Car Round-Up: The Big News Of 2021

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2022 is finally here and we’ve got plenty of car news to update you on to wet your appetite for another big year in the world of motoring.

Carry on reading to get your fortnightly fill of everything auto-related with the Moneyshake Car Round-Up.

 

2021 summarised – new tech, new cars, new concepts and more…!

 

Even though 2021 wasn’t a great year for the car industry as a whole, with new car registrations were down -28.7% compared to pre-Covid levels, there was still a lot to celebrate.

 

January

 
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  • Mini introduced sharper styling and mor tech to its three-door and five-door best-selling Hatchback model
  • Mercedes-Benz hasn’t shied away from the headlines, with the new luxury electric EQS unveiled, along with a brand-new, massive 55.5-inch “Hyperscreen” infotainment system which will define this new model
  • Renault literally went back to the future with an announcement in 2021 that it plans to go all-electric, with the iconic Renault 5 Concept the highlight in the range (release date est. 2024)
 
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February-March

 
  • The fifth-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class would have been music to the ears of many business customers, especially because of its more athletic exterior style
  • Britain’s most popular SUV, the Nissan Qashqai, was given even more modern upgrades that gave it even more appeal
  • A baby version of the Ford Mustang Mach-E was teased in 2021, which is apparently plans for Ford to make use of Volkswagen’s MEB platform.
  • Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR) announced that their ranges would be electrified from 2025 onwards – a massive step towards the UK’s plans for making all new car sales electric by 2030
 
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April-May

 
  • Audi figured it was time to bolster their electric car line-up, announcing the Audi Q4 e-tron which has already generated lots of interest thanks to its chunky battery and premium design inside-out
  • They swiftly followed this up with an announcement that their popular A6 executive car would be scoped out as a concept EV initially.
  • We got our first look at the Citroen C5 X crossover in April, which is set to be the brand’s flagship model in this category
  • Remember the Renault 4? The brand’s small yet robust economy car which was made between 1961 and 1994? Well it’s set to make a return, with Renault confirming an electric version would be made.
  • Ending with a bit of doom and gloom, this was about the time where the semiconductor chip shortage began rearing its ugly head, with less than half the cars made in the UK compared to the previous year
 
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June-July

 
  • Combining their forces, Toyota and Lexus launched a revolutionary 10-year warranty that coveres all new cars from their original delivery
  • The ever-popular Honda Civic’s 11th-generation European model was revealed, which will only be available as a hybrid as part of the brand’s plan to electrify all models by 2025
  • Who doesn’t get excited by a brand-new Ferrari? Well, this isn’t just any old model, either – this is an 819bhp 296 GTB with a V6 and an electric motor
  • The newest Vauxhall Astra was unveiled in July with a bold new look which shows the car featuring the brand’s ‘Vizor’ grille which features on the new Mokka
 
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August-September

 
  • British sports car manufacturer Morgan announced a limited-run model – the CX-T – in summer 2021 which has brilliant off-road performance and a whopping 255bhp
  • The legend that is the Lamborghini Countach – widely considered one of the best-looking supercars in history – was revived, after the brand announced an 803bhp hybrid V12 would arrive in 2022
  • E10 petrol launched across the UK, leaving drivers questioning whether their cars could use it…it’s a more eco-friendly type of fuel which was introduced to reduce Co2 emissions
  • One of the UK’s favourite cars, the Ford Fiesta, made the news when Ford announced it would be giving it a facelift for 2022. The update will include new technology, better quality and styling tweaks
 
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October-November

 
  • The popular entry-level Audi A4 executive car was announced with petrol and diesel engines when its next-generation model launches in 2023
  • It wasn’t just the Ford Fiesta that would receive a facelift; its more mature brother, the Ford Focus, also getting an upgrade which would include a sharper look and more in-car tech
  • Another big announcement was the fifth-generation Range Rover with a new platform (called MLA Flex), as well as having plug-in hybrid power
  • Toyota wanted to buck the trend of declining city car popularity, so they announced a jacked-up version of their Aygo city car, known as the Aygo X, which would have big-car personality, yet city car dimensions to get the best of both worlds
 
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