EDITOR’S PICK

// Chip shortage forces carmakers to leave out some high-end features

When automakers were first hit with chip shortages at the end of last year, they tried idling factories until the troubles blew over. But with the crisis stretching into its fifth month and getting worse, they’re getting creative to keep at least some production moving forward.


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// Brabus unveils 1000nm Mercedes-AMG E 63 tyre fryer

Out of the box, the Mercedes-AMG E 63 is already a bit of a larrikin. It might come with 4Matic all-wheel drive, but it’s geared to give it a hefty rear bias.


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// Wage and salary rates are climbing at rapid levels

Automotive Employment NZ Ltd, a specialist motor industry recruitment company has recently put together a list of current remuneration estimates for the Automotive Industry.


IN OTHER NEWS

// The Good Oil: It’s a BMW M-car, but is it art?

The very first BMW M model was also a BMW Art car. Although it wasn’t the first BMW Art Car.

// Video: First EV battery ‘passport’ offered

An initiative led by the Battery Innovation Hub (BIH), a Battery Industry Group (BIG) working group, Vector and Audi have collaborated with Everledger to develop a world leading ‘battery passport’.

// Industry treat in ‘paradise’

The chance to enjoy special deals on a luxurious escape to Rarotonga is being offered to members of the automotive industry.

// New-car sales lag behind 10-year average

Industry organisation in the UK says confidence is growing but admits a full recovery remains a long way off.

// Loan company to refund borrowers

UDC Finance enters into a settlement with regulator following an investigation into its fees.

// Skoda is no longer a joke

‘How do you double the value of a Skoda?’ ‘Fill it up with petrol.’ Yes, you all know the hoary old jokes about Skodas spread by the flat-earthers out there who refuse to acknowledge that things change.

// Japanese students design electric car with a body made of wood

An electric vehicle with a body made of locally produced Hinoki Japanese cypress wood is on display at the Kumanokodo Center in Owase, Mie Prefecture in Japan.

// Wondering about EVs? Then get along to eWorld on Saturday

New Zealand’s only dedicated electro-mobility expo, the eWorld Expo conference and trade show has kicked off in Auckland.

// Corvette to make first Australasian appearance at Tailem Bend Supercars

Seventy years of Holden motorsport will be celebrated this weekend at the Tailem Bend round of OTR SuperSprint Supercars with a special convoy of Holdens and a surprise appearance of the mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette.


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Around Auckland’s eworld e-mobility expo in less than a minute

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EVs continue popularity rise

China set to build more electric cars than rest of the world combined

Michelin planning on tyre made out of recycled plastic bottles

First look: Hands-on with New Zealand’s first Hyundai Ioniq 5


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// Current National New Car Deals Revealed

Updated every Thursday, here’s a complete list of current National deals for new cars, utes, and light commercials. Offers including pricing specials, ‘free extras’ deals, or special financing terms.