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// Will Kia bring the 51km Sportage PHEV to New Zealand?

It may not be the most ‘Hollywood’ release of this year, but the new Kia Sportage is nevertheless one of the most important new cars of 2022.

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// A closer look at the Lexus Electrified Saloon concept

Photos shared on Twitter give us a closer look at the Lexus Electrified Saloon Concept, showing us the side and rear view of the car.

// Used car dealer caught selling second ‘clocked’ Jaguar

The Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal has found that an Auckland used car dealer has once again breached the 1986 Fair Trading Act by misrepresenting the odometer reading of a Jaguar vehicle that was imported from Singapore.

// EV registrations slow down

The number of new and used electric vehicle (EV) registrations fell below four figures last month, with 977 units the lowest total since August 2021.


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// 2022 Ford GT Heritage Edition celebrates behind the scenes efforts of 1966 Le Mans triumph

Ford has unveiled its latest, and likely last, Ford GT Heritage Edition, celebrating the efforts of Alan Mann, who set up the brand’s Ferrari-beating Le Mans triumphs.

// Park outside: Hyundai, Kia recall vehicles due to fire risk

Hyundai and Kia are telling the owners of nearly 485,000 vehicles in the U.S. to park them outdoors because they can catch fire even if the engines have been turned off.

// Australian EV charger partnership formed

AutoNexus and EVSE Australia have launched a commercial partnership to provide EV charging technology to support AutoNexus and the shift to green electric mobility.

// Velodyne Lidar wins patent challenge

Velodyne Lidar says it has won a patent challenge brought by competitor Quanergy in the US…

// Tesla quietly remove hardware that could compromise safety

Tesla was one of the many car brands to have record-breaking sales in 2021, despite global chip shortages.

// Biden welcomes Tritium’s US factory plan

US president Joe Biden has acknowledged Brisbane-based EV fast-charging firm Tritium

// Tyre sales to boost charity

Bridgestone is helping boost the coffers of Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC) this month with its “Drive for a Cure” promotion.

// Neuron using Google Maps for NZ rides

Neuron has integrated with Google Maps to help riders better plan their trips across New Zealand.


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