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// Toyota Land Cruiser’s NZ arrival delayed until early 2022

Toyota’s ongoing battle with semiconductor shortages and Covid-19 lockdowns has resulted in the delayed delivery of its new Land Cruiser 300 Series.

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// Ford NZ: no Mach-E (yet), but here’s a van

Ford New Zealand has announced it will launch seven new electrified vehicles between now and the end of 2024, with the fully-electric E-Transit van arriving next year.

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// VW Multivan PHEV production begins

The first production vehicles of the new Multivan are coming off the line at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV), marking the first time a Multivan with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) 160kW engine has been made in Hannover.

// Moola admits failure to behave as a responsible lender, says ComCom

Christchurch-based online lender Moola.co.nz Limited has entered into a settlement with the Commerce Commission, admitting that it failed to comply with the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Acts lender responsibility principles.

// More delivery delays for Lexus New Zealand customers

Lexus New Zealand says recent disruptions in the component supply chain in Southeast Asia due to COVID-19 means fewer vehicles than expected were produced in the Japanese factories in September 2021.


IN OTHER NEWS

// EV start-up reveals Aston Martin-ish 600hp grand tourer

While most electric vehicle start-ups at the moment focus on pick-ups and affordably priced hatches, fledgling start-up Piech Automotive has elected to go down the grand touring route.

// Cupra Born EV begins production

Volkswagen Groups Spanish-brand Cupra has begun series production of its first 100% electric car the Born at the Zwickau plant in Germany.

// Ford’s highly anticipated Mustang Mach-E a likely candidate for NZ

While putting the iconic Mustang badge on the brand’s first all-electric SUV was an extremely bold move on Ford’s part, it’s a move that has proven extremely popular in America.

// Daimler renaming itself Mercedes-Benz Group

Daimler AG shareholders have approved for its truck and bus business to be split away from the van and passenger car brands and become its own independent entity with a listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

// Partnership to develop global commercial e-powertrains

Chinese electrified propulsion firm Jing-Jin Electric (JJE) and Allison Transmission have signed a global strategic collaboration partnership agreement to accelerate the development of electrified powertrain solutions for commercial vehicles.

// Rally battle pushed back

Rally organisers have postponed the Repco Battle of Jacks Ridge until February next year because of the ongoing uncertainty around Covid alert levels and regional travel in and out of Auckland.

// GM sees robotaxi unit growing past US$50 billion

General Motors’ Cruise autonomous vehicle unit will tell investors this week that it sees a path for its ride-hailing business to reach US$50 billion in revenue as it ramps up over the next couple of years, people familiar with the matter said.

// Marque expanding network

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand (MMNZ) is expanding its national dealer network with plans to open new sites in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast and Sockburn in Christchurch.

// Grille me up, Scotty: BMW reveals new 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW’s onslaught of new releases has continued today, with the global unveiling of its revised 2 Series Active Tourer MPV; a more compact solution for those wanting spaciousness without SUV proportions.


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