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// Mitsubishi teases next-gen Outlander plug-in hybrid

It’s arguably one of the Japanese firm’s most important new cars of the decade, and now Mitsubishi has shown off its first teaser images of it ahead of the grand reveal — along with a few snippets of info.

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// Toyota rumoured to be developing hybrid diesel engine

While diesel engines these days are fairly efficient things, most industry pundits are tipping that they’ll be on the outer by the end of the decade as public enemy number one of the likes of Euro 7.

// Porsche’s first self-driving vehicle could be an all-electric minivan

The self-driving Porsche of the future will have a steering wheel for when you want to drive, and the ability to hand total control to the car while chatting with passengers.


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// Do customers really need to visit the dealership to buy a car?

38% don’t think so. Adapting touch points for digital buyers is more important than ever, check out the research on what buyers actually want and how you can adapt your dealership.


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// Tucson paves the future for Hyundai New Zealand

While the Australian market will source its all-new Hyundai Tucson product from Korea, Hyundai New Zealand general manager Andy Sinclair made the decision to source New Zealand-bound cars from the factory in the Czech Republic.

// Are utes ‘marketed aggressively’ in New Zealand?

OPINION: Here’s a very basic question; why are utes so popular here? The most common answer you’re likely to get on social media is that they fit ‘the Kiwi lifestyle’.


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// Volkswagen unveils yet another funky crossover

It’s no secret that the new-car market is in love with the SUV at the moment. But some brands are perhaps more enamoured with the jacked up, pumped up segment than others.

// Auto Trader has plenty to cheer

Online inquiries hit a record level as the magazine part of the business clocks up four decades in print.

// Watch: Would you pay a ‘subscription’ for new features on your car?

It was recently revealed that Mercedes-Benz is planning on offering an advanced rear-wheel steering system as a subscription on the upcoming all-electric EQS.

// Boost ahead for EV breakdowns

AA announces plans to launch special charging service to other parts of the country.

// Study claims almost one third of NZ fossil fuels is used off-road

It’s no secret that New Zealand is a nation packed with farmers and adventurers, many of whom favouring great wide open spaces and nature to the city’s hustle and bustle.

// What should you look for in an Electric Vehicle?

When the New Zealand government ratified the Paris agreement on climate change in 2015 it committed the nation to a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

// Buy this off-road BMW Z4 M before we do

This awesome safari-spec BMW Z4 M has turned up on Bring a Trailer and while it would be a bit of a mission bringing it over here, it would probably be one of the coolest vehicles on any given off-road trail.

// Pan America: Harley-Davidson heads for the hills

Harley-Davidson sure knows how to enter a segment with a bang. Not only is the Pan America the first bike in its lineup to enter the hotly contested adventure segment, but also debuts the company’s latest engine platform – the 1252cc Revolution Max V-Twin.

// Semiconductor shortage hammering automakers, costing billions

The global shortage of computer chips continues to hammer automakers, forcing factory shutdowns and sapping sales and profits, with mixed views on when relief might arrive.

// The Good Oil: Mercedes-Benz electric trucks? We’re going to need a bigger plug

Electric Mercedes-Benz SUVs are sooo 2020. The real plug-in action is happening with electric Mercedes-Benz trucks.


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