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// Kiwi pricing confirmed for the Lotus Emira, its last petrol sports car

Following confirmation that Lotus is set to be relaunched in New Zealand in the coming months, local pricing and spec has now been announced for its all-new Emira sports car.

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RIP Jemima Gazley

// Jemima leaves $476k legacy for paediatric cancer research

Jemima Gazley (15) died peacefully at home on the evening of October 12 surrounded by her family but fulfilling her wish to leave behind an incredible legacy for paediatric cancer research

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// NZ fuel prices hit record high – Gaspy data

It has never been more expensive to fill up your tank in New Zealand. The team behind fuel price tracking app Gaspy noted this week that the national average price for 91 octane petrol currently sits at $2.39.

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// Fleet management strategy needed for ERP

A fleet management strategy for the next five to 10 years, which includes a vehicle scrappage scheme, is needed for the transport sector of the Governments proposed Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), VIA chief executive David Vinsen says.

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// Confirmed: Govt wants 30% of NZ’s cars to be electric by 2035

The government has announced new targets for electric vehicle uptake in New Zealand via a consultation document; the main goal being to have 30 per cent of the countrys entire light-vehicle fleet (new and used) be electric by 2035.

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BEST OF THE REST

// BMW iX3 NZ pricing and specs provided

The electric BMW iX3 is priced from $114,900 and due to arrive here in the last quarter of this year, BMW New Zealand says.

// IBC Japan promises ‘smooth transition’

Car dealers will enjoy the same rates and terms as what they had with Autoterminal NZ under its new ownership.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Ford Mustang V8 could lose power to meet emission standards

Fords much decorated V8-powered Mustang GT and Mach 1 may lose a few of their ponies for the 2022 model year due to increasingly strict emissions regulations in the US.

// Armstrong’s providing vehicles to Kindness Collective

Armstrongs has announced it will provide the Kindness Collective with vehicle support, followed by a range of additional initiatives planned for the leadup to Christmas.

// Beam to launch in Palmerston North

Micromobility company Beam starts in Palmerston North next month, bringing up to 200 e-scooters to the city.

// Breakaway in road transport

There has been a major split in the road-transportation industry with two organisations exiting Transporting New Zealand, formerly known as the Road Transport Forum.

// GM reaches deal with LG to pay for Bolt battery recall costs

LG Electronics has reached a deal with General Motors to pay US$1.9 billion to US$2 billion to reimburse the automaker for the cost of recalling Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles due to the risk of battery fires.

// Electricity sector investment on track for 1.5 degrees

Mercury says current investment committed to new renewable generation until 2025 will bring emissions from the electricity sector to a level consistent with a 1.5-degree future.

// Prince Charles says his Aston Martin runs on wine and cheese byproducts

Prince Charles has spoken out about his personal efforts to combat the climate crisis which include pumping wine and cheese byproducts into his Aston Martin and installing solar panels at his royal residence, Clarence House.

// Aussie electric bike maker nearing production

Electric car and bike makers don’t necessarily go by names you’d instantly recognise, with the likes of Livewire, Damon, Lightning, Energica and even the longer established Zero barely registering for many.

// Solus, Aeron, Aonic – New models for McLaren?

British automaker, McLaren, has filed to trademark the names Solus, Aeron, and Aonic, which could be used as future models.

// EV Torque – all charged up

I certainly was all charged up in August, on the ninth to be precise, when the electricity sector tried to meet demand on what was one of the coldest days of the year.


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