Nutson Weekly Auto News Roundup June 20-26, 2021



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Nutson Automotive News Summary – Week ending June 26, 2021; Below you’ll find important, relevant, semi-secret, or eye-catching automotive news from the past week, opinions and insider stories presented as easy-to-digest news nuggets designed by experts.

* President Biden has struck an infrastructure deal with a bipartisan group of senators, signing their plan to provide an estimated $ 579 billion in new investment in roads, high-speed internet, electric utilities and electricity. ‘other projects in the hope of advancing a crucial part of its economic agenda through Congress. The plan includes $ 15 billion for electric vehicle infrastructure and electric buses. Of this amount, $ 7.5 billion is intended for a network of electric vehicle charging stations across the country.

* The Detroit News reports that global electric vehicle supremacy will come by 2033 – five years earlier than expected – as tighter regulations and growing interest spur demand for zero-emission transportation, according to a new study. Consultant Ernst & Young LLP now sees sales of electric vehicles surpass those of fossil fuel burners in 12 years in Europe, China and the United States, the world’s largest automotive markets. And by 2045, sales of non-electric vehicles are expected to drop to less than 1% of the global auto market, EY predicts using an AI-powered prediction tool.

* Our friends at the Detroit Bureau report that new data from Experian shows that new electric vehicle registrations rose 95% in the first four months of 2021. The whole market is not languishing as it is up by 36% overall. The jump pushed the electric vehicle market share in the United States to 2.3% – a jump of 1.6% for the same period in 2020, Automotive News reported. Tesla Inc., the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, saw registrations drop on three of its four vehicles during the period. Only the Y model has increased.

* Audi has announced that it will phase out internal combustion engine development by 2026 and become a fully electric brand by 2033. From 2026, Audi will only launch new fully electric models in the global market. The exact moment to shut down the combustion engine at Audi will ultimately be decided by customers. It could happen before 2033.

* Tesla pulled Ford out of number one in’s annual ranking of the most American vehicles. The Tesla Model 3, assembled in Fremont, Calif., Is No. 1 in the 2021 American-Made Index, the first time an electric vehicle has occupied this spot. The index is from 2006. The Ford Ranger midsize pickup, assembled in Wayne, Mich., Was # 1 last year, but fell outside the top 10 in part because of a “pretty cut. significant “content under the US automotive labeling. Law, which relates to whether the coins are considered domestic or foreign.

* In the past year, used vehicle prices have increased an average of 30%, according to Black Book, which tracks data on cars and trucks. This has created a lot of crazy situations where high-demand vehicles sell for more than they did when they were new, said Alex Yurchenko, the company’s senior vice president of data science. Yurchenko found 73 models of 1-3 year old vehicles sold at auction (where dealers buy their vehicles) at prices above their original sticker, called the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Used vehicle price increases accounted for a third of the sharp rise in inflation last month, according to the Labor Department. Prices climbed a record 10% in April and 7.3% in May, as inflation climbed 5%, the largest 12-month increase since 2008.

* The recently released CarGurus Self-Driving Vehicle Sentiment Survey compiled and analyzed consumer feedback on topics related to Autonomous Vehicles (AV) such as autonomous driving comfort, how people imagine using technology and how it works. adoption schedule. The study showed that over the past two years familiarity with VAs has increased while enthusiasm has remained stagnant. When asked how comfortable they are with advances in autonomous driving technology, 37% of respondents were neutral and 33% expressed enthusiasm.

* Infiniti has finally removed the cover of its new QX60 three-row luxury crossover for the whole world to see. The QX60 is brand new for 2022, with the exception of the 3.5-liter V6. It was brought to life in the branded short film “INFINITI Presents: Conquer Life in Style with All-New QX60” created to reveal the all-new 2022 INFINITI QX60 to customers around the world. The film starred Kate Hudson, actress, producer, entrepreneur and mother, winner of a Golden Globe and Oscar nominee. The QX60 will arrive in showrooms at the end of 2021.

* Honda has unveiled the 11th generation of its compact Civic hatchback that it will build in Indiana. Honda is betting that younger buyers, bored by the SUVs they grew up in, will be drawn to efficient, sporty small cars with advanced technological features.

* Following some photos leaked, Toyota has given us a first look at the all-new 2022 Tundra pickup that will be powered by an all-new iForce Max engine, which is likely the same twin-turbo V6 found in the Toyota Land 2022 Cruiser. The Tundra is also expected to have some sort of electrification option, as part of Toyota’s commitment to build hybrid and electric trucks.

* Ferrari has unveiled an all-new production plug-in hybrid. The 296 GTB will be the brand’s new rear mid-engine berlinetta. The model will be powered by an aluminum V6 paired with a 7.45 kWh battery, with this powertrain producing a combined power of 818 hp.

* At the upcoming Chicago auto show in July, Jeep will launch an updated 2022 Jeep Compass crossover utility and Wrangler Xtreme Recon package which for the first time includes 35-inch tires from the factory and a crawl ratio of 100: 1.

* Reuters reports that the future of the ultra-premium Bugatti brand within the Volkswagen Group will be decided soon, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said. Volkswagen has considered whether to pair Bugatti with a partnership with Croatian electric supercar maker Rimac – a move that would bring Mate Rimac and his talented group of electric vehicle engineers even closer to the heart of premium electric vehicle operations. from VW.

* Hagerty announced the acquisition of the Concours d’Elegance from Amelia Island. The move follows recent acquisitions by Hagerty of other leading automotive events, including the Concours d’Elegance of America, the California Mille and the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. Bill Warner, who founded the competition in 1996, will remain President Emeritus. Hagerty will work with the competition’s existing operational team to expand the annual event. The 27th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will take place from March 3-6, 2022.

* Tim Kuniskis, CEO of the Dodge – Stellantis brand, Eric Malone, star of MotorTrend’s “Fastest Cars in the Dirty South” series and Mike Finnegan, host of MotorTrend’s “Roadkill” series gave us more details on the upcoming “MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” and the new Celebrity Showdown format. The event in Pontiac, Michigan will kick off Woodward Dream Cruise Week on August 13-14. The sixth annual event will feature drag races on a 1/8 mile stretch of Woodward Avenue with high powered and street legal dragsters competing for a prize of $ 10,000. Dodge is giving each of the four popular muscle car celebrities online and “Fastest Cars in the Dirty South” TV host Eric Malone $ 10,000 to modify a Dodge Hellcat to finish it in a game. grudge.

* The Nissan Sentra is being recalled for a bent link in the steering linkage. Almost 139,000 units of the 2020-21 model year of the compact sedan are affected.

* Factoid of the week: The Jeep Wrangler 4Xe was the best-selling plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in the United States in May.

Be careful. Be well.


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