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Supply challenges mount for new cars

Industry faces battle to keep up with demand as chip shortage compounds shipping delays and other problems. The supply of cars into New Zealand’s new-vehicle market is unlikely to return to normal for at least four months as a global shortage of computer chips adds to existing headaches for importers.

https://autofile.co.nz/supply-challenges-mount-for-new-cars-

Chip shortage could kill kiwi car sales momentum

Last month was 31 days of relief for New Zealand’s car industry — the Motor Industry Association eventually revealing that it was the country’s third strongest January on record for new-car registrations.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/chip-shortage-could-kill-kiwi-car-sales-momentum


OUR PICK

Who will build the Apple Car? Here are candidates to watch

Apple’s work on a car has brought to the fore several potential manufacturing partners capable of building an electric self-driving vehicle for the technology giant.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124222238/who-will-build-the-apple-car-here-are-candidates-to-watch


PODCASTS

PODCAST: What’s the best premium SUV? Zooming with DRIVEN

For the first time this year, the whole gang is back together, so we decided to head back to the video studio to bring you Zooming in all its glory.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/watch-what-s-the-best-premium-suv-zooming-with-driven/


IN OTHER NEWS

Long-term Toyota staffer remembered

Morgan Dilks, a member of the team at Toyota New Zealand for more than 21 years, was farewelled in Palmerston North today following his death on Monday. Hundreds attended his funeral, including many from the Toyota New Zealand team.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/long-term-toyota-staffer-remembered


Auto Shanghai 2021 to showcase mobility’s future

EVs take pride of place at Auto Shanghai in China on April 21-28. The popular show will focus on New Mobility China – a platform for the future of driving covering electromobility, autonomous driving and digitalisation.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/auto-shanghai-2021-to-showcase-mobilitys-future/


Your chance to speak up at conference

Forum to discuss future transport issues is set to feature local and international industry leaders. Organisers of T-Tech 2021 are seeking submissions for papers and presentations for the conference, which will this year focus on sustainability, safety and equity.

https://autofile.co.nz/your-chance-to-speak-up-at-conference-


Vehicle spending jumps $14m

Automotive industry provides rare highlight as the overall value of transactions stays flat in January. Spending on vehicles increased by $14 million to $200m in January 2021 when compared to the same month a year earlier, according to new figures from Stats NZ.

https://autofile.co.nz/vehicle-spending-jumps-14m-


EVs promise billions of dollars of savings

Power provider calls for government action as soon as possible to transform fleet and cut emissions. The automotive industry can help save the country billions of dollars by encouraging the switch to electric vehicles (EVs), according to a new report.

https://autofile.co.nz/evs-promise-billions-of-dollars-of-savings-


Citroen is keeping it weird with cushy new C3 Aircross

French car-maker Citroen’s long-held penchant for producing quirky automobiles has continued with the unveiling of a new C3 Aircross. It isn’t an all-new jigger, of course. Instead it’s a fairly sizable face-lift.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/citroen-is-keeping-it-weird-with-cushy-new-c3-aircross


Roush reveals wild stage 3 Ford Mustang with almost 800hp

It’s been a hot minute since a tuning firm unveiled a new high horsepower Ford Mustang. For a while in 2020, it seemed like one was being uncovered every week. Thankfully, illustrious performance firm Roush is here to break the drought.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/roush-reveals-wild-stage-3-ford-mustang-with-almost-800hp


Hot Skoda: sporty Scala revealed (but we can’t have it)

A name that’s been somewhat absent from the current hot hatch wars of today is Skoda. The Czech firm has, of course, produced hot hatches in the past, and if you squint then you could consider its liftback VRS variants a hot hatch of sorts.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/hot-skoda-sporty-scala-revealed-but-we-can-t-have-it


Could Audi kill the A1 to make room for an electric A2?

Audi could be gearing up to bring back the short-lived A2 as an all-electric entry model, a report from Autocar UK is saying, meaning the death of the A1 is nigh. The current discussion at Audi’s headquarters is currently revolving around how to electrify the brand’s entry level vehicles.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124211433/could-audi-kill-the-a1-to-make-room-for-an-electric-a2


Amazon-backed Rivian plans electric-vehicle plant in Europe

Rivian Automotive Inc., the electric-vehicle maker backed by Amazon.com Inc., is scouting locations in Europe to build a new factory, according to people familiar with the matter.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/300228337/amazonbacked-rivian-plans-electricvehicle-plant-in-europe


Toyota planning to release two new EVs this year

Toyota has long been a proponent of hybrid electrification over fully battery electric vehicles, but that looks to be changing. The Japanese manufacturer is set to release its first two BEVs for the US market before the end of the year, alongside a new plug-in hybrid.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/evs/124222645/toyota-planning-to-release-two-new-evs-this-year


Skoda teases new Fabia and teases us with hotter Euro-only Scala

Skoda is working on updating the Fabia hatchback to a new platform with new looks to boot, following cousins Polo, Ibiza and A1. It’s still a little while away yet but in the meantime, those wanting a hotter version of the larger Scala can be envious of this, the not-for-us Edition S.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124224406/skoda-teases-new-fabia-and-teases-us-with-hotter-euroonly-scala


Quick Charge: this week in EV news

Audi has revealed the final production version of its long-awaited e-tron GT. Based on the same dedicated EV platform as its stable-mate, the Porsche Taycan, the e-tron GT will come in two versions – a standard GT with 350kW and 630Nm that will sprint to 100kmh in 3.9 seconds, or a hotter 440kW/850Nm RS version that will drop this to 3.3 seconds.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/evs/124226020/quick-charge-this-week-in-ev-news


Kiwi-market Porsche Taycan goes ‘Starry Night’ and rear-drive: it’s a BEV, but is it art?

If Van Gogh had painted a Porsche Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), what would it look like? No longer do we need to wonder about the answer to that oft-repeated question, because Porsche has created a “Starry Night” themed Taycan Turbo.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/kiwi-market-porsche-taycan-goes-starry-night-and-rear-drive-it-s-a-bev-but-is-it-art/


The Good Oil: Honda e and CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP… can you see a Red Dot on these?

It’s a meeting of core business and future promise: the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP motorcycle and the Honda e Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) are both now on display in the Red Dot Design Museum.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/the-good-oil-honda-e-and-cbr1000rr-r-fireblade-sp-can-you-see-a-red-dot-on-these/


Report: Nissan in talks to replace Hyundai on Apple’s car project

It was set to be one of the biggest tech-related partnerships that the automotive industry had ever seen, Hyundai and Apple’s partnership came crumbling down earlier this week.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/report-nissan-in-talks-to-replace-hyundai-on-apple-s-car-project/


This little Microlino might be the world’s cutest electric vehicle

While Microlino might be a new company, its first-ever EV will look familiar, due to the fact that the styling was inspired by BMW’s Isetta from back in the 1950s.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/this-little-microlino-might-be-the-world-s-cutest-electric-vehicle/