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A large study has shown that electric cars break down much more often than cars with internal combustion engines.

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Consumer Reports decided to evaluate modern cars in terms of reliability, dividing them into different categories and separately evaluating electric cars. The result was a large and informative report.

A large study has shown that electric cars break down much more often than cars with internal combustion engines.

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So, if we talk about reliability in general, Lexus leads the overall brand ranking with 79 points, followed by Toyota, Mini, Acura and Honda. At the bottom of the list are Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, Rivian, Volkswagen and Jeep. The report’s authors say they, as always, asked people about problems they had with their vehicles over the previous 12 months. This year, data was collected on more than 330,000 vehicles from model years 2000 to 2023, including several previously introduced 2024 models.

A large study has shown that electric cars break down much more often than cars with internal combustion engines.

If we talk about the number of problem areas in certain categories of cars, then electric cars perform best: they have only 12 problem areas. The indicators for other classes are similar: 17 zones for cars with internal combustion engines, 19 zones for hybrids and 20 zones for rechargeable hybrids. But these are just types of problems that have nothing to do with the reliability of specific machines.

More indicative is the chart below, showing the number of specific problems on average for cars of a given class in comparison with cars with internal combustion engines.

A large study has shown that electric cars break down much more often than cars with internal combustion engines.

As you can see, conventional hybrids perform best, while plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles perform much worse. These two classes break down on average twice as often as cars with internal combustion engines.

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It’s high time to retire. Peugeot Pars (Peugeot 405) discontinued

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Its high time to retire Peugeot Pars Peugeot 405 discontinued

Iran Khodro (IKCO) has discontinued production of the Peugeot Pars sedan (restyled Peugeot 405), as reported by the insider telegram channel “Autopotok”.

The “farewell” took place ahead of schedule (Pars was originally planned to be discontinued in April). The discontinuation of production is due not only to the obsolescence of the model and the physical obsolescence of die equipment, but also to the tightening of certification requirements for new cars in Iran.

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It's high time to retire.  Peugeot Pars (Peugeot 405) discontinued

The fact is that from this year all new cars in Iran must have an ESP system, a gear shift indicator, a tire pressure sensor, and daytime running lights. IKCO considered that it was not economically feasible to implement these functions in Pars.

Peugeot Pars were produced for almost 24 years, with production in Iran starting a few years after the assembly of the original model ceased: the Peugeot 405 was produced in France in 1987-1997.

The platform and frame elements of this model are used in the more modern IKCO Soren+ model, the production of which will be increased.

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Ford followed the path of Tesa: buyers of the 2024 Mustang are offered to cover the car with a matte film at the factory for $6,000

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Ford followed the path of Tesa buyers of the 2024

Ford has announced that 2024 Mustang buyers have a new factory option that gives the car a matte finish.

This is not paint, but a matte film (Matte Clear Film), which is applied to a body painted in any color, resulting in a smooth matte surface.

“Mustang has been committed to driving freedom and freedom of expression for 60 years, and our new matte clear film gives customers an entirely new way to make the Mustang theirs,” said Mustang program chief engineer Laurie Transu.

As for the Dark Horse version, the Matte Clear Film option requires the removal of the hood accent strip.

Ford followed the path of Tesa: buyers of the 2024 Mustang are offered to cover the car with a matte film at the factory for $6,000

This option adds $6,000 to the price of the vehicle, and Ford says the film can be removed later, but should only be done by a professional shop.

The Matte Clear Film option will be available to order starting February 27th. Deliveries of the coupe will begin in June. Convertibles will arrive at dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2024.

Last fall, Tesla began wrapping Model 3 and Model Y with film for $7,500–$8,000.

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The brainchild of BYD and Mercedes-Benz and the best-selling car in the class in China – Denza D9 – comes to Europe

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The brainchild of BYD and Mercedes Benz and the best selling car

BYD announced at the 2024 Geneva Motor Show that the hugely popular Denza D9 minivan is coming to the European market. It will be the first model of the brand to be officially presented in the region.

This is a brand created by the Chinese automaker BYD and Mercedes in 2010. The joint venture was initially 50:50, but the German luxury brand reduced its stake to 10% in 2021 when Denza underwent a restructuring.

The brainchild of BYD and Mercedes-Benz and the best-selling car in the class in China - Denza D9 - comes to Europe

At the beginning of the year, BYD announced that the Denza D9 model became the best-selling minivan in the Chinese market across all price categories with cumulative sales of 119,182 units from January to December 2023.

Denza D9 goes on sale in October 2022. Last January, it won the luxury MPV category with a price tag of over $42,000. Officials said that cleared the way for the full 2023 title to be won. Last October, it became the fastest luxury minivan to reach 100,000 units.

Officials also said the Denza D9 “single-handedly reversed the downward trend in the minivan market since 2017.”

The brainchild of BYD and Mercedes-Benz and the best-selling car in the class in China - Denza D9 - comes to Europe

Dimensions BYD Denza D9 – 5250 x 1960 x 1920 mm, wheelbase – 3100 mm. The equipment includes seven screens, separate seats on the second row with electrical adjustments, ventilation, heating and massage, 50-watt wireless charging for a smartphone.

It has not yet been announced which engines will be offered in Europe.

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