The second production Toyota electric car, whose appearance was previously revealed by the Chinese Ministry of Industry, is now officially presented. They expectedly became the bZ3 sedan, created by Toyota together with the Chinese automaker BYD specifically for the PRC market.
In terms of dimensions, the novelty is larger than the Corolla: the length is 4725 mm (+ 95 mm relative to the Corolla), the width is 1835 mm, and the height is 1475 mm. The bZ3 even surpasses the Camry in terms of wheelbase length: 2880 millimeters versus 2825. So inside this mid-size sedan is more spacious than in a business class sedan.
Toyota did not disclose technical details, the company limited itself only to data on the range: on a full charge of a lithium-iron-phosphate traction battery manufactured by BYD, the car can travel more than 600 km (according to the CLTC cycle).
As for the design, it is generally familiar: outwardly, the bZ3 looks like a crossover bZ4X. Differences – in the design of the hood and bumpers. At the same time, in the saloon of the sedan there is a large vertical screen, an original central tunnel and a steering wheel, from under which a rectangular screen of a digital dashboard peeps out.
The production of the Toyota bZ3 will be carried out at the FAW-Toyota joint venture, and the dealer network of the same name will be engaged in sales and service of these sedans. The specific dates for the start of sales and production have not yet been announced, but it is clear that the company will not delay this – the competition in the electric car market in China is very high.
All-New 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Gets an Interior Inspired by Grandeur’s Flagship Sedan
Spy photos (or screenshots of a video – it’s hard to say for sure) of the interior of a brand new Hyundai Santa Fe have been published on the Web. This model will be released next year and its angular forms will resemble the Land Rover Discovery. However, the similarity with the “Disco” is not only outside, but also inside, just look at the steering wheel of the promising Santa Fe.
As for the cabin itself, the front panel and the driver’s seat, everything is very similar to what can be seen in the latest Grandeur flagship sedan, which is barely inferior to Genesis sub-brand cars in terms of comfort and equipment.
As you can see, the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe will get two screens under a single glass – one as part of the digital dashboard, the other as part of the infotainment system. The display sizes are unknown, but they will likely match those of the Grandeur. The center console is also made in the Grandeur style. The two-tone design of the interior is also noteworthy.
There is no data on the technology of the new Hyundai Santa Fe. The current generation machine is equipped with various engines: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder (191 hp conventional or 281 hp turbocharged), as well as a 1.6-liter turbocharged hybrid power plant (the power of a conventional hybrid is 226 hp, plug-in – 261 hp).
In the United States published a list of the 20 most highly reliable cars. Many of them are able to easily overcome 400,000 km.
American car classifier iSeeCars analyzed more than two million cars for sale in the US in order to choose the most reliable ones. Toyota was among the leaders: this brand owns 10 models from the top 20.
The most reliable cars were selected by mileage. At least 2.5% of the cars of each model from this list have traveled 320,000 km, and those that are at the top of the list (usually 1% of such cars were recruited) are able to overcome from 370,00 to 478,000 km. For example, 1% of Toyota Sequoia has at least 477,000 km on the odometer.
“What we see is a list of highly reliable vehicles capable of over a quarter of a million miles. [400 000 км] with proper maintenance”, said iSeeCars analyst Karl Brauer. “And to be clear, this study is not talking about the maximum lifespan of these vehicles. It simply displays the current odometer reading. Most of these vehicles are still in use.”, he added.
This is how the top 20 cars of highly reliable cars look like (potential mileage is indicated in brackets – the mileage that a car is capable of with proper maintenance):
- Toyota Sequoia (477,000 km);
- Toyota Land Cruiser (451,000 km);
- Chevrolet Suburban (427,000 km);
- Toyota Tundra (412,000 km);
- GMC Yukon XL (406,000 km);
- Toyota Prius (403,000 km);
- Chevrolet Tahoe (403,000 km);
- Honda Ridgeline (400,000 km);
- Toyota Avalon (395,000 km);
- Toyota Highlander Hybrid (395,000 km);
- Ford Expedition (394,000 km);
- Toyota 4Runner (394,000 km);
- Toyota Sienna (385,000 km);
- GMC Yukon (385,000 km);
- Honda Pilot (381,000 km);
- Honda Odyssey (379,000 km);
- Toyota Tacoma (379,000 km);
- Nissan Titan (375,000 km);
- Ford F-150 (373,000 km);
- Toyota Camry Hybrid (370,000 km).
As you can see, the list mainly includes large SUVs and pickups, which is not surprising: manufacturers put a large margin of safety into these cars, this applies to both the body and engines and suspension. The list of the most reliable cars also includes two Toyota sedans (Avalon and Camry), one hatchback (Toyota Prius) and two minivans (Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey).
“Cars like the Prius and Camry Hybrid deliver exceptional fuel economy. They can save car owners up to $10,000 in fuel over 250,000 miles compared to similarly sized non-hybrid vehicles.‘ Brouwer said.
“There is a traditional “Chinese” in this car. There is no continuity, ”the designer of Moskvich spoke about Moskvich 3
The former chief designer of the Lenin Komsomol automobile plant, Igor Zaitsev, worked at the enterprise from 1974 to 1987, when the Moskvich-2140 and Moskvich-2141 models were produced. In a recent interview with Gazeta.Ru, he commented on the design of Moskvich 3, saying that it looks modern, but the model has design flaws and there is no continuity with previously produced models.
As for appearance, an old joke comes to mind: if I were Chaliapin, I would sing differently. In general, the car looks good, but there is work to be done. This car has a traditional “Chinese”. If you look from the side, you will see two oblique stampings on the doors. One of them, from my point of view, is superfluous, it should be removed. There is another solution to this shortcoming – the top line must somehow be connected to the bottom, in other words, visually be closed. You can still slightly change the shape of the bumper.
He suggested that the plant is unlikely to be engaged in the modernization of this model, because it is a matter of big money and free time. After all, it is not enough just to draw a picture, you need to change stamps, adjust equipment, use other technologies.
The current car “Moskvich” has nothing in common with the models of past years. There is no continuity, no connection with those machines that were produced before. Moreover, earlier in the model range there was no crossover.
Earlier, the Moskvich plant published details about the interior of the new Moskvich 3 crossover, presented last week.
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