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// Record-breaking number of EVs sold following NZ Govt discount

While the Motor Industry Association’s official New Zealand registration data has yet to be revealed in full, Ministry of Transport figures show that July was a record-breaking month for plug-ins.

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// Anticipation builds as Kia EV6 launch nears

The early 2022 arrival of the Kia EV6 promises to make the electric lifestyle viable for day-to-day mobility.

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// Leon hearted – Cupra and seat compacts reprised

Following quickly on from the recent Formentor launch, Cupra has delivered a pair of hot-to-trot offerings locally in the form of the scalding Leon hatch and the somewhat more sensible AWD Leon Sportstourer.

// Imports record strong July

Used import registrations showed a strong performance in July, with a 10% gain year-on-year according to provisional results.


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// Glickenhaus previews hydrogen-powered Baja-ready ute

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has revealed the first teaser images for its upcoming hydrogen-powered pick-up, which it is succinctly naming the Glickenhaus Zero Emission Hydrogen Fuel Cell Boot Pickup.

// Keith Andrews wins M-B vans business in Palmerston North

Keith Andrews Trucks (KAT) has been appointed as the authorised dealership for Mercedes-Benz light commercials and vans in Palmerston North.

// Toyota’s iconic Land Cruiser 70 series gets an update

1985. We Are the World edges UB40’s wretched I Got You Babe cover to be New Zealand’s top single. The Rainbow Warrior is bombed. And Toyota launches a new off-road-orientated SUV called the Land Cruiser 70 Series.

// Volkswagen commercial vehicles back in the black

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) says it returned to profit in the first half of 2021, with turnover rising by 1.1 billion Euro to 5.3 billion Euro.

// Renault to phase out Zoe EV, reports it’s in good health

A popular mainstay in Europe that hasn’t been able to gather the same foothold in other markets, the fully electric Renault Zoe is expected to bow out in 2024.

// Chevrolet reveals 9.4-litre big-block V8 Copo Camaro

Certified Office Production Order, or COPO for short, is an unassuming enough sequence of words on the surface. But in American drag racing circles, it’s a formation known for incredible speed.

// Barking mad: Honda reveals huge dog accessory line

With all the news of internal combustion bans, ‘ute taxes’, and CEO scandals, it’s oddly refreshing to see an announcement as light and silly as Honda’s new range of car accessories for dogs.


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