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// Operating a Dealership at alert Level 2

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that outside of Auckland, New Zealand will move to COVID-19 alert level 2 at 11.59pm Tuesday September 7.

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// A true Tesla rival? Mercedes EQE debuts with 660km range

Although it’s been overshadowed somewhat by Mercedes-Benz’s other electric vehicle unveilings earlier this morning (namely the AMG EQS 53 and the EQG Concept), the new EQE sedan is likely to be the most important vehicle of the bunch.

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// An icon goes electric: Mercedes reveals G-Wagen EV

Having teased and confirmed its plans for months now, Mercedes-Benz has finally shown off its fully electric version of its trusty old-school G-Class (or G-Wagen), called the EQG Concept.

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// Convicted car fraudster loses legal appeal

Convicted fraudster and undischarged bankrupt Raymond Anthony Andrews has lost yet another legal appeal according to the The New Zealand Herald.

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// ‘Apple car’ picks up pace

Apple has hired two former Mercedes-Benz engineers as it reportedly increases its workforce to develop its “Apple Car” electric driverless vehicle.

// Easyauto123 drives Eagers first half result

Eagers Automotive chief executive Keith Thornton has told investors that the Easyauto123 national fixed price used car brand continues to deliver growth with significant year-on-year improvement since the completion of the AHG merger.


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// Ford Ranger-based hydrogen ute to get $200,000 price tag

Back in July we detailed the H2X Warrego; a hydrogen fuel-cell pick-up based on the popular Ford Ranger, and engineered and built in Australia.

// AC Delco PPE available through Holden parts and service

Holden parts and service outlets in New Zealand are now stocking the new range of AC Delco personal protection equipment (PPE) for trade customers.

// Chaos in supply chain won’t last, top Nissan supplier says

Auto-parts maker Jatco Ltd., majority-owned by Nissan Motor Co., said supply-chain issues disrupting the industry won’t last much longer and carmakers will be able to ramp up production again this fiscal year.

// AC Ace RS electric unveiled

Britain’s AC Cars has unveiled the AC Ace RS electric, continuing the company’s return with hand-built high-performance cars featuring zero-emission powertrains.

// Mainfreight’s profits climbing

Logistics company sees its finances increase from a year ago despite the impact of the latest Covid-19 lockdown.

// Smart previews a compact electric SUV

Now under partial Geely ownership, Smart has shown off a small electric SUV that’s due for production out of China in 2023.

// The Bulldog is back!

A British icon that was designed by Aston Martin in the late 1970’s to show off the capabilities of its new engineering facility, and was intended to become the fastest production car of the time, has been fully restored and revealed to the world.


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