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// Nissan’s new Qashqai heading to NZ with e-Power

Nissan has confirmed the new Qashqai SUV will arrive in New Zealand next year, with a decent array of standard spec and a new e-Power hybrid powertrain, coming later next year.

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// Lockdown blow for 2 Cheap sales

Profits warning issued, but business expected to “bounce back” when Auckland’s alert level drops.

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// SUV wars heat up: new-look 2022 Mazda CX-5 debuts

It’s raining mid-size SUVs at the minute. Overnight, the first of Toyota’s updated 2022 RAV4s was unveiled overseas.

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// Tesla looks to replace windscreen wipers with lasers

While a lot has changed on the humble car since Henry Ford first started mass-producing the Model T, it could be argued that even more has stayed the same, with rubber tyres, glass windows, and doors that open outward.

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// Tereora announced as new AA chief

Finance industry executive Nadine Tereora (above) will take over as CEO of motorists’ group, the AA from next February.

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// Toyota RAV4 gets updated for 2022

In a case of slightly odd timing, Toyota has unveiled the newly updated 2022 RAV4 in Europe; showing it off in the midst of well documented production delays for the popular model spurred on by Covid-19 and the semiconductor shortage.

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// High-performance Benz sports sedan coming

Mercedes-Benz dealers are taking orders for restyled and upgraded versions of the high-performance AMG CLS 53 4MATIC+ four-door coupe.

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// Nissan’s limited-edition GT-R T-Spec revealed in iconic colours

First introduced in 2007, Nissan’s R35 GT-R is a car that’s well beyond its use-by date, but the Japanese company seems to be keeping it alive by releasing numerous special editions.

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BEST OF THE REST

// Skoda Octavia PHEV due before Christmas

Skoda’s first electrified performance car the Octavia iV plug-in hybrid (PHEV) starts arriving here prior to Christmas, Skoda New Zealand says.

// Clean car bill – ‘ice ban by stealth’

A new addition to upcoming clean car regulations allowing officials to set a proportion of an importers vehicles that must be zero-emission is an ‘ICE ban by stealth’ according to the Motor Industry Association.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Polestar expands UK team

Polestar is rapidly growing its global engineering capability with the expansion of a world-class research and development (R&D) hub in the United Kingdom, the latest element in the brand’s development.

// Registration opens for CES 2022

More than 1100 companies from around the world feature in the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 5-8 next year which will be a combined in-person and digital occasion.

// Renault strengthens dealer presence in used car marketplace

Renault is building a stronger presence for its dealer network in the business to consumer (B2C) used car digital marketplace in France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom.

// EV rush forecast

A run on EVs is predicted after Auckland reduces its COVID-19 alert level as expected from midnight on Tuesday September 21.

// Significant Toyota production issues to affect Kiwi customers

Toyota customers in New Zealand could be facing extensive delays as Covid-19 and a global semiconductor shortage halts production.


HELPFUL RESOURCES

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