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// WATCH: Ford teases all-new Ranger ute testing on New Zealand terrain

Ford has given the biggest hint yet of the look of the all-new Ranger with an official video of prototype testing in the hot, dry terrain of Australia and the snow-covered surfaces of the Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground (SHPG) in Central Otago, New Zealand.

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// Giltrap Group to sell Lotus cars in New Zealand

The Giltrap Group announced overnight that it would introduce the Lotus brand to its stable, with a dedicated Auckland showroom set to open for business later this year.

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// Fleetpartners NZ closing retail dealerships and wholesale channel

FleetPartners NZ will cease operating its AutoSelect retail sites and E-Tender wholesale channel at the end of September 2021.

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// Tesla Model S Plaid sets new production EV Nurburgring record

Instead, Elon Musk recently tweeted that a completely stock Model S Plaid managed to beat the Porsche’s time by over 12 seconds.

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// Ford set to dump Indian production at a cost of US$2billion

Ford has announced that it will stop producing cars in India, ending a 25-year stint of producing cars in the region.

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// Subaru reveals the new WRX

After much teasing Subaru has unveiled the all-new Subaru WRX, in US-model form at least.

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// Chevrolet debuts 6.2-litre V8 Silverado ZR2 off-road beast

Chevrolet has unveiled its new 2022 Silverado, packed with a raft of improvements across the line-up, as well as a new off-road variant, the ZR2, set to face off against the Ford F-150 Raptor.

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IN OTHER NEWS

// Facelifted 2022 Mazda CX-5 spotted overseas

It might be a little long in the tooth, but Mazda’s CX-5 remains one of the most impressive mid-size SUVs in class, while also being one of the brand’s best-selling vehicles worldwide.

// Ford bites Apple for a taste of Tesla

The car business has a rich history of mavericks. Lee Iacocca brought Chrysler back from the brink in the 1980s.

// NZ government ‘Clean Car’ schemes one step closer to reality

While much debate has already taken place regarding the New Zealand Government’s Clean Car Discount and Clean Car Standard schemes, elements of both schemes still need to pass through parliament before they become reality.

// Porsche doesn’t think Italy should get a pass from combustion ban

Recently, the Italian minister for ecological transition, Roberto Cingolani, was reported as seeking an exemption from the forthcoming ban on combustion engines for vehicles produced within the European Union.

// Japan steps up self-driving to revive rural areas, help elderly

Japan is bolstering its autonomous driving ambitions with a new project to be formally introduced Wednesday to expand the use of self-driving vehicles in more than 40 locations around the country by 2025.


HELPFUL RESOURCES

// Current National New Car Deals

Updated every Friday, here’s a complete list of current National deals for new cars, utes, and light commercials.

// Clean Car Calculator

Input vehicle make and/or model to calculate if the car will receive a rebate, fee or sits in the zero band (no change).