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Hyundai EVs hit with sweeping global battery recall

In a story of somewhat poor timing, Hyundai has issued an international recall regarding issues with batteries in its electric cars — approximately 82,000 cars around the world having been impacted.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/hyundai-evs-hit-with-sweeping-global-battery-recall

Hyundai preparing for EV-related fire-risk recall

A flurry of fires in South Korea caused by the batteries inside Ioniq and Kona EVs may force Hyundai to initiate a global recall on its electric vehicles.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/evs/124358105/hyundai-preparing-for-evrelated-firerisk-recall


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NZAI lists on NZ stock exchange

NZ Automotive Investments, (NZX:NZA) has today listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX).

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/nzai-lists-on-nz-stock-exchange

Investors give $3.5m backing to NZAI

Financial performance of 2 Cheap Cars’ owner emerges on day of sharemarket listing. Investors poured about $3.5 million into the company that owns 2 Cheap Cars for 30 cents a share less than when it made its debut on the NZX.

https://autofile.co.nz/investors-give-35m-backing-to-nzai-


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Don’t want the govt to ban petrol cars? Have your say

New Zealand’s ban on internal combustion engine vehicles appears to be just over the horizon, following a streak of green-car announcements from the Labour Government and calls for even more action from the Climate Change Commission.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/don-t-want-the-govt-to-ban-petrol-cars-have-your-say


IN OTHER NEWS

BMW I celebrates 10 years

BMW’s electric arm marks 10 years this month, production of its flagship BMW iX due to start shortly followed by the world premiere of its BMW i4.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/bmw-i-celebrates-10-years


Mibe wants to lead a “new Honda”

Honda Motor Company has appointed Toshihiro Mibe as the brand’s next president and resident director from April 1, 2021, replacing Takahiro Hachigo who was appointed in June 2015.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/mibe-wants-to-lead-a-new-honda


BMW offers on-track M car drive sessions

BMW New Zealand is offering car enthusiasts the chance to drive its high-performance M cars on the Hampton Downs racetrack in the northern Waikato this April.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/bmw-offers-on-track-m-car-drive-sessions


Heartland boosts profit, looks to separate vehicle finance business

Major automotive lender Heartland Group has posted net profit after tax of $44.1 million for it half year result, up $4.2m on the same period last year.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/heartland-boosts-profit-looks-to-separate-vehicle-finance-business


First fill for NZ hydrogen bus manufacturer

Hiringa Energy and technology partner Haskel Hydrogen Systems have marked a special milestone by completing the first hydrogen fill at Global Bus Venture’s (GBV) manufacturing facility in Rolleston, Christchurch.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/first-fill-for-nz-hydrogen-bus-manufacturer/


US postal service to include EVs

The US Postal Service (USPS) will get up to 165,000 next generation delivery vehicles (NGDVs) in either battery electric or fuel-efficient powertrains over the next 10 years.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/us-postal-service-to-include-evs/


Is 2021 the year of the EV?

This year is pivotal for EVs. That’s because automotive manufacturers are electrifying their line-ups and redefining their images while offering a greater EV selection amid rising consumer interest.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/is-2021-the-year-of-the-ev/


Aerodynamic Ariya aims to exceed 500km range

Nissan will maximise its new electric crossover Ariya’s driving range by improving its aerodynamics.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/aerodynamic-ariya-aims-to-exceed-500km-range/


More than 200 Fuso Ecanters now in daily operation

Daimler Trucks has now delivered more than 200 units of its all-electric light-duty Fuso eCanter truck since small-series production began three years ago.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/more-than-200-fuso-ecanters-now-in-daily-operation/


New deadline for feedback on emissions advice

Submitters win more time to have their say about plans that include a call to axe new petrol and diesel car sales by 2035.

https://autofile.co.nz/new-deadline-for-feedback-on-emissions-advice-


EV charging start-up seeks support

Kiwi company clinches $56m deal to provide chargers at car parks across the US. A new electrical vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure company has launched a crowdfunding campaign with the goal of raising $2 million.

https://autofile.co.nz/kiwi-ev-charging-start-up-seeks-support-


Robust car sales lift retail

Spending momentum on motor vehicles keeps on going in the wake of Covid-19.

https://autofile.co.nz/robust-car-sales-lift-retail-


Land Rover unleashes 386kw defender v8

After an 18-month wait, Land Rover has finally whipped the covers off its V8-powered Defender — a new performance flagship for the nameplate alongside the existing four- and six-cylinder models.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/land-rover-unleashes-386kw-defender-v8


New go-faster Volkswagen Golf GTI leaked online

The Volkswagen Golf line-up is a pretty nuanced beast these days. There’s your standard models, of course, plus your plug-in hybrids.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/new-go-faster-volkswagen-golf-gti-leaked-online


Jaguar wants you to think of it as a Bentley, Aston Martin rival

As the world’s car brands try to figure out a way to make electric cars more affordable, Jaguar has gone down an entirely different route — declaring its aspirations of going upmarket to become a rival to the likes of Bentley and Aston Martin.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/jaguar-wants-you-to-think-of-it-as-a-bentley-aston-martin-rival


Hyundai reveals all-new Ioniq 5 SUV

Hyundai has taken all the covers off its newest SUV entrant – the all-electric Ioniq 5.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/evs/124340597/hyundai-reveals-allnew-ioniq-5-suv


Harley-Davidson debuts all-new adventure machine

Harley-Davidson has branched out beyond aggressive cruisers for what feels like the first time ever. Meet the Pan America, an all-new adventure bike coming in two flavours.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/bikes/124347212/harleydavidson-debuts-allnew-adventure-machine


Was Tiger Woods’ SUV safe? Crashed Genesis GV80 calls attention to brand

After Tiger Woods crashed a Genesis GV80 SUV in the Los Angeles area on Wednesday, causing devastating leg injuries, the safety of the little-known luxury brand made by Korean automaker Hyundai was thrust into the spotlight.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/300238843/was-tiger-woods-suv-safe-crashed-genesis-gv80-calls-attention-to-brand


Kia reveals Hummer-like all-terrain vehicle for military use

Kia has unleashed an army truck designed for “the world’s harshest environments” – and it looks like a modern day Hummer.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/kia-reveals-hummer-like-all-terrain-vehicle-for-military-use/


Report: Chinese company looks to build electric utes in Australia

Forget Holden and Ford utes: Australia could soon have a new homegrown pick-up – and it will be powered purely by electricity.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/report-chinese-company-looks-to-build-electric-utes-in-australia/