Alfa Romeo, through its North American division head Larry Dominique, is bidding farewell to the 2.9-liter V6 engine derived from Ferrari that currently powers the Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio models, producing 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque.

Transitioning to electric

In a message posted on LinkedIn, Dominique revealed that 2024 will be the last year for the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio models with internal combustion engines, as the company is transitioning to electrification. Specifically, orders will close at the end of April 2024 for the U.S. and Canada, with production scheduled to end in June 2024 at the Cassino plant in Italy.

A sad but expected development

For 2024, Alfa Romeo is offering the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio Carbon Editions, limited to 130 units and exclusive to North America. “This is the final chance to own a Quadrifoglio equipped solely with combustion engine technology as we continue our transformation towards an electrified future, but it is not the end of the story,” Dominique wrote on the platform.

A new mission for the four-leaf clover

The new chapter of this journey includes the unveiling of an electric Giulia replacing the current model with much more power. However, for those who appreciated the Giulia’s handling and the adrenaline-inducing driving experience, impressive numbers may no longer hold the same appeal. The same goes for the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, with its dynamic driving capabilities impressing all who have tried it. While we are hopeful that Stellantis will do justice to the Italian manufacturer and its four-leaf clover, nothing is guaranteed, especially when it comes to replacing iconic models with a Ferrari engine with electric alternatives.

Displeased enthusiasts

Despite dissatisfaction from enthusiasts and customers, Alfa Romeo is committed to transitioning to electric power by 2027, with new launches set to begin in 2025. This is disappointing news for fans.

With information from Carbuzz

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Revealed at CES 2024, the prototype of the Sony Honda Mobility Afeela electric sedan will soon be joined by two other models: an SUV in 2027 and an affordable compact car a year later.

Timeline of Unveiling

According to Nikkei, unconfirmed information indicates that the saga of the three electric vehicles (EVs) will unfold in the second half of the decade. The launch will begin with the sedan in 2025, followed by the SUV in 2027 and the compact car in 2028. Sony Honda Mobility has not confirmed these statements.

Prior Confirmation

Last year, the joint venture had already announced that an Afeela sedan would be unveiled by the end of next year, with deliveries to North American buyers scheduled for early 2026.

Upcoming Models

Little information is available about these three new EVs, but according to the report, they will share the same platform to “reduce costs and accelerate development”. The SUV is expected to be the most advanced, while the compact car may be similar in size to the Toyota Corolla and share components with the EVs independently developed by Honda.

Independent Development

Honda’s partnership with GM for the development of affordable EVs failed in October of last year due to business difficulties. This decision was driven by the decreasing demand for EVs in several regions, justifying the focus on a single project.

Technical Overview of the Afeela Sedan

The Afeela sedan will be equipped with two electric motors of 241 horsepower, one in the front and one in the rear, powered by a 91 kWh lithium-ion battery. It will offer fast DC charging of 150 kW. As a Sony product, gaming technologies are also likely. Additionally, the module above the windshield indicates the persistence of the ambition to integrate autonomous driving technology.

Conclusion

Although the realization of the dream of autonomous mobility still seems distant, Honda and Sony remain determined. Stay tuned for more information on these new EVs as it becomes available.

Source: Carbuzz

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There is no need to tell you that midsize sedans are not what they used to be. In fact, I find them to be better than they were in the past, but since almost no one buys them anymore, they have completely fallen into oblivion. The Honda Accord may be one of the biggest losers in all of this, as not only has it been overshadowed by the massive shift in the market towards SUVs, it has also always been in the shadow of the Toyota Camry.

Honda Canada has recently decided to simplify its offering by offering its midsize sedan. While there are more than a dozen variations on the Civic side, the Accord is only available in one model, offered in three versions: base, Sport hybrid, and Touring Hybrid.

No Accord Coupe, obviously, nor a V6 engine version, which goes back several years. Instead, there is a base turbo 4-cylinder and a hybrid 4-cylinder for the other two variants.

It’s the same strategy, and these are actually the same engines found under the hood of the CR-V, which is a sign of the times. In the past, the CR-V was often referred to as the “Civic of SUVs,” but clearly, it has risen in status while the Accord has remained relatively unchanged.

Under the hood, you have the choice between a 1.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine producing 192 horsepower, or a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor that delivers a peak power of 204 horsepower. All of this power is transmitted to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that, let’s be honest, is configured to behave much like an automatic transmission with eight or nine speeds. When accelerating, you can feel slight jerks resembling gear shifts. It’s very smooth and subtle, but it may appeal to those who dislike CVT transmissions.

And this allows for maintaining an average fuel consumption of just under 7 liters per 100 kilometers.

All of this combined results in an extremely smooth behavior, reminiscent of the Accord in its heyday: a Japanese midsize sedan that isn’t exactly luxurious, but very refined. The steering is just light enough and the suspension just cushioned enough to create a sense of comfort and security which, even today, despite all that is said about midsize sedans, make the Accord one of the most enjoyable vehicles to drive on the market.

Which, of course, would be wonderful if that were the end of the story. But it’s not.

Because there are a few drawbacks that come with all of this. Starting with the price. This is the same issue for the CR-V: the hybrid version is too expensive. It’s probably a sign of the times, but justifying a hybrid Accord at $44,000 or $47,000 compared to a regular Accord at $39,500 is tough.

Especially since on the inside, it’s slightly better finished and slightly more elegantly adorned, but the experience is not significantly enhanced by the multimedia system and trim to justify the premium.

Everything is comfortable, even the rear bench seat, capable of accommodating three tall teenagers. The trunk is quite useful, despite the sloping roof which slightly reduces its cargo volume.

But for that price, one can find vehicles that are either more practical, less thirsty, or more modern elsewhere in the market.

It’s sad for the Honda Accord, a model that deserves better than being relegated to the shadows of SUVs and the Camry…again and again.

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Members of Unifor at the Halifax port have rejected a tentative work agreement reached last month by the union negotiating team and management, reigniting the possibility of a strike at the East Coast vehicle import center.

The union did not share the results of the vote, but stated that the tentative agreement with Autoport Eastern Passage, a subsidiary of Canadian National Railway Company, was “overwhelmingly rejected” by the members.

Both parties began the negotiation process at the end of September and reached the tentative agreement on January 25 after discussions with a conciliator two days earlier.

The union negotiation team did not disclose the terms of the agreement, but stated at the time that the agreement “reflects the hard work and dedication of our workforce”. As with all such work agreements, the tentative agreement had to be approved by the rank-and-file members.

However, with the majority of the approximately 200 Unifor members working at the marine automobile terminal rejecting the contract, the union and management negotiating teams will be forced to reassess their positions.

“As we move forward, it is essential that we remain united and prepared for all eventualities, including the possibility of a strike or facing a lockout,” said Unifor’s Local 100 negotiating team on February 8.

Autoport processes approximately 185,000 vehicles per year, with European imports making up a significant portion of this total. It is part of the Halifax port, although located in the suburb of Eastern Passage at the southeast end of the Halifax port.

Like the port strikes on the west coast of Canada last summer, labor action at Autoport would likely disrupt vehicle imports into Canada.

The union and the employer will have until the end of February to decide on their next steps.

A conciliation report filed on February 12 initiated a two-week cooling-off period, placing Unifor members in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. on February 27.

A 48-hour notice is also required if workers choose to set up picket lines, or if the employer plans to initiate a lockout.

“This period will be used to strengthen our strategies and ensure that our collective voice is heard, strong, and clear,” said the union negotiating team to its members.

CN did not specify the next steps, but in a statement, it said that it “remains committed to working with the union to reach an agreement.”

With information from Automotive News Canada

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Cascais, Portugal- Many car manufacturers are rushing to announce a deadline for combustion engines, but BMW is not in such a hurry. We had the privilege of speaking with a board member of BMW, Frank Weber, who is responsible for the brand’s development. While many manufacturers are setting a deadline of 2035 for the end of gasoline models, Mr. Weber is much less categorical. We cannot rush such a decision.

During the presentation of the new BMW X2, iX2, and MINI Countryman, Mr. Weber emphasized a transition period that will last longer than expected. Before making a complete electric shift, all the necessary ingredients must be in place, such as a charging network capable of supporting this shift, stabilized prices for electric models, and finding ingredients available long term for batteries. “BMW will continue to offer a choice of powertrains, including hydrogen as we believe that 2035 is an unrealistic date,” Mr. Weber points out.

“naturally, we need to regularly review our goals. At the moment, purely electric models are not viable because they cost too much. We believe that a better hybrid strategy will appeal to a wider audience if the range is appealing. Many people in the world cannot afford to pay a high price for an electric model.

“This does not mean that BMW favors combustion engines over EVs,” adds Mr. Weber. This year, the company has set a target for zero-emission vehicles to represent 15% of total deliveries. By the end of the decade, the Munich-based brand expects half of the cars it sells will not be equipped with an internal combustion engine.

While reduction is the buzzword in the automotive industry, BMW still has many models with inline six-cylinder and V8 engines. The brand will also be one of the last manufacturers to abandon combustion engines. It is also one of the last brands to offer a manual transmission, although this will not last very long.

In conclusion, Mr. Weber mentioned that people cannot be forced to switch to all-electric vehicles. “We are preparing seriously at BMW with the Neue Klasse and Neue Klasse X which will soon hit the road with reduced weight, increased range, and technology that breaks new boundaries, but we want the driver to still have a choice and we believe it is still too early to make such a radical decision. The solution lies in a variety of offerings.

Stellantis, like all automotive manufacturers, has no choice but to reinvent itself in this electric era. It is now introducing a high-end car based on Stellantis’ STLA platform.

Eight models in the next two years

The Halcyon is based on the STLA Large platform, which will serve as the basis for eight production cars by 2026, including a new Chrysler scheduled for 2025, although its exact position has not yet been confirmed.

Little information available at this time

Chrysler has not confirmed the specific technical specifications of the Halcyon, but the STLA Large platform is designed to accommodate batteries with a range of 800 kilometers and “extreme” powertrains that enable acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in as little as 2.0 seconds.

A flagship model

For this model, the 800V batteries of the Halcyon, claiming to have a 60% lower carbon footprint than the best current batteries, offer wireless charging on specially equipped “dedicated lanes”. This theoretically allows the Halcyon to have “unlimited range”, although this technology is not yet commercially available.

A model of the brand’s ambitions

The Halcyon aims to showcase Chrysler’s design and sustainability ambitions as it aims for a fully electric range by 2028. Its low and sleek silhouette is clearly focused on aerodynamic efficiency, accentuated by a large air intake at the front to optimize airflow.

A sexy style

Another futuristic feature is the wraparound LED light bar at the front, adorned with a new illuminated Chrysler logo. The Elemental Silver paint is designed to give the aesthetic illusion that the car is entirely made from recycled metals, echoing the brand’s sustainability ambitions.

Durable materials

Chrysler highlights that the interior is made up of 95% sustainable materials, using recycled CDs for various trim elements. The Halcyon also features hinged glass roof panels reminiscent of a skylight to offer an immersive experience and improve ease of access, although these features are likely not intended for production.

Ready for autonomy

Other conceptual features include collapsible steering wheel and pedals in a joystick style, as well as fully reclining front seats, hinting at the autonomous capabilities of future Chryslers enabled by Stellantis’ new STLA Brain software architecture.

Practical space

Ultimately, this system will enable Level Four autonomous driving functionality. More realistic are the 15.6-inch rotating central touchscreen, augmented reality head-up display, glass central console, and biometrically activated Stow ‘n’ Go rear foldable bench, evolving from a hallmark feature of Chrysler minivans.

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Scheduled to enter production in 2026, the successor to the Kia Stinger, codenamed GT1, will be based on the brand’s upcoming electric vehicle platform. The Hyundai and Kia group continues to unveil new models based on their e-GMP platform.

A modular platform

However, automotive manufacturers are already planning their next-generation vehicles, as suggested by a leaked production schedule. For Kia, this will start with a high-performance successor to the Stinger, codenamed GT1 and called EV8, although the name has not been confirmed yet.

A base for other models

Around mid-2023, Hyundai introduced the platform under the name Integrated Modular Platform (IMA), but in these documents, it is simply referred to as the eM platform. It is expected to debut with the new Genesis GV90 in 2025, after which Hyundai and Kia will release their own models based on this architecture. Several specifications regarding the platform and, in particular, the replacement of the Stinger by Kia, have been revealed through a leaked document found by the Korean Car Blog.

603 horsepower and two engines

It indicates that the car will have a dual-motor powertrain capable of reaching 603 horsepower. This would make the most powerful iteration of the GT1/EV8 more powerful than the EV6 GT, which generates 577 horsepower. Meanwhile, other variants of the GT1 are expected to produce between 215 horsepower and 429 horsepower. These engines will be powered by a 113.2 kWh battery pack. To put this into perspective, the EV9 battery pack is only 99.8 kWh.

700 to 800 km of range

According to the leaked Kia document, this configuration should allow the GT1 to achieve a range between 700-800 km per charge. This range compares favorably even to that of the Mercedes EQS, which, with its 107.8 kWh battery pack, can travel up to 750 km on a single charge according to the WLTP test cycle. Production of the GT1 is expected to begin in 2026 at Kia’s Hwaseong 3 plant. This launch will be part of a broader product offensive by the Hyundai group, starting with the Genesis GV90 in 2025 and including new vehicles from the Kia and Hyundai brands.

With information from Carscoops

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Hyundai may name its future electric truck the Ioniq T10, according to a recent trademark application filed in Australia. The application, registered on December 27, 2023, covers various automotive applications, including “cars,” “electric cars,” and “parts and accessories for automobiles.” The presence of the term ‘Ioniq’ indicates that the vehicle will follow Hyundai’s branding strategy for electric vehicles, similar to its existing Ioniq models.

It is assumed that the number ’10’ suggests that the truck will be positioned, at least in terms of size, at the top of the brand’s electric vehicle range, above the upcoming Ioniq 7, Hyundai’s version of the Kia EV9 SUV.

Although the trademark application was filed in Australia, it is expected that this market will not be the primary one for the vehicle. The truck is expected to also be available in North America, although it is unclear whether it will be the size of full-size models like the Ford F-150 and GMC Sierra, or if it will be smaller, similar to mid-size trucks like the Chevy Colorado.

There is little information available about the truck at the moment. It can be reasonably assumed that its design will be just as striking as the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 models. It will likely share mechanical components with other Hyundai electric vehicles, including electric motors and the battery pack. It is likely to be offered in a dual-motor version with all-wheel drive, although a single-motor rear-wheel-drive version is also possible.

Hyundai also appears to be working on a second electric truck, filing a separate trademark application for the name Ioniq T7. This model could be smaller than the Ioniq T10 and perhaps be similar in size to the Santa Cruz, or slightly larger. According to current reports, Hyundai could be ready to launch the new model in 2025 or 2026. Kia is also reportedly developing a diesel truck called ‘Tasman,’ which could eventually lead to a fully electric version.

Source: Carscoops

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Nissan’s shares dropped by 12% on Friday, their largest decline in over twenty years, after quarterly profits fell well below expectations and the company reduced its car sales estimates due to intense competition in China.

Big competition from China

The emergence of rapidly growing Chinese brands, such as BYD, which have launched affordable electric cars designed for young Chinese drivers, has led to a constant loss of market share for foreign rivals in the world’s largest automotive market.

Two billion loss

The 11.6% drop on Friday wiped out $1.8 billion from Nissan’s market value. The day before, Nissan reported an operating profit of 141.6 billion yen ($948 million USD) for the third quarter, which was one fifth less than analysts’ (LSEG) consensus estimate, and reduced its global sales forecast by 150,000 vehicles, bringing it down to 3.55 million for 2024.

Expected losses in the Chinese market

Chief Financial Officer Stephen Ma told reporters that sales forecasts were revised downward due to the automaker’s performance in China, where Nissan’s sales declined by a quarter in the nine months leading up to December 31, and also cited stronger competition in other key markets, including the United States.

Revisiting products

Chinese buyers, especially younger ones, are attracted to technological features like driving aids, automated parking, and voice recognition, which are becoming increasingly common among Chinese automakers but have been slower to be offered by international brands.

A strategy that Japanese automakers could adopt would be to launch models that cater to local tastes, then use the excess capacity of Chinese factories to build models for export.

This text is sourced from Reuters.

i-Car Circuit, Mirabel- On a mild winter day at -5 degrees, Mitsubishi invited a few waves of journalists to test drive its S-AWC system, offered as standard on Outlander models. Inspired by the rallying successes of the 90s, this system, which made the EVO models famous, is now found in more mainstream models.

Evolution of 4WD Systems

Today, Mitsubishi’s all-wheel drive (AWD) systems are exclusively found in its SUVs, which make up the majority of its lineup. The brand still maintains that its top-of-the-line 4WD system, called Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC), is the most advanced in the world. But is this still true? And does it have anything in common with the dominant systems of the 90s?

Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC)

The S-AWC is Mitsubishi’s flagship 4WD system. It comes as standard on the Eclipse Cross, Outlander, and Outlander PHEV models. Offering permanent 4WD, it manages not only the distribution of torque from front to rear, but also from left to right on each axle. Two key components come into play: active stability control and active yaw control.

Active Stability Control

This system stabilizes the vehicle’s behavior while maintaining optimal grip by regulating engine power and overall braking force.

Active Yaw Control

Inherited from rallying, this system analyzes sensor data in real time, applying brakes individually to manage wheel speeds and maximize traction, thus improving steering control and maneuverability.

Driving Modes

In Canada, the S-AWC is standard on the Eclipse Cross, Outlander, and Outlander PHEV. Each offers specific driving modes, such as Normal, Snow, Gravel, Eco, Tarmac, Mud, and Power, tailored to different road conditions.

An advanced system on realistically priced models

While many manufacturers have caught up in terms of innovation in their 4WD systems, Mitsubishi continues to integrate these technologies precisely. Whether it remains the most advanced is hard to quantify, but it remains competitive.

Conclusion:

Alongside Subaru, Mitsubishi maintains its leadership position with the S-AWC, a technological feat in the world of off-road systems. It remains one of the best affordable 4WD systems on the market, and our test day showed us that with good tires, in this case Yokohama Geolander, and an effective all-wheel drive, you are putting all the odds in your favor.

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