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Kia confirms local Sorento hybrid and PHEV pricing

Kia New Zealand has confirmed local pricing for the plug-in hybrid and regular hybrid variants of the Sorento SUV. We knew the PHEV was coming but the hybrid is a bit of a surprise.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124467279/kia-confirms-local-sorento-hybrid-and-phev-pricing

Electrified models join Kia Sorento range

Electrified versions, including a plug-in PHEV with an all-electric range of 57km, have joined Kia’s seven-seater Sorento SUV range in New Zealand.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/electrified-models-join-kia-sorento-range

Prices, specification announced for Kia New Zealand’s electrified Sorento

Kia New Zealand’s big seven-seat SUV has gone green in a big way with the addition of Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) models.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/prices-specification-announced-for-kia-new-zealand-s-electrified-sorento/

Electrified Kia Sorentos land in New Zealand, pricing confirmed

In the same month that its petrol-powered cousin was crowned NZ Autocar $60,000–$100,000 2020 Car of the Year, Kia has confirmed that the plug-in hybrid and hybrid versions of its flash new Sorento have landed in the country.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/electrified-kia-sorentos-land-in-new-zealand-pricing-confirmed


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GMSV celebrates diversity on International Women’s Day

General Motors Speciality Vehicles (GMSV) says female representation makes up 45% of the wider team.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/gmsv-celebrates-diversity-on-international-womens-day

VIDEO: Zooming with DRIVEN: International Women’s Day edition

Welcome to a special International Women’s Day edition of Zooming with DRIVEN.

Out go our usual panel and in come three women with proper motor-industry credentials.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/zooming-with-driven-international-women-s-day-edition/

IWD special: Women’s World Car of the Year

The Women’s World Car of the Year (WWCOTY) will be announced later today, to coincide with International Women’s Day (IWD) in the Northern Hemisphere.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/iwd-special-women-s-world-car-of-the-year/

IWD special: Maserati flies high with female heritage

As part of a series of stories marking International Women’s Day (IWD), we’re taking a look at the link between high-flying females and Maserati. But to get started, we have to head for the water.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/iwd-special-maserati-flies-high-with-female-heritage/


BEST OF THE REST

Ebbett sells Loop car share to Mevo

The Ebbett Group has signed a $30 million vehicle supply agreement with Wellington-based car share operator Mevo.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/mevo-announces-milestones


IN OTHER NEWS

Honda New Zealand takes over Dunedin dealership

Honda New Zealand has taken over the ownership and management of the Honda dealership in Dunedin ending a 29-year relationship with the Southern Motor Group.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/honda-new-zealand-takes-over-dunedin-dealership


Mitsubishi enjoys second consecutive record sales month

For the second consecutive month Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand (MMNZ) has broken its 30-year new vehicle sales record, by 13%, registering 1620 units to secure second place overall with a market share of 13.4%.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/mitsubishi-enjoys-second-consecutive-record-sales-month


Invisible urban charging EV equity campaign gets $762,051 so far

New Zealand-based clean tech company Invisible Urban Charging has surpassed its minimum $500,000 fundraising target to help expand its US EV charging infrastructure venture.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/invisible-urban-charging-ev-equity-campaign-gets-762051-so-far/


Beam launches in Wellington

Micromobility operator Beam has launched in New Zealand’s capital, starting with a fleet of 150 e-scooters and increasing that to 400 during coming weeks.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/beam-launches-in-wellington/


Retailers welcome back customers

Financial support available for businesses after the recent yo-yoing between alert levels.

https://autofile.co.nz/retailers-welcome-back-customers-


Dealers get winning feeling

Securing insurance sales leads to extra success as part of company’s $54,000 prize package. PLUS – gallery

https://autofile.co.nz/dealers-get-winning-feeling-


Cars temper decline for imports

Crude oil volumes bounce back while freight costs steadily climb.

https://autofile.co.nz/car-imports-stabilise-international-trade-


Time to swot up on EVs

VIA recommends courses to help companies upskill their staff as our fleet starts to change.

https://autofile.co.nz/time-to-swot-up-on-evs-


Volkswagen doubles down on electric cars, announces slick sedan

As preparations for widespread vehicle electrification roll-out in Europe and the UK continue, Volkswagen has announced plans to invest even more in the emerging technologies

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/volkswagen-doubles-down-on-electric-cars-announces-slick-sedan


The ultimate camper? enormous two-storey maxus emerges in China

For some people, the camping experience is meant to be about becoming one with nature — living the simple life, starting fires with twigs, trading the Starbucks for some awful instant powder-based replacement.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/the-ultimate-camper-enormous-two-storey-maxus-emerges-in-china


Ford axes four-cylinder Mustang in Europe, but what about NZ?

Ford’s four-cylinder EcoBoost Mustang has been the topic of much squabbling inside Ford enthusiast circles; dedicated fans often retching over its only-milk-comes-in-two-litres engine (which is a 2.3-litre of course).

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/ford-axes-four-cylinder-mustang-in-europe-but-what-about-nz


Elon Musk trolls GM, Chrysler on Twitter. Ford CEO responds with one word

Just one word. That’s all Ford CEO Jim Farley used to respond to Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Friday.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124464735/elon-musk-trolls-gm-chrysler-on-twitter-ford-ceo-responds-with-one-word


Ford begins early production of not-yet-announced small pickup truck

A new pickup truck from Ford Motor Co. quietly began rolling off assembly lines at the Dearborn automaker’s Hermosillo plant in Mexico last month, according to production data reported to shareholders this week.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124465242/ford-begins-early-production-of-notyetannounced-small-pickup-truck


Five Things: cars with downsized engines

As fuel consumption and emissions have become more and more important, carmakers are turning to turbocharging, dropping cylinders and electrification to keep their vehicles on the right side of the environment while still improving performance.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124395619/five-things-cars-with-downsized-engines