First-ever Lexus soft top hits NZ roads

Lexus’ first soft top car, the LC Convertible, has gone on sale in New Zealand. Based on the LC Coupe, the soft top is priced at $234,000. The retracting soft top uses a folding mechanism that stows the roof within a small space without compromising the Coupe’s principal lines.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/first-ever-lexus-soft-top-hits-nz-roads


New Aussie vehicle sales up 11% in January 2021

The Australian Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, (FCAI), says new vehicle sales in January 2021 follow the strong recovery shown by the market in the final months of 2020 and reflects the built-up demand over the COVID lockdown.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/new-aussie-vehicle-sales-up-11-in-january-2021


Tesla gets billions for german battery project

Tesla is expected to put billions of euros in public funding from one of the EU Commission’s Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) projects into a battery cell factory near Giga Berlin.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/tesla-gets-billions-for-german-battery-project/


Used EVs the best

Used electric vehicles are now the most cost competitive among all vehicle types, according to a newly released New Zealand-led report.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/used-evs-the-best/


Fuel cells studied for passenger and light commercial vehicles

Denmark-based Blue World Technologies will collaborate with California luxury EV producer Karma Automotive to study the viability of a fuel cell system for a variety of future passenger and light commercial vehicles (LCVs).

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/fuel-cells-studied-for-passenger-and-light-commercial-vehicles/


Overhauled Honda Odyssey confirmed for NZ market

Honda New Zealand has announced that a heavily revised version of its 8-seater Odyssey people mover has joined its line-up, having been launched today as a replacement for the outgoing model.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/overhauled-honda-odyssey-confirmed-for-nz-market


‘Considerable electricity expansion’ needed for kiwi EV dream

According to the New Zealand Climate Change Commission, the projected increase in demand for electricity to run the country’s expected boom in electric cars will be a challenge — but not impossible.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/report-considerable-electricity-expansion-needed-for-kiwi-ev-dream


Kiwi car industry relishes January sales boom

After more than six months of speculation about whether the local motoring industry has ‘turned a corner’ since its big losses during the Covid-19 pandemic’s numerous lockdowns, January’s local registrations figures show huge amounts of promise.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/kiwi-car-industry-relishes-january-sales-boom-1


Solid-state battery promised with impressive power-per-kilo

Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Techology Co. Ltd. (CATL) is back in the headlines, claiming its solid-state battery technology can offer as much as 400Wh per kilo.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/evs/124124108/solidstate-battery-promised-with-impressive-powerperkilo


New vehicle sales bounce back strongly

New vehicle sales have made a strong start to the year, with January seeing close to 14,000 new registrations, up 6.2 per cent on last year, making it the third strongest January on record.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124130773/new-vehicle-sales-bounce-back-strongly


Tesla to fix touch screens, ending spat with US regulators

After initially refusing a request from U.S. safety regulators, Tesla has now agreed to recall about 135,000 vehicles because the large touch screens on the console can go dark.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/evs/300220328/tesla-to-fix-touch-screens-ending-spat-with-us-regulators


Mercedes-AMG’s F1-powered Project ONE gets thrashed around a track

As you would expect, it turns out that building a road-going car that’s based on a Formula 1 racer is easier said that done, and is something that Mercedes-AMG has recently learned the hard way.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/watch-mercedes-amg-s-f1-powered-project-one-gets-thrashed-around-a-track/


Tesla forced to recall more than 130,000 vehicles over failing touchscreens

Given Tesla’s cutting-edge technology in its vehicles, recalls are almost non-avoidable, and the American brand has had to issue another one over an issue with a display processor.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/tesla-forced-to-recall-more-than-130-000-vehicles-over-failing-touchscreens/


Ford joins forces with Google to bring ‘cutting edge’ tech to its vehicles

Ford has signed a deal with Google that will put the tech giant behind the wheel of new models. Google’s mapping, voice recognition, entertainment and convenience features will be integrated within new models from 2023.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/ford-joins-forces-with-google-to-bring-cutting-edge-tech-to-its-vehicles/