Top and flop – the good and bad car news of week 25

Friday afternoon, five o’clock. Computer off, the door of your workplace can close behind you, the weekend has started. On we look back on a week in which Hyundai surprised us with a retro banana. But also a week in which it became known that frequent drivers will bleed enormously in the coming years. Good news, bad news. Top and flop.

+ Top – Hyundai comes with a retro banana

That sounds negative, but we are very pleased with the aerodynamic Hyundai Ioniq 6: with a clean, minimalist front, a sporty-looking profile and an exciting rear with a real wing. That back even looks a bit like the Porsche 911 and we mean that in a complimentary manner. The Hyundai Ioniq 6 will arrive in 2022.

+ Top – The new Skoda Superb does not participate in weird fashion trends

We can’t hear the word crossover sedan anymore. One sedan or station wagon after another has to make way for such an all-or-nothing creation. For example, Mercedes will no longer build station wagons from 2030. Are they completely screwed up!? Fortunately, Skoda does not participate in that innovation. The next Skoda Superb will just be a traditional sedan/station wagon again. Slava Skoda! In other words, kudos to Skoda.

Top and flop - the good and bad car news of week 25

+ Top – This is what the electric Volkswagen Passat looks like

Last week we had to make do with a vague picture, now Volkswagen has released better photos. Although the Passat no longer sells as well as it used to, the Germans just come up with a new electric business sedan. And not with an SUV or crossover. The electric Passat is called ID. Aero and with a bit of luck it will come to the Netherlands in 2023, but probably a year later. Also as a station wagon, by the way.

Top and flop - the good and bad car news of week 25

– Flop – What are Bentley and Jaguar up to?

Jaguar sells poorly and so it will do everything differently: build fewer cars, but ask more money for them. It aims its arrows at Bentley and will produce very expensive SUVs from 2025. Precisely the segment in which the brand does not owe its fame. As long as that goes well… Bentley itself will please collectors with little love for tradition with a replica of the 96-year-old Speed ​​Six. Twelve copies are being built, and they have all been sold for many millions. To the chagrin of the people who do have a real one in their heated garage.

Top and flop - the good and bad car news of week 25

– Flop – Road pricing in 2030: frequent drivers will bleed

It is very likely that the road tax will disappear in 2030 and we will start road pricing. And the more you drive, the harder you get hit. If you drive 80 kilometers a day, you will pay 2.5 times as much as now. Then by train? Hopefully there will be enough conductors, train drivers, IT and traffic controllers at NS and ProRail again… There is also good news. If you only drive 20 kilometers a day, you will benefit financially.

Top and flop - the good and bad car news of week 25

– Flop – Hardly anyone comes out with their mileage allowance

The fuel prices are again falling a little bit, but the trade union CNV calculated that 90 percent of the employees are not satisfied with their kilometer allowance. No wonder, it has not been increased since 2006 and is therefore still 19 cents per kilometer. By way of comparison: 17 years ago you paid an average of 1.35 euros for a liter of petrol … Next year the CNV already wants a compensation of 23 cents, instead of the 21 cents already promised.

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