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// Audi Skysphere Roadster unveiled

Audi has revealed the first member of a new family of concept vehicles, a spectacular electric roadster called the Skysphere concept due out in 2022.

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// Mazda’s long-rumoured RX-9 might be powered by hydrogen

Mazda has been in the news a bit recently, particularly with the will-it, won’t-it RX-9 sports car. A couple of patents have emerged recently that indicate the project is still alive at Mazda, even if the company won’t confirm it, and a new report reckons it has new details on the engine.

// Managing the supply chain in the second half

As the December 31 deadline looms for the introduction of the Clean Car Fee, AutoTalk asked some vehicle distributors how they’re managing the supply chain and dealer and customer expectations.

// Businesses trying to get Kiwi battery recycling off the ground

Electric vehicles have plenty of critics, with ‘where do all the dead batteries go when they die?’ being one of the most frequent questions that pops up during fierce online debate.


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// MG ZS EV facelift incoming, could be here next year

MG is working on a facelift for the popular ZS EV SUV, which may include a new plug-in hybrid version.

// Secondhand tracks down

While the rest of the vehicle market boomed, it appears interest has waned in the formerly hot secondhand market.

// Isuzu reveals details of all-new MU-X SUV

The all-new Isuzu MU-X SUV has arrived in New Zealand, gaining the platform and engine from the D-Max ute, more towing capacity, better off-road capabilities and better technology.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Ford’s Escape PHEV only has 59km electric range – but owners are doing half their driving on EV power

The New Zealand Government rebate of $5750 for new Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles seems to have helped Kiwi buyers finally switch on to the PHEV concept.

// Making hay while the sun shines

Business is booming for Auckland motorbike dealer Experience Motorcycles which has showrooms in the inner west suburb of Kingsland and in Takapuna on the North Shore.

// EV fires an opportunity for material suppliers

About 69,000 cars produced between 2017-2019 were recalled for potential battery fires, says IDTechEx in its report Thermal Management for Electric Vehicles 2021-2031.

// Toyota NZ increases prices of Hilux, Corolla and more

Toyota’s local arm has confirmed sweeping price changes across a large number of its best-selling passenger vehicle nameplates, including the Hilux and the Corolla.

// Transitional facilities win approval

Six sites across four cities are playing a new, crucial role in maintaining biosecurity standards for used vehicles.

// SUV demand lifts emissions

Bigger vehicles are dominating the car market and spending more time on the road.

// Hot Wheels has created an e-bike and we want it immediately

Hot Wheels has partnered with Super73, an e-bike maker over in the United States, to create an awesome electric bike that we can’t have.

// Test ride an electric UBCO 2×2 without moving

Mount Maunganui-based electric utility vehicles provider UBCO has launched an immersive ‘virtual test ride’ experience.

// Protecta hailed as top employer

Company gains industry recognition after staff show “extreme resilience” during pandemic.

// New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions plummeted in 2020

The amount of pollution caused by the local transport sector in 2020 has been revealed, underlining a decline in greenhouse gas emissions.


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