According to Motor1.com, Lexus is developing a manual transmission for electric vehicles, and the company already has a working prototype of such a system in the Lexus UX 300e.
Lexus EVs with manual transmissions will have a clutch pedal, shifter and even a tachometer. This is a software system that will allow you to reproduce different driving experiences. Drivers can choose the settings they prefer.
The rumor of a Lexus sports car with a manual transmission appeared in August 2022. Then there was information that an early prototype of the technology limited the power of the electric motor, and shifting gears opened up additional power.
In addition to the manual transmission, Lexus is preparing even more technology for the production Lexus Electrified Sport model. It will receive the One Motion Grip electronic control system. The installation removes the mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the front wheels. The automaker claims the setup provides better low-speed maneuverability and highway stability. The Lexus RZ 450e will be the first model with this feature.
The Lexus Electrified Sport will also feature Direct4 all-wheel drive and electronic braking technology. Lexus has yet to reveal details about this system.
The exact characteristics of the power unit of the model are still a mystery. The company predicts that acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h will take about 2 seconds. The power reserve should be up to 700 km.
The company added that the Lexus Electrified Sport is not just a concept, but a vehicle that will go into production.
Tesla burst into the ranking of the best-selling cars of 2022 with two models
According to Electrek, citing data collected by Focus to Move, Tesla entered the top ten best-selling cars in the world with two models at once.
The Tesla Model Y came in fourth place with 759,000 cars, an 88% improvement on its last year result. Sales of the Tesla Model 3 grew by 4% year-on-year to 596,000 vehicles, placing it in seventh place.
Toyota remains the leader in global car deliveries, as we’ve already reported, with three models in the top five best-selling passenger cars in the world.
Top 7 best-selling cars in the world last year looks like this:
- Toyota Corolla: 1.12 million (down 2% from 2021)
- Toyota RAV4: 870,000 (down 14%)
- Ford F-Series: 787,000 (down 9%)
- Tesla Model Y: 759,000 (88% more)
- Toyota Camry: 675,000 (down 3%)
- Honda CR-V: 601,000 (down 18%)
- Tesla Model 3: 596,000 (up 4%)
“Duster’s little brother” will be a completely new model – a hybrid or an electric car
Edition L’Automobile, citing its own sources, writes that Dacia is going to release a completely new crossover.
The model should place itself between the 3.73m long Dacia Spring electric hatchback, whose second generation is expected in 2024, and the new Duster, which is about 4.4m long.
It is expected that the new crossover will receive a hybrid powertrain, like the 7-seater Jogger Hybrid. However, the manufacturer can make the power plant completely electric. In any case, Dacia will focus on the market and its budget segment.
Positioned between Spring and Duster, the compact crossover Dacia will have a format that is quite comparable to the Jeep Avenger (4.08 m). But at the same time, the novelty should be much more accessible to buyers.
According to preliminary data, the “little brother of Duster” will appear on the market only in 2026.
Toyota became the best in the supply of cars in 2022
The Japanese auto concern Toyota Motor reported on the results of its work last year, which confirmed that the company remains the world leader in the supply of cars.
At the end of 2022, Toyota and its subsidiaries (Daihatsu and Hino) sold 10,483,024 worldwide, which is only 0.1% less than a year earlier.
Volkswagen, the closest pursuer of the Japanese giant, previously reported that the concern sold 8,262,800 cars last year. At the same time, Toyota overtook the competitor in November, when more than 9.5 million cars were sold.
Earlier it became known that China in 2022 ranked third in global car deliveries after Japan and Germany, overtaking the United States and South Korea.
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