The 2023 BMW M8 Competition, available in Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe, is powered by a 617 horsepower 4.4-liter V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology mated to an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic and the M xDrive all-wheel drive system. US production begins in March.
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
The all-new third-generation 2023 Toyota Sequoia three-row SUV, powered by a 437 horsepower twin-turbo V6 hybrid i-FORCE MAX powertrain first unveiled on Tundra. Sequoia, with a 9,000-pound maximum towing capacity, a nearly 22% increase over the prior generation, will be available in SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro and the new-to-Sequoia Capstone grade with 2WD or the available part-time 4WD system on SR5, Limited, Platinum and Capstone grades. TRD Pro will be offered only in 4WD. All Sequoia grades come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 including Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection that features multiple enhancements over the previous generation, including not only detecting the vehicle ahead but also a pedestrian in low light, bicyclist in daytime, an oncoming vehicle and a pedestrian at intersections when making a turn. Available in Summer of 2022.
The next-generation 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan, powered by a new 255 horsepower turbocharged systematically electrified 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with an integrated starter generator and 48-volt mild hybrid technology, starts at $44,600 (including $1,050 destination and delivery charge). The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan will arrive at U.S. dealerships in the spring of 2022.
The 2022 Kia EV6 rear-wheel drive vehicle, the brand’s first dedicated all-electric model, starts at $33,400 after the $7,500 federal vehicle tax credit. The EV6 offers a 167 horsepower 58.0 kWh battery with a 168kW rear motor and all-electric range of 232-miles with a starting price of $40,900, and a net price of $33,400, after the $7,500 federal electric vehicle tax credit. The EV6 with the 225 horsepower 77.4 kWh battery with a 168kW rear motor and all-electric range of 310-miles starts at $47,000 but will cost $39,500 after the federal tax credit. In addition, the EV6 may also qualify for various state incentives, including single rider carpool lane access in California. These prices exclude destination charge. GT-Line variants will be available in rear-wheel drive and Dual Motor e-AWD configurations. The EV6 is expected to arrive in dealerships soon.
Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4, with total output of 814 horsepower, is powered by a Lamborghini 6.5-liter V12 engine, delivering 780 horsepower combined with a 48-volt electric motor which provides an additional 34 horsepower for instant response and increased performance. The electric motor is powered by a supercapacitor that provides three times more power than a lithium-ion battery of equal weight. All 112 limited edition Countach LPI 800-4 cars are already sold with deliveries starting from the first quarter of 2022 to customers around the world.
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
The all-electric Chrysler Airflow Concept, with all-wheel-drive capability and powered by two 150 kW electric drive motors, one in the front and one in the rear, is a preview to the launch of the brand's first battery-electric vehicle by 2025 and plans for full battery-electric portfolio by 2028. Chrysler Airflow Concept has AI and connected vehicle technology that delivers 350- to 400-mile range and fast-charging functionality and is equipped with STLA AutoDrive, which delivers Level 3 autonomous driving capabilities and will be upgradable via over-the-air (OTA) updates.
The 2023 BMW iX M60, a high-performance electric all-wheel-drive vehicle with a total system output of up to 610 brake horsepower and 811 lb-ft of torque (when Launch Control is activated), has a range of 280 miles (preliminary EPA estimate) and will cost $106,095 (including $995 destination and handling) when it launches in the U.S. in June. Together with the BMW i4 M50, it signifies the entry of BMW M into the segment of electrified performance cars.
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Toyota Motor North America (Toyota, Lexus) reported 2021 U.S. sales of 2,332,262 vehicles, an increase of 10.4 percent.
General Motors (Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac) delivered 2,218,228 vehicles in 2021, a decrease of 12.9 percent from 2020.
Ford Motor Company (Ford, Lincoln) 2021 sales were 1,819,026 vehicles down 6.2 percent from 2020.
FCA US LLC (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo) had sales of 1,777,394 vehicles for 2021, a decrease of 2 percent, as its dealer network continues its flexibility in offsetting market conditions caused by the chip shortage and the COVID-19 pandemic.
American Honda (Honda, Acura) reported full year sales of 1,466,630, an 8.9 percent increase over 2020.
Nissan Group (Nissan, Infiniti) announced total calendar year 2021 U.S. sales of 977,639 units, an increase of 8.7 percent compared to the prior year.
Hyundai Motor America reported full year sales of 738,081, a 19 percent increase compared with 2020 and the third best year in company history.
Kia America announced annual total sales were 701,416, up 19.7 percent from 2020 and passing the 700,000 mark for the first time in company history.
Subaru of America reported full year sales of 583,810 vehicles, a 4.6 percent decrease compared with calendar year 2020 due to the impact the semiconductor shortage has had on the automobile industry.
Volkswagen of America reported year-end 2021 sales of 375,030, an increase of 15 percent from 2020. Audi of America reported 2021 sales of 196,038 up 5 percent from 2020.
Mercedes-Benz USA recorded sales of 276,102 Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles and 53,472 Vans for a 329,574 total, an increase of 1.1 percent versus 2020.
BMW Brand reported full year 2021 sales of 336,644, an increase of 20.8 percent compared to 2020. MINI Brand posted full year 2021 sales of 29,930, an increase of 6.4 percent from 2020.
Mazda North American Operations reported full year sales totaled 332,756 vehicles, an increase of 19.2 percent compared to 2020.
Volvo Car USA reported 122,173 cars sold in 2021, up 10.9 percent over 2020.
Mitsubishi Motors North America reported full-year 2021 total sales were 102,037, an increase of 16.8 percent over 2020, and the fourth time the brand has topped 100,000 sales since 2007.
Porsche Cars North America announced retail deliveries in 2021, a best year ever 70,025 new vehicles, up 22 percent from the year before and 14 percent above the previous record set in 2019.
Bentley Motors announced total sales of 14,659 in 2021, an increase of 31 per cent over the previous record year (11,206) in 2020.
Sales will be updated as companies report.