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// It’s back: New Subaru WRX revealed with familiar looks and more power

Earlier this year when Subaru revealed the “final” WRX STI Saigo, it was a little confusing considering that a new version of the iconic sedan was already confirmed. But let’s not dwell on the details – let’s dive into the new WRX.

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// Huge Triton delivery beckons

Marque orders in 5,000 utes to meet demand before the clean car discount starts.

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// WOF extension will impact import compliance availability

The Motor Trade Association (MTA) says the government’s decision to extend the expiry date of Warrant of Fitness labels until the end of November will breed owner complacency and also impact the availability of inspectorate services for new and used imports needing entry certification

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// Porsche’s synthetic fuel plant is underway

Porsche has announced that work is underway on its new synthetic fuel plant in Chile, which will produce 550 million litres of fuel by 2026.

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// Confirmed: Hyundai Kona N hot SUV to be priced from $69,990

Exactly a month after it confirmed pricing for the updated i30 N hot hatch, Hyundai New Zealand has now announced pricing and spec for the all-new Kona N … the i30 N’s lifted SUV cousin.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Electric Vehicle versus petrol power: is a BEV really that much cheaper to run?

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are still a relatively new phenomenon in the New Zealand new-vehicle market. But the big headline about plug-in cars seems to be ultra-low running cost.

// New lending rules delayed

Covid-19 lockdown forces government to postpone making amendments to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act.

// BMW signs semiconductor deal

Some major automotive manufacturers believe the semiconductor shortage impacting the industry could last many more months – if not years.

// Takeover issues made public

Regulator opens submissions on merger between vehicle telematics companies.

// Toyota’s overseas production issues now impacting kiwi customers

Having navigated the global semiconductor shortage with less dramas than most of its peers, it appears that Toyota can’t avoid the wave any longer.

// Democrats want us EV tax credits expanded

Democratic lawmakers propose an expansion of tax credits for EVs that includes far higher subsidies for union-made zero emission models assembled in the US.

// Tesla smashes Nurburgring EV record with stock Model S Plaid

Tesla’s Model S Plaid is brutally fast in a straight line, as everyone already knows, but now it’s confirmed to be brutally fast around corners too.


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// Current National New Car Deals

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