The closing week of Nutson’s Weekly Automotive News ends on April 30, 2022



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Nutson Automotive News Summary – Week Ending April 30, 2022 Here are last week’s important, relevant, semi-secret, or surprising insider news, opinions, and stories presented as expertly crafted, easy-to-understand nuggets of the automotive world.

– Sales of cars and light trucks in the United States will decline to an annual pace of just 14.5 million vehicles, down more than 20% from last year. But new car prices will average $45,232, up 18.7% from last year, according to JD Power and LMC Automotive.

* Joe White, writing for Reuters, tells us that US Senator Joe Manchin has said out loud what even some in the auto industry are wondering: Does the US government need to introduce expanded subsidies to stimulate sales of electric cars at a time when demand for many electric vehicles is running out? ? Senator Manchin’s verdict appears to be, no, and that likely means turning off the lights on the Biden administration’s proposals to extend the current $7,500 per vehicle tax credit for the manufacturer’s first 200,000 EVs.

* A new consumer survey commissioned by Engine’s CARAVAN and conducted by MINI USA has revealed various shifts in how American consumers feel about electric vehicles over the past three years. The survey, which repeated the same set of questions used in the 2019 MINI USA survey, indicates that more Americans — especially younger consumers and women — view electric vehicles as an essential vehicle in the home than any other use case. This marked a shift from 2019 as more participants chose “mobility car” and “city car” as preferred uses. The point that has remained consistent from both surveys is daily travel distance, with 76% of respondents saying 75 miles of battery range is sufficient for daily driving. With an increase of just 3% over three years, daily driving distances for consumers continue to remain well below the current range for all new electric vehicles on the market today. Expectations for faster shipping times have risen over the past three years. More than two-thirds of consumers (67%) now believe charging should take no more than an hour, up from 59% three years ago.

* More than a dozen automakers will offer electric pickup trucks — full electric vehicles or hybrids — over the next two years. One of those is Ford, which celebrated the delivery of the electric F-150 Lightning to its first customers on Tuesday, April 26. And with so many electrified pickup trucks entering the market, the question is who will buy them. Will they be the traditional pickup truck owners, or will electricity open up a new segment of truck buyers? The latter seems likely based on new research from Cox Automotive and orders Ford has received for Lightning, the vast majority of which come from consumers who haven’t owned a Ford, let alone a Ford truck. “Younger consumers — under the age of 35 — and current owners of SUVs and sedans are the most likely candidates to purchase an electric pickup truck,” said Vanessa Tone, senior director of Cox Automotive Research and Market Intelligence.

* The North American International Auto Show (also known as the Detroit Auto Show) has announced a sneak peek behind the curtain for its first-ever indoor and outdoor auto show, including plans for dynamic vehicle activation, free downtown community activities, the return of Charity Preview and a new logo for the show. The famous Detroit. Scheduled to take place from September 14-25, 2022, at Huntington Place in Detroit, the auto show returns after a multi-year absence caused by the pandemic.

* Automotive News reports that Volkswagen has given the Amarok Pickup (not sold in the US) a more aggressive look, along with driver assistance systems and engines from its partner Ford Motor. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said the second-generation Amarok, which is based on the latest model Ford Ranger, will offer an expanded range of driver assistance features and a wider range of engines than its predecessor. There are no plans for Volkswagen to offer a plug-in hybrid version, but the automaker is looking for an all-electric version, Lars Krause, head of marketing for VW Commercial Vehicles, told Autocar. And we wonder: Will the Amorak find its way to the US, produced in North America, as a battery-powered pickup truck?

Ford celebrated production of the first battery-powered F-150 Lightning from the assembly line this week at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. Ford’s new electric vehicle manufacturing facility has expanded at Ford’s historic Rouge complex to increase production capacity to 150,000 units annually. Lightnings will begin shipping to customers in the next few days.

Volta Inc, an electric vehicle charging network, has revealed that the wider adoption of electric vehicles depends on highly visible and conveniently located electric EV chargers in places already frequented by drivers. The findings come from a nationwide research study and go beyond price and range concern to understand the most important barriers to switching to electrification. Nearly half of Americans (42%) have never seen an electric charging station, and more than a quarter (27%) of those who drive an electric vehicle have not yet. 75% of electric vehicle exhibitors rank convenient access to electric vehicle charging as the top barrier to making the switch (5 percentage points above price) – 63% of the general public agreed. Americans ranked grocery shopping (73%), dining in a restaurant (70%), retail shopping (69%), working (68%), watching a movie in a theater (64%), and exercising (60%) as the top activities that they would like to accomplish while charging their EV – all above downtime activities like reading while charging (54%).

* The US Postal Service has been hit by three separate lawsuits brought by 16 states. District of Columbia Environmental Groups. The lawsuit, filed in New York and California, asks judges to order a more comprehensive environmental review before the USPS moves forward with the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Program. Prosecutors assert that buying delivery cars powered by fossil fuels will cause environmental damage for decades to come and they want the Postal Service to buy more electric delivery cars.

* Chevrolet said a hybrid version of the Corvette will be available “early next year” with an all-electric model to follow at some point in the future. Reports indicate that GM President Mark Royce also confirmed the news to CNBC although he declined to give any specific dates besides noting that “we’ll have an electrified Corvette next year, so it’s pretty fast.” Reuters’ Joe White notes that the Corvette Hybrid doesn’t fit into GM’s all-electric strategy.

*First told to our friends in the Detroit office and recently confirmed to Automotive News, Mazda is bringing its rotary engine back. A plug-in hybrid version of the MX-30 SUV with the use of a rotor. The arrival of the MX-30 Plug-In Hybrid should occur sometime after the end of Mazda’s current fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2023, according to a Detroit office report.

* A self-driving Tesla car (which does not actually have the ability to self-driving) crashed into a $3.5 million private jet when its owner used the “Smart Summon” feature. The feature, which works at a limited speed of 5mph, was introduced by Tesla in 2019 and is still an experimental feature…meaning, it’s not ready for prime time.

*Ford is recalling more than 250.00 Explorer SUVs in the US because they can roll unexpectedly while commuting to the park. The recall covers some Explorers from 2020 to 2022 with 2.3-liter engines, as well as 3-liter, 3.3-liter hybrid, and 3-liter ST. Also included are the 2020 and 2021 Explorer Police hybrids and 3.3L gas engines. The rear axle mounting bolt could break and cause the drive shaft to disconnect. If that happens, the Explorers can roll away even if they are brought to a standing position without using the parking brake.

*Tesla is recalling about 48,000 Model 3 Performance vehicles in the US because they may not display the speedometer while in Track Mode. The recall covers cars from 2018 to 2022 model years.

* The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) race car, a Dallara AV-21 programmed by Team PoliMOVE from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and the University of Alabama (USA), has set a new world land speed record for a self-driving car of 192.2 MPH/309.3 KPH At the Kennedy Space Historical Center. Operating the Dallara AV-21, PoliMOVE set out to push the limits of the booster package during trial runs at Space Florida’s launch and landing facility at the Kennedy Space Center. The upgraded engine package, capable of delivering 30% more horsepower than previous models, will be on all forward-moving IAC race cars. Future competitions will be announced in the coming months. The primary goal of the IAC is to solve real-world problems by developing technology that will accelerate the commercialization of fully autonomous vehicles and the deployment of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

* After months of anticipation and more than 173,500 orders, the Dodge brand’s quest to fill the world’s greatest automotive job has come to a charged end. To prove he has the character and the driving force in a series of high stakes challenges, North Carolina’s Preston Patterson is officially named chief cookie maker. The announcement came on April 26th, 26th, a feverish day. After a four-month search, ten finalists were selected to enter a final round of auditions. The donut maker’s major research is part of the Never Lift brand plan, which provides a 24-month roadmap to the future of Dodge’s performance.

*DSR Performance, Don Schumacher Racing’s (DSR) aftermarket division, launched the DSR 1150. An 1150-horsepower box-engine based on the current generation (GEN III) HEMI. This game-changing box engine features unparalleled levels of performance and is designed to run on 93 octane unleaded fuel. The DSR 1150 is built using technology and data developed from the championship-winning DSR Challenger Drag Pak software that has competed and won the NHRA Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown Series and NMCA Holley EFI Factory Super Cars Class. A tribute to the infamous Chrysler HEMI engine that dominated the streets and slides in the 1960s and early 1970s, the modern DSR 1150 displaces 426 cubic inches (7.0 liter) and is the highest horsepower pump-driven OE gas-based OE box engine sold on the market today. The DSR 1150 retails for $37,950 and is sold directly through and exclusive dealers.

* The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Limited entered the seventh annual Rebel Rally, a women’s only off-road navigation challenge held in the deserts of California and Nevada. Automobile writers Jill Ciminillo and Kristen Shaw will share driving and navigation duties. The rally begins October 6 at a location to be determined in Nevada. It will cover 1,500 miles in eight days before hitting the finish line, October 15, in the Imperial Sand Dunes of Southern California. This will be Ciminilo and Shaw’s first attempt at the Rebel Rally and the first time Hyundai has supported this event.

*A team of the brand’s high-performance Type S model Acura engineers will move to a different form of competition this month as they tackle the 2022 Tire Rack One Lap of America, a demanding eight-day, 3,200-mile road rally, April 30 – May 7, Driving the 2022 Acura TLX Type S turbocharged sports sedan they helped create, two engineers from the Ohio-based North American Automotive Development Center at Honda, Nicholas Hamann and Clifton Cheng, will compete in the grueling competition that includes timed events at nine racetracks across the U.S. The 37th US One Lap Tour starts and ends at Tire Rack headquarters in South Bend, Indiana, and sends competitors across 12 states.

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