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// Revealed: new Ferrari 296 GTB is a surprise 610kw v6 hybrid

Ferrari’s overnight announcement of a new car was rumoured to be the firm’s first V6-powered entry since the 1970s, with many thinking it would represent the return of the ‘Dino’ nameplate.

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// Kiwi race-car firm inks partnership with University of Canterbury

South Island motorsport firm Rodin Cars has confirmed a new partnership with the University of Canterbury’s motorsport division, which will see the two groups working together on the latter’s black and gold Formula SAE racer — now dubbed the ‘Baby Rodin’.

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// Racing legend gets creative

Greg Murphy and artist Otis Frizzell team up for ambitious artistic experiment.

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// This is what 400kmh bikes of the future could look like

If you think the current crop of superbikes aren’t quite wild enough, this is for you. As well as every sci-fi fan.

// Jeep says its customers want a V8-powered Gladiator

Jeep isn’t opposed to building a V8-powered Gladiator, just as it has delivered with plug-in and V8-powered Wranglers.


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// Skoda unveils electric police cars, emergency vehicles for Europe

The electrification of emergency vehicles around the world is a hot button topic right now.

// Xpeng EV launches Hong Kong global public offering

Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer XPeng Inc is launching a global public offering of new Class A ordinary shares on the main board of the Hong Kong stock exchange.

// Confidence with growth plans

Turners eyes more expansion in wake of used-car market rebounding after coronavirus lockdowns.

// Criminals target car yards for valuable metal

Police issue prevention advice after a recent surge in the number of catalytic converter thefts.

// Car exports boost Japan’s economy

Business brisk despite chip shortage affecting global vehicle production.

// Skoda wants to be the go-to brand for affordable electric cars

It might be nine years away, but 2030 is already looming as something of a D-Day for electric car technology.

// Honda Civic hatch confirmed for NZ, arriving late 2021

Following yesterday’s unveiling of the all-new Honda Civic hatchback, Honda’s local arm has confirmed that the model will arrive in Kiwi showrooms later this year.

// Honda’s bold approach to EVs is in stark contrast to Toyota

Honda Motor has become the first of Japan’s automakers to state publicly it will phase out sales of gasoline-powered cars completely, setting 2040

// Ineos partners with The Halo Trust to develop Grenadier

Ineos is still hard at work on its Defender homage, the Grenadier 4×4 off-roader, and it has now tapped The Halo Trust to help further development with real-world applications.

// GWM’s awesome Tank range is going global

GWM’s awesome Tank sub-brand is going global after its Chinese launch in 2020. Starting with the Tank 300, the off-roader rides on the appropriately named ‘Tank’ platform by Great Wall.

// Nissan shows rally-fied Juke as a celebration of the rally-winning 240Z

Nissan is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 240Z’s win at the East Africa Rally by giving the Juke the rally treatment.

// How Bitcoin could buy Australia’s most expensive Holden

Some of Australia’s most expensive cars can now be bought with a variety of cryptocurrencies.


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