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// Trade Me Motors reports EV interest spike

Trade Me Motors says online interest in its electric vehicle listings spiked massively on the day the transport minister Michael Wood announced the new clean car discount policy.

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// Mazda to introduce five new plug-ins and three EVs by 2025

Mazda has updated its product and company roadmap, adding new details on how it will reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

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// Peugeot fast tracking New Zealand EV launch

Following the announcement of the clean car rebate and unprecedented interest in the Peugeot range of low-emission vehicles the New Zealand distributor for the French branch is pulling forward the launch of two new electric vehicles.

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// Audi announces plans to cease petrol and diesel vehicle production by 2026

While it may be one of the oldest automotive brands in the world, Audi is moving at an incredibly rapid pace to adopt electric power, and stop producing fossil fuel-powered vehicles.

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// Flying taxis? Hyundai wants them to be reality by 2025

At their best, most concepts that have had some kind of development momentum are just slightly more mobile planes. At their worst, they’re a big lump of marketing hot air.

// Dealers can reverse new EV registrations says mot

The Ministry of Transport has sent out memo to new car dealers confirming that they can apply to reverse the registration of a newly sold electric vehicle (BEV) or plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV), provided that the vehicle has not been delivered


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// Dodge wants to beat Tesla at its own game

The recently revealed Model S Plaid will storm the straight in 9.2 seconds, the company claims, and while the Rimac Nevera has been clocked doing the same run in 8.6 seconds, the Croation supercar isn’t a full production model just yet.

// Kia expanding NZ electrified vehicle line-up

Kia New Zealand says it has accelerated the launch of new Kia PHEV models following the introduction of the Clean Car rebate, and it will also launch the new flagship EV6 later in 2021.

// Market ‘confusion’ over EV policies

Industry organisation says prices in Japan have gone up as Kiwi businesses scramble to make sense of government’s plans.

// Toyota unveils mammoth new Tundra pick-up

After grainy images of the new full-size Tundra were leaked earlier this week, Toyota North America decided to just showcase the big behemoth’s exterior in full.

// Petrol cars will still be competitive for 30 years, says Toyota

By and large, Japan’s car manufacturers are the most hesitant to commit to full electrification programmes.

// Cupra conjures a winning formula

Until now, Seat’s performance division, Cupra, took cooking models and made them special. But now, as a standalone company, it has devised its first bespoke offering, the Formentor.

// Utes in the city ‘hazardous and damaging the environment’ – public health expert

Four of the top ten best-selling new vehicles in New Zealand in 2020 were double cab utes. Yet ten years ago neither utes or SUVs featured among our best-selling vehicles.

// Video: Automotive brands at Fieldays 2021

Didn’t make it to Fieldays this year or still to go? The Auto Media Group team slipped on our gumboots and headed down to the Waikato for the legendary event, this year short of a few brands.

// Toyota to focus on hybrid and hydrogen over EVs

Over the next 30 years, Toyota will offer a myriad of powertrain options including hydrogen, in contrast to other automakers that are taking steps to go completely electric.


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