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2017 was a big year in New Zealand’s automotive industry. New vehicle sales hit new highs, Tesla came to New Zealand and the Motor Transport Association celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Here are some of the things which have been making news in the last couple of weeks.
The demand for the Tesla Model 3 is sky high at the moment, with thousands of people pre-ordering the most affordable vehicle available in the Tesla’s fleet. However, its production woes continue. Only 2,425 were produced in the last 3 months, well short of the 20,000 promised.
Remember last year when several major governments around the world announced a ban the sales on all new petrol and diesel cars by 2040? A recent study by the Ministry of Transport predicts that electric vehicles will make up 40% of the vehicles on the road by 2040. Stuff.co.nz has a look at some of the reasons why this prediction was made.
Lincoln Road in Christchurch is set to be expanded out to four lanes. Construction on it will start in 2021.
One unfortunate car owner in Wellingotn had their car swept away in Lyall Bay by a rogue wave. Radio NZ has the video of it here.
Hyundai has also unveiled its new hydrogen powered vehicle, the IX35 FCEV.
The new Mercedes Benz G Class was put through its paces on Mt Schöckl, Austria. Autotalk has the full rundown on the luxury SUV’s features and how it fared on the notorious mountain.
Holden has produced its final Australian sourced HSV vehicle. The GTSR W1 was the final vehicle made in Clayton South, rounding off 30 years of Aussie made muscle cars based on the Commodore.
Motor1 driver Steve Ewing writes about the best car he drove last year; the Maclaren 720S.
Motor1 also has a look at the new, 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan.
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