// Minister wrong on ute detail

Transport minister Michael Wood has muddied the waters on what electric utes will be coming to New Zealand with what was very likely a mistake in parliament yesterday.

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// Tesla Model 3 for UK emergency services trial

Tesla UK has revealed a police liveried Model 3 saloon which it says will be available to emergency services across the United Kingdom for trial and assessment.

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// Honda reveals new Civic Hatchback

Honda has revealed the new Civic Hatchback, with a fresh look designed to appeal to “young, active buyers.”

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// Toyota studying hydrogen as an alternative fuel in petrol cars

Toyota’s fixation on hydrogen technology has given the firm saviour status among enthusiasts while prompting ire from those in the electric car camp.

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// We’ve got a job for you in Tauranga. You lucky thing.

Tauranga is thriving and our recently refurbished, multi-award winning Mitsubishi dealership is in growth mode. Here’s a few jobs we have available:


// Clean Car Calculator: DRIVEN’s guide to the Clean Car Scheme

Input vehicle make and/or model to calculate if the car will receive a rebate, fee or sits in the zero band (no change).

// NZ’s best dealerships revealed

Annual awards collate feedback from thousands of consumers to discover the leading car dealerships and salespeople.


// The cheapest way to feel like Fangio

Have you always wanted to own a legendary racing car driven by Juan Manuel Fangio but don’t have millions of dollars lying around to buy one, but you do happen to have a second-generation Mazda MX-5 and a lazy $30k or so?

// SAM and Systime parent rebrands as Auxo Software

The group behind SAM and Systime, Australasian Automotive Business Solutions Ltd (AABSL), has launched a new corporate brand identity – Auxo Software – to represent its growing portfolio of brands and specialist products.

// Ford NZ MD responds to clean car policy

Ford New Zealand managing director Simon Rutherford believes the government move to introduce clean car fees next year on some commercial vehicles will penalise people who have no workable alternative.

// Armstrong’s up for EV enquiries

Armstrong’s can provide customers with environmentally considerate motoring and Clean Car rebate options through its network representing 16 brands.

// Power stations turning green

Power stations are usually ugly, and coal, oil, and gas ones are proving expensive write-offs for power companies, particularly facilities that are not very old.

// Hyundai adds mobile robots and first electric touring win

Hyundai has secured a controlling interest in Boston Dynamics from SoftBank which enables it to create a robotics value chain, from robot component manufacturing to smart logistics solutions.

// Trio sentenced over stockpiles of tyres

Former directors of tyre-recycling company learn their fate in court after six years of legal battles.

// Clean-car scheme holds off on motorbikes

Feebate programme may be expanded to include two-wheelers as new technologies emerge.

// US EV owners asked to change habits due to power crisis

A heat wave in California has had knock-on effects for electric car owners all over the region, with state power grid operators asking residents with EVs to alter the way they charge their cars.



// UPDATED TODAY Current National New Car Deals Revealed

No changes from 17/6/2021

Updated every Friday, here’s a complete list of current National deals for new cars, utes, and light commercials. Offers including pricing specials, ‘free extras’ deals, or special financing terms.