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All-new Skoda Octavia 2024 photographed for the first time on tests

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Prototypes of the 2024 Skoda Octavia liftback and station wagon have been spotted for the first time on a road test in Austria. Spy photos published portal Motor1.com.

All-new Skoda Octavia 2024 photographed for the first time on tests

It is noteworthy that the test cars are not completely covered with camouflage, but only in front and behind. This is probably due to the fact that the main changes in the design took place just in these places, and there is nothing much to hide in the central part. It is expected that the Skoda Octavia 2024 will receive new headlights, taillights, grille, hood and bumpers.

All-new Skoda Octavia 2024 photographed for the first time on tests

All-new Skoda Octavia 2024 photographed for the first time on tests
All-new Skoda Octavia 2024 photographed for the first time on tests

So far, no one can say what characteristics the new Skoda Octavia will be equipped with, now one can only guess. There is a possibility that under the hood there will be a new internal combustion engine developed by the VW Group as the last internal combustion engine before the company focuses exclusively on electric vehicles.

All-new Skoda Octavia 2024 photographed for the first time on tests

All-new Skoda Octavia 2024 photographed for the first time on tests
All-new Skoda Octavia 2024 photographed for the first time on tests

The current fourth generation Skoda Octavia was released at the end of 2019. The new generation is expected either before the end of 2023 or as early as early 2024.

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Virgin Orbit successfully launched a LauncherOne rocket carrying seven NASA research satellites using a Boeing 747 Cosmic Girl carrier aircraft

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Virgin Orbit successfully launched a LauncherOne rocket carrying seven NASA

Virgin Orbit launched a seven-satellite rocket from California’s Mojave Aerospace Port on Saturday, marking the company’s first successful overnight mission. Virgin Orbit launched satellites into low Earth orbit using its Boeing 747 carrier aircraft called Cosmic Girl, which had a LauncherOne rocket attached to it.

Virgin Orbit successfully launched a LauncherOne rocket carrying seven NASA research satellites using a Boeing 747 Cosmic Girl carrier aircraft

The mission, named Straight Up after a song by Paula Abdul, involved the launch of seven NASA research satellites. As in previous missions, the launch of the rocket took place from a height of 10 km, which climbed Cosmic Girl. The carrier plane’s flight was originally scheduled to take place on Thursday, but Virgin Orbit postponed the mission after experts found LauncherOne’s propellant temperature was “slightly out of range.”

Virgin Orbit successfully launched a LauncherOne rocket carrying seven NASA research satellites using a Boeing 747 Cosmic Girl carrier aircraft

Virgin Orbit successfully launched a LauncherOne rocket carrying seven NASA research satellites using a Boeing 747 Cosmic Girl carrier aircraft

In total, Virgin Orbit has already carried out five launches, four of which were successful (only the first test was unsuccessful). Virgin Orbit is owned by British billionaire Richard Branson, but should not be confused with Virgin Galactic, the company’s separate commercial spaceflight division.

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XMAGE camera, periscope module and 7x optical zoom. Huawei Mate 50 Pro in black and white poses for quality renders

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XMAGE camera periscope module and 7x optical zoom Huawei Mate

The premiere of the Huawei Mate 50 series smartphones is expected on September 12 – not soon, but renders have already begun to be published on the Web, which are based on leaks and images of cases. These pictures show perhaps the highest quality concept renders of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro. Moreover, the smartphone poses in two colors at once – black and white.

XMAGE camera, periscope module and 7x optical zoom.  Huawei Mate 50 Pro in black and white poses for quality renders

The main thing here, of course, is the camera. The block contains the name of the new corporate brand of the camera – XMAGE. It will combine all the old and new technologies of Huawei in the field of mobile photography. XMAGE is a synthesis of two words, Extreme and Image, and under the brand, Huawei will focus on three pillars: photography experience, culture, and innovation. That is, it will be more than just a set of sensors and lenses.

XMAGE camera, periscope module and 7x optical zoom.  Huawei Mate 50 Pro in black and white poses for quality renders

But we are more interested in technology. Judging by the inscriptions in the camera block, the smartphone will have lenses with a focal length of 13 to 90 mm, that is, we can talk about a 7x zoom. The main module will most likely have a wide-angle lens. And 90 mm is the focal length of the lens of the periscope module. Of course, there will be optical stabilization.

XMAGE camera, periscope module and 7x optical zoom.  Huawei Mate 50 Pro in black and white poses for quality renders

Huawei novelties are also credited with SoC Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Kirin 9000s, 8 GB of RAM and 128-256 GB of flash memory. These models will be the first to run HarmonyOS 3.0 out of the box.

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Order a new Hummer EV and wait 17 years. SUV production volumes are catastrophically low

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Order a new Hummer EV and wait 17 years SUV

The lineup for the electric Hummer EV has already stretched for more than 17 years at current production rates.

Order a new Hummer EV and wait 17 years.  SUV production volumes are catastrophically low

General Motors is facing the same problem that Tesla long ago faced, and now Ford and Rivian are facing. The company offered the market a car that interested consumers a lot, they began to pre-order, but GM simply cannot produce enough cars. In this case, of course, due to the continuing shortage of components.

So far, about 77,500 people have pre-ordered the Hummer EV. This is quite a lot, but much less than the Tesla Model 3 at one time. However, Tesla had no problems with components and was actively increasing production. But General Motors now produces only 12 cars a day!

This is catastrophically small. Even Rivian has already reached the volume of about 30-40 cars a day, and Ford produces about 150 F-150 Lightings pickups.

The manufacturer says that it intends to significantly increase production volumes at the end of this year, but there is no exact data on this. And even with 12 cars a day, even a five-fold increase in production will be completely insufficient.

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