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// Green Mini Vision Urbanaut EV model revealed

Mini’s reveal in November last year of an interpretation of mobility with an inspired use of space in its Vision Urbanaut concept is set to become reality.

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// Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT revealed as the world’s fastest fossil fueled-powered SUV

As one of the fastest-growing high-end segments, it was only a matter of time before Porsche decided to build a super SUV for the track, and it’s finally been revealed as the Cayenne Turbo GT.

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// Teased: Subaru releases first image of next-gen WRX

As we bid farewell to the current long-standing Subaru WRX, attention turns to Subaru’s upcoming gravel-bashing replacement.

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// Right-hand drive Tesla Model Y to debut this week, pricing teased

With the Tesla Model 3 topping New Zealand’s electric-vehicle sales charts in the first five months of 2021, there’s little doubt that local thirst for the at-times controversial marque is at a high.

// Waka Kotahi – NZTA updates dealer EV factsheet

As the rebate on new and used electric vehicles will begin on July 1 2021, Waka Kotahi – NZTA has updated its factsheet for car dealers.


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// EV health shuttles ready

Two Renault Kangoo EVs have been converted and certified as New Zealand’s first electric wheelchair vans for St John.

// MTA suggests emissions testing, scrappage scheme, holistic view

All vehicles should have their emissions tested as part of their regular maintenance, disposal of unwanted polluting vehicles should be via a scrappage scheme, and investigation of all technologies and incentives promoting lower emissions is needed.

// More ‘Olli’ AVs under partnership

Autonomous vehicle (AV) manufacturer Local Motors and automotive tech firm Protean Electric have expanded their long-standing partnership under a three-year deal valued at US$7.3 million.

// Delay for verification changes

Border-inspection organisations and transitional facilities have been given extra time to secure government-approval following a revamp of procedures.

// Clean-car rules for brands clarified

Agency answers clean-car questions in relation to marques’ company, demonstration and courtesy vehicles.

// Trade Me bid under further scrutiny

Commerce Commission seeks fresh submissions on potential competition issues as online marketplace aims to buy rival business.

// Major change for Mini

Marque reveals details of executive appointment on the back of soaring sales down under.

// Honda unveils updated hatch

Latest addition in the Civic series is due to arrive here by the end of this year.

// Toyota to sell more new parts for old Supras

The majority of old-school Japanese performance cars that are skyrocketing in price right now are cars that were previously a dime a dozen.

// Car industry fears electric car push will result in job losses

One of the core benefits of electric cars compared to internal combustion engine cars is that they’re much simpler, with far fewer moving parts.

// US agency orders automated vehicle makers to report crashes

The U.S. government’s highway safety agency has ordered automakers to report any crashes involving fully autonomous vehicles or partially automated driver assist systems.

// Retro-tastic E-Legend EL1 debuts with 600kW of power

German EV builder E-Legend (not the Peugeot concept that shares the name) has shown off its latest creation, the EL1 that combines retro Audi Sport Quattro styling with cutting-edge Porsche Taycan technology.

// Hyundai welcomes Spot the robot dog to the family

To celebrate the completion of Hyundai Motor Group’s acquisition of Boston Dynamics the company has released a new video welcoming Spot the robot dog to the family using brand ambassadors and K-pop sensations BTS.

// Honda changing course, will build its own electric vehicles

Honda and GM have been partners on hydrogen fuel cell and electric vehicles. Earlier this year they announced that GM would build one Honda SUV and one Acura SUV using its Ultium-branded electric vehicle architecture and battery system.


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