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// New biosecurity measures to tackle lengthy vehicle import delays

Biosecurity New Zealand will no longer require vehicles to be held on a vessel for further inspection if contamination is detected

// Biosecurity staff staying in NZ

Ministry announces plans to tackle delays in the verification process that have hit the used-vehicle supply chain since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.


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// Toyota ups investment in autonomous cars with $550m purchase

Toyota is on something of a technology high, it seems. Earlier this month it unveiled its new bZ4X electric concept, while simultaneously making a series of pledging about its commitment to electrification.

// Toyota acquires Lyft’s self-driving unit for US$550 million

Toyota Motor Corp. has acquired the self-driving division of American ride-hailing company Lyft for US$550 million, in a move that highlights the Japanese automaker’s ambitions in that technology.

// Toyota to get Lyft’s self-driving unit

Toyota’s Woven Planet division will acquire rideshare firm Lyft’s self-driving technology unit for US$550 million.


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// Hyundai Kona N revealed as family-friendly crossover for track days

The words ‘enthusiast’ and ‘small SUV’ don’t usually belong in the same sentence, but Hyundai has given one good reason why they should coexist in harmony.

// This is it: Hyundai unveils 213kw Kona N, its hottest suv

Hyundai continued its new model onslaught overnight, via its official reveal of the new Kona N.

// Hot Kona N headed for NZ

Hyundai’s first N brand high-performance crossover SUV, the 240km/h Kona N, is due to arrive here in the second half of this year.

// Hyundai reveals its hottest SUV

Hyundai has finally whipped the hanky off its hottest SUV, the all-new Kona N


BEST OF THE REST

// Lightyear plans world’s first long range solar car this year

Lightyear and Bridgestone have formed a partnership to develop solar car Lightyear One due to become commercially available by the end of this year.

// Automotive recruiter reports 240% increase in job listings

Automotive Employment New Zealand says in comparison to 2019 it has experienced a 240% increase in job listings thus far in 2021.


IN OTHER NEWS

// World’s wildest SUV? Ram 1500 TRX seven-seater revealed with 1000HP

Considering that the Dodge Durango Hellcat is already in the FCA catalog, we can see why Ram wouldn’t be interested in turning the Hellcat-powered TRX into an SUV, so Hennessey has decided to do it.

// Outlander sales not a lucky blip says MMNZ

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand (MMNZ) says it has sold more than 5014 Outlander seven-seat models over the past 24 months, nearly twice as many as the nearest competitor,

// Go Car Finance secures new $40 million facility

Australian-owned Go Car Finance has secured a three-year facility with Heartland Bank for $40 million, to support ongoing loan book growth.

// EROAD welcomes govt work on future revenue system

EROAD chief executive Steven Newman says he welcomes news that work is underway to review the current land transport revenue system.

// Electric Island Waiheke seminar covers sustainability

Electric Island Waiheke will host a series of seminars throughout 2021 at the Waiheke High School in support of Electric Island’s vision

// Toyota and Honda’s EV push improves their outlook

The credit profiles of Toyota Motor Corporation (A+/Stable) and Honda’s Motor Co., Ltd (A/Stable) are supported by the acceleration in their EV strategies

// Covid prompts kiwis’ shift to cleaner, greener future

New Zealanders are turning more to clean energy like solar and green hydrogen along with e-mobility in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

// BMW talks torque with new models

Marque’s M division is set to boost its range in New Zealand with the addition of two all-wheel-drive cars.

// Freight firm eyes alternate fuels

Boss urges whole industry to work together if it wants to successfully decarbonise the sector.

// Pint-size muscle: Manhart unveils pumped up BMW M2 comp

There’s little doubt that the current BMW M2 is going to be a future classic, and not because it doesn’t have the brand’s new big-grilled face.


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Tesla hits back at authorities over fatal crash, claims driver was behind wheel

Watch: Bill Nye explains how Porsche’s incredible all-electric Taycan works

ABB records strong start to 2021

Turners wins trusted used car dealer award

Elon Musk believes Tesla Model Y could be world’s best-selling car