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// Giulia GTAm: Five Alfa Romeo super sedans confirmed for NZ

Late last year, Alfa Romeo whipped the covers off a pair of Giulia Quadrifoglios that pushed that boat out with the high-performance sedans further than ever before.

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// Solar charging maker for EV utes lists on Nasdaq

Canada-based Worksport, which makes solar charging systems for EV utes, portable green-energy storage systems and is working on green EV fast charging using hydrogen fuel cells, has listed on the US Nasdaq stock market (NASDAQ: WKSP).


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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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// Kiwi pricing confirmed for all-new Isuzu MU-X

Pricing and specifications for New Zealand’s latest ute-cum-SUV — the Isuzu MU-X — have been confirmed.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Mercedes-Benz S-Class Guard revealed as a luxurious way to avoid bullets

So you’re a billionaire tycoon, politician, gangster or despot in need of a new set of wheels? The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Guard is here for you.

// Semiconductor shortage expected to outlast Covid

The global semiconductor shortage will have far-reaching and long-lasting effects that are likely to have a greater impact on the automotive industry than the COVID-19 pandemic

// Fleet renewal key to lower emissions

Simon Rutherford, managing director of Ford NZ, says achievable timeframes are essential for clean car policies to succeed.

// Ford will spend more on EVs than petrol & diesels in 2023

Seemingly determined to underscore just how committed it is to electrification, Ford has reiterated that it will be investing more money into electric vehicle development in 2023 compared to development of internal combustion models.

// Hyundai NZ boss: Euro 6 could cripple industry

Several legislative amendments tied to the Government’s push to clean up vehicle emissions might be impossible to enact in the cited timeframes, will be costly for consumers and also disrupt vehicle supply, a leading motor industry figure contends.

// Ford chases Tesla in a built-to-order F-150

Elon Musk likes to boast that Tesla is one of only two U.S. carmakers never to have gone bankrupt. The other one has been around for a bit longer.

// Glenfiddich trucks tanked up on whisky waste

Scotch whisky maker Glenfiddich has launched a sustainable transport initiative that will make it the first global spirits brand to run its delivery fleet on green biogas made from distilling residues.

// Is Toyota working on an electrified diesel powerplant?

Toyota could be working on a hybrid diesel powertrain, if the latest rumours are to be believed.


HELPFUL RESOURCES

// Current National New Car Deals

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

// Clean Car Calculator

Input vehicle make and/or model to calculate if the car will receive a rebate, fee or sits in the zero band (no change).