Honda revamps agency network

Dealerships face new approach as marque aims to make its sales and servicing “fit for the future”. Honda is revamping its agency model network with showrooms across the country set to change to one of three store types from May 2021.

Honda New Zealand announces shake-up to sales approach

After confirming the next-gen Jazz will launch here, Honda New Zealand has announced a major shake-up to its agency model network.

Honda New Zealand is making its Price Promise a bit more like click and collect

From May, Honda New Zealand customers will be able to purchase a new vehicle online, directly from the company. It’s another development in the brand’s agency business model, which it pioneered in the NZ market 21 years ago.


VIDEO: Mclaren teases new plug-in hybrid v6 supercar

February 2021 is shaping up to be quite the month for new-car unveilings. We’ve just had the Audi e-tron GT, Ford F-150 Raptor, and Nissan Pathfinder. The Mitsubishi Outlander and Honda HR-V are also set to be shown off this month for the first time, as is McLaren’s new Artura supercar.


Don’t let safety get in the way of a sale

Customers are increasingly including safety ratings and features in their buying decision making process. That is according to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency senior road safety manager Fabian Marsh, who part of an ongoing campaign to educate both the public and traders on vehicle safety.

Swindling car leads to jail

A Taranaki man has been jailed for 11 months after admitting he swindled goods, including a car, from Facebook users. Brandon Wilson (27) was charged with obtaining $2815 worth of goods that also included diamond earrings and perfume, from people using Facebook’s digital buy/sell/trade site, Marketplace.

EV kick start needed

New Zealand could save billions of dollars by switching to EVs. So says Transpower in its newly published A Roadmap for Electrification which studies actions that could accelerate the electrification of New Zealand’s transport and process heat sectors to reduce emissions while delivering significant economic benefits.

Toyota plans AVs soon

Toyota expects to have e-Palette autonomous electric vehicles providing on-demand transport services for customers in different markets and regions in the early 2020s.

EV registrations surge

January proved a good month for EV registrations. Total EV registrations rose 602 – from 24,095 in December 2020 to 24,697 in January 2021, according to newly released Ministry of Transport figures. New light pure electrics had the biggest increase, up 243 from 5369 in December to 5612 in January.

Cash boost for EV chargers and green trucks

The charging network for EVs keeps growing thanks to the latest round of government funding for low-emissions projects. Plans to install more electric-vehicle (EV) chargers and trials of hydrogen and electric trucks will go ahead after securing a chunk of $3.7 million being handed out by the government.

Is this the new Honda HR-V before we’re meant to see it?

It might not make as many headlines as the Civic Type R, but Honda’s HR-V is arguably a more important product for the Japanese manufacturer. Globally and locally, it’s one of the most popular models it makes. And as it stands the current model is fairly long in the tooth.

Nissan to swoop in on Hyundai’s failed Apple car project?

It all unfolded in a rush; rumours of Hyundai negotiating with Apple to build the tech giant’s first car, followed by rumours that the project would be pushed sideways to Kia, then leaked words of doubt in the deal from Hyundai executives, and then finally this week’s news that the deal has been canned altogether.

Tesla’s first true ‘economy car’ to be developed in China?

While some may claim that the Tesla Model 3 is an economy car of sorts, the fact remains that the American electric car firm hasn’t produced a car for people on a budget. This is all set to change, though, following yet more rumours of the brand looking to develop a low-price compact hatchback.

Kia preparing first dedicated electric crossover SUV

Kia is preparing its first dedicated electric crossover for a premiere in March. It’s going by the working name of CV but there’s no indication this will make it through to the production version.

Toyota powers ahead of rivals with much brighter outlook

Toyota, the world’s top-selling automaker in 2020, raised its profit outlook by more than 50 per cent, a far bigger shift than Japan’s other major carmakers as it powers ahead in its recovery from the pandemic.

‘Not stolen OK’: Australian driver caught with hand-painted number plates

South Australian police have pulled over a man driving with hand-painted number plates on his car.

Toyota and Subaru are reportedly teaming up on a new hot hatchback

A new report from Japan claims Toyota and Subaru are working on a new all-wheel drive hot hatchback.

How drivers are holding back autonomous car tech

Self-driving cars might be here sooner than you think if one major barrier can be removed. The biggest hurdle to the adoption of autonomous vehicles is psychological, according to new research from Dr Mauricio Marrone, a senior lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance at Macquarie Business School.