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// Elon Musk named Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’

Calling him a “clown, genius, edgelord, visionary, industrialist, showman,” Time magazine has named Tesla chief executive Elon Musk as its Person of the Year for 2021.

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// Rivian R1T MotorTrend’s 2022 ‘Truck of the Year’

MotorTrend Group’s media brand has named the electric Rivian R1T ute (aka pickup truck) as its…

// Trio score top safety marks

A trio of vehicles have all been awarded five-star safety ratings following the latest test assessments by ANCAP against its 2020/22 rating criteria.

// Spending on vehicles tops $200m

Spending on motor vehicles climbed back past $200m for the first time in four months in November, according to new figures from Stats NZ.


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// Honda shows off new Civic Type R at Suzuka test

Having issued its first official photos of the next-generation Civic Type R in October, Honda has now followed up with a series of pictures showing its new hot hatch testing at Suzuka Circuit in Japan, giving us further insight into the model’s looks ahead of its impending launch.

// NZ EV registrations well short of goal

The former National government’s target of 64,000 EVs on New Zealand roads by the end of this year will be about 27,000 shy.

// Hyundai’s hydrogen Nexo now available to Kiwi buyers

Hyundai’s local arm has keenly hitched its wagon to the push for greener alternative fuel solutions, with its plethora of electric and hybrid models as well as its frequent showcasing of its hydrogen fuel cell Nexo crossover.

// Mixed fortunes for vehicle lenders

Car financiers have had mixed fortunes in the past year with many seeing their loan books decrease despite the prices of vehicles increasing

// Chch mayoral contender seeks hydrogen source for new car

A Christchurch mayoral contender for 2022, councillor Phil Mauger has bought a hydrogen-powered Hyundai Nexo –…

// VW to spend $3.8 billion on battery hub, sets up separate unit

Volkswagen will invest 2 billion euros (NZ$3.8 billion) in a planned battery hub in Germany as part of a decision to create a dedicated company for the carmaker’s battery business.

// Toyota Tundra set to come to Down Under?

Barely a month after rumours flowed that Ford is plotting to bring the F-150 to Australasia for the first time, there’s now rumours that Toyota’s equivalent full-size American-market Tundra could also be on the cards for the region.

// 2023 Mini hatch spied in China with no camouflage a whole year early

Images of what appears to be the the next generation Mini hatch have been spotted on Chinese social media with absolutely no camouflage, and looking pretty production ready.

// New Tesla app feature to try and stop ‘ICE-ing’

Tesla to initiate an over-the-air software update in China to help owners avoid ICE-ing. ICE-ing is when a petrol powered car parks in an EV parking spot,

// How about a car that changes colour at the touch of a button?

The 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) isn’t far away, and it has automakers making all sorts of plans to reveal at the event in Las Vegas.


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