// Here’s your Xmas bonus

It’s been a big first year for The Full Brief, so here’s a big Xmas Giveaway. Driving this 536 horsepower V8 beast around Pukekohe or Manfeild circuit is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry! Watch the promo video

To go in the draw just get one of your mates on the dealership to subscribe (as long as they’re interested) and you’ll both go in the draw. Use the tools at the bottom of any email to send them your special link, or if you’re not super technical, just show them how to sign up, and email me once they’ve done it. You’ll get one entry into the draw for each person you refer between 1st Nov and the draw on 20th Dec 2021.

Honestly, I’m betting only about 50 of you will do this, so your odds on winning are pretty good!


// New Outlander PHEV boldly strides forward

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has unveiled online its fully redesigned plug-In hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) version of the Outlander SUV.

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// Toyota unveils fully electric bZ4X in real, production-car form

Having shown it off in concept form in April, Toyota has now revealed the production version of its first fully electric vehicle; the bZ4X.

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// Mercedes-AMG reveals stunning new V8-powered SL roadster

It seems that the days of the petrol-powered sports cars are almost numbered, but Mercedes-AMG’s latest unveiling proves a strong point as to why we shouldn’t bid farewell just yet.

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// Help your customers avoid expensive repair bills

Autosure mechanical breakdown insurance is available for petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric vehicles, and includes AA Roadservice Cover to give your customers peace of mind driving.


// Land Rover Defender to get five-metre 130 version

A new Land Rover Defender is coming. Its not an EV, nor a hybrid its the 130 version that slots above the two-door 90 and four-door 110.

// VW and Stellantis share chip optimism with U.S. peers

Europe’s biggest automakers – Volkswagen and Stellantis – joined US competitors in voicing optimism that the severe semiconductor shortage decimating production may have peaked.


// An ultra-lightweight EV and a flying car?

A new Indian electric vehicle maker has announced plans to produce the lightest EV ever, weighing a claimed 738kg, while a Chinese startup has also revealed its for-the-masses flying car.

// The Good Oil: My little Pony modification

Focus too hard on something and you eventually start spinning around in circles. Case in point is Hyundai with its all-singing new-generation Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), Ioniq 5.

// “An avalanche” of electric Toyotas heading NZ’s way

Toyotas new bZ4X EV has already been confirmed for the New Zealand market, with a late-2022 launch on the cards. But, its only the start.

// GREEN SPECIAL: Demystifying the EV dashboard

The transition to Electric Vehicles (EVs) isnt just about what powers a vehicle. Its also an opportunity for carmakers to rethink every aspect of occupant interaction with the car especially the dashboard and operating systems.

// Buying cars from overseas online: hit Return, select Drive

Supply of new and near-new vehicles in New Zealand has been severely affected by Covid-19 (and the related semi-conductor crisis in the case of the former).

// Funding deadline looms

The first two funding rounds of the new-look Low Emission Transport Fund (LETF) close on November 3. The aim of round one is to provide co-funding for low-emissions vehicles and transport technology.

// Ford, GM profits fall as sales drop due to chip shortage

The global computer chip shortage cut into third-quarter profits at both Ford and crosstown rival General Motors, with both companies having to temporarily close factories, pinching supplies on dealer lots.

// Watch: Farewelling New Zealand’s cheapest new car

Though it wasn’t the fastest, or the best-looking car on sale, the Suzuki Celerio became an icon in the automotive industry as it was the cheapest new car on sale.


// Current National New Car Deals

Updated every Friday, here’s a complete list of current National deals for new cars, utes, and light commercials.

// Clean Car Calculator

Input vehicle make and/or model to calculate if the car will receive a rebate, fee or sits in the zero band (no change).