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// Toyota GR Supra rumoured to get a manual by mid-2022

Upon its launch a few years ago, the Toyota GR Supra quickly became one of the most talked-about commodities in motoring. While it eventually proved itself among critics, its lack of a manual transmission option confused many.

// Giltrap Group opening ‘The Showroom’ in a retail precinct

The Giltrap Group has announced it will be opening an innovative automotive space in a premier retail precinct in Auckland called The Showroom.

// Toyota forecasting normal December production in Japan

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) says it expects all its manufacturing plants in Japan to be operating normally in December, with production forecast to reach 800,000 vehicles.


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// Poo power for Toyota race car

Hydrogen refined from sewage biogas is driving a Toyota Corolla Sport race car with an internal combustion engine (ICE) rather than electric, the car finishing 20th in the final round of the endurance Super Taikyu motorsport series at Okayama in Japan.

// Toyota, Subaru, and Mazda unite to keep the petrol engine alive

Last week the UK Government revealed an agreement at its COP26 climate change summit, with signatories from across the world ranging from governments to car manufacturers signing a non-binding agreement to phase out internal combustion engine vehicles by 2040.

// Tesla driver’s complaint being looked into by US regulators

US auto safety regulators are looking into a complaint from a Tesla driver that the company’s Full Self-Driving software caused a crash.

// Kia pledges to be fully electric by 2040, carbon neutral by 2045

As it prepares to reveal its new Concept EV9, Kia has announced that it will be fully electric in Europe by 2035, fully electric in all markets by 2040, and carbon neutral across its operations by 2045.

// Grenfell departs AA for new position at Heartland Bank

Heartland Bank has appointed Mike Grenfell as its new chief operating officer. He was the former chief information officer for the Automobile Association for more than four years and says the role was challenging but extremely rewarding.

// AC charging developer plans national rollout

Hikotron has launched EV charging stations using AC rather than DC charging, starting with a public facility at the Waikato Innovation Park at Ruakura, Hamilton.


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