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Skoda's new Kodiak cool and clever

Skoda's new Kodiak cool and clever

Travelling through the Yukon Territory and into Alaska around 10 years ago, I learned a lot about North America's largest predator.

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Land Rover on the mark with new Discovery

Land Rover on the mark with new Discovery

Settling in behind the wheel of the latest Discovery, I took a moment to pray it wouldn't provide as much excitement as my last Land Rover outing.

Then, as today, the undertaking comprised a solid day of off-roading, but the circumstances were very different.

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Audi Q7 an 'unlikely' muscle car

Audi Q7 an 'unlikely' muscle car

Those in Dunedin for this weekend's Otago Rally will doubtless associate Audi's famous advertising slogan ‘‘Vorsprung durch Technik'' with the original edition of the German company's legendary quattro coupe.

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Accent on roominess with Suzuki Baleno

Accent on roominess with Suzuki Baleno

While Suzuki is pinning most of its hopes for a further 2017 sales boost on the new Ignis compact SUV, it is also covering its bases at the budget end of the new-car market with the far more conventional Baleno.

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Outstanding refinement in Mazda's CX-9

Outstanding refinement in Mazda's CX-9

The second-generation Mazda CX-9 is a finalist for the soon-to-be-announced New Zealand Car of the Year award. David Thomson checks the qualities that put it on the short list.

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Tiguan leading VW's recovery

Tiguan leading VW's recovery

Volkswagen is expecting big things from the latest Tiguan. Richard Bosselman tries the TSI Highline 4Motion variant to see how it stacks up.

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Power, performance and frugality in Suzuki's new Vitara

Power, performance and frugality in Suzuki's new Vitara

The new Vitara has been a strong performer on the sales charts this year and Suzuki will be hoping for further success with a new variant that offers improved performance on the road. David Thomson reports in after a week with this latest turbocharged addition to the range.

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Mazda CX-9: Big vehicle big on features

Mazda CX-9: Big vehicle big on features

Sports utility vehicles have become default family transport for the 21st century and large elevated seven-seaters are fast rising as the best choice.

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Fully equipped and safer than ever

Fully equipped and safer than ever

Hands up those readers who have noticed the baffling English-language slogans that adorn the spare-wheel covers of some early used-import Toyota RAV4s.

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Sharp looker cuts a dash

Sharp looker cuts a dash

It's bigger and bolder than ever before and also - according to the official figures - more fuel efficient. David Thomson hits the highway in the latest Lexus RX450 hybrid.

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Jaguar changes its spots

Jaguar changes its spots

THE SS100, the XK120, E-Type, the XJ in original and first-generation alloy form, that initial XF ... past landmark Jaguar road cars are easy to cite.

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BMW brings X1 into the fold

BMW brings X1 into the fold

The second-generation X1 is a fine addition to the junior luxury SUV ranks. David Thomson has been driving the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel version. 

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Kia quietly optimistic over latest Sportage

Kia quietly optimistic over latest Sportage

Being factory-owned rather than in the hands of an independent distributor; buying in New Zealand dollars rather than yen or American greenbacks; a desire to create a stronger brand image.

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Toyota looks to past with new Fortuner

Toyota looks to past with new Fortuner

Even with demand for vehicles with any degree of all-terrain persona at an all-time high, it seems a little weird to find a new SUV that conforms to design principles that once seemed set to become extinct.

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Audi Q7 hits the mark again

Audi Q7 hits the mark again

Audi's second-generation Q7 has been a long time coming. David Thomson checks in after a week behind the wheel of Ingolstadt's new sports utility flagship.

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Toyota Prado at its best when the going gets tough

Toyota Prado at its best when the going gets tough

Toyota's go-anywhere SUV has been updated with a new engine and gearbox. David Thomson heads off the beaten track to put it through its paces.

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Kia takes strides with new Sorento

Kia takes strides with new Sorento

Bigger, bolder and better equipped than its predecessor, the latest Sorento is an important new model for Kia. David Thomson reports in after a week driving the mid-range EX diesel variant.

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BMW sharpens appeal of key market players

BMW sharpens appeal of key market players

Halting territorial loss in one area and making a gain in another is driving BMW's strategy for two key products experiencing different fortunes.

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New Hyundai Tucson up for the challenge

New Hyundai Tucson up for the challenge

Ready for a clash of the Titans? It seems probable with Hyundai's newest sports utility being of a size to square up directly against the category's kingpin.

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Suzuki sharpens Vitara up for the road

Suzuki sharpens Vitara up for the road

Normal? Hardly. But Suzuki New Zealand says it has 200 good reasons for having a buck each way by introducing its new Vitara, while keeping the decade-old Grand edition on sale alongside the car that supposedly replaces it.

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