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// Unprecedented demand for utes

Clean-car announcement sparks rush to buy workhorses before emissions-based penalties come into force.

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// Lamborghini farewells its V12 monster with the Aventador Ultimae

Lamborghini’s V12-powered supercar family is what made the brand famous, and has plastered countless walls over the last few decades, but it seems that it might be coming to an end.

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// Porsche recalls first all-electric production vehicle

Porsche AG has issued a recall for its first all-electric production vehicle, the Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo variants from model year 2020 to model year 2021

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// GWD opens new Alexandra Toyota store

Alexandra and district residents can buy their next Toyota from GWD Group’s newly opened Toyota store in the Central Otago town.

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// Sleek Audi SUVs set to debut

Sportback coupe-styled versions of Audi’s crossover SUVs account for a large percentage of local sales, and new Q5 and SQ5 Sportback models will hit New Zealand showrooms in coming months.

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// Suzuki NZ confirms record-breaking numbers for June

Although they don’t sell a ute (or, for that matter, anything that can claim the government’s Clean Car Discount), Suzuki New Zealand has confirmed that June 2021 was a record for vehicle sales.

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// Feast your eyes on Peugeot’s brand new hypercar

Peugeot has revealed its contender for the 2022 WEC Hypercar crown, the brand new 9X8 racer.

// Kangoo and Mokka get four-star safety rating

The new Renault Kangoo and Vauxhall/Opel Mokka achieve four-star Euro NCAP ratings, falling just short of the maximum five-stars mainly due to performance in lateral impact testing.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Chip crisis deepens with Daimler, Jaguar warnings on sales

Daimler AG and Jaguar Land Rover became the latest carmakers to warn sales will be further crimped by the global semiconductor shortage,

// Rangiora apprentice named in Capricorn rising star finals

CWR Motorsport and Performance Rangiora automotive apprentice Ben Brown has been named one of the five finalists in the 2021 Capricorn Rising Stars competition.

// VW wagon makes market return

A comprehensive suite of driver assistance systems and a new 162TSI 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine are features of Volkswagen’s Passat Alltrack which returns to the local market after a three-year gap.

// ‘Trucky Mctruckface’ and friends among Wellington’s latest EV waste trucks

Electric recycling trucks Bin Diesel, Truck Norris, Trucky McTruckface and Recyclosaurus Rex are now on the road making collections in Wellington.

// Hyundai to do hydrogen fuel cells for vessels

Hyundai will develop hydrogen fuel cell systems for ships, aiming to launch them for small vessels later in 2022.

// Clean Car Discount driving up EV prices

“Labour’s Car Tax” is pushing up EV prices, National Party transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

// Boost from clean-car discount

Marque reports government subsidies for greener vehicles is among reasons for higher than anticipated enquiries on its first electric model.

// Govt cracking down on ute owners dodging fringe benefit tax

The New Zealand Government has motioned that it’s investigating how many local ute owners are dodging paying fringe benefit tax (FBT) despite not meeting the exemption’s criteria.

// BMW suddenly reveals Z4-powered M240i xDrive

BMW has decided the 2 Series is pedestrian enough and built a new model. Called the M240i xDrive, it doesn’t have a two-litre engine, nor is it front-wheel drive.


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Updated every Friday, we maintain a complete list of current National deals for new cars, utes, and light commercials.

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  • TOYOTA: Free Service with Toyota Certified vehicles

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  • NISSAN: X-TRAIL 2WD AUTO ST 7 SEAT | MSRP FROM $36,790 +ORC^ | 3.9% FIXED INTEREST RATE | From $99 Per Week
  • LAND ROVER: DISCOVERY SPORT URBAN EDITION – MRP: $79,900, plus on-road costs.
  • RANGE ROVER: Purchase a new Range Rover Vouge SE in a SDV8 or Super-charged V8 engine, and you will also receive a complimentary SV Design upgrade. MRP: $239,900

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