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// Ford Ranger plug-in hybrid spotted testing in public

As Ford’s current internal combustion engine Ranger continues to dominate New Zealand’s sales charts, further reports from overseas have indicated that a plug-in hybrid variant appears imminent in the Ranger’s next generation.

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// Gravel-bashing Morgan Safari car is probably the coolest of its kind

As far as traditional British car brands go, Morgan is up there with the like of Rolls-Royce and Bentley, known for producing extremely elegant sports cars that are inspired by models of yesteryear.

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// First Tesla model Ys spotted in New Zealand

Although the formal arrival of the new Tesla Model Y electric compact crossover isn’t expected until the end of the year or early 2022, there’s already a handful of examples mulling around Kiwi roads.


IN OTHER NEWS

// If this is the future of Ducati, we’re all in

As electric vehicles slowly become more and more commonplace in the four-wheeled world, motorbikes haven’t had the same sort of adoption rate.

// Hyundai NZ boss fears for industry

Andy Sinclair says the double whammy of clean car policies will push up prices and new emissions rules may limit what models dealers bring in.

// Opinion: It’s time for a mindset shift

This headline has been doing the rounds recently, often linked to shifting peoples’ ambitions of a quarter acre property to more intensive apartment living.

// Opinion: How fast is fast enough?

RrrrrRRRROOOOOAAARRR SNAAARL. pop..RROOOOOAAARRR SNAAARL. pop.. bbrrrrrrr…… That’s the sound of one of the locals coming past my place in a vehicle that can only be described as totally inappropriate for suburban driving.

// US pushing for 50% of new car sales to be electric by 2030

The Joe Biden administration has confirmed that it wants America’s new-car sales to be 50 per cent plug-in by 2030, as part of yet another big environmental pledge.

// Skoda Kodiaq RS ditches diesel for petrol

The Skoda Kodiaq has been around since 2017, and has sold well since its introduction here. In fact, it won our Top Car award that year.

// The Good Oil: Porsche of the East (it’s a Skoda of course)

Back before its Volkswagen Group era, Skoda was an incredibly uncool Eastern-Bloc brand with questionable quality. Which also happened to make the odd incredibly cool car.


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