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// Four Key Trends

A McKinsey & Company article about the irresistible momentum behind clean, electric, connected mobility.


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// Kia Sorento PHEV premium from $89,990

The Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) offers 57km electric range, all-wheel-drive, and more power for $89,990 plus on-road costs.

// Kia confirms kiwi pricing for Sorento plug-in hybrid

Kia’s all-new award winning Sorento three-row SUV …


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// Haval confirms new SUV for New Zealand, more on the way

Chinese car maker Haval has confirmed a new SUV nameplate for New Zealand; the Jolion.

// Haval announces fresh new Jolion SUV for NZ

Coming initially two grades, the Jolion features plenty of chrome …


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// Strongest March ever for new car sales as Hilux stays on top

March 2021 was the strongest third month of the year ever in terms of vehicle registrations, despite various ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

// All-time record for new-vehicle sales in March, Hilux still rules ahead of Ranger

The Toyota Hilux has stayed ahead of arch rival Ford Ranger …


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// EV RUV exemption extension likely?

The EV exemption from road user charges (RUC) is due to expire on December 31 this year, but transport minister Michael Wood says he’s asked for advice on extending it.


IN OTHER NEWS


// These are the most popular electric and electrified vehicles in NZ

Electric vehicles and hybrids are really picking up steam in New Zealand, with 424 pure electric vehicles, 150 plug-in hybrids and 855 hybrids sold this month.

// Volkswagen celebrates best March sales month yet

March 2021 saw Volkswagen passenger vehicles achieve the best monthly sales tally yet recorded by the brand in New Zealand – selling 528 new vehicles nationwide.

// Brake hosts an evening with Murph

Fleet operators, suppliers and health and safety professionals are invited to join road safety charity Brake for an evening with motorsport legend Greg Murphy.

// Fleet Day 2021 tackles safety and tech

Fleet safety, electric and alternative fleets along with heavy transport challenges and solutions will be topics of discussion at Fleet Day 2021.

// Call to accelerate ICE ban

Drive Electric wants earlier deadline for petrol and diesel imports to keep NZ in line with other nations.

// NZ car sales continue to soar following best march on record

For the third consecutive month, the local car industry has recorded incredible sales data; this time in setting a new record for new-vehicle registrations for the month of March.

// Watch: new Volkswagen ad takes a shot at Subaru

Let’s just say it’s been a weird few weeks for Volkswagen. Days after it was confirmed that the brand would be going after its former CEO over ‘Dieselgate’, it embarked on one of the most botched and bizarre April Fools gags in motoring history

// Is this the new 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser?

Patent drawings purporting to show the next-generation Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series have emerged online, fueling further speculation about one of the Japanese marque’s most iconic nameplates.

// Iconic British car company has new Japanese owner

In this age of electrification transition, a lot of car enthusiasts are struggling to see how all the iconography that made the motoring world so attractive to them in the first place is going to translate into the new world.

// GM reveals Hummer EV SUV

General Motors resurrected the Hummer last year, as an all-conquering, 746kW electric truck designed to beat the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado at their own game.

// Volkswagen’s Golf 8 is strangely the same but also completely different

Reports of the death of the Volkswagen Golf have been greatly exaggerated.

// Emissions-free off-roader: Mercedes-Benz patent filing hints at electric G-Class

As we move into the electric age, automotive brands are hard at work building new electric vehicles, as well as finding ways to turn what they currently sell into an EV.

// Mazda New Zealand helping make trees count

While debate has been raging over the varying environmental impact of combustion, hybrid, and electric vehicle technologies, Mazda NZ has been doing something fundamental to improve the quality of bush reserves and waterways in this country: planting native trees.

// Report: Volkswagen EVs will be able to power homes and other vehicles by 2022

While electricity has been a thing for as long as most people remember, it seems that it’s only now that we’ve started treating it as a commodity rather than something that appears out of thin air.