2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale, 450-hp Singer 930 and Canadian protests threaten auto supply: Your Weekly File

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Canadian-style truck protests spread around the world as US border blockade threatens auto supply chains

Another threat to automotive supply chains outside of the semiconductor crisis is the spread of Canadian-style protests around the world. Although protesters have now been ordered to leave the area. But, there is always a risk that truckers elsewhere will start to emulate these protests. The Canadian protest was sparked by rules requiring drivers to be vaccinated before being allowed to cross the border into the United States. New blockades will seriously hamper supply chains in various industries, including automotive.


2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale lands with hybrid options, NFT technology and the promise of US sales

The Alfa Romeo Tonale 2023 is the very first electrified production car from the Italian brand. The small SUV is positioned to rival the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. The car will be available with two self-charging hybrid options, a PHEV variant as well as conventional ICE options. All will be automatic, and the Tonale will be available in both FWD and AWD configurations.


The 2022 Ford Bronco Everglades gets tough with a 10,000-pound winch and snorkel for $53,000

The Bronco Everglades Edition is designed for those who like to challenge the capabilities of their machines and offers a host of additional accessories for any off-road enthusiast who wants to get the most out of their vehicle. Two standout additions to the Everglades are the Ford-designed snorkel and a heavy-duty bumper with a Warn Zeon 10-S winch capable of 10,000 lbs. There are also raised vents for an additional 73mm of wading depth, plus the same safari crash bar, rock guard rails and steel skid plates as the Black Diamond and Badlands models.


The singer goes back to the 1980s with a magnificent 450 horsepower Porsche 911 Turbo study

So many catering houses can’t resist going overboard when it comes to bringing classic design into a new era. However, Singer has a reputation for keeping just about everyone happy. It should come as no surprise, then, that her very first take on a forced-induction 911 knocked her out of the park. Each panel, except for the doors, is different, yet the shape looks so familiar. The engine has two turbochargers for up to 450 hp. There’s no word on pricing yet, but Singer already has 70 pending orders.


Mercedes confirms it is killing the A-Class in America after 2022

The Mercedes A-Class Sedan is leaving the US market. Blame it on Merc’s cannibalistic positioning of the A-Class and CLA sedan, or the fact that crossovers attract more buyers, but either way the United States is losing another sedan. In Canada, the Class A Sedan and Hatch will also be killed off. It’s all in a bid to streamline Mercedes’ product lines, as the company told us the GLA crossover will be the entry point for the MBUSA lineup.


2023 Kia Sportage PHEV plugs into a more powerful battery offering 32-mile electric range

The 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV has a larger battery for an all-electric range of 32 miles (51 km). The ICE element is supported with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The Korean company hasn’t announced the combined horsepower, but we’d expect it to be just over 260hp or the same as the Hyundai Tucson PHEV. Pricing is yet to be announced, but the car will go on sale in Q3 2022.


2023 Chevrolet Blazer unveiled with sharper styling and better tech

These are subtle updates for the 2023 Chevrolet Blazer. The main takeaways are new colors and new wheels, with styling tweaks including the grille and bumper. There’s a new 10-inch touchscreen as standard on all models, and wireless charging will also be available across the board. Customers can opt for a 2.0-liter inline-four developing 228 hp (231 hp/170 kW) or a 3.6-liter V6 developing 308 hp (312 hp/230 kW), both paired with a nine gears. automatic transmission.


Subaru BRZ Cup Car Basic unveiled in Japan with roll cage and Steelies

The Subaru BRZ Cup Car Basic has been released in Japan to compete in a new series of one-make races. The car will come from the factory with 16-inch black-finished steel wheels, a roll cage, a six-point driver’s seat belt and special floor mats. The curtain airbags were deleted due to the roll bar. Transmission upgrades are limited to an oil cooler and additional fins on the LSD—two additions designed to make the BRZ suitable for track use. This special version is designed to participate in the Toyota Gazoo Racing GR86 / BRZ Cup racing series which is scheduled to start in 2022


Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk blocking Los Angeles traffic to donut like a weasel

While the 707-hp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is certainly no joke, it can be made to look like one in the wrong hands. A video circulating on social media shows a driver doing donuts in the middle of a crossroads. If that wasn’t enough, sparks could be seen from the rear wheels, indicating that the car had ripped its tires. There’s also a small issue of passengers dragging out of the car while it all happens.


What else is making the news


Jurassic World Dominion trailer drops

What’s billed as the conclusion to the Jurassic World franchise sees humans and dinosaurs return to the big screen for (supposedly) one last time. The new film features the return of some of the original Jurassic Park cast, including Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Sam Neill.


Apple will make changes to AirTags to stop unwanted tracking

Apple is making changes to its AirTags to make it easier to find suspicious tags and alert users if an unwanted tag is traveling with them. Although the idea behind AirTags is to be used to track personal items that might be lost, there is a risk of them being unknowingly placed on personal property – such as a car or in a bag – and used to track the movements of others.

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