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2021 saw the Bavarians beat Tesla as America’s leading luxury brand — but not by much. Now it seems that Tesla is on track to overtake BMW for 2022, with new figures from Experian suggesting that Tesla’s January registrations rose by an impressive 49 percent compared to the year before.
Depending on where you live, it’s good news for those who have been waiting for the VW’s electric Microbus, as the carmaker unveiled European-spec “near-production” concepts of the standard wheelbase and cargo ID. Buzz. However, U.S. customers will have to wait until 2024 to see what their version will look like, with North America getting only an extended wheelbase passenger version.
Although an electrified future of Abarth is just around the corner, for now, the ICE-powered cars of the Abarth 595 and 695 have received another update for 2022. Trim options have now been turned into packages, while other details are intricate and the changes incremental, with power figures staying the same as before.
Just when the world is finally showing signs of recovery from the pandemic, gas prices look set to rise with further uncertainty around the war in Ukraine. But will record gas pump figures be enough to push you towards EV ownership? That’s the question we’re asking readers to wage in on.
Ford has teased a new Heritage Edition GT that will be built to pay tribute to the GT40 that came in third at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. The No. 5 car was run by the legendary Ford racing shop from North Carolina, Holman Moody, and took the photo finish along with Shelby America’s Ken Miles, as portrayed in the film Ford V Ferrari.
The Audi e-tron Sportback will be getting a facelift in the near future, with the brand revealing official photos of the updated electric SUV undergoing winter testing. Changes will likely be focused on new battery packs that will offer an increased driving range, a redesigned Singleframe grille, faux inlets, and trim elements on the rear bumper. We could also see updated wheel designs and a refreshed color palette.
It was a lucky escape for one Bronco owner who managed to roll over while trying to go rock crawling. Not only did the driver avoid serious injury, but the damage to the vehicle also appears to be relatively light too. The engine reportedly cut out during the climb, prompting the driver to hit the brakes, but to no avail, as he gradually lost control.
What Else Is Making The News
Apple Introduces the Mac Studio
Apple has pulled the covers off an all-new Mac, called the Mac Studio. With looks similar to the 2020 Mac Mini, the Studio offers greater performance and sits between the Mac Mini and the Mac Pro
Amazon Launches Audio Communication App
Nicki Minaj, Travis Barker and more are helping launch Amazon's new social radio app that allows users to host their own shows by streaming music from a catalog of tens of millions of songs. https://t.co/8iHOp8SvLG
— billboard (@billboard) March 8, 2022
Amazon has launched a new app that will rival Clubhouse. Named “Amp,” the app aims to turn users into DJs, with the ability to program songs, talk to listeners, and chat with call-in guests. Users won’t have to subscribe either with licensed music on the platform.
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