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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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Leitch gets on the F4 board

Leitch gets on the F4 board

Cromwell-based Brendon Leitch got his first points and had the satisfaction of completing three races with a fast consistent car last weekend at the Mosport circuit in Ontario, Canada.

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‘Wild ride’ at Pikes Peak

‘Wild ride’ at Pikes Peak

A Queenstown car tuner recently had the ‘‘bucket-list'' experience of working at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, although he was left wondering ‘‘what could have been''.

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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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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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Holden Astra saloon for space and comfort

Holden Astra saloon for space and comfort

Despite reasonably high component commonality, US Chevrolet rather than European Opel genes mean the Astra saloon has the familial look, but not quite the same feel as its hatchback cousin.

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Astra hatch classy and sporty

Astra hatch classy and sporty

Opt for the current Holden Astra in hatchback guise and you'll be choosing a car that was crowned 2016 European Car of the Year as an Opel.

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Central drivers getting a grip on winter

Central drivers getting a grip on winter

Winter driving conditions can wreak havoc on companies who have staff out in vehicles around Otago, so Highlands Motorsport Park has expanded its Winter Drive Experience to upskill employees.

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Kia's new manual Rio is the pick of the crop

Kia's new manual Rio is the pick of the crop

When Drivesouthintroduced the latest, fourth generation of the Kia Rio a few months back, the brand's prediction that 90% of buyers would choose the four-speed automatic version over the six-speed manual was prominently referenced.

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Mazda's roadster is a driver's delight

Mazda's roadster is a driver's delight

For more than a quarter of a century, the Mazda MX-5 has reigned supreme as the world's favourite mass-market soft-top sports car.

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Henderson relishes status as underdog

Henderson relishes status as underdog

We call it the journalist's curse, others call it jinxing. Whatever you call it, writing about a driver before an event can be regarded as tempting fate.

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