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// Auckland: trading in alert level three

Auckland automotive businesses are reminded of the conditions in which they may trade during alert level three which commence at 11.59pm on Tuesday 21 September and will be in place for 14 days.

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// SUVs almost sold out before arrival

Mitsubishi Motors NZ (MMNZ) has revealed the next-generation Outlander will arrive in New Zealand this week and early shipments are already close to being sold out.

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// Windscreen service expands to Queenstown

AA Auto Glass has expanded its windscreen repair service to tourist spot Queenstown.

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// Lexus’ first electric SUV lands at $71,275 with EV rebate

Despite Toyota’s dominance in the automotive world, it’s a brand that’s yet to bring an all-electric car to the market.

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BEST OF THE REST

// Michelin’s airless tyre is inching closer to reality

The Uptis tyre, nee the Tweel, has been a long time in development for passenger vehicles but has now had its first outing.

// Next Mitsubishi Triton and Nissan Navara could be plug-in…

As hype continues to build around this years reveal of the all-new Ford Ranger, whether the best-selling nameplate will come with a plug-in hybrid powertrain continues to be one of the hottest topics.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Solar camper hits the road

Winners of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge cruiser class in Australia for four years, Solar Team Eindhoven in the Netherlands has developed what it says is the worlds first solar powered mobile home,

// Williams sells down NZAI shareholding for $3.9 million

New Zealand Automotive Investments Limited (NZAI) founder Eugene Williams has sold in aggregate approximately 4.233 million shares (9.3% of NZA shares on issue in a private placement to a range of investors.

// Lockdown delays 2021 NZCOTY announcement

Due to the alert level four lockdown in Auckland, the New Zealand Motoring Writer’s Guild will delay the announcement of the 2021 top ten finalists shortlist until November 15.

// Fuso delivers 20 eCanters to Australia Post

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation has announced that 20 units of the all-electric eCanter truck will soon become part of the Australia Post fleet.

// Making the most of World Car Free Day

People are being encouraged to use e-mobility forms such as electric bikes and scooters or take public transport during World Car Free Day on September 22.

// Toyota continues with hydrogen Corolla race car development

Toyota recently announced a huge US$14billion investment into electric vehicle battery tech, following its own claims of a breakthrough in the solid state battery stakes.

// Dealers urged to avoid fees

Dealers are being advised to prioritise their compliance needs to ensure any vehicles set to attract a penalty under the clean car discount are complied by the end of the year.

// 2 Cheap founder flogs $3.9m of shares

A founder of NZ Automotive Investments (NZAI), which owns 2 Cheap Cars, has sold $3.9 million of his shares following a retail bookbuild.

// Mazda nearing release of rear-wheel drive inline-six SUV

Mazda seems to be nearing the launch of a new range of SUVs, which will ride on the company’s new inline-six powered, rear-wheel drive platform.


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