Moneyshake Car Round-Up: The Latest News From The Manufacturers And Industry

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January has gotten off to a flying start in the motoring world, with all the major manufacturers keen to make their mark in 2022.

From new electric cars to reports of a lack of EV charge points and a refreshed version of an award-winning SUV, we’ve got plenty of updates to bring you in our Car Round-Up.


Car charge points fall behind as plug-in sales soar


Electric car chargers have been a much talked about topic in the industry. Namely, there aren’t enough to cope with the number of EVs on UK roads.

Unfortunately, this trend looks to be continuing, with car charging point numbers falling behind behind yet again.

According to new figures from the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders), the number of electric cars and plug-in hybrid cars sharing a standard public charge point has deteriorated from 11 to 16 vehicles.

The report also shared the worrying statistic that for every one charger installed, 52 new electric cars are registered.

This has led to calls from industry experts for more private sector investment into public charge points in the hope that this will make funding, building and operating EV chargers easier.


Audi dune buggy makes its debut


In what is more peculiar news, German manufacturing giant Audi has released a snapshot of its electric dune buggy.

This description probably doesn’t do it justice, so let’s try again. It’s in fact the Audi RS Q e-tron with which we’re referring to. With 400bhp and Quattro all-wheel-drive, it can launch from 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds.

The brand made even more of a statement when they decided to enter the car into what’s widely the toughest off-road endurance event: The Dakar Rally.

To their surprise, not only did three of their team’s cars finish the race, but one even won the 395-mile (636km) third stage.


Citroen C5 plug-in teased


Citroen hasn’t been a stranger to the electric car scene in recent years, with the e-C4 capturing a (relatively) niche market. If you were ever unsure about whether you wanted a coupe or SUV, well the e-C4 could be a solution. That’s because it has a raised SUV body, yet the back slopes to give it a sportier feel.

The French manufacturer has revealed it will be releasing a plug-in hybrid version of the Citroen C5 Aircross in 2022. It will have a new, sleek style, upgraded infotainment system and a comfortable interior.


According to the brand, it will be able to travel around 35 miles on pure electric power when the battery is fully charged. You can expect it to be available to buy or lease in spring this year, with prices yet to be confirmed.


New 2023 Honda Civic Type R revealed


Can you name a hotter hot hatch than the Honda Civic Type R? We can’t.

So, all you petrolheads out there will be glad to know that the buzz around electric isn’t stopping Honda from producing the ferocious Civic.

It’s been spotted zipping round the N├╝rburgring recently too, and it’s safe to say we’re very excited. That’s because it has the same aggressive style as the current model, with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine onboard with a whopping 350bhp available.

On top of its fantastic performance, the new Honda Civic Type R will have some lovely changes inside too. Alcantara trim and red highlights everywhere throughout the car to give it a racy feel. You’ll then also have the brilliant bucket seats onboard as standard which will make driver engagement even better.


New Kia Sportage revealed


In a very highly competitive SUV class, the Kia Sportage has always been a great seller for the brand.

Spacious, well-equipped, comfortable, and with a great amount of tech onboard. There wasn’t much to fault the Sportage on, even if it didn’t have the most exciting drive, or look the most stylish.

Kia has said that all that is due to change, however, with the latest fifth generation adding a flair for the dramatic to its look. This comes in the shape of a new face that has sleeker headlights and a bigger grille that makes the car look much more modern.

Inside the new car continues this theme too. Uncluttered and featuring new tech, the 2022 Sportage will satisfy today’s driver’s needs. What’s more is that it’s available to order now to buy or lease.


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Hyundai reveal Brits’ sustainability habits in new study

Hyundai sustainability report

According to a new study carried out by Hyundai at the start of the year, a whopping 51% of Brits want to improve sustainability habits in 2022 by either reducing plastics or switching to an electric car.

The well-received Hyundai Ioniq 5 is ‘leading the charge’, so to speak, for the brand’s EV range. It has a premium design and chunky 58kWh or 73kWh battery pack which promises a range of 240-300 miles.

For something a bit more reserved, theres’s the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, which is roomy, easy to drive and has a near-200-mile range. Alternatively, there’s the Hyundai Kona Electric which has a couple of battery options – 39kWh and 64kWh – that will provide an official range of 155 miles or 245 miles. Again, a perfect option if you want a family car that is more environmentally-friendly.


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