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// Toyota president unveils EV double-cab ute

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) says it is planning to have 30 new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in production by 2030 including passenger cars, SUVs, and commercial vehicles.

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// Toyota and Lexus unveil a whopping 15 new EV concepts

Turns out drifting isn’t all Toyota president, Akio Toyoda, has been up to recently. During the media briefing on battery EV strategies, he shocked the press (and the automotive world) by unveiling 15 fully electric concepts, giving us a glimpse at the future models of Toyota and Lexus.

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// China’s next advance in electric vehicles is a used-car market

China’s efforts to build a thriving market for secondhand vehicles, pretty much from zero, are slowly starting to deliver results, including in the electric car segment.

// Biofuels boost while Clean Car Package ‘revs up’

The Government will introduce a Sustainable Biofuels Mandate to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the…

// Holiday trading restrictions reminder

No trading is permitted on Saturday, December 25 (Christmas Day) but vehicle dealerships can be open…


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// Jeep extends offer of special edition Tuscadero pink Wrangler

In August, Jeep produced a bunch of special edition Wrangler’s in Tuscadero pink.

// Dodge to replace V8 with turbocharged straight six?

One way or the other, big gas-guzzling engines will go the way of the dodo. The expiry date is different all around the world, but it’s coming, and sooner rather than later.

// McGlinchy moving from ministry to Waka Kotahi

Well-known Ministry of Transport adviser Iain McGlinchy has announced that after seventeen years he is on the move – though he is not going far.

// EVs help Hyundai’s global awards haul

Hyundai has secured a multitude of top industry accolades, with electric models Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 achieving numerous ‘Car of the Year’ award wins and 2022 short listings.

// Marque revamps pricing structure

MG Motor has released details of a drive-away pricing initiative, which means what’s advertised is the final price because there are no add-ons or on-road costs to pay.

// The woman behind Lotus, Hazel Chapman, dies at 94

Hazel Chapman, co-founder of Lotus and wife of Colin Chapman, has died aged 94. Hazel played a pivotal role in the creation and eventual success of Lotus, meeting Colin at a dance in 1944 when he was just 16 and she a few months older.

// Kaiwaka EV charger to open before Christmas

The Kaiwaka charger should look like this. ChargeNet anticipates that its newest hyper-rapid (300kW) charging site…

// Toyota NZ ‘very interested’ in bringing Tundra hybrid to local showrooms

Yesterday we covered speculation from over the ditch that Toyota Australia was hatching a plan to bring the supersized Tundra to market with the steering wheel on the correct side.

// Tritium seals Shell deal

Brisbane-founded EV fast charger developer and manufacturer Tritium has a global framework agreement with mobility retailer…

// Hyundai rumoured to be dumping Albert Biermann, Peter Schreyer

In one of the more interesting rumourmill developments, it’s been reported that two of the characters often credited in part for Hyundai’s rise to the pointy end of the manufacturer food chain could soon be on the outer.

// A CAR CARE: Batteries and the circular economy

AA Battery Service is committed to caring for the environment, with an operation dedicated to supporting the recycling of all scrap batteries by rewarding AA Members and customers to do so.


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