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// Will Great Wall be the first brand to offer an all-electric ute in NZ?

Ever since the Clean Car Scheme was dropped on New Zealand’s automotive industry back in June, electric and hybrid utes have been at the forefront of debate.

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// Lockdown prompts warrant worries

Industry figures discuss ways to improve dealing with the renewal of vital land transport documents during higher Covid-19 alert levels.

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// Heavy-duty muscle the American way

Chevrolet will start building right-hand drive Silverado Heavy Duty (HD) LTZ Premium pick-up trucks in November,

// More hope for lithium-metal battery technology

While it might not seem that there are any alternatives currently, lithium-ion isn’t the only battery technology in town. Aluminium-air and lithium-sulphur are two areas showing promise, and so too is lithium metal technology.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Focus ST with an edge

From the forbidden fruit files, Ford has revealed the Focus ST Edition. The focus (groan) of this special edition is enhanced dynamics via suspension upgrades and lighter wheels.

// Vehicle imports bounce back

The value of cars crossing our border soared in July to take total merchandise goods imports to a new high.

// SEA electric showcase at us act expo

Australian-founded SEA Electric will have four different examples from its line-up at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo on August 30 to September 2 in Long Beach, California.

// Dealer brings race car down under

Czech brand predicts strong growth in the region once its R1 vehicle starts racing in early 2022.

// Incredible multi-million dollar HSV GTS-R trio surfaces for auction

Over the last 12 months we’ve seen all sorts of Holdens sell for stupendous amounts of money; from a secret underground (and eventually record-breaking) HSV GTS-R Maloo W1 project, to the last Holden Commodore ever made in Australia.

// Electric Volta Zero truck touring UK September

Electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider Volta Trucks is taking its full-electric Volta Zero around the United Kingdom throughout September

// Sports car faces recall

Toyota NZ offers free repairs on affected vehicles after discovering possible brake problem.

// GM and LG’s too-big-to-fail ties tested by US$1 billion recall

In June 2017, months after General Motors beat Tesla to market with an affordable, long-range electric vehicle, it took out full-page newspaper ads touting how long its Chevrolet Bolt could travel between charges. The tagline: “Begin a long-distance relationship, now.”


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