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    Five hot hatches from unlikely brands

    Five hot hatches from unlikely brands


    There are some manufacturers you simply expect to make hot versions of their small hatchbacks - Volkswagen, Peugeot and Ford for example. Then there are ones you don't expect, like the five we take a look at...

    There are some manufacturers you simply expect to make hot versions of their small hatchbacks - Volkswagen, Peugeot and Ford for example. Then there are ones you don't expect, like the five we take a look at today.
    Holden takes Colorado to the Xtreme

    Holden takes Colorado to the Xtreme


    HOLDEN COLORADO Z71 XTREMEPrice: $79,990Powertrain: 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four, 147kW/500Nm, 6-speed automatic, part-time 4WD.Body style: Double cab ute.On sale:...

    HOLDEN COLORADO Z71 XTREME
    Price: $79,990
    Powertrain: 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four, 147kW/500Nm, 6-speed automatic, part-time 4WD.
    Body style: Double cab ute.
    On sale: November.
    New speed cameras dish out $15m in fines

    New speed cameras dish out $15m in fines


    The new speed cameras issuing the most tickets around the country has been...

    The new speed cameras issuing the most tickets around the country has been revealed.
    Give us a plug, but we'll keep the petrol engine thanks

    Give us a plug, but we'll keep the petrol engine thanks


    HYUNDAI IONIQ PHEV Base price: $53,990.Powertrain and performance: 1.6-litre petrol four with 77kW/147Nm, plug-in electric with 44kW/170Nm, 6-speed automated dual-clutch transmission (DCT), FWD, Combined economy 1.1 litres per 100km,...

    HYUNDAI IONIQ PHEV
    Base price: $53,990.
    Powertrain and performance: 1.6-litre petrol four with 77kW/147Nm, plug-in electric with 44kW/170Nm, 6-speed automated dual-clutch transmission (DCT), FWD, Combined economy 1.1 litres per 100km, electric-only range 63km, 0-100kmh 7.6 seconds.
    Vital statistics: 4470mm long, 1460mm high, 2345mm wheelbase, luggage capacity 341 litres, 16-inch alloy wheels.
    We like: Decent EV range, dual-clutch gearbox, hybrid practicality, completely conventional to drive.
    We don't like: Still looks nerdy, petrol engine fires up when cold even with full charge (efficient but annoying).
    New Zealand now has 10,000 electric cars

    New Zealand now has 10,000 electric cars


    New Zealand's 10,000th electric vehicle is a "first baby step" into a future without fossil-fuelled cars, the Green Party co-leader...

    New Zealand's 10,000th electric vehicle is a "first baby step" into a future without fossil-fuelled cars, the Green Party co-leader says.
    The Friday Fast Lane: Topless Ferraris and a car for life (just not yours)

    The Friday Fast Lane: Topless Ferraris and a car for life (just not yours)


    Ferrari don't need no stinkin' roof Ferrari's two new and utterly gorgeous limited editions - the Monza SP1 and SP2 - not only pack the most powerful engine the Italian company has ever put in a road car (the 6.5-litre V12 from the 812 Superfast wound...

    Ferrari don't need no stinkin' roof
    Ferrari's two new and utterly gorgeous limited editions - the Monza SP1 and SP2 - not only pack the most powerful engine the Italian company has ever put in a road car (the 6.5-litre V12 from the 812 Superfast wound up to 603kW), but they also completely disregard frivolities like a windscreen or a roof.
    Electric vehicle shuttle costs ratepayers hundreds of thousands

    Electric vehicle shuttle costs ratepayers hundreds of thousands


    An electric vehicle shuttle to Auckland's Devonport ferry is costing ratepayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, but will sting commuters only $2.50 to $3.50 a...

    An electric vehicle shuttle to Auckland's Devonport ferry is costing ratepayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, but will sting commuters only $2.50 to $3.50 a ride.
    It's bye bye to Holden's Barina small car

    It's bye bye to Holden's Barina small car


    With the axe having fallen on the Barina compact hatch, Holden New Zealand's small car hopes will fall entirely on the Spark - a-next-size down microcar that has barely side-stepped Death Row...

    With the axe having fallen on the Barina compact hatch, Holden New Zealand's small car hopes will fall entirely on the Spark - a-next-size down microcar that has barely side-stepped Death Row status.
    Crashes likely if 'confusing' giveway switch-up not put back

    Crashes likely if 'confusing' giveway switch-up not put back


    Changes to two intersections along a Blenheim road as part of the council's masterplan to encourage cycling have been identified as a "serious safety...

    Changes to two intersections along a Blenheim road as part of the council's masterplan to encourage cycling have been identified as a "serious safety concern".
    Battery of high technology in Audi's e-tron electric SUV

    Battery of high technology in Audi's e-tron electric SUV


    Audi says "fossil fuel is ancient history" for its new e-tron - a pure-electric SUV that can cover 400km on a...

    Audi says "fossil fuel is ancient history" for its new e-tron - a pure-electric SUV that can cover 400km on a charge.
    Fatal flaw found in Tesla, McLaren keys

    Fatal flaw found in Tesla, McLaren keys


    Hackers, not carjackers are finding new methods to easily steal new...

    Hackers, not carjackers are finding new methods to easily steal new cars.
    Kiwis paid $74m in speeding fines last year. 2018 is on track to be even worse

    Kiwis paid $74m in speeding fines last year. 2018 is on track to be even worse


    Many Kiwis have a heavy foot, and the habit is lining Government coffers: Speeding fines hit a three-year high in 2017 - creating$74 million in...

    Many Kiwis have a heavy foot, and the habit is lining Government coffers: Speeding fines hit a three-year high in 2017 - creating$74 million in revenue. 
    EU investigates German carmakers for possible collusion

    EU investigates German carmakers for possible collusion


    European Union regulators have opened an in-depth investigation into whether carmakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen colluded to limit the development and roll-out of car emission control...

    European Union regulators have opened an in-depth investigation into whether carmakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen colluded to limit the development and roll-out of car emission control systems.
    Your move Elon? Put decent tyres on it first

    Your move Elon? Put decent tyres on it first


    Hyundai Kona Electric EliteBase price: $79,990Powertrain and performance: 64kWh Lithium-ion battery pack with Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor, 150kW/395Nm, direct drive, FWD.Vital statistics: 4180mm long, 1570mm high, 2600mm wheelbase, luggage...

    Hyundai Kona Electric Elite
    Base price: $79,990
    Powertrain and performance: 64kWh Lithium-ion battery pack with Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor, 150kW/395Nm, direct drive, FWD.
    Vital statistics: 4180mm long, 1570mm high, 2600mm wheelbase, luggage capacity 332 litres, 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/55 tyres.
    We like: Extraordinarily useful range. Looks different, but not weird. So close to actually being fun to drive, but...
    We don't like: ...the awful eco tyres ruin that. Takes a LOT of charging.