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// Ford’s highly anticipated Bronco Raptor revealed as an off-roader’s dream

Despite the fact that Ford is struggling to keep up with demand for the revived Bronco off-roader, the recently-revealed Bronco Raptor is only set to become even more of a hit.

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// ChargeNet reports record-breaking December

December was a record-breaking month for EV charging sessions across ChargeNet NZ’s network.

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// Vehicle spending up $135m for quarter

Motor vehicle spending was up $135 million (27.8%) for the December 2021 quarter, according to Stats NZ.

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// Renault signs strategic partnership with Geely

The new Renault Diamond logo The Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and the Renault Group have signed…

// Dongfeng E70 launched with solid-state battery

Fifty Dongfeng Fengshen (Aeolus) E70 demonstration EVs with solid-state lithium batteries have been delivered by the…

// Imported used car dealers reminded about ‘Feebate’ commencement

The professional body for the imported used vehicle industry, VIA, is reminding members and non-members that Clean Car discounts and penalties for light vehicles will commence on April 1, 2022.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Kia heralds ‘new era’

Kia NZ has released key specification details of the new, all-electric EV6 range with four variants.

// Electrification “chosen by politicians, not industry” says Stellantis boss

Stellantis’ comprehensive umbrella of manufacturers, ranging from Peugeot, Opel, and Fiat, to Dodge, Ram, and Jeep, represent some of the most active legacy marques on the market in terms of electrification.

// Electricarna postponed

New Plymouth’s big EV event, Electricarna 2022, initially scheduled for Sunday, February 27, has been postponed until later this year because of COVID red traffic light restrictions to help combat an Omicron outbreak.

// Keen for insurance priced according to how you drive?

The world of car insurance is in for an overhaul in more ways than one. The hardware in electric vehicles often requires specific repair programmes, which could impact the way insurers deal with them in the long run.

// China isn’t moving away from polluting cars fast enough

“There are nine million bicycles in Beijing, that’s a fact.” The opening lyrics to that 2005 hit song was a conservative estimate back then, and today millions of those bicycles have been replaced by planet-warming cars.

// Cute retro-neo CB300R freshened for MY22

The CB300R has been updated for 2022, now using 41mm Showa big piston forks up front, and cornering ABS brake control thanks to the addition of an inertial measurement unit (IMU).


HELPFUL RESOURCES

// Current National New Car Deals

Updated every Friday, here’s a complete list of current National deals for new cars, utes, and light commercials.

// Clean Car Calculator

Input vehicle make and/or model to calculate if the car will receive a rebate, fee or sits in the zero band (no change).