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News Roundup: Classic-car-loving Millennials and light-polluting Rolls mascots

News Roundup: Classic-car-loving Millennials and light-polluting Rolls mascots
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Hagerty’s Driving Experience began in 2011 to help build the next generation of classic car enthusiasts and keep the collector car community strong.

Welcome to our weekly round-up of the biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca from this past week. Get caught up and ready to get on with the weekend, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam.

Here’s what you missed while you were away.

Who killed the classic car? Was it Big Oil, Roger Rabbit, Elon, or maybe those oblivious Millennials?! Hagerty wanted to get to the bottom of it, so it surveyed its people. Surprisingly, it hasn’t been the hipster generation after all — in fact, they’re treating classic cars better than anyone.

Hagerty took a look at data collected from 10,000 U.S. drivers in 2020, and discovered that Millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) were more likely to have owned a classic or collectible vehicle than any other generation, including Gen Z and the Boomers. And they’re also more interested in owning one in the future. See how the stats break down here . 

Get ready to hear a “see, told you so!” from one or all of the Tesla-owning contacts in your life, because Consumer Reports just sided with EVs in one of the great modern automotive debates: Are EVs actually more cost-effective in the long run or not?

suggests EVs are definitely cheaper to operate even if the purchase price is higher. Under 50,000 miles, battery EVs run at US$0.012 per mile for maintenance and repairs, PHEVs at US$0.021 and ICE vehicles at US$0.028. After 50,000, those numbers increase, but the ratio stays basically the same, with EVs operating at roughly half the price as internal-combustion vehicles. 

Acura tugged the digital sheets off the 2022 MDX SUV prototype mid-October. It’s longer, lower, and shares visual features with the Type S Concept that make it look a little beefier. The MDX, which got the promotion to flagship when the RLX folded under its own sad sales (congratulations?), will arrive standard with front-wheel-drive, while the Type S trim of the SUV will follow afterward with the brand’s torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. Both will use a 10-speed automatic transmission. The MDX will be available early 2021. 

The European Union has deemed Rolls-Royce’s illuminated “Spirit of Ecstasy” hood ornaments as too bright and not right. The Daily Mail reports that R-R is being forced to remove the mascots from the grilles of its vehicles due to their daytime luminosity.

“Sadly, we are telling our customers that we will by law have to disconnect their Spirit of Ecstasy,” a Rolls-Royce spokesperson said. Well, that’s illuminating. , but if you’ve got one already in Canada, let it blaze—we have no such regulations.

It’ll be bad news for producers of fuel-hungry vehicles if France’s parliament approves a draft budget law currently circulating. The law proposes to double the penalty shoppers must pay based on vehicles’ carbon-dioxide emissions in 2022, setting the price of ownership as high as 50,000 euros ($59,000), car not included. If approved, France, which represents Europe’s second-largest auto market, will apply major pressure on automakers to hit the EU’s lofty 2030 Climate Target Plan goals. 
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