi confident about the local prospects for the latest additions to the A3 line.

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Targeted market for new Kia Koup

Targeted market for new Kia Koup

Topping out its Cerato range with a new, now turbocharged Koup leaves Kia New Zealand in a playful mood, but not underestimating the level of competition in the sports coupe sector.

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New Fiesta a star turn from Ford

New Fiesta a star turn from Ford

At around the same time as regular Drivesouth contributor Richard Bosselman was sampling the ultra-efficient three-cylinder 1.0-litre version of the Ford Fiesta in Thailand, I was enjoying time behind the wheel of a sporty version of the same car here in Otago.

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Volvo kicks off campaign with V40 CC

Volvo kicks off campaign with V40 CC

Chinese billionaire Li Shufu and Volvo New Zealand boss Steve Kenchington have a common dream for Volvo, albeit on differing scales.

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Good Sport - New Range Rover in high demand

Good Sport - New Range Rover in high demand

Just days after the media launch for the Range Rover Sport, some bad news arrived for potential buyers here: the global demand for Jaguar Land Rover product continues to explode.

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Holden rings changes in Colorado family

Holden rings changes in Colorado family

No-one at Holden Australia was prepared to admit that a swath of big changes for the Colorado family - one-tonne ute and seven-seater wagon - are a reaction to the 2012 originals being found wanting when measured against a ''certain other''.

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Ford's new Kuga a strong contender

Ford's new Kuga a strong contender

Sales are booming in the SUV segment this year, but with an array of highly capable models to choose from, new arrivals must be good to get a look in. David Thomson sees how the latest Ford Kuga shapes up.

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Peugeot 2008: The extra zero is not for nothing

Peugeot 2008: The extra zero is not for nothing

How to upsize a chic and cheeky city hatch without stepping away from the basic recipe or up into a different category? Add another zero.

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Octavia shows Skoda a marque on the move

Octavia shows Skoda a marque on the move

Expect to hear a lot more noise from the ''quiet man'' of the Volkswagen family from now on.

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