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Photo / Supplied Transport Minister Michael Wood has rejected official advice to delay public consultation to give councils the power to ban cars on some roads until after October’s local body elections.Under Wood’s “Reshaping Streets” reforms, councils will have the power ...

The all-new Ram TRX has landed in NZ

Photo / Supplied The all-new Ram TRX has officially arrived in New Zealand. It’s the world’s most powerful production petrol pick-up, designed to conquer the desert. The full-size American pick-up boasts a 6.2-litre supercharged Hemi V8 engine, which produces 523kW ...

Queen Elizabeth II was a qualified mechanic

On the day of the funeral for Queen Elizabeth II, we look back at just some of the ways she served her country well during her 70-year reign.  One of the ways she went above and beyond to serve her ...

ChargeNet launches Rotorua’s first hyper-rapid EV charging site

Photo / Supplied Range anxiety will soon be a thing of the past for Rotorua’s EV owners, with the launch of new hyper-rapid EV chargers that provide an improved, quicker charging experience, and double Rotorua’s EV charging capacity. The ...

Colin McRae's only BTCC outing that almost had his head torn off!

On the 15th anniversary of his tragic death on Sept 15, 2007, we remember Colin McRae’s one and only British Touring Car Championship outing. Colin McRae is a motorsport legend. During the height of his career he carved out a ...

Watch: Details emerge for the Toyota GR86 2.4! Zooming with DRIVEN EP103

On episode 103 of Zooming with DRIVEN, Dean and Sam chat about the V8 Supercars event that happened at Pukekohe last weekend.  Dean discusses details for the new Toyota GR86 2.4, and the new MG ZS EV, which is the ...

Haval H6 GT Coupe Ultra review: Fun with crayon

Photo / David Linklater Haval H6 GT Coupe Ultra $48,490 Price 320Nm Torque 8.41L Fuel Economy 150kW Power Pros Looks brilliant Better handling than H6 SUV Race mode’s a laugh  Cons Not the fastest H6 you can buy Lethargic ...

RIDDEN: On the LAM

Photo / Supplied As a beginner motorcyclist in New Zealand, you’ll hear the term LAMS frequently bandied about in conversation. The Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme was implemented in October 2012, with LAMS governing what motorcycles it deemed suitable for ...

Taking charge with new 2022 MG ZS EV, the cheapest EV in NZ

MG ZS EV 320km Range 17kWh/100km Consumption $8,625 Clean Car Rebate 0.5t Towing Pros More power and speedBetter rangeStill NZ’s cheapest BEV Cons Aggressive lane-assistClunky infotainmentNo steering reach The cheapest battery electric vehicle in New Zealand has had a facelift, ...

The Good Oil: Family Bond

Photo / Supplied James Bond driving an expensive, exclusive Aston Martin is the automotive highlight of any 007 film, right? Wrong. Ask any Bond nerd who’s also a proper car enthusiast (we talk a lot) and they’ll tell you ...

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Photo / Supplied The biggest display of new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the country is happening this weekend in Christchurch. The Take Charge Christchurch Expo is taking place at Te Pae Convention Centre, where over 50 battery electric ...

Seventh generation Mustang revealed: it’s ICE, ICE baby and proud

Ford’s Mustang has gone pure-electric in Mach-E SUV form, but that doesn’t mean the traditional models are on their way out. The company says it’s also still committed to the internal combustion engine for its Pony car for now, and ...

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Queen Elizabeth sadly passed away on 8 September, but before she died, she had her say on one important part of her funeral and final journey.  Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II consulted on the plans for the Jaguar XJ hearse ...

This is a key selling point for the F150 Lightning, according to Ford

Photo / Supplied In an ironic twist, buyers have been drawn to Ford’s new electric pick-up truck by what’s under the bonnet. It’s called a frunk in the United States – as in front trunk – and it’s proving a ...

The new Pagani Utopia is a 635kW manual hypercar

Pagani’s new Utopia 635kW hypercar is available with a gated seven-speed manual transmission that’s hooked up to a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 from Mercedes-AMG. The car is the successor to the Huayra, and it’s yours for just €2.17m ($3.61m NZD). The ...

AA BUYER’S GUIDE: Don’t buy a lemon

Photo / Supplied So you’ve done it. You’ve decided that you want to get a “new” second-hand car. But where do you start? And how do you know that the car is as reliable as the seller is saying ...

Ford Everest first drive: Mucking in

Photo / Supplied Ford Everest $71,990 Price 599Nm Torque 184kW Power Pros V6 diesel a gem Clever off-road modes Improved on-road dynamics Cons Dearer than most obvious rivals Big turning circle Awkward manual mode When a sports utility wagon ...

Ferrari unveils new Purosangue family SUV

Photo / Supplied Never before has Ferrari produced a model with as many doors as its new Purosangue. This four-door four-seater is a huge event in the 75-year-old Italian brand’s history. Thrilling sports cars and potent GTs, always with two doors, are ...

Road safety expert’s plea to legislate lifesaving technology in new cars

Photo / Supplied A horrific crash which killed five teens in southwest Sydney has reignited desperate calls for solutions to the speeding crisis on Australian roads. Police believe speed was likely a factor in the fatal crash which has ...

Auckland Transport starts issuing $150 tickets on section of Queen St

Photo / Supplied Auckland Transport is today starting to fine motorists $150 for driving on a section of Queen St in the central city. The transport body banned cars, taxis and ride shares between the Civic Theatre and Aotea ...

First orders for $150k 'Flying car' take off in Tuscany

Photo / Supplied The inventors of a ‘flying car’ have not hidden their ambitions for the futuristic vehicle. The builders of personal transport drone the Jetson One say it is a vehicle which “anyone can buy and operate”. Retailing ...

Local pricing and specs for the new Toyota GR86 revealed

Photo / Supplied The all-new GR86 is a sizable upgrade on the previous and highly popular Toyota 86 two-door sports car, and a new addition to the Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) inspired GR series.  The 86 has been given ...

Supercars: Van Gisbergen wins Pukekohe epic, JR Trophy

Shane van Gisbergen overhauled Cam Waters in a titanic battle to win the final Supercars race at Pukekohe. In a fitting finale, van Gisbergen vaulted from eighth to score his 18th victory of 2022. Win No. 18 helped van Gisbergen ...

Crowd boos F1 ending as Verstappen pulls off another win

Photo / Supplied Max Verstappen has shown once again that he’s a serious level above the field as he stormed away to win the Italian Grand Prix. Verstappen took the chequered flag in rather lacklustre fashion after the field ...

The mysterious new number plates appearing on NZ cars

Photo / Supplied Hundreds of cars have suddenly appeared with new number plates on our roads, leading to curiosity as to why and how Kiwis are getting their hands on them. Over the past year, more cars are appearing ...

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry vows to tackle street racing

Photo / Supplied Lower Hutt mayor Campbell Barry plans to bring in a new bylaw to tackle street racing if he is re-elected. Street racers have been “causing havoc” for residents and businesses “for too long”, Barry said in ...

Supercars: ‘You deliberately did that’: Crash sparks heated scenes, accusation

Photo / Supplied Supercars driver Mark Winterbottom has been shoved and abused in shocking pit lane scenes after attempting to apologise for causing a massive crash at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint. Vision showed Winterbottom in the garage of Erebus ...

World EV Day: What does being green really mean?

Photo / Supplied The latest step in BMW Group’s green evolution has arrived in the form of the Mini Concept Aceman, the brand’s first fully electric crossover. Mini already offers the Electric Hatch and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle ...

The Good Oil: The story of V8 Supercars and the Castrol Cougars

Photos / Supplied THE GOOD OIL POWERED, BY CASTROL EDGE Castrol and the Supercars Championship are almost synonymous, and their association dates back many, many decades – almost to the start of motorsport sponsorships. Look at the iconic JPS ...

Watch: Ford Ranger Raptor launched this week! Zooming with DRIVEN EP102

On Zooming with DRIVEN this week, we talk about Ford Ranger Raptor which launched this week. David discusses the Alfa Romeo Guilia GTAm, and the new car sales from August 2022.  Dean recounts his Mazda MX-5 racing that happened ...

Toyota NZ, Obayashi, Tuaropaki Trust team for green hydrogen

Photo / Supplied In the shift away from petrol, Toyota is best known as the brand that took hybrid EVs into the mainstream. But the carmaker has also started to expand its hydrogen efforts. The Toyota Hydrogen Project Car ...

Ford Ranger Raptor V6 first drive: it’s a Rap party

Ford Ranger Raptor $89,990 Price 583Nm Torque 11.49L Fuel Economy 292kW Power Pros Brutal engine Astounding suspension Ride-handling even better than standard Ranger Cons Out of place in Clean Car world Smaller payload/towing than other Rangers Missing some choice Australian ...

Ram 1500 Laramie review: To intimidate, or to be intimidated?

Ram 1500 Laramie 4.5t Towing $141,990 Price 556Nm Torque 291kW Power Pros It’s intimidatingly huge! Sounds great Loaded with features Cons It’s intimidatingly huge! Doesn’t fit in some carparks Expensive in more ways than one To intimidate, or to be ...

Decking out the Ranger with Utemaster

Photo / Supplied Ute accessory manufacturer Utemaster is now up to speed with the latest Ford Ranger, with a lineup of new products including the Centurion Canopy and Load Lid. The Centurion Canopy is a well-established design in Utemaster’s ...

Vegan interiors: BMW steering wheels will look like leather, feel like leather, aren't leather

Photos / Supplied Steering wheels that are still lovely to touch are key to BMW Group’s pledge to offer “completely vegan” car interiors from next year. It says new and innovative materials are now available that will “fulfil demanding ...

Formula One: Daniel Ricciardo linked with surprise Formula One move

Photo / Supplied Daniel Ricciardo’s uncertain future in Formula 1 remains the hot topic of conversation among the F1 community. Ricciardo is currently without a spot on the grid for the 2023 season after his McLaren contract was cut ...

Waikato man clocked at 184km/h during trip to see girlfriend

Photo / Supplied A young man so keen to see his out-of-town girlfriend was caught travelling at 184km/h on one of the country’s busiest highways. Bowen Comins was travelling from his Kihikihi home to New Plymouth on State Highway ...

Spied: Ineos Grenadier spotted in Auckland!

Photo / Supplied The Ineos Grenadier 4×4 has been spotted at Ports of Auckland. This is likely a so-called 2B Prototype, a specification Ineos has confirmed it’s “testing in plain sight” (therefore undisguised) in various parts of the globe, ...

BMW M240i review: bits and bobs and brilliance

BMW M240i $108,100 Price 4.3 sec 0-100 kmph 500Nm Torque 285kW Power Pros Lusty six-cylinder engine Laugh-out-loud dynamics Not strictly a 2-Series Cons Really likes a drink Infotainment has a mind of its own Not strictly a 2-Series We all ...

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