// What Car Dealer mug shall we make?

Introduce friends to The Full Brief and you’ll soon be able to score one of these sweet mugs. But which one would you want?

  1. Cardealologist – Basically a doctor
  2. “I spoke to your wife, she said buy the car”

We can only print one type. Reply to let me know your favourite. Or have you got a better idea?


// Kia Stinger and Sportage could face NZ recall over fire risk

One of New Zealand’s most popular vehicles, the Sportage, could soon become subject to a nationwide recall alongside its sports sedan cousin, the Stinger.

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// Honda saves the manual as Aston Martin tries to kill it

Honda has confirmed the Civic Type R will continue with the manual transmission while Aston Martin says it will no longer offer a third pedal with its sports cars.

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// Wage and salary rates are climbing at rapid levels

Automotive Employment NZ Ltd, a specialist motor industry recruitment company has recently put together a list of current remuneration estimates for the Automotive Industry.


// Bespoke Gulf Mclaren 720s celebrates kiwi partnership

McLaren Special Operations have unveiled a Gulf Oil-liveried McLaren 720S in tribute to the partnership which first started more than 50 years ago with the brand’s founder Kiwi Bruce McLaren.

// Revealed: Mercedes-Maybach’s new S680 keeps the V12 dream alive

With tightening emissions standards around the world, big displacement engines will soon be a thing of the past, but it’s good to know that brands like Mercedes-Maybach are keeping the dream alive.


// Leaked: new BMW ix3 revealed, no big grille (for now)

One of the many questions we have regarding the tall, undeniably bold grilles that BMW has implemented on its 4 Series, M4, and M3 is whether they’re likely to roll out across the firm’s entire line-up

// Rethink could be needed for EV leasing

Car leasing companies might have to rethink the duration and maximum mileages when they’re leasing electric vehicles

// Mixed bag for regions as economy recovers

Though some parts of New Zealand have continued to recover in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdowns, others show “patches of softer economic activity.

// The difference six years makes

Case 1 – Mahoney v Farmer Motor Group Ltd In this case the purchaser acquired a new Audi A4 Avant for $83,000 from the trader in March 2014.

// ‘Uber Pass’ launched

Kiwis are among the first in the world to get Uber Pass, a membership that connects both mobility and delivery.

// $7.5m for extracting lithium for EVs from geothermal fluid

Global plans by New Zealand mineral recovery firm Geo40 Ltd to obtain low carbon lithium from geothermal fluid recovery

// Kia goes fancy: new luxury flagship breaks cover

When it comes to models that New Zealand misses out on from other markets, generally speaking left-hand drive exclusive stuff from the land of the free.

// BMW keeps the RWD flame alive

When BMW shifted the 1 and 2 Series ranges to the same FWD platform as the Mini range, people who cared about the German company’s proud sporty RWD heritage were rightfully worried.



// Current National New Car Deals Revealed

Updated every Thursday, 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.