HOT TOPIC

Opportunistic car thief steals Porsche in broad daylight

An opportunistic car thief was caught by security camera walking onto an Auckland Central car yard in broad daylight last Monday and driving off in a freshly imported Porsche Cayenne SUV valued at more than $110,000.


Daylight robber takes Porsche from yard

Security cameras capture suspect driving off with newly-imported vehicle. A brazen thief has stolen a Porsche from an Auckland dealership just moments after it was delivered to the yard.


BEST OF THE REST

400hp and Mercedes influence? more Nissan 400z rumours emerge

It’s been a big week in the Nissan 400Z rumour mill, what with the uncovering of the first images of the two-seat sports car in production trim. Now, more speculation has hit the airwaves.


No fixed prices for NZ Subaru dealers

Subaru New Zealand says that none of its Kiwi dealers are looking to implement a Price Pledge programme which is currently being rolled out by the Inchcape Group’s Trivett Subaru dealers in Melbourne Australia.


IN OTHER NEWS

BMW denies Adesanya an ambassadorship

UFC mixed martial arts star Israel Adesanya has been denied a brand ambassadorship by BMW Group New Zealand following inflammatory comments he made online towards UFC middleweight Kevin Holland.


Australian vehicle industry releases first C02 emissions result

The Australian automotive industry-led voluntary CO2 Emissions Standard has been reported, setting a benchmark as the industry progresses towards its 2030 targets.


Walkinshaw tunes Amarok v6 for Aussie dealers

Melbourne-based Walkinshaw Automotive Group has created another bespoke high-performance ute, this time an Amarok V6 for the Volkswagen Group Australia dealer network.


SEA electric signs new EV truck battery deal

SEA Electric has signed a new deal for 1000 batteries for electric commercial vehicles from its technology partner Soundon New Energy


Lexus again teases new concept EV

Lexus has released yet another teaser image of its latest concept electric vehicle which will be fully revealed during a digital press conference on Tuesday March 31.


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.


Car industry tackles emissions

The new-vehicle sector in Australia says its voluntary action on CO2 emissions has resulted in progress to beat climate change.


Pair charged over Ghosn escape

Father and son await trial in Japan, while the former Nissan chairman remains at large.


Climate Commission wants NZ to import more EVs

As the New Zealand Government edges slowly to its inevitable next announcement around internal combustion engines and their local future, the Climate Change Commission has urged for a push in electric car imports.


Rest in peace: Ford axes iconic Mondeo

The Ford Mondeo has been a nameplate on the rocks for a few years now with the surge in SUV sales. Now, the blue oval has sadly confirmed that the Mondeo will be phased out.


Jaguar upping the Pace

Well, here’s one for the books, a nocturnal launch of a new model to the motoring press. In this case, it was the Jaguar F-Pace update, an important model for the brand because it represents roughly one-third of sales locally.


Waikato tops warrant of fitness failure list with faults found in almost half vehicles tested

Waikato has the highest rate of warrant of fitness (WOF) fails in the country, but there is no clear reason for it.


Quick Charge 27/03: this week in EV news

Every year Jeep releases a number of wild concepts to debut at the annual Easter Jeep Safari at Moab, Utah, and this year they dropped a little electric surprise


Volkswagen teases next Amarok ute again

The next generation of Volkswagen Amarok has been teased online in a new sketch, ahead of a launch in 2022.


Toyota reportedly delaying new 86 to make it better than Subaru’s BRZ

Toyota is apparently holding back its second-generation 86, possibly prefixed ‘GR’, in order to make it better than the new Subaru BRZ.


Hybrid Volkswagens not here for a while yet

Volkswagen’s local distributor, European Motor Distributors (EMD), has confirmed that hybrid versions of the popular Golf and Tiguan models won’t be here for another few years at least.