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5 cars that shook the auto industry in 2022

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The automobile just got a whole lot better in 2022. Electric vehicles have gone unprecedented miles on a single charge. Sports car performance has reached a new height. Electric trucks sought and conquered.

Here are five vehicles that are shaking up the industry and changing the way Americans drive.

F-150 Lightning

Ford Motor Co. took America’s best-selling pickup truck for 40 years and traded a gas-powered engine for an electric motor and battery. The results? The pioneering F-150 Lightning. The truck, nearly identical to its F-150 sibling, was an instant hit and the Dearborn automaker says it is on track to sell 15,000 units by 2022.

“Ford understands the pickup customer and has applied that knowledge to the F-150 Lightning,” Ed Kim, president of AutoPacific, told ABC News. “This is a really good truck. You’re driving something the size of a small house, but it’s really fast.”

PHOTO: The F-150 Lightning appeals to trucking traditionalists and electric vehicle enthusiasts alike.

The F-150 Lightning appeals to trucking traditionalists and electric vehicle enthusiasts alike.

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The F-150 Lightning delivers what truck owners need: power, performance, towing capability and road holding. Supply chain constraints and rising material costs forced Ford to dramatically raise the price of the truck.

“This is the most important EV to launch since Tesla’s Model 3,” Tyson Jominy, vice president of data and analytics at JD Power, told ABC News. “It changed the perception of electric vehicles and is monumental for the industry.”

GMC’s Hummer EV pickup proved that it can also withstand the grueling demands of trucking traditionalists. The 9,000 pound one. The behemoth can masterfully plow over boulders and nimbly zigzag through narrow and dirty paths with its excellent rear steering, while accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.0 seconds. Did we mention potency?

“You’re buying this vehicle for many reasons. One of them is 1,000 hp,” Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer of the Hummer EV, told ABC News.

KC Colwell, executive editor of Car and Driver, said automaker Rivian’s R1T electric pickup caught his eye this year. The young company, which has been plagued by production recalls, also introduced the R1S EV pickup this year.

“I’m really impressed with the R1T,” Colwell told ABC News. “Rivian has built a really good EV that’s shaped like a pickup truck. The materials inside are also very high quality.”

Corvette Z06

The 69-year-old Corvette will soon succumb to electrification. Before that happens, however, enthusiasts can get a taste of the newly released Z06. The outrageous sports car thrills, delights, excites and intoxicates drivers and passengers alike with its new naturally aspirated flat crankshaft V8 engine, a mighty piece of engineering magic.

“This car is more powerful than the last generation,” Tadge Juechter, Corvette’s executive chief engineer, told ABC News. “When we started the project, it was a test of courage. We weren’t sure we could match the output of the supercharged small block. [engine]. We pushed as hard as we could.”

Car and Driver included the Z06 in its list of the top 10 cars for 2023, noting that the “track-focused monster” puts the “exotic car world on its toes”.

“It was General Motors’ desire to make it very attractive – even more so than the basic Stingray,” he said. “I’m amazed that the Corvette team was able to convince GM executives to design an all-new engine for this Corvette.”

PHOTO: The Corvette Z06, with its new naturally aspirated V8 engine, is more powerful than the last generation.

The Corvette Z06, with its new naturally aspirated V8 engine, is more powerful than the last generation.

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Jack Holmes, co-star of the popular YouTube car channel SavageGeese, bought a Z06 when he heard it would be one of the last high-revving, naturally aspirated V8s on the market.

“This is a swan song for engineers… the Z06 is seen as their life’s work,” he told ABC News. “No car compares to it in value and performance.”

Artura

In just 11 years, British marque McLaren has wowed the automotive community with its impressive, lightweight supercars. One of the company’s most famous vehicles, the P1, was a limited-edition hybrid that combined a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with a 132 kW electric motor (and fetched over $1 million when it was in production). Artura can be charged to an 80% charge level in just 2.5 hours with a standard EVSE cable. Batteries can also harvest energy from the combustion engine while driving, according to McLaren.

Now McLaren is getting back to electrification in its Artura, the company’s first series-production plug-in hybrid. At 3,303 pounds, the Artura is the lightest in its class and also the most fuel-efficient McLaren, thanks to a new powertrain and MCLA platform. A turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine coupled with an electric motor and an energy-dense battery produces a combined 671 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque.

“The Artura is more affordable than the P1,” Nicolas Brown, president of McLaren’s Americas region, told ABC News. “It’s a technological leap forward – our shot at the moon.”

PHOTO: A 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine is mated to an electric motor in the McLaren Artura.

A 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine is mated to an electric motor in the McLaren Artura.

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The sports car, with McLaren’s signature dihedral doors and dramatic air vents, has an estimated electric range of 18 to 30 kilometers, offering customers “the right mix of technology”, according to Jamie Corstorphine, director of product strategy at McLaren.

“Customers want the combustion engine involvement, but they also want the flexibility of having a hybrid powertrain,” he told ABC News. “The compact engine has better throttle response than our non-hybrid cars and the flexibility of electronic mode. We are already seeing customers wanting to be able to drive the car quietly.”

The hybrid powertrain and modern technology still deliver a lively and engaging driver experience, Holmes said.

“You can feel the steering. There’s real feedback from the brakes,” he noted. “McLaren is really trying to stick to the basics of driver feedback.”

EV6

Korean automaker Kia made a big splash this year with its EV6 electric crossover. Its futuristic look and minimalist interior won over fickle shoppers, though its main selling point may be its fast loading times. The EV6’s 800-volt multi-charging architecture allows the battery to go from 10% to 80% in less than 18 minutes (up to 217 miles of range) with a 350 kW charger (cold weather can affect charge rate) .

Kia also said it was partnering with Electrify America to provide EV6 buyers with 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of free EV charging at any Electrify America station in the US. support the same architecture.

PHOTO: Kia's EV6 electric crossover charges quickly and offers over 300 miles of range.

Kia’s EV6 electric crossover charges quickly and offers over 300 miles of range.

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“Long charging times are a burden for many EV owners,” Steve Kosowski, Kia’s long-range planning manager, told ABC News. “The EV6 marks a pivotal moment for Kia – both from an engineering and aesthetic perspective.”

Kia, like the Hyundai and Genesis brands, is owned by the Hyundai Motor Group. The EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Genesis GV60 all have identical platforms, making them some of the best EVs for range-conscious consumers.

“These cars offer much faster charging and make EVs relevant to the consumer,” said Kim, who has driven all three and can attest to their fast charging times. “They show how platform sharing is done.”

lucid air

Auto experts are patiently waiting for a “Tesla killer” and Lucid Motors, an electric vehicle maker that assembles its vehicles in Arizona, could be the company to take on the industry leader. The company’s first model, the sleek Lucid Air, has an EPA-estimated range of 520 miles, has 933 hp and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds, depending on the trim. Received the 2022 MotorTrend “Car of the Year” award for its innovation and sophistication.

“Lucid is squeezing a remarkable number of miles out of every kilowatt-hour into this competitive S-Class luxury sedan, thanks in part to aerodynamic tricks derived from Formula 1 racing that contribute to a drag coefficient of just 0.200,” the editors said. by MotorTrend on Ar Lucid.

PHOTO: Lucid Air, an EV luxury sedan, is setting new standards with the longest range and fastest charging car on the market.

Lucid Air, a luxury EV sedan, is setting new standards with the longest range and fastest charging car on the market.

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Peter Rawlinson, CEO of Lucid, is the former VP of Vehicle Engineering at Tesla and the former chief engineer of the Model S, a groundbreaking EV when it debuted in 2012. Rawlinson and his team are trying to revolutionize the charging experience . The Lucid Air Dream Edition and Air Grand Touring are built on a 900V+ electric architecture – making them the fastest charging cars on the market.

“Ranging anxiety and charging times are still the top reasons people don’t want to use electricity,” said Kim of AutoPacific.

The only downside to buying a Lucid Air: the price. Few Americans can afford an electric vehicle from $87,400 to $249,000. Unfortunately.

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