Plus, Mini JCW facelift spied, and new BMW concept
August 4, 2022 at 09:02
past Sam D. Smith
Good morning and welcome to our daily roundup of automotive news from around the world, starting with…
Stellantis beats Tesla for electric car sales in Europe, wants to be number 1
Stellantis finished the first half of 2022 with flying colors surpassing Tesla and finishing just behind Volkswagen. In the first half of 2022, they sold 105,413 electric cars, compared to 116,307 by the VW Group and 78,277 by Tesla. Stellanti’s sales were mainly driven by their popular electric Fiat 500 and Peugeot e-208.
BMW to preview Neue Klasse with concept at the 2023 Munich Motor Show
BMW will give a glimpse of the Neue Klasse at the IAA 2023. BMW has also confirmed its plan to reveal two unique vehicles at the 2023 CES show. The first is described as a “vision for mobility 2040”, designed as a metaverse experience. On the other hand, we don’t know much about the NEXTGen concept, although BMW has used it as a hashtag when introducing some new prototypes and their new autonomous driving technology.
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Alpine announces Oscar Piastri for 2023, only for the F1 rookie to publicly deny any deal
Following Sebastian Vettel’s retirement announcement next season, Fernando Alonso took the vacant seat at Aston Martin, leaving Alpine in search of a new driver. Accordingly, Alpine officially announced in a press release that Oscar Piastri will be joining their driver line-up for 2023, only for the rookie to deny the statement a few hours later, saying he would not be driving for them. Let the silly season begin!
Maserati launches new 10-year warranty for its engines and gearboxes
Maserati is ready to offer a new 10-year warranty package for its vehicles. Dubbed the Extra10 Warranty Program, it is available in addition to Maserati’s standard warranty program. This warranty covers drivetrain components such as engine and transmission. From October 1, 2022, it will be offered in the US, Canada and Latin America for all new Maserati cars.
2024 MINI Cooper JCW facelift spied during warm-weather testing
In sporty JCW configuration with a three-door body, the facelifted ICE-powered MINI Hatch has been seen in southern Europe. It is hidden in traditional yellow camouflage, but we can make out its revised grille, modern LED headlights, large bumper intakes and roof spoiler. The 228-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that powers the current model will likely power this new model as well.
The new Jeep Grand Wagoneer gets its Woodgrain Groove back for $1,899
One of the defining features that customers came to love about the original Jeep Grand Wagoneer was the wood paneling that ran along the sides of the vehicle. Wagonmaster has started replicating these wood moldings for the Grand Wagoneer and standard Wagoneer after the luxury SUV returned without this feature. It costs $1,899, and several kits have already been shipped to Jeep dealers and owners.
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Alex Albon confirmed by Williams for 2023 under a new multi-year contract
I understand Williams Racing, with my deal, put out a press release this afternoon saying I’m driving for them next year. That’s right and I have signed a contract with Williams for 2023. I will drive for Williams next year.
— Alex Albon (@alex_albon) August 3, 2022
Alex Albon will continue to race for Williams through 2023 and beyond, under a multi-year contract with the prestigious British team. “Alex brings a great mix of skill and insightful lessons that will help bring the team greater success in the future,” said team principal Jost Capito. Nicholas Latifi’s contract with Williams expires this year, and it is still unclear who Albon will be working with. With the announcement, Albon took the opportunity to parody the drama going on between Alpine and Piastri.
The SpaceX capsule was discovered to be the source of space debris that crashed on an Australian farm
Australian farmer Mick Miners found debris from a SpaceX capsule that had crashed in a remote area of his property. It landed on July 9 and was not found until several weeks later, reports say BBC. Two other pieces were later discovered nearby, and the Australian space agency urged anyone who encountered additional debris to notify a SpaceX debris hotline.