Vehicle Arrivals Up in December

Vehicle imports bounced back strongly in December with a total of 26,180 arrivals, up 32% month-on-month. This compares to 19,829 arrivals the month prior, according to New Zealand Customs Motor Vehicle Statistics.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/vehicle-arrivals-up-in-december


Cableprice Opens Dunedin Site

CablePrice has expanded its Mercedes and Freightliner sales, parts and service network with the addition of a new Dunedin branch.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/cableprice-opens-dunedin-site


GM’s E-mobility Vision Explained

General Motors’ EV and AV future will be outlined by its chairman and chief executive Mary Barra in the opening keynote address at the virtual 2021 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from January 11-14.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/gms-e-mobility-vision-explained


Numbers of Dealers Dwindling

The numbers of registered motor vehicle traders is continuing to fall – and if present trends continue may go below the 3000 mark before this year is over.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/numbers-of-dealers-dwindling-2


Regional State of Emergency Situation in Japan Yet to Impact Trade

A series of regional State of Emergency declarations in Japan to ease the spread of COVID-19 are yet to significantly impact the used vehicle supply chain according to exports.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/regional-state-of-emergency-situation-in-japan-yet-to-impact-trade


Ports of Auckland Chair Liz Coutts to Retire

Ports of Auckland (POAL) chair and director Liz Coutts has announced she will be stepping down after 10 years in the role.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/ports-of-auckland-chair-liz-coutts-to-retire


Video: Big Screen in Mercedes-Benz EQS

The Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) hyperscreen features in the brand’s electric EQS due on sale later this year with an expected 700km range.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/video-big-screen-in-mercedes-benz-eqs


Nio Reveals ET7 Autonomous Model

China-based global EV company Nio has launched its first autonomous driving model, the ET7 sedan.

Revealed at Nio Day in Chengdu, ET7 deliveries are expected to start in Q1 2022.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/nio-reveals-et7-autonomous-model/


Imports Stage Late Rally in 2020

Numbers edge up for all sectors but they fail to mask the sharp drop in supply over the course of the year.

https://autofile.co.nz/imports-stage-late-rally-in-2020-


Dealership Drops Legal Battle

Company found to have breached the Fair Trading Act decides to pay up to disgruntled customer.

https://autofile.co.nz/dealer-abandons-legal-battle-


Port’s Chair Steps Down

Five-year stint at Auckland’s helm has seen “many challenges”, says Liz Coutts.

https://autofile.co.nz/ports-chair-steps-down-


Next Honda Civic Type R Might Not be a Hybrid After All

It feels like from the very moment the current FK8-generation Honda Civic Type R was revealed that rumours started to swirl around whether the next-gen model would become electrified in some way, shape, or form.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/next-honda-civic-type-r-might-not-be-a-hybrid-after-all


Renault Set to Revive Classic Models as Electric Cars

Almost a year on from his appointment as Renault’s new CEO, former Volkswagen exec Luca de Meo is set to radicalise the French firm’s outlook on electrification — according to a fresh report.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/renault-set-to-revive-classic-models-as-electric-cars


First Look: Hyundai Drops Generous Tease for Hot Kona N

While most of today’s ‘performance SUVs’ are built to target premium buyers, we’re starting to see more of them enter the mainstream space. Ford has unveiled the Puma ST, and Hyundai is busy cooking away behind the scenes with its new warm Kona N-Line and hot Kona N.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/first-look-hyundai-drops-generous-tease-for-hot-kona-n


Genuine ‘Kitt’ from Knight Rider Could Sell for a Million Dollars

Those of us who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s will be well aware of the halcyon period of cars in sitcoms. We recently touched on this in a story about a van from the A-Team, and we mention it again because another icon from the period is also set to go up for sale — the KITT Pontiac Firebird TransAm from Knight Rider.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/genuine-kitt-from-knight-rider-could-sell-for-a-million-dollars


Nio’s Flagship Electric Sedan Will Have a Range of Up to 1000km

At the Nio Day event over the weekend just gone, Chinese electric carmaker Nio revealed a brand new model. The ET7 is set to be the marque’s flagship sedan, ready to fight it out with the likes of the Tesla Model 3.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/evs/123921388/nios-flagship-electric-sedan-will-have-a-range-of-up-to-1000km


The Long History of the Company That Now Provides Our Police Cars

Skoda might have been the punchline to a bad joke for people over a certain age, but those jokes don’t really work anymore, because Skoda has been cool for some time now.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/123811818/the-long-history-of-the-company-that-now-provides-our-police-cars


Chip Shortage Hits Global Automakers

A semiconductor shortage is dragging on some of the world’s biggest auto manufacturers, costing Daimler, Nissan, Honda and Ford production of a range of cars.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/300202009/chip-shortage-hits-global-automakers


Are Apple and Hyundai Teaming Up to Build Cars?

While Apple has been at the forefront of tech for the last few decades, the American brand is still yet to make a successful foray into the vehicle segment, and take on Tesla at its own game.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/are-apple-and-hyundai-teaming-up-to-build-cars/


Electric Power Coming to Toyota’s Toughest Ute

Toyota is experimenting with electric power for its LandCruiser 70 Series in Australia. Developed with BHP for use on mine sites, the machine packs electrified power in place of a conventional engine.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/electric-power-coming-to-toyota-s-toughest-ute/


This Koenigsegg Regera Could Fill the $5 Million Hole in Your Garage

Imagine waking up one day and deciding that you’re going to build and sell a supercar that can compete with the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini at the top of the pecking order, it sounds like quite the fantasy, right?

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/this-koenigsegg-regera-could-fill-the-5-million-hole-in-your-garage/