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// Porsche’s Mission R is an eco-friendly racer of the most radical kind

As you’d expect, electric is the theme from the 2021 Munich Auto Show, and Porsche has delivered on that in the most radical way with the Cayman-shaped Mission R.

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// Marque mourns ‘face of Suzuki in Auckland’

Company overwhelmed by messages as it remembers Kevin Loft’s professionalism and warm smile.

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// Italy wants a pass on the EU’s combustion ban

As the European Union eyes a total ban on internal combustion engines, currently set for 2035, a few countries are fighting back.

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// Right-hook Corvette inches closer to NZ as production begins

Production of Chevrolet’s right-hand drive Corvette C8 at General Motors’ Bowling Green Plant in Kentucky is set to kick off later this month.

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// Revamped hybrid-only Lexus ES range arriving soon

Lexus New Zealand says that it will solely market three hybrid variants of the revamped 2022 ES luxury sedan as the brand moves to decarbonise its fleet.

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// 2025 ID.LIFE revealed as Volkwagen’s entry-level EV

Like most brands, Volkswagen is using its time at the 2021 Munich Auto Show to reveal all-new electric concept cars, and it seems that the ID.LIFE has stolen the show in its area.

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// Marque’s top-seller gets bigger

Kia creates more room for passengers and luggage with its fifth-generation Sportage.

// Nearly 20k electric utes promised for Australia

Arizona-based start-up Atlis Motor Vehicles says it has signed an agreement with Australian Manufactured Vehicles (AusMV) to sell more than 19,000 XT pickups (utes) in Australia.


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// Renault unveils Megane E-Tech electric crossover

French carmaker Renault has whipped the covers off its new Megane E-Tech, the production version of its much teased Megane eVision Concept from late last year.

// Weekly testing confirmed for essential workers crossing alert Level 4 boundary

Essential workers crossing the Auckland alert level 4 boundaries will be required to have weekly COVID-19 testing.

// Maybach goes electric with EQS SUV while Mercedes details EQB

Moving right along with its electric rollout, Mercedes-Benz has shown off a concept Maybach EQS SUV and the production version of the EQB.

// Smart reveals a brand-new electric crossover

Smart has revealed a brand-new concept, a small SUV already headed for production.

// Hyundai offers carbon neutral commitment

Hyundai Motor will stop selling internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in Europe from 2035 amid a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.


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