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// No STI variant for the new WRX

Subaru has culled the high-performance STI variant from their new WRX line-up.

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// BREAKING: Jacinda Ardern’s Govt slashes fuel taxes from midnight; half-price public transport

Kiwi motorists will get some relief from soaring petrol prices, with the Government slashing fuel excise duties and road user charges by 25c a litre each from midnight.

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// Aston Martin Valhalla revealed in the flesh in New Zealand

The Aston Martin Valhalla, a 698kW plug-in hybrid supercar, has arrived in New Zealand.

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// Gull to get new owners following $572m bid

Gull Petroleum has been sold to Australian investment company Allegro Funds for $572 million, pending approval from the Commerce Commission and the Overseas Investment Office.

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// BMW Group buys high-performance Alpina brand

Just as Mercedes-Benz bought the high-performance AMG brand and integrated it into its operation, BMW is acquiring the trademark rights to the Bovensiepen family-owned Alpina manufacturing operation which will become a group-owned brand from late 2025.

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// Ford and PG&E study how F-150 Lightning might support the grid, not just the home

PG&E will explore how the F-150 Lightning and its hardware could interconnect with the grid, and how bidirectional charging might support resiliency during grid outages.

// Rivian Announces New Tech Under Development

From a heat pump to LFP batteries, new drive units, 800 V systems, bi-directional charging, and more.


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// SEA Electric enters step van market

Australian electric vehicle technology company SEA Electric is bringing a new product to the step van market.

// There and back (600km) for $85

Drive Electric chair Mark Gilbert travelled from Auckland to the Bay of Plenty and back at the weekend in his Audi e-tron EV and spent $85 on “fuel”.

// Warning over switch to lower-grade fuel

Industry group says trying to make savings as petrol prices skyrocket risks causing long-term damage to engines.


HELPFUL RESOURCES

// Current National New Car Deals

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// Clean Car Discount / Fee Finder

RightCar.govt.nz is the Government recommended website for rebate/fee information. Simply search from the Home page to find a vehicle’s rebate/fee.