Podcast 199 leblogauto Automotive Week Essentials

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1 / Stellantis relaunch Lancia! The brand only existed in Italy with the only Ypsilon in the catalog. Stellantis expects the arrival of three new models from 2024. First will be the new Ypsilon in electric version. Then a long car two years later. Finally, in 2028, a Delta-type model will be unveiled. Luca Napolitano, the current leader of the manufacturer, also announces a boss for France, Paola Picchieri already at the helm of Alfa Romeo here. Lancia will also have directors in 5 other European markets. 100 distributors will be opened to support the return of the brand to these countries. https://www.leblogauto.com/actualite/non-lancia-n-est-pas-encore-morte-92111

2 / Not surprisingly, in April, the European market fell by 20.6% compared to the same month last year. The difficulty of supplies continues to weigh heavily. Manufacturers are also boosting sales of high-margin vehicles, to the detriment of volume beasts. With only 684,506 units sold in the union, April 2022 is the all-time low. Stellantis and Volkswagen fell 31% and 28 percent, respectively. Dacia is up 8%, not compensating for the fall of the Renault group by 16.3%. Toyota is resisting a 7.4% drop, while Hyundai / Kia, stronger by 13.2%, now outperforms Renault in volume. https://www.leblogauto.com/bilan-et-finances/bilan-avril-2022-chute-automobile-europe-92102

3 / The Council of State imposes the application of the obligatory technical control, for the two wheels and the quadricycles registered before 2016. And this, from October. Only machines over 125 cubic centimeters will be affected. This, therefore, excludes mopeds and small scooters. Above all, the system includes 4-wheeled vehicles such as the Renault Twizy and other Citroën AMI, from 4 years. Cars without a license will also have to pass. For cars, in case of sale, a CT scan of less than 6 months will be required to validate it. Two-wheeled vehicle associations, strongly opposed to technical control, plan to make their voices heard through demonstrations. https://www.leblogauto.com/thermique/controle-technique-two-wheels-1er-october-2022-quadricycles-concerenes-92096

4 / New update of crude oil prices. The price of a barrel is rising this week. It reaches $ 112 for Brent, and $ 110 for the U.S. benchmark WTI. According to experts, applications for NATO membership from Finland and Sweden are weighing on the market. This is combined with discussions about a embargo on Russian energy. The recovery in China with the gradual lifting of confinements is also driving demand. But supply remains low, with OPEC still below its official targets. Some refined refineries also limit fuel distribution. On average, the price of the E10 in France this week reached € 1.94 including the government discount. https://www.leblogauto.com/bilan-et-finances/hausse-du-cours-du-petrole–dope-par-la-suede-et-la-chine-92087

Don’t miss this week’s test: we’ve taken the wheel of the new Opel Astra, the technical cousin of the Peugeot 308. See you on Tuesday at leblogauto.com.

Finally the news of the week.
BMW gives its M4 a date with history, presenting a CSL version.

The Nissan Juke Hybrid plays the beast of rallies.

Renault took advantage of the Change Now summit in Paris to present the Scenic Vision concept, the first model by Gilles Vidal

Mercedes is celebrating the 55th anniversary of AMG with dignity, with the 4-door GT 63 SE Performance, with 843 horsepower and 1,470 Nm of torque.

to summarize

Oil continues to suffer from the news of the Ukrainian conflict and Chinese demand. Stellantis believes in a strong Italian car industry. We still do not see the end of the supply crisis, which is weighing on the European market. Angry cyclists don’t want ITV. That doesn’t stop us from dreaming, with the launch of new German rockets.

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