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// Video: Perfecting listings in level 4 with Jayme Fuller of Trade Me Motors

In our third AutoTalk Live lockdown special, Trade Me Motors head of sales Jayme Fuller joins host Richard Edwards to discuss online listings during lockdown.

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// Z Energy stations to become Ampol? Aussie takeover bid confirmed

Z Energy stations could soon be rebranded as Ampol stations, following confirmation of a full takeover bid from the Australian fuel company.

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// AC Cobra electric debuts at British Motor Show

The new AC Cobra Series 1 electric debuted at the British Motor Show, with the tens of thousands of attendees enjoying the car as part of its public premier.

// NZ’s most powerful 4-cylinder ute: New LDV T60 arrives with 160kw

In the competitive ute segment, there will soon be a new powertrain player, bringing more kilowatts to the game than both the Ford Ranger 2.0-litre bi-turbo and the Toyota Hilux 2.8-litre.


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// Dodge to debut breakthrough fully electric muscle car next year

We might not have to wait as long as initially thought to see Dodge’s new fully electric ‘muscle car’, a model that will apparently be the first EV muscle car in history.

// Dealers warned to check financials before shopping

Dealers should check with their financiers and supply chain before jumping online to buy during the lockdown.

// More delivery delays for new Toyota vehicles

Toyota New Zealand says there will be further delivery delays for customers waiting for their new Land Cruiser 300, Highlander, and Corolla hatch models.

// Container depots overflowing from shipping disruptions

ContainerCo managing director Ken Harris is warning that COVID-19 lockdowns across New Zealand are expected to create further pressure on the heavily disrupted shipping logistics sector.

// AA: 30 minutes can save a battery

Motorists’ group the AA says it’s doing what it can to prepare for a spike in breakdown callouts when lockdown restrictions ease.

// Marque updates luxury SUVs

BMW to offer improved standard features on X3 and X4 and an all-electric variant by the end of 2021.

// Historic Holden Lang Lang test facility could be back on the market

Ever since Holden confirmed it would be closing its doors for good, the future of the brand’s illustrious ‘Lang Lang’ vehicle testing facility has been up in the air.

// Covid spread ails Japanese car output

The prolonged coronavirus crisis in Vietnam, Malaysia and other Southeast Asian nations, where major Japanese automakers source many of their car parts, is seriously affecting Japanese domestic vehicle production.

// Ford wants to sell you an electric crate motor

Ford is preparing a new crate engine, this one catering for fans of full electrification.

// The weird, super-rare Volkswagen Basis-Transporter is about as spartan as it gets

Back in the 1970s, Volkswagen vehicles were in demand for their simplicity and relatively lightweight fuel consumption.


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