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// Video: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern doubles down on EV ute comment

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed there will be no exemptions for utes used by tradies or farmers

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// The best 911? Porsche unveils 2022 GT3 touring

When pressed for an answer, there’s a high chance that most Porsche aficionados would name the GT3 as the most beloved of the current 911 crop

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// Ford debuts escape PHEV at Fieldays

The Ford Escape plug-in hybrid (PHEV) on display at Ford’s Fieldays stand will attract the $5750 government Clean Car rebate for customers, selling from $60,990 plus on-road costs.

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// Ssangyong confirms plans to build electric ute, unveils EV SUV

As talk around electric utes and how far away they are for the Kiwi market continues, Korean firm SsangYong has announced plans to build a zero-emissions ute of its own while simultaneously unveiling its new electric SUV based on the Korando.

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// New Ford Mustang Mach 1 to make NZ debut at Fieldays

Ford’s new flagship Mustang — the Mach 1 — is set to make its public debut at this week’s Fieldays agricultural expo.


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// Rivian R1-T electric ute and suv spotted in Auckland

As far as coincidences go, this one is fairly amazing.
In the midst of the fierce chatter in New Zealand right now about electric utes and their not-so-impending availability, two Rivian R1-Ts — a ute and an SUV — have been spotted at Auckland Airport.

// Lead, test drive and sales by source May 2021 (vs April 2021)

At the time of writing AutoTalk reported that provisional figures indicated May 2021 was the highest May ever for new vehicle sales.

// Fieldays reflects new car market disruption

For many years the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek in Hamilton has been regarded as the de-facto New Zealand national motor show, with brands beginning their marketing campaigns around the event as early as April and finishing in August.

// Pony.ai tests AVs on us and china roads

Silicon Valley-based Pony.ai says it has begun regular and daily fully driverless testing on public roads in Fremont and Milpitas in California, where it plans a driverless Robotaxi service starting next year.

// Thousands flock to Fieldays

Automotive companies show off their wares but some marques choose to stay away as they battle back orders.

// Brock-fettled Kiwi Commodore heading to auction

While a very special Peter Brock-owned Commodore recently sold for more than $1 million in Australia recently, another Brock-related with a Kiwi twist is about to go under the hammer right here.

// Lamborghini slashes emissions using trains

When it comes to reducing the fuel consumption and emissions of their cars, supercar manufacturers walk a delicate line between doing what the world expects and maintaining the explosive performance, sound and character its customers expect.


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// Current National New Car Deals Revealed

Updated every Friday, here’s a complete list of current National deals for new cars, utes, and light commercials. Offers including pricing specials, ‘free extras’ deals, or special financing terms.