News summary: Mercedes adds charging, Sierra Denali EV teased, Canadian shows canceled and more

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This week, more Canadian auto shows have been canceled, GMC is teasing its electric Sierra Denali, and Mercedes-Benz announces its most efficient model ever.

We reported earlier last week that the Canadian International Auto Show, held in Toronto and slated for February, has been canceled. We now know that the Montreal and Vancouver auto shows have also been canceled due to the spread and increasing number of COVID-19. Blair Qualey, president and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association, the group that hosts the Vancouver show, said “Industry constraints and the realities of the continuing pandemic in Canada have forced us to take the lead. Disappointing decision to postpone the 2022 Show until 2023. Supply chain issues along with the pandemic led to the decision. “It was with a heavy heart that we made this decision,” said Luis Pereira, general manager of the Montreal show. “Montreal being the first major auto show on the Canadian circuit, we think it would be irresponsible to organize a major public event with Covid cases on the rise again. We are disappointed for the public and for our partners who have supported us.

GMC, just days before the first customer-ready Hummer EVs rolled off the assembly line, teased the Sierra Electric for the first time. The view shows us the signature headlights of the new Sierra EV, including a bright, closed grille. GMC has said the Sierra Electric will be launched exclusively as the Sierra Denali, the brand’s premium finish. Expect the truck to be unveiled early next year.

Mercedes-Benz has announced that it has added integration with the Hydro-Québec Electric Circuit charging network to its Mercedes me Charge network. This will allow EQS (and other upcoming EQ models) to load on those 3,300 sites without any additional applications. Mercedes-Benz says it is the first automaker to add this network, bringing Benz’s total to 1,300 DC fast charge ports and nearly 9,000 public charging points in total. Benz also teased the Vision EQXX concept, which he will unveil at CES on January 3. Mercedes calls stylish coupe the most efficient vehicle the brand has ever built

Mazda updated the MX-5 for 2022, adding a feature it calls Kinematic Posture Control as well as new interior and exterior colors. KPC manages several on-board systems to “help the MX-5 behave as a harmonious extension of the driver’s body”. This means that KPC can apply light braking in high-accelerating corners to suppress body roll and improve steering feel as well as to improve the limited slip effect of the differential. The Platinum Quartz paint is new, there is also new Nappa leather in Terracotta color and a new dark blue exterior top replaces the previously offered gray top. 2022 Mazda MX-5 starts from $ 33,300 and runs to $ 47,000 for an RF GT Grand Sport.

Lexus has priced the RC coupe and IS sedans for 2022, along with a few small changes for the new model year. All models of both vehicles benefit from blind spot monitoring as standard, although there is bigger news for both vehicles. The 2022 IS 500 gets a 5.0L V8 with 472 horsepower and is offered in F Sport Performance ($ 72,900) and Launch Edition ($ 77,650) with special wheels and paint. The IS 300 starts from $ 43,800. The Lexus RC F, powered by that same V8, adds the Track Edition 2.0 with variable suspension, Brembo brakes and other track-ready changes. It starts from $ 123,700. The RC 300 AWD Premium base starts from $ 53,650.

Toyota, showing signs that the ongoing shortages crippling the production of new vehicles may be coming to an end, said it expects to reach 800,000 units built by January 2022. That’s 60,000 more than in January. 2021, and against only 500,000 in September.


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