Weekly News Roundup: Lexus LX 600, Lucid in Canada, Toronto Show, More

This week, Lexus reveals the replacement for its flagship, the new Integra gets a stick, Lucid arrives in Canada, the Toronto Auto Show is back on, and Stellantis announces cutting shifts at the Windsor Plant.

By Evan Williams

Oct 18, 2021 3 min. read

Article was updated 7 months ago

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Lexus has just launched its new flagship. The 2022 LX 600 is the brand's body-on-frame full-size SUV, offering legendary off-road capability along with new levels of luxury. The next-generation LX uses an all-new platform that boosts rigidity but cuts weight. Power comes from a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 and the SUV gets a 10-speed automatic. It uses the all-new infotainment interface first found in the new NX, here getting both an upper and lower screen to give drivers more customization. Also new for the LX 600 will be F Sport and VIP Executive trim grades. The former will add the mesh grille and stylish interior upgrades F Sport is known for (along with a Torsen limited-slip rear diff) while the latter will get fold-down middle-row seats with special headrests, rear sunshades, and a specially revised air conditioning system. This is the one for being driven in. Expect the new LX at dealers in Canada in Q1 of 2022.

Acura has confirmed that the rebirth of its Integra will come with a six-speed manual gearbox. The news was revealed in a clip posted to social media that showed the various gearshifts found in the original models of the Integra before giving us the latest. It also comes with a look at the center console of the Integra, and while we can't glean much from the small view, we can see that the console looks significantly different from that of the standard-transmission Honda Civic.

2022 Acura Integra

Lucid Motors, who build the Lucid Air luxury EV, have just announced Canadian pricing for the vehicle along with the opening of the company's first Canadian showroom. The Lucid Air Pure, offering 480 hp and a projected 653 km range, starts from $105,000 in Canada. The top end of the range is the Lucid Air Dream Edition, with both the 933 hp, 836 km Range and 1,111 hp and 758 km Performance versions of that model priced at $229,000. The first showroom opened last weekend in Vancouver, the company's first outside of the U.S. A second studio in Toronto is expected to open next year.

The Canadian International Auto Show is back on, after skipping last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Toronto show is planned to run February 18th through the 27th, according to the show's site. What vehicles will be revealed at the event has yet to be announced.

[caption id="attachment_162549" align="alignnone" width="2500"]Auto Show Canadian International Autoshow 2020: Day Two[/caption]

Stellantis has announced that it will be reducing the Windsor Assembly Plant to just one shift starting next spring. The automaker said that the change was a response to "significant headwinds such as the persisting semiconductor shortage and the extended effects of the COVID-19 pandemic," across the industry. Unifor Local 444, which represents the factory's hourly workers, said the change would happen April 17th. The plant had been closed for much of the year as Stellantis shuffled production related to the microchip shortage. In a statement, the automaker said that it "reaffirms its WAP investment commitment outlined in the 2020 Collective Agreement of up to $1.5 billion."





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