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// Ford Ranger still ruled the sales charts for 2021, but Tesla Model 3 broke into the top 10

Despite months of lockdown in New Zealand’s biggest city and severe supply shortages nationwide, 2021 emerged as a winner for the new-vehicle industry: it was the biggest sales year on record, with 165,287 registrations.

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// EV startup Alpha is working on some gorgeous new vehicles

Alpha, an EV startup based in California, is coming into the auto industry hot. Last year it revealed the rather gorgeous Ace Coupe, Jax off-roader, and Wolf ute, and now it is following up with the Saga.

// 5-minute electric vehicle charging could be here soon, professor says

Ford Motor Co is working with scientists at Purdue University in Indiana on a patent-pending plan to slash the average time it takes to recharge all-electric vehicles at charging stations from an estimated 25 minutes to 5 minutes.

// No changes to NZ Clean Car targets despite pleas from brands

Despite receiving another set of mixed reviews from New Zealand’s motoring distributors as part of its last wave of submissions, the select committee appears to be set on its current targets laid out in the Clean Car Standard, as part of the Land Transport Amendment Bill.


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// Toyota teases go-faster GR Yaris and GT3 racer

Toyota is on a bit of a roll with its performance line-up of late, and that trend seems set to only get better if the brand’s upcoming unveilings are anything to go by.

// Car ads in France are required to mention walking or cycling

Car advertisements in France are going to look a little different come March 2022, as new laws mean automakers are required to mention alternative modes of transport such as bicycling or walking.

// Titans of carmaking are plotting the overthrow of Elon Musk

The epic fight over who controls the future of the car industry is about to get a whole lot more interesting. Tesla, the pioneer, and pacesetter has dominated the early rounds of the new-energy age,

// Focus on cutting emissions

Toyota NZ has reduced its fleet emissions by three percent year on year following a record year when it came to sales of its hybrid models.

// Two new CEOs in two years for Aston Martin?

2021 was a building year for Aston Martin. Of particular note was the success of its DBX. In its first full year on sale, the luxury SUV has been a significant seller for the marque, even outselling every other model in their line-up combined in Q3.

// Opinion: The Class of 2021

Despite the supply disruptions, some marques have fared better than others, and some longer-term trends are emerging, one of which is the strong move to electrification for those who can afford it.

// Study reveals most vegan-friendly car brands

More and more car brands are adopting veganism as a more sustainable approach to interior design. A recent study reveals which automakers are currently offering the most vegan-friendly models, using resources from PETA.


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