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// The Toyota GR Yaris is the AA DRIVEN New Zealand Car of the Year for 2021!

The Toyota GR Yaris is the overall winner of the 2021 AA DRIVEN New Zealand Car of the Year. It was one of the first cars we reviewed this year and we simply couldn’t get it out of our heads.

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// Toyota orders 100 more award-winning GR Yaris

Toyota New Zealand has confirmed production of another 100 units of the GR Yaris performance hatch will be available to the local market following its overall win at the 2021 AA Driven car of the year awards (AA Driven COTY).

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// Drivers playing video games? US is looking into Tesla case

Last August, Vince Patton was watching a YouTube video of a Tesla owner who had made a startling observation: Tesla drivers could now play a video game on their car’s touch-screen dashboard – while the vehicle is moving.

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// New Honda Civic hits NZ: Pricing and spec confirmed for Corolla rival

Honda’s Civic is now in its 11th generation, the new model having just arrived. Only the single variant will be offered locally, the highly-specified Sport, priced at $47,000.

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// Toyota CEO doesn’t expect NZ govt to listen to emissions critiques

It’s been a significant few months for Toyota’s local arm in terms of electric vehicles, with the unveiling of the production version of the bZ4X and the arrival of the Lexus UX300e.

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// SsangYong unveils 340km Korando e-Motion EV, confirmed for NZ

Some four months after showcasing its first electric car in pictures, Korean firm SsangYong has finally shared some of its Korando e-Motion’s critical numbers and abilities.

// VIA shocked at Clean Car penalty details

VIA is expressing shock and concern at details loaded onto RightCar’s dealer pages this week that further detail the penalties vehicles are set to pay under the Clean Car Discount scheme.


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// Morgan announces Plus 8 GTR, its most powerful car ever

Morgan has taken the wraps off its latest creation, the mighty Plus 8 GTR, which comes bearing Bavarian V8 power.

// SsangYong Rhino set for power upgrade

In the grand scheme of the local ute segment, the SsangYong Rhino remains something of an underdog, with its sharp pricing strategy, huge cabin space, and long equipment list.

// Polestar prepares for call to action

Polestar is preparing to launch a call for action among suppliers, entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, universities, researchers,

// Volkswagen boosts future tech spending

Volkswagen raised its five-year spending plan and overhauled its management board, seeking to catch up with Tesla and end an internal dispute over the changes needed to get there.

// GM reaches supply deals for electric vehicle motor magnets

General Motors has taken two more steps to make sure it has the raw materials for the transition from petroleum to battery power, this time lining up magnets for electric vehicle motors.


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