3rd August 2021


HOT TOPIC

// Record-breaking number of EVs sold following NZ Govt discount

While the Motor Industry Association’s official New Zealand registration data has yet to be revealed in full, Ministry of Transport figures show that July was a record-breaking month for plug-ins.

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// Anticipation builds as Kia EV6 launch nears

The early 2022 arrival of the Kia EV6 promises to make the electric lifestyle viable for day-to-day mobility.

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// Leon hearted – Cupra and seat compacts reprised

Following quickly on from the recent Formentor launch, Cupra has delivered a pair of hot-to-trot offerings locally in the form of the scalding Leon hatch and the somewhat more sensible AWD Leon Sportstourer.

// Imports record strong July

Used import registrations showed a strong performance in July, with a 10% gain year-on-year according to provisional results.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Glickenhaus previews hydrogen-powered Baja-ready ute

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has revealed the first teaser images for its upcoming hydrogen-powered pick-up, which it is succinctly naming the Glickenhaus Zero Emission Hydrogen Fuel Cell Boot Pickup.

// Keith Andrews wins M-B vans business in Palmerston North

Keith Andrews Trucks (KAT) has been appointed as the authorised dealership for Mercedes-Benz light commercials and vans in Palmerston North.

// Toyota’s iconic Land Cruiser 70 series gets an update

1985. We Are the World edges UB40’s wretched I Got You Babe cover to be New Zealand’s top single. The Rainbow Warrior is bombed. And Toyota launches a new off-road-orientated SUV called the Land Cruiser 70 Series.

// Volkswagen commercial vehicles back in the black

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) says it returned to profit in the first half of 2021, with turnover rising by 1.1 billion Euro to 5.3 billion Euro.

// Renault to phase out Zoe EV, reports it’s in good health

A popular mainstay in Europe that hasn’t been able to gather the same foothold in other markets, the fully electric Renault Zoe is expected to bow out in 2024.

// Chevrolet reveals 9.4-litre big-block V8 Copo Camaro

Certified Office Production Order, or COPO for short, is an unassuming enough sequence of words on the surface. But in American drag racing circles, it’s a formation known for incredible speed.

// Barking mad: Honda reveals huge dog accessory line

With all the news of internal combustion bans, ‘ute taxes’, and CEO scandals, it’s oddly refreshing to see an announcement as light and silly as Honda’s new range of car accessories for dogs.


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3rd August 20212021-08-02T21:30:45+12:00

2nd August 2021


HOT TOPIC

// Mitsubishi teases next-gen Outlander plug-in hybrid

It’s arguably one of the Japanese firm’s most important new cars of the decade, and now Mitsubishi has shown off its first teaser images of it ahead of the grand reveal — along with a few snippets of info.

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// Toyota rumoured to be developing hybrid diesel engine

While diesel engines these days are fairly efficient things, most industry pundits are tipping that they’ll be on the outer by the end of the decade as public enemy number one of the likes of Euro 7.

// Porsche’s first self-driving vehicle could be an all-electric minivan

The self-driving Porsche of the future will have a steering wheel for when you want to drive, and the ability to hand total control to the car while chatting with passengers.


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// Tucson paves the future for Hyundai New Zealand

While the Australian market will source its all-new Hyundai Tucson product from Korea, Hyundai New Zealand general manager Andy Sinclair made the decision to source New Zealand-bound cars from the factory in the Czech Republic.

// Are utes ‘marketed aggressively’ in New Zealand?

OPINION: Here’s a very basic question; why are utes so popular here? The most common answer you’re likely to get on social media is that they fit ‘the Kiwi lifestyle’.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Volkswagen unveils yet another funky crossover

It’s no secret that the new-car market is in love with the SUV at the moment. But some brands are perhaps more enamoured with the jacked up, pumped up segment than others.

// Auto Trader has plenty to cheer

Online inquiries hit a record level as the magazine part of the business clocks up four decades in print.

// Watch: Would you pay a ‘subscription’ for new features on your car?

It was recently revealed that Mercedes-Benz is planning on offering an advanced rear-wheel steering system as a subscription on the upcoming all-electric EQS.

// Boost ahead for EV breakdowns

AA announces plans to launch special charging service to other parts of the country.

// Study claims almost one third of NZ fossil fuels is used off-road

It’s no secret that New Zealand is a nation packed with farmers and adventurers, many of whom favouring great wide open spaces and nature to the city’s hustle and bustle.

// What should you look for in an Electric Vehicle?

When the New Zealand government ratified the Paris agreement on climate change in 2015 it committed the nation to a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

// Buy this off-road BMW Z4 M before we do

This awesome safari-spec BMW Z4 M has turned up on Bring a Trailer and while it would be a bit of a mission bringing it over here, it would probably be one of the coolest vehicles on any given off-road trail.

// Pan America: Harley-Davidson heads for the hills

Harley-Davidson sure knows how to enter a segment with a bang. Not only is the Pan America the first bike in its lineup to enter the hotly contested adventure segment, but also debuts the company’s latest engine platform – the 1252cc Revolution Max V-Twin.

// Semiconductor shortage hammering automakers, costing billions

The global shortage of computer chips continues to hammer automakers, forcing factory shutdowns and sapping sales and profits, with mixed views on when relief might arrive.

// The Good Oil: Mercedes-Benz electric trucks? We’re going to need a bigger plug

Electric Mercedes-Benz SUVs are sooo 2020. The real plug-in action is happening with electric Mercedes-Benz trucks.


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2nd August 20212021-08-01T21:17:49+12:00

30th July 2021

EDITOR’S PICK

// Revealed: hydrogen-powered Ford Ranger debuts overseas

In what’s seemingly a case of perfect timing, an Australian start-up firm has unveiled plans to build a hydrogen fuel cell Ford Ranger, with the aims of models being on the road by the end of the year.

// AA EV charging breakdown van service to be extended

The AA’s first electric vehicle charging breakdown van has been on the road in Wellington for more than a year – giving EVs a roadside boost two to three times a month on average.


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// EV four-door Camaro? no way, say fans

Pony car fans in America are incensed by reports that Chevrolet will drop the Camaro and replace it with a four-door EV sedan, possibly carrying the Camaro name.

// UK rule change could be groundbreaking for electric cars

The UK has done more than most when it comes to preparing for an electric car switch-up. Its ban on pure internal combustion engine vehicles comes into effect in 2030 (hybrids follow in 2035), five years prior to the European Union’s proposed ban.


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// New BEV and PHEV models to lead Peugeot New Zealand’s charge

Peugeot, the leonine French car brand, has long been something of a bouncing ball on the New Zealand new vehicle sales charts.

// Waka Kotahi cracks down on cab modifications

New rules requiring a specialist engineer to signoff for any truck cab modified since 2005 is causing pain for many vehicle owners and businesses.

// Tesla drivers can now subscribe to ‘Full Self-Driving.’ But Elon Musk isn’t sure they should

Tesla recently started offering subscriptions for the capabilities it dubs “Full Self-Driving,” making a US$10,000 upgrade accessible to buyers for US$199 per month. But even Elon Musk isn’t sure drivers should opt in yet.

// Gull NZ says ‘hooray’ to proposed biofuels mandate

Gull New Zealand is welcoming the Government’s proposed biofuels mandate and says it requires “urgent action” which will see an immediate reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the country’s transport sector.

// Rivian to trademark six electric model names

Rivian aims to have three utes (pickups) and three SUVs under newly submitted trademark names.

// New name for logistics company

Business brings its various divisions together under one banner to offer end-to-end supply chain solution.

// Audi’s electric A6 E-tron reportedly destined for 2023 production

Having been revealed in April to plenty of positive praise, it looks like Audi’s A6 e-tron Concept is set to hit production very soon.

// Gull NZ admits to fuel price stuff up, confirms refunds

Often lauded for offering some of the cheapest fuel prices in New Zealand, Gull has confirmed that it overcharged a number of customers yesterday due to a technical glitch.

// Land Rover’s new Defender Bowler might be the ultimate rally car

Those fascinated with the Stadium Super Trucks series are also very likely to be interested in Land Rover’s line-up of ‘Bowler’ off-roaders, inclusive of the Wildcat and the Tomcat, each packed with plenty of bespoke four-wheel drive gadgetry.


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30th July 20212021-07-29T22:10:57+12:00

29th July 2021


HOT TOPIC

// BMW still NZ’s top dog in the premium market

BMW New Zealand has reported that its recovery from Covid-19 is going swimmingly. The brand now leads the premium market — helped along by its best June in history for sales.

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HOT TOPIC

// More big-money Commodores at auction

Old Holden Commodores and Ford Falcons are still setting records at auctions across Australia and New Zealand, and this latest one is no exception. But it is quite a special one.

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HOT TOPIC

// Tesla’s highly anticipated Cybertruck likely delayed until 2022

Ever since its ill-fated launch, back when a Tesla engineer smashed a window with a metal ball, the Cybertruck has seemed like a project that’s too tall of an ask for the American brand.

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// Revealed: Mclaren’s 765LT Spider is a 562kw super convertible

Following last year’s launch of the 765LT — the ‘Long Tail’ hy-po version of its popular 720S — McLaren has shown off the drop-top 765LT Spider for the first time.

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// Safety worries over imported campervans

Agency discovers seat in vehicles provides “little to no safety support” in the event of an accident.

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// Popular ‘Chademo’ EV connection to be phased out?

One of the curious quirks of the electric car world are the multitude of different connections used by different marques.

// Trade Me invests in auto start-up

Online marketplace plugs into growing network of businesses offering vehicle repair services.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Porsche seen testing hybrid 911

Porsche has been seen testing a new 911 at the Nurburgring, assumed to be the upcoming electrified version.

// Electric transport could help protect Milford Sound

Great potential exists for a world-class zero carbon transport and tourism experience, supported by an effective and sustainable electric or hydrogen transport model, to assist protection of Milford Sound, transport minister Michael Wood says.

// Drumroll please: Auckland’s most stolen car is the Mazda Demio

Long beloved by crims needing diminutive dimensions for ram raids, the Mazda Demio has claimed the title of Auckland’s most stolen car over the past 12 months.

// Smart Eye Deputy CEO talks automotive AI

Rana el Kaliouby co-founded and led Boston startup Affectiva, which uses artificial intelligence and computer vision to analyse mood and emotion.

// Rising EVs, batteries and solar require electricity distribution rules update

The Electricity Authority intends updating regulatory settings for distribution networks to better support the electricity sector’s transition to a low-emissions economy.


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// Current National New Car Deals

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29th July 20212021-07-28T18:06:33+12:00

28th July 2021


HOT TOPIC

// Audi unveils Dakar-bound RS Q E-tron

In just under a year from conception, Audi Sport has started testing the new Audi RS Q e-tron, with which it will take the Dakar Rally in January 2022.

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HOT TOPIC

// Ssangyong takes on Bronco, Wrangler with new off-roader

With the Jeep Wrangler as popular these days as ever, the Ford Bronco quickly becoming a marketing phenomena, and waiting lists worldwide for the little Suzuki Jimny, the off-roader four-wheel drive segment is absolutely pumping.

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// Ford NZ embraces EV rebates

Marque tweaks pricing of hybrid van to make it eligible for money back from the government.

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// Lamborghini confirms plug-in hybrid V12 for Aventador successor

Lamborghini’s Aventador is nearing the end of its life, eleven years after it first debuted. The Ultimae edition represents the last of the line, but also the final time Lamborghini will offer an unassisted V12 engine in its road cars.

// Updated: Ford NZ slowly phasing out Ranger 3.2-litre turbo diesel

UPDATE: A Ford New Zealand spokesperson has contacted NZ Autocar to clarify that the firm is currently not phasing out the 3.2-litre five-cylinder Ranger just yet. This follows reference to the engine being an ‘outgoing’ fixture in the Ranger’s current line-up.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Tributes paid to dealership boss

Business closes for the day to honour late owner whose automotive career started and ended at Wanganui Toyota.

// US state now cancelling registrations on legally imported JDM cars

America’s somewhat infamous 25-year import rule has gained particular notoriety over the last few years for its impact on the price and demand for 1990s Japanese nostalgia. It’s a big reason why any Nissan with a ‘GT-R’ badge costs moonbeams around the world.

// Ford dealers are charged up and EV ready

Ford New Zealand says its retail partners have completed technical training and invested in charging infrastructure to become certified EV dealers and be at the forefront of the electrification change.

// Pump pain signals EV gain

Petrol prices have hit their highest in 18 months, expected to push interest in EVs. “It’s never been a better time to buy an EV,” says Drive Electric chair Mark Gilbert who expects price rises at the pump will trigger even more EV enquiries.

// Tesla profit soars in Q2 2021 results

Tesla says its Q2 this year broke new and notable records, including revenue of US$11.532 billion, producing and delivering more than 200,000 EVs and exceeding US$1b of GAAP net income for the first time.

// NZTA looks at changing widely condemned rules for large vehicles

After months of criticism from large vehicle owners across the country, the Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency has confirmed that it’s open to changing one of the most controversial recent rule changes in the country.

// EV emoji sought for world EV day

World EV Day founders ABB and Green.TV are issuing an “EVmoji” challenge to participants aged six to 16 to create an electric vehicle emoji.

// Hyundai Xcient FCEV ready for California

Hyundai will deploy about 30 Class 8 fuel cell electric (FCEV) trucks for regional freight distribution in California.

// Vehicle imports reach record value

New high for the sector driven by a jump in passenger cars and commercial vehicles.

// Brands killing off small cars due to emissions regulations

The European Union’s upcoming Euro 7 emissions standards have forced several car manufacturers into a rethink, particularly when it comes to their smallest platforms on sale.


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28th July 20212021-07-27T22:02:55+12:00

27th July 2021


HOT TOPIC

// Report: Toyota issues ban on reselling new Land Cruisers overseas

In 2021, the automotive industry is a bit weird. Covid-19 restrictions hampered the production side of things, and the semi conductor shortage has only made things worse, so getting vehicle stock is the main issue.

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EDITOR’S PICK

// Revealed: Volkswagen reveals gravel-bashing Amarok w580x

It’s been some time coming, but an off-road specialist version of the Volkswagen Amarok double-cab has finally been revealed, courtesy of Australian tuning firm Walkinshaw.

// Global chip shortage to continue into 2022

It seems the semiconductor storm is not yet over, as the heads of both Daimler and Stellantis have gone on the record in saying there’s no real end in sight just yet.


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// First batch of RHD Chevrolet Corvettes already sold out in NZ

It was confirmed last week that Australia’s first allocation of right-hand drive Chevrolet Corvettes had sold out. Now, a General Motors Specialty Vehicles spokesperson has confirmed that the sentiment is also true for New Zealand’s opening batch.

// EV battery recycling breakthroughs

Significant breakthroughs in recycling EV batteries could help the automotive industry tackle criticism that such batteries come with a heavy carbon footprint.


IN OTHER NEWS

// AC Cobra EV nearly ready

The first AC Cobra Series 1 electric is undergoing final development work ahead of delivery.

// ComCom shines light on electricity distribution amp reporting

The Commerce Commission is encouraging electricity distribution businesses (EDBs) to continue to improve their annual asset management plans (AMPs) to better explain them to customers, including EV owners using the supply.

// GM slams Ford over potential trademark infringement

Ford’s bigwigs are in hot water at the moment with eternal rivals General Motors, over a case that the latter believes amounts to trademark infringement.

// Audi reveals the remarkable RS Q e-tron to tackle the Dakar rally

Audi is taking this whole electrification thing very seriously indeed – the latest example of that is the wild car it has unveiled to take on one of the toughest challenges in motorsport, the gruelling Dakar Rally.

// Small SUV capturing hearts and minds

There is no doubt that New Zealand has become an SUV nation with the segment capturing more than 50% of the market.

// Foreign Exchange partnership creates client certainty

For more than 30 years Nichibo has exported more than half a million used vehicles from Japan to more than 500 customers based in New Zealand and other countries.

// Network adds new van sales

Company bolsters ties with Mercedes-Benz Vans to give consumers a one-stop shop for their vehicle requirements.

// Skoda NZ riding cloud nine as it delves further into electric

Skoda New Zealand is as strong as it’s ever been, says general manager Rodney Gillard of a brand in the midst of adding a range of electrified models to its line-up while also kicking some fairly significant sales goals.


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// Current National New Car Deals

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27th July 20212021-07-26T20:17:57+12:00

26th July 2021


HOT TOPIC

// Mercedes-Benz accelerating toward an emissions-free future

Mercedes-Benz says it is getting ready to go all-electric by the end of the decade, where market conditions allow.

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// Will Tiwai Point become the world’s first ‘green hydrogen’ factory?

As emission regulations around the world tighten, brands look to find alternative fuel sources, and it seems that electricity might not be the long-term answer due to unsustainable practices.

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// The SSC tuatara’s 316mph world record was a big fat lie

You may remember the widespread reporting last October of an incredible world-record speed run from American firm SSC, with its Tuatara hypercar.

// The easiest way to make a Tesla sound interesting

New Tesla models come with an external speaker as part of its pedestrian warning system. While this is inherently for safety, Tesla has opened the system up to accept external audio tracks.


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// Right-hand drive Chevrolet C8 corvette already sold out in Australia

Officials from General Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) have confirmed that Australia’s first batch of all-new right-hand drive 2022 Chevrolet Corvette C8s have already sold out.

// Video: Peugeot celebrating ‘new status’ as EVs launch

Peugeot’s local distributor Auto Distributors says it now has a ‘new status’ within the brand’s structure with the announcement of emissions standards and rebates for New Zealand.

// Cableprice adds Mercedes-Benz vans new vehicle sales for South Island

CablePrice will now be selling Mercedes-Benz Vans throughout its South Island network along with current parts and service support for the brand.

// Public pays $200k over tyre mountain

Council counts the cost of legal battle after tyre-recycling venture fails.

// Logistics company makes big move

Jacanna enhances offerings for car imports as it finds new home to keep up with rapid expansion of business.

// Ford, Argo AI to deploy autonomous vehicles on Lyft network

Ford Motor Co. and a self-driving vehicle company it partly owns will join with the Lyft ride-hailing service to offer autonomous rides on the Lyft network.

// Why Mercedes-Benz is happy to not make the cut

The German premium brand with an electric car closest priced to the Government’s $80,000 ceiling for a Clean Car rebate is withstanding temptation to take advantage of that incentive.

// The Good Oil: Ford made electric versions of the Ranger and Focus absolutely ages ago

There’s so much angst over looming Clean Car fines and the lack of electric utes for hard-working, adventure-focused New Zealanders who absolutely need a high vehicle with a tray. Which is most of us, if you look at the sales stats.

// BEV or PHEV: which should you choose?

In a crucial step towards making New Zealand carbon neutral by 2050, the government favoured two types of vehicles that could be operated without producing tailpipe emissions when it introduced the Clean Car Discount scheme on July 1.

// Skoda New Zealand’s hero Octavia RS will go electric by the end of the year

The one Skoda that has achieved near-cult status in the last two decades is the high-performance Octavia RS. It’s a traditional go-fast petrol-powered sedan or (especially) wagon.


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26th July 20212021-07-25T20:05:10+12:00

23rd July 2021


HOT TOPIC

// New Audi A3 goes forth boldly

In 2021, supposedly the post-pandemic year, the virus is still raging around the globe and yet Audi NZ is having its best sales period ever.

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// Finance company eyes share buyback

Board believes offer to “dry shareholders” will be to the benefit of all those with an interest in the business.

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// Painfully rare Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR tipped to fetch over $12 million at auction

Long before almost every brand had a car that could hit 100km/h in less than five seconds, this sort of performance was reserved for supercars that were a genuine terror to drive.

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// Tesla will let everyone use its Superchargers

Tesla will open its proprietary EV charging network of Superchargers to other electric vehicles, starting this year.

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// Aston Martin Vantage and DB11 to be fully electric by 2025

Two of Aston Martin’s most popular bread-and-butter models, the Vantage and DB11, will be exclusively electric by 2025 according to reports from Europe.

// World-scale green hydrogen production partnerships sought

Registrations of interest to develop the world’s largest green hydrogen plant are sought by Contact Energy and Meridian Energy.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Tesla semi close to production

The Tesla Semi truck is rumoured to be close to production after a string of delays since its first unveiling in 2017.

// Japan’s Toyota adds ‘kei’ makers to technology partnership

Japan’s top automaker Toyota is adding two companies specialising in tiny kei cars, Daihatsu and Suzuki, to a partnership in commercial vehicles it set up with Hino and Isuzu earlier this year.

// Phone records prove innocence says convicted fraudster

A woman convicted in Christchurch last year on charges of obtaining thousands of dollars by deception – including getting, in 2008, money for a motorbike that was never delivered – has appealed her conviction

// Hybrid event replaces conference

Intelligent Transport Systems NZ reveals details of special events after Covid-19 disrupted its previous plans.

// Harley-Davidson calls off Marlborough promo shoot hours before bridge wiped out

Annie Howe was all set to shoot a Harley-Davidson promo in Marlborough’s Waihopai Valley when one of the worst floods in Marlborough’s history rained on her parade.

// Peugeot wants to be the cleanest euro brand in NZ

As a brand, Peugeot has had its ups and downs over the past twenty years here as it has struggled to secure the right cars for our market.

// Tesla Wellington showroom planned?

A Wellington site will become Tesla’s permanent home for a service centre in the capital and could include a nearby showroom as well.

// Lender accused of cartel conduct

Moola in trouble with competition watchdog over alleged breach of the Commerce Act.

// There’s a company that will completely electrify your 2CV

Electrified classic cars are becoming more and more common as people figure out how to build kits to swap out old combustion engines for modern EV gubbins.


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Range Rover

  • RANGE ROVER EVOQUE now with an added specifications pack included, to the value of $8,800.
  • RANGE ROVER SPORT with a $5,000 price reduction, and complimentary wheel upgrade adding more than $3,000 worth of value.
  • RANGE ROVER VELAR with complimentary specifications adding more than $5,000 worth of value

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23rd July 20212021-07-22T22:27:02+12:00

22nd July 2021


HOT TOPIC

// Over 1300 EVs registered in first month of clean car discount

While full Motor Industry Association figures for the first full month of the government’s Clean Car Discount are still to be released, numbers for the first 19 days of July show a huge surge of new plug-in registrations.

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HOT TOPIC

// Confirmed: Tesla to let other EVs use global Supercharger network

Last month it was announced that one specific Tesla Supercharger in Norway would be tweaked to allow EVs from rival manufacturers to use it.

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// More go for Porsche Macan

Porsche’s Macan SUV gets more performance, styling tweaks and new technology in the new model, now available for order at New Zealand dealerships.

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// Family-friendly Urus becomes Lamborghini’s fastest-selling model of all time

While it might not be the fastest vehicle in Lamborghini’s line-up, the Urus has now gained the title of the fastest-selling model as it just recently ticked over 15,000 units internationally.

// Heating drains an EV battery fastest

Heating drains an EV battery faster than any other in-car feature, increasing battery drain speed by 17%.


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// Is this electric people mover the answer for kiwi families?

Ever since it was announced in February, things have been mostly quiet regarding the arrival of Chinese giant BYD.

// Paid not to park at work driving mobility change

Free parking at the office is a popular work perk, but is it fair? That’s what Bloomberg asks, adding that “parking cash out” policies give commuters flexibility to choose

// ‘EV ready’ training programme unveiled

An “EV Ready” learning programme will support the crucial need for automotive businesses and their employees to learn how to interact with EVs safely and effectively.

// Covid-19 drives EV interest

More than 40% of those planning to buy a new car are thinking of going electric, the latest EY Mobility Lens Consumer Index shows.

// Urban mobility key at IAA mobility 2021

The latest innovations in sustainable future transport are expected to be revealed at the AAA Mobility motor show in BMW Group’s home city of Munich from September 7-12.

// Tesla model 3 joins NYPD

A Tesla Model 3 has been added to the New York City Police Department (NYPD) highway patrol fleet.

// Boss quits freight company

The hunt is on for a new chief executive officer at TIL Logistics after Alan Pearson’s sudden departure.

// Mitsubishi Fuso lays out carbon neutral action plan

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is aiming to have all its production sites carbon neutral within the next 20 years and electric vehicles will play a key role.


HELPFUL RESOURCES

// Current National New Car Deals

Updated every Friday, here’s a complete list of current National deals for new cars, utes, and light commercials.

// Clean Car Calculator

Input vehicle make and/or model to calculate if the car will receive a rebate, fee or sits in the zero band (no change).


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21st July 2021


HOT TOPIC

// Revealed: 2022 Audi RS 3 breaks cover with 299kw five cylinder

One of the longest-toothed hot hatches on the market, the Audi RS 3, has finally been given an update.

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// Toyota reveals new Aqua with all-wheel drive and bi-directional charging

Toyota has revealed the new Aqua/Prius C, coming with all-wheel drive, bi-directional charging and self-parking.

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// Big mouth, big performance: new Porsche Macan debuts

Porsche’s stupendously popular Macan performance crossover has been given an overhaul for 2022, bringing more power and tech to one of the marque’s best-selling vehicles.

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// An electric Mercedes G-wagen? EV off-roader rumoured

Mercedes-Benz hasn’t mucked around when it comes to electric cars. It was quick to issue the EQC, which has since been followed by the EQA and EQS.

// Secondhand experiences slow month

The roaring secondhand market took a statistical dive in June – likely down to a huge month last year.


IN OTHER NEWS

// LDV’s new G10+ van already a local hit

LDV has announced a new variant of its G10 commercial van — the G10+ — packing a new powertrain, more refinement, and added features.

// Two complaints not upheld re National party advert on Clean Car package

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has not upheld two complaints relating to a National Party advertisement criticising the Labour Government’s Clean Car package.

// Clean Car mayhem on prices

If you are an importer, do you wish now that you’d stocked up on EVs and PHEVs prior to June 13?

// Demand beating supply in bike market

It appears the bike market is suffering the same strains as the new car trade – with supply the issue rather than demand.

// Battery health hits tribunal again

Russell v Harwood Cars.com Limited In July 2019, the purchasers acquired their first electric vehicle from the trader, saying they relied on the trader’s advice in choosing their vehicle.

// Enterprise boss slams clean car plans

“It’s hard to guess how the market will react because the clean car discount is a poorly designed and executed policy” – Chris Stephenson

// Course targets specialised skills

Industry training provider aims to attract those in the automotive machining business along with fresh talent.

// Wild pigs produce as much CO2 as 1.1 million cars, study finds

Two of the biggest targets in the push to lower the world’s CO2 emissions are motoring and agriculture.


HELPFUL RESOURCES

// Current National New Car Deals

Updated every Friday, here’s a complete list of current National deals for new cars, utes, and light commercials.

// Clean Car Calculator

Input vehicle make and/or model to calculate if the car will receive a rebate, fee or sits in the zero band (no change).


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