Jaguar Land Rover Prepares For EVs

Advanced lightweight composite research will help Jaguar Land Rover prepare for future EVs to deliver increased range, greater performance and a more dynamic drive.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/jaguar-land-rover-prepares-for-evs


BMW Online Store Gives Early Access To New Models

Want to be the first in town to own BMW’s new X2 Mesh Edition model? That’s the offer BMW New Zealand is making with the launch of its all-new online BMW Store and an exclusive opportunity to buy an X2 Mesh Edition months before its official local launch.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/bmw-online-store-gives-early-access-to-new-models


Biden Wants EVs For Entire US Federal Fleet

US president Joe Biden will replace all 645,000 US federal vehicles with US-made EVs. This includes 245,000 civilian vehicles, 173,000 military vehicles, and 225,000 post office vehicles, Electrek reports, adding there’s no specific details or time frame yet.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/biden-wants-evs-for-entire-us-federal-fleet


Skoda NZ Supports School Cycling

Skoda New Zealand is the new naming sponsor for Cycling New Zealand Schools’ sanctioned events for the next three years. The automotive brand already has a well-established relationship with cycling, such as providing vehicles to Cycling New Zealand, and started as a bicycle manufacturer.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/skoda-nz-supports-school-cycling


Aquilina Takes Reins At Cadillac International

Former Holden New Zealand boss Kristian Aquilina has started his new job, running iconic brand Cadillac’s international operations and Cadillac Middle East.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/aquilina-takes-reins-at-cadillac-international


Porsche Taycan Model Range Extended

Porsche is launching the fourth variant of its first all-electric sports saloon the Taycan. The rear-wheel drive Taycan with the option of two battery sizes is expected to start arriving in global dealerships from mid-March.

https://autotalk.co.nz/news/porsche-taycan-model-range-extended


China Teslas Expected Here

China-made Tesla Model 3 and Y EVs are expected in Australia and New Zealand.

https://evsandbeyond.co.nz/china-teslas-expected-here/


Spending on cars enjoys summer surge

Consumers end 2020 by spending millions more dollars on their cars than in previous years. Spending on vehicles surged to $218 million in December, with the monthly boost helping push figures for the final quarter of 2020 to a record $631m.

https://autofile.co.nz/spending-on-cars-enjoys-summer-surge-


Community mourns car dealer

Accident claims the life of a successful businessman who was also an avid supporter of local organisations. A prominent used car dealer has died following a tragic accident, with staff at the business he ran on Auckland’s North Shore describing his death as a “great loss”.

https://autofile.co.nz/community-mourns-car-dealer-


Big Change At Lotus: Elise, Exige Bid Farewell, Hybrid On The Way

Lotus, an iconic brand that’s announced plenty but actioned little in recent times, has finally bitten the bullet — confirming comprehensive changes to its line-up overnight while giving pointers to its replacement.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/big-change-at-lotus-elise-exige-discontinued-hybrid-on-the-way


Watch: All-New Mitsubishi Outlander Is A Demon On Gravel

On February 16, Mitsubishi will finally reveal a replacement for its seasoned veteran Outlander — an SUV that’s used just one platform since 2006. Thanks to spy images we already have a fairly good idea what the mid-sizer is going to look like. But, Mitsubishi ardently continue to tease the model; it’s latest effort being a gritty video of its going through performance testing while dressed in camouflage.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/watch-all-new-mitsubishi-outlander-is-a-demon-on-gravel


BMW’s X2 Gets New Clothes And A Unique Brand First

The BMW X2 feels like a somewhat forgotten player in the premium compact SUV space-race, despite being one of the sweetest to drive and despite featuring one of the most iconic badges.

https://www.autocar.co.nz/autocar-news-app/bmw-s-x2-gets-new-clothes-and-a-unique-online-first


A year of poor planning led to carmakers’ massive chip shortage

Near-sighted planning, supply-chain complexities and a tradition of keeping inventories low caused the semiconductor shortage that is now forcing carmakers to idle production lines and straining their relationship with chip manufacturers.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/300214127/a-year-of-poor-planning-led-to-carmakers-massive-chip-shortage


Toyota the most searched car brand of 2020

Last year, Australian researchers crunching Google data found that BMW was the most searched for car brand of 2019. Now, it appears those researchers have nothing better to do than look up search statistics about cars because they found that Toyota knocked BMW off the throne in 2020.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/124053863/toyota-the-most-searched-car-brand-of-2020


BMW promises ‘sheer driving pleasure’ from its Tesla-rivalling i4 sedan

It’s a bold claim, but BMW is promising that its forthcoming i4 Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) will be very much the pure-electric equivalent of a 3/4 Series in terms of driving dynamics.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/bmw-promises-sheer-driving-pleasure-from-its-tesla-rivalling-i4-sedan/


Skoda’s new SUV is called ‘Kushaq’: and you thought it would have run out of K-and-q names

Skoda is really sticking to its guns about SUVs having names that start with “K” and end in a “q” (which was pretty ambitious to start with). Its new baby SUV is called Kushaq, which translates from Sanskrit as “King”.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/skoda-s-new-suv-is-called-kushaq-and-you-thought-it-would-have-run-out-of-k-and-q-names/


Ranger rules in NZ, but what are the best-selling new vehicles in other parts of the world?

The Ford Ranger has been the undisputed king of the new-vehicle sales charts in New Zealand for seven years now. Kiwis love utes and we love the Ranger to the point of giving it cult status.

https://www.driven.co.nz/news/ranger-rules-in-nz-but-what-are-the-best-selling-new-vehicles-in-other-parts-of-the-world/