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// NZ pricing revealed for Chevrolet’s highly-anticipated Corvette

Two years ago, Chevrolet’s mid-engined Corvette was the talk of the automotive world, as not only was it the first Corvette to switch up the FR layout, but it was also capable of incredible performance from its naturally aspirated V8.


// Confirmed: Chevrolet Corvette C8 to be priced from $154,990 in NZ

General Motors Specialty Vehicles has finally confirmed pricing for its highly anticipated Corvette C8, with entry-level variants priced from $154,990.


// GMSV confirms Kiwi pricing for right-hand drive Corvette

General Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) has just confirmed the pricing for the right-hand drive C8 Corvette, expected to arrive early next year.


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// Bush-whacking chevy Silverado LT trail boss coming to NZ

It’s been a big day for General Motors Specialty Vehicles. Along with confirming pricing for its much anticipated Corvette C8, it has also announced a new model of Silverado for the New Zealand market.


// GMSV dealers taking Silverado LT trail boss orders for Q3 delivery

General Motors Speciality Vehicles (GMSV) says its dealer network is now taking orders for the Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss pick-up truck with deliveries scheduled for mid-year.


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// Volkswagen is seemingly serious about changing its name to ‘Voltswagen’

It’s no secret that Volkswagen is serious about electric vehicles. The German marque is investing more than $50 billion in building six new battery plants across Europe, to power its range of iD cars.


// Volkswagen reportedly changing its name to… err… ‘Voltswagen’?

In maybe the weirdest story of the week thus far, an early press release that’s since been deleted reportedly shows that Volkswagen is looking to change its name in North America to Voltswagen (swapping the ‘k’ for a ‘t’) as it pivots to focus more on electrification.


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// BMW unleashes rockets at runway

On a day that promised rain after weeks of dry weather, BMW got lucky with sunny proceedings for the launch to customers and press of the sixth-generation M3 and M4.


// BMW group NZ launches new M3 sedan and M4 coupe

BMW Group NZ hosted VIP customers, dealers, and media at North Shore Aerodrome yesterday for the official reveal of the all-new high-performance M3 sedan and M4 coupe.


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// Renault’s teeny tiny updated Zoe EV bound for NZ

One of the electric car world’s forgotten entries, the Renault Zoe, recently inherited a handy mid-life refresh, arming it with more tech and improved range, among other changes.


// New Renault Zoe tours dealerships

The new electric Renault Zoe is due in New Zealand from mid-2021 with pre-orders being taken now for a $500 deposit on the $65,990 (recommended retail price) EV.


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// Electric mini becomes Formula E safety car

The Mini Electric Pacesetter inspired by John Cooper Works is the new safety car for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship race series


// Old tyres fuel cement works kiln

Using old tyres to fuel the kiln at Golden Bay’s Whangarei cement works will consume 42% of the estimated three million waste tyres in Auckland each year.


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//  Struts for Porsches recalled

Pin failure means suspension struts will break away and may result in control of front wheels being lost.


// Volkswagen seeks ‘dieselgate’ damages from former CEO

After a six-year long investigation Volkswagen AG is seeking a claim for legal damages against its former chief executive officer Martin Winterkorn and former Audi chief executive Rupert Stadtler


// Electrification and SUVs kill off the Ford Mondeo

Ford has announced it will phase out the Mondeo large car family at the end of March 2022 as European consumers increasingly favour crossover and SUV models, preferably those with a plug.


// Ports of Auckland must prioritise health and safety, report says

An independent review has found “systemic problems” in relation to critical health and safety risk management and organisational culture at Ports of Auckland.


// Triumph reveals electric motorbike design

Triumph Motorcycles is working with United Kingdom industry experts, academic leaders and Innovate UK, to develop specialist electric motorcycle technology and integrated solutions.


// Ellegard says goodbye to Kia

A long serving public relations contractor to Kia New Zealand says he is ending his 21-year relationship with the brand on March 31, 2021 with a fond annyeong (goodbye).


// EV trucks for the warehouse home deliveries

The Warehouse Group has four custom EV trucks to service its home delivery network in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Christchurch from this week.


// FCEV bus unveiled

New Zealand’s first hydrogen fuel cell (FCEV) bus has been unveiled by Auckland Transport (AT) as the organisation transitions to an emissions-free fleet.


// Fuso Ecanter launched to zero emission trial participants

Fuso eCanter’s first New Zealand adopters recently joined representatives from government and infrastructure for a special launch event and information session at Fuso NZ in Auckland.


// Steering fleets to an all-electric future

A cloud-based digital solution for real-time EV fleet management will be developed by ABB and Amazon Web Services (AWS).


// Auto imports from China soar

Cars and parts coming into our country are climbing in value but overall imports are on the slide.


//  Health and safety shake-up for port

Company commits to making changes after report identifies a number of areas in need of improvement.


//  Police unveil new patrol car

Two versions of the Skoda Superb will soon be on the beat as they gradually replace Holden vehicles. PLUS – video


//  Toyota Yaris cross gets adventurous with new model

Yesterday we touched on the advent of the ‘adventure ute’, underlined by the newly revealed Mazda BT-50, plus key segment players like the Ford Ranger Raptor.


// Buying Teslas with Bitcoin sort of defeats the purpose of Teslas

OPINION: Tesla has begun accepting Bitcoin as payment for vehicles in the U.S. This could be a clever marketing strategy, a way of bolstering the value of the company’s own crypto-bet, or perhaps just something to do.


// The pandemic is creating a ‘postwar boom’ for luxury carmakers

Famously reticent to disclose how many cars they sell or at what amount of profit, luxury automakers are finding it difficult lately to avoid crowing-just a little bit-about how well they did in 2020.


// How to make easy money: sell one car

It turns out, if you want to make a lot of money (or give a lot to charity), all you need to do is sell one car.


//  So European, Kiwi cops to drive Skoda after over 50 years of Holden, Ford loyalty

After more than 50 years of loyalty to Holden and Ford, police today unveiled their new patrol cars – the European Skoda.