A new hybrid crossover WEY Macchiato presented in China. Its peculiarity is that it is the first plug-in hybrid of Great Wall Motors (WEY is one of its brands).
I must say that the power plant of the car is built almost according to local laws, when an internal combustion engine with a volume of 1.5 liters is supplemented with a traction battery of a relatively small capacity. Many other Chinese hybrids are built on the same principle. In this case, the battery capacity was 19.94 kWh – in a purely electric mode, the car can travel 110 km. Well, on a full tank, WEY Macchiato is capable of driving more than 1000 km with an average consumption of about 4.4 liters. At the same time, the dynamics are not bad for a mid-size crossover – the car accelerates to 100 km / h in 7.2 seconds.
The source does not provide data on the equipment, but there is no doubt that everything in WEY Macchiato is at the level of modern hybrids. That there is only a large screen infotainment system, mounted on the front console. The length, width and height of the crossover are, respectively, 4520, 1855 and 1665 mm, the length of the wheelbase is 2710 mm. The cost of the car has not yet been announced, but analogues in the local market on average cost about $ 25,000.
Are American lives more important than Mexican lives? Crash test of two Hyundai cars for different markets clearly showed the problem of double standards in the industry
Global NCAP experts decided to bring together in one crash test two similar cars created for different markets.
Hyundai Accent for the US market and Hyundai Grand i10 for Mexico and Latin America decided to push their foreheads together. These are the most affordable models of the Korean company, which are sold in their respective markets. This is not the same car under different names, as sometimes happens, but still the difference in results was huge.
Just one video is enough to understand that the Grand i10 received much more damage. Unfortunately, the same applies to mannequins. Grand i10 is equipped with only two frontal airbags compared to six in Accent. This further aggravated the situation for the first model. It ended up with zero stars. The source does not disclose the Accent result, but speaks of good driver protection. In addition, if you look at the IHSS website, you can see that this car received the maximum score on almost all points.
With this comparison, Global NCAP specialists want to draw attention to the problem of double standards of automakers that are used when creating cars for different markets.
The Wall Street Journal: Tesla will close one of its offices in California and lay off 200 employees who worked on improving the autopilot
The Wall Street Journal, citing its own sources, reported that Tesla plans to liquidate one of its offices in California, about 200 employees will be laid off.
According to the publication, in order to reduce costs, the company is closing an office in San Mateo. More than half of its staff has received notices of dismissal from their positions, and the remainder of the staff will be distributed among other company offices. It is noted that most of the employees who were laid off were engaged in improving the Tesla autopilot.
Earlier, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he had a “very bad feeling about [американской] economy” and warned of the intention to “cut approximately 10% of employees” and “suspend hiring worldwide.” Speaking at the technology All-in Summit conference in Miami in mid-May, Musk said that the United States economy is in a recession and will come out of it no earlier than a year.
Sunset of the ICE era. EU Council approves CO2 car phase-out initiative
The countries of the European Union have approved an initiative to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions by 2035 for new cars and trucks.
The Council agreed to increase the CO2 emission reduction targets <...> by 2030 to 55% for passenger cars and 50% for trucks. The council also approved a 100% carbon reduction target for new cars by 2035.
Press Service of the Council of the EU
Bloomberg suggested that by 2035, many automakers will have to switch to the production of electric vehicles. The agency also noted that the EU initiative actually heralds the end of the era of internal combustion engines (ICE).
Earlier, the European Parliament also supported a ban on the sale of cars and vans with above-zero CO2 emissions from fossil fuels after 2035.
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