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Land Rover gives the Defender V8 power

Land Rover has decided the Defender needs more power. A lot more. While other manufacturers might look towards adding electric power to the mix, Land Rover decided to use a supercharged V8.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124360471/land-rover-gives-the-defender-v8-power

Land Rover’s V8-powered Defender finally unveiled with 386kW

Like anything with wheels and an engine, off-roaders are always more fun when you’ve got power to play with, and while Land Rover’s Defender was perfectly fine in standard form, we aren’t going to say no to more power.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/land-rover-s-v8-powered-defender-finally-unveiled-with-386kw/


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Seventh generation Benz S-Class arrives

Mercedes-Benz’s new S-Class goes on sale in New Zealand in S 450 4MATIC and long-wheelbase S 450 L 4MATIC variants.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/seventh-generation-benz-s-class-arrives

NZ pricing revealed for Mercedes-Benz’s uber-luxurious S-Class sedan

While the majority of brands in the automotive world might be infatuated with SUVs, there are still some brands that are flying the sedan flag, and we’re happy to see that Mercedes is one of them.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/nz-pricing-revealed-for-mercedes-benz-s-uber-luxurious-s-class-sedan/


HOP TOPIC

Hyundai’s $1.2 billion recall shows EV glory is no one-way road

Hyundai Motor Co.’s recall of nearly 82,000 electric vehicles highlights how costly the shift to the industry’s new frontier can be for all the automakers piling in, to both their balance sheets and their brands.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/evs/300239743/hyundais-12-billion-recall-shows-ev-glory-is-no-oneway-road

Hyundai recalling 82,000 EVs due to potential fire risk

Hyundai has reportedly issued a voluntary recall of three EV models – the Kona (75,680), Ioniq (5715) and Elec City bus (305)

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/hyundai-recalling-82000-evs-due-to-potential-fire-risk


PODCAST

What’s the best ute in New Zealand? Zooming with DRIVEN EP 33

The set has changed, everything is blue, and we’re celebrating a ute special here at Driven this week!

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/what-s-the-best-ute-in-new-zealand-zooming-with-driven-ep-33/


BEST OF THE REST

New Peugeot logo reflects move upmarket

Peugeot has a new logo, again using its traditional lion’s head motif, but this time mounted on a heraldic shield.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/new-peugeot-logo-reflects-move-upmarket


IN OTHER NEWS

EV conference postponed as Auckland enters Level 3

EVs and Beyond’s The EVent conference, set to kick off on Waiheke Island tomorrow, has been postponed due to COVID-19. The March 1 and 2 conference cannot go ahead currently under level 3 restrictions, with a new set of dates set announced within a few days.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/ev-conference-postponed-as-auckland-enters-level-3


Economy more optimistic and upbeat

New Zealand’s economy continues to be more optimistic and upbeat as restrictions on economic and social activity remain lower than in most parts of the world.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/economy-more-optimistic-and-upbeat


Honda E women’s world car of the year best EV

The Honda e is named Electric Vehicle of the Year in the Women’s World Car of the Year awards. Best Car of the Year from among nine category winners will be announced on International Women’s Day, March 8.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/honda-e-womens-world-car-of-the-year-best-ev/


EV conference on but Waiheke WOW cancelled

Uncertainty around COVID restrictions in Auckland has led to cancellation of the Electric Island Waiheke Weekend of WOW events on February 27 and 28.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/evs-and-beyond-conference-to-continue-but-electric-island-waiheke-weekend-events-cancelled/


Suzuki teams up with Plunket

A shared commitment to safety sees marque agree to support the charity with nearly 500 new cars.

https://autofile.co.nz/suzuki-teams-up-with-plunket-


Toyota range scoops top gong

Dominance of car of the year awards by one model makes it “too hard” to pick an overall winner.

https://autofile.co.nz/toyota-range-scoops-top-gong-


Ford developing a plug-in hybrid Ranger ute

It’s inevitable really; that all of today’s gruff and utilitarian utility vehicles are going to become electrified in some way shape or form.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/ford-developing-a-plug-in-hybrid-ranger-ranger-ute


Are you ready for the path to zero emissions?

Last month saw the Climate Change Commission release its draft package of advice for consultation. It is promising to see a plan on the table for how New Zealand can reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/ev-torque-march-2021-are-you-ready-for-the-path-to-zero-emissions


Chinese car-maker to develop electric utes in Australia for NZ?

That above headline is a complicated gumbo of ideas, but yes — it’s been tipped that Chinese firm BYD (Build Your Dreams) is set to develop a fully electric ute in Australia, with plans to sell the ute on both sides of the Tasman.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/chinese-car-maker-to-develop-electric-utes-in-australia-for-nz


Quick Charge 27/02: this week in EV news

A good and bad week for Hyundai. The good news? Hyundai has revealed its new Ioniq 5 all-electric SUV that packs some brilliant retro styling and is the first vehicle to appear on the company’s all-new EV platform.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/evs/124340257/quick-charge-2702-this-week-in-ev-news


New Levorg in line for more powerful WRX engine

The next generation of Subaru Levorg will also benefit from the WRX’s forthcoming power up, Australian executives have reportedly confirmed.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124371932/new-levorg-in-line-for-more-powerful-wrx-engine


Buell is back from the dead!

Buell is returning from the dead (again), with promises of superbikes and performance motorcycles.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124373871/buell-is-back-from-the-dead


Suzuki’s 91-year-old ‘driving force’ to ease back

Suzuki Motor Corp. Chairman Osamu Suzuki, 91, announced Wednesday he would retire in June and be appointed as senior adviser without representative rights upon retirement.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/300239820/suzukis-91yearold-driving-force-to-ease-back


Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo shown in official ‘spy shots’

Porsche has shown off the forthcoming wagon variant of the all-electric Taycan, suffixed ‘Cross Turismo’, in some official ‘spy shots’.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/evs/124368956/porsche-taycan-cross-turismo-shown-in-official-spy-shots


Ute accessories: picking up something extra

ARB is a big name in ute accessories, but the very first product company founder Anthony Brown designed and built in the 1970s was a roof rack.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/ute-accessories-picking-up-something-extra/