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Nutson’s Auto News Weekly-Wrap-up December 18-24, 2022
Here, Larry’s selection of important, relevant, semi-secret, or snappy automotive news, opinions, and insider backstories from the past week are presented in professionally crafted, easy-to-understand automotive universe news nuggets. increase.
* The new year started with a tragedy in motorsport. Action, co-founder of DC Shoes and Hoonigan Racing, his sports legend and pro driving his rally car, Ken his champion, is driving snowmobiles near his home in Utah. Died at the age of 55 in an accident. According to the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, Bullock was riding a snowmobile on a steep incline around 2 p.m. when his vehicle suddenly flipped over and landed on him. Authorities said he was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining injuries in the accident.
* General Motors has won the 2022 Sales Title. GM will sell his 2.27 million vehicles in the US in 2022. This is his 2.5% increase and leads the industry in total unit sales. Toyota said last year in the US he sold 2.1 million cars, a 9.6% decline from 2021.
*Ford F-Series will surpass 640,000 trucks in 2022, becoming America’s best-selling truck for 46 years and America’s top-selling truck for 41 years after selling an average of at least one F-Series truck every 49 seconds last year. It will be the best-selling car. Every Ford F-series sold last year, from F-150 to F-550 chassis cab, entry level XL to fully equipped Limited, EcoBoost to his all-electric F-150 Lightning, lined bumper to bumper The track extends approx. 2,400 miles, or even more than the distance traveled from Los Angeles to Detroit.
* U.S. car sales rose slightly in December, supported by modest improvement in inventory levels and higher fleet deliveries, but saw a year of decline to about 13.9 million units, the lowest level since 2011. Wrapped up. With improvements in the supply chain and microchips, demand should boost sales from around 1 million to 14.8 million in 2023. JD Power reports that the average new car price in December was just above his $46,000. There are indications that prices may fall as inventory builds.
*According to The Wall Street Journal, U.S. electric vehicle sales will increase by 66% in 2022. Automakers sold 807,180 fully electric vehicles last year. That’s 5.8% of total sales in a market down 8%. Tesla remains the largest seller, but its share is declining. Ford is number two in EV sales. 53 of his EV models are on sale or are due to be launched this year. That’s just a fraction of the 625 individual vehicle models sold overall in 2022.
* AAA is expanding its services to electric vehicle owners nationwide. AAA has launched a pilot program to offer street charging for EVs in 16 metropolitan areas. The AAA survey found that the move to EVs was primarily due to fuel savings, with 77% citing this as the top reason. Range anxiety continues to be the biggest barrier between consumers and wider EV adoption. AAA is deploying specialized trucks with mobile electric vehicle chargers to alleviate this fear and ensure drivers have enough distance to get home or to the nearest charging station.
* Starting January 1, the EV tax credit will be available for consumer leases, according to the US Treasury Department. Credits can be used to lower the lease price. However, the new guidance does not change the definition of what constitutes assembly in North America in order to target more vehicles for his EV purchases.
*Also, in the United States, from January 1, a system was introduced to encourage delivery companies to switch to electric trucks. Both the Ford eTransit and the Rivian electric van are currently used by Amazon.
*If you’re looking to buy an EV, the next few months are a good time to do so. The Control Inflation Act has changed the way the federal government encourages the purchase of electric vehicles. Global manufacturer sales restrictions have been removed and replaced with monetary restrictions and domestic production and sourcing. However, the IRS says it may take several months before it decides how to calculate the procurement requirements. The Chevrolet Bolt EUV and certain Tesla models are now good choices.
* Information from www.electrek.co: Tesla has been fined $2.2 million by the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) for false advertising about its range. Last year, they reported that the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) had launched an investigation into allegations that Tesla violated advertising laws by exaggerating the range of its electric vehicles. South Korea uses the World Wide Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), so Tesla uses the same ranges advertised in most markets outside of North America, which use EPA-rated ranges. However, the KFTC’s main problem appeared to be its reduced range in cold weather. Now, the KFTC has announced that it will fine Tesla 2.85 billion won ($2.2 million) for failing to explicitly state that its cruising range can be significantly reduced in cold weather. bottom.
* U.S. Department of Energy factoid this week: Planned wave of new electric vehicle battery plants will push North American battery manufacturing capacity from 55 gigawatt hours (GWh/year) per year in 2021 to almost 1,000 GWh by 2030 / year increases. The announced battery factory project is expected to start production between 2025 and 2030. By 2030, this capacity will be able to support the production of approximately 10-13 million fully electric vehicles per year. Many battery factories will be co-located with car factories to optimize supply chain logistics. Most of the planned projects in the US are concentrated along the north-south belt from Michigan to Alabama. Based on current plans, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Michigan will see the highest growth in battery manufacturing capacity.
* Mercedes-Benz has announced extensive plans to launch a global high-power charging network in North America, Europe, China and other major markets. Construction will begin in the United States and Canada this year, followed by other regions around the world. The aim is to have a complete network in place by the end of the decade, when Mercedes-Benz intends to go fully electric as market conditions permit. Mercedes-Benz’s high-power charging network should significantly improve the customer’s charging experience, accelerate the journey to an all-electric future and create a global infrastructure asset with future value creation potential. . Mercedes-Benz charging hubs are located in major cities and population centers, close to major arteries, convenient retail and service destinations, including participating Mercedes-Benz dealer sites. According to company executives, the current charging network does not offer a Mercedes-class experience.
* At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the new seven-passenger all-electric Volvo EX90 SUV was shown for the first time in North America. Volkswagen unveiled his new ID.7 sedan in his smart camouflage. This model uses unique technology and multi-layer paint to create light effects on parts of the vehicle. The sedan aims to offer top-class technology and quality and extend VW’s range of electric models into the upper segment. Stellantis has unveiled the Ram 1500 Revolution battery electric concept his pickup. Sony Honda Mobility announced a new brand “AFEELA” and released a prototype of the new mobility.
*The Kogod School of Business has released the Made in America Auto Index, which highlights new cars with the highest domestic content from the United States. This year’s report found the Lincoln Corsair to be the “Most American” new car on sale today. The Made in America Auto Index uses seven points derived from publicly available data based on research conducted by the Center for Automotive Research to arrive at these conclusions. The seven points are profit margins, workforce, and R&D. Inventory, Capital, and Other Expenses. Engines, transmissions, bodies, chassis, electrical components. https://kogod.american.edu/autoindex/2022
* Detroit Free Press has won the 2023 Free Press Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle award. Winners provide opportunities for North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year winners. The free press car winner is the Acura Integra, the track winner is the Ford F-150 Lightning, and the utility vehicle is the Kia EV6.
* Volkswagen is recalling approximately 42,000 Beetles in the United States and Canada. Because Takata airbag inflators are potentially dangerous. The recall covers 2015 and 2016 model year Beetles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a document that the inflator could explode with too much force, throwing shrapnel.
* In a joint announcement, Andretti Global and GM said they were pursuing an entry as Andretti Cadillac for a potential Formula 1 entry following the announcement that the FIA may seek expressions of interest from new teams. Stated. The partnership will see GM in his F1 for the first time. The team is based in the US, but has support facilities in the UK.
* The Dakar Rally 2023 kicked off on 31 December 2022 on the northwest coast of Saudi Arabia, heading inland to the city of Hail. From there, the route continues in a south-easterly direction, bisecting the feared Empty Quarter, and eventually he swings north towards the finish at Dammam on 15 January 2023. Crossing the desert of Saudi Arabia.
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