Dealer Drops Appeal Against Tribunal Decision

A Dunedin car dealer has reportedly abandoned an appeal against a Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal decision ordering it to pay $5000 to a customer after selling him a car that it didn’t disclose had been written off, repaired and re-registered.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/dealer-drops-appeal-against-tribunal-decision


Sono’s Latest Solar Car Shines

Sono Motors has presented its second generation solar EV (SEV) prototype at the virtual CES 2021 event. The new Sion from the German start-up includes 248 photovoltaic panels in the EV’s body that will top up its battery pack for a maximum 35km extra range daily.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/sonos-latest-solar-car-shines/


Car yard vandal put behind bars

Two dealerships in the same city were targeted by a criminal during night-time raids. A burglar has been jailed for 17 months after causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage at dealerships in Invercargill.

https://autofile.co.nz/car-yard-vandal-put-behind-bars-


New boss for Volvo NZ

Executive looks forward to tackling electrification programme as he returns to marque to take on top job. Volvo New Zealand has appointed Ben Montgomery as its new general manager following the resignation of Coby Duggan.

https://autofile.co.nz/new-boss-for-volvo-nz-


Will New Zealand’s Next Police Cars Be Electric?

One of the biggest stories of 2020’s motoring year was Skoda winning the tender to become the New Zealand Police’s next vehicle supplier. In the wake of the announcement, one of the big questions is what the Labour Government’s declaration of a climate emergency means for the vehicles at hand.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/will-new-zealand-s-next-police-cars-be-electric


Toyota Looking To Hydrogen To Make The Hilux Green

One of the biggest gripes facing the push for electrification in motoring is the lack of options and solutions when it comes to utility vehicles and commercials. Many of the buyers of these vehicles are EV cynics, often traversing remote areas not well plotted by car chargers.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/toyota-looking-to-hydrogen-to-make-the-hilux-green


Volvo New Zealand Appoints New General Manager

Change is afoot at Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover’s local arms, following confirmation that JLR operations manager Ben Montgomery is set to take over as general manager at Volvo New Zealand.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/volvo-new-zealand-appoints-new-general-manager


Porsche Throws Back The Clock With ‘90S-Inspired Boxster

The age of 1990s throwbacks is well and truly in full swing, with Porsche being the latest brand to release a homage to its pre-millennium self in the form of the new Boxster 25 Edition.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/porsche-throws-back-the-clock-with-90s-inspired-boxster


Hot Hatch Gets Hotter: Toyota GR Yaris Gets 300Bhp Boost

It felt almost inevitable that Toyota’s highly anticipated new hot hatch, the incredible GR Yaris, would become a bit of a tuning world darling in the midst of its undeniable hype. And, that appears to be coming to fruition thanks to UK firm Litchfield.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/hot-hatch-gets-hotter-toyota-gr-yaris-gets-300bhp-boost


iPhone assembler Foxconn sets up auto arm as Apple car looms

Apple’s Taiwanese manufacturing partner Foxconn Technology Group is setting up a car venture, strengthening its automotive capabilities at a time when technology companies including its California ally are looking to expand in vehicles.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/300204639/iphone-assembler-foxconn-sets-up-auto-arm-as-apple-car-looms


Sony still developing its not-for-production EV

Sony is still working on its all-electric Vision-S concept car, despite saying it won’t put it into production.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/123935081/sony-still-developing-its-notforproduction-ev


Hyundai teases Ioniq 5 electric SUV

Hyundai has teased its forthcoming electric SUV, called Ioniq 5. Weirdly, it’s not related to the existing Ioniq in pretty much every way, shape and form.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/123939715/hyundai-teases-ioniq-5-electric-suv


BMW announces plans to ditch dual-clutch transmissions for good

For years, car enthusiasts like us have banged on about how the manual transmission was dying a slow death and how we aren’t happy about it, but we’ve all swallowed our three-pedaled pride, and have had to accept it.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/bmw-announces-plans-to-ditch-dual-clutch-transmissions-for-good/


It turns out that Sony is dead serious about building an electric car

Sony’s Vision S is a lot of things. The electric car is a PlayStation, personal assistant, home theatre system and cinema rolled into a set of wheels promising to change the way people think about cars.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/it-turns-out-that-sony-is-dead-serious-about-building-an-electric-car/


Hydrogen-powered Hilux? NZ icon set to gain fuel cell tech in the future

New Zealand’s number-two selling vehicle could be powered by a fuel cell in the future, as Toyota works with partners including Kenworth to come up with low-emission solutions for commercial vehicles.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/hydrogen-powered-hilux-nz-icon-set-to-gain-fuel-cell-tech-in-the-future/