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// Toyota reveals epic GT3 Concept and an even hotter GR Yaris

Toyota has revealed a handful of new concepts at the Tokyo Auto Salon, and one should light a lot of fires in the bellies of sports car enthusiasts.

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// Toyota launches new import trade favourites in Japan

Beloved by the Kiwi used import trade since the first generation was launched in 2001, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) launched its completely redesigned Noah and Voxy minivan range to the Japanese market on January 13.

// Suzuki “assessing withdrawal” from NZ over “nonsense” Clean Car Standard

The New Zealand Government’s Clean Car measures have been much debated by both motoring pundits and distributors alike, with some groups expressing fears of the legislation’s indirect consequences.


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// Subaru has built a 1000-horsepower electric weapon

Subaru arrived at the Tokyo Auto Salon last week with something rather special – a 1043hp (800kW) electric racer. Called the STI E-RA (Electric Record Attempt), the bonkers machine was developed as part of an in-house study looking into future technology for carbon-neutral racing.

// Ford records big financial gains, take subtle dig at EV rivals

Ford’s stock prices have been on the up for quite some time, motivated in part by the brand’s domination of its ‘big three’ American rivals and its progress with electric vehicles.

// Tesla inks deal to get key battery component outside China

Tesla is turning to Mozambique for a key component in its electric car batteries in what analysts believe is a first-of-its-kind deal designed to reduce its dependence on China for graphite.

// Study reveals hybrid cars are more likely to catch fire than petrol and EVs

A new study has found that hybrid cars are the most likely to catch fire, and EVs have the lowest risk.

// Chev Equinox EV may replace Bolt

General Motors unveiled the new 2024 Chevy Equinox EV around the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January, leaving some to ponder if it will replace the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV – the Bolt subject to battery issues.


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