Top and flop: the good and bad car news from week 14

+ Top – Lancia 037 Prototype 01 – Unique Group B rally monster for sale in the Netherlands

The Lancia 037 was the first rally champion of the Group B era in 1983, making it the last rear-wheel drive car to take the title. It was developed by Lancia in collaboration with Pininfarina, Dallara and Abarth. The very first prototype – the Abarth SE 037 – is a mixed bag of parts from the warehouse and is now actually for sale in the Netherlands.


+ Top – With the electric Mercedes EQS you can go to Stuttgart (and beyond)

The Mercedes EQS sets a new world record. But the fact that he is the production car with the lowest coefficient of drag does not interest us. The range of the electric luxury saloon is what it’s all about. And it is impressive. The batteries are only empty after a maximum of 770 kilometers. So a ride from Amsterdam to Stuttgart is a piece of cake.


+ Top – BMW breeder Alpina finally has an importer in the Netherlands again

Do you want an Alpina? Then you had to be across the border in Germany for years, because there was no importer here. However, BMW dealer Dusseldorp has now stepped into that gap and is officially bringing the models of the legendary BMW breeder (don’t call Alpina a tuner!) To the Netherlands. If you want such a beautiful Alpina B3 or B5 (we think they are very beautiful), you can go to Apeldoorn and The Hague.


– Flop – Used sales 2021 – Hardly anyone wants a second-hand electric car

Exactly 492,709 second-hand cars were sold in the Netherlands in the first quarter. That is a small decrease compared to 2020, when 498,320 used cars changed hands in the first three months. The number of used electric cars sold doubled. Yet hardly anyone in the Netherlands opts for a used car with a plug.


– Flop – Especially for BMW M3 fans! Two huge ‘kidneys’ on your BMW 5 Series

Oh, BMW has gotten a lot of mud! Because the enormous ‘kidneys’ of the BMW 4-series, M3 and M4 are – to say the least – not entirely well received. But some people love it, even though they can’t afford an M3 or M4. And for those people, a Chinese company now offers a BMW M3 nose for the BMW 5-series of the E60 generation.


– Flop – Are you waiting for the Alfa Romeo Tonale? Then you have to wait even longer

We don’t understand anything about Alfa Romeo. There is no continuity in the modeling program of the Italians. The Mito is no longer in production, but there is no successor. The Giulietta is gone, but there is no new one ready. And that Alfa Romeo Tonale promised for a long time? It has been postponed.

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