AUTO CENTRAL CHICAGO – Feb 27, 2022; Every Sunday, Larry Nutson, The Chicago Car Guy and Executive Producer, with the able help of Editor Thom Cannell of The Auto Channel’s Michigan bureau, compiles The Auto Channel’s “take” on the week’s automotive news. last, condensed into new, easy-to-digest Nuggets.

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Nutson Automotive News Summary – Week Ending February 26, 2022 Below are the major, relevant, semi-secret or high-profile automotive news, opinions and insider stories from the past week, packaged as easy-to-understand nuggets of automotive news designed by experts.

* US DoE Factoid of the Week: The Environmental Protection Agency maintains a list of “off-cycle” vehicle technologies that reduce emissions but are not sufficiently accounted for in test cycles urban and road. These technologies include active aerodynamics, thermal control technologies, active preheating, idle stop-start, high-efficiency lighting and alternators. Automakers can earn credit for meeting their emissions requirements by adopting these technologies and several have been widely adopted by automakers for the 2020 model year. The use of thermal glass or glazing to reduce transmission heat from the sun reached an 89% production share, followed by high-efficiency lighting at 85% and passive cabin ventilation at 78%. The often disliked Engine Idle Stop-Start system had a 50% production share.

* For the eighth consecutive week, the nation’s average gasoline price rose, rising 3.2 cents from a week ago and settling at $3.52 per gallon according to compiled GasBuddy data from over 11 million individual price reports covering over 150,000 service stations across the country. The national average is up 20.7 cents from a month ago and 88.9 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average diesel price rose 5.7 cents last week to $3.93 per gallon, the highest since May 20, 2014. Oil prices have seen a flip-flop between two different situations. Oil is up on the Russian incursion and down on the potential Iran nuclear deal releasing Iranian crude oil.

* The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recognizes 65 models with the 2022 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, as upgraded headlight offerings take more vehicles to the next level. Another 36 models take home the lower tier TOP SAFETY PICK award for a total of 101 overall winners. This time last year, there were 90 winners, 49 of whom earned TOP SAFETY PICK+. The Hyundai Motor Group, which includes the Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands, won the most awards in 2022 overall and the most awards in each category – 11 TOP SAFETY PICK+ and 10 TOP SAFETY PICK awards for a total of 21. The Volkswagen Group, which includes the Volkswagen and Audi brands, is not far behind with eight TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards and three TOP SAFETY PICK awards. Volvo wins 10 TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards. See the full report here.

* Automotive consultancy firm AutoPacific just released its forecast for U.S. all-electric light-duty vehicle sales of around 700,000 units in 2022 with strong year-over-year increases throughout the 6-year forecast period. The forecast comes as consumer demand for electric vehicles is also at an all-time high, having grown significantly over the past two years.

* DeLorean will return as an electric vehicle, according to various reports, including a recent article in the San Antonio Business Journal, which indicates that DeLorean Motor Co., now known as DeLorean Motors Reimagined, plans to hire 450 people for its new home in Port San Antonio. DeLorean teased its return to the automotive market with a 30-second ad that aired in select markets as part of Super Bowl LVI pregame coverage.

* Volkswagen has started the countdown for the electric ID. Buzz! The world premiere of the ID Zero Emission Exhaust. Buzz is scheduled for March 9. Two versions for sale in Europe. The new electric bus makes its debut this year under the name ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo. Production of the identity document. Buzz starts in the first half of this year, and the European launch follows soon after in the fall. The identity. Buzz is also expected to be sold as a long-wheelbase model in the United States. The Volkswagen ID. Buzz will make his very first public appearance in the United States at SXSW from March 11-20, 2022.

* Raptor everything! The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor has made its debut and it is coming to the United States with a 392-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. So get ready to fly through the Mojave Desert. It will arrive next year.

* The freighter carrying a load of VW Group vehicles continued to burn all week with less intensity. At the end of the week, fire crews were able to board the ship to put out hot spots. The cause of the fire is not yet determined. Battery electric vehicles on board had made the fire difficult to extinguish. VW, Audi, Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini dealerships are scrambling to try and find replacement vehicles for their customers. The latest estimate of the total loss is $335 million.

* French authorities are installing “sound radars” in some cities to detect and photograph vehicles making excessive noise, which they say constitutes a danger to public health. New sensors, or “sound radars”, were placed in seven cities last week on a trial basis. The sensors can detect and take pictures of vehicles making excessive noise, a problem authorities say has worsened in recent years. The hope is to eventually set a noise pollution limit and fine motorists who exceed it.

* Ford is recalling more than 330,000 Mustangs in the United States to repair backup camera screens that go blank or become distorted. The recall affects cars of model years 2015 through 2017. The rear view camera wiring may become loose or damaged which may cause the issue.

* Ford is also recalling nearly a quarter of a million heavy-duty pickup trucks in the United States because driveshafts can fracture and cause loss of power. The recall involves certain F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickups from model years 2017 through 2022. The trucks have gasoline engines and aluminum driveshafts.

* Stellantis NV has issued a temporary stop sale on a limited number of Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles for an issue preventing the vehicles and their key fobs from communicating. Customers have reported being locked out of their vehicles and unable to start them. The two-row Grand Cherokee and the three-row Grand Cherokee L are affected. Parts to fix the problem are shipped to dealers.

* On we read that Denise McCluggage will be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in early March as part of a class of 2022 that also includes Pete Brock, Helio Castroneves, Jack Roush and Banjo Matthews. Although not here, she died in 2015 at the age of 88, the car in which she won her first race will be. The car, a Jaguar XK140, was a gift from Briggs Cunningham, the wealthy American sportsman she met in the early 1950s while covering a yacht race as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle.

* The Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan, announced its 2022 class of inductees: Green Book editors Alma and Victo Green; Lamborghini founder Feruccio Lamborghini; motorsport pioneer Lyn St. James; Lu Guanqui, founder of Chinese automotive supplier Wanxiang; and Taicho Ohno, pioneer of the Toyota production system.

* Luc Donckerwolke, Executive Vice President for Design and Chief Creative Officer of Hyundai Motor Group, has been named World Car Person of the Year 2022 by the World Car Awards jury representing 102 journalists from 33 countries. The 2022 World Car Awards program will end at the New York Auto Show on April 13, 2022 with the announcement and presentation of: World Car Design, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Urban Car, World Electric Vehicle and World Car of the Year.

* On the 85th birthday of his car owner Roger Penske, 23-year-old NASCAR Cup Series rookie Austin Cindric beat Bubba Wallace to the finish line by 0.036 seconds in overtime to win the 64th running of the Daytona 500 last Sunday. Cedric rode the Discount Tire sponsored #2 Penske Ford team to a packed house at Daytona. It was the first major race for NASCAR’s Next Gen race car. It was the first time a rookie had won the Daytona 500 since 2011.

* Michael Andretti is aiming to expand his motorsport portfolio into Formula 1 in time for the 2024 season. Formula 1 has had 10 teams since 2017, the newest being US-based Haas, but regulations allow up to 13 entrants. Andretti Autosport’s empire includes teams from the NTT IndyCar Series and Formula E, but it has recently targeted further expansion into Formula 1. Andretti had submitted a bid to the FIA ​​to field a new F1 team, to from 2024, under the name of Andretti. Global. The bid requires approval from Formula 1’s governing body, the FIA.

Be careful. Be well.