News Roundup: An Electric Rolls, Q3 Sales, VW and Subaru Prices, and More
Rolls-Royce calls its latest reveal a promise kept and a prophecy fulfilled. The latter refers to a statement made by the company’s founder Charles Rolls in 1900. “The electric car is absolutely noiseless and clean. There is no odor or vibration and they should be very useful when fixed charging stations can be set up, ”he said at the time. Rolls thought it would take many years for the cars to become “usable,” and he was right. The first Rolls-Royce EV will hit the market in the final quarter of 2023, aptly called the Specter. The car was shown camouflaged with slogans, but looks like a two-door coupe with rear hinge doors. Although it cannot yet be seen, it is ready for the road test, says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of the process brand, will cover more than 2.5 million km and simulate a use of 400 years. It will use the spaceframe architecture introduced with the Phantom in 2017, which was developed for and by Rolls-Royce. The head of the ultra-luxury brand says the company will continue to electrify, with all internal combustion engines gone by 2030.
Mercedes-Benz also had news about the luxury electric sedan this week. The flagship sedan Mercedes-EQ EQS 580 will arrive at dealerships at the end of this year starting at $ 144,200. With 516 horsepower and 700 km WLTP range, the car will cost just $ 1,300 more than the 2022 S580 gasoline sedan. And this despite a completely new styling, the electric platform and a wide range of new cabin technologies. Additional packages are offered with comfort such as massage seats, rear axle steering and executive rear seats in airline style.
Canadian new car sales suffered a slump last month due to semiconductor shortages. The market as a whole recorded a nearly 20 percent drop in sales compared to the same month last year (which was shockingly higher than 2019), with Desrosiers Automotive Consultants putting the total at 136,584. In the quarterly results, Ford saw supply chain challenges reduce sales by 25 percent in the third quarter, GM Canada reported a 23 percent decrease, and Stellantis Canada saw total sales decrease 34 percent. Automakers with vehicles on the property saw sales spike, with Toyota, Kia and Volkswagen seeing gains of 30, 23 and 25 percent, respectively.
Acura has already taunted us with a teaser image that just shows a spotlight of the Integra’s upcoming return. One that didn’t even show enough to know what type of vehicle it would be. Now, thanks to a second picture, we know that it will be a return to the original. A five-door hatchback that Acura says will be a premium sports compact. It’s a segment that was similar to the heyday of the Integra and others in the late 90s, but one that is now all but gone. We’ll learn more about the fifth generation Acura Integra ahead of its launch, which is slated for 2022.
Subaru has refreshed the Forester for 2022, including a new nose and tail and the addition of a new electric brake booster to improve emergency braking performance. Also new is the Wilderness trim, which adds a lift and underrun protection as well as off-road chassis tuning and gearbox. It also offers all-weather fabric seats and other optional extras. The 2022 Subaru Forester hits dealerships over the winter, with a starting price of $ 29,495, $ 500 more than the 2021 model.
Volkswagen made all-wheel drive standard for the Tiguan in 2022 as part of a refresh of the model inside and out. A new nose and LED headlights (and taillights) do a lot of the refresh, but the added tech features include a standard digital cockpit dash and wireless app connection. The new Volkswagen Tiguan starts at $ 32,995 and ends with the Highline R-Line trim level for $ 42,995.