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Used-car retailer thinks big

NZAI makes key appointments as it eyes expansion plans to help it rival Turners. One of New Zealand’s largest used-car retailers has set its sights on securing a bigger chunk of the market and expanding its finance book.

https://autofile.co.nz/used-car-retailer-thinks-big-

2Cheap parent renames, announces listing

The parent company of 2Cheap Cars and its NZ Motor Finance division, has announced a new name, new leadership, and plans to list on the stock exchange.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/2cheap-parent-renames-announces-listing


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The secret plans that didn’t save Holden

One year ago, General Motors announced that it would be winding up the Holden brand in Australia and New Zealand which came as a shock to many dealerships and owners.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/the-secret-plans-that-didnt-save-holden

Report: Holden planned to sell rebadged Chinese cars to save itself

One of the more interesting hypotheticals people have considered in the wake of Holden’s unpopular exit from the Australasian market is which direction it would have travelled in a post-Vauxhall, post-Opel world.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/report-holden-planned-to-sell-rebadged-chinese-cars-to-save-itself


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Mclaren Artura hybrid from $375,000

The new McLaren Altura High-Performance Hybrid (HPH) supercar will cost Kiwis at least $375,000 and is now available to order.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/mclaren-artura-hybrid-from-375000

Revealed: Mclaren unveils 500kw Artura hybrid supercar

After keeping its fans suspended in a delicate lurch consisting of stacks of teasers, audio tracks, and camouflage shots (plus a few juicy leaked patent filings to boot), McLaren has finally unveiled its new Sports Series supercar; the all-new Artura.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/revealed-mclaren-unveils-500kw-artura-hybrid-supercar

McLaren Artura revealed as a 500kW plug-in hybrid supercar

Meet the start of something big for McLaren: the HPH (High Performance Hybrid) supercar.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/mclaren-artura-revealed-as-a-500kw-plug-in-hybrid-supercar/


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Outlander first car to debut live on Amazon

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has revealed the all-new Outlander SUV on Amazon Live, making it the first passenger vehicles to be launched on the global platform.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/outlander-first-car-to-debut-live-on-amazon

All-new Mitsubishi Outlander debuts. Can it save the brand?

While all the focus has been on its alliance partner Nissan, Mitsubishi has also been battling over the last few years.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/all-new-mitsubishi-outlander-debuts-can-it-save-the-brand

Mitsubishi reveals all-new Outlander SUV

Mitsubishi has revealed an all-new version of its Outlander SUV, even though the current one is still selling well globally. In fact, it was even one of New Zealand’s best-selling vehicles last month.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124275835/mitsubishi-reveals-allnew-outlander-suv


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Porsche has updated the mighty GT3

We knew it was coming and here it is – Porsche has just revealed the latest member of the GT3 family. At the heart of the new GT3 is the same 4.0-litre flat six with no sign of forced induction.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124268479/porsche-has-updated-the-mighty-gt3

Watch: Porsche’s highly-anticipated 911 GT3 revealed in full

When it comes to Porsche 911 variants, you can’t really go wrong with any of them, but the GT3 has always been at the top of the wishlist for those who really love driving.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/watch-porsche-s-highly-anticipated-911-gt3-revealed-in-full/


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Skoda announces sportier flavour of electric SUV

Skoda has announced a sporty variant of its forthcoming electric Enyaq iV SUV, called the Sportline. The name follows other existing Skoda models but the Enyaq is the first all-electric vehicle for the brand, based on the Volkswagen ID.4.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/evs/124269605/skoda-announces-sportier-flavour-of-electric-suv

Electric Skoda gets lean, low new sportline model

It might not have hit showrooms anywhere in the world just yet, but that’s not stopping Skoda from releasing a new trim level of its upcoming Enyaq iV electric car — the first EV it’s ever made.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/electric-skoda-gets-lean-low-new-sportline-model


IN OTHER NEWS

Ford Ranger goes fully-autonomous

An Australian mining group has advanced the future of mobility (in mining at least) with the deployment of a fleet of fully-autonomous Ford Rangers at one of its mines

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124261213/ford-ranger-goes-fullyautonomous


Ferrari’s hybrid V6 to make big power while Audi considers electric R8

Ferrari is hard at work on a new model, rumoured to be an entry-level revival of the Dino badge sporting a hybrid V6 powertrain. We know it exists but nothing more, although a report from Car Magazine aims to shed a bit more light on the subject.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124259508/ferraris-hybrid-v6-to-make-big-power-while-audi-considers-electric-r8


Watch: Ford’s electric Mustang fights range anxiety by racing a rocket?

Range anxiety is the biggest barrier facing all electric vehicles, and while the vehicles themselves might be fine, the public’s perception is the barrier than automotive brands face.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/watch-ford-s-electric-mustang-fights-range-anxiety-by-racing-a-rocket/


EV searches easier

Car buying site Need A Car says it has made electric vehicle searches faster and easier. It says electric battery information such as range, state of health (SoH) and wattage are important aspects to look at when purchasing an EV.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/ev-searches-easier


Autonomous Rangers launched in Australia

Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) says it has successfully deployed autonomous light vehicles (ALV’s) at the Company’s mining operations in the Chichester Hub.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/autonomous-rangers-launched-in-australia


sshhh! EVs will be at Frankton thunder

Just about every model of EV in New Zealand will be at the 5th annual Frankton Thunder automotive and community festival in Hamilton on March 14, 9.30am-4pm.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/sshhh-evs-will-be-at-frankton-thunder/


Veteran warns dealers are on the brink

EV specialist blames closure of his long-running business on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

https://autofile.co.nz/veteran-warns-dealers-are-on-the-brink-


Jucy owed $44m to ASB bank

Receivers of low-cost car and campervan rental company owners Jucy Group says there is unlikely to be any money left to pay unsecured creditors.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/jucy-owed-44m-to-asb-bank


BMW joins with NZ luxury leather goods brand

BMW New Zealand and local luxury leather goods manufacturer, Deadly Ponies, have formed a long-term partnership to work on special projects.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/bmw-joins-with-nz-luxury-leather-goods-brand