Germany completed the production of electric vehicles BMW i3. For eight and a half years, exactly 250 thousand of these machines were produced: the final one was a copy with a round serial number. And in front of him, a farewell batch of ten BMW i3s HomeRun Edition hatchbacks was made, which are distinguished by a special color, 20-inch wheels, leather interior and a very rich package bundle. The production line at the Leipzig plant, where the BMW i3 was assembled, will be idle for almost a year, after which the production of the next-generation Mini Countryman electric crossovers will be launched here. Leipitzg also produces BMW cars of the first and second series.
Sedan Lexus ES has already undergone a planned restyling last year, but now he got a few more new things. The main thing is that the media system has been improved again: the menu structure has been changed, the speed of work has been increased, voice control has appeared in 19 languages, and remote access from a smartphone even allows you to change climate control settings. The CD player is no more. The central tunnel has been redesigned: cup holders are equipped in place of the already unnecessary touch panel, and one new USB-C connector has been added. Also offered for the sedan is a stripped-down F Sport Design package that includes only black 19-inch wheels and badges. The 2023 model year cars will hit the market in October.
Institution ChechenAuto, previously engaged in the assembly of only Lada Granta sedans, plans to expand the production program. In recent months, AVTOVAZ could not provide the Chechen enterprise with a sufficient number of vehicle sets, so its management is looking for other ways to load capacity. Soon, the assembly of Gazelle Business, Gazelle Next and Lawn Next trucks from Nizhny Novgorod car kits should begin here. And with the Belarusian MAZ, the possibility of producing special equipment is being discussed – for example, truck cranes or shift buses.
Company Renault intends to invest 2 billion reais (about $383 million at the current exchange rate) in the development of its Brazilian division. Investments will be used to localize the CMF-B modular platform and the 1.0 Turbo three-cylinder engine, as well as to prepare for the production of a new crossover. According to preliminary information, we are talking about the successor to the cross-hatchback Renault Sandero Stepway, which in the new generation will become an independent model.
Silicon Valley firm Drako Motors has announced its second model. The Drako GTE sedan, introduced three years ago, will be joined by a crossover Dragon Dragon. So far, only a few teasers have been published and key characteristics have been identified. The crossover will have four electric motors with a total capacity of about 2,000 hp, will be able to pick up 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) in 1.9 seconds and accelerate to 321 km/h. The premiere will take place this year.
The sedan leaves the US market Hyundai Accent, that is, the twin of the Russian Solaris. In the range of the 2023 model year, it will no longer be. If in the past years in the States 60-80 thousand Accents diverged, then last year less than 20 thousand cars were sold. Now Hyundai Accent costs from $16,645 here, cars are delivered from Mexico and are offered only with a 1.6 engine (122 hp), and the local sedan did not have a planned restyling. Already in the fall, the role of the initial model in the American range will pass to the Hyundai Venue SUV (from $19,000).
Company Brabus presented its projects of complex tuning of the new Mercedes C-class. The Brabus B30 model was created on the basis of the C 300 4Matic version: a two-liter turbo four was boosted from 258 hp. and 400 Nm up to 300 hp and 450 Nm. And the Brabus D30 is made from a Mercedes-Benz C 300 d diesel model: the output of the two-liter engine has been increased from 265 hp. and 550 Nm up to 310 hp and 600 Nm. The cars have become more dynamic, but the maximum speed is still limited at around 250 km / h. Also, the complex of improvements includes new wheels and an exhaust system, an additional body kit on the body and decor in the cabin. The tuning program is offered for both sedans and station wagons.
Also today we talked about the restyled Kia Seltos crossover and the new Maruti Suzuki Brezza SUV.