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// Revealed: Mazda’s new CX-50 is a rugged gravel basher

To say Mazdas SUV line-up is comprehensive is a bit of an understatement. The Japanese manufacturer currently offers six SUVs locally, ranging from the plug-in MX-30 to the three-row CX-8 and CX-9.

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// McLaren isn’t being bought by Audi, despite the rumours

Over the weekend, a report emerged claiming McLaren was to be split in two and sold, with the road car division going to BMW and the motorsport team to be bought by Audi.

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// Leaving no customers behind in low emissions mobility

Toyota New Zealand chief executive Neeraj Lala has told the transport and infrastructure select committee the company will not leave any customers behind as it focusses on providing low emissions mobility for all New Zealanders.

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// Keeping consumers informed about lending changes

The Financial Services Federation has joined forces with the New Zealand Bankers Association to explain how the consumer lending processes will change from December 1 when new legislation comes into play.

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// More electric utes coming

Chinese brand Kandi has its electric double-cab ute ready to order in the US where Rivian has brought its R1T ute to the market with other automotive manufacturers likely to follow.

// NZ can be a ‘fast follower’ in transforming its vehicle industry

New Zealand should set goals similar to those for Europe for vehicle emission reductions, allowing for a two-year delay to account for local market transition factors and to enable local new vehicle distributors to transition in an orderly and sustainable manner. That’s the view of the Ford Motor Company of New Zealand


IN OTHER NEWS

// GMSV launches first locally produced advertising campaign

The first locally produced Chevrolet Silverado television advertising campaign (TVC) yet has been released by GMSV, showing a selection of Thats Boss moments with the off-road focussed LT Trail Boss.

// Five Japanese manufacturers are working on carbon-neutral fuels

Electrification is pretty well-entrenched as the next step in transport, at least in terms of power and reducing emissions. But not everyone is convinced it is the only way.

// MITO boss Janet Lane to step down

MITO chief executive Janet Lane is set to depart as the automotive industry training organisation transitions as part of the Governments new training reforms.

// Tesla backs clean cars bill

Teslas chairwoman says the clean car standard being proposed by the government will make New Zealand’s fleet among the world’s safest and greenest.

// Boniface takes over MTA presidency from retiring Harris

Auckland paint and panel shop owner Bob Boniface has been elected as the new president of the Motor Trade Association following the retirement of Waikato service station and workshop owner Dave Harris.

// Hyundai goes back to the future with Grandeur EV

To mark the 35th anniversary of its 1986 flagship sedan, Hyundai has gone back to the future and created a restored-modified (resto-mod) Heritage Series Grandeur EV.

// Mercedes-AMG appoints Triple Eight as customer support hub

Queensland-based Triple Eight Race Engineering Australia Pty Ltd (Triple Eight) has been appointed by Mercedes-AMG to become its Pacific hub to support motorsport customers in Australia and New Zealand with spare parts and repairs and rebuilds.

// An ‘Apple Car’ was designed by company saying it specifically used tech giant’s new patents

While the Apple Car has only been an idea floating in the cloud for some time, a company has decided to take matters into its own hands.


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