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// EV chasing Ranger for top spot in September

More than 3,505 new vehicles with some form of electrification in their drivetrain were sold in September 2021 as the market rebounded strongly, in spite of Auckland new vehicle dealers operating in alert level three.

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// Revealed: Official photo of 2023 Honda Civic Type R

Honda have finally revealed an official photo of its 2023 Honda Civic Type R. While spy photos have been previously leaked, this is the first official look at the next-generation Civic.

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// Ford NZ – ‘when not if’ for Mach E

Ford New Zealand is still expecting to one day see the Mach E battery electric vehicle in New Zealand, despite having no update on its arrival after more than a year of availability and an upgrade in the US and Europe.

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// Hyundai wants to put a screen on your steering wheel

Even up to a decade ago, the idea of getting a touchscreen in your car was something of a novelty, reserved for premium brands.

// Used imports climb

There were 9,190 used passenger vehicles imported last month, up 30.9 per cent increase when compared to September 2020s total of 8,358.

// Climate change agreement may lead to ‘zero emission zones’ in Christchurch

Christchurch leaders are considering joining a United Nations-linked climate change initiative that could lead to parts of the city becoming zero emission zones, meaning no petrol-guzzling cars, by 2025.


IN OTHER NEWS

// The weirdest motorsport replica sold for $50k

If youve ever hankered after a motorsport replica but never found yourself in the right place at the right time… Sorry, you’ll need to wait a bit longer.

// Tesla sets new sales record

Tesla says it delivered 241,300 EVs in the third quarter of this year, producing nearly 238,000. That makes 2021 Teslas best year yet with 627,350 deliveries, 26% more than the previous record 499,500 deliveries in 2020.

// Volvo plans $4.1 billion IPO to fund EV ambitions

Swedish automaker Volvo said Monday it plans to raise at least 25 billion kroner (NZ$4.1 billion) by selling shares to fund its electric vehicle transformation strategy.

// Hyundai’s radical Ioniq 5 scoops top design award

Manufacturer releases kooky, original concept vehicle. Manufacturer says it will go into production.

// Vinfast debuts new EVs, scales back Australian operations

After temporarily shutting its Port Melbourne design and engineering office due to Covid-19 complications, and largely pulling the plug on its Australian testing capabilities, Vietnamese manufacturer Vinfast has debuted two new EVs overseas.

// Confirmed: Volvo goes public on stock exchange

Having announced last week that its specialist electric brand Polestar would be going public on the stock exchange, it was confirmed overnight that Volvo would also be going public.

// Daimler’s trucks, luxury cars to go their separate ways

Shareholders in Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars, on Friday approved the spin-off of the company’s truck division, a move intended to let the world’s largest maker of trucks react faster to change and focus on the new low-emission technologies transforming the automotive industry.


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