A few years ago, Polestar was a name you would only expect to see on Volvo’s high-performance models. Today, Polestar is a stand-alone brand that exclusively produces electric performance models.
Just recently it was confirmed that the Swedish premium electric performance brand is set for an arrival in New Zealand, with the Polestar 2 becoming the brand’s first car on sale locally.
The Auckland-based Giltrap Group has been appointed official representative of Polestar cars and will handle local distribution as well as sales.
Interestingly, buying a Polestar vehicle in New Zealand will be a 100% digital process, completed with a physical point of sale known as the Polestar destination.
“We are delighted to bring Polestar to New Zealand, which is one of the world’s leading producers of renewable electricity,” said Nathan Forshaw, Polestar Head of Asia Pacific.
“As a premium electric brand, we have found a natural partner in the Giltrap group and are delighted to join their portfolio of premium and luxury automotive brands. “
“I think that as a brand dedicated to electric vehicles, Polestar is a real challenger for the industry, and Giltrap Group is very happy to be the official representative of Polestar in New Zealand”, said Bruce Fowler, manager of the brand for Polestar in New Zealand.
“We can’t wait to introduce the Kiwis to the Polestar experience, and there is no doubt that a car like the Polestar 2 will establish itself as a leading premium electric vehicle in the market. The timing couldn’t be better, with the recent introduction of the government’s Clean Car Discount program.
As Polestar’s first offering in New Zealand, the all-electric Polestar 2 appears to be quite the competent package. Locally, three models will be included in the range, each offering a mix of performance and range.
The single-engine version of the Standard range will feature a 165 kW / 330 Nm electric motor and a 69 kWh battery pack. The long-range single-engine version increases the battery capacity to 78 kWh and includes a 170 kW / 330 Nm powertrain. The high-end, long-range twin-engine variant has two electric motors and a 78-meter battery. kWh, with a total power of 300 kW and 660 Nm.
Detailed pricing and specifications will be published with the online order books later in 2021.