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// Just how easy is it for a Tesla to drive with no driver?

Tesla’s level two autonomous ‘Autopilot’ system, as well as its more advanced ‘Full Self Driving’ (FSD) cousin have been all over the news this week following a tragic fatal crash in the US which killed two.

// Consumer Reports tricks Tesla to drive with no one at wheel

Consumer Reports said Thursday it was able to easily trick a Tesla into driving in the car’s Autopilot mode with no one at the wheel.


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// Spied: new Toyota land cruiser spotted without camouflage

Just a few weeks after patent drawings of the new Toyota Land Cruiser emerged online, a series of images of the real thing have followed.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Huawei has revealed its first ever car

Huawei has beaten Apple to the punch and released its first ever car – in a way. The car is actually the Seres SF5, which first debuted in 2019.

// Not carrying out land transport funding review

The Ministry of Transport (MoT) is undertaking a programme of work to review the current land transport revenue system to ensure it is “fit for purpose and can meet future requirements”.

// Mini introduces new tiered package structure

Mini has announced pricing and specification details for its 2021 Hatch and Convertible range and says buyers will enjoy a high level of standard specification from new tiered package structure.

// Audi presents fully electric sportback concept car

Audi has unveiled the four-door A6 e-tron concept at Auto Shanghai 2021 which it says is the forerunner of a family of fully-electric production cars.

// Eighty EV battery gigafactories ‘insufficient’

Plans for 80 new EV battery gigafactories will be insufficient, an ABB sponsored report predicts.

// EV demand accelerating

Sales of high voltage hybrids (HEVs), plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) all saw an increase in most regions across the globe in spite of COVID-19.

// MTA’s call to boost safety of fleet

Industry body urges permanent support for employers teaching skills to the next generation of automotive workers.

// Logistics company to slash emissions

Toll NZ trials alternative fuel options for its fleet as it eyes ambitious environmental goals.

// Penis vigilante: Artist spray paints dicks on pothole-filled kiwi roads

The state of New Zealand’s roads has been a hot topic in the recent past, following a flurry of discussions around infrastructure upgrades and road safety.

// Government thinking of killing NZ fuel tax

One of the New Zealand Government’s less popular taxes, that is placed on fuel, is under review following an investigation by the Ministry of Transport.

// Volkswagen shows off facelifted Polo

Volkswagen has revealed the facelifted Polo ahead of an expected launch next year.

// Volvo announces EV battery recycling initiatives

From 2025, Volvo wants to reduce its annual CO2 output by 2.5 million tonnes by using circular business principles.

// Jaguar Land Rover halts production because of chip shortage

Jaguar Land Rover said Thursday it’s suspending production at two U.K. factories, becoming the latest automaker to fall victim to a global shortage of microchips.

// DRIVEN’s 10th anniversary: The top 10 cars of the last 10 years

It’s DRIVEN’s 10th anniversary and so we couldn’t resist arguing amongst ourselves to establish what we reckon are the 10 most important and/or influential cars of the last decade.

// The Good Oil: The day the first domino fell for the Australian car industry

A long time in this business, being lucky enough to represent big publications like DRIVEN, has afforded me the opportunity for a few “I was there” moments over the past 27 years.

// DRIVEN 10th anniversary: How it all began

An early response to the first issue of DRIVEN came from an Australian who’d picked up the NZ Herald from Auckland airport on his way back across the ditch.

// Watch: How big is Hyundai’s new Santa Cruz ute? Zooming with DRIVEN

This week we cover Hyundai’s new Santa Cruz ute, the Toyota BZ4X electric SUV, a Subaru that sold for an extraordinary price, and Dean’s entry into Mazda MX-5 racing.