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Economists criticise kiwi push for electric cars

At the moment we’re twiddling our thumbs waiting for the New Zealand Government’s next announcement around electric cars;


Economists slam push for EVs

An analysis of the Climate Change Commission’s report suggests its recommendations to overhaul the light-vehicle fleet are expensive and unnecessary.


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Nissan’s highly-anticipated 400Z leaked ahead of launch

It’s a car that Nissan has been teasing for quite some time now, but an image leak may have just revealed the production version of the upcoming 400Z.


Leaked: Production-version Nissan 400z exposed in new images

We’re learning more and more that when Nissan unveiled its Z Proto concept in 2020, that not a lot was set to change before production.


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Mercedes-benz cars NZ announces circle of excellence winners

Mercedes-Benz Cars New Zealand has announced the winning dealerships and members of staff in the 2020 Circle of Excellence Awards.


Mercedes-Benz hails top performers

Annual prizegiving for marque celebrates its best staff and dealerships across the country.


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Dealing with drunk distracted drowsy drivers

Driver Monitoring Camera in a Volvo research vehicle

In-car monitoring systems which identify drunk, sleepy or distracted drivers, and can limit vehicle speed around geo-fenced areas like schools, could help reduce death and injury on New Zealand roads, Volvo says.


BMW commits to ICE as rivals go electric

BMW’s CEO has confirmed that the internal combustion engine (ICE) still has life left in it at the Bavarian carmaker.


IN OTHER NEWS

Toyota Hilux advert dominates ad awards

Toyota New Zealand and it advertising agency took home a ute full of awards at last weeks Axis awards for its latest Hilux advertisement.


Most vehicles arriving here need to be electric by 2028

Reducing transport emissions is crucial to New Zealand meeting its climate targets and action will have an immediate and lasting impact, the Climate Change Commission says.


MG Cyberstar EV roadster teased

Dynamic styling is revealed in MG’s Cyberstar electric roadster to be unveiled on March 31. New images of the two-seater have been released by MG on social media follow parent company SAIC’s London-based design studio issuing some last year.


Automotive loan provider recognised as employer of choice

Automotive loan provider CFS Finance has been rewarded with an excellence award in the employer of choice category (under 200 staff) of the inaugural 2021 HRD Awards presented by Key Media.


Formula 1 spirit for Aston Martin

Aston Martin has released a Vantage F1 special edition road car to mark the brand’s return to Formula 1 and being chosen to supply the safety car and medical car for this year’s Grands Prix.


Nissan leaf production reaches landmark

Nissan’s Leaf has overtaken Bluebird production at the company’s Sunderland plant in the UK.


Mercury’s Turitea wind farm will power 375,000 EVs

Mercury’s Turitea Wind Farm 33 northern section foundations for turbines have been completed and turbine blades arrive for installation after Easter.


Contact energy turns to wind

Wind generation experts Roaring40s Wind Power will work with Contact Energy to develop a pipeline of large-scale wind farm opportunities in New Zealand during the next six years.


Tesla semi ok for NZ but unlikely for Australia under existing road rules

Tesla warns its upcoming Tesla Semi electric trucks will be too wide for Australian roads unless rules are changed.


Next-gen robot shuttles ready

Second generation robot shuttles are coming. They include vectored traction and steering, smart windows, robotic fast charging, and solar bodywork, so 10-40% less charging is needed, says IDTechEx.


Colonial chief’s shareholding grows

Former chairman of automotive group leaves more than one million shares to his family.


“Vaporware”: Ford PR boss slams Tesla ‘full self driving’

It’s been a rough week for Tesla’s ‘Full Self Driving’ (FSD) beta, with several compilation videos showing it making huge mistakes on public roads going viral.


From retro cool to electric: Jeep unveils 7 stunning concepts

Jeep has showcased a full bevy of credible off-roaders in its latest enormous unveiling, as part of its Easter Jeep Safari event — held on the iconic offroad trails of Moab, Utah.


Hyundai recruited to build world’s fastest hydrogen car

The world of hydrogen cars has plenty of margin to make up if it wants to be considered as a genuine next-gen rival for full electric.


Opinion: NZ’s awkward hybrid and EV ‘elephant in the room’

We’ve waxed lyrical plenty about the future of electric cars in New Zealand, in part because the country seems poised to take some kind of step of commitment towards next-gen cars


Giltrap set to share the supercar love with Starship

Some of the most expensive supercars ever built will be descending upon the Giltrap Group’s home on Great North Road in April for the Supercar Show to fundraise for the Starship Children’s Hospital.


Epic 1950s-Formula-1-derived V16 engine roars into life

BRM, the original Formula 1 team to represent Britain, is making a return. It won’t be putting a car on the 2022 F1 grid, instead it’s doing something arguably a lot more awesome.


EV nightmare: Model 3 owner gets stuck at Tesla Supercharger for 15 hours

While electric cars are slowly taking over the automotive world, there are still countless issues that have to be ironed out before they become a majority, and this recent story out of America is a perfect example.


Aston Martin will sell you a replica of the 2021 Formula 1 safety car

Just recently, Aston Martin revealed a pair of new safety cars for the 2021 Formula 1 season, which will be used in rotation alongside the regular Mercedes-AMG vehicles.


Report: Porsche Boxster and Cayman to make the electric switch

Two of Porsche’s most revered sports cars are about to change forever. It has been rumoured for several years the Porsche Boxster and Cayman are set to ditch petrol power and go all electric, and according to new reports that move is imminent.