Covid tips for industry

VIA offers advice on how businesses can access financial help and other vital information as alert levels shift.

VIA’s latest advisory on Covid-19

The Government is offering financial and other support for businesses in the wake of COVID-19 alert level changes, the VIA says in an advisory to dealers.

Motoring services under Level 3 and 2

Vehicle testing company VTNZ says its Auckland branches will be open between 8am and 4.30pm this week.

Contactless sales and servicing in Level 3 Auckland

Auckland car showrooms are closed to onsite customers under the COVID-19 Level 3 lockdown which came into force at 6am on Sunday.

Dealers revert to contactless trade

Showrooms shut as a fresh lockdown comes into force in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.


Jeremy Clarkson claims he’ll never own an electric car

Like most television personalities, Jeremy Clarkson is quite a divisive character, and is known for his work with cars just as much as his polarising opinions on large topics.

Jeremy Clarkson: “I will never have an electric car”

It’s an uncomfortable time at the moment for most car enthusiasts as governments around the world move to end the reign of the internal combustion engine automobile.


Huawei is about to get into the car building business

If you thought Apple making a car was weird, you probably won’t like the sound of this. A new report from Reuters is claiming Chinese tech giant Huawei is working on its idea of transport.

China’s Huawei may make EVs?

China’s Huawei plans to make EVs under its own brand and could launch some models this year, overseas reports speculate.


Dealer numbers continue slide

Latest figures reveal the size of the traders’ register has decreased for six straight months.


NZAI guidance forecasts NPAT of $3.3m to $3.7m

Newly-listed NZ Automotive Investments Limited has provided an update to the market on its earnings guidance for the year ending March 31 2021 (FY21).

Nissan Leaf batteries to be recycled by former Tesla executive’s firm

Former Tesla executive JB Straubel’s battery recycling start-up Redwood Materials in Nevada will recycle Nissan Leaf batteries under a deal with US-based Envision AESC.

Orders flare for Aptera solar car

A solar car from US-based Aptera Motors is due on the road later this year after more than 7500 reservations have been received and a successful funding round raised over US$4 million.

New inspection organisations land contracts

NZTA says it has raised the standards and integrity of the industry after five out of seven companies make the cut.

Backlogs across supply chain

Demand jumps for road transport as shipping companies avoid Ports of Auckland.

Are SUVs ruining our environmental progress?

It’s something many in the motoring industry have suspected for years, and now yet another report has confirmed that the recent surge in popularity of SUVs isn’t doing the environment any favours.

Marae pushing for reform over kiwi drivers licensing

New Zealand’s driver licensing system is currently weighted against Māori according to at least one local advocate for change.

Next-gen Subaru WRX details uncovered, 300kw on the cards

Subaru has been in the news a lot lately, following the local launch of the new Outback, reports that the brand is looking into launching an adventure-angled sub-brand, and speculation that it’s developing an all-wheel drive hot hatch with Toyota.

Hyundai teases yet another new SUV

Few brands have been quite as busy as Hyundai has been over the last two years or so.

Solar cars: driving on sunshine

The dream began in 1955, with a tiny, toylike creation called the “Sunmobile.” Built from balsa wood and hobby shop tyres, it was just 381mm long.

Meyers Manx dune buggy creator dead at 94

Bruce Meyers was hanging out at Pismo Beach on California’s Central Coast one afternoon in 1963 when he saw something that both blew his mind and changed his life: a handful of old, stripped-down cars bouncing across the sand.

Report: Majority of Porsche 911 GT3 buyers in US opt for manual transmission

Just like internal combustion engines, manual transmissions provide drivers with mechanical feedback that electric and automatic-equipped vehicles sometimes struggle to do, but despite this, they’re both on the way out.

The Good Oil: Did Ford Australia really invent the ute?

The story of how Ford Australia invented the ute has been told many times. Mostly by Ford Australia.