FACELIFTED TIGUAN SUV CAN’T ARRIVE SOON ENOUGH

Volkswagen Passenger Cars New Zealand says the early 2021 arrival of the facelifted Tiguan in March and April is a great win for both its dealers and customers.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/facelifted-tiguan-suv-cant-arrive-soon-enough


FORD ADDING MORE X FACTOR TO BEST-SELLING RANGER

Ford New Zealand is adding yet more core and limited edition models to its best-selling Ranger Ute line-up to maintain its market-leading position in 2021. 

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/ford-adding-more-x-factor-to-best-selling-ranger


VOLKSWAGEN MARKS 70 YEARS OF CKD CAR EXPORTS

In 1950 Volkswagen passenger cars exported its first shipment of completely knocked down (CKD) kits of the infamous Beetle to Ireland for local assembly.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/volkswagen-marks-70-years-of-ckd-car-exports


PORTS OF AUCKLAND RESPONDS TO UNION CLAIMS

Ports of Auckland spokesperson Matt Ball says claims by the Maritime Union leadership are entirely false and malicious, and are based on their ideological opposition to automation, not facts.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/ports-of-auckland-responds-to-union-claims


UNION CLAIMS PORT IS TURNING DOWN SKILLED WORKERS

The Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) says skilled New Zealand workers are being turned down for jobs at the Ports of Auckland.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/union-claims-port-is-turning-down-skilled-workers


KIA E-NIRO FOR AUSTRALIA MID-2021?

Kia expects to have its first electric car, the e-Niro, in Australia by mid-2021, joining a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Sorento to be introduced earlier. 

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/kia-e-niro-for-australia-mid-2021/


NISSAN FIGHTS COVID WITH FREE THERMAL IMAGING TECH

Nissan is supporting the fight against COVID-19 by providing licenses free for thermal imaging sensor technology developed by the company which is aimed at autonomous vehicles (AVs).

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/nissan-fights-covid-with-free-thermal-imaging-tech/


AV ADVANCES STEP UP

Further development of autonomous vehicles (AV) is included under an extended collaboration between two key associated product firms.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/av-advances-step-up/


PORT BATTLES FREIGHT BACKLOG

Recruitment drive aims to help address high level of demand.

https://autofile.co.nz/port-battles-freight-backlog-


ELECTRICITY PROFITS ‘REASONABLE’

Report highlights electricity companies’ financial performance and service quality.

https://autofile.co.nz/electricity-profits-reasonable-


REGULATORY OVERSIGHT TIGHTENS

Agency sets five-year terms for new inspection organisations.

https://autofile.co.nz/regulatory-oversight-tightened-


TUNING FIRM MAKES BMW’S MOST AGRO SUV EVEN SCARIER

BMW’s big-grilled X7 three-row SUV has been somewhat forgotten in the brand’s fashion stakes, following the … uhh … divisive 4 Series, M3, M4, and iX that have come in the time since.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/tuning-firm-makes-bmw-s-most-agro-suv-even-scarier


NEW-LOOK VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN KIWI-BOUND FOR 2021

Volkswagen’s stealthily popular mid-size SUV, the Tiguan, is getting a facelift for 2021 — the German firm’s local arm confirming more details about the model earlier today.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/new-look-volkswagen-tiguan-kiwi-bound-for-2021


TOYOTA REVEALS STUNNING GR SUPRA ‘CONVERTIBLE’ SPORT TOP

What’s perhaps a little surprising about Toyota’s still somewhat fresh-to-market GR Supra is that we haven’t seen many different variants be added to the mix.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/toyota-reveals-stunning-gr-supra-convertible-sport-top


VW GOLF GTI PRICING CONFIRMED? NZ MK8 DETAILS UNVEILED

As the year winds down to a close, attention turns to the interesting new metal that’s coming in 2021. And, at the compact end of the scale is the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/vw-golf-gti-pricing-confirmed-nz-mk8-details-unveiled


THE QUEST TO REPLICATE TESLA’S SUCCESS KEEPS EV MANIA ALIVE

Tesla has thrilled some investors and jarred others by soaring to a valuation of as much as US$649 billion, more than what the world’s seven largest carmakers were collectively worth at the beginning of this year. 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/evs/300189292/the-quest-to-replicate-teslas-success-keeps-ev-mania-alive


SHELBY’S PERSONAL COBRA IS GOING UNDER THE HAMMER

Carroll Shelby isn’t someone that needs an introduction, nor does the Cobra. Based around the British AC Ace with the old 2.0-litre Bristol straight-six swapped for a healthy Ford-built V8, the two-seater roadster quickly became synonymous with Shelby’s mechanical knowhow.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/123785008/shelbys-personal-cobra-is-going-under-the-hammer


WATCH: TOYOTA TAKES THE TOP OFF THE GR SUPRA IN THE NAME OF STYLE

While we’re yet to see any hint of a manual transmission coming to Toyota’s GR Supra, the Japanese brand is more than happy to take the roof off it for its second wave of SEMA360 concepts.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/watch-toyota-takes-the-top-off-the-gr-supra-in-the-name-of-style/


Port battles freight backlog

Recruitment drive aims to help address the unexpected level of demand on the shipping supply chain. Ports of Auckland (POAL) is hiring more staff to help tackle delays for processing shipments coming in and out of the country.

https://autofile.co.nz/port-battles-freight-backlog-


Tesla joins key share index

Shares suffer rare dip in a year that has seen the carmaker’s market value soar past its rivals. Tesla has hit a new milestone after making its debut on America’s S&P 500, which provides millions more investors with an opportunity to hold a stake in the electric car maker.

https://autofile.co.nz/tesla-joins-key-share-index-


Support helps cap certification fee increase

Technical association welcomes funding boost from the NZTA as workload increases. An automotive group is looking forward to no longer “running on the smell of an oily rag” after securing financial support from the NZTA.

https://autofile.co.nz/support-limits-certification-fee-increase-


Car reveal targets young buyers

Honda tweaks Civic to make it look bigger and deliver improved visibility for drivers. Honda has tuned into Twitch, a popular streaming and social media platform for video game players, to reveal a new version of its Civic compact car.

https://autofile.co.nz/car-reveal-targets-young-buyers-