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// NZ pricing revealed for Hyundai’s Kona N firecracker

The terms “cost-effective” and performance SUV usually don’t fall into the same sentence with the majority of the vehicles that fill the segment coming from Europe, but this little Korean firecracker fits the bill perfectly.

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// Treasury resists clean car plans

Officials push back against government over emissions targets and feebate scheme.

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// KIA NZ announces slashed $34,990 starting price for Sportage

Off the back of unveiling its new Sportage in June, Kia New Zealand has announced a heavily slashed introductory price for the model ahead of its November arrival and January 2022 launch.

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// Autoterminal NZ in liquidation following court win For IBC

A long running battle between wholesaler and importer AutoTerminal and its supplier IBC appears to have come to an end – with the former headed for liquidation.

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// No-fine ute frenzy: Mitsubishi NZ secures 5000 Tritons for 2021 to beat Clean Car fees

The second half of this year is proving to be a battle between supply and demand in the one-tonne ute market, as distributors and dealers struggle to delivery new vehicle to buyers eager to avoid the Clean Car Programme fines likely to come into effect in January.

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// Tesla Model 2 (Model Q) under NZ$35.1k by 2024?

Tesla is testing the upper limits with its Model S Plaid which recently burned up the Nurburgring in 7m35.579 seconds but it’s also expected to soon push the lower end of the spectrum too …

// Mitsubishi set to stop developing its own platforms, report claims

Mitsubishi has been through the ringer in recent times, battling steep declines in some markets on one hand, but solid results in markets like Australia and New Zealand on the other hand.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Mercedes-Benz ends PHEV development to focus on EVs

Well, that was quick. Mercedes-Benz has reportedly stopped developing new versions of plug-in hybrid powertrains in favour of fully electrifying its vehicles.

// Plug-in MG SUV range tops charts

MG is the leading marque in New Zealand for sales of new plug-in electrified SUV models.

// Finance profits to climb

Managing director of Geneva describes impact to date of latest lockdowns as “minimal.”

// Marque hit by production cuts

Shortage of microchips, parts issues and supply chain impact on world’s biggest car brand.

// Iconic Subaru Impreza WRC expected to sell for huge money

Even though Subaru hasn’t competed in the World Rally Championship for years now, it still boasts about its rallying pedigree in its products today; a fact underlined by last weekend’s WRX launch.


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).