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Lexus does the impossible: naturally aspirated V8 is 500 revealed

We’ve been told that naturally aspirated V8s are dead, never to be seen again in the world’s motoring showrooms. By and large it’s true, although Lexus it seems hasn’t quite received the memo.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/lexus-does-the-impossible-naturally-aspirated-v8-is-500-revealed

Forbidden fruit: Lexus’ new IS 500 F Sport packs a V8, but comes with a catch

With emission regulations tightening up around the world, manufacturers are having to turn to plug-in hybrid cars to avoid steep fines, and in turn, large displacement engines such as V8s are being phased out.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/forbidden-fruit-lexus-new-is-500-f-sport-packs-a-v8-but-comes-with-a-catch/


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North American replacement for Honda HR-V

Honda New Zealand has confirmed that it will look to North America for a successor to the current compact HR-V SUV which continues to be one of the most popular models in its line-up.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/north-american-replacement-for-honda-hr-v

NZ’s next Honda HR-V could be imported from America

Late last week, Honda unveiled its next-gen HR-V compact crossover for the Japanese (sold there as the ‘Vezel’) and European markets — an all-new version of its most popular seller, sporting radically different styling inside and out and a new hybrid powertrain.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/nz-s-next-honda-hr-v-could-be-imported-from-america


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Honour or dishonour? The Jeep Cherokee name debate

Jeep says the names of its top-selling Cherokee and Grand Cherokee SUVs honour the native American tribe they’re named after.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/honour-or-dishonour-the-jeep-cherokee-name-debate

Cherokee Nation to Jeep: Stop using the tribe’s name

After more than 45 years – and just ahead of a new release – the Cherokee Nation is asking Jeep to rename its top-selling Cherokee and Grand Cherokee vehicles.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/300236768/cherokee-nation-to-jeep-stop-using-the-tribes-name


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Gordon Murray unveils 725hp ‘Niki Lauda’ track monster

Last August, Gordon Murray Automotive unveiled quite possibly the most significant performance car of the year; the naturally aspirated V12 driver enjoyment focused T.50 — a car filled with technologies often touted as being obsolete, and subsequently revered by enthusiasts the world over.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/gordon-murray-unveils-725hp-niki-lauda-track-monster

Gordon Murray’s new T.50s Nicki Lauda is a $6 million track weapon

Gordon Murray Automotive’s T.50 is intended to be the ultimate road car. But the company has now unveiled a companion model, the T.50s Niki Lauda, which it claims will conquer the circuit: “designed and engineered to offer an on-track experience like no other car to date”.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/gordon-murray-s-new-t-50s-nicki-lauda-is-a-6-million-track-weapon/


OUR PICK

Is this the ultimate modern motorhome?

Australians pride themselves on a palatial caravan hooked up to a suitably adventurous 4WD or a ritzy motor home, but Chinese car maker Maxus may have created the most sumptuous way to hit the road.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/is-this-the-ultimate-modern-motorhome/


IN OTHER NEWS

Redox flow battery makes inroads

Li-ion batteries are dominating the stationary energy storage sector, but a growing number of companies are developing different types of technologies to be competitive.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/redox-flow-battery-makes-inroads/


Electrifying EV conference promised

New Zealand’s EV big guns will be there as The EVent – EVs and Beyond Electric Vehicle Industry Conference – takes centre stage on Electric Island Waiheke in Auckland on March 1 and 2.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/electrifying-ev-conference-promised


Mercury’s earnings up, generation down

Lower hydro generation didn’t dampen Mercury’s returns for the half year ended December 31, 2020.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/mercurys-earnings-up-generation-down/


Probe into blaze at yard

Owners of car wreckers “thankful” no one hurt in drama. PLUS – video. An investigation is under way after flames engulfed a Bay of Plenty car wreckers’ yard and sent plumes of smoke into the sky.

https://autofile.co.nz/probe-into-blaze-at-yard-


Early demand strong for Outback

New three-variant range marks the first update to Subaru’s popular model in six years. Subaru dealerships have reported strong early demand for the sixth generation Outback

https://autofile.co.nz/early-demand-strong-for-outback-


Healthy choices at Turners to help charity

Company makes $20,000 pledge as it encourages workers to support the Gut Cancer Foundation’s fundraising campaign.

https://autofile.co.nz/healthy-choices-at-turners-to-boost-charity-


Motor finance boosts bank’s profit

Heartland continues its digitalisation strategy and focuses on developing an online loan tool for dealers.

https://autofile.co.nz/motor-finance-boosts-banks-profit-


Cupra’s new Formentor VZ5 is a 5-pot hot hatch on stilts

It’s not necessarily a household name yet, but by the end of 2021 it should be expected that Cupra will be one step closer to such in New Zealand by the end of the year.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/cupra-s-new-formentor-vz5-is-a-5-pot-hot-hatch-on-stilts


First drive: updated Subaru Outback driven on kiwi soil

The most popular Subaru model with Kiwis, the Outback, arrives here totally renewed in sixth-generation guise soon with the model range kicking off at $49,990.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/first-drive-updated-subaru-outback-driven-on-kiwi-soil


The McLaren Artura is a cheap(ish) PHEV supercar

McLaren has taken the wraps off its latest creation, the plug-in hybrid Artura. It’s not the first time McLaren has given this degree of electrification a go.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124317679/the-mclaren-artura-is-a-cheapish-phev-supercar


It looks like Elon Musk isn’t moving Tesla out of California after all

Late last year Elon Musk kissed California goodbye. The Tesla chief executive sold his Bel-Air mansions and said he’d moved to Texas.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124326735/it-looks-like-elon-musk-isnt-moving-tesla-out-of-california-after-all