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// BMW still NZ’s top dog in the premium market

BMW New Zealand has reported that its recovery from Covid-19 is going swimmingly. The brand now leads the premium market — helped along by its best June in history for sales.

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// More big-money Commodores at auction

Old Holden Commodores and Ford Falcons are still setting records at auctions across Australia and New Zealand, and this latest one is no exception. But it is quite a special one.

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// Tesla’s highly anticipated Cybertruck likely delayed until 2022

Ever since its ill-fated launch, back when a Tesla engineer smashed a window with a metal ball, the Cybertruck has seemed like a project that’s too tall of an ask for the American brand.

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// Revealed: Mclaren’s 765LT Spider is a 562kw super convertible

Following last year’s launch of the 765LT — the ‘Long Tail’ hy-po version of its popular 720S — McLaren has shown off the drop-top 765LT Spider for the first time.

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// Safety worries over imported campervans

Agency discovers seat in vehicles provides “little to no safety support” in the event of an accident.

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// Popular ‘Chademo’ EV connection to be phased out?

One of the curious quirks of the electric car world are the multitude of different connections used by different marques.

// Trade Me invests in auto start-up

Online marketplace plugs into growing network of businesses offering vehicle repair services.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Porsche seen testing hybrid 911

Porsche has been seen testing a new 911 at the Nurburgring, assumed to be the upcoming electrified version.

// Electric transport could help protect Milford Sound

Great potential exists for a world-class zero carbon transport and tourism experience, supported by an effective and sustainable electric or hydrogen transport model, to assist protection of Milford Sound, transport minister Michael Wood says.

// Drumroll please: Auckland’s most stolen car is the Mazda Demio

Long beloved by crims needing diminutive dimensions for ram raids, the Mazda Demio has claimed the title of Auckland’s most stolen car over the past 12 months.

// Smart Eye Deputy CEO talks automotive AI

Rana el Kaliouby co-founded and led Boston startup Affectiva, which uses artificial intelligence and computer vision to analyse mood and emotion.

// Rising EVs, batteries and solar require electricity distribution rules update

The Electricity Authority intends updating regulatory settings for distribution networks to better support the electricity sector’s transition to a low-emissions economy.


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