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Apple could hardly have thought of this: AirTags are heavily used by car thieves.

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Apple AirTags, which allow Apple owners to track their belongings, are increasingly being used to target car thefts in Canada, according to local police.

In a press release from the York Regional Police, investigators have identified a new method used by thieves to track and steal high-end vehicles using AirTag. More precisely, conventional methods are used when stealing, but AirTag allows you to accurately track a premium car until the moment it remains unattended on the street and is easy to steal.

Since September 2021, police officers in the York region alone have investigated five incidents in which suspects used Apple AirTags to steal expensive vehicles. Thieves target any high-value vehicles they find in public areas and parking lots by placing the AirTag so that the owner of the vehicle will not find the gadget. To do this, use the inside of the bumper or the place behind the fuel tank / charging flap.

We started to notice a new trend in the car theft industry. It is these devices that use GPS and Bluetooth technologies for marking. Attackers use them to install them on various cars that they want to steal. Using the iPhone, they can always determine where the car is. They can almost wait and steal later at night.

Detective Jeff McKercher

Apple could hardly have thought of this: AirTags are heavily used by car thieves.

Most sought after by hijackers in suburban Toronto today are Lexus, Toyota and Honda crossovers, as well as Ford F-Series pickups.

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Nissan and Renault are the electric car brands that have the most breakdowns

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Although the two are manufacturers of great importance in the market, both Nissan and Renault electric car users have seen their models suffer more breakdowns over time. That is what emerges from the information of a study that shows which cars have been the ones that more times they have visited the workshop last year 2021. And in those, the breakdowns with Nissan and Renault are noticeable.

Electric cars can break down

We have always stressed that electric cars are less complex than combustion ones. This is done because they are vehicles that have elements that are less susceptible to wear, which makes them much simpler in terms of maintenance, which translates into savings of up to 30%.

However, these are still mechanical at their best, where electric cars are still suffering from own faults of its nature… something that the brands and users of Nissan and Renault have verified. It’s more; while the combustion engine typically has about 30,000 parts, an electric engine reduces these components by 60%.

Keep in mind that the prices of this type of vehicle are still high, so drivers look for those figures that the cars can be more than reliable. But that is not what happens with these brands, according to the report prepared by AutoData. This report takes into account both visits by maintenance such as breakdown, although it is this second aspect that makes the difference between them.

The Nissan, the ones that step on the workshop the most

In this sense, the problems that most can be affected in these vehicles they occur in relation to their batteries and those that affect the brake system, with certain cases in what includes the electrified propeller. Likewise, although reliability is an important factor, the vehicles that break down the least are not always the ones that provide the greatest satisfaction.

Electric car breakdowns Autodata

We see it with brands like Fiat, which are the ones with the greatest difference between the score obtained in reliability and that given by satisfaction. Getting into the report, it is pointed out how the Leaf first generation the one that goes to the workshop the most times and the one that presents the most problems, what to do is to see that, even if it is a car suitable for most users, it is not the one that can provide us with the most facilities.

However, its alliance partner, Renault, is also observed, who also has a place that is less proud in this ranking that AutoData has prepared. With it it is indicated that, despite being an interesting manufacturer (his Zoe is one of the best-selling vehicles), it has faults in its electrical systems with more frenquency than expected.

The behavior that we give to the car also influences

Because, as we say, these electric cars are not exempt from breakdowns. It is true that, the older it is, the more prone it can be to suffer some other complication (the one that heads the list is). But it is also proper to indicate that no brand is safe since BMW or Tesla also suffer.

The key question is how many times have they had to take their car to the workshop in the last twelve months. It is true that these problems do not occur in all cases, since generally the use we give the car influences its behavior more or less.

The analysis also states that the harsh winter of last year had a severe effect, since several drivers went to the workshop to check problems events in the batteries. Finally, according to Chris Wright, general director of the report, “the increasing complexity of vehicles in the aftermarket will be one of the biggest challenges that independent technicians will face. Until now, technicians did not need to also be electricians or computer repair specialists; however, this is changing as more and more vehicle functions become computerized.”

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Nissan and Renault are the electric car brands that have the most breakdowns

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Although the two are manufacturers of great importance in the market, both Nissan and Renault electric car users have seen their models suffer more breakdowns over time. That is what emerges from the information of a study that shows which cars have been the ones that more times they have visited the workshop last year 2021. And in those, the breakdowns with Nissan and Renault are noticeable.

Electric cars can break down

We have always stressed that electric cars are less complex than combustion ones. This is done because they are vehicles that have elements that are less susceptible to wear, which makes them much simpler in terms of maintenance, which translates into savings of up to 30%.

However, these are still mechanical at their best, where electric cars are still suffering from own faults of its nature… something that the brands and users of Nissan and Renault have verified. It’s more; while the combustion engine typically has about 30,000 parts, an electric engine reduces these components by 60%.

Keep in mind that the prices of this type of vehicle are still high, so drivers look for those figures that the cars can be more than reliable. But that is not what happens with these brands, according to the report prepared by AutoData. This report takes into account both visits by maintenance such as breakdown, although it is this second aspect that makes the difference between them.

The Nissan, the ones that step on the workshop the most

In this sense, the problems that most can be affected in these vehicles they occur in relation to their batteries and those that affect the brake system, with certain cases in what includes the electrified propeller. Likewise, although reliability is an important factor, the vehicles that break down the least are not always the ones that provide the greatest satisfaction.

Electric car breakdowns Autodata

We see it with brands like Fiat, which are the ones with the greatest difference between the score obtained in reliability and that given by satisfaction. Getting into the report, it is pointed out how the Leaf first generation the one that goes to the workshop the most times and the one that presents the most problems, what to do is to see that, even if it is a car suitable for most users, it is not the one that can provide us with the most facilities.

However, its alliance partner, Renault, is also observed, who also has a place that is less proud in this ranking that AutoData has prepared. With it it is indicated that, despite being an interesting manufacturer (his Zoe is one of the best-selling vehicles), it has faults in its electrical systems with more frenquency than expected.

The behavior that we give to the car also influences

Because, as we say, these electric cars are not exempt from breakdowns. It is true that, the older it is, the more prone it can be to suffer some other complication (the one that heads the list is). But it is also proper to indicate that no brand is safe since BMW or Tesla also suffer.

The key question is how many times have they had to take their car to the workshop in the last twelve months. It is true that these problems do not occur in all cases, since generally the use we give the car influences its behavior more or less.

The analysis also states that the harsh winter of last year had a severe effect, since several drivers went to the workshop to check problems events in the batteries. Finally, according to Chris Wright, general director of the report, “the increasing complexity of vehicles in the aftermarket will be one of the biggest challenges that independent technicians will face. Until now, technicians did not need to also be electricians or computer repair specialists; however, this is changing as more and more vehicle functions become computerized.”

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Unique headlights, doors like a Lamborghini, a body from a Cadillac designer: Geely and Chinese Google introduced Jidu electric cars

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New manufacturer Jidu announced plans to release a whole line of electric vehicles. The founders of the brand are the large automobile manufacturer Geely and the largest Chinese search engine Baidu, which is called the “Chinese Google”.

Unique headlights, doors like a Lamborghini, a body from a Cadillac designer: Geely and Chinese Google introduced Jidu electric cars

Jidu was founded a year ago, when it was announced that new cars would be built on the Geely SEA modular platform. Xia Yiping, who previously headed Fiat-Chrysler’s Asia-Pacific smart car division, became Chief Executive Officer of Jidu. And the chief designer of Jidu cars was Frank Wu, who was the chief designer of Cadillac.

The first model of the brand will be officially presented as part of the Beijing Motor Show in April 2022, and sales will begin next year. We are promised that the production model will be 90% similar to the concept car, which will be shown in the spring. By the way, it is he who is partially shown to us in a short video. It shows streamlined body shapes, retractable headlights, as well as vertically opening doors, like a Lamborghini.

The company recently patented names such as Robo One and Robo Two, under which, presumably, its cars will come out.

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