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// Renault Arkana crossover coupe hits NZ, pricing confirmed

Renault’s latest crossover, the coupe-shaped Arkana, is set to roll out at the French firm’s dealerships around the country in the coming weeks, with the brand’s local arm confirming spec and pricing for the model overnight.

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// EVs reach 37,156 in 2021

EVs recorded a huge surge in registrations during December.They achieved 37,156 – 1591 more than November’s 35,565, according to the Ministry of Transport’s newly released figures.

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// STI goes electric: Subaru unveils plug-in performance concepts

After only revealing its first electric car late last year, Subaru appears keen to drive the message that it’s into plug-ins further into the ground, with the unveiling of not one but two electric concepts at Tokyo Auto Salon 2022.

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// Specs revealed for new Kia Niro hybrid

The Seoul Motor Show in November 2021 saw the unveiling of the second-generation Kia Niro, which was updated with quirky new looks.

// Vehicle finance approvals in decline

Dealers have seen approvals for vehicle loans plummet following the introduction of new regulations under the Credit Contract and Consumer Finance Act (CCCFA).


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// Ford unveils new Mondeo, and we can’t have it

Ford’s initially sombre announcement that it would be phasing out the once much loved Mondeo nameplate worldwide was quickly followed up by speculation that the badge would actually return for certain markets —

// SEA Electric welcomes new CFO

Global e-mobility technology company SEA Electric has appointed Phillip Tighe chief financial officer (CFO), effective immediately….

// Vehicle arrivals up 37% in 2021

Vehicle imports were up 37.4% year-on-year in 2021 with a total of 301,314 arrivals hitting the wharves over the 12 months compared to 219, 236 the year before.

// Tesla Model 3 LR gets computer upgrade

The Tesla Model 3 Long Range due for delivery in mid to late February gets a…

// BMW isn’t giving up on petrol engines just yet

As various car brands continue to announce plans to cease the development of new internal combustion engines, it’s been confirmed that BMW is doing the opposite.

// ECL enables Custom Fleet EV management

Energy and technology solutions company ECL Group has developed a commercial EV fleet management service via…


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