Mercedes Tops Luxury Sales For Sixth Year

Mercedes-Benz was the number one luxury vehicle brand in New Zealand last year, topping sales for the sixth time running. Motor Industry Association registration data shows Mercedes-Benz sold 1967 new cars and SUVs here in 2020.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/mercedes-tops-luxury-sales-for-sixth-year


Obituary: Wheels On Wairau’s Graeme Rutherford

Prominent North Shore Auckland used car dealer Graeme Rutherford has died following what is described as a tragic accident on his property at Mangawhai north of Auckland.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/obituary-wheels-on-wairaus-graeme-rutherford


Kiwi Electric Moped Due Out 2021

Wellington-based FTN Motion plans to launch an electric moped later this year. It looks more like a retro motorbike known as a ‘café racer’ and is designed for commuters with a 50km/h top speed from its 3kW rear hub motor and battery offering 100km range.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/kiwi-electric-moped-due-out-2021/


Companies increasingly positive about economy

Growing demand for the construction sector leads an improvement in the overall economic outlook. Business confidence continues to improve, with companies feeling less pessimistic at the end of 2020 than they did at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

https://autofile.co.nz/companies-increasingly-positive-about-economy-


Electric Car Ownership Study Underlines The Genre’s Biggest Issue

Late last week, J.D. Power released its inaugural EV Experience Ownership Study, which dived headfirst into the topic of electric car owner satisfaction.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/electric-car-ownership-study-underlines-the-genre-s-biggest-issue


Ford’s EV Mustang Has Better Resale Value Than V8 Counterpart?

One of the most controversial new releases of 2020 was the Ford Mustang Mach-E — a fully electric mid-size crossover that had Ford Mustang clubs all over the US recoiling in horror, and seemingly few fans among the enthusiast community.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/ford-s-ev-mustang-has-better-resale-value-than-v8-counterpart


Revealed: NZ’s Top Five Best-Selling Electric Cars of 2020

While our outright domestic registration figures for new-car sales were well down in 2020, sales of hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and EVs weren’t as affected. In fact, hybrid sales increased significantly. This is in line with global trends that saw electrified cars charge through the Covid-19 pandemic (pun not intended) almost unabated.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/revealed-nz-s-top-five-best-selling-electric-cars-of-2020


VW Faces Big Fine For Missing Carbon Emissions Target

The normal reaction when the words ‘Volkswagen Group’ and ‘carbon emissions’ are mentioned in the same sentence these days is to scramble for the nearest pitch fork. But, last week’s tale of the firm facing a hefty fine for missing its emissions target is a slightly different story.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/vw-faces-big-fine-for-missing-carbon-emissions-target


‘Simple acceleration isn’t enough’ for BMW’s electric i4

BMW is hard at work on its first proper go at the electric sports car market, to be called i4 Gran Coupe. Before it unveils the car in full,

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124045656/simple-acceleration-isnt-enough-for-bmws-electric-i4


Great Scott! DeLorean DMC-12 returning as a not-quite-gigawatt EV

After a few years of uncertainty, it looks like the all-electric rebirth of the iconic DeLorean DMC-12 is back on track.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124044617/great-scott-delorean-dmc12-returning-as-a-notquitegigawatt-ev


Five Things: Most embarrassing performance car family secrets

Every carmaker has a few misses on its record but some are worse than others. However, it is particularly bad when they manage to screw up a performance car. Or at least slap a performance badge on where it doesn’t belong…

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/123989775/five-things-most-embarrassing-performance-car-family-secrets


Why do our police keep avoiding electric vehicles?

The New South Wales Police Force has confirmed it will be testing a fully electric Hyundai Kona for twelve months as part of the Crime Prevention Unit as well as for community engagement. That’s a great move by the NSW Police but it also begs the question – why aren’t we doing the same?

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124000409/why-do-our-police-keep-avoiding-electric-vehicles


How the hot stuff is taking over Seat SUVs in NZ (and we don’t just mean Cupra)

Seat is supposed to be the fun brand in the Volkswagen Group and it seems New Zealand buyers agree. An overwhelming preference for the sporty and/or fast models among Kiwi buyers has prompted a consolidation in the facelifted Ateca range for 2021.

https://www.driven.co.nz/reviews/how-the-hot-stuff-is-taking-over-seat-suvs-in-nz-and-we-don-t-just-mean-cupra/


High-riding Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo spotted undisguised

While Tesla may rule the roost when it comes to global electric vehicle sales, Porsche managed to outdo the American company at its own game, blowing the automotive world away with the all-electric Taycan.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/high-riding-porsche-taycan-cross-turismo-spotted-undisguised/