Opinion: Will Stellantis Deliver Synergies Of 5 Billion Euro?

The bells have been rung on the stock exchanges, the new Stellantis website is up and running but the question remains will the merger between Peugeot (Groupe PSA) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) create 5 billion Euro in cost savings without closing a factory?


Boxster’s 25th Birthday Special

Porsche New Zealand is taking orders for the special 25th anniversary edition Boxster which is restricted to 1250 units worldwide and is based on the GTS 4.0 model. Prices in New Zealand start at $175,800 including GST and the first deliveries are expected in June and July.


Banned Trader Working With Prominent Dealer

An Auckland man, officially banned from trading motor vehicles until 2024, has been acting as an agent for at least one prominent Auckland dealership group. Warwick Taylor has a long troubled history within the automotive trade, predominately focussed on the cheaper or higher risk end of the market.


Volvo Cars To Triple EV Production

Volvo Cars is tripling electric car manufacturing capacity at its plant in Ghent, Belgium as it prepares to meet fast growing demand for its Recharge line-up of chargeable cars.


Carnival Comes Into Town

Kia’s fourth generation Carnival people mover, built on a larger platform which it shares with the new Sorento SUV, has arrived on the New Zealand market. It’s available in three models – EX, Deluxe and Premium – all with a 2.2-litre diesel engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox.


Video: Renault Accelerates E-Mobility

Groupe Renault aims to be a leader in vehicle electrification by 2025, producing more than 10 all-electrics and targeting half of all launches in Europe to be full EVs.


Stellantis Merger Completed Between Fiat-Chrysler And Peugeot

The merger between Groupe PSA (Peugeot-Citroen-DS-Vauxhall-Opel) and FCA (Fiat-Chrysler) that lead to the creation of Stellantis, which is now the world’s fourth largest global automotive manufacturer came into effect today.


Warning over fake car parts

Audits of imported parts under way to prevent counterfeit goods sneaking into our vehicles. The Motor Trade Association (MTA) is warning businesses to avoid the temptation of buying counterfeit parts at a time when there is pressure on the supply chain because of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Urban economies set for boost

Bank forecasts better times for a number of regions but the road to recovery for areas reliant on tourism looks slow. Big cities are being tipped to share more in the economic recovery this year after rural regions have already bounced back more strongly from Covid-19.


Takata airbag alert as online searches soar

Industry body hails success of website for people wanting to know if their car is fitted with faulty devices. Car owners across the ditch are being advised to act soon over getting faulty Takata airbags fixed to avoid the risk of having their vehicles taken off the road.


New Kia Carnival Lands, Shows SUVs Aren’t The Only Answer

You could be fooled into thinking that the only way to cart a large family around these days is with an SUV, such is the immense popularity of the genre. But, there are still a handful of manufacturers that will sell you a good old-fashioned minivan people mover in 2020. And among them is Kia.


Volvo Readies For Petrol Purge By Tripling Electric Car Output

One of the more proactive mainstream European manufacturers when it comes to electrification, Volvo, has confirmed that it will be tripling its electric and plug-in hybrid car production capacity in 2021 at its plant in Ghent, Belgium.


Ford Potentially Working On A Bronco Adventure Ute

There’s little denying that the Ford Ranger is a hugely popular vehicle in both New Zealand and Australia. It was this success that probably helped push over the line plans to bring the nameplate back to life in the blue oval’s homeland. And … maybe … there could be another ute model based on the same bones on the way.


Ares Design does the old Land Rover Defender right

Ares Design, known recently for bringing back the DeTomaso Pantera, seems to think Land Rover didn’t quite get the new Defender right.


Lidar tech on the rise at CES to power future smart cities, autonomous cars

Mobility analysts, urban planners and AI companies bill widespread lidar as a building block for future urban societies, where autonomous vehicles, smart homes and infrastructure work together to create “smart” cities.


Watch: Toyota builds a Supra that drifts itself in the name of safety

Thanks to its powerful engine and rear-wheel drive configuration, the Toyota Supra has always been a favourite among drifters, and with over 250kW coming from the BMW-sourced mill, the latest iteration is no exception.


Renault’s new R5 EV combines modern technology with classic styling

Ask any petrolhead about the best car that Renault has made, and they’ll most likely start babbling about the R5 Turbo, complete with its huge haunches and epic mid-mounted engine.