This time last year we were all looking forward to 2021. The year 2020 had been, frankly, rubbish and there was eager anticipation of a better year ahead. That didn’t work out so well did it? But here we are, looking ahead to 2022 with optimism, but in the world of luxury motoring, 2021 has definitely had its highlights.
We have to start with electrification. The Nissan Leaf might have given us our first proper introduction to electric vehicles (EV) in SA many years ago, but 2021 was the year when we started to pay attention to an electric future. Sales of the Porsche Taycan took off, the new BMW iX, i4 and iX3 are all hitting showrooms now and Audi has finally announced it will bring its E-tron SUV and E-tron GT models. We will see an onslaught of electric models from Mercedes-Benz next year with its EQA, EQB, EQE and EQS, and rumour is that we might see some electric Volkswagens too.
This year we also got more used to plug-in hybrids and with electric, you can expect even more electrified models coming in 2022 as the rest of the world starts to turn its back on petrol and diesel.