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Electric vehicle ‘report card’ needs better results

He seems blissfully unaware of the growing problems they now face around the world. There is absolutely no way they will “dominate global sales within five years” as he claims. Even Toyota predicts they will never ever be more than 30% of sales and we are already probably close to peak EV sales given the collapse of demand overseas and in New Zealand. They may well have been popular here last year, but that was only because the government gave potential buyers an $8000 bribe. Lawyers like Mr. Tegg may well have been able to afford $80,000 for their new Teslas but less wealthy farmers were...

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The sun and crowds came out for Coromandel Car Show

More than 120 cars and vehicles came from throughout the North Island as part of the show. Many had been driven from Hamilton, Auckland, and Tauranga, adding to the local cars on display. About a dozen BMWs spanning decades were also on show, as the BMW club of New Zealand made a day of it. The cars included American classics such as a mint condition Bel Air, British Aston Martins, Holdens ranging from Monaros right through to the last of the Commodores, muscle cars such as Mustangs and Chargers, a rare Desoto, and even a Saker sports built in Fielding made an appearance. Two wheels were on...

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Big flip in new vehicle sales numbers to start the New Year

With the dollar driven Clean Car Discount now gone, the sales of petrol and diesel vehicles surged to a staggering 96.2% of the January figures. According to the sales figures released by the Motor Industry Association (MIA), BEV only managed to secure a rather sad looking 2% market share which equated to just 274 registrations. The top three models were the BYD SEAL (31 units, 12.7% share), followed by Tesla Model Y (25 units, 10.2% share) and the Toyota BZ4X (23 units, 9.4% share). The PHEV range didn’t do much better either gaining a paltry 1.6% market share with their 202 registrations....

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EVs Unleashed: The Future Isn’t Coming, It’s Plugged In Already!

Despite legacy auto and oil industry misinformation campaigns, electric vehicles (EVs) made up 19% of 2023 NZ car registrations. (Source: https://evdb.nz/). The Tesla Model Y was the world’s best-selling car in 2023, regardless of category.  On this exponential growth trajectory, EVs will dominate global sales within five years, and sales of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars fuelled by petrol and diesel will be in the rearview mirror. Now imagine a scenario where a long-term EV owner with little knowledge of ICE cars ponders whether they might be better and is deciding whether to...

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Action at Wings and Wheels in Thames

Wings and Wheels has been running for about four years in its current form. Previously, it was run by the Hauraki Era Club. However, this year marked a significant transition as the Thames Business Association took over the reins. While the exact frequency of the event is yet to be determined, the organisers draw inspiration from a similar event in Tauranga. Furkert was eager to share one of the event’s cornerstones – the Sir Keith Park Memorial. This tribute stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of Sir Keith Park, an individual who has long remained in the shadows despite...

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Peninsula Riderz Poker Run donates funds raised to Hato Hone St John

It’s a privilege to be the Co-ordinator and spokesperson for Peninsula Riderz Whitianga smc., and to help organise the annual Poker Run. We had a great day touring the Peninsula as a group of over 120 bikes plus classic cars. Sam and Luke from the Mercury Bay Holiday Park Whitianga presented Hato Hone St John Ambulance Whitianga with $2020 raised at our annual Poker Run Saturday, 20 January, which was featured in last week’s issue of The Informer. Sam and Luke are one of many local businesses that sponsor the PeninsulaRiderz and they also accommodate many riders each year who stay for...

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2023 record year for low emission vehicles.

With the Clean Car Discount scheme on the chopping block, December was the last chance for consumers wanting to take advantage of the previous Government’s financial handout.  The end result was a staggering 72.5% market share of the total registrations for the month going to the LEV corner.    In comparison but once again unsurprisingly, the Light Commercial sector took something of a beating with December registrations plummeting to a grand total of just 624 units, 63.9% lower (2,131 units) than December 2022 and 73.5% lower than December 2021.  The obvious reason for the...

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Whiti Beach Meet 2023 – A real show stopper

The show is organised and run by the American Street and Custom Club, Whitianga. Spokesperson for the club, Reg Smith, says entries for this year’s event have exceeded expectations and are expected to reach in excess of 200 with a wide assortment of interesting vehicles in the mix and on display for public viewing. “Moving to the Buffalo Beach reserve from the main street, which hosted the last two shows, gives us the room to put on a much bigger and brighter event without placing a restriction on entrant numbers. Plus, we can cater better for the family entertainment, raffles and competitions...

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