Car brand – Lancia Data http://lanciadata.com/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 17:01:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://lanciadata.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/favicon-24-150x150.png Car brand – Lancia Data http://lanciadata.com/ 32 32 MBTA could wait even longer for new cars – NBC Boston https://lanciadata.com/mbta-could-wait-even-longer-for-new-cars-nbc-boston/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 17:01:41 +0000 https://lanciadata.com/mbta-could-wait-even-longer-for-new-cars-nbc-boston/ The outlook for the already delayed transition to entirely new Orange and Red Line fleets continues to worsen. After previously delaying the planned end date of the project by at least a year, Chinese company CRRC now expects it will need several more months to complete manufacturing of the metro cars for the Red and […]]]>

The outlook for the already delayed transition to entirely new Orange and Red Line fleets continues to worsen.

After previously delaying the planned end date of the project by at least a year, Chinese company CRRC now expects it will need several more months to complete manufacturing of the metro cars for the Red and orange from the MBTA due to ongoing pandemic-related supply and labor issues.

Massachusetts transportation officials emphasized when they announced the latest setback Thursday that they had not approved the CRRC’s revised schedule and would explore several options, including triggering a contract clause that would require the company to pay heavy damages for late completion, in order to ease another downturn.

“It’s important to make sure that the schedule presented matches what they tell us. There’s a lot to determine if they can achieve that given past performance, but crucially we haven’t accepted that.” , Transportation Secretary Jamey Tesler said. MBTA Board of Directors. “Your feedback and everyone else’s feedback so far underscores that as a board we expect better.”

The pair of contracts between MBTA and CRRC, worth a total of more than $880 million, aims to replace the entire red and orange line subway fleets with all-new vehicles, a transformation project that officials have long promised to increase the system’s capacity and allow them to run trains more frequently.

The CRRC was originally expected to deliver the 152 Orange Line cars by January 2022 and the 252 Red Line cars by September 2023. Two years ago, the MBTA announced that target completion dates had been postponed to April 2023 for the orange line and to September 2024 for the red line. Line.

Now MBTA deputy general manager Jeff Gonneville said on Thursday that the Chinese locomotive giant expects it to deliver the last batch of Orange Line cars to the T in the summer of 2023 and the last Red Line cars in the summer. 2025. This would represent 17 months after the end of the contract. due date for the orange line and 21 months late for the red line.

MBTA supervisors have expressed concern over the latest CRRC update.

“We can’t go on like this. We desperately need cars,” said board member Mary Beth Mello. Board Chair Betsy Taylor asked to be included in the upcoming quarterly meeting between MBTA senior management and CRRC leaders, stressing to Gonneville that “they need to understand how much the board is concerned about progress as you describe it”.

CRRC is much further down the orange line. The shells of the 152 cars have already been produced and 78 are already in the MBTA’s Wellington car house or actively providing passenger service, Gonneville said. For the Red Line, only 32 of the 252 car shells were produced, of which 12 are complete and available for MBTA use.

“The position taken by CRRC is that they are currently primarily focused on the Orange Line fleet,” Gonneville said.

Gonneville said most of the delays stem from production issues at CRRC’s facility in Springfield, where final assembly takes place after initial manufacturing overseas. The western Massachusetts site is struggling with low material supplies and employee retention, both of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quality assurance is another factor that has slowed progress, Gonneville said, and may require a change in approach to even meet the revised CRRC schedule.

“We find that we identify issues through inspection, and those issues then disrupt the efficiency of the production flow, because the CRRC has to go back, fix or correct those quality issues, which then disrupts the workflow. production in the Springfield plant itself,” he said. “It’s really because of that that we, the project team, the MBTA, feel that CRRC needs to make some changes to their manufacturing in Springfield to even be able to meet those dates that they are planning.”

Gonneville detailed several steps the T has taken or will take to manage the situation. MBTA representatives and staff are embedded at the Springfield plant, and the agency has also audited each production station to highlight possible improvements CRRC can make.

Under the contract, CRRC could face damages of $500 per car per day delivered after the due date. It is not yet clear exactly how this would be calculated, but the clause is shaping up as a possible major charge to recover some of what the T has spent or as a powerful baton to move the CRRC towards faster work.

“We have strong contract language that protects the agency, at least from a financial standpoint. It’s financial leverage to make sure we eventually get the cars we need,” Gonneville said.

Still, he stressed that the MBTA leadership team “wants (or wants) to continue our partnership with the CRRC.

“Certainly, I think we can all agree that the impacts of COVID-19 and other things could potentially be beyond CRRC’s control, and those are the things we will engage in conversation with CRRC when the time comes,” says Gonneville.

The MBTA awarded the manufacturing contracts in 2014, the last year in office of former Governor Deval Patrick. If the CRRC’s projections hold true, the whole effort won’t end until Patrick’s successor’s successor is halfway through his term.

Since the first new Orange Line car began carrying passengers in 2019, the vehicles have faced a series of issues and been removed from service on several occasions while MBTA teams identified and then resolved manufacturing issues.

The Springfield site has about 250 production and manufacturing employees, about 180 of whom work on MBTA trains, Gonneville said. He added in response to a question from the board that these employees typically work the first shift Monday through Friday and “do not work 24 hours a day at this stage.”

Other workers at the plant are working on projects for the Los Angeles subway, and in the spring they will also begin work on cars for Philadelphia’s SEPTA, according to Gonneville.

“It’s very scary, Jeff, when you walk into this,” said MBTA board member Robert Butler. “Everyone struggles to get people as good as us at the T. It’s scary there.”

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Kanye West shares a photo promoting a runway show for Balenciaga after hiring Melinda Gates’ lawyer https://lanciadata.com/kanye-west-shares-a-photo-promoting-a-runway-show-for-balenciaga-after-hiring-melinda-gates-lawyer/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 02:38:00 +0000 https://lanciadata.com/kanye-west-shares-a-photo-promoting-a-runway-show-for-balenciaga-after-hiring-melinda-gates-lawyer/ Kanye West teased Balenciaga’s upcoming show for their Summer 2023 collection with his Instagram account on Wednesday. The 45-year-old rapper, who previously collaborated with the luxury fashion house, shared an image of a dirty old sedan with details scribbled on the window and hood. He read “Balenciaga” followed by “Collection was 23”. October 2, 2022 […]]]>

Kanye West teased Balenciaga’s upcoming show for their Summer 2023 collection with his Instagram account on Wednesday.

The 45-year-old rapper, who previously collaborated with the luxury fashion house, shared an image of a dirty old sedan with details scribbled on the window and hood.

He read “Balenciaga” followed by “Collection was 23”. October 2, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. ET on Balenciaga.com.’

Coming soon: Kanye West teased Balenciaga’s upcoming show for their Summer 2023 collection with his Instagram account on Wednesday

Kanye shared the photo on his Instagram story during the afternoon.

The businessman previously collaborated with Balenciaga on the “Yeezy GAP designed by Balenciaga” collection, which released its second drop last week.

Sweaters, puff jackets and other pieces/accessories in the collection sell for up to $80, according to the website.

Balenciaga designer Demna Gvasalia worked alongside the rapper, now known as Ye, to deliver “his vision of utilitarian design for everyone”, according to Vogue Business.

The line was released in July, although Kanye recently announced the end of his contract with Gap. It was supposed to be a 10-year deal, but he ended the partnership last week after just two years, as reported by Entrepreneur.

The 45-year-old rapper, who previously collaborated with the luxury fashion house, shared an image of a dirty old sedan with details scribbled on the window and hood.

The 45-year-old rapper, who previously collaborated with the luxury fashion house, shared an image of a dirty old sedan with details scribbled on the window and hood.

Supermodel: Kanye's ex-wife Kim Kardashian also has Balenciaga ties as she recently appeared in the brand's Winter 2022 collection campaign

Supermodel: Kanye’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian also has Balenciaga ties as she recently appeared in the brand’s Winter 2022 collection campaign

“I’m sorry, I’m not going to argue with brokers than me about the money,” he told CNBC.

Kanye’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian also has ties to Balenciaga as she recently appeared in the brand’s Winter 2022 collection campaign.

Despite public tensions between the pair, he notably showed his support by sharing an image of Kim’s campaign on social media in February.

Kanye’s recent social media post came shortly after it was announced that he had hired Melinda Gates’ lawyer to handle a dispute with ex-wife Kim Kardashian.

Big shot: Kanye's recent social media post came shortly after it was reported he had hired Melinda Gates' lawyer to handle a dispute with ex-wife Kim Kardashian;  Kanye seen in May

Big shot: Kanye’s recent social media post came shortly after it was reported he had hired Melinda Gates’ lawyer to handle a dispute with ex-wife Kim Kardashian; Kanye seen in May

Slow things down?  At the time West changed his portrayal from Melcher to Spector, Kardashian attorney Laura Wasser said West had changed

Slow things down? At the time West switched representation from Melcher to Spector, Kardashian lawyer Laura Wasser said West “strategically” switched lawyers in an effort to slow down the legal process during the split, Mirror reported. (Kim and Kanye pictured 2016)

Robert Stephan Cohen, who has also represented Rupert Murdoch and Chris Rock, has become Kanye’s sixth divorce lawyer, according to TMZ.

As Cohen is in New York and Kanye’s legal separation is pending in Los Angeles, the rapper has also retained attorney Nicholas A Salick of the Beverly Hills-based Salick Family Law Group, APLC, as an attorney in court. California, reports the site.

Cohen is the sixth attorney Kanye has hired during his divorce from Kim. Kanye is still working to settle custody and property issues with his ex-wife.

Last month, Kanye’s fifth divorce attorney, Samantha Spector, backed out of the case due to an irreconcilable rift with the rapper.

Before Spector, West relieved attorney Chris Melcher of his duties in the case, TMZ reported in March.

Insiders told the outlet at the time that West had been indecisive in his dealings with Melcher, sometimes looking to settle down and at other times looking to fight her in court.

At the time West switched representation from Melcher to Spector, Kardashian lawyer Laura Wasser said West changed lawyers “strategically” in an effort to slow down the legal process in the split, Mirror reported. .

Bringing out the big guns: Robert Stephan Cohen, who also represented Rupert Murdoch and Chris Rock, has become Kanye's sixth divorce lawyer

Bringing out the big guns: Robert Stephan Cohen, who also represented Rupert Murdoch and Chris Rock, has become Kanye’s sixth divorce lawyer

Split: Cohen represented Melinda during her divorce from Bill Gates, her husband of 27 years

Split: Cohen represented Melinda during her divorce from Bill Gates, her husband of 27 years

Kardashian filed for divorce from West in February 2021 after more than six years of marriage and four children together.

She started dating comedian Pete Davidson last fall, but they split after nine months together in August.

Kim has had a controversial co-parenting relationship with Kanye since their split.

Family matters: Kim shares daughters North, nine, Chicago, four, and sons Saint, six, and Psalm, three, with West

Family matters: Kim shares daughters North, nine, Chicago, four, and sons Saint, six, and Psalm, three, with West

Several weeks ago, Kanye accused Kim and Hulu, the Kardashian family’s giant streaming partner, of cheating on him when choosing where the kids go to school.

He compared himself to a wordless sperm donor and ranted about the kids attending a swanky private school in Los Angeles when he wanted them to go to his school, Donda Academy, set up in honor of his late mother.

In an apparent sign of victory – or at least peace with Kim – he recently shared videos of his two eldest children North, nine, and Saint, six, at his school – Donda Academy. They appeared happily singing and dancing with a group of other children and teachers.

In a recent interview with Good Morning America, Kanye – who now goes by just Ye – explained that while he and Kim were fighting over the raising of the children, he was also battling Adidas and Gap for creative control of his Yeezy products.

Splitsville: Kardashian filed for divorce from West in February 2021 after more than six years of marriage and four children together

Splitsville: Kardashian filed for divorce from West in February 2021 after more than six years of marriage and four children together

‘These little nuances… there were parallels at Gap, at Adidas and at me. It was kind of a disregard for the voice that I have in something that I co-created. I co-created the kids, I co-created the product at Gap, and I co-created the product at Adidas, he said.

“I want my children to go to Donda and I have to fight to say it.

He did, however, say he had a “new respect” for Kim and always wanted her to be “calm”.

“She is the mother of my children, and I apologize for any stress I have caused, even in my frustration, because God is calling me to be stronger. I need this person to be less stressed and best, sane, and as calm as possible to be able to raise these children at the end of the day,” he said.

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Bastop ISD hopes shooting a brand new car will keep students in school https://lanciadata.com/bastop-isd-hopes-shooting-a-brand-new-car-will-keep-students-in-school/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 03:20:24 +0000 https://lanciadata.com/bastop-isd-hopes-shooting-a-brand-new-car-will-keep-students-in-school/ Bastop ISD uses a bold strategy to get students to show up to class The deal is that if you go to school every day you can leave in a new car BASTROP, TX – Bastrop ISD is using a bold new strategy to entice students to show up to class. District officials are hoping […]]]>

Bastrop ISD is using a bold new strategy to entice students to show up to class. District officials are hoping a shot at a brand new car could be a fun solution to the very real problem of chronic absenteeism.

“Imagine going to school every day, doing this, and getting a free car at the end of the year,” said Cedar Creek High School student Sophia Altamirano Newman.

Sames Bastrop Ford and Bastrop ISD held a sort of pep rally on Monday night to get the students excited about winning a brand new SUV.

“It’s a way of motivating them to go to school, take classes, get an education and buy a brand new car,” said Craig Murphy, general manager of Sames Bastrop Ford.

The key to this 2022 Ford EcoSport? A perfect attendance record, or at least almost perfect.

“Every six weeks, if a student has perfect attendance every class period, every day, they will receive a voucher, said Bastrop Assistant Superintendent Kristi Lee. “The longer you are here and achieve perfect attendance, the more vouchers you will receive to enter the draw at the end of the school year.”

The new surge comes amid a recent spike in absenteeism. Managers say it’s been particularly bad after COVID.

“We really had a hard time getting the kids back there,” said Kasie Stagman, principal of Cedar Creek High School. “When we see children not going to school, it can affect their credits and prevent them from graduating.”

“Being in school every day is what really matters,” Lee said.

The students we spoke to say they are quite confident that a car incentive could work well.

“I think that’s another benefit for them to go to school, do the work and show up,” said Liliana Roberts, a junior from Cedar Creek High School.

The contest is open to students in grades 9-12. Some say it could even lead to some rivalry between participating schools: Bastrop High School, Cedar Creek High School, and Colorado River Collegiate Academy.

“I think it’s going to get really serious,” Roberts said.

But if you think a car contest means the end of “senior skip day”, think again.

“I feel like it’s a senior thing. It’s a tradition and it’s a way to be with all your friends,” Roberts said. “I don’t think people are going to skip senior captains day.”

In addition to the free car from Sames Ford, Prosperity Bank actually pays the tax and the title. The winner of the new SUV will be announced in May during the graduation party.

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5 luxury car brands that have made the switch to commuter vehicles https://lanciadata.com/5-luxury-car-brands-that-have-made-the-switch-to-commuter-vehicles/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 14:03:01 +0000 https://lanciadata.com/5-luxury-car-brands-that-have-made-the-switch-to-commuter-vehicles/ Everyone dreams of owning an expensive car. But building high-end, exclusive vehicles isn’t always a path to profit. Just ask for Lamborghini, Maserati or, even sometimes in its history, Porsche. Too expensive. Not practical. Difficult to drive. These are the factors that have traditionally limited the sales of luxury car brands. The solution has always […]]]>

Everyone dreams of owning an expensive car. But building high-end, exclusive vehicles isn’t always a path to profit. Just ask for Lamborghini, Maserati or, even sometimes in its history, Porsche.

Too expensive. Not practical. Difficult to drive. These are the factors that have traditionally limited the sales of luxury car brands. The solution has always been to use the equity of its desirable badge to sell cars the average person can afford – or, in the case of some supercar makers, vehicles that are simply easier to drive.

At times, this strategy has been an effective way to get more customers to experience a brand while increasing sales. For some luxury automakers, moving to more accessible vehicles is simply their way of surviving and reinventing themselves for a new generation.

For others – those brands founded for nothing more than a passion and love of driving – it’s hard to see their expansion into the mainstream automotive market as little more than a cash grab. Here’s a look at five premium brands that have made the move into commuter vehicles.

Porsche

Perhaps no brand has changed its focus like Porsche. A brand that exclusively made two-door sports cars for enthusiasts less than two decades ago is now ubiquitous in the world of sedans and commuter SUVs.

However, you can’t call his Cayenne, Macan or even Panamera just a rebadge job. Even though modern Porsches have a lot in common with their Audi and Volkswagen counterparts, anything that wears its iconic badge still manages to resemble its premium offerings, even its new line of electric vehicles.

When the Cayenne first hit the scene in 2003, its success was anything but guaranteed. However, Porsche soon discovered SUVs were its new meal ticket, as sales easily outpaced the Boxster – the brand’s previous attempt to create an accessible product.

In 2021, the brand best known for making the classic 911 sports car sold far more luxury SUVs than any of its other models. Nearly two out of three Porsches sold that year were either a Macan or a Cayenne. The most authentic sports car Porsche still makes, the 718, accounted for about one in every 20 cars sold.

The whole situation seems to be a win-win. Anyone who buys a Porsche SUV will always feel like they’re living the Porsche experience. And because Porsche can sell five times as many SUVs as 911s, it means the automaker can fund more specialized sports cars for true enthusiasts.

Lamborghini

You’d be forgiven for thinking that almost all modern Lamborghinis are just wide Audis. What was once a symbol of rebellion and bravery in films like “The Cannonball Run”, the Lamborghini badge now represents capitalism.

In Lamborghini’s defense, the brand was never really profitable until the Volkswagen group took over the reins of the company in the early 2000s and Audi engineers tackled all noise, vibration and hardships that the drivers of his sports cars had to face.

The result was the Gallardo, which would be Lamborghini’s best-selling car. The effort combined Lamborghini’s flamboyance with Audi’s sensibility and the result was a money-making success – for the first time in the marque’s history.

The downside of the Gallardo, because it was no harder to drive than an Audi A6, was that it opened Lamborghini up to the non-enthusiasts – who no longer needed to suffer from heavy clutches, d ‘poor visibility and transmission problems for the thrill of the ride. The Gallardo effectively turned Lamborghini into a fashion statement.

The brand’s latest, the Urus SUV, is basically an Audi Q7. It’s about as normal as a vehicle can get and borrows many components from several brands under the Volkswagen umbrella, including Porsche. There’s nothing particularly spunky, unique, cool or Lamborghini about the Urus aside from its exterior styling. It sounds more like something Ford or GM would create.

maserati

Maserati has the misfortune to be the Italian sports car brand you think of second only to Ferrari, Lamborghini and maybe even Alfa Romeo. While enthusiasts are more familiar with the company’s supercars or GTs, Maserati has been trying for several decades to build more commuter-friendly sedans.

The first Maserati Quattroporte hit the scene in 1963. And while there were notable production shortfalls (largely due to Maserati’s frequent change of ownership), the version of the Quattroporte we know today today happened in 2003.

Although it may have depreciated like a stone, by 2005 the new Quattroporte had nearly doubled Maserati’s sales in the United States. When the smaller Ghibli version was introduced, sales in America tripled in 2014. Since then, the brand has continued to see sales increase with the introduction of the Levante SUV and the upcoming Grecale compact SUV expected to continue this trend.

Maserati currently only produces one two-door sports car, the MC20.

Ferrari

It’s hard to imagine anything that could make Ferrari feel less special. Even when the brand ventures into everyday life, as with its California or Roma models, the cars still have an air of prestige and exclusivity. But there’s nothing pretentious about a Ferrari. It’s not pretending to be anything. Every Ferrari, good or bad, is declarative, particular and determined.

However, Ferrari has just released its very first SUV, the Purosangue, and it feels less special because it’s hard to imagine the company making an SUV for any reason other than because it has to. You can imagine company founder Enzo Ferrari rolling over in his grave at the thought of putting the Ferrari badge on a compact SUV just to sell more cars and make money.

Cadillac

Many American car enthusiasts of a certain age will have an anecdote that ends with the phrase “That’s when a Cadillac was a Cadillac.” It sounds cliche, but there is some truth to the comment. Today, it’s hard to imagine a time when Cadillac had a strong brand identity, but in 1967, for example, an entry-level Cadillac Coupe deVille was about 20 percent more expensive than a base Corvette.

To buy something like a high-end Cadillac Fleetwood, you were spending a level of Rolls Royce money – you could buy two Shelby GT500 Mustangs for the price of just one Fleetwood in 1975.

While Cadillac was an almost unobtainable status symbol for decades, the brand has failed to appeal to Gen Xers in any significant way and still struggles to stay competitive and relevant to younger buyers.

The introduction of the Escalade around 2000 helped Cadillac reclaim some of its premium image, and in 2003 Cadillac introduced the CTS, a true sports sedan intended to compete with German and Japanese imports. Since then, the Cadillac line has expanded to include the CT4.

Chris D’Alessandro is a Toronto writer who grew up in a family of used car dealers and mechanics.

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2022 Honda HR-V Vi-X New Car Review https://lanciadata.com/2022-honda-hr-v-vi-x-new-car-review/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 23:36:16 +0000 https://lanciadata.com/2022-honda-hr-v-vi-x-new-car-review/ The previous Honda HR-V small SUV was one of the most popular models in its class, but a sharp price increase for the new version gave a boost to its popularity. Here’s everything you need to know about the Honda HR-V. ASSESS Some brands offer vast choices in their compact SUV lines. Honda has taken […]]]>

The previous Honda HR-V small SUV was one of the most popular models in its class, but a sharp price increase for the new version gave a boost to its popularity.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Honda HR-V.

ASSESS

Some brands offer vast choices in their compact SUV lines. Honda has taken the simpler approach for its new HR-V, with the choice of a gas-only Vi-X or a better-equipped e:HEV L hybrid.

The Vi-X we tested is priced at $36,700 drive-through (prices are fixed) for one of five colors. Standard equipment includes smart key entry, a digital instrument cluster, 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and a rear camera that has three different views. There’s also a 9.0-inch infotainment screen integrating wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

But there’s no wireless phone charging, and this Vi-X’s plastic steering wheel is out of step with the premium price.

There’s no spare wheel either, with only a foam storage divider under the floor of the compact trunk.

COMFORT

The HR-V prioritizes style over space with a coupe-inspired body that conceals the rear door handles. There are also some interesting design touches, including the body-coloured slatted grille.

This style continues in the cabin where there are a handful of user-friendly buttons and dials and the touchscreen placed high on the dash. The dark layout is sleek and there are some useful storage compartments in the center stack, plus easy access to three USB ports up front (but none in the back).

Space in the front is good and the sporty silhouette creates a feeling of cocooning. Legroom is surprisingly generous in the rear by small SUV standards, although headroom is less compelling.

As for cramming in five, forget it. The HR-V has only two rear seat belts, excluding a fifth occupant. There are no rear air vents.

SECURITY

There are side curtain airbags all around while those up front have frontal airbags.

Active safety includes lane-keep assist, speed sign recognition and automatic emergency braking, but blind-spot warning is only fitted to the most expensive hybrid.

CONDUCT

The HR-V Vi-X has a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with modest outputs, just 89kW and 145Nm. That’s less than the car it replaces, despite being relatively efficient, using 5.8 liters per 100 km.

Performance is aided by a CVT automatic that constantly adjusts the gear ratio to get the best out of the engine. It works well, even if the revs go up if you want to speed up the tempo. You’ll need to be vigorous with your right foot at times if you want to keep up with traffic, especially once hill or highway speeds enter the equation.

In the corners, the HR-V is composed and reassuring, with good levels of grip.

A hill descent control system (typically used when off-roading on steep grades) is optimistic, given that the HR-V only drives its front wheels.

ALTERNATIVES

Hyundai Kona Elite, starting around $35,700 drive-away

Solid and versatile prices for a car with leather and a Harman Kardon sound system. The cabin lacks flair and the engine is nothing special.

Mazda CX-30 G20 Pure, from around $33,700 drive-away

Clever presentation and a generous number of gear teams with solid driving manners.

Toyota C-HR GXL, from around $35,000 drive-away

The small 1.2-liter turbo works well with the automatic CVT, although it does require super unleaded. Sharp styling and solid dynamics, but side vision in the rear is marginal.

OPINION 3/5

Seats only four and lacks the driving excitement and value to stand out in a crowded SUV segment.

HONDA HR-V Vi X VITALS

PRICE: From $36,700 by car

WARRANTY/MAINTENANCE: 5 years, unlimited km, $635 for 5 years/50,000 km

SAFETY: 6 airbags, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist

ENGINE: 1.5 liter 4-cylinder, 89 kW and 145 Nm

THIRST: 5.8L/100km

BOOT: 304L

Originally published as 2022 Honda HR-V Vi-X New Car Review

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Why are EVs still so expensive? Blame the Creators https://lanciadata.com/why-are-evs-still-so-expensive-blame-the-creators/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 07:11:17 +0000 https://lanciadata.com/why-are-evs-still-so-expensive-blame-the-creators/ How much does it really cost to build an electric car? With new electric vehicle makers spending billions of dollars in cash and pouring hundreds of millions more into research and development, the answer, it seems, is plenty. And all that money hasn’t brought the world much closer to mass adoption. Electric vehicles are built […]]]>

How much does it really cost to build an electric car? With new electric vehicle makers spending billions of dollars in cash and pouring hundreds of millions more into research and development, the answer, it seems, is plenty. And all that money hasn’t brought the world much closer to mass adoption.

Electric vehicles are built with fewer parts than regular cars, and they often come from other companies. Automakers don’t necessarily build the car either, often buying off-the-shelf software and developing it. So what added value does the company that ends up branding the product really add? What are Li Auto Inc., Rivian Automotive Inc., Nio Inc., XPeng Inc. and their peers spending billions of dollars on, even though most of them are posting net losses?

Research and development spending continues to rise, and yet there are relatively few vehicles to show for it. For the Chinese Nio, this expenditure increased by 143% in the second quarter compared to a year ago. The increases, he noted, came from personnel costs and “additional design and development” for new technologies. During this period, it went from $6,250 in R&D expenditure per vehicle sold to $12,964. Meanwhile, net losses worsened to $404.5 million from around $91 million.

Fellow electric vehicle maker XPeng, listed in New York and headquartered in China, increased R&D by 47% for hiring and compensating employees. Li Auto, in a June prospectus, said it was raising more money in the United States for next-generation vehicle technologies, smart cabins and autonomous driving, as well as for the development of future car models. . Its latest quarterly results showed a 134% increase in spending, while it delivered just 28,687 cars in the three months to June. That’s over $8,000 of R&D per car.

For Rivian, which is even further away from getting to full-scale manufacturing soon, expenses are so high and production is so low that the economy per car makes little sense.

There is limited information on development stages or features that cost so much, nor on why so many R&D specialists are hired. Unlike, for example, pharmaceutical companies who release detailed presentations about their drug pipelines, development phases and clinical trials, electric vehicle manufacturers (and even incumbents) speak lyrically about their soon-to-be-produced vehicles. series with only thousands of cars to show, and no signs that what they are doing is much better. What is a good or competitive electric vehicle at this stage? Whether it takes you 200 kilometers (124 miles) or a little more, it doesn’t change the fact that many of these models still cost close to the median annual US household income of around $67,000.

Investors like to justify this capital-straining behavior by noting that “all startups burn money and lose money.” Sure, but these are companies in their early years. These companies have exploited public debt and equity markets, subsidies and incentives – they are well beyond the ability to rely on this logic. Their future depends on the economy of the unit and the cost of growing them.

Compare that to EV makers like Warren Buffett’s Tesla Inc. and BYD Co.’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. who have aggressively ramped up production in their markets over the past few years, put their weight behind the right batteries, and scaled up dramatically. their volumes. For every dollar or yuan of capital they spend, there are products to show off – better cars and batteries. Elon Musk’s firm has reduced the waiting times for its various models in China.

The problem is not just the expenses. People want to buy electric vehicles, but wait times in the US and Europe can be 15 months or more. They don’t want – and can’t – wait for manufacturers to figure out how to run their businesses well or how to invest in production efficiently. Instead of splashing out on marketing spend or fringe foreign technology, they should really cement the purchase price of the cars rather than telling eager buyers they had to raise them. At this stage, the prospects for profitability remain distant for these manufacturers.

Current levels of research and development spending against units produced by electric vehicle manufacturers show that these companies were not really ready to be public companies, especially those that rushed to market through special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs. They may just not be sure that their spending will produce results or that they will be able to manufacture commercially viable cars at scale. Either way, investors and consumers shouldn’t finance their futuristic vehicles when there aren’t enough EVs to begin with.

As fears of an impending recession loom, profitability is more important than ever to investors. The likes of Tesla and BYD have a way forward. For the others, it is not clear.

More from Bloomberg Opinion:

• Rivian looks for ways to avoid losing billions: Chris Bryant

• Does anyone actually make electric vehicles? : Anjani Trivedi

• What automakers need to tell you about their electric vehicles: Anjani Trivedi

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Anjani Trivedi is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering industrial companies in Asia. Previously, she was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

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Global Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Aftermarket Outlook 2022: Brand Licensing for Customer Recognition Presents Opportunities – ResearchAndMarkets.com https://lanciadata.com/global-medium-and-heavy-duty-vehicle-aftermarket-outlook-2022-brand-licensing-for-customer-recognition-presents-opportunities-researchandmarkets-com/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 14:33:00 +0000 https://lanciadata.com/global-medium-and-heavy-duty-vehicle-aftermarket-outlook-2022-brand-licensing-for-customer-recognition-presents-opportunities-researchandmarkets-com/ DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The report “Global Medium- and Heavy-duty Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket Outlook, 2022” has been added to from ResearchAndMarkets.com offer. The objective of this study is to identify the size of the global medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles aftermarket and its growth opportunities in 2022. Commercial vehicles include medium and heavy-duty on-road trucks. Revenue includes parts […]]]>

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The report “Global Medium- and Heavy-duty Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket Outlook, 2022” has been added to from ResearchAndMarkets.com offer.

The objective of this study is to identify the size of the global medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles aftermarket and its growth opportunities in 2022. Commercial vehicles include medium and heavy-duty on-road trucks.

Revenue includes parts only and excludes service, unless otherwise noted. Revenues are measured at the manufacturer level and are expressed in US dollars. This research is the culmination of the work of analysts located around the world.

The study includes global economic outlook with key trends to 2021 and forecast to 2022. It identifies key factors that will influence the size of the global commercial vehicle aftermarket and how the industry outlook varies by region . The findings cover developments in the global commercial vehicle spare parts market in 2021 that will impact the market in 2022.

Data sources include primary and secondary research, existing studies, statistical modeling and analysis. Rising diesel costs, potential supply chain disruptions, Russian-Ukrainian war, and general economic inflation are some of the major factors affecting market growth in 2022. The research ends with key findings and the outlook for 2022.

Main topics covered:

1. The strategic imperative

  • Why is it increasingly difficult to grow taller?

  • The 8T Strategic Imperative

  • The Impact of Top 3 Strategic Imperatives on the Global Medium and Heavy Duty Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket

  • Growth opportunities fuel the growth pipeline engine

2. Growth environment

  • 2021 in numbers – Key highlights

  • 2021 in trends – Highlights

  • Challenges faced by the global medium and heavy commercial vehicle aftermarket in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Global Medium & Heavy Duty Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket – Actual vs. Forecast, 2021

  • Aftermarket Replacement Parts and Accessories Revenue Forecast

  • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the recovery of key regions

  • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on revenue forecasts

  • Key Market Influences by Region, 2021-2022

  • 2022 in numbers – Key predictions

  • 2022 in trends – Main forecasts

3. Analysis of growth opportunities

  • Scope of analysis

  • Segmentation

  • Geographic scope

  • Research goals and objectives

  • Key questions this study will answer

4. Research methodology

  • Information source

  • Research process

5. Macroeconomic factors impacting the global medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicle aftermarket

  • Impact of COVID-19 on global GDP growth

  • Global Growth Scenario Analysis – Assumptions

  • World GDP growth under different scenarios

  • Impact of COVID-19 on key regions

6. Key revenue trends, global medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicle aftermarket

  • VIO Global Medium & Heavy Duty Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket, 2021-2022

  • Global Medium & Heavy Duty Commercial Vehicles Aftermarket Revenue Forecast by Region, 2021-2022

  • Revenue forecast by segment, 2018-2025

  • Analysis of expenditure per vehicle at the national level, 2021

  • Manufacturer-level spending per vehicle by region, 2021-2022

  • Global average annual mileage traveled, 2020-2022

  • Analysis of global distribution channels, 2021

  • Top mergers and acquisitions, worldwide, 2021-2022

  • Key Policies and Regulations, Global, 2021-2022

7. Technology Trends

  • Key Technology Trends,

  • Trend 1 – Rising installation rate for aftermarket truck telematics

  • Trend 2 – Online coin sales continue to set new records

  • Trend 3 – A growing number of fleets are adopting predictive maintenance platforms

  • Trend 4 – Fleets will increase investment in intelligent trailer systems

8. Key predictions for 2022

  • Key predictions, 2022

  • Prediction 1 – Continued Shortage of Parts to Reduce Industry Growth

  • Prediction 2 – Range anxiety will slow the rollout of heavy-duty electric trucks

  • Prediction 3 – Further geopolitical disruptions are likely

9. North America Industry Outlook, 2022

  • Regional outlook

  • Aftermarket Dashboard

  • Aftermarket Outlook – Revenue by Part Type

  • VIO ownership model

  • Mix of VIO models

  • Distribution channel analysis

  • Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Aftermarket Opportunity Areas

10. European Industry Outlook, 2022

  • Regional outlook

  • Aftermarket Dashboard

  • Aftermarket Outlook – Revenue by Part Type

  • VIO ownership model

  • Mix of VIO models

  • Distribution channel analysis

  • Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Aftermarket Opportunity Areas

11. Latin America Industry Outlook, 2022

  • Regional outlook

  • Aftermarket Dashboard

  • Aftermarket Outlook – Revenue by Part Type

  • VIO ownership model

  • Mix of VIO models

  • Distribution channel analysis

  • Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Aftermarket Opportunity Areas

12. Asia-Pacific Industry Outlook, 2022

  • Regional outlook

  • Aftermarket Dashboard

  • Aftermarket Outlook – Revenue by Part Type

  • VIO ownership model

  • Mix of VIO models

  • Distribution channel analysis

  • Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Aftermarket Opportunity Areas

13. Saudi Arabia & South Africa Industry Outlook, 2022

  • Regional outlook

  • Aftermarket Dashboard

  • Aftermarket Outlook – Revenue by Part Type

  • VIO ownership model

  • Mix of VIO models

  • Distribution channel analysis

  • Areas of opportunity for the medium/heavy duty aftermarket

14. Universe of growth opportunities

  • Growth Opportunity 1 – Private labeling for greater market share in new product categories

  • Growth Opportunity 2 – Brand License for Customer Recognition

  • Growth Opportunity 3 – Direct import to reduce product acquisition and distribution costs

  • Growth Opportunity 4 – Specialization in niche products/services for maximum profitability

  • Growth Opportunity 5 – Joint ventures for overseas manufacturing and quality assurance

15. Key Findings and Way Forward

For more information on this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/n7bcg5

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GMC Hummer EV goes digital to join “Call of Duty” this fall https://lanciadata.com/gmc-hummer-ev-goes-digital-to-join-call-of-duty-this-fall/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 20:45:00 +0000 https://lanciadata.com/gmc-hummer-ev-goes-digital-to-join-call-of-duty-this-fall/ Blasting bad guys from a comfy couch is about to get a little more power, thanks to the upcoming introduction of the GMC Hummer EV in the Call of Duty series of video games. The Hummer will be available as a playable vehicle in Modern Warfare II (from October 28) and Warzone 2.0 (later this […]]]>
  • Blasting bad guys from a comfy couch is about to get a little more power, thanks to the upcoming introduction of the GMC Hummer EV in the Call of Duty series of video games.
  • The Hummer will be available as a playable vehicle in Modern Warfare II (from October 28) and Warzone 2.0 (later this fall).
  • Popular games previously included digital vehicles Humvees and Jeeps. Jeep even produced a small number of Call of Duty–special branded editions ten years ago.

The US military uses over 100 million barrels of oil every year, making it one of the biggest oil consumers in the world. The military has also spent millions over the past decade or more to convert some of its vehicles to electric. These seem like important details to know before you learn that the GMC Hummer EV will soon be available as a playable vehicle in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 video games.

GMC said this week that a digitized version of the Hummer EV will bring its estimated 1,000 horsepower and 3.3-second zero-to-60 mph time to Activision video games before the end of the year. The huge EV will be available in Modern Warfare II October 28 and Warzone 2.0 later this fall.

Other real-world vehicles have appeared in Call of Duty games before. The Jeep Wrangler made several appearances, for example, as did the original Humvee. Jeep even built a small number of Call of Duty–branded vehicles about ten years ago, including one Black Ops edition and a modern warfare 3 Editing.

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GM Defense President David Albritton told GM Authority in 2020 that the Hummer EV “could provide an excellent base platform for an electric vehicle to be used in the military context.” GM has a long history of building vehicles for the US military. Last year, GM Defense made a unique concept vehicle based on its Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) but with a zero-emissions powertrain. The all-electric vehicle concept was intended to show what is possible with military electric vehicles and what could one day replace the combustion-powered ISV for the US military.

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Max Verstappen owns a $3 million Aston Martin hypercar, responsible for a mega lawsuit against a luxury car brand https://lanciadata.com/max-verstappen-owns-a-3-million-aston-martin-hypercar-responsible-for-a-mega-lawsuit-against-a-luxury-car-brand/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 23:30:44 +0000 https://lanciadata.com/max-verstappen-owns-a-3-million-aston-martin-hypercar-responsible-for-a-mega-lawsuit-against-a-luxury-car-brand/ Max Verstappen played a central role in the development of the latest Aston Martin Valkyrie, the car that sparked a huge lawsuit. Aston Martin’s problems are not improving any time soon. The British luxury car brand is already going through a massive financial crisis. And now it’s in the midst of a massive lawsuit that […]]]>

Max Verstappen played a central role in the development of the latest Aston Martin Valkyrie, the car that sparked a huge lawsuit.

Aston Martin’s problems are not improving any time soon. The British luxury car brand is already going through a massive financial crisis. And now it’s in the midst of a massive lawsuit that has been triggered due to Aston Martin’s new hypercar – Valkyrie.

According to the Financial Times, Aston Martin turned to Project Nebula for help, a wealthy Swiss dealer selling Aston Martin cars.

The agreement between the two parties would have promised royalties for Valkyrie, Valhalla and the third car in Nebula for the massive financing. But now the concession company alleges that it has not received its share for its contributions.

Meanwhile, Aston Martin alleges Nebula Project withheld customer deposits worth $21 million. Thus, trying to take away the credibility of the prosecuting party.

The 3% royalty rate was equivalent to a wealth of $172 million. But they did not receive the sum. However, the luxury car brand has started delivering this car to patient customers, including F1 star Max Verstappen, who was supposed to add this car to his garage this year.

“Aston Martin is working with our affected customers to ensure they receive delivery of their vehicles. We are confident in our legal position and believe their counterclaims are retaliatory and without merit, said Executive Chairman Lawrence Stroll. .

Read also : Lawrence Stroll led Aston Martin into shambles amid $1.2 billion debt

How Max Verstappen played an important role in Valkyrie

Aston Martin has long had an association with Red Bull. Until they decide to move on. Long before the car was released, Verstappen tested this car and gave critical feedback.

Verstappen isn’t the only one from Red Bull to be part of the Valkyries project. Adrian Newey was also involved in training the car and helping them with his F1 knowledge.

With the car almost there, Verstappen would certainly have received in the first round of distribution. According to reports, there are only 150 units of this car on the road.

However, Aston Martin thought of selling it by the thousands. The current scenario of the British brand has been hectic and has slowed or stopped the process.

Read also : How Arthur Leclerc motivates his brother to ‘Pass the Dutchie’ Max Verstappen

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Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will die in January as the brand embraces an electrified future https://lanciadata.com/ram-1500-ecodiesel-will-die-in-january-as-the-brand-embraces-an-electrified-future/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 21:03:50 +0000 https://lanciadata.com/ram-1500-ecodiesel-will-die-in-january-as-the-brand-embraces-an-electrified-future/ The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel rolls away into the sunset after nearly a decade in production. The model was first introduced in 2013, but production will end in January as the automaker looks to electrification. As a result, the company is issuing a “last call” for diesel fans to place their orders and secure one of […]]]>

The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel rolls away into the sunset after nearly a decade in production.

The model was first introduced in 2013, but production will end in January as the automaker looks to electrification. As a result, the company is issuing a “last call” for diesel fans to place their orders and secure one of the last EcoDiesel trucks to be built.

For the final 2023 model year, the EcoDiesel engine will be offered on 4×4 crew cab trucks in Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Limited Longhorn and Limited trim levels. Ram hasn’t released pricing at this time, but the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 produces 260 hp (194 kW / 264 hp) and 480 lb-ft (651 Nm) of torque.

Read also : 2023 Ram Truck Lineup Gains New Digital Instrument Cluster, Luxury Limited Edition Elite

Ram CEO Mike Koval Jr said, “As we rapidly pivot into an electrified future, we wanted to celebrate this final EcoDiesel milestone by giving our loyal light diesel enthusiasts one last chance to order the truck they love. . He went on to note that the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel “delighted consumers with the highest half-ton diesel torque and towing capability while being the first to exceed 1,000 miles (1,609 km) of autonomy”.

While diesel is about to be dead, Ram noted that a 1500 EV will arrive in 2024. The brand went on to say that it will offer a “full portfolio of electrified solutions across the majority of its power segments.” by 2025 and in all segments by 2030″. .

It will be sad to see the EcoDiesel go, but diesel engines have become rare among full-size light trucks as Ford discontinued the 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 in 2021. With Ram now following suit, the only options remaining diesels will be the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra.

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