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// Another Tesla crashes into police car with autopilot reportedly engaged

August has been a big month for Tesla and its semi-autonomous driver assist systems.

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// ‘One-off’ Ford Falcon GT sells for $1.8 million, smashes Australian record

An immaculate Ford Falcon GT is the latest Australian car to make headlines for selling over the million-dollar mark, and has smashed the country’s record in doing so.

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// Video: the importance of mental health with Barry Taylor

In our sixth AutoTalk Live lockdown interview, managing editor Richard Edwards discusses the importance of mental health with consultant Barry Taylor.

// VW working on cut price ID models

Volkswagen is working on a new entry level ID electric model, with the aim of launching it on the European market with a price tag of €20,000 ($NZ33,500).


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// Watch: Electric Rivian ute demonstrates impressive wading depth

Given the rugged nature of a 4×4 ute, they’re expected to be able to handle the harshest terrain drivers can throw at them, and the new breed of electric utes are no exception.

// Flooding hits West Auckland

Manuka Automotive, Bridgestone Kumeu and Cottle Motors & Auto Electrix are among Kumeu businesses assessing flood damage after torrential rain

// BMW iX3 has film debut in September

The BMW iX3 makes its film debut in Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings screening in cinemas globally starting in September.

// Subscription service appoints chief

Former Audi NZ boss aims to accelerate growth of SIXT NZ for the Giltrap Group.

// Continental developing airbags that could predict your crashes

Although Continental is known best for its range of tyres, the German manufacturer produces a plethora of other goods in different industries.

// Geneva takes virtual approach

Shareholders will still be able to vote and quiz executives as meeting heads online.

// Here’s when Apple could be announcing the new Apple car

While speaking with Reuters about the future of self-driving cars, Nobel Prize winner Akira Yoshino revealed that he expects Apple to lead the next generation of electric vehicle batteries.


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