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Million-dollar showrooms in malls are the new battleground for China EVs

China’s electric-car makers are paying top-dollar rents to open showrooms in luxury malls as they seek an edge in the hypercompetitive market.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/300248846/milliondollar-showrooms-in-malls-are-the-new-battleground-for-china-evs

China’s malls host EV showrooms

EV manufacturers in China are opening showrooms in luxury malls to gain a market edge.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/chinas-malls-host-ev-showrooms/


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Spicy SUV: Hyundai teases Kona N performance wagon

Hyundai has dropped its first official teaser images of its upcoming Kona N performance crossover without any camouflage.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/spicy-suv-hyundai-teases-kona-n-performance-wagon

Hyundai teases hot Kona SUV

Hyundai has released teaser images of the Kona N, the first SUV in the brand’s high-performance N range.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/hyundai-teases-hot-kona-suv


IN OTHER NEWS

Hyundai awarded funding for demo hydrogen trucks

Hyundai New Zealand has received $500,000 from round nine of the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund (LEVCF) administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/hyundai-awarded-funding-for-demo-hydrogen-trucks


Mercedes adds second G-Wagen to NZ range

It’s boxy, pricey, and a symbol of chic that is more likely to be seen parked outside a Hugo Boss boutique than tackling the rocky off-road terrain that its three lockable differentials equip it to do.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/mercedes-adds-second-g-wagen-to-nz-range


Kia Seltos leads competitive small SUV market

At the end of February 2021 New Zealanders had purchased more than 6353 small SUVs, accounting for 24.1%, or in round figures nearly one-quarter of the new vehicle market.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/kia-seltos-leads-competitive-small-suv-market


Kia teases its upcoming all-new EV

Kia has teased the first electric vehicle, the EV6, which will be based on the Hyundai Group’s new all-electric E-GMP architecture.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/evs/124490089/kia-teases-its-upcoming-allnew-ev


Easypark group expanding through park now acquisition

Easy Park Groups proposed acquisition of Park Now from the BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG will help the 20-year-old Swedish company to expand its global footprint of digital parking services, including Australia and New Zealand.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/easypark-group-expanding-through-park-now-acquisition


Autonomous truck startup plus partners with NVIDIA

Self-driving truck startup Plus is partnering with multinational technology company Nvidia on autonomous systems.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/autonomous-truck-startup-plus-partners-with-nvidia/


Hydrogen bus launches march

New Zealand’s first hydrogen bus is set to be officially launched at Ports of Auckland on March 30.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/hydrogen-bus-launches-march/


‘Electric first’ campus for Mercedes-Benz

Development of electric and electrified drive systems is planned at the Mercedes-Benz Drive Systems Campus at Stuttgart-Untertürkheim in Germany.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/electric-first-campus-for-mercedes-benz/


Turners tips profits to top $35m

Company reports strong demand for used cars as all business units perform ahead of expectations.

https://autofile.co.nz/turners-tips-profits-to-top-35m-


Lenders urged to act or risk fines

Organisations advised to check their obligations around certification ahead of regulatory deadline.

https://autofile.co.nz/lenders-urged-to-act-or-risk-fines-


Job numbers in decline

Auckland and tourist areas drag down national figures, while Hawke’s Bay is soaring.

https://autofile.co.nz/job-numbers-in-decline-


Ebbett in $30m car-share deal

Mevo eyes Hamilton and Auckland markets after announcing takeover of Loop.

https://autofile.co.nz/ebbett-in-30m-car-share-deal-


Kia unleashes hybrids on NZ

Two new SUV models aim to make range more environmentally friendly.

https://autofile.co.nz/kia-unleashes-hybrids-on-nz-


Tesla stock prices drop by US$277billion, pundits divided

After an incredible 2020 Tesla stock prices are on the slide, a fifth straight session of decline was reported at the end of play on Monday in the US;

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/tesla-stock-prices-drop-by-us-277billion-pundits-divided


Audi teases new ‘baby e-Tron’ Q4, reveals high-tech cabin

Few European marques have thrown themselves so hard into the world of electric cars as Audi has.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/audi-teases-new-baby-e-tron-q4-reveals-high-tech-cabin


Kiwi car share firm strikes $30m deal ahead of Auckland expansion

Wellington-based car-share company Mevo and the Ebbett Group automotive group have inked a $30million deal that will help the former with its expansion plans.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/kiwi-car-share-firm-strikes-30m-deal-ahead-of-auckland-expansion


How Audi’s new augmented reality tech could change navigation forever

Getting lost or making a wrong turn in the cut and thrust of peak hour could soon be a thing of the past. Audi has developed new augmented reality technology that promises to make vehicle navigation that little bit easier.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/how-audi-s-new-augmented-reality-tech-could-change-navigation-forever/


Report: BMW’s highly-anticipated M3 wagon to be auto only

While some of BMW’s coolest cars have been station wagons, the German brand is yet to offer the high-performance M3 in wagon form, but that’s something that’s set to change next year.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/report-bmw-s-highly-anticipated-m3-wagon-to-be-auto-only/


Aston Martin to pair up with Mercedes-Benz and build electric supercars

James Bond’s car of choice is going through a monumental change. Aston Martin’s chairman, Lawrence Stroll, told the Financial Times in the UK the supercar maker is going green.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/aston-martin-to-pair-up-with-mercedes-benz-and-build-electric-supercars/


Countdown Johnsonville Tesla superchargers near completion

Six Tesla superchargers installed at Countdown Johnsonville are expected to be ready in weeks.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/countdown-johnsonville-tesla-superchargers-near-completion/