// Video: Masks required for level 3 trading

Masks are required for trading at level 3 according to information received by the Motor Trade Association.

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// Plug-in hybrid GT 63 revealed as the most powerful Mercedes ever

Plug-in hybrid performance is something that we’ve been seeing in Porshe’s passenger cars for some time now, but it seems that fellow German automaker Mercedes-AMG has finally caught up.

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// Subaru Solterra EV images revealed

Subaru Corporation says its electric SUV the Solterra (‘sun’ and ‘earth’) will go on sale mid-2022 in the US, Canada, Europe, China and Japan.

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// Dealer numbers creep down

Register’s total slips by only five in August after drops of 20 or more in the previous two months.

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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.


// Disrupting Australia’s $55 billion used car market?

Calling itself the Australian used car market disruptor, CARS24 launched its online marketplace on September 1.

// Hyundai EV recall for battery issues affected by Covid restrictions

While Australia has launched its recall of Hyundai Konas and Ioniqs potentially affected by a battery fault, Hyundai New Zealand says it’s in the process of launching the official recall


// New Subaru forester wilderness leaked before you’re meant to see it

Subaru has the reveal of three new models on the boil at the moment; the new WRX, Solterra, and Forester Wilderness.

// Lotus to launch EV range, two SUVs

Units of Lotus and electric-vehicle upstart Nio signed an investment pact as the Chinese owner of the iconic maker of British sports and racing cars seeks to transform it into an all-electric brand.

// ACC looks to increase motor vehicle levy rates

ACC has released its proposed levy rates for the next three years which includes an increase for motor vehicles.

// Robotaxi may herald driverless EV era

The electric Hyundai Ioniq 5-based Robotaxi is Motional’s first commercial vehicle and will be used in its fully driverless public ride-hail service starting in 2023.

// Import deliveries far ahead of lockdown indications

Used import registrations in August – according to early provisional numbers – were headed towards a massive month before lockdown.

// Collusion warning for businesses

Watchdog sends out stern message about anti-competitive behaviour at higher alert levels.

// Economy tipped to rise from ‘sharp shock’

Institute predicts inflation pressures will intensify and interest rates will soon start rising.

// Mainland finance settles with ComCom over unreasonable fees

Vehicle finance company Mainland Finance has entered into a settlement with the Commerce Commission acknowledging that it charged unreasonable credit and default fees and agreed to compensate borrowers.

// Finance company to pay out $1.1m

Mainland Finance reaches settlement with regulator over unreasonable charges for car loans.

// Dealers urged to start selling

Industry leader anticipates no problems shifting imported used vehicles from Auckland’s port as lockdown rumbles on.



// Current National New Car Deals

Updated every Friday, here’s a complete list of current National deals for new cars, utes, and light commercials.

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