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Ford going electric in Europe by 2030

Ford says its entire European passenger vehicle line-up will be all-electric by 2030. And all Ford cars will be available in electric or hybrid models by mid-2026, it adds.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/ford-going-electric-in-europe-by-2030

Ford to go all electric in Europe by 2030

Ford is vowing to convert its entire passenger vehicle lineup in Europe to electric power by 2030 in just the latest sign of the seismic technological changes sweeping the auto industry.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/evs/300233132/ford-to-go-all-electric-in-europe-by-2030

Ford reveals plans to go all-electric in Europe by 2030

While Ford might be one of the biggest automotive brands on earth, it’s still a little behind when it comes to electric vehicles, with the Mustang Mach-E being the sole EV in its line-up.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/ford-reveals-plans-to-go-all-electric-in-europe-by-2030/


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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.

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

More race car tech in new 320km/h GT3

Porsche’s new ultra-high-performance 911 GT3, due here in the second half of this year, is packed with race car technology thanks to Porsche Motorsport’s close involvement in its design.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/more-race-car-tech-in-new-320km-h-gt3


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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

Mitsubishi’s all-new Outlander revealed with bold looks and new tech

There’s a familial theme to the next version of Mitsubishi’s most popular family car. The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is the first fruit of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, arriving later this year as a rebodied version of the new Nissan X-Trail.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/mitsubishi-s-all-new-outlander-revealed-with-bold-looks-and-new-tech/


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Petrol car saviour: Porsche to start making synthetic fuel in 2022

As yet another brand confirms plans to drop internal combustion engine vehicles in Europe, Porsche has issued an update on the state of its synthetic fuel development plans.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/petrol-car-saviour-porsche-to-start-making-synthetic-fuel-in-2022

Porsche to begin trialing synthetic fuels next year

Porsche is ready for the first trials of its new synthetic fuel to begin. Speaking to Autocar UK, Porsche’s head of GT sports cars and the 911 product line, Frank Walliser, confirmed that Porsche is “on track, together with our partners in South America.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124283742/porsche-to-begin-trialing-synthetic-fuels-next-year


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NZ Automotive Investments applies to list on NZX

A day after announcing its reorganisation and intention to list on the NZX, 2Cheap Cars owner NZ Automotive Investments has confirmed it expects to debut on the exchange next Thursday, February 25th.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/nz-automotive-investments-applies-to-list-on-nzx

Automotive company applies to list on NZX

NZAI makes move to unlock capital as it strives to expand its vehicle finance division. The company behind 2 Cheap Cars has applied for a direct listing on the NZX main board and is set to debut on February 25.

https://autofile.co.nz/automotive-company-applies-to-list-on-nzx-


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Volvo XC40 PHEV arrives

Volvo will launch its new XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) to the New Zealand market this month with expectations the first shipment will sell out within weeks.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/volvo-xc40-phev-arrives

Pricing announced for Volvo XC40 plug-in hybrid

With the first two examples already having hit our shores, Volvo has confirmed pricing for its plug-in compact crossover XC40 — known as the XC40 Recharge.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/pricing-announced-for-volvo-xc40-plug-in-hybrid


OUR PICK

Industry facing ‘transformative change’

Senior automotive figure aims to draw on past experiences to guide the new-vehicle sector through tough challenges. A new appointment at the Motor Industry Association (MIA) says he is stepping into the role at a time when the automotive industry is facing one of its biggest challenges.

https://autofile.co.nz/industry-facing-transformative-change-


IN OTHER NEWS

Petrol prices rises good for EVs

Bad news for internal combustion engine (ICE) drivers is good news for EVs. More interest in EVs is expected by EV dealerships and Drive Electric chair Mark Gilbert following reports fuel prices are the highest they’ve been all year and are likely to continue upwards.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/petrol-price-rises-good-for-evs


Kapiti Kia couple expand to Levin

Kia New Zealand has taken another step in its rapid dealer network growth, partnering with an existing dealer to open a 31st dealer – this time in Levin.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/kapiti-kia-couple-expand-to-levin


Macaulay adds Mahindra

Macaulay Motors has picked up the growing Mahindra brand for the Southland and Central Otago regions.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/macaulay-adds-mahindra


Mercedes-Benz celebrates 50 millionth production car

Mercedes-Benz has celebrated two significant milestones this month as the first new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class to roll off the line at Factory 56 in Sindelfingen is also the manufacturers 50-millionth production car.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/mercedes-benz-celebrates-50-millionth-production-car


Tesla releases latest inventory

Telsa has released its latest inventory for searches by price, model and trim for “accelerated delivery” and to request a trade-in quote if necessary.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/tesla-releases-latest-inventory/


Hyzon to deliver 1500 hydrogen trucks to NZ

US-based Hyzon Motors is promising to deliver 1500 hydrogen fuel-cell trucks (FCEVs) to New Zealand over the next five years with the first fleet arriving by the end of the year.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/hyzon-to-deliver-1500-hydrogen-trucks-to-nz/


Family dealership makes flying start

Couple bring Kia to the Horowhenua region as they expand their business and take on more staff. A husband-and-wife team has helped Kia expand its New Zealand network to 31 dealers after opening a new showroom in Levin.

https://autofile.co.nz/family-dealership-makes-flying-start-


New Peugeots hit NZ: 208, 3008 pricing confirmed

Peugeot’s local arm is in for a big 2021, with at least three new models hitting local showrooms in its bid to shift itself further upmarket to challenge its European rivals.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/new-peugeots-hit-nz-208-3008-pricing-confirmed


Mini unveils rallying throwback, confirms it for NZ

If any brand is guilty of perhaps being a little too retro, it could be Mini. But, we’re big fans of its latest creation — a hot hatch that harks back to its illustrious rallying history and legendary raver Paddy Hopkirk.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/mini-unveils-rallying-throwback-confirms-it-for-nz


Land Rover considering a Defender ute

Land Rover “always said” the Defender would become a family and, in a new interview with Autocar UK, said that the next member could take the form of a ute.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124283224/land-rover-considering-a-defender-ute


Is Holden better off dead?

As far as life and death choices go, Holden diehards tend to think that Holden should have kept building V8 Commodores or just go away. Which is exactly what General Motors did.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124272555/is-holden-better-off-dead