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// Vehicle arrivals up in March

Vehicle imports were up 28% month-on-month in March with a total of 29,444 arrivals for the month.

// Successful month for imports

Used import vehicle registrations in March showed the difference the start of lockdown made last year, with registrations up 28.5%.

// Record month for new vehicles

Motor Industry Association warns disruptions remain a threat to the sector despite healthy numbers.

// Mixed fortunes for imports

Used-car activity remains steady while new vehicles enjoyed a healthy boost at our borders in March.

// Covid month provides statistical outlier

New vehicle registrations were up a massive 86.7% on March last year, though as everyone knows that number is largely a COVID-created statistical outlier.

// Used-imported car sales surge

A full month of business in March brings welcome trade figures after the same month a year ago was blighted by Covid-19.

// Demand jumps for new cars

Sales figures nearly double from a year ago with a tight three-way tussle among the top marques.


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// Barling takes the helm at Maserati Australia and New Zealand

Following Glen Sealey’s move to the Renault brand within the Ateco Group, former national sales manager Grant Barling has been appointed as the new Maserati Australia and New Zealand general manager.

// Maserati’s new boss Down Under

Grant Barling takes on top job for luxury marque as former chief shifts to Renault.

// Maserati announces new GM for Australia and NZ

As Maserati prepares to tackle some of its most ambitious projects to date, it’s confirmed the appointment of a new general manager for its Australian and New Zealand arm.


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// 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV debuts

GMC’s electric super truck line-up expands with the addition of the 2024 Hummer EV SUV making its debut during the NCAA’s Final Four in a new commercial film narrated by LeBron James.

// The ultimate SUV? 619kw GMC Hummer wagon EV breaks cover

Overnight GMC Hummer did the inevitable, revealing an SUV variant to sit alongside its fully electric Hummer pick-up from late 2020.

// Watch: Hummer’s new SUV might be the wildest EV of its kind

The new GMC Hummer EV might just be the wildest SUV to hit the market in a long time.


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// Toyota reveals new GR 86 coupe with more power and sharper looks

Late last year, Subaru whipped the covers off the highly-anticipated second-generation BRZ, and while we thought that Toyota’s sister car wouldn’t be far behind, they’ve made us wait a while.

// Toyota unveils new GR 86 to global markets

Toyota has unveiled the GR 86 coupe which is the third model released under the Toyota Gazoo Racing brand following the GR Supra in 2019 and the GR Yaris in 2020.

// Revealed: New Toyota GR 86 has ‘ace up its sleeve’ over BRZ cousin

While the rest of us spent our weekend stuffing our gobs with Easter chocolate, Toyota went ahead and finally unveiled its next-generation 86 coupe over the weekend.

// Toyota reveals second-generation GR 86

Toyota has revealed the second generation of its small, rear-wheel drive sports car. This time, the 86 gets a new GR prefix, along with plenty of other upgrades.


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// Tesla first quarter sales more than double last year’s numbers

Tesla says it delivered nearly 185,000 electric vehicles in the first quarter despite a shortage of computer chips that has hit the global auto industry.

// Tesla doubles deliveries in Q1

Tesla says it has delivered nearly 185,000 EVs in the first quarter of this year, prompting some analysts to speculate that Tesla deliveries could exceed more than 850,000 vehicles in 2021.


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// Aotearoa could become a right hand-drive dumping ground for dirty cars, lobby group warns

Electric vehicle lobby group Drive Electric wants a ban on imports of internal combustion light vehicles, such as cars, vans and SUVs, by 2030.

// Electric car advocate want NZ to ban petrol cars by 2030

Ever since the New Zealand Government declared a state of climate change emergency late last year, various groups have engaged in a tug of war tussle over what the country is to do regarding its vehicle fleet.


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// New Haval Jolion SUV bound for New Zealand

The first shipments of the all-new Haval Jolion SUV are about to arrive into New Zealand according to the local distributor.


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// Clock is ticking on Honda Civic Type R orders

The end of an era will come later this year, as Honda’s European division prepares to close its Swindon production plant — simultaneously ending production of the current award-winning FK8-generation Civic Type R.

// WHO approves Landcruiser 78 Series vaccine transporter

A Toyota LandCruiser 78 series has become the world’s first refrigerated vehicle for vaccine delivery which has obtained the performance, quality, and safety (PQS) prequalification standard from the World Health Organisation.

// SG Fleet to acquire Leaseplan Australia and New Zealand

SG Fleet says it intends to acquire the Australian and New Zealand businesses of LeasePlan.

// FTN Motion investment round oversubscribed

Wellington’s FTN Motion has closed its investment round of $500,000 after pitching its unique electric motorbikes to key private investors and angel clubs throughout the country.

// Dealer register continues to shrink

Trader numbers decrease for the seventh consecutive month following a brief spike last year.

// Popularity of new commercials soars

Sector’s sales got back on track in March after the impact of lockdown a year ago, and used commercials only suffered a small dip.

// BMW inks $472m deal for more environmentally friendly lithium

Among the many questions around electric cars and their environmental impacts are concerns around the sourcing of lithium and cobalt.

// Ed Finn started a business after Holden pulled the pin in 2020, and no regrets

2020 started with a nasty shock for Ed Finn, Holden New Zealand’s corporate affairs manager, when staff were told they were going to be out of a job.

// Watch: Is there going to be another VW Golf? Zooming with DRIVEN

VW’s new Golf, Skoda’s new Octavia, and BMW’s new M3 is covered in last weeks’ news section on Zooming with DRIVEN.