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Car News Round Up, Issue 16

Published on 26 Jan 2022Written by Dr Jiulin Teng with Neofiliac News AI
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News Digest

Issue 16 of Neofiliac's Car News Round Up: This time, we bring 18 updates from Acura, Aston Martin, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, and Lamborghini.
This Round Up provides our summaries on these latest industry news. It is made possible with our NLP-based algorithms.

News Round Up

Acura announced on 20 Jan 2022

Performance Manufacturing Center Begins Production of Limited-Edition Acura NSX Type S
The Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) has begun production of the limited-edition Acura NSX Type S.* The NSX Type S made its global debut during the 2021 Monterey Car Week, immediately establishing itself as Acura’s performance halo, and taking the brand’s commitment to Precision Crafted Performance to a new level. “Today is an exciting day for PMC and Acura as we begin shipping the highly-desired NSX Type S supercar,” said PMC Division Lead Gail May. The first two NSX Type S models built at the PMC were painted in the facility’s exclusive Gotham Gray matte paint finish.
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Acura announced on 20 Jan 2022

New Acura Anime Series Showcases Type S Performance Lineup
Chiaki’s Journey showcases the all-new lineup of Acura Type S performance vehicles that is driven by a young hero’s quest to overcome multiple challenges on her path toward victory. Fans can watch all four :60 episodes and learn more about Chiaki’s Journey and Acura’s Type S vehicle lineup at acura.com/type-s. Chiaki’s Journey chronicles a fun and exhilarating adventure centered on Chiaki, a young driving protégé, and her wise uncle Noboru. The anime series also stars the trio of all-new Acura Type S performance models: the 2022 MDX Type S 3-row premium SUV, 2022 TLX Type S sport sedan and 2022 NSX Type S supercar, the brand’s 600 hp, most powerful and best performing NSX ever.
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Aston Martin announced on 24 Jan 2022

Aston Martin teams field strongest Daytona line-up in bid for 2022 Rolex 24 Hours glory
Four Aston Martin Vantage GT3s to contest revised Rolex 24 GTD class The Heart of Racing returns, joined by Magnus Racing and NorthWest AMR Host of works Aston Martin Racing drivers compete for three partner teams David Pittard confirmed as latest Aston Martin Racing works signing Sprint Cup champion Roman De Angelis crowned AMR Academy winner Three-times Le Mans class-winner Darren Turner (GBR) returns to the Heart of Racing in the GTD class car as he aims to add a Daytona podium to his glittering list of honours, alongside the team’s principal Ian James (GBR) and newly crowned AMR Academy winner and team regular Roman De Angelis (CDN). NorthWest AMR returns after a season’s sabbatical from Daytona as Dalla Lana brings his new WEC line-up comprising 2019-20 FIA GT world champion Nicki Thiim (DEN) and new AMR works driver (see below) David Pittard (GBR) for a fresh assault on the Rolex 24 in the GTD class.
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BMW announced on 26 Jan 2022

The new BMW M8 Competition Coupé, the new BMW M8 Competition Convertible, the new BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé
Outstanding performance, fascinating luxury and a confident appearance characterize the BMW M8 Competition Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 11.4 – 11.0 l/100 km according to WLTP; combined CO2 emissions: 260 – 251 g/km), the BMW M8 Competition Cabriolet (combined fuel consumption: 11.6 – 11.2 l/100 km according to WLTP). LTP; combined CO2 emissions: 265 – 255 g/km) and the BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 11.6 – 11.2 l/100 km according to WLTP; combined CO2 emissions: 265 – 256 g/km). The BMW M8 Competition Coupé, the BMW M8 Competition Cabriolet and the BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé together mark the top position in the model range of BMW M GmbH, which has a strong presence in the luxury segment with this model series.
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BMW announced on 26 Jan 2022

When sporting prowess meets exclusivity: the BMW X2 Edition GoldPlay
Its powerfully expressive front end, the flowing lines of its flanks and the BMW logo on each C-pillar recalling classical BMW coupés from years past also bring visual uniqueness to the BMW X model family. The new special edition underscores the singular character of the BMW X2 and combines equipment highlights, such as the extended M High-gloss Shadow Line, the “X2” logo projection from the driver’s side mirror or the optionally available Adaptive LED Headlights including a four-segment matrix high-beam headlight function, turning lights and adaptive light distribution, with exclusive exterior details and special interior appointments that add an extra layer to an already richly engaging driving experience. Among these are the plug-in hybrid BMW X2 xDrive25e (fuel consumption, combined: 1.8 – 1.7 l/100 km [156.9 – 166.2 mpg imp]; electric power consumption, combined: 15.2 – 14.9 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions, combined: 42 – 38 g/km based on the WLTP cycle) and super-sporting BMW X2 M35i (fuel consumption, combined: 8.1 – 7.5 l/100 km [34.9 – 37.7 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions, combined: 185 – 170 g/km based on the WLTP cycle).
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BMW announced on 26 Jan 2022

BMW model update measures as of spring 2022
Parallel to the launch of the new BMW 8 Series, the new BMW M8 model family, the BMW iX M60 (power consumption combined: 24.5 – 21.9 kWh/100 km according to WLTP; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) and the special edition BMW X2 Goldplay, BMW is increasing the appeal of numerous other models with additional drive variants and equipment features as of spring 2022. From March 2022, new model variants will expand the range for the BMW 2 Series Coupé, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé. In addition, the range of body finishes, upholstery variants and light-alloy wheels for the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé, the BMW i4, the BMW iX and the BMW M5 (fuel consumption combined: 11.3 – 11.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 259 – 253 g/km according to WLTP) receives further variants.
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BMW announced on 26 Jan 2022

The new BMW 8 Series Coupé, the new BMW 8 Series Convertible, the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé
In addition, all model variants of the new BMW 8 Series Coupé, the new BMW 8 Series Convertible and the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé come with an M sports package as standard. The BMW 8 Series Coupé embodies the classic two-door body shape, so it stands firmly in the tradition of the brand’s legendary sports cars, blending elegant lines with dynamic driving characteristics. The BMW 8 Series Coupé was developed in parallel with the BMW M8 GTE endurance racing car.
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BMW announced on 25 Jan 2022

Recharged and electrifying: the classic Mini launches into the future
The MINI Recharged project is an opportunity to continue telling the story of the classic Mini in the 21st century, in a sustainable way. The reactions were so positive that a dedicated team from MINI Plant Oxford set to work and developed the plan to make a corresponding offer available to customers who own a classic Mini. To experience traditional go-kart handling with an emission-free drivetrain, the original petrol engine of the classic Mini is replaced by a modern electric drive.
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BMW announced on 25 Jan 2022

‘MBEDDED’ #4: New episode of the video documentary on the USA debut of the BMW M4 GT3 and the BMW Junior Team
Among those in action are the American BMW M Motorsport drivers, who were gaining their first impressions of the car – particularly Bill Auberlen (USA). From initial scepticism to great enthusiasm, episode 4 of MBEDDED portrays the emotional rollercoaster experienced by American BMW M Motorsport drivers Bill Auberlen, Robby Foley and James Clay on their first outing with the car at the 24 Hours of Sebring in 2021. Dan Harper (GBR), Max Hesse (GER) and Neil Verhagen (USA) not only drove the BMW M4 GT3, but also used their USA trip to visit Verhagen’s family at their home.
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BMW announced on 20 Jan 2022

In 2021 BMW Motorrad achieves the best sales result in its history with an increase of 14.8 percent.
Italy (16,034 units / +15.2 %), Spain (12,616 units / +14.4 %) and France (19,887 units / +13.4 %) were the most important growth drivers and able to continuously increase their sales figures. With 16,030 motorcycles and scooters sold (previous year: 12,135 units), BMW Motorrad achieved an impressive +32.1% growth in the USA. With 11,150 vehicles sold (previous year: 10.707 units) and a growth of +4.1%, the South American market is among the top 7 BMW Motorrad markets in 2021.
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BMW announced on 19 Jan 2022

BMW M Motorsport is approaching the 2022 season with a strong set of drivers
BMW M Motorsport is counting on continuity in the driver line-up for the 2022 season. In the coming months, 19 BMW M works drivers will be competing around the world in the new BMW M4 GT3 for a range of BMW M Motorsport teams, and will also play a key role in the testing phase for the new BMW M LMDh. “2022 is a year of numerous new challenges for BMW M Motorsport – so it was all the more important for us to count on experience, class and continuity when selecting the BMW M works drivers,” said Franciscus van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH.
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BMW announced on 17 Jan 2022

Management change at BMW Group Plant Eisenach
On 1 March Robert Frittrang will take over as the new Director of BMW Group Plant Eisenach. Alexander Eras, Director of the plant since July 2018, will take over as Head of Painted Bodies at BMW Group Plant Leipzig. Since joining the BMW Group in 1995, he has held several roles in various plants, including three years as Director of BMW Group Plant Chennai, in southern India.
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Cadillac announced on 21 Jan 2022

Cadillac V-Series Lineup Expands to Include Escalade
The 2023 Cadillac Escalade will be the first SUV to don the high-performance V-Series badge. With nearly two decades of racing-inspired prowess, the V-Series designation is reserved for vehicles that encompass the peak of Cadillac performance, bold, distinguished design, and innovative technology. More information about the 2023 Cadillac Escalade V-Series, including full vehicle specs, will be revealed in spring 2022.
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Chevrolet announced on 24 Jan 2022

Corvette Celebrates Milestone with 70th Anniversary Edition
The 2023 model year Corvette Stingray and Corvette Z06 will celebrate this milestone with a special 70th Anniversary Edition package. “Passion for Corvette runs deep at Chevrolet and this anniversary is extra special because of the excitement and sales success we’ve achieved with the eighth generation of America’s iconic sportscar,” said Steve Majoros, vice president, Chevrolet marketing. 70th Anniversary Edition Corvettes will stand out in one of two exterior colors unique to this package – an all-new White Pearl Metallic Tri-coat or Carbon Flash Metallic.
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Ford announced on 26 Jan 2022

Farming Of The Future: Ford Pro, Sonoma County Winegrowers Join Forces To Electrify Business Of Farming
SEBASTOPOL, Calif., Jan. 26, 2022 – One of the most forward-thinking winegrowing counties in the United States is looking to advance its sustainability mission, and the Ford Pro™ suite of electric vehicles, charging and telematics services has been tapped to help make that happen. Ford Pro and the Sonoma County Winegrowers, a group of more than 1,800 grape farmers in Northern California, are launching a pilot program that will add Ford F-150® Lightning™ Pro pickups, E-Transit™ cargo vans, and Ford Pro™ Intelligence™ products and services to three pilot farms in Sonoma County, one of the world’s most renowned wine regions. “Ford Pro is thrilled to team with the Sonoma County Winegrowers to further their sustainability goals and begin their transition to fully integrated all-electric fleets with on-site charging,” said Wanda Young, Ford Pro global chief marketing officer.
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Ford announced on 26 Jan 2022

Productivity Accelerated: Ford Pro Announces New Partners, Services; Demand Strong With Orders For 10,000 E-Transits
SONOMA, Calif., Jan 26, 2022 – As Ford Pro grows its business, it is introducing Ford Pro Intelligence, a cloud-based platform that powers a suite of digital services that supports a commercial customer’s total fleet operation. Ford Pro Intelligence will integrate Salesforce which will transform the way commercial customers work, with always on access to the Ford Pro services they need to increase productivity and focus on their customers. The brains of the operation, Ford Pro Intelligence, is a vertically integrated tech stack providing customers with tools to help them keep track of their vehicles, manage their drivers and improve relationships with their customers.
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Ford announced on 26 Jan 2022

Desert-Racing, Rock-Crawling 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Debuts As Most Powerful Street-Legal Bronco Ever
Bronco Raptor, the newest member of the Bronco outdoor brand of Built Wild™ SUVs, debuts today as the most powerful street-legal Bronco ever, and the world’s first Ultra4 Racing-inspired SUV. Ford Performance, the same team that produces the F-150 Raptor, designed and engineered Bronco Raptor as a calling to hardcore off-road enthusiasts. With the addition of Bronco Raptor, Ford once again expands its Raptor high-performance off-road vehicle franchise, which also includes F-150 Raptor for North America and Ranger Raptor for global markets.
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Lamborghini announced on 25 Jan 2022

Countach LPI 800-4 on the road for the first time
On this special occasion, the brand-new super sports car was accompanied by two of its most important predecessors: the first Countach LP 400 and the last Countach 25th Anniversary produced. The dynamic debut together with two protagonists of the company’s historic collection provided extraordinary and unprecedented images. The Countach LPI 800-4 produces a total output of 814 hp; it is powered by a Lamborghini 6.5-liter V12 engine, delivering 780 hp, combined with a 48-volt electric motor mounted directly on the gearbox, which provides an additional 34 hp of power for instant response and increased performance.
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