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Revealed: MG launches first electric mid-size SUV

UK-come-Chinese car maker MG has whipped the covers off its latest fully electric car; the Marvel R — an HS-sized SUV designed to take the firm’s EV aspirations to the next level.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/revealed-mg-launches-first-electric-mid-size-suv

MG Motor launching Marvel R electric SUV in Europe

MG Motor Europe has confirmed that it will be launching the all-electric Marvel R mid-size SUV into the competitive C-segment market in May 2021.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/mg-motor-launching-marvel-r-electric-suv-in-europe

MG Motor launching Marvel R electric SUV in Europe

MG Motor Europe has confirmed that it will be launching the all-electric Marvel R mid-size SUV into the competitive C-segment market in May 2021.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/mg-motor-launching-marvel-r-electric-suv-in-europe/

MG’s new Marvel R might be the cheapest way to get a speedy EV

MG is a brand on the rise and its latest round of new cars could push it to fresh heights. Hot on the heels of launching New Zealand’s cheapest electric car — the MG ZS EV — the Chinese maker has debuted two new SUVs in Europe.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/mg-s-new-marvel-r-might-be-the-cheapest-way-to-get-a-speedy-ev/


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VW aims to halve EV battery costs

Volkswagen plans to build six EV battery cell factories by 2030, cut battery costs by 50% by 2023, produce a new “unified” battery cell and establish 18,000 fast-charging points in Europe with partners.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/vw-aims-to-halve-ev-battery-costs

Power day: Volkswagen bets big on e-mobility

The Volkswagen Group is honing its electric plans, diversifying into battery manufacture and also switching most of its EV line-up to a single battery cell format by 2030.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/power-day-vw-bets-big-on-e-mobility


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Car sharing rises as wellington reduces emissions

Wellington’s EV charger use has tripled in the past six months, and almost 11,000 Wellingtonians are now members of car share schemes.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/car-sharing-rises-as-wellington-reduces-emissions/


IN OTHER NEWS

All-electric Transit to debut in 2023

Ford’s next-generation Transit Custom van and Tourneo minibus range will include an all-electric model along with plug-in hybrid (PHEV), mild hybrid and conventional engine variants.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/all-electric-transit-to-debut-in-2023


Mercedes-benz remembers memorable Geneva moments

While the Geneva Motor Show has again been cancelled for 2021, Mercedes-Benz has taken a trip down memory lane to honour four different vehicle lines which made their debut at the Swiss event.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/mercedes-benz-remembers-memorable-geneva-moments


Ebbett opens new Te Rapa showroom

Ebbett Hamilton has opened its new Isuzu Utes, Seat, Cupra, and General Motors Speciality Vehicles dealership in Te Rapa north of Hamilton City.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/ebbett-opens-new-te-rapa-showroom


Locky Docks land at inner Auckland

Big Street Bikers’ first Auckland inner city Locky Dock is being installed at the Garage Project on New North Road, Kingsland.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/locky-docks-land-at-inner-auckland/


Tritium offers direct EV charging payment

Tritium has launched a new software update for its RT50 DC fast chargers, enabling Plug and Charge technology globally.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/tritium-offers-direct-ev-charging-payment/


EECA round 10 funding applications close April 14

EV charging, technology and services, and demonstrating light and heavy low emission vehicles are the focus for the newly opened Round 10 of the Government’s low emission vehicles contestable fund (LEVCF) administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/eeca-round-10-funding-applications-close-april-14/


Car industry puts eFuels on agenda

The Motor Industry Association is calling on the government to look at synthetic liquid fuels to cut CO2 emissions.

https://autofile.co.nz/car-industry-puts-efuels-on-agenda-


Fund aims to plug charging gaps

Minister keen to address barriers to the uptake of EVs as part of multimillion-dollar investments.

https://autofile.co.nz/fund-aims-to-plug-charging-gaps-


Powerful Maseratis head Down Under

Fast trio with engines built by Ferrari can all hit top speeds of more than 300kph.

https://autofile.co.nz/powerful-maseratis-head-down-under-


BMW IX confirmed for fourth-quarter kiwi arrival

BMW’s local arm has confirmed that its fully electric iX will land in local showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2021.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/bmw-ix-confirmed-for-fourth-quarter-kiwi-arrival


A nail in petrol’s coffin: Audi halts combustion engine development

Following a hefty string of announcements from parent company Volkswagen, Audi has dropped something of a bombshell itself.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/a-nail-in-petrol-s-coffin-audi-halts-combustion-engine-development


Secret one-off Kia Stinger convertible revealed

The Kia Stinger is seen by many as a sort of middle finger response to the claim that traditional rear-driven sedans outside of Germany are dead or dying.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/secret-one-off-kia-stinger-convertible-revealed


Carmakers racing to drive down EV costs

If there was ever a signal that electric cars (EVs) have gone mainstream, their addition to the formula used to calculate inflation in the UK is it.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/evs/124564439/carmakers-racing-to-drive-down-ev-costs


Audi to end development of new combustion engines

Audi has confirmed it is ending the development of all new diesel and petrol combustion engines. However, it will continue updating the existing powertrains to meet future emissions regulations.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124565362/audi-to-end-development-of-new-combustion-engines


Jayco unveils new safety tech across 2021 RV line-up

Now that international travel isn’t an option, travellers are looking at exploring their backyard, and is there anything more Kiwi than hitting the road with a caravan in tow?

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/jayco-unveils-new-safety-tech-across-2021-rv-line-up/


Watch: F1 star Daniel Ricciardo effortlessly drifts McLaren’s new Artura

Up until now a few weeks ago, you’d be laughed at for suggesting McLaren should be building V6-powered supercars, but the new plug-in hybrid Artura is just that.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/watch-f1-star-daniel-ricciardo-effortlessly-drifts-mclaren-s-new-artura/


Details revealed for new Peugeot and Citroen flagship dealership in Auckland

Hot on the heels of Peugeot revealing a new brand identity, Armstrongs has revealed plans for a new superstore to replace the old Renault and Infinti dealership in Greenlane.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/details-revealed-for-new-peugeot-and-citroen-flagship-dealership-in-auckland/