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// Great Wall gets monkey off its back, earns 5-star ANCAP safety rating

After its last trucks reputation was put through the mud following one of the lowest ANCAP crash-test ratings of recent times, Great Wall Motors (GWM) has buried the hatchet; its new Cannon ute becoming the latest vehicle to secure a 5-star ANCAP safety rating.

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// Kia shows off Concept EV9, a window into its SUV future

Kia has (partially) lifted the lift on an upcoming electric seven-seater SUV, having released teaser shots of its Concept EV9 overnight.

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// The Integra is back: Acura reveals slick performance sedan

Following a cascade of teaser images and information drops, Hondas American premium arm, Acura, has unveiled its new Integra Prototype in full; marking the nameplates return following a 15-year hiatus.

// First Polestar 2 electric cars arrive in New Zealand

The first Polestar 2s have started to arrive on New Zealand shores, ahead of the new marques test-drive programme. The fully electric sister brand to Volvo announced it would be joining our local market earlier this year.

// Rivian rockets past GM to become 2nd most valuable US carmaker

Rivian Automotive, a company that has delivered about 150 electric pickup trucks mostly to employees, has surpassed General Motors to become the USAs second most valuable automaker.


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// Joe Isuzu is the best car salesman you’ve never heard of

Isuzu arrived in the US at the start of the 1980s with an advertising budget around a tenth of Toyotas at the time. That meant it had to think somewhat creatively in order to convince the American public to buy its vehicles and that resulted in Joe Isuzu.

// Video: Buy NZ Made showcases FTN Motion e-motorcycle

Wellington electric motorcycle start-up FTN Motion has been showcased by Buy NZ Made in a new video lauding the companys commitment to creating its bikes locally and supporting other local suppliers.

// Rivian adds stand-alone battery plant to post-IPO to-do list

Fresh off a US$12 billion initial public offering, Rivian Automotive is investing in a dizzying array of expansion projects and actively pursuing a site for a stand-alone battery factory in addition to a pair of new vehicle-assembly plants already planned.

// Vaccination mandate not a breach of bill of rights

A Wellington High Court judge has dismissed an application by a group of health professionals to stop a mandate that required them to be vaccinated by November 16.

// Distributors plead emissions case to select committee

Several new vehicle distributors have pleaded the case for more time to the select committee hearing submission on the Land Transport (Clean Vehicles) amendment bill.

// Toyota: Some countries simply aren’t ready for electric cars

One of this week’s biggest stories was the emergence of an agreement document from the United Nations COP26 climate change talks currently being undertaken in the UK.

// Vote for your favourite car

The AA and New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) motoring platform DRIVEN have launched the search for Kiwis’ favourite car.

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