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// MIA pulls support for clean car plans

The Motor Industry Association has pulled its partial support for the government’s clean car plans, claiming the legislation required to make it work is highly flawed.

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// ATNZ’s books positive for creditors

Liquidators reveal details of the financial state of the company, with early signs its assets may be worth more than its liabilities.

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// Ford reveals facelift for fizzy little Fiesta ST

One of the most highly regarded hatchbacks in the game has been given a mild overhaul; Ford having revealed the 2022 Fiesta line-up overnight.

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// Porsche’s GT3 RS a race car for the road

With the latest generation of 911 GT3 released to market, the GT division is hard at work honing the next cab of the rank, the RS.

// Mitsubishi denies reports that it’s giving up on making its own cars

Earlier this week a report from Japan claiming that Mitsubishi is planning to stop producing its own platforms for the Japanese market, choosing instead to sell only rebadged versions of Nissans and Renaults, gathered momentum around the world.


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// Million-dollar EV: Elektron Truva revealed as 1000kW electric hypercar

As mainstream automotive brands look to bring more electric offerings to the world, as do boutique performance brands like Elektron Motors, which is a German startup.

// Jaguar Land Rover providing electrified fleet to COP26

The United Nations annual climate change conference COP26 scheduled for November 2021 in Glasgow will see world leaders and delegates ferried to and from the venue in an electrified vehicle fleet supplied by Jaguar Land Rover.

// Push for port to stay put

Existing infrastructure needs to be more strongly protected in new law to avoid environmental cost of relocating.

// Name change for trucking organisation

Rebranding aims to better reflect road freight transport’s vital role and embraces Te Reo Maori.

// Toyota still pushing to bring RAV4 plug-in hybrid to NZ

Earlier this week, Toyota unveiled a portion of the RAV4’s next wave of updates for the 2022 model year.

// Mitsubishi Ralliart revival may not be led by a hot Triton after all

Mitsubishi is bringing back the Ralliart sub-brand but, despite official imagery showing a Triton ute dressed in Ralliart livery, it seems the ute may not be the first to get the treatment.

// Mercedes’ design boss: traditional design doesn’t work for EVs

Mercedes-Benz’s design boss, Gordon Wagener, has an issue with EVs. Well, sort of – it’s more of an issue with how EVs are designed. Well, sort of again – specifically, he thinks electrification makes the traditional three-box sedan look bad.

// The Good Oil: There would have been no Quattro without Iltis

Both Quattro (capital “Q”, the original Audi sports coupe) and quattro (the name for Audi AWD technology generally, always with a small “q”) are part of the modern motoring lexicon. The name needs no explanation… except perhaps for the one we just gave.


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