HOT TOPIC – MONTHLY STATS

// New cars surging ahead

Year-to-date figures 53.3 per cent higher after another bumper month.

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// Toyota Land Cruiser GR details emerge, NZ pricing confirmed

In June, Toyota unveiled its new Land Cruiser 300 Series — a smorgasbord of premium features, new safety tech, and off-roading know-how. There was also a new model mixed in, too, in the form of the GR Sport.

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// Glenfiddich is running its trucks on whisky waste

Scottish whisky distiller Glenfiddich has begun converting its local delivery trucks to run on low-emission biofuel made from waste products from the whisky-making process.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Honda teases potentially the last ever NSX, the Type S

Honda’s reprised electrified NSX has had a mixed life since its global launch in 2016, as both a Honda and an Acura. And, Honda’s sister brand Acura is on the edge of unveiling the current generation NSX’s Type S swansong.

// Capricorn report reveals positive automotive industry outlook

In spite of the ongoing financial impact the global pandemic is having on some businesses across Australia and New Zealand, the Capricorn Group says results from its second state of the nation report reveal a positive outlook for the automotive industry.

// MTA: Maintenance key to cleaner fleet

Industry body and minister team up to spread message.

// Toyota reports 33% increase in first-half global sales.

Toyota Motor Corporation has reported that its combined sales of Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino vehicles globally was 5.005 million units in the first half of 2021.

// Values of sold-out Toyota GR Yaris soar by $20,000

The Toyota GR Yaris is a bit of a jackpot car, ticking off almost every single box applicable to the hot hatch genre.

// Mercedes-Benz teases EQE prior to IAA unveiling

Mercedes-Benz features five new EVs at the IAA Mobility conference and show in Munich from September 7-12.

// Dealer secures vans contract

Company strengthens ties with Mercedes-Benz Vans in the lower North Island.

// What’s on the menu?

Norway is held up as the poster child for EV adoption and I wanted to talk about the Norwegian ‘smorgasbord’ of policies that have helped to grow the EV share of their fleet to 13% and to 53% of their market.

// Full feebate scheme unlikely by January 1 next year

Back in January, when transport minister Michael Wood announced the Clean Car Standard, he indicated that he also wanted to look again at incentives.


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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).