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// Mazda adds new grade variant to CX-5 range

Mazda New Zealand is introducing a new grade variant called the SP25T to the CX-5 SUV range. Powered the Skyactiv-G 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine the new SP25T variant will sit between the Limited and Takami grades.

// Mazda NZ announces CX-5 update plus new ‘blackout’ model

While much of the attention has been on its upcoming MX-30 and the all-new BT-50 pick-up, …


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// Dealership targets new territory

Change of ownership for a 15-year-old Coromandel business boosts the number of marques on offer to consumers.

// Farmer Autovillage opening Coromandel dealership

From April 1 Mt Maunganui-based Farmer Autovillage took ownership of SubLab Whitianga …

  • https://autotalk.co.nz/news/farmer-autovillage-opening-coromandel-dealership

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// Koenigsegg & Ferrari SP2 confirmed for kiwi supercar extravaganza

This Sunday’s Starship Supercar Show in Auckland at Giltrap Group’s 119 Great North Road premises in Grey Lynn has attracted some of the finest pieces of four-wheeled machinery in the country,

// Come and meet the 400km/h club at New Zealand’s biggest supercar show

Three cars boasting top speeds in excess of 400km/h will headline the Giltrap Group Starship Supercar Show tomorrow.

  • https://www.driven.co.nz/news/come-and-meet-the-400km-h-club-at-new-zealand-s-biggest-supercar-show/

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// New Ssangyong ute revealed in leaked images

A replacement for the SsangYong Rhino is imminent, underlined by the emergence of a series of leaked images of the revised model online.


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// E-air taxis use new advances

Electrical vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) are moving from science fiction to reality, enabled by rapid advancements in electric motor, battery, and computing technology.

// “Empires may fall”: report underlines dire electric car situation

The forthcoming bans on new petrol cars in countries around the world are set to force car-makers to rethink how they make cars and make profits — if they haven’t already done this already.

// Climate Commission agrees with trade on CCS timing

We spoke to the Climate Change Commission’s chief scientist Grant Blackwell about the government’s announcement of its Clean Car Standard,

// Rolls-Royce reports record first quarter sales

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars says it has delivered the highest-yet first quarter sales results in the marque’s 116-year history.

// Toyoda voted 2021 world car person of the year

Ninety-three journalists on the World Car Awards jury panel have voted Toyota Motor Corporation president and chief executive officer Akio Toyota, as the 2021 World Car Person of the Year.

// 5G tech paves the way for AVs

From platoon travel to the elimination of traffic jams, Select Car Leasing has revealed an unusual list of eight ways 5G technology will transform our roads.

// Top lineup for EV conference April 12 & 13

A two-day conference on EVs’ critical role in helping solve the Government’s ‘climate emergency’ features key people in the EV industry.

// EVs on track in NZ

EV policies and incentives may be known when the New Zealand Government issues its May budget, but the country appears to be on track, Drive Electric chair Mark Gilbert says.

// ICE age ending

Norway’s internal combustion engine (ICE) car sales are crashing and EV media like Electrek predict the rest of the world will soon follow.

// Farmer Autovillage charges ahead

Farmer Autovillage has installed one of the first 175kW DC fast chargers in the Bay of Plenty.

// Call to get in early for WOFs

Waka Kotahi says vehicle owners may be able to dodge the queues if they act ahead of an expected spike in inspections.

// Tesla slams German lawmakers over Gigafactory build

Tesla has found itself in a squabble with legislators in Germany over the brand’s new Gigafactory being built in Berlin — the brand’s first factory in Europe.

// MG unveils jaw-dropping cyberster electric sports car

As Covid-19 begins to subside (ish), the car industry has begun to slowly warm to the idea of car shows again. And one of the first to return is the Shanghai Auto Show.

// Lowest to highest: every new electric car you can buy in NZ in 2021

While uptake the of electric vehicles is continuing to gather pace in New Zealand, the selection available in the new car sector is still relatively small and mainly high-end.

// Everything electric coming in 2021

The world of EVs is growing every day, and it can feel quite overwhelming when looking at what’s on the horizon.

// Quick Charge 10/04: this week in EV news

As from tomorrow Stuff Motoring will be publishing a guide to all things electric in the car world with our first-ever Go Electric supplement in newspapers and online.

// Shift to electric vehicles becomes life-or-death risk for automakers

The shift to electric vehicles won’t happen like the flip of a light switch.

// Polestar will build the first-ever carbon-neutral car by 2030

Polestar has detailed its latest project, named 0, with a simple goal of becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral car.

// Watch: Is this the year that Hilux takes back the NZ new-vehicle sales crown?

This week on Zooming with DRIVEN news we’re wowed by a record sales month for the Kiwi industry – including the continued dominance of the Toyota Hilux over arch-rival Ranger.

// Charge account: Audi e-tron GT, full New Zealand pricing and specification

Audi has been one of the pioneers in bringing Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) power to the premium segment, with the likes of the e-tron SUV.

// The Good Oil: Audi RS, Porsche and ‘electric’ performance

The forthcoming RS e-tron GT stirs up the Audi Sport brand for a number of reasons.

// March 2021 New Vehicle Registrations Strongest on Record.

Motor Industry Association Chief Executive David Crawford says that despite March 2021 being the strongest March on record for sales of new vehicles,