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Range Rover Velar hiding in plain sight

Range Rover Velar hiding in plain sight

True Range Rover aficionados will recognise the historical context of Velar; it's the project name given to the pre-production prototypes of the very first of the Range Rover over four and a-half decades ago.

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Trax stays on track

Trax stays on track

When Holden launched the Trax in 2013, it was, in some respects, a vehicle ahead of its time: a compact sports utility spawned from a front-wheel drive light car platform.

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Kia's Niro hybrid would be welcome

Kia's Niro hybrid would be welcome

Kia is considering adding the Niro hybrid SUV to the local line-up, and has dispatched a couple of examples to New Zealand for evaluation. David Thomson gets behind the wheel of one. 

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Audi Q5 range covers all bases

Audi Q5 range covers all bases

Good news for the strong Kiwi fan base of the outgoing Audi SQ5: the world's most potent turbo-diesel medium sports utility is set to be reissued about a year from now.

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VW Tiguan's reputation well earned

VW Tiguan's reputation well earned

When Drivesouth provided a road test of Volkswagen's new Tiguan SUV late last year, it was penned by our North Island-based contributor Richard Bosselman as he was one of the lucky few who secured access to the machine to complete a full appraisal within a few weeks of its official launch.

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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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