// EV maker backed by Leonardo DiCaprio valued at US$20 billion in SPAC deal

Polestar, the electric-vehicle maker backed by Volvo Car Group and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, agreed to go public through a merger with a blank-check company at a roughly US$20 billion enterprise valuation.

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// NZ world-leading green hydrogen production could be ‘sooner than expected’

A proposal to build the world’s first large-scale green hydrogen plant in Southland has been met with strong interest from domestic and international businesses.

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// The new Ford Puma MHEV (mild hybrid) is confirmed to arrive in New Zealand next year

The new Ford Puma MHEV (mild hybrid) is confirmed to arrive in New Zealand next year! Ford New Zealand will be offering two MHEV variants;

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// Revealed: New-look 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 breaks cover

Chevrolet has issued its first official images of the updated 2023 Corvette C8 Z06, its go-faster, flat-plane crank V8 assault on the supercar establishment.

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// 180 service bookings in 24 hours? Yes, please.

The dealership needed to meet the demand for customers to make service bookings anytime, anywhere, without increasing the workload of their Service Advisors. Service Online solved this problem.


// This QV-powered Alfa Romeo Giulia restomod is a thing of dreams

Totem has released a petrol-powered version of their Alfa Romeo Giulia coupe, the Totem GT Super, trading the electric motor of the Giulia for a 456kW twin-turbo V6.

// Emissions targets under attack

Colonial’s chief executive highlights sticker prices of pure electric cars are almost double those of conventional vehicles.

// COVID disrupts EV road trip

Auckland’s COVID alert level three has impacted the northern loop of the planned ‘October Roadie’ and ‘Leading the Charge’ EV road trips.


// High-tech talks online

Second T-Tech Reboot to feature five speakers after annual conference cancelled due to Covid-19.

// Porsche 718 line-up going fully electric in 2025

A new report has emerged claiming Porsche has decided to convert the Boxster and Cayman to fully electric sports cars by 2025.

// Rolls-Royce Motor Cars confirms production BEV coming

Ahead of a significant announcement at 13:00 hours BST on September 29, 2021, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has confirmed it will introduce a production battery electric vehicle (BEV) in the next decade (2020-2030).

// ‘The way of the future’: Dunedin trials first electric bus

An electric bus is being trialled in one of the country’s hilliest cities.

// Vector and (Google) X to collaborate on Auckland electricity system

A move by Vector to form a strategic collaboration with X, (formerly Google X) to work together on the virtualisation of the Auckland electricity grid highlights the type of innovation that can help decarbonise and decentralise the electricity system, energy and resources minister Megan Woods says.

// SUVs score five-star safety ratings

Isuzu and Toyota models win praise for crash-protection measures. PLUS – videos

// ABB invests in e-mobility start-up Go To-U

ABB’s e-mobility division has strengthened its global leadership with investment in Los Angeles-based start-up Go To-U, a platform for EV charging management and operations.



// Current National New Car Deals

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

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