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// Ford NZ announces new entry-level hybrid SUV

The blue oval’s local arm has confirmed that it will bring in the mild hybrid variant of its Puma compact crossover in the second quarter of 2022.

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// Ebbett group launching Kia Rotorua dealership

Kia New Zealand has announced on social media that its latest dealership in Rotorua is now open for business.

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// Vehicle imports jump $415m

Japan leading contributor to increase as automotive sector plays key part in record monthly trade deficit for NZ.

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// Turners cars driving the project’s ‘Wheel of Immunity’

Turners Cars is partnering with TV3’s The Project ‘Wheel of Immunity’ promotion which will offer more than $40,000 worth of prizes to viewers who have received a COVID-19 vaccination.

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// Mercedes-Benz joins European EV battery joint venture

Luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz is teaming up with Stellantis and TotalEnergies in a European electric vehicle battery joint venture, Automotive Cells Company (ACC).

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// Another Dieselgate? VW accused of using emissions defeat devices again

Volkswagen’s ‘Dieselgate’ saga is undoubtedly the biggest scandal of its kind in the current motoring era. It prompted Volkswagen to ‘turn over a new leaf’ and push towards electrification earlier than most other legacy car makers,

// Toyota reportedly working on hydrogen ICE Prius

Toyota could be closer to releasing its hydrogen-powered combustion engine for the road than we thought. According to a new report from Japan, a new version of the Prius is coming, sourcing power from the new type of engine.

// PHEV Jeep Grand Cherokee debuts September 29

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee range will include an electrified 4xe version when it debuts globally on September 29, 2021.


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// Ford Falcon GTHO sells for $1.3million in Aussie V8 auction extravaganza

Last weekend will go down as one of the biggest for Australian V8 performance car sales in history, with stacks…

// Video: Iveco and Nikola launch joint-venture EV manufacturing facility

A joint venture manufacturing facility for electric heavy-duty trucks has been unveiled by EV truck startup Nikola and IVECO.

// Tesla starts judging owners it charged $10,000 for self-driving

The wait is almost over for some Tesla customers to get access to driver-assistance technology the company has marketed in controversial ways — as long as they’re on their best behaviour.

// Video: Chinese firm delivers 100 fuel cell trucks

A fleet of 100 hydrogen heavy trucks has been delivered for work on a major new construction project in Hebei Province, China.

// Beware of Covid burnout

Surveys highlight the stress felt by business leaders during lockdowns and pandemic.

// Evnex launches EV turnkey solution

Christchurch-based company Evnex has a new brand and offering. Evnex now not only makes New Zealand’s leading EV smart chargers, it will install them too,

// Volvo reveals new materials for its leather-free cars

Fashion houses such as Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham have long eschewed animal products in their wares, while automakers including Audi, Mazda, BMW, Land Rover, and Tesla offer leather-free and sustainable interiors as options in their cars.

// US EV manufacturer workhorse recalls 41 vehicles

Ohio-based EV manufacturer Workhorse Group is recalling 41 electric delivery vehicles and suspending deliveries of its C-1000 cargo van range,

// Watch: Toyota Yaris Cross and Isuzu MU-X earn 5-star ANCAP ratings

Toyota’s Yaris Cross compact crossover and Isuzu’s rugged 7-seater MU-X are the latest vehicles to earn a full five-star ANCAP…

// Four British companies want to reinvent the classic roadster

Four British companies, Astheimer (exterior and interior design), Potenza Technology (drivetrain and battery development), BAMD Composites and Conjure (human machine interface design and development), have been quietly working together on a new two-seater sports car, one with “sustainability at its core and efficiency driving its design.


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