- Tesla's 'ghost brakes' cause 8 cars to rear-end
- Volkswagen ID.Buzz GTX will be released in 2023
- BMW doesn't plan to roll out subscriptions for power upgrades
- 2024 Nissan GT-R to debut in Japan
- Lexus RX/RZ will be launched in February, with a pre-sale price starting at RMB 375,000
- Xiaopeng Motors responds to Wang Fengying joining the company as CEO
- Apollo Travel plans to acquire WM Motor for US$2.023 billion
- Tesla's 9,000-ton body die-casting machine will be shipped to Asia
- Electric car startup Rivian faces management exodus crisis
- The latest trailer for the sequel animation of "Initial D" is released, and it will start broadcasting this year
Tesla's 'ghost brakes' cause 8 cars to rear-end
According to the InsideEVs report, a series of rear-end accidents involving 8 vehicles occurred in a tunnel in San Francisco some time ago. The current preliminary investigation results show that the "ghost braking" incident occurred after the Tesla Model S turned on the FSD function.
Accident records show that a Tesla Model S entered the tunnel with FSD turned on, signaled a lane change, but stopped suddenly when there were no cars or obstacles ahead.
Data from NHTSA shows that of 392 accidents involving advanced driver assistance systems reported between July 2021 and June 2022, 70% involved Tesla vehicles. At present, FSD is not supported in China, but do you use the AP function a lot?
Volkswagen ID.Buzz GTX will be released in 2023
According to reports from Autohome, Volkswagen revealed that it will release a performance version of its ID.Buzz model in 2023 – ID.Buzz GTX. This is a pure electric MPV, using front and rear dual motors + four-wheel drive system, peak power 340 horsepower.
On the other hand, ID.Buzz will also launch a long-axis version and a camping version, which are expected to be released in the summer of 2023 and 2025, respectively. Regarding the Volkswagen ID. series, Dong Chejun still likes ID.3 more.
BMW doesn't plan to roll out subscriptions for power upgrades
At the CES 2023 media roundtable, BMW's head of technology development, Frank Weber, revealed that he "has no intention of providing OTA performance upgrades (at least for now)" for its future electric vehicles. why? The official explained that if the power data of the models on sale is changed, it must be reported to the regulatory agency.
On the other hand, some time ago, Mercedes-Benz launched a new function of "acceleration improvement" in the Mercedes me Internet store in the United States, providing performance upgrade subscription services for some EQ models. Models get 20% to 24% more peak power and increased torque for an annual payment of $1,200.
2024 Nissan GT-R debuts in Japan
At the Tokyo Tuning Motor Show, where the 2024 Nissan GT-R made its debut, Chief Vehicle Engineer Takashi Kawaguchi will give an overview of the new car. Its code name is still "R35", the main improvement point is to optimize the aerodynamic performance, and fine-tune the shape of the front grille, front and rear bumpers and rear spoiler.
It is expected that the new car will continue to be equipped with a 3.8T twin-turbocharged V6 engine code-named VR38DETT, matched with a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a four-wheel drive system. The official also revealed that the GT-R series will not be abandoned, and the next-generation model "R36" is under development.
Lexus RX/RZ will be launched in February, with a pre-sale price starting at RMB 375,000
According to Autohome, Lexus RX/RZ will be officially launched in February 2023. At present, two new models have been pre-sold. Among them, RX has launched a total of 6 models with a pre-sale price range of 409,000 to 625,000 yuan, while RZ has launched a total of 3 models with a pre-sale price range of 375,000 to 465,000 yuan.
RX will launch three power versions, namely 2.5L hybrid, 2.5L plug-in hybrid, and 2.4T hybrid, while the RZ 450e is equipped with a front and rear dual motor drive system, of which the maximum power of the front motor is 150 kW, and the maximum power of the rear motor 80 kW, paired with a 71.4kWh battery.
On the other hand, former NIO CEO Li Bin revealed that "In 2023, NIO's annual sales are still a long way from BMW and Mercedes-Benz's fuel vehicle sales targets, but Lexus is very confident in surpassing 2022 sales of fuel vehicles." What do you think? ?
Xpeng Motors Responds to the Rumors of Wang Fengying as CEO
Recently, many media reported that Wang Fengying, the former president of Great Wall Motors, will join Xpeng Motors and succeed He Xiaopeng as CEO.
In this regard, when Dong Chehui asked Xiaopeng Motors for verification, the other party said:
Talents are welcome to join, and the company will continue to develop under the overall leadership of He Xiaopeng. Xiaopeng Motors has launched a comprehensive organizational adjustment since the second half of last year, and it has already achieved initial results. At the beginning of the new year, the company will unswervingly continue to promote organizational changes and improve efficiency to adapt to more intense market competition and challenges in the future. We are always open and welcoming to outstanding talents in the industry to join Xiaopeng. If there is any further information, we will share it with you in time. The company will continue to develop under the leadership of He Xiaopeng. He Xiaopeng will still be the top person in charge of this company, and his passion for building cars will not change.
The official did not respond positively to the rumors of personnel changes, but it can be confirmed that He Xiaopeng will still be the top person in charge of Xiaopeng Motors.
Apollo Travel plans to acquire WM Motor for US$2.023 billion
Apollo Travel announced on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that on January 11, the company's wholly-owned subsidiary entered into an acquisition agreement with WM Motor Holdings Co., Ltd., intending to acquire its wholly-owned subsidiary WM Motor Global Investment Limited for US$2.023 billion at HK$0.55 per share. Allotment of 28.8 billion shares for settlement.
On the other hand, with regard to the progress of Weimar’s listing in Hong Kong, the Financial Associated Press exclusively quoted a person familiar with the matter as saying that it is “optimistically estimated that Weimar has a great possibility to complete its listing in the second quarter of this year.” The outside world generally believes that this move means that Weimar may go public in Hong Kong through the backdoor of Apollo Travel.
It is worth mentioning that Apollo Travel and Baidu Apollo are two companies respectively. The former has released the supercar Apollo EVO and the electric supercar Apollo IE, and the latter provides software platforms to partners in the automotive industry and the field of autonomous driving.
Tesla's 9,000-ton body die-casting machine will be shipped to Asia
After Italy's IDRA Group delivered a 9,000-ton Giga die-casting machine to Tesla's Texas Super Factory, it re-produced one. The huge die-casting machine is undergoing final tests before being shipped to Asia.
In other words, unless IDRA Group signs a secret contract with another car company, the destination of this large die-casting machine will be Tesla Shanghai Super Factory.
Is this preparing for a $25,000 entry-level Tesla?
Electric car startup Rivian faces management exodus crisis
Several Rivian executives have left the electric carmaker in recent months, including Randy Frank, vice president of body and interior engineering, and Steve Gawronski, vice president of parts procurement, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Frank joined Rivian in 2019 from Ford Motor Company, and Gawronski arrived in 2018 from self-driving car startup Zoox.
Since its successful IPO in November 2021, Rivian's stock price has fallen all the way, down about 79% as of Monday's close.
The latest trailer for the sequel animation of "Initial D" is released, and it will start broadcasting this year
In 2017, 4 years after the end of the classic animation "Initial D", the author Shuichi Shigeno released another racing car comic – "MF GHOST".
"MF GHOST" is in the same world view as "Initial D", and the time is set more than 20 years after the end of "Project D".
The official announced the first visual image on December 30, 2021. The animation is expected to be broadcast this year. Let's take a look at the trailer first.
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