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// Gordon Murray unveils ‘entry level’ 11,100rpm V12 T.33 supercar

It took legendary engineer Gordon Murray several decades to release his spiritual follow up to the McLaren F1, the T.50.

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// Alliance announces 35 new EVs by 2030

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has announced it will have 35 new electric vehicles on the road by 2030 including the new Renault 5 and an all-electric replacement for the Nissan Micra.

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// Bentley announces plans to go exclusively electric by 2030

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// Ford F-150 reaches incredible 40,000,000 milestone

Those who thought the eternal success of the Ford F-150 might be interrupted by the incoming electric vehicle push are likely to be proven wrong, with the brand’s fully electric F-150 Lightning a sales hit in the making thanks to a tsunami of pre-orders.

// Kiwi car dealers encouraged to register stock now to avoid Clean Car fees

As the government’s Clean Car Standard looms, the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association (VIA) has issued a notice to the nation’s used car sellers to register their stock now in order to minimize the financial impact to come.


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// Nissan to launch all-electric Micra

Nissan is preparing to launch an all-electric Micra, based on the same EV platform as the upcoming Renault 5 hatchback. The Micra will be manufactured in the Renault ElectriCity centre in France, using the CMF-BEV platform, but designed by Nissan.

// Porsche is testing a new twin-turbo V8 Le Mans prototype

Porsche is testing its upcoming Le Mans competitor for the newly established Hypercar and Daytona hybrid (LMDh) class, and it’s being powered by something seriously cool.

// Entry VIRM amendment effective January 29, 2022

The professional body for the imported motor vehicle industry, VIA, is advising members that fuel data input into an MVR as part of an entry VIRM amendment will now be automated.

// BAC working on hydrogen-powered Mono

BAC has confirmed it is working on a hydrogen-powered version of its Mono single-seater, to push the company toward carbon-neutrality, which it hopes to achieve by 2030.

// Drop in profits predicted

NZ Automotive Investments (NZAI) has advised the NZX of lower-than-expected revenue because of lower car, finance, and insurance sales in December and early January.

// The Insider: Industry insight on the year that’s been, and the one to come

2021 was a transformative year for automotive. Like all industries, it faced unprecedented challenges brought about by the pandemic, with supply chain issues and shipping delays wreaking havoc

// Harley-Davidson brings top-tier Milwaukee Eight engine to more models

Harley-Davidson has decided to expand its Milwaukee Eight 117-powered offerings, giving the powerplant to eight new models for 2022. The new models include the Street Glide ST and Road Glide ST tourers, the Low Rider S and ST cruisers, as well as no fewer than four CVO models.

// UK factory output slumps

Car production in the UK slumped to its lowest level since 1956 last year after suffering 12 “dismal” months due to the disruption caused by Covid-19.


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