Dongche Daily | ​Seventy-year-old man drives GT-R to 351km/h / Tesla China shortens delivery time / GR Corolla overseas price announced

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  • Volkswagen ID. Buzz debuts in China, WLTP battery life 423km
  • Tesla China continues to shorten delivery times
  • Jidu ROBO-01 Lunar Exploration Limited Edition will be released in October
  • Another small gun is coming, the overseas price of GR Corolla is announced
  • The all-new Ford Explorer is on the market, starting at 309,800 yuan
  • NIO releases second-quarter financial report, and will release new models next year
  • Mercedes-Benz to lay off 3,600 workers in Brazil
  • BYD to build electric car factory in Southeast Asia
  • The US plans to double the share of electric car sales, but there is not enough lithium
  • Tianjin suspends the implementation of motor vehicle tail number restriction measures
  • Vice President of BYD: Car companies should change their perception of the value of parts and components
  • 75-year-old grandpa drives GT-R to 351km/h to realize his dream

Volkswagen ID. Buzz debuts in China, WLTP battery life 423km

On September 7, the Volkswagen ID. Buzz was officially unveiled in China. This is a model that pays tribute to the classic Volkswagen van T1, which was born in 1950.

Like the Beetle and Golf, the Volkswagen T1 has always been loved by car fans around the world and has its own car culture.

And now the successor of Volkswagen's T-series models has completely lost its appearance. The launch of ID. Buzz seems to be the resurrection of the T1. According to the plan, the new car will provide a 5-seat version in the early stage, and a 6-seat version will be launched in the future.

On the interior, ID. Buzz also maintains the consistent style of the ID. family, with a suspended LCD instrument and a 12-inch suspended central control screen, a Volkswagen classic three-spoke steering wheel, and the shift mechanism behind the steering wheel.

ID.Buzz is equipped with a battery pack with a net capacity of 77kWh (total capacity of 82kWh), and its comprehensive cruising range is 423km under WLTP conditions. (Auto Home & Fast Technology)

Ah, the beauty alone is enough to make my heart flutter.

Tesla China continues to shorten delivery times

Following the Model Y, the Model 3 delivery time has also decreased.

Tesla China's official website shows that the latest waiting times for the rear-wheel-drive Model 3 and the all-wheel-drive Model 3 Performance version are both 6-10 weeks, which is 6 weeks shorter than the previous 12-16 weeks.

The current expected delivery date for the dual-motor all-wheel-drive Model Y Long Range is 10-14 weeks, a 6-week reduction from the previous 16-20 weeks; the Model Y Performance wait time is also reduced by six weeks, from 12- 16 weeks became 6-10 weeks.

As for the rear-wheel-drive Model Y entry model, the current expected delivery date is still 1-4 weeks, and it's the soonest.

Jidu ROBO-01 Lunar Exploration Limited Edition will be released in October

On September 7, Jidu and China’s lunar exploration official announced a cooperation plan and launched a joint model of the lunar exploration project-ROBO-01 moon exploration limited edition, which will be released in October this year. In the future, the two parties will cooperate in artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and the popularization of cutting-edge technology.

This car is one of the first models in China to be equipped with Qualcomm 8295 smart cockpit chip. In contrast, many competing products are only equipped with Qualcomm 8155. Its assisted driving chip is NVIDIA Orin X. The AI ​​computing power of the whole vehicle reaches 538TOPS, and two are standard. Lidar.

What is enviable is that the owners of the limited edition of ROBO-01 lunar exploration enjoy exclusive rights and have the opportunity to observe the rocket launch of China Aerospace on the spot.

Another small gun is coming, the overseas price of GR Corolla is announced

A few days ago, the US market announced the price of Toyota GR Corolla. There are three versions of Core, Circuit and Morizo.

▲GR Corolla Core Edition

The GR Corolla debuted in March, with an entry-level Core version planned for the US market with 5,000 units produced in its first year on the market. The model is equipped with sports seats, and optional heated front seats and steering wheel are optional, while navigation, audio, and wireless charging are also optional.

▲GR Corolla Circuit Edition

A step up is the Circuit version, and for an extra $7,000, you get front and rear limited-slip differentials, a carbon fiber roof, leather upholstery, premium audio, and the various options mentioned above.

▲GR Corolla Morizo ​​Edition

If you add another $7,000, you can get the top-spec Morizo ​​version, and you get more torque and extreme light weight—rear seats, speakers, rear window adjustment, rear wipers, all gone.

Why did I get less things after I added money? Did I get scammed by Toyota?

▲GR Corolla Morizo ​​Edition

In terms of power, the GR Corolla is equipped with a 1.6T three-cylinder turbocharged engine with 300 horsepower and a maximum torque of 370 Nm (400 Nm for the Morizo ​​version), matching a 6-speed manual transmission and Toyota GR-Four all-wheel drive. system.

The all-new Ford Explorer is on the market, starting at 309,800 yuan

The new Changan Ford Explorer was officially launched, with a total of 4 models, with a price range of 309,800-379,800 yuan.

The new Explorer features the latest family-style 3D scale design, standard LED headlights, and a sportier front bumper design.

The changes at the rear are concentrated on the taillights. While adopting a new design, the English logo of EXPLORER is added to the rear of the car.

The changes in the interior are more obvious. The large-size horizontal central control screen is designed to pay tribute to the latest Ford interior design such as EVO. The air outlet adopts a hidden design, which looks more stylish and concise.

This 27-inch central control screen is built with Ford's latest SYNC 2.0 system, which supports voice recognition, gesture control, and facial recognition. In addition, HUD head-up display, L2-level assisted driving, and V2L vehicle-road coordination system are also standard.

The new car is available as a 6/7-seat model and will be equipped with the fourth-generation 2.3T EcoBoost engine with a maximum power of 203kW, which is matched with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

NIO releases second-quarter financial report, and will release new models next year

On the afternoon of September 7, Weilai released its second quarter financial report for 2022. During the period, it achieved revenue of 10.292 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 21.8% and a month-on-month increase of 3.9%; the net loss was 2.758 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 369.6% and a month-on-month increase of 73.1%. .

In terms of delivery volume, NIO delivered 25,059 vehicles in the second quarter of this year, a year-on-year increase of 14.4% and a month-on-month decrease of 2.8%.

The gross profit margin in the second quarter of this year was 13.0%, of which the gross profit margin of vehicle sales was 16.7%. Nio said that the decline in vehicle profit margins was mainly attributable to the increase in unit battery costs.

In terms of R&D expenditure, Weilai invested 2.15 billion yuan in this period, a year-on-year increase of 143.2%, a record high in a single quarter. In addition, as of the end of June this year, cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments were 54.4 billion yuan.

In the just-concluded earnings conference call, Weilai also revealed that there will be more new models next year, including the release of replacement models.

Mercedes-Benz to lay off 3,600 workers in Brazil

According to Gasgoo, Mercedes-Benz said on September 6 that it will restructure its Sao Bernardo plant in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, laying off a large number of employees during the restructuring process to cope with cost pressures on production.

As part of the restructuring, Mercedes-Benz will cut 2,200 jobs at its San Bernardo plant, with another 1,400 temporary workers whose contracts expire in December.

Mercedes also said it plans to outsource production, logistics and maintenance services for front axles and mid-size gearboxes, prioritizing local companies to deal with cost pressures and a changing auto industry.

BYD to build electric car factory in Southeast Asia

It was reported on September 7 that BYD plans to purchase land in Rayong Province, eastern Thailand, to build its first electric vehicle factory in Southeast Asia.

BYD said it will sign a land purchase agreement with Thailand's largest industrial property developer, WHA, on September 8. At present, Thailand's domestic car sales capacity is strong. All Thai electric vehicles have more than 20,000 units, and 8,000 units have been successfully sold in the first seven months of this year.

If nothing else, BYD will become the third Chinese auto brand to invest and build a factory in Thailand. Previously, MG Motors and Great Wall Motors had previously established vehicle assembly production lines in Thailand.

The US plans to double the share of electric car sales, but there is not enough lithium

Recently, the U.S. "Inflation Reduction Act" came into effect, and the Biden administration set a specific target, hoping that by 2030, electric vehicle sales will account for half of all new car sales.

Piedmont Lithium (PLL), a well-known lithium mining company that is one of Tesla's suppliers, said, "We cannot convert that much (lithium) production into productivity worldwide before 2035." In other words, lithium resources are not enough.

The battery system is the most expensive component in EV production, accounting for about 40%. And no matter what kind of battery is inseparable from lithium. The International Energy Agency expects demand for lithium carbonate to grow 40-fold over the next 20 years, with most of the supply coming from outside the United States.

In terms of production, the top three globally are Australia, Chile and China.

Tianjin suspends the implementation of motor vehicle tail number restriction measures

According to the Tianjin Traffic Police, according to the current situation of epidemic prevention and control in Tianjin, starting from September 6, 2022, Tianjin will suspend the implementation of the restrictions on the number of vehicles with tail numbers and the peak traffic restrictions for small passenger cars with license plates in other cities and regions. The time for the resumption of travel restrictions will be notified separately. (Tianjin traffic police)​​​​

When will Guangzhou suspend "Open Four Stop Four"?

Vice President of BYD: Car companies should change their perception of the value of parts and components

At the 4th Global New Energy Vehicle and Smart Vehicle Supply Chain Innovation Conference, Lian Yubo, Executive Vice President of BYD Group, delivered his thoughts on the new industry situation:

Taking the development of power batteries as an example, internationally competitive companies have emerged in the upstream and downstream of power batteries, but due to the fluctuation of upstream raw material prices, it has a huge impact on the entire industry chain.

For car companies to change their perception of the value of components in the past, chips, algorithms and software play an important role in the upstream and downstream of the entire industry chain. Car companies need to change their past bargaining strategies and reorganize their relationship with component suppliers.

He said that in the future, there will be a large number of suppliers providing products with similar appearance and different connotations to different manufacturers.

75-year-old grandpa drives GT-R to 351km/h to realize his dream

According to a report by motor1, a 75-year-old Honda Civic owner is an avid car enthusiast at heart. In order to realize his desire for speed, he experienced the 2021 Nissan GT-R modified with 1,200 horsepower on an airstrip in South Africa, with a top speed of 351km/h.

When Dong Chejun gets old, he may not be as crazy as this old man, but he hopes to have a small steel gun that he can drive well, and an SUV that can take his family to distant places and climb mountains and waters.

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