// $8k for EVs, penalties for high emitters announced
The government has announced that new rebates for battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) will start on July 1, 2021 with up to $8625 for new vehicles and up to $3450 for used vehicles.
// Look out AMG? Audi shows off new RS 3 hot hatch
Despite looming electrification requirements and a hatchback segment that struggles to chart for sales in this part of the world, the hatch back title fight has arguably never been as fierce as it is today.
// GR Sport Toyota Land Cruiser: one from left field, for the road or fields
A GR Land Cruiser!? Didn’t see that one coming, did we. In fact so secretive was the invitation to the Toyota NZ launch in Palmerston North, that we didn’t even know what car the company was launching,
This might not come as much of a surprise, but Consumer Reports in the USA has come forward and said the ever-increasing size and weight of full-size pick-up trucks there are posing more and more of a danger to other road users.
// Don’t just focus on BEVs says Toyota New Zealand
The journey to an eventually decarbonised transport fleet in New Zealand will be driven by a range of low carbon-emitting powertrains including hybrid engines and not by a reliance on battery electric vehicles, according to Toyota Motor Corporation.
// Tree-hugging and tyre-shredding BMWs coming our way in Q4
It’s a fascinating time in motoring for premium marques; many of which are pumping out environmentally friendly electrified options on one hand, and more extreme loud-and-proud performance monsters on the other.
// Bugatti’s $5.4 million Chiron Super Sport is the most luxurious way to hit 440km/h
If you’re wanting to go fast, quite a few high-end performance cars will hit 300km/h in modern times, but if you’re wanting to go faster than fast, like 400km/h fast, you’re probably going to have to buy a Bugatti.
// Nissan delays release of flagship EV amid chip crunch
Nissan is pushing back the release of its flagship Ariya electric vehicle, highlighting the struggle automakers everywhere are facing in trying to launch new cars amid a persisting shortage of semiconductors.
Swedish electric performance car brand Polestar led by designer Thomas Ingenlath launches its 2021 vision of future mobility design contest themed “progressive” in both student and professional categories.
// Video: Etrucks introduces NZ’s first battery swap vehicle
New Zealand distributor Etrucks has brought the first battery swap electric vehicle into the country. The XCMG-manufactured E700 6×4 semi-tractor has a 50-tonne gross combination mass and is set to target the heavy metro segment,
// Feast your ears on a 12,000rpm V12 at full noise
Gordon Murray, of McLaren F1 fame, is building a new, V12-powered supercar. That in itself is newsworthy but what’s even better is the fact that the engine revs right up to 12,100rpm, displacing 3.9 litres without any forced induction.
// Aussie car manufacturing could return via electric cars, says Tesla chair
It’s been four years since the last Aussie-built Holden Commodore rolled off of the production line, and not much has really changed in the time since to support that idea of vehicle production coming back to the region.
Audi’s updated SQ5 TDI V6 diesel SUV has arrived in New Zealand showrooms. Prices start at $134,900 for the wagon which runs a 3.0-litre a V6 diesel developing 251kW of maximum power and mammoth peak torque of 700Nm.
// Confirmed: Skoda is bringing its electrified superb to NZ
In a two-pronged announcement of sorts, Skoda’s local arm has confirmed that it’s launching its iV sub-brand for electrified vehicles — and that the label will debut next month with the arrival of its plug-in hybrid Superb iV.