// Subaru confirms new EV for NZ, but emissions targets can’t be done overnight”

With Subaru finally letting the cat out of the bag in unveiling its new Solterra fully electric SUV, the firm’s local arm has confirmed that the model will be heading our way.

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// Is Ford planning on bringing the F-150 to New Zealand?

Thanks to the likes of Ateco and GMSV, big American trucks in a right-hand drive configuration is not a new concept in New Zealand, but we’re still missing out on the most popular.

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// Hyundai NZ’s first hydrogen-powered truck due this month

The first of Hyundai New Zealands five new hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric Xcient trucks arrives at the Ports of Auckland around November 18.

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// Rivian makes explosive stock market debut, biggest IPO of 2021

Following a significant third quarter for the company, Rivian has successfully debuted on the stock market; it’s initial public offering (IPO) ranking as the largest of 2021 thus far and the largest American-based IPO since 2014.

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// Major carmakers refuse to commit to 2040 combustion ban

Efforts to curb carbon emissions aren’t going as smoothly as some might have hoped, as a COP26 pledge to end fossil-fuel vehicles by 2040 is being met with an uncomfortable silence from Toyota, Volkswagen, and Stellantis, among other makers.

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// Ioniq 5 Green Car Journal’s 2022 Green SUV of the Year

Hyundais Ioniq 5 has been named Green SUV of the Year by Green Car Journal, selected by a jury of automotive experts and journal staff.

// New Zealand banning ICE vehicles by 2040?

A ban on the import and sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles seems likely to be introduced in New Zealand by 2040. If ratified by the New Zealand Government, the ban would probably closely follow the United Kingdoms’ plan.

// Associations state case against clean car plans

Submissions on the Government’s Land Transport (Clean Car) Amendment bill have closed, with the Motor Industry Association and VIA making their recommendations on the controversial legislation.


// Finance warning for dealers

Dealers are being advised to make sure they follow the processes set out by lenders and insurance providers or risk losing out on potential income from add-on products when selling vehicles.

// Talk of $3b float for Trade Me

The chief executive of Trade Me says its business as usual despite reports from across the Tasman that the company may be the subject of a $3 billion float in New Zealand and Australia next year.

// Vehicle spending leaps $40m

Spending on motor vehicles jumped to $189 million in October, an increase of $40m or 26.9 percent, when compared to the $149m splurged in the previous month.

// Bentleys to Buddhas: classic-car shop restores temple statue

The major branches of Buddhism are often known as vehicles, or ways of spiritual practice.

// Rare Rockets

Triumph has just released a slew of limited edition Gold Line Bonneville models and follows that up with the exclusive Rocket 3 R Black and Rocket 3 GT Triple Black for 2021.

// Kiwi climbs to top of tyre company

After starting out as a tyre fitter in a New Zealand store, Heath Barclay has risen up through the ranks and will become managing director of Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand from January 2022.


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