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The Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association (VIA) is calling on the government to create demand incentives for Kiwis to switch to lower-emissions models following the axeing of the clean car discount (CCD).
It’s hoping to meet with the Minister of Transport for talks soon and is keen for the coalition to put a greater focus on refreshing the existing fleet.
Brian McCutcheon reflects on Autofile’s heritage as he retires as publisher. “If you had asked the 15-year-old me what I’d finish up doing immediately before retiring, I’m not sure I would have replied ‘being involved in a car industry magazine’,” he quips.
Drive Electric warns weakening the clean car standard in addition to biffing the CCD could mean between 100,000 and 350,000 fewer electric cars on our roads by 2030. Find out why.
The government passed legislation repealing the CCD from January 1 after an amendment bill raced through parliament. We report on the political shenanigans.
James Hendry, of AdTorque Edge NZ, has some top tips on why regular digital health checks are essential for ensuring your online offering is making the right impression with its audience, adapting to shifting trends and maximising returns.
Vehicle emissions and energy economy labels and information on stock offered for sale – on yards and online – needed to be updated from the start of 2024 when the feebate scheme was chopped.
First online and now first in print. Autofile looks back at 2023’s industry statistics as Ford’s Ranger became last year’s number-one model despite the impact of the CCD on the market.
• Loretta Thompson, learning and development manager of the Motor Trade Association, on attracting younger talent into the automotive space.
• The world has enough raw materials, such as lithium and other battery metals, to continue transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, says Drive Electric.
• The positioning of EVs as premium goods by manufacturers ends up being a roadblock to future sustainability, contends VIA’s Kit Wilkerson.
• The Toyota 86 Championship has attracted big entry numbers as it celebrates a full decade of top-level racing. The grid of 24 promises some of the best action since the inaugural season.
Plus: In-depth review of 2023, Steve Prangnell’s 40-year career with Toyota NZ and casting an eye back on last year’s concept cars.
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