Trio of Lamborghinis shines brightly under the Shanghai lights

The Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 on display at Auto Shanghai.

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The stage was set and it was full of color. For the first time, the Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 is being shown to the public. The track-only hypercar leads the pack at Lamborghini's Auto Shanghai display alongside the Huracán STO and the Huracán Fluo Capsule. The popular Urus also joined the crowd.

"Automobili Lamborghini closed 2020 with its highest-ever profitability and its second highest- ever in terms of turnover and sales despite an around 2 months factory closure due to the COVID-19. This growing momentum has continued into 2021: the year opened with a very positive outlook, with deliveries in the first 3 months reaching the highest level on record. Orders placed thus far already cover nine months of production'', said Stephan Winkelmann, who has returned to the helm of Lamborghini after five years.

Francesco Scardaoni also expressed highly positive expectations: ''This year, in spite of ongoing uncertainties, Lamborghini will continue to bring exclusive events to our customers and brand enthusiasts, with a special focus on the commercial launch of the Essenza SCV12 and Huracán STO.''

Lamborghini at Auto Shanghai 2021

Lamborghini at Auto Shanghai 2021

Photo courtesy of Automobili Lamborghini


The Essenza SCV12 was launched via a virtual reveal in 2020. The Italian automaker will construct just 40 of the limited edition models, each of which can trace its lineage back to the Miura Jota and Diablo GTR. The version of the car that is on the stand in China is featured in the Verde Selvans, Grigio Linx, Nero Aldebaran Gloss, and Arancio California launch livery.

The blue and orange car near the Essenza SCV12 is the Lamborghini Huracán STO. The Italian automaker says that the Huracán STO is the "purest incarnation" of Lamborghini Squadra Corse's motorsports prowess and heritage. The car can trace its roots to the technologies derived from the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO and GT3 EVO race cars, as well as the know-how gained from their many victories, including the three-time 24 Hours of Daytona-winning and two-time 12 Hours of Sebring-winning.

Also on the displays the Lamborghini Huracán EVO Fluo Capsule, a model launched in November 2020 that features a bold selection of colors of the V10 supercar combined with matte black details and colored accent lines. The Ad Personam program offers further customization.

Lamborghini Urus joined the line-up as well, wearing a more subdued Bianco Monocerus paint job.

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This 2020 Ford GT drew over $1 million at the auction.


The world may be going through some tough times right now, but you'd never know it looking at auto auction results. One of the largest, Mecum, just reported sales from the auctions it held in Arizona last week, and the results are astonishing. Mecum says it took in $66.3 million in sales, which is a big increase over the previous year's auctions. Attendance was also up, and the event was packed with high-dollar, desirable vehicles.

Mecum Arizona AuctionHow about a 1967 Ferrari for a little over $3 million?Mecum

Mecum says that private collection sales generated $20 million of the $66.3 million, as some brought dozens of vehicles to participate in the auction. The Hooked on Vettes Collection, for example, brought 13 cars and sold every one of them. It even sold a load of neon signs for well over a million dollars.

The top ten vehicles sold at auction drew big dollars. A few include:

  • 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4: $3,025,000
  • 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Coupe: $2,365,000
  • 2005 Porsche Carrera GT: $2,200,000
  • 2020 Ford GT: $1,100,000
  • 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster: $698,500

Mecum Arizona AuctionThere was even a Duesenberg, which sold for almost $2.4 million.Mecum

If you've got money to burn and you're sad to have missed out on the Arizona auction, your next shot will be at the end of this month when Mecum hits Houston with 1,100 vehicles. The flagship Mecum auction in Indianapolis takes place in mid-May, and will feature 3,000 cars.

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The Compass gets a major update for 2022.


The Chicago Auto Show is happening now, which means we've already seen a few new models and concepts. Just yesterday, Jeep introduced the new 2022 Compass compact SUV. It gets a new design inside and out, updated tech, and a load of new available driver aids. The Compass' refresh comes as new models from Ford, Subaru and others could cut into Jeep's off-road dominance.

As it was in previous model years, the new Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter "Tigershark" four-cylinder engine that makes 177 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. It's good for up to 31 mpg on the highway in 2WD models and can deliver a max towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds in 4WD models. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for Compass Sport and Latitude 4X2 models, while all others get a nine-speed automatic transmission that can handle the 20:1 crawl ratio setting in the Trailhawk model.

An all-new Latitude LUX trim joins the Compass lineup for 2022 as well. It features leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, a seven-inch full-color gauge cluster, and the larger 10.1-inch screen.

2022 Jeep CompassThe new Compass is more upscale than its predecessor.Stellantis/Jeep

The Compass comes with a class-leading 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, but higher trims get an even larger 10.1-inch unit. It offers standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and runs Uconnect 5, a colorful, responsive infotainment system with advanced features and tech.

Several new safety features make an appearance, but most are added-cost options. The highway assist system offers a semi-autonomous driving feature, which Jeep says will become available later. Other tech includes traffic sign recognition, standard pedestrian/cyclist automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera system, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and a long list of more traditional advanced driver aids like blind spot monitoring and parking sensors.

The Compass lineup for 2022 includes five trims: Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited, and Trailhawk. Pricing for the new Compass starts at $26,490, including a $1,495 destination charge. At the top of the lineup, the Trailhawk and Limited models both start at $32,890. It's expected to start arriving on dealers' lots in fall 2021.

2022 Jeep CompassNew color schemes highlight the Compass' interior.Stellantis/Jeep

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