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// 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor reveal date confirmed

Fords next generation gravel-bashing Ranger Raptor has an official reveal date, with the blue oval announcing the models debut will take place next February.

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// Kia Niro gets updated with quirky new looks for 2023

As well as updating its badge, Kia has brought impressive new styling to its line-up in recent times, with the Sorento and Sportage featuring impressive new looks for 2021.

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// Industry views sought

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has opened consultation seeking feedback on options for displaying clean-vehicle information to consumers.

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  • EVs and Beyond says Consultation opens on Clean Vehicle information options

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// Peugeot improves the range of its EVs with some tiny changes

Peugeots local arm has been very busy of late, with the recent launch of the fully electric e-208 and e-2008, as well as equally recent launches of the updated 3008 and 5008.

// Mitsubishi wins Canstar most satisfied new car customers award

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand Limited (MMNZ) has been named by Canstar as the 2021 winner of the Most Satisfied New Car Customers award.

// VIA questions supply of electric cars

The Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association (VIA) is dubious there will be a sufficient supply of electric vehicles (EVs) to New Zealand before the early 2030s for them to make up a significant proportion of total imports.


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// Suzuki unveils new, somewhat rugged looking S-Cross

Suzukis line-up is packed with quiet achievers. The Jimny is of course a strong seller worldwide with months and months of waiting lists, but the Swift, Ignis, and Vitara are also competitive fighters in their respective classes.

// Watch live: Hyundai NZ launches hydrogen truck

Hyundai New Zealand has officially launched the Hydrogen Xcient heavy duty truck into the market with a presentation attended by Transport minister Michael Wood, media, and members of the transport industry.

// Solar power making a big splash in Methven

Thanks to a farm of solar panels heating fresh water straight off the mountains, the Canterbury high country town of Methven has a new thermal resort which is bound to a make a big splash with local and international travellers.

// Ford backs women’s sport

New Zealand Football and Ford NZ have unveiled a three-year partnership thats primarily focused on womens and girls football.

// Recognition for inspections

Automotive Technologies Ltd (ATL) has been accredited to the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). The company has gained ISO/IEC 17020:2012 accreditation as a Type A inspection body.

// Rivian reportedly delays customer deliveries

While there is much interest in the imminent arrival of electric utes in New Zealand, there is still a way to go.

// Moto Guzzi releases tech-rich V100 Mandello

The EICMA show has seen Moto Guzzi marking 100 years of existence and it hasnt disappointed by revealing the V100 Mandello, easily its most technologically advanced motorcycle yet.

// Rumours swirl around Volkswagen CEO’s uncertain future

Apart from the likes of Elon Musk, few car manufacturer chief executives have been more present and outspoken about electric vehicles as Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess.

// Tesla gives Model S Plaid better brakes following reviewer complaints

Teslas performance flagship, the Model S Plaid, has had a whirlwind build-up and launch overseas.

// Panigale V4 update; faster but easier to ride

The MY22 Panigale V4 and V4 S have been unveiled at the EICMA show, and are said to be improved in every respect, becoming faster on track and yet more intuitive and less tiring for a wide range of sport riders.

// Watch: The Grand Tour smashes a bunch of French cars in new trailer

French cars live at this interesting intersection where their inherently high level of quirkiness means they’re both often considered charming and clever, while simultaneously being vulnerable to being made fun of.


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