Sustainability

Polestar throws shade at GM, commits to truly going carbon neutral

Polestar is committing to letting customers know how sustainable its cars are.

Photo courtesy of Polestar

It's a dirty little secret. Companies are able to purchase carbon credits to offset their emissions, allowing them to claim to be more environmentally responsible than a trip to their plant may lead you to believe that they are.

Polestar is throwing a little shade the direction of automakers who use carbon credits and similar purchasing loopholes to claim their carbon neutral, or better-for-the-environment status. General Motors and Stellantis/FCA are two such companies.

As part of the company's first annual review, the Swedish electric performance car brand announced a moonshot goal: create the first truly climate neutral car by 2030.

Polestar Polestar is aiming to make a completely carbon neutralPhoto courtesy of Polestar

Polestar

"Offsetting is a cop-out," says Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. "By pushing ourselves to create a completely climate-neutral car, we are forced to reach beyond what is possible today. We will have to question everything, innovate and look to exponential technologies as we design towards zero."

Polestar is pledging to make sustainability declarations, something common in the fashion and food service industries, when launching Polestar models. This includes the Polestar 2, which is now on sale. When it was brought to market, the automaker disclosed its carbon footprint and traced risk minerals then displayed the information on prominent places throughout digital and physical spaces.

The Polestar Precept is a big part of the company's sustainable future. A prototype version of the car was first shown last year and featured materials woven from flax, like that behind the model in the video. The interior door panels feature the material, which is 50-percent lighter than traditional inserts and contains 80-percent less plastic. Its seats feature a 3D knit material that is made of 100-percent recycled yarn that has its origins with PET bottles and that is cut from a single thread to exactly to fit the seats with no waste.

The company has also begun launching a full-scale sales initiative in the U.S. Polestar showrooms, called Polestar Spaces, will be opening in 15 new locations in the next year.

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Custom sports car

2022 Chevy COPO Camaro announced

Yes, that's a wheelie.

Chevrolet

In the late 1960s, Chevrolet dealers realized that they could use the automaker's Central Office Production Orders (COPO) to spec the Camaro with a larger engine than was offered to everyday buyers. A legend was born, but it only ran for a year before being discontinued until 2012. The newest iterations of the car have run in extremely limited quantities each year, and Chevrolet has just announced updates made to the car for 2022.

New for 2022, the COPO Camaro gets a 572 cubic-inch V8 that features a casti-iron block, four-bolt main caps, aluminum heads, a forged steel crankshaft, forged steel connecting rods, and forged aluminum pistons. Pricing for the 572-equipped cars starts at $105,500 before destination.


2022 COPO Camaro The COPO will be available with a 572 cubic-inch V8.Chevrolet


Beyond the headline-grabbing 572, the drag strip-focused car will be offered with a pair of rowdy V8 engines. The COPO powertrain lineup includes a supercharged 350 cubic-inch V8 with 580 horsepower and a 427 cubic-inch V8 with 470 horsepower. All 2022 COPO Camaros get an ATI Racing Products TH400 three-speed automatic gearbox.

Production of the original COPO Camaro only ran for one year, but Chevy brought the car back in 2012. Production has continued since then, but only 69 cars have been built each year, a throwback to the original car's super-limited 69-car run. Since there are far more people wanting a car than there are actual cars, Chevrolet runs a lottery every November. The automaker says that thousands of people apply and the select few winners are notified in December that their purchase certificate is on the way.


2022 COPO Camaro Only 69 of the cars will be built.Chevrolet

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The G70 got a makeover for 2022.

Genesis

The Genesis G70 got a refresh for 2022, which brought an updated interior with new tech, along with a massaged front- and rear-end. I'm spending a week testing the renewed sports sedan, and have some initial thoughts after two days with the new model. I drove the 2021 G70 and felt that it was a cohesive package with few major downfalls. The 2022 model's improvements have made me like it even more. A full review will be out next week, but in the meantime, here are three things to know about the 2022 Genesis G70.

It's Plush


2022 Genesis G70 The G70's interior is top-shelf and gorgeous to look at.Genesis


Close your eyes and step into a G70 and you'll be hard pressed to believe you're sitting in anything other than a European luxury sedan. The cabin is gorgeous, and features high-end materials, great visibility, and intuitive technology. The front seats are sporty but supportive and comfortable, and high trim levels features super diamond stitched leathers and very few low-rent materials inside.

It's Quick

I'm testing the Sport Prestige 3.3T model, which his powered by a – you guessed it – twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine. With 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque on tap, the car will boogie. Its 0-60 mph time lands a at a modest 4.7 seconds, but Genesis did a good job of building in enough drama to make things interesting. The car's sonorous exhaust, rush of power off the line, and responsive transmission all work together to create a special experience. Even G70s equipped with the lesser turbocharged 2.0-liter engine still feel quick, thanks to 252 horsepower.

It's Gorgeous


2022 Genesis G70 The G70 isn't a large car, but offers enough room for a family of four to ride in comfort.Genesis


I tested a Genesis GV80 a few months ago, and found that it was the first car I'd driven around town that caused people to stop and take photos. Now, with the G70, I have my second. Despite a few awkward lines, created when Genesis added the split headlight and taillight look to the car, it's otherwise one of the sleekest and most eye-catching sedans around. Deeply sculpted sides and the large-but-not-too-large diamond grille also add to the look.

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