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14th June 2021


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// $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.

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// Volkswagen debuts Multivan T7 with hybrid power and fresh looks

The seventh generation of Multivan is here, boasting fresh new looks and a hybrid powertrain.

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// Nissan confirms release date for its new ‘400z’

Few cars have been submerged in as much gossip and leaks as Nissan’s next-gen Z car sportster.

// 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.


IN OTHER NEWS

// 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,

// Roche to leave transport agency

Chairman will complete his second stint in the post before moving on, according to news reports.

// EV Torque – what’s coming our way?

As we look to an automotive future powered by electricity, I continue to wonder – where is New Zealand’s plan for change?

// The best way to extend the life of a Nissan Leaf battery

Contrary to the howling cries of EV naysayers, when a Nissan Leaf battery has reached the end of its useful life in a Nissan Leaf,

// Pick-ups are getting too big and dangerous

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.

// New automotive engineering programme launches to tackle EVs

Hawkes-Bay-based Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) will become the second Polytechnic after Otago to offer the New Zealand Certificate in Electric Vehicle Automotive Engineering

// Climate Change Commission report: Pain ahead to get Aucklanders out of cars

Aucklanders should prepare for upheaval as politicians back faster changes to transport options in the city to meet steep targets for cuts to transport emissions

// Embattled EV startup Lordstown Motors warns it may not stay in business

US startup electric vehicle maker Lordstown Motors says it may not be in business a year from now as it tries to secure funding to start full production of an electric pickup truck.


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14th June 20212021-06-13T16:50:07+12:00

11th June 2021


HOT TOPIC

// This is it: new Toyota Land Cruiser revealed, stays true to its roots

The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the most revered SUVs on the planet, thanks to its proven reliability, its capability, and its simplicity.

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// 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.

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// Orders open up for Chevrolet’s mid-engined Corvette in New Zealand

It’s a car that has been promised for two years now, and Kiwi buyers are closer than ever to getting their hands on a right-hand drive version of Chevrolet’s mid-engined C8 Corvette.

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// New Peugeot, Citroen, Nissan dealership coming to Botany

Armstrong’s will soon open the doors of a new dealership facility in East Auckland, stocking cars from Peugeot, Citroen, and Nissan.

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// Celebrating women’s influence on motoring

Women’s importance in motoring will be celebrated on June 24, Women Drivers’ Day, promoted by the Women’s World Car of the Year organisation.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Nissan Navara axed in Europe from next year

The Nissan Navara was updated late last year, but it looks like folks in Europe won’t have much time to buy one if they’re still on the fence.

// M440i leads new Gran Coupe range

BMW’s new five-seat 4 Series four-door Gran Coupe, due here before the end of the year, is longer, wider and taller than its predecessor and gets a revamped chassis and exterior styling.

// California cruise-in

General Motors’ Cruise will participate in California’s first autonomous vehicle (AV) pilot to provide driverless ride services to the public.

// Cars buck fall in imports

Vehicle trade increases while other goods and services see their worth slide at the start of the year.


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11th June 20212021-06-10T21:40:05+12:00

10th June 2021


HOT TOPIC

// Ford’s new Maverick ute hints at what the next-generation Ranger could be

America is known for its trucks. It’s big, burly, diesel-burning trucks. But with strict emission standards coming into force, we’re seeing traditional brands turn towards smaller vehicles.

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// GMSV dealers now taking Corvette orders

GMSV has announced the recommended retail price for the Corvette C8 Carbon Edition, at the same time advising orders for the mid-engine sports car are now officially open.

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// 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.

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// 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.

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HOT TOPIC

// More action needed to address climate change

The Climate Change Commission’s blueprint for addressing climate change suggests a step up is now required, but when that will happen probably won’t be known until later this year.

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// Video: global EV drivers’ alliance formed

New Zealand is included in 37 EV driver associations which have joined forces to create the Global EV Drivers’ Alliance (GEVA) which is calling for all light-duty vehicles to be electric by 2030.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Small Audi packs big punch

New headlight and bumper design and a lower-mounted grille set the facelifted Audi SQ2 high-performance compact SUV apart from its predecessors.

// Fleet champions awards deadline looming

Brake, the road safety charity is inviting safety-conscious organisations from New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific to enter the 2021 Australasian Fleet Champions Awards.

// EVs surge ahead

EV registrations are up 709 in May figures from the Ministry of Transport with 27,436 recorded for the month compared with 26,727 in April – which was up 600 on March.

// Life’s about to get tougher for Auckland CBD workers with cars

Admittedly, it’s already a pain in the backside to those working in Auckland’s bustling CBD if you travel to and from work in a car.

// Used cars holding value for longer

Sticker prices are being pushed up as the demand for vehicles outstrips supply, with the situation tipped to continue for at least another year.


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10th June 20212021-06-09T19:42:14+12:00

9th June 2021


HOT TOPIC

// 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.

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// Kia reveals all-new fifth-generation Sportage

Kia has today revealed the official images of the all-new Sportage SUV. It is the result of a collaborative effort between Kia’s main global design network in Korea, Germany, the US, and China.

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// Tesla cancels highly anticipated Model S Plaid+, claims regular model is “so good”

Ever since Tesla launched the Model S in 2012, it has been known as the electric car that changed the public’s perception of what battery-powered motoring should look like.

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// Stellantis shift affects NZ dealers

Armstrong’s and Ateco Group NZ to answer to Aussie boss under group’s new structure.

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// Fiat confirms it will phase out petrol engines by 2030

Italian manufacturer Fiat is the latest brand to confirm it will be phasing out all internal combustion engines from its global line-up.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Hydrogen chase boats for next America’s Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand has committed to drive hydrogen innovation in the marine industry by developing hydrogen powered chase boats for the 37th America’s Cup in 2023.

// Mazda supports health, wellbeing and the environment

Predator traps, chainsaw and a therapy dog are among some of the items given out to recipients around New Zealand in Mazda Foundation’s latest round of funding.

// Polestar e-mobility design contest

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.

// Jaguar I-Pace reaches new heights

The electric Jaguar I-Pace has completed the ‘Everesting Challenge’ by climbing 8848m – the height of Mount Everest – on a single charge of its 90kWh battery.

// Glitch knocks out Trade Me

Company acts to avoid repeat of problem that left site offline for an hour.


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9th June 20212021-06-08T23:26:13+12:00

8th June 2021


EDITOR’S PICK

// Used cars holding their value as supply issues hit the new and used market

Supply chain problems mean secondhand cars are not losing their value as fast as they usually do, industry experts say.


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// Bridgestone named NZ’s most trusted tyre brand

​Bridgestone has retained the title of New Zealand’s Most Trusted Tyre Brand for a fifth consecutive year, with Firestone highly commended once again.

// A renewed push for technology on all new vehicles to prevent drink-driving

Technology that could reduce drink-driving has evolved faster than the willingness among political and auto industry leaders to put it to use, safety advocates say.


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8th June 20212021-06-07T19:55:19+12:00

7th June 2021


HOT TOPIC

// Funky, futuristic new Hyundai Tucson to make NZ debut this month

Hyundai’s designers have been incredibly busy in the recent past, producing some of the brand’s most striking and unique looking vehicles in its history.

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// 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.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Tesla patents solar-charging tray cover for Cybertruck

Tesla is working on an optional Tonneau Cover for the upcoming Cybertruck, which could double as a solar panel to generate extra electricity during the day.

// Remote-controlled EV digger announced by Komatsu

A fully electric, remote-controlled mini excavator powered by a lithium-ion battery has been announced during centennial celebrations by Komatsu

// VW NZ working to get ID electrics here

Volkswagen New Zealand says it’s working very closely with VW’s German factory to get the ID.3 and ID.4 EVs here.

// Ford readying Maverick small ute for its full debut

Ford’s new small ute, the Maverick, is nearly here. The Blue Oval has released a pair of teasers for the little truck, confirming a June 8 reveal (June 9 for us in New Zealand).

// More Teslas arrive

At least 200 Tesla Model 3s are being removed from a Ports of Auckland wharf for delivery to New Zealand customers.

// Hydrogen mobility planned across Europe

Renault Group and Plug Power have launched HYVIA, the joint venture providing fuel cell light commercial vehicles (LCVs), green hydrogen, and hydrogen refuelling stations.

// 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.

// The sedan isn’t dead (yet), according to Toyota

Think about the sedan segment. Now, think about how many sedans are still in production and sold today, particularly those priced in the sub-$50,000 bracket.

// Battery Electric Vehicle technology goes mainstream in MG5

Supply and infrastructure issues are putting the brakes on the launch of many of the latest Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) for New Zealand – at least via new-vehicle distributors.

// David Beckham invests in Lunaz

David Beckham joins the Barclay, Reuben and Alexander Dellal families investing in vehicle electrification company Lunaz,


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7th June 20212021-06-06T14:42:19+12:00

4th June 2021


HOT TOPIC

// New-car sales nearly double

Toyota and Mitsubishi lead the charge as market bounces back from the disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

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// Import levels increase

Volumes climb for last month and the year to date with Japan remaining the main supplier of vehicles to our shores.

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// BMW New Zealand reveals plans for all-new electric line-up

BMW is starting to ramp up its assault on the electric vehicle market with the launch of two all-new models the i4 coupe and iX SUV.

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// New Highlander V6 continues for now

Toyota New Zealand (TNZ) says that pressure from corporate and commercial customers for a new V6 Highlander prevented the new range from becoming solely hybrid

// EVs to displace ICE sooner than expected

A report titled “Why electric cars will take over sooner than you think” has been published by the BBC‘s chief environment correspondent Justin Rowlatt.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Confirmed: Hyundai i20 n hot hatch coming to New Zealand

After leaving Kiwi hot hatch fiends hanging for months, Hyundai New Zealand has confirmed that the fizzy i20 N hot hatch is destined for local showrooms.

// Hilux leads Aussie new car market

The Toyota Hilux led a strong Aussie market recovery in May 2021 with 4402 units sold

// Shipping delays and rising costs ongoing for vehicle import industry

Global supply chain delays and increasing costs continue to disrupt the vehicle import industry with some dealers such as Toyota NZ warning customers could wait up to six months

// Car industry now facing tyre shortage on top of chip shortage

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll be aware that the motoring world is currently being hampered by a shortage of chips.

// Are virtual wing mirrors the next big thing? BMW thinks so

You’d think that the humble wing-mirror was something the motoring world had already perfected. But, it seems like the often forgotten fixture might be ripe for technological revolution.

// Apple loses multiple top managers from self-driving car division

Apple has lost multiple top managers of its self-driving car team in recent months, a sign of attrition at the division involved in what could become an important future product.

// Industry group claims Euro 7 regulations will ‘ban’ the combustion engine

An industry lobby group based in Europe is claiming proposals for new Euro 7 emissions regulations could kill combustion engines by 2026.


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4th June 20212021-06-03T23:27:34+12:00

3rd June 2021


HOT TOPIC

// Revealed: BMW unveils its first electric M car, the 405kw i4 m50

After long flirting with the idea of a proper performance-orientated electric car, BMW has done it; unveiling the i4 M50 this morning.

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HOT TOPIC

// VIA tackles plans to change emissions rule

Industry organisation is working closely with the Ministry of Transport following proposals to make the standards for imports tougher.

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// Hot Audi SQ5 punches out 700nm

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.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Rimac Nevera storms hypercar market

Rimac Automobili has launched the all-electric Nevera hypercar. It’s a production version of the C Two concept car revealed at the International Geneva Motor Show in 2018

// Lending guidance finalised

Regulator warns leading staff at lenders who fail to exercise required levels of care risk facing penalties of up to $200,000.

// Regions tipped to lag over EV uptake

Mazda NZ boss acknowledges price and driving preferences may lead to uneven demand for zero-emissions vehicles across the country.

// Eroad plans to consolidate markets

Company emerges strongly from a difficult year and focuses on improving its offerings.

// BMW confirms bumper electric car line-up for NZ

Hot on the heels of the unveiling earlier this morning of its new i4 M50, BMW New Zealand has confirmed it will be bringing both the standard i40 and the M50 performance variant into the country.


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3rd June 20212021-06-02T16:44:18+12:00

2nd June 2021


HOT TOPIC

// 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.

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// Colonial motor company announces senior leadership changes

In a letter to shareholders, the Colonial Motor Company (CMC) has announced changes to its senior leadership team

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// Geneva Group lifts profit in FY21

Geneva Finance Group has announced a pre-tax profit of $6.9m, a rise of $2.7m (67%) over last year.

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// Honda may bring the sexy Sports EV Concept to production next year

Honda debuted the Urban EV and Sports EV concepts in 2017 and while the former went on to become the Honda e hatchback, we haven’t heard much about the latter.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Chargenet recharges its brand

New Zealand’s largest EV charging network ChargeNet has updated its brand, logo and website.

// Provisional figures indicate best may ever for new vehicles

Provisional registration figures are indicating last month was the highest May ever for new vehicle sales.

// Imports continue improvement – but not back to pre-Covid levels

Used import registrations continued their recovery in May, but are still not close to being back to pre-COVID levels as dealers struggle to land stock.

// Hyundai has EV lineup at Fieldays

The new Ioniq 5, Hayden Paddon’s Kona EV rally car, the Kona Series II, the hydrogen Nexo and the new Santa Fe hybrid feature on Hyundai New Zealand’s stand at the Mystery Creek Fieldays

// Rules passed for old tyres

Regulations introduced by the government are the next step on path to product stewardship scheme.

// Ford’s latest reveal is a beer bottle

While Ford has been all about the future with the recent reveal of its all-electric F-150 Lightning, its latest reveal is very much about the past.


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2nd June 20212021-06-01T21:00:38+12:00

1st June 2021


HOT TOPIC

// Diamond dealers lead Mitsubishi to 12% market share

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand (MMNZ) has celebrated the achievements of its best-performing dealers, who led the charge to 12% market share and second place in 2021.

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HOT TOPIC

// Crisp and clean: Kia teases new Sportage ahead of launch

In many respects Kia and Hyundai feel like siblings with an incredibly fierce rivalry. Together they’ve both risen from the kinds of cars they each issued in the 1990s to being a motoring superpower.

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// This is the ultimate 21st-century Porsche 911 restomod

It was going to happen sooner or later – someone has ditched the flat-six and put some batteries and electric motors in a Porsche 911.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Advice likely to set emissions pathway

The Government has now received the final advice from the Climate Change Commission and will release the details to the public and table it in Parliament on Wednesday June 9.

// Commercial EV operating costs predicted on new website

A free-to-air website that uses New Zealand’s fleet operators’ real-world scenarios says it removes barriers in switching to commercial EVs.

// EV owners need to keep cars for longer to make environmental impact

It’s no secret that the electric car revolution is surrounded with murky arguments for and against the next-gen tech.

// Toyota hopes to outsmart Hilux thieves with new feature

New Zealand’s list of most-stolen cars is often dominated by second-hand imports like the Honda Torneo and Mazda Demio.

// Electric Ford F-150 lightning secrets revealed in video

Unless you live under a rock, you’ll be well aware of the unveiling of Ford’s new F-150 Lightning earlier this month.


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1st June 20212021-05-31T20:34:50+12:00
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