// NZ government to spend $13.1m on 422 new electric vehicles

The New Zealand Government has confirmed a $13.1million investment in electric vehicles, as it progresses towards its pledge to introduce more EVs across its fleet.

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// New dealer network launches

Businesses across the country win AA Motoring’s seal of approval as it seeks to give consumers extra confidence when choosing a car.

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// Report: 400,000 cars driving on New Zealand roads without WOFs

While it has been over a year since the first Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand, the effects of the pandemic restrictions are still painfully obvious, especially on the financial front.

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// Genesis’ new G70 Shooting Brake might be the best-looking wagon in the world

There are no two ways about it; wagons are seriously cool. But with so many SUVs filling line-ups around the world, brands are moving away from these low-slung baggage-haulers.

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// Wage and salary rates are climbing at rapid levels

Automotive Employment NZ Ltd, a specialist motor industry recruitment company has recently put together a list of current remuneration estimates for the Automotive Industry.


// Tesla decides allowing people to buy cars with bitcoin is a bad idea

After making the unprecedented decision to allow customers to purchase new cars with Bitcoin, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed it will suspend the action.


// Mercedes CEO: petrol cars can’t be phased out “artificially”

While the topic of banning internal combustion engine cars has divided motoring enthusiasts around the world, one of the less discussed points is whether the petrol and diesel car as we know them have a natural end-of-life or end-of-business-case point on the horizon.

// Mazda names its young eco-warriors

Mazda New Zealand’s Mazda Foundation has announced the five winning schools in its 2021 TREEmendous environmental education programme.

// Shortages continue to bite

Four months into 2021 and the challenges facing distributors with shipments of vehicles and parts continue with little respite in sight.

// MTA calls for extra help with car-repair costs

Plea for the government to fund vehicle-related work after payments to people on benefits or low incomes more than triples to $33.6m in just six years.

// Ford patents tech that shows billboard ads on your touchscreen

The advent of camera technology in cars has undoubtedly resulted in plenty of very handy inventions, from speed limit sign recognition, to Tesla’s ‘sentry mode’. But, Ford appears to be taking things in a different direction entirely.



// UPDATED – Current National New Car Deals Revealed

Updated every Thursday, here’s a complete list of current National deals for new cars, utes, and light commercials. Offers including pricing specials, ‘free extras’ deals, or special financing terms.