Last Week's Car News in Pictures
19 July 2021 to 24 July 2021
Volkswagen is discontinuing the Passat in the US after the 2022 model year to make room for ID.4 in it's Chattanooga, Tennessee factory. To bid farewell, Volkswagen will produce 1,973 examples of the Passat Limited Edition, the figure referencing the car's first model year in Europe. 423 will be made in Racing Green metallic over Mauro Brown leather (referencing Chattanooga's telephone area code), 411 will be made in Aurora Red metallic over Titan Black Passat (referencing the Passat's "original vehicle production code"), 524 will be made in Pure White over Mauro Brown (referencing the factory's opening date of 24 May 2011), and 615 will be made in Platinum Grey over Titan Black (referencing "six generations of imported Passats, one generation assembled in Chattanooga, and five decades of US sales"). Pricing starts at $31,290 (£22,809/€26,519).
Porsche has refreshed the Macan for 2022 before it's 2023-model-year redesign with various design changes inside and out and an updated engine lineup. The base Macan's new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder generates 261bhp and 295 pound-feet of torque, allowing for a 6.2-second dash from 0 to 62 MPH and a 144-MPH (232 KPH) top speed. The midlevel Macan S manages a 4.4-second sprint and a 160-MPH (257 KPH) top speed thanks to it's 375bhp, 383 pound-foot 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6. The range-topping GTS gets a 434bhp, 406 pound-foot version of said V6, dropping the 0 to 62 time to 4.1 seconds and lifting the top speed to 169 MPH (272 KPH). All Macans get the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission and AWD. Pricing starts at £47,780 ($65,505/€55,525).
The power output of the Aston Martin DB11's V8 engine has been increased to 528bhp from 502, raising the top speed to 192 MPH from 187. Also, the V12-powered DB11 AMR has been renamed to simply "DB11", and the DBS Superleggera has been renamed to simply "DBS".