Ford has confirmed to Carscoops that it has a policy of penalizing dealers who knowingly sell specialty vehicles such as the Bronco, Bronco Sport Heritage, Raptor and Shelby GT350/500 to resellers. The move is to ensure that customers who want to own a Ford vehicle will be able to buy directly from the dealer, with no markups.
The story began when one potential Bronco Raptor buyer in Texas was surprised when he was told of a $20,000 markup on the car.
Dealers are independent franchises and enter into a final contract with the buyer. Ford’s policy is to prevent the illegal sale of new vehicles to customers who are dealers, resellers or exporters of vehicles and helps protect customers who wish to legally purchase a vehicle for their own use.
Ford’s policies help protect the company’s image, while mark-ups and any payment in excess of the recommended retail price is detrimental to brand loyalty.
Ford did not elaborate on how they identify resellers, whether the company has a system in place to track transactions for special vehicles, or what actions, if any, have been taken in the past when similar schemes are discovered.
The first Geely crossover with Meizu Flyme Auto interface, Harman Kardon acoustics and a 92-inch projection screen. Lynk & Co 08 introduced
Geely-owned brand Lynk & Co has unveiled its most advanced crossover, the Lynk & Co 08. This is a rather large, but still mid-size model that has a number of noteworthy features.
Alas, the creators did not reveal all the cards: it is only reported that the power plant here is hybrid with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and a thermal efficiency of 44.26%. But there should be a lot of power, and the drive will certainly be complete. More details about the technical part of the car will appear in April, and prices will probably be announced at the same time.
The dimensions of the crossover are 4820 x 1915 x 1685 mm, the wheelbase is decent – 2848 mm. Among the features of the exterior design are handles hidden in the door, 21-inch rims and pronounced lighting graphics. It is reported that there will be various lighting effects, and the matrix headlights use 32 LEDs each.
The lack of data on technology is compensated by data on equipment – Geely has also published many photos of the interior, which reflect key points. For example, Lynk & Co 08 is the brand’s first car with a Harman Kardon sound system. And he is the first with a media system with the Meizu Flyme Auto interface (recall, Meizu has recently been owned by Geely).
There are three screens in the cabin of the crossover. Digital dashboard graphics are displayed on a 12.3-inch display, a 15.4-inch screen is installed in the center of the front panel, and the highlight is a huge 92-inch projection screen.
Interestingly, the Ecarx Antora 1000 Pro single-chip system, which seems to have been developed by Meizu itself, is responsible for the operation of the media system, as well as many auxiliary systems and driver assistance systems. It is more powerful than the Qualcomm SA8155P SoC traditionally used in Chinese cars due to the inclusion of two 7-nanometer single-chip systems at once.
Hackers hacked Tesla twice, for which they received 350 thousand dollars and Tesla Model 3
As part of Pwn2Own’s Vancouver-based commercial vulnerability finding event, a French team called Synacktiv managed to hack into Tesla systems twice.
On the first day, Synacktiv successfully performed a TOCTOU (Time-of-check to time-of-use) attack on the Tesla Gateway, and the group was rewarded with a $100,000 cash reward and a Tesla Model 3 car. And the next day hackers broke into the Tesla infotainment system, and received another 250 thousand dollars for this.
The Tesla cybersecurity team is already analyzing the actions of hackers in order to eliminate the vulnerabilities found with a firmware update.
The car brainchild of Changan, Huawei and CATL has a new version available. Presented 313-horsepower crossover Avatr 11 with acceleration to 100 km / h in 6.6 seconds
The Avatr 11 crossover, introduced last year as a collaboration between Changan, Huawei and CATL, has a new, less powerful and more affordable version. Instead of 578 hp and all-wheel drive she has – 313 hp. and rear wheel drive. Modifying the crossover was quite simple: the front electric motor with a capacity of 265 hp was simply removed from the power plant.
At the same time, the cost has decreased: the monodrive Avatr 11 is offered in two versions with a price of 46,600 and 51,000 dollars. The difference in the capacity of the traction battery and, accordingly, the power reserve: 90 kWh and 600 km and 116 kWh and 705 km, respectively.
With dimensions of 4880 x 1970 x 1601 mm and a wheelbase length of 2975 mm, Avatr 11 is a mid-size crossover, but can be either 5- or 4-seater.
The car is luxury, so it is very well equipped: there are 21-inch wheels, three screens in the cabin (the central one with a diagonal of 15.6 inches, as well as the driver and passenger screens with a diagonal of 10.25 inches), a 14-component speaker system with 12-channel amplifier. There are also driver assistance systems that rely on 34 different sensors in their work. True, for all this, in the budget version, for some reason, there is no electric tailgate drive.
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