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// Report: Toyota issues ban on reselling new Land Cruisers overseas

In 2021, the automotive industry is a bit weird. Covid-19 restrictions hampered the production side of things, and the semi conductor shortage has only made things worse, so getting vehicle stock is the main issue.

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// Revealed: Volkswagen reveals gravel-bashing Amarok w580x

It’s been some time coming, but an off-road specialist version of the Volkswagen Amarok double-cab has finally been revealed, courtesy of Australian tuning firm Walkinshaw.

// Global chip shortage to continue into 2022

It seems the semiconductor storm is not yet over, as the heads of both Daimler and Stellantis have gone on the record in saying there’s no real end in sight just yet.


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// First batch of RHD Chevrolet Corvettes already sold out in NZ

It was confirmed last week that Australia’s first allocation of right-hand drive Chevrolet Corvettes had sold out. Now, a General Motors Specialty Vehicles spokesperson has confirmed that the sentiment is also true for New Zealand’s opening batch.

// EV battery recycling breakthroughs

Significant breakthroughs in recycling EV batteries could help the automotive industry tackle criticism that such batteries come with a heavy carbon footprint.


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// AC Cobra EV nearly ready

The first AC Cobra Series 1 electric is undergoing final development work ahead of delivery.

// ComCom shines light on electricity distribution amp reporting

The Commerce Commission is encouraging electricity distribution businesses (EDBs) to continue to improve their annual asset management plans (AMPs) to better explain them to customers, including EV owners using the supply.

// GM slams Ford over potential trademark infringement

Ford’s bigwigs are in hot water at the moment with eternal rivals General Motors, over a case that the latter believes amounts to trademark infringement.

// Audi reveals the remarkable RS Q e-tron to tackle the Dakar rally

Audi is taking this whole electrification thing very seriously indeed – the latest example of that is the wild car it has unveiled to take on one of the toughest challenges in motorsport, the gruelling Dakar Rally.

// Small SUV capturing hearts and minds

There is no doubt that New Zealand has become an SUV nation with the segment capturing more than 50% of the market.

// Foreign Exchange partnership creates client certainty

For more than 30 years Nichibo has exported more than half a million used vehicles from Japan to more than 500 customers based in New Zealand and other countries.

// Network adds new van sales

Company bolsters ties with Mercedes-Benz Vans to give consumers a one-stop shop for their vehicle requirements.

// Skoda NZ riding cloud nine as it delves further into electric

Skoda New Zealand is as strong as it’s ever been, says general manager Rodney Gillard of a brand in the midst of adding a range of electrified models to its line-up while also kicking some fairly significant sales goals.


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