// Four to six-month wait for new Toyota Rav4 and Hilux

Toyota New Zealand has confirmed lengthy waiting periods of around six months for those wanting a new RAV4 or Hilux.

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// NZ government looks at banning fuel-burning cars by 2050

As governments look to make tighter emissions standards, carmakers are having to make drastic changes to line-ups, and towards ‘cleaner’ energy sources such as electric or hydrogen power.

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// Vale: Ross Macdonald – Macdonald halligan motors

Autotalk has learned that Auckland car dealer, sailor, tennis player and motorsport enthusiast Ross Macdonald died on May 14.

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// MTA says NZ immigration is becoming a road safety issue

The New Zealand Motor Trade Association has issued a statement detailing concerns with the country’s immigration protocols, drawing a link between them and the shortage of workers in the vehicle inspection sector.

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// Wage and salary rates are climbing at rapid levels

Automotive Employment NZ Ltd, a specialist motor industry recruitment company has recently put together a list of current remuneration estimates for the Automotive Industry.


// How Tobias Moers will make Aston Martin great again

Tobias Moers has been at Aston Martin for nearly a year after a 26-year stint at Daimler, including seven years helming Mercedes-AMG. Now that he’s settled in, here’s how he plans to bring Aston Martin back into the green.

// Kia welcomes new Cerato, farewells Sportage

Kia New Zealand has removed the popular Sportage mid-size SUV from its website until the all-new model arrives in 2022.


// Former NASA engineer developing roads that can charge EVs

Infrastructure remains an unsolved issue in the grand scheme of vehicle electrification. Where do you put all the chargers?

// More stock but higher prices at auction

April hasn’t been the best month for the Japanese used vehicle export industry in general, with logistics issues om both sides of the Pacific hampering shipments.

// How to get more leads without spending more money

There’s no doubt that measuring the effectiveness of your marketing budget is a key milestone to achieving a better result for your business.

// State sector EVs and charging a ‘baby step’

The Government’s move to procure 422 new EVs for the public sector is “just a tiny baby step”, Greenpeace climate campaigner Amanda Larsson says.

// Budget eyes more EVs for public sector

Government says $67.4m package over four years will help it meet carbon-neutral goal.

// Apple locked users into its ecosystem. Tesla wants to do the same with its ‘iPhone on wheels’

Tesla released its futuristic “Full Self-Driving” package last year to great fanfare, criticism and the usual stream of video uploads showing off cars that could seemingly drive themselves.



// Current National New Car Deals Revealed

Updated every Thursday, here’s a complete list of current National deals for new cars, utes, and light commercials. Offers including pricing specials, ‘free extras’ deals, or special financing terms.