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// Tesla surges to front of new car market

Electric car breaks 1,000-sales barrier in September to be the hottest new car on the market.

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// Taiwan’s Foxconn has deal to buy former GM plant

Foxconn Technology Group, the worlds largest electronics maker, has a deal to buy a huge auto assembly plant in Ohio from startup electric truck maker Lordstown Motors, the companies announced late last week.

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// Industry backs safety-rating labels

More than 90 per cent of licensed dealers have supported a scheme to display vehicle safety-rating labels produced by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency that are designed to help consumers choose safer cars.

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// Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand opens two new retail outlets

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand Limited (MMNZ) has added another two retail sites to its authorised national sales and service dealer network.

// Hyundai NZ continues battery issue recall

Supply constraints are limiting replacement high-voltage batteries for the recall for some Hyundai Kona EVs, meaning the possibility of delays.


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// Mitsui invests in NZ green hydrogen refuelling stations

One of Japans largest general trading companies Mitsui & Co has become a strategic investor in Hiringa Refuelling New Zealand (HRNZ) to develop a network of green hydrogen refuelling stations for fuel cell powered heavy vehicles in New Zealand.

// Toyota Australia records best September sales yet

In spite of curtailed global production due to the shortage of semi-conductors and wiring harnesses, Toyota Motor Corporation Australia (TMCA) sold more than 20,000 vehicles in September 2021,

// New EVs jump in latest stats

A 2262 rise in EV registrations from August to September (30,518 to 32,780) is mainly due to new light pure electrics increasing by 1502 (8105 in August to 9607 in September).

// Auckland dealers edge nearer full reopening

A three-part road map to end tough Covid-19 restrictions for Auckland has been outlined by the government with dealers able to welcome back buyers into yards and showrooms once the region shifts to a hybrid level two.

// Leading imports hold onto top spots

There were 7,444 used-imported cars registered last month. That was down by 28 per cent from 10,339 when compared to September 2020.

// NZ to get more purpose-built EV chargers thanks to global juggernaut

As more New Zealanders embrace electrification, more businesses are coming to the party and supporting the build of public charging infrastructure.

// Honda’s future includes air taxis

Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxis, robots, reusable rockets, and a lunar renewable energy system feature in Hondas vision for the next decade or more.


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