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Weekly News Roundup: Santa Cruz Pricing, Sierra Hands-Off Towing, More Mercedes EVs, More

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In this week’s news, Vancouver charges up, Hyundai picks up and prices its new truck, GMC adds towing Super Cruise, Kia gives the Stinger more visual venom, the Passat is blowing away, and Mercedes will offer EVs of every model by 2025.

The City of Vancouver recently announced a major bylaw change that will work toward its Climate Emergency Action Plan to put more EVs on roads in the city. Beginning next year, the city will require EV charging infrastructure in 45 per cent of parking stalls “in most types of new non-residential buildings.” 100 per cent of car share stalls will require EV charging, and all new hotels will need 100 per cent of their parking spaces with electric vehicle infrastructure. The city estimates that12 to 17 per cent of new vehicles in the city are EVs and are working to improve that. The city already requires EV charging in new residential construction and says it will work to further expand the charging network in neighbourhoods with less access to home charging.

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Hyundai has just announced pricing for its compact pickup truck. The 2022 Santa Cruz will start from $38,499 when it hits dealers in Canada in September. That’s the price for the Preferred model, with the Trend at $41,399, and Ultimate for $44,799, all plus destination. The standard Santa Cruz in Canada offers a 2.5L turbo-four, eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, AWD, 18-inch alloys, adjustable tailgate, heated front seats, and more. Trend adds a 10.25-inch digital dash, dual climate, adaptive cruise, leather seats, and more features, and Ultimate adds navigation, ventilated seats, and surround view monitor. The Santa Cruz will join a market more crowded than initially expected as the Ford Maverick compact pickup will also arrive soon, with that truck with AWD starting from $28,400.

Photo: 2022 Santa Cruz

Photo Credit: Hyundai

GMC has announced that the 2022 Sierra 1500 will get extensive upgrades including a new version of Super Cruise hands-off driver assistance that can pull a trailer on compatible highways, including automatic lane changes. The automatic lane change function can suggest when a lane change is optimal and initiate the change, while navigation enhancements will show Super Cruise compatible roads on the embedded Google Maps app, making them part of route selection. The same features will be added to existing Super Cruise models including the 2022 Cadillac Escalade, CT4, and CT5, the Chevrolet Silverado, and GMC Hummer EV pickup.

GMC Super Cruise

General Motors will introduce new Super Cruise capabilities on six model year 2022 vehicles in the first quarter of 2022. Super Cruise is the industry’s first true hands-free driver-assistance technology allowing drivers to travel hands-free on over 200,000 miles of compatible roads across the U.S. and Canada.

Photo: GMC Adding Super Cruise

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Photo Credit: GMC

Kia will be bringing the Stinger Scorpion to Canada for 2022. The special edition is fitted with the 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 and wears one of three special colours. Ghost Grey, Snow White Pearl, or Aurora Black. They will have black mirror caps and fender vents, plus black wheels and a special spoiler. Inside is carbon fibre trim around the Nappa leather cockpit. Just 120 of the special editions will make it to Canadian dealers this fall, starting from $54,695.

2022 Kia Scorpion

2022 Stinger Scorpion Special Edition

Photo: Kia Stinger Scorpion

Photo Credit: Kia

Volkswagen is dropping the Passat sedan from the Chattanooga, TN, plant that assembles it, meaning that there will be no more U.S. and Canada market Passat after the 2022 model year. In the U.S., the car will get a number of special editions to mark the end of the model, while reports say that in Canada the model will be fleet sales only and will not get a special edition. Instead of the Passat, the factory capacity will allow more production of the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport SUVs, as well as allow VW to build EVs like the ID.4 at the plant.

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2022 Volkswagen Passat

Photo: Volkswagen Passat Special Edition

Photo Credit: Volkswagen

Mercedes-Benz has said it is ready to go all EV once the market allows it. It says it will be able to switch as soon as 2030 to all-EV, in the markets that will allow it. “The tipping point is getting closer and we will be ready as markets switch to electric-only by the end of this decade,” said CEO Ola Kallenius. Mercedes-Benz is launching the EQS and EQB EV models and has just launched the EQA and EQC. It says there will be an EV version of every model by 2025. In 2025, three new EV platforms will launch, including one for commercial vehicles and one for AMG performance vehicles. Once those launch, no new ICE platforms will be launched by Mercedes.

Mercedes Benz

Mercedes-EQ Family Immendingen 2021; Ola Källenius, Vorstandsvorsitzender der Daimler AG und der Mercedes-Benz AG
Mercedes-EQ Family Immendingen 2021; Ola Källenius, Chairman of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG

Photo: Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Kallenius

Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

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