Tesla slashes costs, the quickest Corvette ever, and extra

Plus the ten worst-selling automobiles in Canada in 2022

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Welcome to our roundup of the largest breaking tales on Driving.ca from this previous week. Get caught up and able to get on with the weekend, as a result of it’s onerous preserving tempo in a digital site visitors jam.

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Right here’s what you missed when you have been away.

Tesla cuts value to spice up gross sales, upsets present homeowners

2020 Tesla Model Y
2020 Tesla Mannequin Y Picture by Justin Pritchard

Don’t you hate it once you purchase one thing at full value on the grocery retailer solely to see it go on a large low cost on the similar place afterward? Now think about that on a a lot bigger scale — we’re speaking about an $80,000 electrical automobile with reductions as much as 20 per cent off. 

Studies of Tesla homeowners feeling “duped” are being shared this week after the EV maker slashed costs on numerous its new fashions, an act that additionally impacts resale costs. The transfer is probably going an try to attract extra consumers into Teslas, in addition to a manner for a number of the model’s fashions to squeeze in underneath the present U.S. tax credit. 

The Mannequin Y, for instance, was previously US$77,000 and is now $13,000 much less. “I really feel like I acquired taken benefit of as a shopper,” stated Marianne Simmons, a 32-year-old from Naples, Florida. “Proper off the bat, I’m out $13,306. It’s such a big discount that it’s going to have an effect on lots of people who simply purchased a automobile.”

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In Canada, value drops vary from eight per cent on the Mannequin X and Mannequin 3 base trims, to 17 per cent on the Mannequin Y Lengthy Vary. 

2024 Corvette E-Ray is the quickest of all time

2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray
2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray Picture by Chevrolet

The Corvette has gone electrical! Not solely, however sufficient to make the brand new Corvette E-Ray hybrid the quickest Vette ever made. Previewed this week, the 2024 E-Ray makes use of a mid-mounted 6.2L V8 making 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, and works with a high-output electrical motor that provides one other 160 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque for the entrance tires whereas additionally including solely 118 kg of curb weight. Add that up and also you get (beep, boop, beep…carry the one) 655 hp, which is sufficient to launch the E-Ray to 100 km/h in underneath three seconds. 

It’s additionally the primary hybrid Corvette, able to six kilometres of electric-only driving, and the primary to run with all-wheel-drive. The added electrical energy and Efficiency Traction Administration system make for an attention-grabbing drift expertise. “Through the autocross,” writes Driving contributor Graeme Fletcher, “the again finish was to this point sideways, I used to be looking the passenger window to see the place we have been going.” 

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Chevy has priced the 2024 Corvette E-Ray at $128,798. Pricing for the convertible mannequin is predicted quickly. 

These have been Canada’s worst-selling automobiles in 2022

The 2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Professional Picture by Toyota

For those who added up each Canadian sale of each mannequin listed in this listing of 2022’s worst-sellers, you’d get a complete of seven,086. That’s lower than 0.5 per cent of all new automobiles bought. In different phrases, there’s not lots of new Nissan Versas, Toyota GR86s, or Jeep Renegades on roads as of late. 

Excluding automobiles over $100,000, automobiles with no again seats, discontinued fashions, and automobiles not on sale on the onset of 2022, the listing of bottom-barrel rides additionally consists of the Kia Niro, Mazda MX-30, Subaru BRZ and Legacy, Nissan Armada, and Kia K5. However it was the second-best-selling automotive model in Canada in 2022 that was liable for the worst-selling mannequin. The Toyota Sequoia possible received’t maintain the worst-selling title subsequent 12 months as its new-generation fashions have been solely just lately made obtainable — of the 146 fashions bought in 2022, 95 of them have been moved in This autumn.

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Measurement Issues: Research suggests considering you could have a small penis makes you extra prone to desire a sports activities automotive

Porsche 911 Sally Special
Porsche 911 Sally Particular Picture by Porsche

Science is including some credence to an outdated saying about dudes with highly effective automobiles. the one…

The non-peer-reviewed research was carried out at a college in London and has been titillatingly titled, “Small Penises and Quick Vehicles: Proof for a Psychological Hyperlink.” In it, researchers pulled a little bit of a grimy trick on their male check topics, making them assume they have been answering a advertising survey after which convincing a bunch of them that their bits have been on the small dimension of common earlier than dangling scorching automobiles in entrance of them and asking how badly they wished them. Certain sufficient, the group made to consider they have been much less well-endowed have been extra inclined to specific want for the sports activities automobiles offered. The boys satisfied of the other, that their cup dimension was bigger than most, have been much less impressed by the automobiles. 

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“The hyperlink between driving a quick sports activities automotive and having a small penis is a widespread cultural trope, mentioned by teachers from Freudian analysts to evolutionary theorists,” the research reads. “For the primary time, we present that it’s grounded in a psychological fact. We discovered that experimentally manipulating males, particularly older males, to really feel that they’ve comparatively small penis triggered them to extend their want for luxurious sports activities automobiles.”

Wyoming politicians need EVs banned by 2035

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A Hyundai Ioniq5 being charged at an EV charging station in Nova Scotia Picture by Matthew Man

Some politicians in Wyoming have written a invoice that reads partially as a love letter to the oil and gasoline business and partly as a demise sentence to all EVs. The Senate Joint Decision 4 invoice, which solely takes a pair minutes to learn, was launched final week with the listed aim of “phasing out new electrical automobile gross sales by 2035.” Lofty, and clearly not actual. By the tone, it’s obvious this isn’t really destined to be handed, however reasonably meant as a publicity stunt from an anti-EV and pro-gas authorities. 

In accordance with the doc, EVs are “impractical” in a state, comparable to Wyoming, that has “huge stretches of freeway, coupled with a scarcity of electrical automobile charging infrastructure.” In addition to, who can neglect all of the favours gas-powered automobiles have achieved for the state, like “created numerous jobs” and “enabled the state’s industries and companies to interact in commerce and transport items and sources extra effectively all through the nation”?

Message obtained, Wyoming. For those who’re headed to the Cowboy State, ensure you’re totally charged earlier than you go. 

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Coleman Molnar

Coleman Molnar discovered to drive in his household’s rusty farm pickup as a teen and continues the forearm-strengthening custom at the moment from behind the wheel of his 1983 Volkswagen Westfalia. Spot him within the gradual lane, or on Instagram @Lietco

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