// Nissan Bluebird EV celebrates 35 years of Sunderland production
To celebrate 35 years of production at its Sunderland plant in the United Kingdom, Nissan has created an electric restored-modified (resto-mod) Bluebird car which was the first model off the factory line in 1986.
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// Toyota NZ stalwart calls time after 45-year career
Toyota New Zealand has confirmed that one of its longest-standing staffers is retiring from the industry after more than four decades in the industry.
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// Maserati teases MC20 drop-top with first official images
Maserati’s seemingly victorious return to the supercar world, the MC20, debuted last year in hard-top coupe form.
// Little change following Clean Car Standard consultation
Little change has been proposed to the Land Transport (Clean Car) Amendment Bill following the select committee stage.
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// Fully electric SUV launched
Luxury marque’s first battery-electric car the first of “many new and exciting” models to be launched.
// Polestar raises green charging awareness
Performance EV manufacturer Polestar has teamed up with Dutch solar designer Marjan van Aubel to engage and educate around the power of renewable energy, through a series of social media content.
// People mover gains top safety rating
Results for Hyundai vehicle and van described as good news for families and fleet buyers. PLUS – video
// Is Tesla’s Full Self-Driving beta making driving safer? Or is it a safety hazard?
Kevin Smith has a love-hate relationship with driving. He was rear-ended twice in a short span of time, his daughter crashed her car weeks after getting her driver’s license and his mother chose to surrender hers after she started missing red lights.
// Homegrown supercharged Suzuki Jimny revealed
We’re big fans of the Suzuki Jimny over at NZ Autocar. Cheap and cheerful, packed with character, and exceptional off-road. It’s almost enough to forget that fairly questionable safety rating, hey …
// New Zealand steers clear of global diesel additive crisis
Domestic production of urea should be easily strong enough to keep Kiwi diesel drivers on the road beyond when counterparts overseas might be forced to a stop.
// Ford pokes fun at EV haters, cops a bit of backlash
Ford Motor Company’s character arc has been an interesting one to plot over the last few years, as it’s gone from the V8 Mustang and Ranger ute company to a company aiming to position itself at the forefront of electric vehicles.
// Ford F-150 Lightning and hybrid trucks will charge other EVs
Ford has confirmed the F-150 Lightning and F-150 hybrid variants will now be able to help out stricken EV owners with vehicle-to-vehicle charging.
// Tesla pulls Roadster pricing from website, removes reservations for top-spec model
Though Tesla is probably the most successful automotive brand in the world right now, it’s a bit all over the place with upcoming models, leaving fans wondering where orders are actually at.
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