Car news this week: May 23-27, 2022

We publish news of a ton of cars every working week and it can be hard to keep up with everything – which is the reasoning behind this weekend’s list.

In short, here it is Something The main articles in our news desk have been summarized since Monday of this week, if you miss them at that time.

Fancy a 245kW golf?

Say hello to Volkswagen Golf, the most powerful production of all time. Volkswagen 2023 Golf R has released 20 years, marking the 20th anniversary of the R nameplate.

A spokesman for Volkswagen has confirmed that the Golf R20 is coming to Australia. It is set to reach the third quarter of 2022.

It will be available for approximately 12 months, with more details about the price and standard specifications to be released near its Australian launch.

Full story: 2023 Volkswagen Golf R 20 years published, confirmed for Australia

Renault’s Electrifying Australian Plan

Renault Australian importer Ateco Megane has more detailed plans to sell E-Tech electric cars, telling us this week to expect the first delivery by the end of 2023.

The glamorous short (only 4210 mm long) crossover will further expand the range of Renault Australia’s electric vehicle (EV), the Kangu E-Tech electric van on track to arrive here in early 2023.

Renault Megane E-Tech is the French brand answer for Kia Nero, Hyundai Kona Electric, MG ZS EV, Volkswagen ID.3 and many more. Of course, it would be a mistake not to mention the larger Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.

Full story: Renault Megan E-Tech EV for Australia in late 2023

EVs can get priced for a while

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the current state of global affairs means that electric vehicles are not guaranteed to become cheaper in the near future.

Its most up-to-date 2022 Global EV Outlook report states that prices of commonly used raw materials in batteries such as cobalt, lithium and nickel have risen. Batteries are the most expensive part of electric vehicles (EVs), so price increases are a natural conclusion.

For example, in May 2022, the price of lithium was seven times higher than at the beginning of 2021. The “unprecedented” demand for EV batteries and the lack of structural investment in new supply capacity have been cited due to the increase in global sales. Reasons for driving.

Full story: EVs could become more expensive as product grows, energy agency warns

Remember BMW’s base

BMW is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its M division with the launch of the new model, and the new M2 coupe may also be part of the celebration.

The creepy M2 prototypes have already been spied on numerous times, but BMW has now officially released a 36-second teaser video announcing on its social media that the high-performance coupe is underway.

Although it has not yet announced a release date. Like most teaser content, the video is full of interesting people interesting things and the car has only a few blurry, fleeting glimpses.

Full story: 2023 BMW M2 teased

A $ 2.3 million plate? Wild

The Shannon auction regularly offers a smoggasboard of classic cars under the hammer and the latest iteration was no exception.

But the headline news of the latest Shannons Times online auction, which closed on May 24, involved a number plate.

Not just a plate, but one of the 90 two-digit Victorian Heritage Plates in circulation. The plate, numbered ’14’, sold for a whopping পরিমাণ 2,275,500.

Full story: Victorian number plates sell for about $ 2.3 million

Some Ford dealers keep an eye on delivery costs

Ford Australia Effectively encouraged the next generation Ranger Buyers are likely to call everyone who looks appropriate, if there are only a few.

The company said it did not set these fees or recommend any fee amounts, forcing its franchise dealers to charge $ 903 and $ 5995 – according to buyers on social media.

“Although dealer delivery fees are set independently by dealers, we are keen to remind customers that we have more than 180 dealers nationwide and welcome them to work with dealers of their choice,” said a Ford Australia spokesperson.

Full story: Ranger Dealer Delivery, Ford tells you to shop

BMW Australia has not yet told the agency

BMW Group Australia says it has “no current plans” to move away from its franchise dealer sales channels in favor of a Honda- and Mercedes-Benz-style ‘agency’ model that would give it more control over pricing and inventory.

As reported earlier this week, the company is moving towards a more direct-to-consumer business model across Europe.

The agency model takes responsibility from licensed franchise dealers (individual private or public entities) and gives car companies greater control over inventory and pricing.

Full story: ‘No current plans’ for BMW Australia’s Agency Model Switch

Alpha Lexus is ambitious in quality

The leader of Alfa Romeo says the company is benchmarking Lexus when it comes to the build quality of its new models, led by the Tonale small SUV.

While it is a star when it comes to design appeal, dynamism, and a certain kind of brand cassette, Italian brand products are not always considered the top pops in the region.

“My benchmark is Lexus,” Jean-Philippe Imparato, CEO of Alfa Romeo, said at a tonal launch event, as reported by the media. Automotive News.

Full story: Alfa Romeo targets Lexus quality level

CO2 reduction projects needed, industry says new PM

Australia’s top car brands have again called for federal government changes to clear CO2 emissions targets backed by fines for non-compliance – as applicable in Europe.

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has launched a CO2 reduction project on the agenda of the new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese government. Both FCAI and various car brands – which finance the lobby group in question – have long demanded the introduction of CO2 emissions plans with teeth.

The rationale behind such a policy is that it would force foreign factories to send low- and zero-emissions vehicles to Australia, avoiding fines. Due to their absence, Australia has been called a “dumping ground” for less efficient vehicles.

More: Car brands want PM Albany to legislate CO2 reduction project

India is the successor to the spiritual grand vitara

Mahindra’s first new Scorpio body-on-frame SUV in 20 years will be sold alongside its predecessor and will offer a choice of petrol and diesel engines.

The Indian automaker has released pictures and more details of the new Scorpio-N, though many details remain uncertain.

Mahindra says it will launch Scorpio-N in India on June 27, 2022. Care Expert Understand that, unlike the old Scorpio, the new Scorpio-N will probably also arrive in Australia.

Full story: 2023 Mahindra has released Scorpio-N, this time it may be sold in Australia

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