10 million RAV4, restart of VW plants and other industry events – Autoreview


Toyota announced the release of a ten millionth crossover Rav4, although in fact the treasured milestone was overcome around the end of February. The debut of the first generation model took place in 1994, now the fifth generation is in operation, and it continues to gain popularity: if only 26 thousand copies were found 26 years ago, then last year the total sales worldwide exceeded 965 thousand cars. RAV4 is best dispersed in North America (535 thousand), and in Europe and China the demand is not so great: last year the circulation was 133 thousand and 127 thousand cars, respectively.

The current generation of compact van Volkswagen Touran may be the last. According to the British edition of Autocar, in 2022 the model will be discontinued, and its place in the range will be taken by the serial version of the electric concept car ID.Buzz (pictured). If this happens, then nothing will remain from the current European range of Volkswagen single-passenger cars, consisting of Golf Sportsvan, Touran and Sharan models, in two years: the eighth generation Golf will not have a “high” modification, and Sharan will resign before the end of this of the year.

Electric crossover Ford Mustang Mach-EThe supply of which should begin closer to the end of the year may turn out to be more powerful than was announced at the first presentation. Judging by the data obtained by enthusiasts, crossovers in primary and secondary trim levels will have a little more power and torque. Versions with an increased battery are more powerful at 8 and 14 hp. (depending on the number of drive wheels), with a standard battery – by 11 hp, and the torque in all cases has increased by 15 Nm. Fords refused to comment on the leak: according to a company representative, they will talk more about the production version closer to the start of deliveries.

Russian representative office Zotye will begin to supply new cars from China. Until now, the company sold cars assembled at the Belarusian Unison plant in our market, but last year production fell to a minimum, and the number of Zotye dealers almost doubled over the past nine months. After the stock of Belarusian assembly cars comes to an end, the company will certify models from China and begin deliveries.

A SUV Suzuki jimny this year marks fifty years. The first production cars were released in April 1970, with the initially small Jimny being available in open-body and pick-up options. Having replaced only four generations, the SUV managed to find three million customers around the world in half a century, with more than 17 thousand of them falling to Russia: official sales started in 1998, when Suzuki began working in our market.

End of production of a farewell party flagship sedans Bentley mulsanne delayed due to coronavirus. In January, the company announced that the model’s resignation would be marked by the release of the Mulsanne 6.75 special series, which was due to take place in the spring, but the company in Crewe was now closed, and the production of thirty final copies had to be postponed to the summer. Recall, with the end of the release of the Mulsanne model, which debuted in 2009, the company will complete the history of the oldest 6.75-liter V8 production motor, which began more than sixty years ago with the release of the classic Bentley S2.

Company Volkswagen announced a schedule for resuming operations of its plants. The first in April 20 to the production of cars will return sites in Zwickau and Bratislava. From April 27, other enterprises will be launched in Germany, Portugal, Spain, the USA and Russia. And in May, scheduled restart of plants in South Africa, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. At the same time, the company says that about a hundred additional measures of anti-infection protection of workers will be taken at all production sites.

Also today we talked about the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Heritage Edition SUV and the future Kia Stinger liftback update.


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