MIA Now Supports Fuel Economy Standard

The year that was 2020 has come and gone, resigned now to the history books. I, like everyone else I suspect, am happy to see the back of 2020 and have high hopes for 2021.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/mia-now-supports-fuel-economy-standard


Lead, Test Drive And Sales By Source December 2020 (Vs November 2020)

Welcome to 2021! As we start the new year it’s appropriate to look back on the last few months of 2020 for the most popular sources of leads, test drives, and sales amongst kiwi dealers in December.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/lead-test-drive-and-sales-by-source-december-2020-vs-november-2020


Build The Perfect Ute – RVE Configurator

Vehicle enhancement specialists RVE used its time in COVID lockdown this year to begin work on a tool that will help customers build their perfect vehicle – and enhance dealer profits in the process.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/build-the-perfect-ute-rve-configurator


Navara Set For March On-Sale Date

Nissan’s new Navara ute range will consist of 16 models wehen it goes on sale in New Zealand in March. The new Navara is available with 4X2 and 4X4 drivetrains and in three cab styles – Single, King and Double Cab.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/navara-set-for-march-on-sale-date


Video: New Outlander Shown Testing Before February Debut

A video of the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander undergoing final tuning and testing has been released by the company ahead of its global debut on February 17 at 8am Japan Standard Time (JST).

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/video-new-outlander-shown-testing-before-february-debut


Maritime Union Doubles Down On Ports Of Auckland Criticism

The Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) is doubling down on its view that Ports of Auckland’s “failed automation plan” is causing delays and staff shortages but the port has previously hit back and calls the claims “entirely false and malicious”.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/maritime-union-doubles-down-on-ports-of-auckland-criticism


Last Holden Built Goes To Auction Saturday

A unique piece of Australian motoring history, the last Holden to leave the production line, goes under the auctioneer’s hammer in an online sale this weekend and is expected to sell for at least $Au500,000.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/last-holden-built-goes-to-auction-saturday


E-Mobility Likely In CCC Report

“Strong signals” regarding EV uptake are expected in a draft plan to be released by the Climate Change Commission (CCC) on February 1. “I think they will be going for it on EVs,” Drive Electric chair Mark Gilbert says,

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/e-mobility-likely-in-ccc-report/


Fimer’s Three-Phase Inverter Here In April

Global e-mobility and solar firm Fimer introduces its new PVS-10/33-TL three-phase string inverter solutions for commercial and industrial applications to Australia and New Zealand in April 2021.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/fimers-three-phase-inverter-here-in-april/


Velodyne Lidar Launches Digital Learning Series

New digital learning series Velodyne Lidar LIVE! starts January 28 at 1pm Pacific Standard Time (PST is about 21 hours behind New Zealand and 19 hours behind Australia).

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/velodyne-lidar-launches-digital-learning-series/


Peugeot E-Partner Van Due In UK November

An electric light commercial van (LCV) will be added to Peugeot’s EV range to complete its aim of offering a full range of electric vans by the end of this year.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/peugeot-e-partner-van-due-in-uk-november/


Digital store speeds access to models

The chance to be among the first to snap up a special edition model helps kickstart BMW NZ’s new venture. BMW New Zealand has launched a new online store to allow customers to secure upcoming models months before their arrive in the country.

https://autofile.co.nz/digital-store-speeds-access-to-models-


Mercedes-Benz tops luxury sales

Marque hopes new models planned for 2021 will continue to make it a favourite among New Zealand buyers. Mercedes-Benz Cars launched 17 new models and variants, including the GLB compact seven-seater SUV, on its way to becoming number-one luxury marque in New Zealand for the sixth consecutive year.

https://autofile.co.nz/mercedes-benz-tops-luxury-sales-


Nissan Unveils Light Price Hike For Updated Navara Ute

Late last year Nissan revealed its updated Navara, sporting more American-inspired looks, improved tech, and increased capability thanks to more payload and a beefed up rear axle. Now, Nissan’s local arm has unveiled Kiwi pricing.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/nissan-unveils-light-price-hike-for-updated-navara-ute


Million-Dollar Holden Maloo GTSR W1 Could Be Given Away In Raffle

With just three days and six hours to go at the time of writing, bidding on what’s now the equal most expensive Australian-produced car of all time — an HSV Maloo GTSR W1 — sits at AU$1.05million.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/million-dollar-holden-maloo-gtsr-w1-could-be-given-away-in-raffle


Oil Companies Starting To Invest More In Green Solutions

Overnight, Dutch oil firm Shell confirmed that it’s buying a full 100 per cent stake in charging company Ubitricity. The German-based start-up specialises in building EV car chargers from lamp posts and has a 13 per cent market share of charging points in the UK, a greater market share than any other charging firm.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/oil-companies-starting-to-invest-more-in-green-solutions


BMW’s Most Powerful Car Ever: 627Hp BMW M5 Cs Revealed

While it’s unknown just how much longer the world’s motoring brands will continue to produce high performance internal combustion performance sedans, it’s clear that a lot of brands are clearing their throats, and making an attempt at giving the genre an emphatic swansong.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/bmw-s-most-powerful-car-ever-627hp-bmw-m5-cs-revealed


Mini Unveils Juicy Update For 2021 Mini Line-Up

Barely a few months after it launched the fully electric Mini Cooper Electric on Kiwi shores, Mini has revealed not only a new version of its first EV, but a new-look Cooper and Cooper S as well.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/mini-unveils-juicy-update-for-2021-mini-line-up


The Last V8 Holden Commodore Ever Produced Up For Sale

In what’s already been a stupendous month for Holden auctions, let’s add another one to the mix. Along with the skunkworks-project HSV Maloo GTSR W1 ute that’s currently bidded to over AU$1million, an auction has sprouted up with the last V8-powered, Australian-produced Holden ever made.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/the-last-v8-holden-commodore-ever-produced-up-for-sale


Facelifted Nissan Navara priced and specced

Nissan New Zealand has confirmed local pricing and specifications for the 2021 Navara, due in showrooms by March 2021. The refreshed Navara features a new front end, taking design inspiration from the North American Titan.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124066135/facelifted-nissan-navara-priced-and-specced


Master P partnering with former Tesla engineer to create black-owned supercar maker

Master P has announced his latest business endeavor: supercars. The New Orleans rapper took to Instagram to reveal that he’s working with former Tesla engineer Richard Patterson to develop the next era of supercars called Trion Supercars.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/300215050/master-p-partnering-with-former-tesla-engineer-to-create-blackowned-supercar-maker


Next Ford F-150 Raptor will get V6 and V8 power

The next-generation Ford F-150 Raptor will soon be unveiled and, rumour has it, the range-topping truck will get a choice of V6 or V8 engines.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124058614/next-ford-f150-raptor-will-get-v6-and-v8-power


Rivian scores $3.3 billion investment from Amazon

Most people haven’t heard of this car company, but it could soon be a household name thanks to some big time investors. American electric car start-up Rivian has been building a giant war chest to take on the might of Tesla.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/rivian-scores-3-3-billion-investment-from-amazon/


Wacky wagon: Modern Ferrari Breadvan is a V12-powered tribute to an icon

While car enthusiasts can’t seem to get behind SUVs, station wagons and shooting brakes on the other hand fall into the uber-cool category and the world can’t seem to get enough of them.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/wacky-wagon-modern-ferrari-breadvan-is-a-v12-powered-tribute-to-an-icon/


It’s back: Mini unveils new Cooper Hatch and Convertible models

While the majority of the automotive industry is looking towards futuristic new electric styling, it seems that Mini has no plans to ditch its retro style, unveiling the new Cooper models just recently.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/it-s-back-mini-unveils-new-cooper-hatch-and-convertible-models/


Grab a slice of Holden history with the very last Australian-built Commodore

The very last Holden ever manufactured in Australia has been put up for auction this weekend and looks set to fetch a hefty $500,000.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/grab-a-slice-of-holden-history-with-the-very-last-australian-built-commodore/