London-based taxi and courier company Addison Lee has pledged to have only electric vehicles in its fleet by 2023. Even excluding the recent acquisition of the ComCab taxi service, the company has more than 4,800 vehicles in its fleet, and with this acquisition more than 7,000, making Addison Lee the largest taxi service in London.
Addison Lee now has 650 electric vehicles, and the company has turned to Volkswagen for a complete fleet renewal.
Addison Lee is investing $ 218 million in the refurbishment, choosing the Volkswagen ID.4 as the base model. The basic version of the ID.4 is equipped with a 77 kWh lithium-ion battery for a range of 400 km. Power plant with a capacity of 201 hp allows you to reach speeds of up to 160 km / h.
The first 450 electric vehicles Addison Lee will receive by the end of this year, after which it is planned to add 200 electric vehicles monthly. The company also plans to build its own charging infrastructure using its $ 4 million Future Mobility Fund.
“The perfect family car for style-conscious parents.” Alfa Romeo Tonale Edizione Bambini presented
Unveiled this week, the Alfa Romeo Tonale Edizione Bambini crossover is positioned as “the perfect family car for style-conscious parents.”
Opening the tailgate of the Alfa Romeo Tonale Edizione Bambini reveals a retractable changing table that fits into the luggage rack. There is also a car baby monitor that connects to smartphones.
The driver and front passenger seats are made of gray leather with stitching and an embossed Alfa Romeo logo. The car also received cup holders and various storage spaces.
In addition, there are special devices on the backs of the seats for the entertainment of children. There is a holder for a smartphone and a tablet to keep the kids busy during the trip, as well as clips for a thermos and other small things. There is storage space for toys in the middle of the rear seat. A 6.0 liter removable dustbin is located in the footwell behind the center console.
Even more accessories are in the luggage compartment. There is a vacuum cleaner that runs on a 12-volt outlet, a convenient organizer with several compartments that can be filled with wet wipes, diapers and other things.
Motor1.com contacted Alfa Romeo about plans to bring this project into production. The answer was: “We will consider every possibility, but we cannot confirm the launch yet.”
The Alfa Romeo Tonale is powered by a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as part of a hybrid system delivering a total output of 285 hp. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 6 seconds.
In the US, the regular Alfa Romeo Tonale is offered at $44,590.
Golden mean between Toyota Corolla and Camry? China starts production of Toyota Lingshang sedan
The production of the 2023 Toyota Lingshang mid-size sedan has started in China. It is a cross between the Camry and Corolla in terms of size and performance. The car will go on sale in June, but prices have already been announced.
Lingshang looks like a Corolla, but the platform is TNGA, like the Camry. Dimensions are 4695 x 1780 x 1435 mm, with such a length, the wheelbase is quite decent – 2750 mm. In terms of wheelbase, the Lingshang is 50 mm larger than the Corolla and 70 mm smaller than the Camry.
Externally, Lingshang looks like a stretched Corolla. As for the interior, the equipment is better, and even at the level of materials (more soft plastic). The top version of Lingshang has a 12.3-inch screen on the front panel. The medium version has a screen diagonal of 9 inches, while the basic version is 8 inches. The interior can be leather two-tone, there is more space in the back than the Corolla.
If for Corolla in China everything starts with a 1.2-liter turbocharged engine, then here in the base is a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine with 171 hp. At the same time, the engine is designed to work with AI-92 gasoline, and the declared consumption is low – 5.9 liters per 100 km. The cost of Lingshang is from 21,600 to 23,000 dollars.
Car Prices Continue to Rise: The Average New Car Price in the U.S. Will Exceed $50,000 This Year, According to Toyota
Average U.S. new car prices reached a new peak in February, rising 4.8% to $46,229, according to JD Power. Jack Hollis, head of sales for Toyota North America, said the price will continue to rise. In his opinion, the average transaction price will exceed $50,000 in 2023.
Hollis believes that nearly 17 million vehicles could be sold in the US auto market in 2023 if there are no supply issues. We are talking about 15 million projected sales and another 2 million “unmet demand” vehicles since last year.
According to Bob Young, vice president of Toyota, rising car prices are the result of high material costs. While Yang says improvements are starting to happen in this area, users are unlikely to see price cuts until 2024.
Hollis predicts that Toyota and Lexus, which sold 2.1 million vehicles in the U.S. in 2022, could improve by another 100,000 units this year.
The company expects to end 2023 the same way it did 2022.
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