// Ardern rules out levy exemption for those who need utes

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed that, while the government did investigate the idea of giving out levy exemptions to certain ute buyers as part of its upcoming Clean Car Discount fees regime, no such exemption is in the pipeline.

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// Dealer invoices Kiwirail for identifying wrong car

Hawkes Bay car dealer Wayne Kirk has sent KiwiRail an invoice for $3450 for the time spent resolving the level-crossing misidentification of a vehicle owned by him and driven occasionally by his elderly mother.

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// Singer’s beautifully re-imagined Porsches confirmed for NZ

In an age where retromods are as in Vogue and big as they have ever been, Singer Vehicle Design is arguably an industry benchmark.


// We’ve got a job for you in Tauranga. You lucky thing.

Tauranga is thriving and our recently refurbished, multi-award winning Mitsubishi dealership is in growth mode. Here’s a few jobs we have available:


// “The world’s toughest Navara”: Nissan reveals new-look Raptor rival

Nissan has whipped the covers off its new-look updated Navara PRO-4X Warrior off-road ute, the spiritual successor to the Warrior N-Trek.

// Minister expected to tone down ute predictions

Transport Minister Michael Wood looks set to tone down predictions of imminent hybrid and electric ute arrivals following discussions with the trade.


// Honda pulls the plug on its slow-selling hydrogen car

As Land Rover confirms it’s getting into the hydrogen car game with a fuel cell Defender prototype, Honda confirms that it will stop selling its hydrogen car; the Clarity.

// Porsche 911 GT3 Touring arrives with all the revs and none of the wing

If you aren’t interested in turbochargers but still want a Porsche 911, there’s only one real option for you – the 911 GT3. But what if you don’t want the massive rear wing and all those vents?

// Dealership Chief Executive to apologise to female rugby players

Miles Toyota chief executive Mark Mills will apologise to female rugby players who he overlooked during a speech about the dealerships renewed sponsorship of the Canterbury secondary school’s rugby championship.

// NZAI backs rebate scheme

Boss calls for more “appropriate infrastructure” across the country to give Kiwis the confidence to shift to EVs.

// Surge in buyers pondering EVs

Crown entity predicts clean-car discounts will help eliminate the cost barrier to people choosing low-emissions vehicles.

// Cheaper Hyundai Kona electric added to kiwi line-up

While Hyundai New Zealand hasn’t yet formally announced it, a new cheaper fully electric version of the Kona SUV is set to be added to its local line-up.

// Huawei’s driverless tech will be ready by 2025

Huawei is broadening its horizons, working on new driverless technology for cars following the debut of a car it helped developed earlier this year.

// Smart tyres are rolling out to predict flats, blowouts

What if your car tyres alerted your smartphone when they need to be replaced?

// Hyundai and Mercedes step in for PHEVs

Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai have gone in to bat for plug-in hybrids in two separate interviews.



// UPDATED TODAY National New Car Deals Revealed

Updated every Friday, 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.