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IWD special: Women’s World Car of the Year announced

The Land Rover Defender has been chosen as the Women’s World Car of the Year (WWCOTY). It was announced to coincide with International Women’s Day (IWD) in the Northern Hemisphere (March 8).

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

Women choose defender as world’s best car 2021

The journalists of the Women’s World Car of the Year have chosen the Land Rover Defender as the World’s Best Car 2021.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/women-choose-defender-as-worlds-best-car-2021

Land Rover defender crowned world women’s car of the year

International Women’s Day saw World Women’s Car of the Year organisers drop their full list of class winners and finalists, with an ultimate victor crowned overnight.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/land-rover-defender-crowned-world-women-s-car-of-the-year


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VW’s EV aims

Volkswagen plans to pick up the pace on EV sales, especially in Europe where it wants to have 70% share of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2030 – double its previous aim of 35%.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/vws-ev-aims/

Volkswagen confirms plug-in hybrid Golf, Tiguan and T-Roc coming

Volkswagen has revealed it is developing plug-in hybrid versions of the vanilla Golf, Tiguan and T-Roc as part of its new ‘Accelerate’ product strategy.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124468489/volkswagen-confirms-plugin-hybrid-golf-tiguan-and-troc-coming

VW will be 70 per cent BEV by 2030 – but ‘we still need combustion engines for a while’

Volkswagen intends Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) to make up 70 per cent of its new-vehicle sales in Europe by 2030. But unlike Jaguar and Volvo, it isn’t abandoning development of the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) just yet.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/vw-will-be-70-per-cent-bev-by-2030-but-we-still-need-combustion-engines-for-a-while/


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Porsche and Singer in a feud over gravel-bashing acs

One of the Summer’s biggest releases was Singer Vehicle Design’s incredible off-road All-terrain Competition Study (or ACS) — a heavily reworked, re-engineered, privately commissioned Porsche 911, as per Singer’s past projects.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/porsche-and-singer-in-a-feud-over-gravel-bashing-acs

Porsche calls out Singer over multi-million-dollar off-roader

Despite the fact that Singer has been restoring Porsche 911s for a number of years now, it seems that the German brand isn’t happy with its name being plastered over the tuner’s latest creation.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/porsche-calls-out-singer-over-multi-million-dollar-off-roader/


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Is the traditional ‘car dealership experience’ obsolete?

Being plunged into the largest global pandemic in history has taught the world plenty of things, ranging from the importance of teamwork and resourcefulness, to the importance of science, to the importance of general hygiene.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/is-the-traditional-car-dealership-experience-obsolete


IN OTHER NEWS

Kia teases EV6

Kia has shown the first official images of the EV6 – its first dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) built on the company’s new EV platform (electric-global modular platform or E-GMP).

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/kia-teases-ev6


New EVs and PHEVs outpace used

New light pure electrics and new light plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) surged ahead of their secondhand counterparts in February registrations.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/new-evs-and-phevs-outpace-used/


SUVs drive marque higher

Mitsubishi smashes monthly sales record on its way to claiming top spot for new cars.

https://autofile.co.nz/suvs-drive-marque-higher-


Have your say on lending guidance

Due diligence rules an “important new obligation” for how top staff perform their duties.

https://autofile.co.nz/have-your-say-on-lending-guidance-


Dealership parts ways with marque

Changes also see new dealer principal for company’s flagship site in Dunedin.

https://autofile.co.nz/dealership-parts-ways-with-honda-


Honda details changes to dealers

“This is an opportunity to diversify and give customers freedom of choice on how they buy from us” – Nobuya Sonoda, Honda NZ

https://autofile.co.nz/honda-details-changes-to-dealers-


Kiwi car share firm strikes $30m deal ahead of Auckland expansion

Wellington-based car-share company Mevo and the Ebbett Group automotive group have inked a $30million deal that will help the former with its expansion plans.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/kiwi-car-share-firm-strikes-30m-deal-ahead-of-auckland-expansion


Kia embraces EV: Korean firm teases its first dedicated electric car

Kia has issued its first images of its all-new EV6 in a series of teaser shots outlining its silhouette and elements of its front and rear fascia.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/kia-embraces-ev-korean-firm-teases-its-first-dedicated-electric-car


Aston Martin planning new electric sports car and suv in 2025

Production of an all-new fully electric sports car and SUV pairing at Aston Martin is set to commence in four years time, according to a spate of overnight reports from Europe.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/aston-martin-planning-new-electric-sports-car-and-suv-in-2025


Volkswagen Australia unleashes hardcore Amarok

Volkswagen Australia has revealed its idea of a hardcore Amarok, but it’s not exactly a Ford Ranger Raptor fighter.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124449674/volkswagen-australia-unleashes-hardcore-amarok


Waikato WOF failures reach ‘alarming’ level as expert calls for change

New Zealand’s Motor Trade Association has flagged an alarming failure rate for vehicle warrant of fitness checks in the Waikato throughout February.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/waikato-wof-failures-reach-alarming-level-as-expert-calls-for-change/