Toyota has officially unveiled the 2022 Corolla Cross SUV. Like other Corolla vehicles, the Corolla Cross is affordable and features features not found in the crossover segment.
Toyota claims the Corolla Cross offers small car handling and large crossover capabilities. The new Toyota Corolla Cross will hit showrooms in October starting at $ 22,195 for the base front-wheel drive model. All trim levels are available with all-wheel drive for an additional $ 1,300.
Toyota makes the Cross in the United States at its new plant in Huntsville, Alabama. This manufacturing facility can produce 150,000 Corolla Cross vehicles a year, indicating that Toyota expects strong sales from its new crossover.
All versions use the same 169bhp 2.0-liter Dynamic Force engine. The engine is paired with a CVT with physical first gear. In addition, the vehicle can tow a load weighing up to 680 kg. All-wheel drive models use Dynamic Torque Control, capable of transferring up to 50% of the vehicle’s power to the rear wheels.
The Corolla Cross is offered in three flavors: L, LE and XLE. The first two versions have a cloth interior: the L is only available in light gray and the LE is available with a black interior. XLE buyers receive SofTex seats in Macadamia / Mocha or Black. A 10-way power driver’s seat and heated front seats are standard on XLE models. The basic configuration is equipped with a seven-inch multimedia touch screen with an eight-inch screen on other trim levels. All support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The top-of-the-line version of the Corolla Cross XLE starts at $ 27,625.
Tesla Model 3 is not adapted to Indian roads due to too low ground clearance
The Model 3 will be Tesla’s first vehicle in the Indian market. Only when preparing to launch the model on this very market, the company faced an unexpected difficulty.
As it turned out, the car’s clearance is simply not enough for local roads. The agency testing the car recorded that during the tests the Model 3 touched the bottom of the road bumps or objects in 160 cases out of 200. That is, most of the bumps, speed bumps and other similar objects Model 3 is not able to drive normally.
That being said, the Model 3’s suspension uses springs that cannot simply be adjusted to increase ground clearance. That is, they need to be changed. Moreover, the same agency recommended increasing the ground clearance by 25 mm, which is a lot.
As a result, the Model Y may become the first Tesla model on the Indian market. Its ground clearance is 170 mm, which should be just enough.
Due to the lack of microcircuits, buyers have to wait for Mercedes-Benz cars for more than a year
Buyers of Mercedes-Benz cars are faced with the need to wait for ordered cars for more than a year due to production disruptions caused by a shortage of microcircuits. This was announced yesterday in an interview with the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung by Ola Kallenius, CEO of Daimler, which includes Mercedes-Benz.
“The demand for Mercedes-Benz is huge, and at the same time, unfortunately, there are serious restrictions,” he said. “For some models, the waiting time is longer than we would like, in some cases more than a year.”
Källenius echoed a previous forecast that the chip supply problems plaguing automakers around the world will persist through 2023, as structural problems persist, as well as pandemic-related restrictions in key supplier countries.
Thailand plans to produce only electric vehicles by 2035
Thailand is a hub for vehicle manufacturing with a complete supply chain, home to major international car manufacturers such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Great Wall Motors and Mercedes-Benz.
More than 2 million vehicles were produced annually in Thailand in 2018 and 2019, according to Statista. In 2020, the pandemic dropped that number to 1.4 million, and COVID-19 remains the biggest contributor to the decline in car production and sales in Thailand in 2021.
As global automakers move towards electric vehicle production, Thailand is realizing the need to move in this direction. According to the Bangkok Post, the National Committee for Electric Vehicle Policy aims to produce only electric vehicles (buses, cars and motorcycles) in the country by 2035, with a total of about 18.4 million units. In the short term, the committee aims to produce 1 million electric vehicles by 2025 and 6 million by 2030. The production of electric cars and pickups alone in Thailand is planned to be increased to 400,000 units by 2025, to 2.94 million units by 2030, and to 8.63 million units by 2035.
According to Nikkei Asia, investments in the production and construction of infrastructure for electric vehicles reached $ 2.5 billion in 2017-2019. The Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) is expected to increase the budget for the construction of more auxiliary equipment for electric vehicles in the coming years. Data from the Electric Vehicle Manufacturers Association of Thailand (EVAT) show that there are now about 2,200 chargers in the country at 664 stations, and the number of electric vehicles registered in Thailand reached 100,000 as of April 2021. The government hopes there will be a million electric vehicles on the country’s roads by 2025.
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