Light ICE Vehicle Imports To End By 2035?

The phasing out of light internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle importation within 14 years and ending energy generation from coal by 2035 are among actions proposed by the Climate Change Commission.

Dealer-Focussed Safety Webinar Confirmed

AutoTalk has partnered with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency for a professional development session no one in the trade should miss.

BMW M5 CS Accelerates Like A Supercar

Want a car that will hit 100km/h from rest in three seconds flat and will go on to hit an electronically limited top speed of 302km/h? From the middle of the year, you’ll be able to get one – price on request – from BMW dealers in New Zealand.

EV Rally King Confirmed For EV Conference

Climate heavy hitter also confirmed Multiple Kiwi rally champion, World Rally Championship driver and now electric rally car constructor Hayden Paddon has confirmed as being a key speaker for The EVent, the EVs & Beyond conference to be held on Waiheke Island on March 1 and 2, 2021.

Jazz Will Swing In By Mid-Year

Honda’s new Jazz range which is expected to go on sale here before the middle of the year will include a hybrid version. Honda New Zealand says the new model is “the biggest change to the Jazz since the first generation launched in 2002.”

Volvo Records Best-Ever NZ Sales Month

Volvo has made an exceptional sales start to 2021, says the Swedish brand’s new general manager Ben Montgomery. In January, Volvo NZ set a new sales record, retailing more than 100 vehicles – an improvement of more than 36% over its previous record.

GM Going Green

General Motors (GM) aims to be carbon neutral by 2040 in its global products and operations. It’s also working towards an all-electric future and aspires to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035.

Car Share Will Help Reduce Emissions

The government’s emissions announcement is a great first step towards reducing emissions per car but more is needed – especially in encouraging people to ditch their private car for other modes such as car share and public transport.

Biden A Boon For Electric Trucks

The US electric truck market is primed for huge growth under president Joe Biden’s EV revolution. So says IDTechEx in its 20-year forecast Electric Truck Markets 2021-2041 about the battery electric and fuel cell (FCEV) truck outlook, adding Biden’s administration will also benefit Tesla’s Semi.

Industry leader slams proposals for imports

VIA warns the public will be forced to pay more for cars and face less choice under the government’s “unrealistic” policies.

Toyota NZ Calls For EV Initiatives In Face Of ‘Tough Ask’ Co2 Targets

In the wake of yesterday’s news of a planned Clean Car Standard, set to come into full effect in 2025, Toyota New Zealand CEO Neeraj Lala has stressed the importance of setting up initiatives to help make next-gen vehicles more accessible to buyers.

Volvo Smashes Local Records In Successful January

In the midst of the latest wave of Covid-19 panic, Volvo New Zealand has scooped a significant local sales scalp — recording its best month of sales in history.

Tesla Could Be Delivering Cybertrucks By The End Of 2021

Tesla’s most talked about project could be hitting the pavement for real by the end of this year, according to the tech firm’s CEO Elon Musk.

Govt Emissions Strategy Could Lead To More Unsafe Cars, Says MTA

Yesterday’s Clean Car Standard announcement from the New Zealand Government has triggered responses from all over the motoring industry, ranging from distributors, to the Automobile Association, to the Motor Industry Association itself.

Hyundai’s Bolsters Hot SUV Range With New Tucson N-Line

On the heels of a long, long list of new releases over the last 12 months, Hyundai has shown off its first N-ified version of its upcoming all-new Tucson — the N-Line. The unveiling loops the Tucson in with other Hyundais that have been given the N-Line treatment, including the i20, i30, Sonata, and more.

EV Torque – New Year’s Wishes

It’s now just nine years until the United Kingdom bans the sale of new fossil-fueled vehicles and New Zealand is still wondering what to do. We have yet to see the level of ambition, or any sort of plan needed to transition our fleet towards EVs.

Plan To Ban Cars On Queen St Met With Criticism

Along with the New Zealand government’s roll-out of revised speed limits around Auckland central, it’s also set to undertake a ban on cars on the CBD’s most congested road, Queen Street.

Holdens Make History: Last Aussie V8 And Maloo W1 Sell For Almost $2M

It was a big day yesterday for the fallen lion, as two of the most significant Holdens of recent history crossed the auction floor at Lloyd’s Auctions.

Electric Ford F-150 more appealing in nearly every way than Tesla Cybertruck

A recent study looking at which electric truck people prefer has found that the forthcoming electric version of the Ford F-150 is more appealing than Tesla’s much-hyped Cybertruck.

Volkswagen loses title of world’s top-selling carmaker to Toyota

Toyota overtook Volkswagen in 2020 to become the world’s top-selling automaker, the first time the Japanese group has clinched the position in five years.

Tesla goes Plaid and beyond

Tesla has given the Model S and X a healthy update for the new year, including the long-awaited Plaid versions.

General Motors sets goal of going largely electric by 2035

General Motors has set a goal of making the vast majority of the vehicles it produces electric by 2035, and the entire company carbon neutral, including operations, five years after that.

The iconic Jaguar C-Type is back in production

Good news, fans of old, out-of-production British sports cars. Jaguar has officially added the C-Type to its Classic Continuation family.

Next-gen Honda Jazz headed to New Zealand

Honda New Zealand has finally confirmed the fourth-generation Jazz will land on New Zealand roads, after the model debuted at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.

‘Last ever’ Holden built in Australia sells for $800,000 at auction

The last Holden car built in Australia was auctioned on Saturday, selling for an eye-watering A$750,000 (NZ$796,000).

Tesla’s new Model S Plaid + revealed as the quickest production car ever

The new Tesla Model S looks set to become the world’s quickest production car. Heavily updated for 2021, Tesla’s game-changing electric sedan brings fresh looks inside and out, along with heavily reworked drivelines that make it shockingly fast.

All-time sales record for Volvo NZ in January – and farewell to diesel engines and CDs!

Never mind Covid-19: Volvo New Zealand has achieved an all-time sales record in January – and the month’s not even over yet.

PODCAST: Who came out on top in 2020? Zooming with DRIVEN

We’re back for 2021! So what better time to go over the year that has been in terms of new car sales, and see which brands outperformed expectations – there were quite a few!

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