SPECIAL REPORT

Current National New Car deals revealed

This Special Report shows every brand’s current National New Car deals. It will be updated every Friday and published the Yesterday’s News email.


HOT TOPIC

Jeep reveals all-electric off-roading concept featuring a manual transmission

Jeep has shown just how wild its hardcore off-road machines can be at its annual Moab Easter Safari.


Jeep reveals Moab concept quartet

The Easter Jeep Safari is kicking off next week in Moab, Utah, and Jeep has revealed its latest concepts a few days ahead of the event.


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Mayor Phil Goff expresses ‘low confidence’ in Ports of Auckland

Auckland mayor Phil Goff has written to Ports of Auckland to express concerns around the time being taken to provide feedback on an independent health and safety review.


Port told to lift its game

Underperformance of company comes under scrutiny in meeting behind closed doors.


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No plugs yet for new Golf 8 and Tiguan

Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and mild hybrid (MHEV) options aren’t yet available for the all-new Golf 8 and refreshed Tiguan SUV but performance versions of both are coming to market including an all-new Tiguan R just in time for Christmas 2021.


New Golf 8 arrives at last

Changing times, that’s for sure. Despite Volkswagen having sold almost 40 million Golfs to date, the local launch of the latest generation 8 example was somewhat overshadowed by the release of the facelifted Tiguan.


VW Tiguan redefined with added style and tech

Where Golf is one of the biggest sellers in Europe, here in New Zealand one in three new vehicles sold nowadays is a medium-sized SUV, so Tiguan has taken over as the most popular Volkswagen available locally.


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Aussie-made electric trucks enter production

With Holden, Ford, Toyota, Mitsubishi and the rest all gone, it’s easy to forget that Australia still has its own production facilities.


SEA electric begins volume production on EV trucks

In an Australian first, Melbourne-based company SEA Electric has commenced volume commercial production of electric trucks.


BEST OF THE REST

Watch: Here’s how Dacia turns your smartphone into an infotainment system

In 2021, you’re certainly in a minority if you don’t carry a smartphone with you at all times, and are someone that Dacia isn’t planning on targeting with its new Sandero.


IN OTHER NEWS

A behind the scenes look at Autosure claims

It’s often said that the true test of an insurance company is in how they manage claims. So we thought we’d give you an inside view of how we do it at Autosure.


How to run your business through a lockdown (and how to make it stronger at the same time)

Whatever your feelings about the announcement of renewed COVID-19 lockdowns, once the anger and or frustration subsides there is the job of looking after your business to be done.


Climate change report a reality check for government

While most commentators are saying that the Climate Change Commission’s draft report is a wakeup call for industry and consumers, it is in the MIA’s view also a reality check for Government.


Podcast: Nexport boss makes bold predictions for BYD in NZ

Nexport chief executive Luke Todd speaks to Auto Media Group managing director Richard Edwards about the arrival of the all-electric Chinese BYD brand into New Zealand and Australia.


New simulator programme aims to help young drivers

A high-tech driving simulator developed in New Zealand for local driving conditions is aiming to help young Kiwis behind the wheel and address the social cost of youth-related road crashes.


Australia is joining the Cupra tribe in 2022

The Volkswagen Group will launch its CUPRA brand in the Australian market in 2022 as announced by the brand’s president Wayne Griffiths during an annual press conference.


Mercedes-benz releases EQA price in Australia, New Zealand to follow

Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia has confirmed its recommended retail pricing for the all-electric EQA hatch but a spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz Cars New Zealand says a local announcement will be coming soon.


Electric bike thefts spur call for secure storage

Thefts of electric bikes have risen 115% so far this year, and a leading bike retailer is calling for local authorities to provide secure storage areas at public transport hubs.


Nissan commits long-term to electric racing

Nissan says it will contest the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship electric racing series through to the end of the 2025/2026 season.


Renault adding electric and hydrogen vans

By the end of this year, Renault will be marketing two new zero-emissions vans globally, one electric the other hydrogen-fuelled.


Dealership expands operations

Staff get their wishes fulfilled as the Gazley Motor Group seals a move into a former Honda site near the capital.


Ford NZ pays out Mondeo owner over Powershift gearbox failure

Issues with Ford’s ‘PowerShift’ automatic transmissions from the mid-noughties have been well documented, with a class action lawsuit filed in Australia labelling the dual-clutch systems faulty, and a similar lawsuit emerging in America.


Breeding a bigger horse: Ferrari Purosangue ‘revealed’ in renders

Ferrari’s first SUV is a step closer with a prototype having been seen, briefly, at the Maranello HQ.


Tesla under scrutiny for ‘cabin camera’ pointed at occupants

The Tesla Model 3 and Model Y have become something of an electric car standard upon which all future EVs become measured. But that’s not to say that the duo have quirks aplenty.


Watch: Toyota wins big at kiwi advertising awards

Toyota’s local arm has long been synonymous with top-notch advertising in New Zealand, which is arguably testament to its long-standing relationship with agency Saatchi & Saatchi.


Māpua Willing Wheels transport service to rev up

Six months after the ignition was pushed on Māpua Willing Wheels, the public transport service is cranking up a gear.


Fancy a blast in a $4.2 million Vulcan?

If dropping $25 (or $10 for each ankle-biter) on a ticket simply for the opportunity to drool over some of the most drool-worthy cars on the planet wasn’t already well worth it, …


VW gives the auto industry’s old guard hope

Traditional carmakers were being dismissed as relics of the past, stubbornly clinging to combustion engines as Tesla zoomed past them in terms of technological prowess and stock market valuation.