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// Chief executive departs NZ Motor Trade Association

The Motor Trade Association has confirmed that chief executive Craig Pomare is set to leave the organisation at the end of a near eight-year tenure.“

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// Hydrogen vans coming down the pipe for Citroen and Peugeot

2022 is going to be a huge year for alternative fuels in the commercial vehicle space, particularly in the world of vans.

// Changes to safety ratings

Safety ratings published on Rightcar.govt.nz now focus on the impact vehicles have on all people involved in crashes on New Zealand’s roads.


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// Watch: Ford drops more images of new Everest ahead of 2022 reveal

After spy images emerged of the 2023 Ford Everest testing in Thailand earlier this week, Ford has decided to get on the front foot and release images of the camouflaged three-row SUV themselves.

// GM plots mass-market EV push under pressure from rivals

General Motors has talked up its electric-vehicle plans for years, and even generated buzz by resurrecting Hummer’s gas-guzzling name in the form of an electric pickup truck. Now comes the tough part: selling mass-market EVs.

// Hyundai Motors New Zealand hosts virtual dealer awards

To celebrate the achievements of its dealership network under current pandemic restrictions, Hyundai Motors New Zealand hosted a virtual dealership awards ceremony for its national network to attend digitally.

// Company’s market share jumps

Following rapid growth over the past year, Avanti Finance is now reported as the second-largest non-bank lender by assets, loans, and market share in the country by KPMG.

// Mini shares big love this Christmas

Mini has partnered with Auckland City Mission to spread big love and cheer among those most in need this Christmas. The news comes as Auckland City Mission records a significant increase in requests for support this festive season.

// Audi is working on one last blast for the V10-powered R8

Audi is working on one final hurrah for the R8 supercar, before the mighty V10 makes way for electrification.

// Uber drivers assist in design for Arrival EV prototype

Arrival has collaborated with Uber drivers to create a purpose-built EV for ride-sharing services. The prototype moves the brand away from their typical electric busses and moving vans, as it unveils its first car prototype.

// Company expansion to cost $33m

CAL Isuzu, New Zealand’s largest independent Isuzu dealership, is building new dealerships and workshops costing a combined $33 million.

// Toyota NZ excited by new EVs

Toyota’s announcement of 30 new electric vehicles coming by 2030 has the local arm excited, with CEO Neeraj Lala saying that a full range of powertrains will be critical to achieving a low carbon economy in New Zealand.

// Mazda fiddles with the MX-5, again

Mazda has subtly updated its MX-5 for 2022 by adding extra cornering goodness. We weren’t aware it needed any help in this regard, it’s still one of our favourite driver’s cars, but Mazda is not a company to let its engineers lay around idle

// Nissan Newbird, the one-off electromod built to celebrate 35 years at Sunderland

Nissan has been producing cars at the Sunderland plant in the UK for 35 years, and to celebrate, a one-off electromod has been created out of the UK-built Bluebird.


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