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// Wild new Porsche is a gorgeous 959 Dakar throwback

The new trend of producing lifted, gravel-kitted ‘Safari’ Porsche 911s isn’t without some merit. Those familiar with Porsche will know that rallying is in its blood.

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// Speculation Kia Stinger may become an EV

The Kia Stinger will be axed by the second quarter of 2022, but will it become an EV or be replaced by an EV?

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// Wellington adding 30 more EV fast chargers

Almost half a million dollars in funding will enable the Wellington City Council to roll out 30 EV fast chargers across council sites in the city.

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// Ebbett Rotorua – Kia appoints brand ambassador Liam Messam

The Ebbett Group has appointed former All Black Union and Sevens player Liam Messam as a brand ambassador for its new Rotorua Kia dealership.

// Electric Renault R5 hot hatch confirmed in the works

Renault’s long history of exceptional hot hatches looks to be entering its most interesting phase yet.


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// Jeep hints at an exciting electric future for Wrangler off-roader

The electric Jeep of the future may be able to pass battery charge from one vehicle to another, drive autonomously off-road, power a campsite and work with flying drones that light the path ahead.

// Bastille day sale exceeds Renault NZ expectations

Renault New Zealand says its one-day sale for the national dealership network on Bastille Day (July 14) brought in results that exceeded expectations.

// Honda looking for new friends to make its EVs cheaper

One of the motoring industry’s elephants in the room is the exponential increase in shared platform and cross-brand collaboration.

// Renault’s electrified cars drive sales

Strong growth in Renault E-Tech electric and electrified passenger cars are behind surging sales in Europe where the brand sold 532,161 vehicles (13.2%), representing a 7% market share,

// Automotive group eyes other markets

Owner of 2 Cheap Cars says if competition for vehicles gets too hot in Japan it will look elsewhere.

// Charging warning after EV fires

Carmaker takes cautious approach as it issues safety advice to motorists in the US.

// Automotive financiers caught out by identity theft

Two of New Zealand’s largest automotive finance companies have been caught out by an online identity theft where a woman’s grandson allegedly used her driver’s licence to borrow more than $20,000.

// Suzuki owners are happiest with their vehicles

Suzuki owners in New Zealand, the UK and Australia are so happy with their cars that they have voted the little Japanese maker as the most satisfactory manufacturer in three different studies.


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