Dongche Daily | Weilai will develop a mobile phone every year / Apple recruits Lamborghini executives / Japan launches “Initial D” taxi

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  • Production of Bentley's first all-electric model will be delayed
  • BYD Hiace spy photos exposed, 200,000 benchmark Model Y
  • Apple hires Lamborghini executives to build self-driving cars
  • Li Bin: Weilai will develop a mobile phone every year
  • BYD Han is about to usher in an OTA upgrade
  • Toyota plans to produce electric cars in Indonesia
  • Dongfeng Yulon, which produces NX, has a debt of 7 billion and is looking for a car company to take over
  • Volkswagen Group unveils prototype of manned aircraft V.MO
  • Four-time F1 champion Vettel announces retirement
  • "Initial D" taxis launched in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

Production of Bentley's first all-electric model will be delayed

Bentley has pushed back production of its first all-electric car from 2025 to 2026, Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark said recently. However, he denied that software development delays were the reason for the delay.

It is understood that the new model will be a two-door sports car, which will still be released in 2025 as originally planned, but the specific release time will be "delayed by a few months" for unknown reasons.

The electric car is part of Audi's Artemis program, where Bentley and Audi's parent company Volkswagen Group are on schedule to launch electric vehicles based on the SSP (Scalable Systems Platform) platform, which will be used in all vehicles in the program.

Hallmark has said that Bentley's first pure electric model will have a maximum power of 1044kW, and the acceleration time of 0-100km/h is only 1.5 seconds.

Bentley doesn't appear to be the only brand affected, with production plans for the Audi models planned by Artemis also being delayed.

BYD Hiace spy photos exposed, 200,000 benchmark Model Y

On July 28, a spy photo of BYD Hiace was posted on the Internet, which belongs to the fourth car of the Ocean series. According to the news, the price of Hiace is 200,000-250,000. .

This is a medium-sized SUV with a pure electric platform. The rear spoiler suggests a more sporty style. As can be seen from the passenger glass window, the central control is equipped with a large floating screen.

Although the name of the ocean series has caused mixed reviews, it is undeniable that BYD's product power has become better and better. If you want to buy it, hurry up and queue up.

Apple hires Lamborghini executives to build self-driving cars

Luigi Taraborrelli, a 21-year Lamborghini executive, recently joined Apple and is in charge of the self-driving car project.

At Lamborghini, Luigi Taraborrelli was in charge of vehicle dynamics and chassis development until May 2022.

So far, the Apple Titan car project has gone through eight years, but it can be said that it is very difficult to change the leaders to four. (new trip)

I'm looking forward to Apple's car-making Dong Chejun, but the current situation is a bit confusing. Are you optimistic?

Li Bin: Weilai will develop a mobile phone every year

Car blogger @德罗爱 Driving news, Li Bin talked about Weilai mobile phones in an interview with users.

Li Bin said that he is promoting the NIO mobile phone project. "We are definitely incomparable with a company that sells 100 million mobile phones now. It is not difficult to make a mobile phone now, but it is still challenging to make a mobile phone that is easy to use."

He said that what Weilai has to do is very simple, which is to build a good mobile phone for Weilai users, and develop a mobile phone every year, "like Apple."

Dong Chejun put his words here first, and waited for Weilai's mobile phone to come out, and it would be a whole lot to play with.

BYD Han is about to usher in an OTA upgrade

On July 28, BYD officially released the news. The BYD Han family will celebrate the second anniversary of a major OTA.

  • dTCS Traction Control System: Improves the response speed and processing logic of the torque distribution of the four-wheel drive model motor
  • HWA high-speed assisted driving function: added ICC intelligent pilot system, and ILCA interactive lane change assistance
  • Coach mode: The vehicle will respond reasonably to the road, weather, vehicle conditions, etc. to improve driving safety
  • NVH active sound technology: Provide Han family's exclusive turn signal sound, power on and off sound, seat belt alarm sound, etc.
  • Full-scene voice: On the basis of the original voice function, continuous dialogue, visible to speak, and four-tone area recognition are added.
  • Intelligent power on and off: There are a variety of power on and off methods for users to choose, such as P gear and automatically power off after the car is locked externally

However, it should be noted that the upgradeable functions of different models are also different. Please refer to the above table for details.

Toyota plans to produce electric cars in Indonesia

According to Reuters, the Indonesian Ministry of Economy said on the 27th that Japanese automaker Toyota plans to invest 27.1 trillion rupiah (about 13.55 billion yuan) in the country over the next five years to produce electric vehicles locally.

Indonesia is the world's largest producer of nickel ore, and the government wants the country to become a global hub for the production and export of electric vehicles. Indonesia has said it aims to sell only electric cars and motorcycles by 2050 to reduce carbon emissions.

It is understood that since 2019, Toyota has invested 14 trillion rupiah (about 7 billion yuan) in Indonesia. Toyota plans to produce several types of hybrid electric vehicles over the next four years.

Against the background of high raw material prices in the upstream of batteries, Indonesia has become a place where many battery manufacturers are competing to invest and build factories.

Dongfeng Yulon, which produces NX, has a debt of 7 billion and is looking for a car company to take over

Recently, Dongfeng Yulon Motor is conducting public investment promotion according to the relevant regulations of the reorganization procedure. Up to now, Dongfeng Yulon's liabilities are about 7 billion yuan, and the remaining assets include real estate such as land and factories. The asset valuation has not yet been determined.

The manager of Dongfeng Yulon pointed out: "Now our requirement for recruiting investors is car companies, but if we can't recruit car companies, we will not retain the qualifications of car companies and conduct public recruitment."

Dongfeng Yulon has launched many models such as Da 7 SUV, Da 7 MPV, You 6 SUV, Na 5, Rui 3, etc., but the market sales are gradually declining. In 2016, Dongfeng Yulon only sold more than 40,000 vehicles. In the following years, Dongfeng Yulon's sales further declined. (Future Car Daily)

The first car that pops out of my mind is Mr. Yuan Qicong's Big 7 CEO.

Volkswagen Group unveils prototype of manned aircraft V.MO

On July 27, Volkswagen Group (China) released the first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) manned aircraft prototype to further explore and develop fully electrified and sustainable personal mobility.

Volkswagen Group (China) has launched an air mobility project as early as 2020, including the urban air mobility market and the expansion of urban mobility into the airspace. At present, the first verification machine V.MO has been completed.

The Volkswagen Group will further optimize the program through several rounds of flight tests in the second half of this year, and the improved prototype will be tested to a higher standard at the end of summer 2023.

Interestingly, Volkswagen said that to commemorate the completion of this milestone in the Chinese lunar year of the tiger, the exterior design of the prototype uses a unique black and gold color scheme, which means "more powerful."

Four-time F1 champion Vettel announces retirement

On July 28, the Aston Martin Aramco F1 team announced that its driver Sebastian Vettel will retire at the end of the season.

Vettel previously played for Sobo, Toro Rosso, Red Bull and Ferrari, winning the Drivers' Championship for four consecutive years in the 2010-2013 season.

In terms of the number of wins, Vettel is currently the third-ranked driver in F1 history, with 53 championships, only behind Hamilton and Schumacher.

Unfortunately, Dong Chejun feels that Vettel deserves a more competitive car.

"Initial D" taxis launched in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

As the hometown of Takumi Fujiwara, the protagonist of the anime "Initial D", Shibukawa City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan recently announced that it will re-enact the Takumi Fujiwara AE86 and Ryosuke Takahashi's Mazda RX-7 in the animation, as well as the launch of a cartoon printed with anime Itachi in the image of the four main characters.

The taxi company said it would strictly abide by traffic laws and "never drift."

The plan is to promote local tourism, and the taxis will continue to serve Shibukawa until the end of March next year.

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