Nutson’s Weekly Automotive News Review July 17
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Nutson Automotive News Weekly Review – Week Ending July 23, 2022 In the review below, you’ll find the last week’s major, relevant, semi-secret or lively automotive news, opinions and insider stories, presented as nuggets of easy automotive news. to understand and designed by experts.
* Overall vehicle satisfaction decreased for the first time since 2014 in the JD Power 2022 US Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study. A drop in satisfaction with fuel economy and driving range contributed to a one-point drop in overall satisfaction with new vehicles. Porsche ranks first among premium brands with a score of 888. Genesis (886) ranks second and Cadillac (885) ranks third among premium brands. Dodge ranks first among mainstream brands with a score of 882. Ram (863) ranks second and GMC (856) ranks third among mainstream brands. Hybrid vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) have lower APEAL composite index scores than conventional gasoline vehicles.
* For the second year in a row, Chevrolet and Ford full-size pickup trucks took the top two spots in the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Hot Wheels Vehicle Theft Annual Report, and the GMC full-size pickup is in the top 10. Of the nearly one million total vehicles reported stolen in 2021, 14% of passenger vehicles were Chevrolet, Ford and GMC full-size pickup models. The Honda Civic ranks third and the most stolen car. Passenger vehicle thefts increased by 8% in 2021 compared to 2020. Take a look here: https://www.nicb.org/news/news-releases/chevrolet-and-ford-full-size-pick-ups-most-stolen-vehicles-second-year-row
* The 670-hp 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will start at $106,395, about $40,000 more than the base 2023 Corvette Stingray. Orders for the high-performance sports car open on July 28 and production is expected to begin in September. Loading up a Z06 with all those extras will bump its price up to between $150,000 and $160,000, according to Car & Driver.
* The 8th edition of MINI TAKES THE STATES took place from July 9 to 17. The MINI community of over 2,000 MINI owners with more than 600 MINI Cooper vehicles across the model line explored a total of nine states and eight cities on a route from Burlington, Vermont to Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina . Returning after four years, the biennial MTTS trek has covered over 1,700 miles in total.
* Ford has launched the new F-150 Raptor R – the fastest, most powerful and most capable off-road desert Raptor yet. Under the hood is a new supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine that develops 700 horsepower and 640 lb-ft. of torque. Trail 1-Pedal Drive lets customers control throttle and braking with just one pedal to make extreme off-roading like rock crawling even easier. Orders for the F-150 Raptor R opened this week and production begins in late 2022 at the Dearborn Truck Plant. https://www.theautochannel.com/news/2022/07/18/1168740-2023-ford-f-150-raptor-r-with-700-horsepower-for.html
* Kelley Blue Book has announced its 17 best off-road trucks for 2022, recognizing both new and used 4x4s on the market. Chevrolet, Ram and Ford lead the pack. https://www.kbb.com/best-cars/best-off-road-trucks/
* Reports from the Detroit Bureau as well as the Detroit Free Press indicate that Cadillac has quietly launched a program designed to allow it to closely track usage of its new Lyriq battery-electric vehicle. The “Cadillac Lyriq Targeted Private Offer” offered a $5,500 rebate to 20 new Lyriq owners who primarily live in cities like Detroit, Los Angeles and New York. Lyriq owners have agreed to let the automaker track how they use the vehicle, while signing a nondisclosure agreement. “As we transform our business, the launch of our first all-electric vehicle, Lyriq, provides Cadillac with unique learning opportunities,” spokesman Mike Albano told the Detroit Free Press, which first reported. from the program. “As a result, we have engaged a small group of early customers who are willing to share their vehicle information and customer behaviors. Cadillac will use these learnings to improve the experience for all of our customers.”
*VW gave us a further indication that it will introduce a pickup to the North American market with an announcement from senior management. The new independent company, Scout, with an iconic brand, will launch all-electric pickups and rugged SUVs in the US market. Scott Keogh, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America and CEO of Volkswagen North American Region, will become president and CEO of the new Scout company.
* Chevrolet unveiled the all-electric 2024 Blazer EV. Multiple distinct trims, multiple lineup options — including an available GM-estimated range of up to 320 miles on a full charge — and available front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations will give customers more choices. These choices include the very first SS 1LT, 2LT, RS and Chevy electric performance models available, as well as a Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV) model for police fleet applications. The 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV 2LT and RS will go on sale in summer 2023, starting at around $47,595 and $51,995, respectively.
* Say goodbye to AM radio in future cars. Volvo and BMW told The Drive for a report this month that the power their electric vehicles draw from batteries generates too much audio interference for their liking. Automotive News reports that the Detroit-3s — GM, Ford and Stellantis — are sticking to AM radio.
* From Reuters, we read that the US Postal Service announced it would purchase 25,000 electric vehicles as part of its initial order for 50,000 “next generation delivery vehicles”, more than double the number of electric vehicles planned in previous plans. The USPS has come under fire from members of Congress and the Biden administration for its reluctance to go electric in a quick and big way.
* Amazon hits the road with new battery-powered Rivian EDV 700 electric delivery vans. Amazon has ordered 100,000 pickup trucks. The first units are deployed in a dozen cities, including Chicago, Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, Nashville, Phoenix and St. Louis. Drivers should like them very much because they are not only heated but also air-conditioned and the driver’s seat is also heated and cooled. Neighborhood residents will like the new vans because they run much quieter than a gas-powered van, reducing noise on their streets.
* Joe White writing for Reuters reports that Ford said it plans to start installing lithium iron phosphate, or LFP, batteries from China’s battery champion CATL in Ford F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E models sold in North America. The batteries will be imported from China initially, but Ford said it looks forward to sourcing LFP batteries from a 40-gigawatt-hour capacity North American plant by 2026. is to reduce the cost of batteries. LFP batteries offer a 10-15% reduction in battery material costs and reduce the need for expensive and hard-to-obtain nickel and cobalt. But…. With the switch to LFP batteries from current nickel-cobalt chemistries comes a bet that US and European consumers and commercial fleet buyers will accept a slight reduction in range between charges in exchange for a less expensive vehicle. Until recently, the industry consensus was that increasing reach was the top priority. Ford is not the only one to rethink the arbitration between range and price. Tesla, Rivian and others talk about offering LFP batteries in more markets.
* The Automotive Hall of Fame induction and awards ceremony was held this week in Detroit. This year’s class of inductees are Wanxiang Group founder Lu Guanqiu; Alma and Victor Green, authors of The Green Book, a travel guide for African Americans in the United States; Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of Lamborghini luxury cars; Taiichi Ohno, creator of Toyota Production System; and Lyn St. James, American racing driver.
* In the Detroit Free Press, we read that General Motors will soon offer an electric motor-crate assembly to allow people to replace gasoline engines with all-electric propulsion systems in classic cars. This is the Electric Connect and Cruise eCrate package. The eCrate is an engine and component package for use on vintage GM vehicles. But GM does not yet specify which vehicles will be compatible with the eCrate.
* NASCAR will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2023 and for the first time in its history, its first series will compete on a street course. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and NASCAR officials have announced a one-of-a-kind street race in downtown Chicago just ahead of the July 4 holiday next year. The first-ever NASCAR Cup Series street race will take place on July 2, 2023. It will be preceded by an International Motor Sports Association race on July 1, 2023. The agreement is for three years.
* Motorsport legend Paddy Hopkirk, famous for winning the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, has died aged 89. Born in Belfast in April 1933, he competed for many years in Ireland and on the world stage and won the famous Monte Carlo Rally in a Mini Cooper S. In 2010 he was among the first four Rally Hall inductees of Fame, along with Timo Makinen, Rauno Aaltonen and Erik Carlsson and received an MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honors List.
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