The Wuling Hongguang MINI EV was China’s most massive electric vehicle last year, with about 430,000 of these compact electric vehicles sold in the country in a year. In comparison, Tesla has sold twice as many of its electric vehicles, but worldwide, here we are talking about only one country. Wuling Hongguang MINI EV has already attracted attention in different countries, including the professor of the Japanese University of Nagoya Shinyoshi Yamamoto (Shinyoshi Yamamoto). He decided to disassemble the Wuling Hongguang MINI EV in order to find out the nature of its cheapness.
An analysis of the internal structure of an electric vehicle showed that by simplifying various components (brakes, cooling systems, semiconductor components), the developers from SAIC-GM-Wuling managed to save a lot. The professor found that at a retail price of $5,600 (the top-end version of the Wuling Hongguang MINI EV released in 2020 was included in the disassembly), the cost of car components is $4,240.
One of the savings factors in the creation of the Wuling Hongguang MINI EV is the lack of systems that are typical for full-size electric vehicles. For example, there is no regenerative braking or battery water cooling. Another factor is the use of unified components, and not those that were created specifically for this electric vehicle. For example, semiconductor components are exactly the same as those used in household appliances. Such modules, alas, are easily damaged and fail, but they are cheap and easy to replace.
33-inch 9K screen and 1400-watt AKG speakers in a premium sedan. 2023 Cadillac CT6 unveiled
Cadillac introduced the flagship Cadillac CT6 sedan of the new generation, and also announced its pricing policy.
The Omega rear-wheel drive platform is retained in the new generation. The car received a body with dimensions of 5223 x 1890 x 1473 mm with a wheelbase of 3109 mm. The car received a spring suspension with adaptive dampers.
The exterior of the new Cadillac CT6 differs from the previous one with a modernized radiator grille, other optics and new horizontal direction indicators.
The interior is upholstered in Nappa leather with stitching, quilting and perforations. The car features dark ash wood and metallic accents, a 33-inch 9K curved screen, 1400W AKG audio speakers and 26-color ambient lighting.
The new Cadillac CT6 is equipped with a 2.0-liter petrol turbo engine that produces 237 hp. and 350 Nm of torque, paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission.
In China, the price starts at $50,000.
“A turning point in the history of motorsport and a cornerstone of the Bentley legend” – 1923 24 Hours of Le Mans car sold for $3.7 million
Kidston SA sold a 1922 Bentley 3 Liter convertible for about $3.7 million. Kidston calls it “one of the most historically significant British cars”.
It is the first Bentley (and the first British car) to compete in the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans, which took place exactly one hundred years ago, in 1923.
The Bentley 3 Litre (Chassis 141) took fourth place at Le Mans as early as May 1923, but cemented the brand’s status as a serious competitor. Moreover, the car glorified Bentley and spurred brand sales.
The car was driven by Bentley dealer John Duff, who covered 3,350 km and set 38 international records. The Bentley 3 Liter engine has about 70 hp. and allows you to accelerate to 136 km / h.
“This Bentley is more than just an old car, it is a turning point in motorsport history and the cornerstone of the Bentley legend,” said Simon Kidston, founder of Kidston, who brokered the recent deal.
Huawei and Seres cars turn out to be super bestsellers: 100,000 cars produced in 15 months
On the evening of May 27, the Seres Liangjiang Smart Factory hosted the launch ceremony for the 100,000th Aito vehicle. Zhang Xinghai, Chairman of Seres Group, and Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei Terminal BG, attended the gala event.
Zhang Xinghai said that Aito has completed the production of 100,000 vehicles in just 15 months and has become the fastest growing brand of new energy vehicles. He added that Huawei is an important software product integrator in the Seres automotive industry network, and the two sides engage in joint design and joint marketing services.
Aito vehicles use many Huawei components and technologies, such as electric motors, electronic control systems, automotive mechanisms, and intelligent driving.
Since the start of the joint business cooperation in 2021, Seres Automobile and Huawei have jointly launched various Aito models: Aito Wenjie M5 EV/EREV and Aito Wenjie M7 EREV.
As of April 2023, Aito has sold 92,485 vehicles, including about 80% hybrids and 20% electric vehicles. Sales of the Aito Wenjie M5 were 66,138 vehicles and the Wenjie M7 was 26,347 vehicles.
In February this year, Seres and Huawei signed a joint business development agreement, announcing a common business goal of achieving 1 million production and sales of new energy vehicles in 2026.
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