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// Volkswagen ID.4 wins 2021 World Car of the Year award

The all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV has beaten the Toyota Yaris and the Honda e to become the winner of the 2021 World Car of the Year.

// The electric VW ID.4 is 2021 World Car of the Year

Officials from World Car of the Year have confirmed overnight that the Volkswagen ID.4, Veedub’s first fully electric SUV, has scooped the grand prize for 2021.


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// New Zealand’s EV charging network continues to expand

The network of public EV charging stations around the country is continuing to increase, with The Warehouse and Meridian Energy both recently revealing expansions to their public charger networks.

// The Warehouse expands free car charging network

Electric car owners who love a free plug or two can rejoice, following this morning’s news that The Warehouse is set to expand its charging network nationwide.


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// Mazda, Honda, Mitsubishi all announce electric SUVs

If there’s been a theme to the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show, it’s been electrification. Almost every manufacturer represented at the event used it to launch new electric or partially electric offerings.


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// New Lexus hybrid only in NZ

Carmaker predicts Kiwis will not make an immediate jump to battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) for some time yet.

// Auckland Audi dealership offering high-powered charging for all EVs

A new 175kW DC charger located at Auckland’s Giltrap Audi dealership is the first such facility above 50kW in the city centre and it will be available to all electric vehicles drivers who operate a ChargeNet account.

// Tesla drops Model 3 price

Tesla has reduced the price of its Model 3 variants in Australia and New Zealand by several thousands of dollars or nearly 6%.

// Countdown to may Eworld expo

New Zealand’s e-mobility and sustainable technologies event eworld is shaping up for The Trusts Arena in Henderson, Auckland, on Friday May 7 (trade expo) and Saturday May 8 (public day).

// BMW group New Zealand publishes next generation leadership report

BMW Group New Zealand has published a research study that documents five crucial components New Zealand business leaders must embrace today, so that they succeed in the future.

// Cockram Kia opens new Christchurch supersite

After a significant redevelopment which saw more than half a million dollars invested into the new dealership, Cockram Kia is open for business in a new, purpose-built facility which will house the entire team under one roof.

// Uber launches shared rides scheme

Uber has launched a new shared rides trial called Pool Chance exclusively in Auckland and Adelaide.

// Marque opens new supersite

Dealership in Christchurch brings all its staff under one roof after previously operating out of three locations.

// Nissan Pulsar GTI-R emerges in NZ for $54,990

The world is going gaga right now for homologation special ‘race cars for the road’, particularly those connected to Group A or Group B rallying.

// Volkswagen preparing go-fast ID.4 GTX for launch

Volkswagen has confirmed the first electric vehicle to get the high-performance GTX moniker will be the ID.4, set for a debut on April 28

// World Car of the Year winners announced

The big winners for the 2021 World Car of the Year awards have been announced, after a year marred by the Covid-19 pandemic.

// Fatal Tesla crash highlights company’s shaky history with safety investigators

Officials said Tesla is not party to a probe into a weekend Model S crash that killed two people – a departure from typical protocol and a potential sign of the auto company’s strained relations with investigators.

// Fast food: Nissan reveals McDonald’s Edition chrome-wrapped GT-R

Just recently, Nissan revealed the GT-R NISMO Special Edition which apart from adding a new colour, and a few carbon fibre parts, didn’t make the aging GT-R anymore interesting.

// Watch: Mini Paddy Hopkirk Edition pays tribute to a rallying icon

More than 56 years have passed, but memories of the giant-slaying ‘little car that could’ with the starting number 37 have hardly faded.

// Audi’s all-electric e-tron A6 concept revealed at Shanghai Auto Show

Audi is getting serious about electric cars. The German luxury brand has shown off its new A6 e-tron concept car at the 2021 Shanghai motor show.