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Hyundai hatch best of both worlds

Hyundai hatch best of both worlds

Were cars able to talk, what language would the i30 N speak in?

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Ford Endura Canada's finest

Ford Endura Canada's finest

Ford's ruggedly family-friendly Endura continues a century-long motoring connection with maple-leaf country, writes Richard Bosselman.

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X-Class has the X-Factor

X-Class has the X-Factor

Normal doesn't entirely apply to the X-Class, Mercedes-Benz's first foray into the one- tonne utility scene.

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Keen appetite for Skoda's latest

Keen appetite for Skoda's latest

BIG wins and small are being celebrated by Skoda's distributor.

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Compass a move in the right direction

Compass a move in the right direction

Rising stature seemingly works every which way for the new Jeep Compass.

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The long haul with BMW's new X3

The long haul with BMW's new X3

David Thomson takes an extended road trip in the flagship of BMW'S new X3 range, and returns home tired but impressed.

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Subaru marching to its own tune

Subaru marching to its own tune

"When they zig, we zag - it's just how we like to do things. It seems to work for us.''

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Tiguan and Polo part of a VW revolution

Tiguan and Polo part of a VW revolution

Quiet evolution has been the way for Volkswagen in New Zealand over the past couple of years; now it is set to get louder.

A fresh product onslaught on two fronts provides impetus.

The biggie is the sports utility vehicle sector. SUVs keep cementing as New Zealand's top new-car choice, the type accounted for almost half of last month's new car sales volume.

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New voyage of discovery

New voyage of discovery

The moment of epiphany came on a gravel road in the Maniototo that connects Naseby and the Kyeburn Diggings.

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Driving like a V8

Driving like a V8

Three laps following a hard-driven R8 in the hands of the son of the real Stig provided the answer.

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Upgraded CX-3 even sweeter

Upgraded CX-3 even sweeter

THE CX-3 has been a star performer for Mazda since its launch in late 2015, and in the normal run of motoring play, a mid-life upgrade would be at least a year away. However, with new rivals arriving thick and fast, Hiroshima's compact SUV has been given an early update.

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Subaru unleashes new WRX

Subaru unleashes new WRX

There is nothing better than low adhesion conditions to bring the best out of high-grip hardware, but even with rain squalls lashing the Hampton Downs circuit, Subaru's updated performance cars didn't let go easily.

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The art of the inspirational VW Arteon

The art of the inspirational VW Arteon

Having now firmly established itself as a car buyers' favoured lower-level premium choice, Volkswagen is looking upwards with the Arteon.

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Kia steps up with performance saloon

Kia steps up with performance saloon

Late last year Drivesouth welcomed the new Kia Optima, proclaiming it the best large saloon yet from the Korean firm.

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Finding the delight in the twists and turns

Finding the delight in the twists and turns

It is hard to believe that five years have passed since Toyota and Subaru's joint endeavour to produce a top-notch sports coupe first bore fruit.

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New coup, sedan soup up E-Class

New coup, sedan soup up E-Class

MERCEDES-BENZ'S E-Class is already a star car as current holder of the country's top motoring award.

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The other Suzukis stake a claim

The other Suzukis stake a claim

Think Suzuki, and right now the chances are you'll think Swift: the chic compact hatchback that has dominated the small-car segment of the New Zealand market in recent years, and looks likely to carry on doing so following the launch of the all-new model just a couple of months ago.

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Born to be wild

Born to be wild

Honda's most recent media gathering was wall-to-wall with new models expected to a play key role in leading buyers back to
the brand.

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Plenty to like about new i30

Plenty to like about new i30

Has the maker of Korea's most European compact car grown out of drawing comparison with a certain German other?

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Impreza quality at a better price

Impreza quality at a better price

A couple of minutes into presenting the new XV, Subaru's local boss idly commented that it was actually a totally different car from the Impreza.

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