- New BMW M5 exposed, plug-in hybrid V8 has 760 horsepower
- Lynk & Co 03+Cyan customized version released, "Broken 100" in 5.7 seconds
- Lincoln Adventurer MONO Limited Edition goes on sale for 289,800 yuan
- Xiaomi Group acquires Deepmotion, an autonomous driving technology company
- "Father of Lithium Batteries": Apple will soon release car-related technologies
- Rivian is ready to produce R1T and is waiting for government approval
- Baidu's smart car company signed a contract with Hesai Technology
- Ford spends 850 million to double F-150 Lightning production
- Lancia will launch a pure electric model, or will be on the market in 2026
- Audi releases preview image of GRAND SPHERE concept car
- Wen Yuan Zhixing conducts autonomous driving test in heavy rain
- Waymo launches self-driving shuttle project in San Francisco
- The old driver said: F-150 Lightning plays a key role for Ford
New Car Information Bureau
Foreign media Motor1 exposed the road test spy photos of the new BMW M5 the day before yesterday, along with the power information of the new car.
From the spy photos, the grille of the new BMW M5 is wider than that of the ordinary 5 series.
At the rear of the body, the new car retains the rear spoiler of the current model, and the interior of the taillight is blackened, supplemented by a red LED light strip.
In terms of power, the car will be equipped with a plug-in hybrid power system. Its internal combustion engine uses a 4.4T V8 twin-turbocharged engine code-named S63. With the addition of an electric motor, its total power reaches 760 horsepower.
In addition to the M5, BMW also plans to launch a model with a lower positioning as an upgraded version of the 545e plug-in hybrid model.
Lynk & Co 03+Cyan customized version released, "Broken 100" in 5.7 seconds
This morning, Lynk & Co announced a set of official photos of Lynk & Co 03+Cyan customized version.
The overall design of the new car continues the style of the Lynk & Co 03 Cyan concept car. The latter broke the record for the fastest mass-produced front-wheel drive car in the Nurburgring North Ring with a time of 7:20:143.
The customized version of Lynk&Co 03+Cyan is painted in blue, with the yellow "CYAN" black garland dotted on the side of the car, which is full of sports.
At its rear, the exaggerated rear wing and bilateral four-out exhaust also demonstrate its track attributes.
In terms of power, the new car adopts the Drive-E T5 drive system, with a maximum power of 265 horsepower and a maximum acceleration of only 5.7 seconds.
Modified by the original factory, is your heart moving?
Recently, Lincoln launched the Adventurer MONO limited edition model, the guide price of the car is 289,800 yuan, and a limited edition of 500 units will be sold.
The biggest feature of the new car is the use of the MONO white body and Topa blue interior color scheme. At the same time, there are many optimizations in the details.
In addition to the 19-inch bright black multi-spoke wheels, the exclusive MONO white star-style front air intake grille, the MONO white front surround, and the Corsair side nameplate with the same body color are added.
In terms of power, the vehicle has a 2.0T high-power turbocharged engine with a maximum output of 241 horsepower, matching an 8AT gearbox, and is equipped with a four-wheel drive system. (Via Sina Auto)
The temperament is different with a change of "little black shoes".
New forces in car-making
Xiaomi Group acquires Deepmotion, an autonomous driving technology company
The Xiaomi Group announced today that it has entered into a share purchase agreement with related parties to the autonomous driving technology company Deepmotion.
Xiaomi conditionally agreed to purchase, and the sellers of ordinary shareholders and sellers of preference shareholders conditionally agreed to sell 125 million ordinary shares and 50,854,700 preferred shares. The total purchase price is approximately US$77.37 million (approximately RMB 499 million).
This move may lay the foundation for the research and development of Xiaomi's autonomous driving technology.
According to reports, Akira Yoshino, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and "Father of Lithium Batteries", said in an interview yesterday:
If Apple wants to launch Apple Car electric cars before 2025, some related content will be released before the end of this year.
In addition, Akira Yoshino also said that as transportation and digital technology gradually merge into one industry and share lithium battery technology, there will be more subversions in this field in the future. (Via Sina Technology)
If self-driving cars become a reality, will people stop buying cars and use car sharing services instead?
A few days ago, RJ Scaringe, CEO of electric car company Rivian, revealed that customers who have pre-ordered vehicles will receive new cars next month.
According to Electrek reports, Rivian stated that its R1T electric pickup truck is basically ready for production and is currently waiting for government approval to start delivery.
In addition, he said that the company has already started the operation of 5 service centers and will build more service facilities in the future:
Rivian currently has service centers in New York, Washington, Illinois, and California. Our network will also include a large mobile service fleet to perform on-site vehicle repair services.
What I am most interested in is its "small kitchen".
Jidu Automobile, a smart car company under Baidu, will formally cooperate with the domestic laser company Hesai Technology.
According to public information, the latter, as the leading domestic lidar manufacturer, and Baidu apollo jointly released the autonomous driving developer kit-Pandora in 2017.
▲Baidu Apollo self-driving test car equipped with Pandora kit
Earlier this month, Jidu CEO Xia Yiping said that the pre-engineering research of Jidu's first model will end this month, and the next stage will enter the mass production research and development process.
It is worth mentioning that Baidu has announced its focus on pure vision technology in 2019 and 2020, and announced the AVP+ANP pure vision solution without lidar in April this year. (Via 36 krypton)
▲ Distribution of sensors equipped in the ANP solution
Is it possible that Baidu is going to abandon the pure visual route?
The crossroads of “oil and electricity''
According to Reuters, due to strong pre-sale demand for the electric pickup truck F-150 Lightning, Ford doubled its production target and spent US$850 million to achieve this goal.
Specifically, Ford plans to produce more than 80,000 F-150 Lightning in 2024, which is much higher than the previous target of more than 40,000.
The company stated in a statement:
Pre-sale orders for F-150 Lightning have reached 120,000 units, and we are very excited by the strong demand from customers.
For electric pickups, this is a good start.
A few days ago, according to Motor1 reports, Lancia will join Alfa Romeo and DS as the three high-end brands under Stellatis.
Among them, Lancia will release three new models between 2024 and 2027:
- Launch a new generation of Ypsilon in 2024;
- Launch a pure electric crossover in 2026;
- A compact electric hatchback will be launched in 2027.
The news shows that the company may make the classic Delta hatchback return to the market in pure electric form.
For many manufacturers, electrification is an opportunity to stand up.
According to Audi officials, the Audi grandsphere concept car will be released on September 2.
This car is the second product of the Audi concept series. Unlike the previously released skysphere sports car, the new car is positioned as a pure electric large sedan, or will adopt a two-seater design, and the body lines are slender.
Audi has said that the skysphere, grandsphere, and urbansphere, which will be launched next year, will be the source of design elements for future mass-produced models.
If you want the skysphere released by Audi some time ago, poke here .
Wen Yuan Zhixing conducts autonomous driving test in heavy rain
Today, Wenyuan Zhixing released a video recording the whole process of Robotaxi's autonomous driving during the evening peak of heavy rain.
Robotaxi in the video safely and steadily traversed the 40-kilometer-long open road section of Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone in heavy rain.
Generally speaking, rainwater will cause serious interference to the sensor kits of autonomous vehicles, and large trucks and buses are very common in Wuhan Economic Development Zone. They will block the sensors on the car in a large area and increase the difficulty of driving.
Bian Ning, the leader of Dongfeng Autopilot Pilot Project, said:
This test video is a demonstration of the results of the cooperation between Dongfeng Pilot Project and Wenyuan Zhixing. Next, you will be able to see more new breakthroughs in autonomous driving brought by pilot projects in Wuhan.
Driving for two hours in the evening peak under heavy rain is a big improvement.
Waymo recently showed off their fifth-generation Driver AI and began testing their self-driving cars in San Francisco.
And, unlike the Waymo One pick-up service in Phoenix, Waymo assigns a safety officer to each test vehicle.
This service will mainly use Waymo's specially modified Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV, equipped with the fifth-generation Waymo Driver AI.
Although L4 or L5 autonomous driving still has a long way to go, the progress made by Waymo still makes us look forward to the future.
Ford is actively promoting its transformation towards electrification. As one of the main products in this transformation process, the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck is believed to have a profound impact on this company.
Ford released this electric pickup truck at the end of May this year. The starting price of the new car is less than US$40,000 (approximately RMB 257,300), and the maximum cruising range can exceed 480 kilometers.
John Rosevear, senior automotive analyst at Motley Fool, a securities investment consulting company, said in an interview with the media recently:
F-150 Lightning will be an extremely important product for Ford.
He believes that this new pickup may not only have an impact on Ford Motor Company's profits, but it may also have an impact on the US government's decision to promote electric vehicles to the mainstream.
John Rosevear said that the current F-150 Lightning order volume may have reached 1.2-125,000.
Although the deposit paid for booking this car is refundable, it is still a sign that the market has a strong interest in this car.
"The biggest advantage of the F-150 Lightning is that it is first an F-150." John Rosevear said, "Ford has serious pickup trucks, and at the same time there are a large number of Americans who have a soft spot for pickup trucks."
He believes that F-150 Lightning is expected to become "a key product to help Americans switch to electric vehicles." (Via interface news)
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