HOT TOPIC

// Pricing and spec confirmed for BMW M240i xdrive

BMW’s local arm has announced pricing and spec for its upcoming 2 Series; a diminutive all-paw coupe set to take on the likes of the Mercedes-AMG A 45 and Audi RS 3.

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HOT TOPIC

// WATCH: NZ’s Motor Industry Association chief on why the Clean Car Standard isn’t achieveable

The Government’s Clean Car Standard is a hot topic again this week, as the Land Transport (Clean Vehicle) Amendment Bill makes its way through the parliamentary process.

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BEST OF THE REST

// The fastest SUV in the world? Brabus unveils 662kw AMG monster

Ten years ago the idea of releasing a performance SUV would’ve got chuckles at most manufacturer board meetings.

// Another day, another battery breakthrough

Seems every other day, some company, somewhere is claiming to have made a breakthrough in battery technology.

// Downer NZ switching fleet to electric

About 20 MG ZS EV SUVs will be distributed to Downer NZ’s vehicle fleet, with another 20 on order.


IN OTHER NEWS

// British car companies collaborate on EV concept car, Aura

British car companies collaborate on a new electric concept car dubbed Aura. The open top two-seater has been brought to life by British manufactures such as Astheimer, Potenza Technology, BAMD Composites, Conjure, and Spark EV.

// Smartrak launches fleet emissions reporting tool

Fleet and mobility technologies provider Smartrak has released a new fleet emissions reporting solution to help companies meet growing targets and requirements.

// Turners win long-running buy right case

The deal between Turners Automotive Group and interests related to the Orlandini family appears to have been tense even before an agreement was struck for the sale of Buy Right Cars.

// Rolls-Royce appoints new APAC regional director

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has appointed Irene Nikkein as its new regional director for the Asia-Pacific region, based in Singapore.

// Polestar wins design awards

Volvo’s electric car brand Polestar has won the product design category with the Polestar 2 in business magazine Fast Company’s 2021 Innovation by Design Awards.

// Saic Design Studio creates MG maze digital concept EV

To celebrate its third anniversary of operation the SAIC Design Studio in London has created the MG Maze Concept EV which it says combines both real and digital worlds.

// Last hurrah for WRX?

Wally Dumper, of Subaru of NZ’s boss, says it could be “last chance” saloon due to “changes imposed by legislation”.

// Ford invests in electric vehicle battery recycling company

Ford Motor Co. is investing US$50 million in an upstart electric vehicle battery recycling company as the automaker moves to shore up its battery supply chain.

// Volkswagen is planning a retro, all-electric Jeep Wrangler fighter

Volkswagen is looking to build a new off-roader, with intentions of taking on the best in the segment.


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