News roundup: Big-buck Benz, GV60 price, updated 3 Series and more

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Billionaire Benz

It’s the most expensive new car in the world, and it absolutely crushed all competition for that title. A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR has just sold for $182 million at a secret auction in Germany. The figure destroys the $61 million figure for the second most expensive car ever sold, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. Only two of these special 300 SLRs were built, called Uhlenhaut Coupes after the head of the test department by Merc Rudolf Uhlenhaut. He drove it as a company car and it had never been owned by anyone other than Mercedes-Benz. The buyer has not been revealed, but he will have to leave his new car at the Mercedes-Benz museum.

Genesis GV60 EV Price

Genesis has just announced the price of its first electric vehicle. The GV60 luxury crossover will be sold here in two versions, Advanced and Performance. The first starts from $71,000, the second from $79,000. Both get all-wheel drive, but Advanced has 314 hp and Performance has 429. Genesis pricing includes destination and delivery, plus five years of connected services and an in-home concierge. The cars should start arriving in Genesis stores by the end of the month. Official range estimates are still not available.

Siena is 25 years old

Toyota is celebrating 25 years of the Sienna with a special edition. The Sienna arrived in 1997 as a replacement for the mid-engined Previa minivan. Since then, Canadians have purchased nearly 300,000 minivans. To mark the silver anniversary, Toyota is offering a silver XSE AWD treatment including JBL audio, wireless charging and black badging and accents. Special floor mats, seat liners and ottomans from the Limited are also part of the package that will go on sale later this year.

Honda teases EV crossover

Honda has teased its next electric crossover. It’s called the Prologue and it will be the first electric vehicle sold by Honda in Canada. The sketch shows a stylized model unlike any Honda we’ve seen here before. But there’s a lot of Honda e, a compact electric vehicle sold elsewhere, in the overall design. The Prologue will be built as part of a collaboration with General Motors. That means we’re expecting GM’s Ultium EV platform below. It is expected to go on sale in 2024, and Honda says it will work on a new plan for dealers to help them adjust to projected EV sales of 500,000 a year by 2030.

Series 3 gets an update

BMW has refreshed the 3 Series for 2023. The exterior changes are small, and that includes BMW keeping the smaller grille nose. Inside, the changes are more significant. The new 3er gets a curved dashboard and a central display, just like the i4. With a 12.3-inch screen for the dashboard and a 14.9-inch unit for entertainment, the system also uses the latest version of iDrive and BMW’s operating system. This comes with improved voice recognition and voice command operations. The powertrains remain unchanged, with a 245hp 330i four-cylinder, a 374hp M340i and a 292hp 330e plug-in hybrid. Expect the new 3 Series in July.

Lyriq publishes prices, but you’ll have to wait if you want one

Cadillac’s first electric vehicle has just been priced, but the Lyriq is sold out before the first even hits dealerships. With 340 horsepower and a range of 502 miles, the $69,898 luxury crossover (with destination) is already gone for 2023. An AWD model will arrive shortly after the RWD model, but all have been snagged as well. Cadillac is currently adding interested customers to the 2024 model year waiting list.

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