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  • Lotus Eletre to open for domestic pre-orders soon
  • Mercedes-Benz Releases EQG "Tank U-turn" Demonstration Video
  • Maserati unveils MC20 Cielo
  • Another exec leaves Apple's car project
  • Tesla is preparing to enter the Thai market, sources say
  • Korean car market share in China fell to 1.6% in the first quarter
  • Toyota cuts global production by 100,000 vehicles due to chip shortage
  • Stellantis to pay $300 million over emissions fraud charges
  • Shenzhen buys new energy vehicles, up to 10,000 yuan/unit subsidy
  • BMW denies return to F1, will focus on electrification
  • "Initial D" sequel "MF GHOST" set for 2023

Lotus Eletre to open for domestic pre-orders soon

Lotus officially announced that the first pure electric SUV Eletre will make its debut in China on June 1, and open reservations in mainland China.

The Eletre is the first high-performance pure electric vehicle after Lotus announced full electrification. It is also a composite product under the Sino-British dual-engine strategy. It will be produced in the Wuhan Smart Factory.

For the first show of Eletre in China, Lotus will also announce more product information and exclusive rights after the reservation is opened, and further disclose the sales, after-sales and charging service network planning in mainland China.

Guess how much? I guess 80 w.

Mercedes-Benz Releases EQG "Tank U-turn" Demonstration Video

Mercedes-Benz recently released a demo video of the EQG performing a "tank U-turn."

Judging from the video, the test car still uses the body of the current G-class. According to previous information, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class pure electric model EQG is equipped with 4 motors and will be mass-produced in 2023.

Mercedes-Benz officials said that the EQG will use an independent front suspension and a rigid rear axle specially developed for electric vehicles.

Mercedes calls this a "G turn".

Maserati unveils MC20 Cielo

On May 25, Maserati officially released the MC20 Cielo, the convertible version of the MC20, priced at 2.7 million yuan.

The MC20 Cielo uses a full carbon fiber body and an electric foldable glass roof, continues to be powered by a 3.0T twin-turbo V6 engine, and adds an exclusive color of blue sea blue.

At the same time, the new car released the first limited edition PrimaSerie at the same time, priced at 3.2988 million yuan, and the quota in China is only 5.

We need to focus on this "hard top convertible structure" first. According to Maserati, this foldable glass roof adopts polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) technology, which can be switched between transparent and private.

The emergence of this feature breaks the convention that foldable roofs are usually made of canvas or sheet metal. At the same time, the opening and closing time of the convertible is similar to that of the hardtop structure we are familiar with, and the new car can be opened or closed in only 12 seconds.

In terms of power, the MC20 Cielo will continue to be powered by a 3.0T twin-turbocharged V6 Nettuno engine, mid-mounted rear drive, and the cooling vents are placed in the grooves at the rear. The acceleration time is only 2.9 seconds. (Sina Auto)

One small detail: the new wheels on the MC20 Cielo have the Roman numeral "20" written on them.

Another exec leaves Apple's car project

On May 26, Apple announced that Tesla Autopilot software engineer Christopher CJ Moore (Christopher CJ Moore), who left last year to join Apple's car project, has now left Apple to join Luminar, a lidar company headquartered in Orlando, Florida. Head of its software department.

It is reported that Moore only worked at Apple for seven months. (The Verge)

Continue to "difficult to give birth", is Apple building a spaceship?

Tesla is preparing to enter the Thai market, sources say

▲ Picture from: Blink Drive

Electrek reported yesterday that Tesla has submitted an application to enter the Thai market as the company's latest market expansion move. Notably, Tesla plans not only to sell electric vehicles in Thailand, but also batteries and solar products.

For Southeast Asia, Tesla has been focusing on India for years, but that plan was shelved earlier this month. Today, Tesla seems to have turned its attention to the Thai market.

Although Tesla has not officially entered the Thai market yet, Thailand already has a considerable number of Tesla vehicles, which are privately imported by their owners. In 2020, Thai police also purchased a batch of Tesla Model 3s for patrolling.

Thailand sold more than 750,000 vehicles last year and is expected to increase to 800,000-900,000 this year.

Korean car market share in China fell to 1.6% in the first quarter

Recently, data released by the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association showed that China's car sales in the first quarter were 6 million, a year-on-year increase of 6.2%. Among them, only 94,000 were Korean cars, a year-on-year decrease of 39.3%.

The situation for Korean cars in the Chinese market is getting tougher.

In the first quarter of 2022, the market share of Korean cars in China fell to 1.6% from 2.4% in the same period last year. Among the major global markets, the Chinese market is the only market with a year-on-year decline in market share, and it is also the most difficult market for Korean cars.

On the other hand, overseas, Korean cars are developing better in the European and American markets. In the European market, the market share of Korean cars ranked among the top three for the first time in the first quarter of this year. (First Finance and Economics)

It is also reported that following the sale of the Beijing plant, Beijing Hyundai's Chongqing plant is also about to close.

Toyota cuts global production by 100,000 vehicles due to chip shortage

Toyota said on Tuesday that it plans to slash its global production target by 100,000 vehicles in the coming June due to a shortage of chips, from a planned reduction of 850,000 vehicles, a reduction of about 10.5%.

Toyota also announced plans to suspend production at various plants in Japan.

From May 25 to June 3, 16 production lines at 10 factories in Japan will be shut down for up to five days. Among them, the Motomachi plant in Aichi Prefecture will stop the operation of some production lines for three days from May 25th to 27th.

In addition to the Crown, MPV models Noah and Voxy, the future of fuel cell vehicles and the pure electric vehicle bZ4X will also be affected. (Nikkei Chinese website)

But Toyota said it would keep its global production target unchanged at 9.7 million vehicles for the fiscal year ending next March.

Stellantis to pay $300 million over emissions fraud charges

Stellantis, the parent company of Fiat, Chrysler and Dodge, has pleaded guilty to emissions fraud and paid $300 million to settle an investigation into illegally concealing the amount of pollution from its diesel-engine vehicles, Reuters reported.

The settlement will resolve a years-long investigation by the Justice Department into emissions requirements for more than 100,000 older Ram pickups and Jeep SUVs sold by Stellantis in the United States. The settlement is expected to be announced next week.

Shenzhen buys new energy vehicles, up to 10,000 yuan/unit subsidy

On May 23, Shenzhen Municipal Development and Reform Commission, Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Commerce, Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Industry and Information Technology and other departments jointly issued the "Several Measures of Shenzhen Municipality on Promoting Continued Response to Consumption".

The notice mentioned that Shenzhen encourages automobile consumption and supports individual consumers to purchase new energy vehicles.

A subsidy of up to 10,000 yuan per unit will be given to individual consumers who newly purchase eligible new energy vehicles and are licensed in Shenzhen.

In addition to subsidies, Shenzhen will also fully implement the national policy of exempting vehicle purchase tax for new energy vehicles, and increase the incremental quota for ordinary cars.

20,000 new incremental indicators for ordinary cars have been added, and through special lottery activities, the allocation will be made to applicants who are still in the lottery and have participated in more than 60 phases (including 60 phases). (Wall Street News)

Being in Guangzhou, I am so envious of Shenzhen, where there is no "four stops and four stops".

BMW denies return to F1, will focus on electrification

BMW M division CEO Frank Van Meel said in an interview today that BMW currently has no intention of returning to F1 racing, and they will focus on the electrification transformation.

At present, BMW has announced that it will join the LMDh group of WEC events from the 2023 season. Compared with the high investment and fierce competition in F1, BMW's focus on LMDh is obviously more "investment and effectiveness". first place. (Auto Home)

BMW has previously said that the V6 turbo-hybrid system now used in F1 is "not useful for civilian cars at all".

"Initial D" sequel "MF GHOST" set for 2023

Today, MF GHOST, the sequel to Initial D, released a new trailer and announced that the anime will air in 2023.

"MF GHOST" follows the worldview of "Initial D" and is set in 202X, more than 20 years after the end of Plan D.

In terms of production lineup, the supervision of "MF GHOST" is Nakachihito, who previously directed the new theatrical version of "Initial D". Kenichi Yamashita is also a "veteran" who entered the industry in 2008.

Check out the trailer first:

There is a hunch that the price of 86 is going to increase.

The author is a little busy, so I will write the introduction later.

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