2023 Toyota Prius, new Cadillac CT6 and Porsche 911 Dakar: your weekly briefing

Good morning and welcome to our weekly roundup of car news from around the world, starting with…

2024 Subaru Impreza drops sedan and manual, goes to Hatch only, adds 182 hp 2.5 RS

The sixth-generation Subaru Impreza debuted in LA as the road-focused sibling of the adventurous Crosstrek. The new Impreza is available exclusively in a five-door hatchback bodystyle, meaning fans of four-door sedans will have to stick to the performance-oriented WRX. Subaru dropped the manual transmission option for the 2024 model year, but brought back the sporty 2.5 RS trim for the first time since 2005.

The new 2024 Cadillac CT6 makes its first appearance in China

The Cadillac CT6 may be dead in North America, but the large sedan is getting a new generation in China with an evolved design language, sharper details and a slimmer silhouette. The model will be reserved for the Chinese market, where it will be offered with a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine built by the GM-SAIC joint venture.

2023 Porsche Dakar is the slowest 911 since the 1980s, but we want one so bad

The 2023 Porsche Dakar is the most adventurous model in the 911 range thanks to jacked-up suspension, grippy tires, four-wheel drive and a unique body kit. Equipped with the Rally Design Package, it looks even more like the 911s that won Paris-Dakar in 1984, although as you can see in the official configurator, this is not the only option. The all-terrain sports car is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder producing 473 horsepower (480 hp). It accelerates from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.2 seconds, but its top speed is limited to 240 km/h (150 mph) thanks to Pirelli Scorpion tyres.

The 2022 Los Angeles auto show

The LA Auto Show opened its doors on November 17 with less than usual but still interesting premieres this year. In addition to the Subaru Impreza, Porsche Dakar and Toyota Prius, other highlights include the North American premieres of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 and the facelifted Kia Seltos. We also get to see some interesting concepts, such as the Toyota bZ Compact – probably a preview of a production model – and the beautiful Genesis X Convertible. Finally, the Drako Dragon hyper-SUV stormed LA with 2,000 horsepower and a claimed 0-60 mph acceleration in 1.9 seconds, though it won’t hit the road until 2026.

2023 Toyota Prius debuts in America with slick styling, 57 MPG and up to 220 horsepower

The all-new, fifth-generation Toyota Prius debuted almost simultaneously in Japan, Europe, and North America, showing improvements over its predecessor in all areas. Not only does it look better, it’s also the most efficient yet, thanks to the new hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The PHEV wins the title of the most powerful Prius in history with up to 220 hp (164 kW / 223 hp), while offering double the EV range compared to the previous generation. Are those features enough to allow it to maintain its status in a world full of BEVs?

Genesis X Convertible Concept is so beautiful you might have to do a double take

Genesis revealed the third and final member of its X concept trilogy, probably the sexiest of the bunch thanks to the omission of the roof. The two-door convertible with a 2+2 layout and EV underpinning borrows styling cues from the previous concepts while incorporating all the latest features of Genesis’ Athletic Elegance design language, including the LED lighting. The interior features a wraparound instrument panel, a combination of recyclable wool fabric and leather upholstery, plus an advanced audio system.

2025 VW Tiguan: What it will look like and everything else we know

With the current second-generation facelifted VW Tiguan already around since 2020, an all-new third-generation model is expected to appear as early as 2024. Judging by our prototype observations, the SUV will adopt a more sculpted body that replaces straight lines with curves. Inside, the Tiguan benefits from a larger infotainment screen and more ADAS features. The new model will be based on an updated version of the current model’s MQB Evo platform and is likely to be offered with a range of mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains offering improved efficiency and reduced emissions.

GM says its dealers have repaired more than 11,000 Tesla EVs since 2021

According to president Mark Reuss, servicing Tesla models is a growing business for General Motors. Indeed, GM dealers in the US have repaired more than 11,000 Tesla EVs since 2021. Interestingly, this is mutually beneficial as GM gains a new source of revenue while rival automaker Tesla reduces wait times for its customers in its own service network that is still being developed.

This week’s firsts

2024 Mercedes E-Class drops disguise, showing off its new sleeker body

New Buick Electra 5 EV breaks coverage completely uncovered in China

The new 2024 Cadillac GT4 is halfway between a crossover and a wagon for China

New Smart #3 is a cool-looking compact electric crossover that America won’t get

What else makes the news

World population exceeds 8 billion

Last week, the world’s population passed the 8 billion mark for the first time in human history. Interestingly, it only took us 12 years to go from 7 billion to 8 billion, making planet Earth busier than ever. The United Nations predicts that there will be 10.4 billion people by 2100, down from the previous forecast of 11 billion. Let’s hope there will be enough food, jobs and education for everyone.

Chaos on Twitter after remaining employees rejected Elon Musk’s ultimatum

The new era of Twitter led by Elon Musk is not going well for the social media giant. After the mass layoffs that cut Twitter’s workforce in half, the new boss sent an ultimatum to the remaining employees asking them to work long hours at high intensity by signing a mandatory form or quitting. The vast majority of employees rejected the ultimatum, prompting a temporary closure of Twitter’s office buildings. The hashtag #RIPTwitter is trending and many users are saying goodbye for fear of sudden death. As usual, Elon Musk’s response has everyone trolling as he talks about record-high Twitter usage in a quest to downplay reports of the chaos caused by his decisions.

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