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// Kia confirms NZ spec for much anticipated electric EV6

Kia New Zealand continues to drip-feed information about the fully electric EV6 ahead of its imminent local launch (first models are set to arrive at the beginning of Q2).

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// Toyota adds more hybrid grades to best-selling RAV4 range

Toyota New Zealand is extending its RAV4 Hybrid range with the addition of the Adventure grade and an all-new XSE grade which has a higher level of fit-out than the GXL.

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// Introducing the Hyundai i20 N: The ultimate Corner Rascal

Introducing i20 N, Hyundai’s first light hot hatchback, and the third addition to the N Division. Namyang and Nürburgring-honed to deliver a ‘corner rascal’ flavour, i20 N has plenty of dynamic tricks in its repertoire.

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// New rules drag for dealers

The Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association (VIA) says sales of cars reliant on finance are taking much longer to complete since “impractical and impracticable” changes were made to credit laws.

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// ANCAP awards five-star safety rating to Mitsubishi Outlander

The Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP Safety) has awarded a five-star safety rating the new Mitsubishi Outlander …

// Suzuki NZ says it’s here to stay, but fears rising costs

Earlier this week NZ Autocar covered Suzuki New Zealand’s submission to the government regarding the Land Transport Amendment Bill, and specifically the Clean Car Standard and its likely impact.

// Kia Niro hybrid to bring major change to air quality

Next-generation hybrid cars will automatically shut off their engines near schools to improve air quality for children. Kia is set to introduce “Green Zone” technology in its next-gen Niro range that automatically switches to battery power in pre-set locations, as well as areas saved by customers.


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// BYD partners with Nuro on electric autonomous delivery vehicle

Chinese automotive manufacturer BYD is partnering with US autonomous vehicle company Nuro to begin producing its…

// GM to broaden electrification using hydrogen

General Motors has announced new commercial applications of its Hydrotec fuel cell technology, including a mobile power generator (MPG) for EV fast charging.

// Feebate scheme draws near

The Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association (VIA) is reminding members that the government’s feebate scheme for light vehicles is due to come into force from April 1.

// Automakers develop charging networks for greater EV cred

Frequent announcements of new electric vehicle model launches and multi-billion-dollar funding for electrification programmes have pushed automakers’ commitments to roll out charging networks out of the news.

// Bajaj set to build baby Triumph and Husky models

Things being the way they are in developed countries, it sometimes doesn’t make financial sense to build smaller bikes at home. That’s why BMW and KTM produce respective models like the G 310 R and Duke 200/390 offshore, with Indian partners.

// Mopar announces its at-home wall charger

Mopar has announced that it’s developed an at-home wall charger for EVs. It’s a Level 2 (240 volt) charger that can supply 7.7kW of power and charges roughly six times faster than a Level 1 charger.

// EV fleet grows by 54%

The number of new and used electric vehicles (EVs) in New Zealand was 37,156 at the end of 2021, an increase of 54.1 percent from the same stage a year earlier.


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