// Ford NZ on the hybrid train with new escape models

Ford NZ will be offering more hybrid options next year when the ‘self-charging’ petrol electric Escape arrives.

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// Rivian’s first all-electric R1T ute rolls off production line

A little known car maker has done what some of the biggest and most valuable companies in the world have not – build an electric ute.

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// Mitsubishi reportedly set to switch to Renault-Nissan platforms

Mitsubishi is reportedly halting the development of its own platforms for Japan, opting instead for platforms developed under the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance it is part of.

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// Hennessey baits Ram with 775hp F-150

The horsepower wars are not dead in the US with Texan tuner, Hennessey, rolling out the Venom 775 F-150. It’s a truck which the firm proudly states ‘promises Ram TRX-crushing power and performance’.

// Cabinet delays emissions plan

A decision on setting a possible date for banning imports of new and used petrol cars has been put back until May 2022.


// Electric vehicle chargers to become mandatory on all new builds in England

As the automotive world moves towards electric power, a lot of the focus is falling on the charging infrastructure and how countries will cope when EVs become the main form of transport.

// Some ute stock levels dwindling as feebate nears

In spite of Mitsubishi Motors announcing an allocation of more than 5000 Tritons to push through its dealerships by December 31, 2021 before the Clean Car legislation begins, some brands say they will comfortably fulfil customer orders and some say they won’t.

// NZ Mitsubishi dealers up for the Triton sales challenge

The announcement by Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand that it had secured an allocation of 5000 MY22 Triton Utes to sell by December 31, 2021 ahead of the feebate introduction has taken the rest of the motor industry by surprise but members of its dealer network say the demand is there.

// ABB to reveal ‘world’s most powerful EV fast charger’

ABB launches what it says is ”the most powerful EV fast charger currently in the world” on September 30. It adds the “Never stop moving!”

// ABB sets standard for EV energy metering

ABB is one of the first major charging station suppliers to reach compliance for its Terra 53/54 and High-Power DC chargers with the German Eichrecht standard

// Mystery surrounds Aston’s new Super DBX

Aston Martin will expand its DBX model range next year with a go-faster version. Thought to be called the DBX S, the rumour mill is swirling as to just what will power this new variant.

// Fering Pioneer is so mad it just might work

Here’s something a little bit interesting. This is the Fering Pioneer, an overland vehicle utilising supercar knowhow to break the mould for an off roader.

// Frickin’ lasers for sparkling screens

If it wasn’t for the fact that Tesla was involved, you might think the concept of using lasers to clean windscreens was pure science fiction.

// The U.S. government helped Tesla conquer EVs. Now it’s helping Detroit.

US PresidentJoe Biden held a splashy event on the White House’s South Lawn last month to announce an ambitious goal: to make half of new passenger vehicle sales electric, plug-in hybrid or fuel-cell electric vehicles by 2030.



// UPDATED Current National New Car Deals



  • C-Class Coupé & Cabriolet AMG Line PLUS Edition.


  • X-TRAIL 2WD AUTO ST-L 7 SEAT – $39,990 +ORC
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  • E-Class Coupé Sport Edition
  • E-Class Saloon Sport Edition
  • The S 350 d Edition S

Updated every Friday, here’s a complete list of current National deals for new cars, utes, and light commercials.

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