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// Ford announces Kiwi specs for new Ranger

Following its grand unveiling last year, Ford New Zealand has confirmed more details about the forthcoming Ranger update, including power and torque figures.

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// Renault’s $3.5 billion worth of Russian assets prove too toxic

Fifteen years ago, Vladimir Putin had a problem. AvtoVaz, the maker of the favored car brand of the communist era, was the butt of jokes (How do you double the value of a Lada? Fill the tank.)

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// Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV earns 5-star ANCAP rating

Mitsubishi’s all-new Outlander PHEV has followed in the footsteps of its pure internal combustion engine cousins in earning a 5-star safety rating with the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

// MG ZS EV pre-sale allocation sold out in under three weeks

MG’s local arm has confirmed that the first batch of its updated ZS EV has already been sold out, less than three weeks after the brand formally launched the model to the market,


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// Maserati drops the Grecale, features V6, hybrid, and electric power

Maserati sets its sights on the mid-size SUV category eyeing up the Porsche Macan, Range Rover Velar, BMW X3, Audi…

// Ford creates unit to develop autonomous vehicles

Ford Motor Chief Executive Officer Jim Farley has reshaped the company’s internal operations to accelerate the development of autonomous vehicles and foster new technology businesses.

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// Ubco to help develop first cobalt-free ‘high-energy’ battery

Ubco has announced it will partner with Chemix to create an AI-designed, sustainable and scalable lithium-ion battery that doesn’t rely on cobalt.

// Micromobility in New Zealand and EV bikes

As cars go electric, hybrid, and alternative fuels, smaller, economical transport is also showing a future. New Zealand is gearing up to make huge grounds in the micromobility space, with market revenue said to grow rapidly from $9.5 million last year to $2.4 billion by 2030.

// Mercedes-Benz looks to an electrified future with EQ models

Premium carmakers are embracing electrification with bespoke model lines. For Mercedes-Benz, the magic letters are “EQ”, indicating the combination of Emotion and intelligence Quotient.


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