// Tesla surges to front of new car market

Electric car breaks 1,000-sales barrier in September to be the hottest new car on the market.

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// Taiwan’s Foxconn has deal to buy former GM plant

Foxconn Technology Group, the worlds largest electronics maker, has a deal to buy a huge auto assembly plant in Ohio from startup electric truck maker Lordstown Motors, the companies announced late last week.

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// Industry backs safety-rating labels

More than 90 per cent of licensed dealers have supported a scheme to display vehicle safety-rating labels produced by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency that are designed to help consumers choose safer cars.

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// Help your customers avoid expensive repair bills

Autosure mechanical breakdown insurance is available for petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric vehicles, and includes AA Roadservice Cover to give your customers peace of mind driving.


// Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand opens two new retail outlets

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand Limited (MMNZ) has added another two retail sites to its authorised national sales and service dealer network.

// Hyundai NZ continues battery issue recall

Supply constraints are limiting replacement high-voltage batteries for the recall for some Hyundai Kona EVs, meaning the possibility of delays.


// Mitsui invests in NZ green hydrogen refuelling stations

One of Japans largest general trading companies Mitsui & Co has become a strategic investor in Hiringa Refuelling New Zealand (HRNZ) to develop a network of green hydrogen refuelling stations for fuel cell powered heavy vehicles in New Zealand.

// Toyota Australia records best September sales yet

In spite of curtailed global production due to the shortage of semi-conductors and wiring harnesses, Toyota Motor Corporation Australia (TMCA) sold more than 20,000 vehicles in September 2021,

// New EVs jump in latest stats

A 2262 rise in EV registrations from August to September (30,518 to 32,780) is mainly due to new light pure electrics increasing by 1502 (8105 in August to 9607 in September).

// Auckland dealers edge nearer full reopening

A three-part road map to end tough Covid-19 restrictions for Auckland has been outlined by the government with dealers able to welcome back buyers into yards and showrooms once the region shifts to a hybrid level two.

// Leading imports hold onto top spots

There were 7,444 used-imported cars registered last month. That was down by 28 per cent from 10,339 when compared to September 2020.

// NZ to get more purpose-built EV chargers thanks to global juggernaut

As more New Zealanders embrace electrification, more businesses are coming to the party and supporting the build of public charging infrastructure.

// Honda’s future includes air taxis

Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxis, robots, reusable rockets, and a lunar renewable energy system feature in Hondas vision for the next decade or more.



// 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).