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// Toyota and Lexus celebrate NZ sales success

While it may not have secured the ‘Driver’s Championship’ of 2021, Toyota New Zealand did once again scoop the ‘Constructor’s Championship’ — dominating the market overall with an overall market share of 18 percent, its 34th year on top.

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// New owners confirmed for SsangYong as it starts EV pivot

The light has finally emerged at the end of the tunnel for SsangYong. After several years of questions over the Korean marque’s ownership, its new owners have been formally announced this week.

// Is the import market making a recovery?

The used import market made a recovery in 2021 over the devastating result in 2020

// Grid-scale battery progress

Renewables developer Infratec and WEL Networks, a power distribution company, are in the final stages of assessment for what will be the country’s first utility-scale battery energy storage system.


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// Sony confirms it’s entering the car world with new sub-brand

After a somewhat odd concept car reveal in 2020 and, seemingly, a bit of hesitation around the idea of committing to the bit, Sony has finally confirmed that it’s set to join the car world through its newly created Sony Mobility Inc sub-brand.

// EVs win Good Design awards

Hyundai received awards in five different categories at the 2021 Good Design Awards with its Ioniq 5 a transportation sector winner along with the Kia EV6 and the Genesis X Concept.

// Toyota was the most searched car brand in 2021

Following 2020, Toyota has once again taken the crown for the most searched for car brand across the world. The ranking came from Compare the Market, which used Google Trends data to find the most-searched car company in countries around the world.

// Black Badge Ghost drives new Rolls-Royce sales record

In spite of the global pandemic, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars says its sales in 2021 were up…

// Shell converts petrol station into EV charging center

Petrol and oil firm Shell has opened its first ‘EV hub’ in the UK, where petrol and diesel bowsers have been replaced with charging units for electric vehicles.

// A world full of pink Taycans?

Now, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a pink Porsche. But imagine if the world was full of them.

// McLaren focussed on growth in Asia Pacific and China

McLaren Automotive has appointed Paul Harris to spearhead the marque’s operations in the Asia Pacific (APAC) and China regions.


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