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Revealed: BMW gunning for Tesla with 590km i4 sedan

BMW has finally unveiled its new fully electric i4 sedan in full, detailing the futuristic new model overnight at its 2021 Media Day event.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/revealed-bmw-gunning-for-tesla-with-590km-i4-sedan

Electric BMW i4 revealed

The upcoming BMW i4 has been shown at the recent BMW Group Annual Conference. “With its sporty looks, best in class driving dynamics and zero local emissions, the BMW i4 is a true BMW.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/electric-bmw-i4-revealed

BMW fires off one-two EV punch

BMW has revealed the production version of the top-rung 4 Series, the all-electric i4. It’s debuting about three months earlier than planned, which is good news for BMW, indicating development is ahead of schedule.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/evs/124574761/bmw-fires-off-onetwo-ev-punch


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Beech joins Protecta insurance from may 2021

Well-known automotive industry executive Shannon Beech will join Protecta Insurance New Zealand as its newly appointed GM of Intermediated and Agency business from May 2021.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/beech-joins-protecta-insurance-from-may-2021

New face as Protecta sharpens focus

Company rejigs structure to dedicate more effort to building its business with dealers.

https://autofile.co.nz/new-face-as-protecta-sharpens-focus-


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Staria features expansive side windows

Hyundai’s iMax replacement, the Staria MPV, features smooth body sides, bigger flush-mounted side windows and a sharply raked windscreen.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/staria-features-expansive-side-windows

Meet the Staria: Hyundai debuts sci-fi van

Vans aren’t ordinarily associated with being interesting or fascinating or eye-catching. But then again, few vans look quite like Hyundai’s new Staria.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/meet-the-staria-hyundai-debuts-sci-fi-van


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First BMW iX in NZ q4

The first all-electric BMW iX will arrive in New Zealand in Q4 this year via two model variants – the iX xDrive40 and BMW iX xDrive50.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/first-bmw-ix-in-nz-q4

New SUV on sustainable journey

BMW hails an electric vehicle (EV) that is setting the benchmark for its future cars.

https://autofile.co.nz/new-suv-on-sustainable-journey-

BMW’s all-electric iX SUV confirmed for New Zealand

While it may have a face that divides the internet, BMW is serious about bringing its all-electric SUV to the world, recently confirming New Zealand availability.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/bmw-s-all-electric-ix-suv-confirmed-for-new-zealand/


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‘Queen of the Ring’ Sabine Schmitz tragically passes away at 51

Overnight the motoring world received some heartbreaking news in hearing that Sabine Schmitz lost her battle with cancer at the age of 51.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/queen-of-the-ring-sabine-schmitz-tragically-passes-away-at-51/

Sabine Schmitz, queen of the Nurburgring, dies

Sabine Schmitz, the bubbly German racing driver who famously told Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson that she could equal his 9 minute 59 second lap of the Nurburgring in a van, has died of cancer at the age of 51.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/sabine-schmitz-queen-of-the-nurburgring-dies


BEST OF THE REST

Watch: Tesla’s full self-driving mode is just as fascinating as it is terrifying

Tesla’s ‘Full Self Driving’ feature has been a controversial topic for quite some time, and has proven to be in need of some serious development.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/watch-tesla-s-full-self-driving-mode-is-just-as-fascinating-as-it-is-terrifying/

EV air filters to block Covid viruses

Jaguar Land Rover is following Tesla, Honda and Mercedes-Benz in developing air filtration systems able to inhibit viruses, bacteria, allergens and other airborne particles.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/ev-air-filters-to-block-covid-viruses/


IN OTHER NEWS

New home for dealership

Ebbett Hamilton moves out of the city centre and into a purpose-built site.

https://autofile.co.nz/new-home-for-dealership-


Current account deficit widens

Car imports prove a major influence on the fortunes of our economy.

https://autofile.co.nz/current-account-deficit-widens-


Angry, sharp new Peugeot 308 hatch revealed

Peugeot has given its compact hatchback 308 an almighty makeover according to a set of press images of the reportedly all-new model that leaked online overnight, thus ending the current model’s eight-year reign.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/angry-sharp-new-peugeot-308-hatch-revealed


Funky Toyota Aygo X prologue previews future SUV

A week ago, Toyota quietly posted a teaser image of a new car to the internet, prompting a flurry of rumours about what exactly we were all looking at. I, like many, concluded that it was some form of electric car

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/funky-toyota-aygo-x-prologue-previews-future-suv


Old-school Mitsubishis up for sale as brand ditches classics

A lot of different car manufacturers and distributors around the world have ‘heritage collections’ — a cache of old-school metal from their past that’s safe-kept somewhere and occasionally used for press duties or functions.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/old-school-mitsubishis-up-for-sale-as-brand-ditches-classics


Toyota reveals awesome new supersmall SUV

Toyota has revealed a new model, called the Aygo X Prologue. It’s essentially a near-production concept, previewing the next generation of Toyota’s smallest offering that isn’t a kei car.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124579179/toyota-reveals-awesome-new-supersmall-suv


Ford working on hybrid Maverick small ute

Ford’s upcoming small ute, to be called Maverick, is reportedly in line to receive a hybrid powertrain.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124566700/ford-working-on-hybrid-maverick-small-ute


Audi is reportedly done with developing internal combustion engines

Over 110 years ago, Audi’s very first petrol-powered car rolled out of the factory, it was dubbed the ‘Type A Sport-Phaeton’, and was powered by a 2.6-litre four-cylinder engine.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/audi-is-reportedly-done-with-developing-internal-combustion-engines/