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// Industry rallies round dealer’s family

Members of the car industry have dug deep and donated thousands of dollars to help fulfil a terminally ill teenagers wish to fund vital cancer research.

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// Mazda lays out SUV and electrification roadmap

Mazda Motor Corporation has laid out a roadmap to expand its global SUV offering from 2022 as well as completing the electrification of all its production vehicles by 2030.

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// Hyundai sinks US$1.1billion into hydrogen fuel cell factories

Hyundai, one of the leading marques in the hydrogen development stakes, has announced a massive spend on two new hydrogen fuel cell factories in South Korea.

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BEST OF THE REST

// Audi R8 V10 Performance RWD revealed as a purist’s supercar

While Audi might be most famous for the all-wheel drive ‘quattro’ cars that it has produced over the years, the German brand is not afraid of switching things up now and then.

// BMW BEV sales more than double

BMW Group posted significant sales growth through September, particularly battery electric vehicles (BEVs) with sales more than doubling.

// Audi CEO says electric cars now almost as profitable as petrol cars

While most of the talk centers around range capabilities, the biggest gap that electric vehicles have to petrol ones is, arguably, price.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Aston Martin DB6 EV conversion coming in 2023

British brand, Lunaz, is known for creating EV conversions of classic cars. It’s latest project, an Aston Martin DB6.

// EV uptake barriers in Southland revealed

Range anxiety, cost, battery lifespan and environmental concerns around battery replacement are the main reasons Southlanders EV uptake is so slow.

// Covid restrictions extended

The reopening of car yards and showrooms across Auckland remains at least another week off after the government decided to maintain its current alert level settings for the region.

// Fuel board backs takeover

Fuel retailer Z Energys board has sanctioned a takeover by ASX-listed Ampol via a scheme of arrangement.

// Ford might launch a ute even smaller than the Maverick

Ford is considering an even smaller ute (and the Maverick is a proper ute) than the Maverick to expand its more budget-oriented offerings after culling its passenger car range.

// World’s lithium mines struggling to keep up with global EV demand

Interest in electric vehicles is surging at the minute. New Zealand has just recorded its biggest month in history for plug-in sales, Norway is approaching a situation where almost 100 per cent of its new passenger-vehicle sales are EVs,

// Royal Enfield Twins Add Pizzazz for 2022

Royal Enfields biggest offerings, the Interceptor and Continental GT 650, undergo a slight metamorphosis for 2022, with tweaks to the engines now making them Euro V compliant.

// Here’s the first look at the stunning cars of Transformers 7

While we can’t quite call Michael Bay’s Transformers a car movie, I’m sure we can all agree that the franchise features some stunning cars.


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