The nameplate of the Ford Ranger returns to the United States after an absence of eight years. Once again, Ford has a credible entry into the burgeoning truck market with a powerful turbocharged engine and extended safety technology. The ability to tow 7,500 pounds or take 1,800 pounds of freight means you do not always need a Ford F-150.
Although the 2019 Ranger is new in the United States and Canada, it has been present on the world markets since 2011. The Ranger's cockpit has not aged well and some technologies have passed their sell-by date.
Only in the world of pickup trucks, a vehicle can measure 211 inches long and be described as a medium-sized vehicle. The Ford Explorer 2020 at 199 inches is at the top of what is considered an intermediate SUV. The Ranger is a two-row pickup. The SuperCab version offers a comfortable cargo space for the legs at the back of a six-foot cargo bed, while the more expensive variant of the SuperCrew (you have to choose one or the other). other) gets a passable rear seat, but the bed is only five feet long (44.8 inches wide on the inside). which means that 4 × 8 plywood or drywall will not stay flat). Which is a shame because the Ranger carries between 1,560 and 1,860 pounds of freight.
The Ranger I tested was a superior 4 × 4 Ranger Lariat, featuring the SuperCrew configuration (larger cab, smaller cargo area) and off-road configuration, for an amount under 45 $ 000. But the least expensive Ranger XL at $ 25,395 has the same powerful turbo-four engine coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission providing 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, which is a lot for something with only 2,3 liters of displacement. This is why the basic price of the Ranger is higher than that of the competition: every Ranger built has the right engine.
These cheaper Rangers come with the Ford Sync version that dates from the introduction of Ke $ ha. It has a 4.3 inch screen. Upgrade to Lariat and get Sync 3, one of the best infotainment interfaces available, with a simpler interface and larger fonts. One of Sync 3's signature tricks is the large ring and number inside indicating the volume or temperature you set. The darkest part of the ring indicates the fraction of volume or maximum temperature reached.
As standard equipment, Ford provides Telematics, Sync Connect and a Wi-Fi access point serving the cabin and at a distance of about 20 meters from the truck. On a construction site, until the accessory turns off (about 20 minutes, then go back and press the ACC button again), you can get Internet access for a tablet and the car's antenna emits a stronger signal than that of your phone.
The Ranger offers Ford Co-Pilot360 technology: Blind Spot Detection (Ford Blind Spot Information System) with Truck and Trailer Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping System, Pre-Collision Warning and Braking automatic emergency. This is a $ 735 option on the XL input that also includes front and rear detection and a 150-watt power outlet.
It's been months since I did not test a 2019 or 2020 vehicle whose Adaptive Cruise Control was not fully self-sufficient, which means it did not take you to the ### ### ### ##################################################################### 39, stop completely, then resume speed. The Ranger ACC stops at 10 mph, making the function useless in traffic jams.
The old dashboard has a mechanical speedometer with a 4-inch LCD screen on each side. Having the fuel gauge next to the ACC's next distance information, the two vertical stripes, was difficult for the eyes.
Also missing is Ford's Pro Trailer Backup Assist, a clever button that explains how to get the truck back in the desired direction without getting into the wallet.
The 2019 Ford Ranger is new to the US market but otherwise it is an eight year old vehicle. The ride is usually mild, perhaps too soft for some. The opposite may be the case if you order the $ 1,295 FX4 off-road package: daily driving will be too hard for others and it does not have the merit of the off-road version of the Raptor version of the F-150 .
The XL Ranger entry is limited in features such as cruise control (no adaptive cruise control) or power door locks, although you can add them in a set of options. You will want that and the Co-Pilot360 package.
The midrange XLT Ranger costs $ 32,290, shipping costs of $ 1,195 included. The Lariat Ranger costs $ 33,585 and includes the Sync 3 standard. On the three cut lines, the SuperCrew adds $ 2,400 to the price. Four-wheel drive vehicles add $ 4,000, more than double what you pay for SUVs from two to four-wheel drive. The SuperCab is too comfortable for adults, so SuperCrew is probably the Ranger you want.
The 2019 Ranger makes more sense if you are buying a truck and not a family car and if you do not need an adaptive cruise control. If you are thinking of towing, you need the towing package of $ 495 to get a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds. When you do not tow, you'll get decent mileage: 21 mpg City / 26 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive, 20/24 with four-wheel drive. For a pickup, these are exceptional. Colorado with its optional turbo diesel engine: 20 cities / 30 routes.
In terms of competition, the Honda Ridgeline, Chevrolet Colorado / GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma and the new Gladiator Jeep are all strong competitors with more contemporary interiors. The full-size F-150 is more comprehensive than the Ranger and is also the best-selling vehicle in the United States (over 800,000 in 2018). The Ranger can be a medium-sized pick-up suitable, even against the F-150, if you tow heavy loads or carry a bed of heavy equipment; just not extraordinarily heavy loads / materials. This is ideal for pick-up owners and there is no silt motor in the base pad to keep the price down. Buy simply knowing that you are getting a pickup capable with a technology backtracking. Ford will need a new Ranger over the next two years to be competitive.
The Hyundai Palisade 2020 will shake up the mid-size SUV market. It's a superbly designed ground cruiser for those who want mausoleum, quiet cab, USB jacks for the wazoo, automated highway driving, retractable seats at the back, tow, off-road, and the big grille that you can not avoid most new SUV models.
The Hyundai Palisade costs between $ 33,000 and $ 47,000 and first deliveries will reach dealers in the last two weeks of June. The disadvantages are modest: the basic model, Palisade SE, does not have the standard of blind spot detection on other cutting lines and harms an otherwise solid security package. Infotainment will require trial and error learning. The third-row space is ok for an SUV under 200 inches, but the vans of a half-foot more are much more spacious at the rear. The passenger seat is separate and uneven from the driver's seat.
All in all, you should go to Palisade and Kia Telluride if you are shopping for the Ford Explorer (also new, shipped in July), Toyota Highlander (scheduled for the end of the year), Honda Pilot, Subaru Ascent and VW Atlas. Palisade is as important to Hyundai as the mid-size Hyundai Genesis sedan was a decade ago.
The Palisade replaces the three-row Hyundai Santa Fe XL, while the two-row Santa Fe remains in place. At 196 inches, the palisade has a length of 3 inches and a higher class than any other Hyundai with regard to the insulation of materials and cabin noise. This extra length translates to a more spacious footprint for the front legs, 3 more inches in the second row and a half inch more in the third row. The second row also increased 3 inches of shoulder space and one inch of free space. The target population of Hyundai is the young family of two or more children, but it is also ideal for long trips for two couples.
During a day driving the first palisades in production, they proved to be excellent tourists on the highway. The Palisade is a good off-road terrain, but not a rock exploration robot. On broken roads, the suspension is a little stiff. Inside, cabin quality, comfort and noise suppression are exceptional. Driver aids worked well, including the semi-autonomous driving function called Drive Assist.
The coolest Palisade technology is the invisible vision monitor, an improved blind spot detection system. When you turn the turn signal lever, corner views of the rear camera of the left or right channels appear on the dashboard. You receive sound alerts and a video about what is happening in the blind spot. The views are wider than what you see in mirrors. That's what Honda Lane Watch could have and should have become; Lane Watch is a camera only on the right side whose output is displayed on the stack, which prevents effective access to navigation or infotainment. Honda is a company focused on engineering, and when an engineer becomes an engineer, it deserves to be appreciated.
The Hyundai Blind View Monitor is offered in the premium premium model with its 12.3-inch LCD dashboard. The panel includes two left and right circular gauge groups (photo inset), framing a rectangular multi-information display. Press the left turn signal to view the left blind spot of the left gauge circle (pictured above), as well as visual and audible alerts. It's reassuring to be able to check the audible and visual alerts with a virtual eye over your shoulder, which does not require you to turn to your seat. the side mirrors have not missed anything. This is one of the few limited features not available on the mid-range SEL. The only way for Blind View Monitor might be to preview the blind spot before pressing the turn signal, either by pressing the steering lever or by pressing the left and right steering wheel buttons. The BVM is particularly useful for older drivers who have trouble turning their heads and for those who can not be disturbed.
If the invisible vision monitor is the coolest technology, the most important is the Hyundai driving assistant, which means that the car stays on the highway, maintains a fixed speed and slows down or stops if the car ahead stop. For this level 2 driving to be unchecked, you must keep your hands on the wheel at least every 10 seconds (so that the car knows you're still there). This is on par with Nissan Pro Pilot Assist or, in this case, Tesla Autopilot without the Tesla Bouffant. As with most competing cars, the L2 autonomy commitment takes more than one step to commit, but then it commits adaptive cruise control.
Drive Assist is part of the Hyundai security group called Hyundai SmartSense. Drive Assist is standard on the Limited, one of the many options of the SEL, not the SE. I found that Drive Assist had always maintained the chosen distance, did not see the lane on the freeways, sometimes baffled off lanes on tighter turns on non-interstate limited access roads, and I I was surprised by the reduction right in front of you (every other L2 car is too), which all represent the state of the art today. These are not faults. That's what you'll get in 2019. They will help make long trips safer and more enjoyable.
Drive Assist will be adapted to the current speed limit (when the map has been loaded in the car) and will increase from 65 to 55 mph in an urban area. But Hyundai does not recognize speed limit signs, which is a disadvantage, and does not allow drivers to grab an offset of, say, 5, 7 or 10 mph over the posted limit, which ignores driving standards US. Coincidentally, the new Ford Explorer – which will likely be Palisade's closest competitor – also adapts to speed limit signs and allows drivers to cross the posted limit at a speed greater than the posted speed to track traffic.
See the USB socket on the back of the front seat backrest? Hyundai has two, for a total of five USB ports in the Palisade SE base, seven for the limited premium, and seven for optional mid-level SELs. This is just one example of how Hyundai put things in infotainment.
With Limited's 10.3-inch LCD and optional on the intermediate SEL, you can open three windows on the screen at the same time. The navigation works pretty well. Now that Hyundai and most others offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, you can end up using Waze because of its superior traffic and cop reporting. You can have two smartphones connected by Bluetooth to the car simultaneously on some cutting lines.
When the rear passengers fall asleep, you can only direct audio to the front speakers. This is called the silent mode of the rear seats. Conversely, when children get noticed, the Palisade now uses the STFU button developed by the previous generation Toyota Highlander. This is more politely called Driver Talk In-Car Intercom and allows the driver to send his message to the central and rear squares, momentarily interrupting any audio player and advising children to calm down.
Harman Kardon's superior 630-watt audio quality with 12 speakers was fabulous. It's only on the Limited and it sounds great with a set of Harman sampler music with uncompressed WAV files. Harman Clari-Fi software improves low bit rate music files, but nothing beats uncompressed files if you have good ears.
You may find it difficult to find the secondary features of the infotainment system. Similarly, it is difficult to locate and press the nine consecutive buttons located just below the ventilation holes, because with nine soldiers in a row, with black letters on satin chrome, it is difficult to identify them quickly. In terms of design, the long row is beautiful.
The Limited has a head-up display. In size and brightness, it's good, but not great. It's poor if you use polarized sunglasses. Hyundai displays information on blind spots in the HUD, which is really helpful.
Hyundai offers a full set of standard safety features: collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, lane assist assistance, rear parking sonar and camera (camera is mandatory), sleepy driver alert (Driver Warning), and helps swing the trailer. This is in addition to the mandatory stability control and anti-lock braking functions. According to Hyundai, the palisade was designed to get the highest rankings from the Ministry of Transportation and the IIHS, which are on hold.
The Limited includes a 360-degree surround-vision camera system that protects your bumpers and body side panels. You can also see pets or kids running towards the car when they are daddy or mom pulls in the driveway.
Do competent parents accidentally leave children or pets in the car? Each Palisade has a rear check warning when you stop the engine. The models SEL (optional) and Limited (standard) also feature an ultrasonic sensor that detects children and pets at the back. If you leave without them, the car warns you and if telematics is enabled, it sends a message to your phone. The counterpoint: if you have as many children as you follow in your vehicle, it may have been time to perform this vasectomy two or three children.
The Hyundai Palisade 2020 comes in three lines: a) affordable, but lacks an essential safety element (SE), b) what you need and customizable (SEL), and c) OMG, it's beautiful and almost fifty thousand (Limited). All come with three rows of seats, a 3.8-liter V6 direct-injection gasoline engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The EPA's fuel consumption ratings are acceptable, but not excellent for a mid-size SUV: city / highway 26 mpg / 22 mpg in general for city driving, Highway 19/24/21. Prices include transportation costs of $ 1,045. The all-wheel drive adds $ 1,700 to the price. Weight of 4,127 pounds (at the front, second row seat) at 4,387 pounds (AWD, captain's chairs).
To simplify explanations on trimming lines, here are all the features not available on the SE input, optional on SEL and standard on Limited: front parking sonar, self-leveling rear suspension, LED headlights and tail lights , hands-free tailgate, ventilated front seats, eight-way power driver seat, second-row heated seats, third-row folding / folding / reclining seats, heated steering wheel, 10.25-inch center console touch screen with navigation, connections to several devices (telephone), dialogue with the pager in the rear seats, Qi wireless charging and Blue Link telematics. For more details:
Palisade SE, $ 32,595 front wheel drive / $ 34,295 AWD. The SE caries eight with its standard second row seat. The roof vents have a diffuser design that can be adjusted so that the passenger receives a lot of fresh air, but no direct blast of cold. The package rim / alloy tire is 245 / 60R18. It has an 8-inch center screen and a small monochrome multi-information display on the dashboard. The only options are the color and color of the fabric trim. The lack of detection of the blind spot makes the model undesirable; Fortunately, this will only account for about 10% of production, says Hyundai.
Palisade SEL, $ 34,545 FWD / $ 36,245, at $ 1,950, jump over the SE. It adds the blind spot detection alert / rear cross traffic alert that is missing at the OS. You can choose the second row seat or the captain's chairs at the same price. A single-panel sunroof above the front seats is standard.
Two very useful packages bring SEL mid-way between the basic SEL and the limited product, 39,145 USD / 40,485 AWD. The Convenience Package, $ 2,200, or $ 3,100, mandatory $ 900 sunroof, features 20-inch alloys, a self-leveling rear suspension, LED tail lights, and 39; a hands-free tailgate, a 7-inch LCD panel for instruments, rear sunshades), third-row USB ports and a power outlet. The $ 2,400 and $ 5,500 Premium Package, including the Convenience Package and Sunroof Package, also features leather seats, premium dashboard trim, two LED headlights, a seat eight power-assisted settings, built-in memory for driver's seat and mirrors, heated steering wheel third-row folding / reclining seats.
You can add the electric sunroof as a stand-alone option. But try adding optional stand-alone guidance (navigation, 10.25 inch LCD, roadside assistance, satellite radio, HD radio, Talk Talk, multiple device connections, Blue Link telematics), and you'll see that you need Convenience Package.
Palisade Limited, $ 45,745 FWD / $ 47,445 AWD. Visually, we obtain a different grille with more horizontal elements. The 12.3-inch LCD dashboard is a Limited exclusive, just like HK Audio, and a double sunroof with a massive fixed back panel. As for the SE entrance, you just have to choose the exterior and interior colors. If you have money, go for it. The first two rows are at least as spacious as an Escalade.
When the first Hyundai Genesis (now the Genesis G80) arrived on the 2009 model, the midsize sedan was endowed with a lot of luxury. A modest disadvantage: the driver has a power assisted seat but not the passenger. From now on, the front seats of the Palisade on the SEL and the Limited are ventilated for the driver and the passenger. But the passenger on the palisade must do without lumbar support and power settings. Or maybe Hyundai felt the need to shave 5 to 10 pounds.
Residents of cities in cold weather should not have to pay $ 5,500 in bundles of Russian dolls to get a heated steering wheel with SEL. No $ 4,350 to get satellite and HD radio. As one BMW official said 10 years ago, when HD radio was an expensive supplement, "the next version of the HD radio will be called" radio ".
We're hoping for a hybrid version – or better, a plug-in hybrid version – of Palisade. For carpool, a 25-mile PHEV battery could well push mpg in the thirties. The story says that oil will not be cheap forever. Hyundai, remember, is the company whose team includes two hybrids, two plug-in hybrids, two electric vehicles and a hydrogen fuel cell, none of which is bigger than a medium-sized one. .
The Hyundai Palisade 2020 is an excellent three-row SUV for people who want a three-row SUV. It's also a very big SUV, on the verge of being in full size. There are half a dozen serious competitors, many of whom are new or refreshed. The sixth-generation Ford Explorer just launched is the most direct competitor. The Explorer transmission is now based on rear-wheel drive, while the Palisade is designed on front-wheel drive. The Explorer is the best selling mid-size SUV, with 262,000 US sales last year and 7.5 million in the US since 1990. Buyers may find the Palisade interior a little more upscale. A fully equipped Explorer Platinum costs $ 61,000, $ 13,000 more than the top picket fence. This is the territory of BMW X5. Almost.
The fourth generation Toyota Highlander arrives late in the year on a new platform, within an inch of the palisade. It will have four-cylinder gasoline and hybrid versions, as well as V6. The hybrid is expected to have a combined yield of 34 mpg, 50% better than the Palisade. Highlander sold 245,000 units last year, just behind the explorer. The 3-4-5 SUVs listed on the 2018 sales list, the Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Subaru Outback, have average capacity, but they are not direct competitors and can only accommodate five people at most. The Honda No. 6 driver had its best year in 2018, with 160,000 sales, and was refreshed for 2019. But the pilot feels his age. The Honda Sensing safety range is now standard on all cutting lines, but Blind Spot detection is not part of Honda Sensing and, like the Palisade, BSD does not belong to Honda Sensing. is not supplied as standard on the last of the five cutting lines of Pilot. Pilot's infotainment system annoys users with a volume knob but no tuning knob. At least Pilot no longer has LaneWatch.
Whatever their sales, two international competitors may be able to take the Palisade: the Subaru Ascent and the Volkswagen Atlas. The Nissan Pathfinder is classified as the Palisade, but it dates from the 2013 model year with a refresh in 2017 and remains less competitive. All offer three-row seats.
Among American vehicles of similar size, the Chevrolet Traverse and the high-end twin GMC Acadia are spacious and less expensive, but the interior does not match that of the Palisade. Buick Enclave, the sister of the Traverse, has a more upscale interior, but the upscale is almost $ 10,000 more expensive than Palisade. The largest Jeep, Grand Cherokee, is a five-seater. The Dodge Durango is your SUV if you want a luxury car that can seat seven people.
None of these vehicles are as spacious, especially in the third row, as the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna or Chrysler Town & Country minivans.
As for Kia Telluride, there are many similarities with the palisade, particularly with regard to the design of the engine, the transmission and the overall structure. Roughly, the Telluride plays off-road where the Palisade is focused on the style of the cockpit and the comfort of driving on the road. But (full-width photo above), the Palisade is doing well off-road and carries 5,000-pound trailers. Most dimensions are similar. The Telluride finds an extra 3 cubic feet of storage behind the third-row seats. The Telluride is $ 140 – $ 115 cheaper depending on the level of finish. The Palisade / Telluride pair will further affect the sales of Ford Explorer on the coast, while it will remain strong in central America. But Explorer will probably pull the sales of the worst performing SUVs.
The Hyundai Palisade 2020 is pretty much the biggest construction the Hyundai conglomerate builds without anchors, which Americans and American backers appreciate. The palisade will be a success. Palisade has been retained by many editors for the title of car of the year and the top 10. Just as they did for 2020 Explorer. The Palisade is a real premium vehicle for Hyundai, like Mazda with the CX-5 compact SUV and Mazda3 sedan and hatchback.
In fact, the Hyundai Palisade is so well executed and so upscale that it forces Hyundai's premium brand, Genesis, to go beyond what the Palisade has done. Look for the GV80 unveiled this fall and deliveries expected in the first half of 2020.
Should Americans be wary in the least if Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) merges with Renault, as is currently said? Should you be thrilled by the prospect of a Renault Clio coming to the US, since many American butts will not hold on the seats of a 149-inch subcompact sedan?
Probably not, so keep it simple: the FCA is doing well. He has money to invest because his brands (Jeep and Ram) beat asses in sales. Cultivated men drooled when seeing the Jeep Gladiator 2020 pickup truck at various winter-spring auto shows. This gives the multinational FCA based in London (not to ask) the opportunity to go shopping. Or, at the very least, go window shopping.
What FCA wants is what Renault has: a greater advance in the electric vehicle sector than the F or C share. Moreover, access to Renault may or may not mean access to Nissan, the partner of Renault, which is also a key player in electric vehicles. It also means possible access to Mitsubishi, which, uh, well, sometimes you get puzzle pieces that do not always complete the picture. Expect more alliances and mergers, as automakers have to deal with the enormous costs of electrification, as well as the need to work at higher levels of autonomous driving.
With new CEO Mike Manley, Fiat Chrysler is committed to building cars, SUVs and vans using a wide range of powertrains: conventional gasoline and diesel, hybrids, plug-in hybrids and pure electric vehicles. In March, Manley said FCA would develop opportunities "including at least four plug-in hybrid vehicles and the flexibility to produce fully electric battery vehicles."
Remember the Facebook status box that every teenager ticked: "In a relationship and it's complicated"? This box has been checked here too. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance dates back to 1999 between Renault and Nissan and Mitsubishi joined the company in 2017. The three companies represented the largest automation in the world and 10 to 11 million cars a year (Nissan 6 million, Renault 4 million and Mitsubishi 1 million a year ago). With 500,000 electric vehicles sold since 2010, they are also the leading player in electrification. (Tesla is around 300,000 for comparison.)
The three manufacturers did not own, but they invest one in the other: 43% in Renault (with voting rights), 15% in Renault (without rights) and Nissan in control of Mitsubishi . They control 10 brands: Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Infiniti, Samsung Renault, Dacia, Alpine, Datsun, Venucia and Lada.
While FCA seems to be interested in Renault's know-how in electric vehicles, it's Nissan that sells a lot more electric vehicles. The Leaf has recently surpassed 400,000 sales. Analysts have been busy deciding whether they think an FCA-Renault alliance is good or bad for Nissan. Nissan sells more vehicles and you have twice the market value. Nissan also has a significant self-driving effort and Nissan ProPilot Assist You have been well received. In addition, Renault does not have many cars of interest for the North American market. The Renault Clio looks clear, but critics say that the interior space is insufficient compared to its competitors and that the United States is not yet dying for another type of Ford Fiesta.
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, before FCA's appeal, had added a Alliance 2022 A campaign to reach 14 million sales and 240 billion dollars by 2022. But the iconic leader of the alliance, Carlos Ghosn, is in prison in Japan this year (the Japanese continue to arrest him again and he continues to deposit a bond, most recently in April) for under-reporting his entries and misusing the company's assets. Last November, I was like you as Nissan president. I was previously president of Renault and since the early 2000s, I had a reputation for being a strong supporter of cost reduction and an innovator.
Previously, the prospects for electrification in China, the world's largest automobile market, seemed to cause concern, with 28 million sales in 2018, compared to 17 million in the United States, and even greater pollution in the field of air pollution. Now, FCA is apparently seeing potential in the United States.
The Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500 models are both equipped with gasoline engines equipped with 48-volt battery-powered electric motors, which function as cost-effective boosters and on-road and off-road turbochargers. Several automakers such as the start-up Rivian, Tesla and now Ford are talking about electric vans and Ram is also doing research and development work. As a market, it will be small for a while. And for now, FCA has to work with other manufacturers. Electrified vehicles include:
Jeep Wrangler with a four-cylinder eTorque engine, FCA-talk for the 48-volt electric motor booster with a battery of 0.4 kWh. This is an extra $ 1000.
US Electric Vehicle sales from FCA have been modest. Last fall, Green Car Reports estimated that the EV version of the Fiat 500e EV achieved about 19,000 US sales over five years. FCA launched the 500th as a California "compliance car" to meet the state's 2012-2017 zero-emission mandate. At times during the period, FCA was offering the 500th at rental rates of less than $ 100 a month, with a low cash expenditure. This gives you a car with a narrow cockpit and a range of 84 km. It has been working for the last five years, but now buyers are looking for a range of 150 miles or more.
The smaller and larger halo brands of FCA such as Alfa Romeo are geared towards hybrids and plug-in hybrids because a) they have to keep up with the competition, b) comply with fuel economy standards and (c) electric motors propelling hybrids. act as additional turbochargers.
The tastes of the United States can change and become more acceptable for electric vehicles, mainly in urban areas. You will see more UFOs in the heart of America than electrified Fiats. But the market is clearly looking for cars over 100 miles. This is where the builders partners intervene. Thus, FCA's approach towards Renault and the discussions on a near-equal merger.
Washington, the ruling party at the moment, has mixed concerns about climate change, including the current of thought "what global warming it was cold in May". But surveys show that America is changing. A large part of the world is worried about global warming from internal combustion engines. You can lick air pollution, but CO2 emissions – which are directly related to the amount of fossil fuel produced by the exhaust pipes, no matter how clean the exhaust gases – can damage the planet in the long term, and in the short term. That's what they feel, as citizens of the coastal towns who voted for Hillary. In addition, many students and young people could be present until 2100. Few conservative Republicans. Currently, seven out of ten Americans say they are fairly or very worried about global warming. According to a poll in late 2018, five years ago, it was barely over half.
FCA therefore has more reasons to court Renault (and perhaps Nissan): access to EV technology increasingly efficient. As long as the Jeeps and Ram vans are selling well, FCA has money to spend.
Could we see more mergers and alliances? Delete possibly. Antitrust regulators are less concerned about the purchase of common parts or things that may not be considered advanced technologies (transmissions, infotainment). Automakers say that they need alliances and maybe mergers, like Renault and FCA here. In the 1990s, it was thought that the automaker had to build 1 million cars a year to survive. Now, it can be 5 million.
The hottest rumor, and the rumor speaks of all this, is that Ford and General Motors could merge. Or should merge. The idea took off with a story of May 30 in MarketWatch This has claimed that a merger of the two is inevitable, mainly because of the doubts that Ford can actually put on the market of the 40 Hybrid and EV models it claims to be 2022, and if they do, they will not sell not. Meanwhile, GM has problems, but not at Ford's level, and has been warned in both electrification and autonomous driving. The real asset of GM in the hole lies in the quality of its cars in China. Until now, most media have made reference to history without judging the chances of this happening. If so, combine it with the high costs of developing new generation technologies and fierce competition from international car manufacturers.
Mini now offers a plug-in hybrid version in its larger model, the Countryman. Like all Mini, the plug-in is a fun to drive, with large instrument clusters and toggle switches. But, oh, compromises: the small battery adds only 12 km of electric autonomy. The more electric gas range is about 270 miles. The suspension is rigid, the wheelbase is short and the driving can be agitated. The car weighs less than two tons. Our test car has cost more than $ 45,000 and the cheapest rechargeable Countrymen hybrid is in its thirties. The base prices do not include a lot of assistance to driver safety and no money will allow you to detect blind spots.
The strongest competition from Mini comes from the neighboring dealer with the blue and white propeller logo. BMW sells the Mini more or less like the BMW X1. They look very different, but they are built around the same front-drive business chassis.
PHEV Mini S E – Many stories have it like Mini SE without space – uses a 134-horsepower turbocharged three-cylinder engine (turbocharged, because otherwise you have a good driving engine) to drive the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. An electric motor of 87 hp feeding a lithium-ion battery of 7.6 kWh feeds the rear. Together, they produce 221 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque. The EPA rated the car at 27 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on a highway, 27 mpg combining gasoline and 65 MPGe. But if you want to get 65 MPG, you'll have to hook up the car every night, and there may be times – human nature and all – you can say, maybe not tonight, I'll just pick up 12 miles of range. But with only a 9.5-gallon tank, you have a range of about 230 km for gasoline, allowing you to use 8.5-gallon fuel capacity.
The problem is that you will need a full charge of electrons on board every morning to be able to use the engine at will, as a second turbocharger. Electric motors provide maximum torque at 0 rpm, when gas engines are the weakest. Having electronic power at the rear is a way to get a full transmission without operating a drive shaft and a differential with respect to the rear axle. Toyota hybrids have been doing this for years.
When you press the accelerator, the car advances in the space of 6 to 7 seconds, depending on who is holding the stopwatch and who is hitting the accelerator. This is good. The engine offers quick getaways at the red light. It's fast around the country roads. Where this Mini falls is on the average American way. A wheelbase of only 105 inches provides rough driving on all surfaces, except for the smoothest surfaces. Repeating politics for a moment: Republicans, Democrats and independents all want better infrastructure, but they can not stop quarreling over which piggy bank to plunder to pay for the job.
The front passenger saloon is good and the saloon at the back is passable. The minis lack cup holders and storage space.
By far, the Minis are pretty much alike: they are small and look like hatchbacks. Most have sports versions (Cooper S) and serious (John Cooper Works). You can see the family resemblance dating back to the late 1950s and the original Mini Cooper designed by Sir Alec Issigonis. This first Mini around 1959 was really Mini, measuring only 120 inches long. (The smallest car in the United States today is the two-seat Smart Fortwo, 106 inches long.) The base Mini Cooper now sold is 151 inches long (two doors) or 157 inches long. inches long (four doors). The Countryman tested here measures 170 inches long, 72 inches wide and 61 inches tall. Between the two, the Mini Clubman measures 168 x 71 x 57. The Minis Coupé and Roadster models were abandoned after 2015 because they were too close to the hardtop and the Mini Cooper convertible. There was also the three-door variant of the Countryman called the Paceman; he died after 2016.
The Basic Mini Country S E All 4 Basic costs $ 37,800 (including shipping costs: $ 850) and includes a panoramic roof, sports seats and a 6.5-inch center screen. The Signature ($ 40,250) includes a touch-screen multimedia information system, heated seats, a keyless entry system, dual-zone climate control and climate control, as well as braking systems in case of collision and emergency alarm. The Iconic ($ 45,250) includes navigation, Apple CarPlay and headlamps / LED lights. Additional driver safety fees: $ 850 for Adaptive Cruise Control, Front / Rear Parking Sound and Parking Assist.
The Countryman SE All4 was created to enhance the appeal of the Mini among environmentally motivated buyers, such as motivating them with a range of 12 kilometers, as well as for buyers wishing to benefit from a tax credit ( $ 4,100) or preferred parking status in certain garages and office complexes where shippers are installed. near the main elevator or the entrance of employees. But the car also provides more power than the non-PHEV Minis and costs less than the total performance of John Cooper Works.
It lacks an adaptive damping system, which means that shocks adapt to road conditions. The absence of adaptive suspension could be a hindrance for spouses and partners who admire the appearance of your Mini, but who have learned the lessons of a trying experience, not to apply cosmetic products while the car is driving. Lipstick plus potholes more equal equals war painting.
Mini is the small high-end car in the United States. The Smart, belonging to Mercedes, is cute in Europe but is not sold here. the moment you add all the airbags and more, you pay the same as for Hyundai or Toyota with a space for four people, which most Americans value more than you can almost park two Smart cars laterally in a parallel parking space. The Honda Fit is a fabulous little car, between the Basic Cooper and the Countryman / Clubman.
What sells the Minis, it's their originality, their sportiness (real and unimagined) and their huge variety of options (most Minis are factory-ordered, not sold.) Reliability is around the average now Consumer Reports ranks 15 out of 28 brands in its 2019 reliability ranking of car brands.The competition is that of other premium compact SUVs, most of which have higher visibility and load capacity bigger.
If you're interested in the Countryman S All4, be sure to take an extended test drive and take any family member who can make your life miserable if you ignore his opinions. If you can unravel the car for the weekend, better yet.
You will probably find: 1. A cute car. 2. manages well. 3. 12 miles on battery is not much. 4. Steep ride. 5. Driver safety helps some competitors set a standard that will cost you more than $ 1,000. 6. Blind spot detection is not available. 7. A sufficient load space for two people on weekends (but there is the roof rack). Mini is an intriguing brand and carries the aura of a luxury car, it costs $ 50K (although some models do).
You may have trouble understanding the reason for such a modest range reserved for electric vehicles, even though you know that the electric motor serves to constantly improve the performance of the car. Plus, if you look at the diffuser, not just the PHEV, you may find that the turbo-three engine (other than the PHEV model examined here) is not enough, so look at the turbo-four models.
If you want everything electric, hold on tight. The purely electric Mini S E will debut this summer and (but) it focuses on sports performance and not on maximum reach. An average demonstration mini was to have a battery of 33 kWh and a range of about 110 miles with a weight of 265 pounds more than the Mini Cooper petrol engine. First deliveries to customers are expected in November.
The title of Tesla is approaching half of its record level of 2017. It is down more than half of the $ 420 valuation of Elon Musk's action last fall, suggesting that Tesla would achieve his goal if he took the company behind closed doors. (No, you can not predict such things without disturbing the SEC.) Tesla has had ups and downs. Long-term investors have been rewarded for the most part. But now?
No one says that Tesla makes a face or, more specifically, that you will not be able to buy the only EV that counts. (In the spirit of Tesla 's purists.) But Tesla now travels unknown roads. The biggest problem that Tesla will face could be if China wanted to buy as many Teslas. Meanwhile, Tesla eliminated a few thousand people from the S and X model price list. Then, Consumer Reports issued a safety warning about the Tesla autopilot's lane change functions.
Let's take a look at Tesla's key problems this week: another autopilot safety issue, the Tesla car situation, the stock price and the market outside the United States, especially China.
Wednesday, Consumer Reports said"The latest version of Tesla's automatic lane change feature is far less competent than a human driver." According to Jake Fisher, Senior Director of Consumer Reports' automatic tests, "(L), the system makes things easier, but the human needs to intervene when things get complicated."
With the current release of Autopilot software, released April 3, automatic lane changes are now part of the enhanced autopilot or autonomous driving capability. The latter, despite his name, is not totally autonomous. The Consumer Reports test drivers had mixed impressions:
In early May, our Model 3 received a software update that allowed Navigate on Autopilot to make automatic changes without the need for driver confirmation. We turned on this feature and traveled several Connecticut highways. During the process, many controllers reported that the Tesla often changed lanes in such a way as to prevent a cautious human driver from being too close to other cars, and going right. (We could not help to add importance here.) Ed.)
In practice we found that Navigate on Autopilot was very late on the skills of a driver: the function cut cars without leaving enough space and even passed on cars in a manner that violated state laws, according to several representatives of law enforcement agencies interviewed by CR for this report. . As a result, the driver often had to prevent the system from making bad decisions.
Tesla's comment did not seem to directly address CR's concerns: "Navigating Autopilot is based on map data, fleet data, and data from the vehicle's sensors, but it's up to the driver to stay in control of the vehicle. the car at all times, including making safe lane changes. "
Tesla's production and sales figures are notoriously difficult to understand. When a new model is announced, Tesla explains how many thousands of stewards have deposited deposits. When revenue is not good for sales, Tesla talks about production and, as surely as Boston sports fans become obnoxious when they feel a third title in sight, Tesla explains that an incredibly high number of sales has not yet been achieved. They have not yet been shipped because they are on carriers, roam the country or on boats to distant countries.
It's simple, in fact: when the total US tax credit of $ 7,500 per car expired at the end of 2018 and rose to $ 3,750 for the next six months, the first quarter 2019 deliveries of Tesla fell sharply. They were up 110% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018, which is normally your comparison. However, they were 31% lower in the first quarter of 2019 than in the fourth quarter of 2018 after the expiry of the total tax credit.
Here is Bloomberg writer Liam Denning Apri 3 describing the beginning of April Reporting days for sales / deliveries from January to April 2019 and how to make sure that Tesla will see the coming year:
Tesla has reported 360,000 to 400,000 vehicle deliveries in 2019. In just a few hours, CEO Elon Musk has (verbally) increased this figure to only 350,000 to 500,000 models 3. Then I tweeted information, I brought it back in a few hours and the Securities and Exchange Commission was involved.
Tesla reduced Model S's starting prices by $ 3,000 ($ 71,250) and model and SUVs by $ 2,000 ($ 71,950) this week. This offsets previous price increases or provides for a reduction of $ 3,750 to $ 1,875 in US tax credits in July. The $ 1,875 credit lasts for six months and then, for Tesla, it is gone.
While sales in the United States were slowing down and the European market had not yet had the same love story with Tesla as American buyers have shown, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, talked about opportunities in China. Last year, auto sales in China reached 28 million, compared with 17 million in the United States, the second largest automotive market. The conventional wisdom on why China was a good thing for Tesla was:
Tesla's plan was to build a factory in Shanghai for $ 500 million. The company started in January, it is supposed to build cars by the end of the year and the loan is due to the union of Chinese banks next spring. Given the difficulties faced by Tesla in ensuring the proper operation of its Fremont, California plant, the Shanghai production schedule may be uncertain. Some critics criticize: If Shanghai opens its doors on schedule, testing on the production line could be compromised. And if Tesla is waiting for the debug of the line, he will not build cars in China until 2020. The first cars built in this country would be Tesla Model 3, followed by Model Ys, the next affordable SUV.
In 2016, Anne Stevenson-Yang of J Capital Research wrote:
Tesla … has a crown of glamor on the Chinese market … (he) seems to achieve sales to businesses and not to individuals … Tesla launched its Model S in China in April 2014 and drew 15.3% of its revenue from China in 2014. But records did not follow sales because many vehicles were sitting in the channel or at Tesla's warehouse. It turned out that most of the buyers used their Tesla for commercial purposes, be they real estate developers or hotels guarantying cars outside, almost as accessories, to demonstrate their wealth to buyers potential.
It is difficult to know how well equipped Tesla is for a Chinese market that can represent a high production compared to innovation and luxury. The Tesla Model 3, which is just starting to be sold in China, is an economical car compared to the Model S. In China, the Model 3 Long Range, the cheapest Tesla, costs $ 64,300. In comparison, the BYD e5 electric sedan starts at $ 21,000. Tesla had the misfortune of having to fire in a garage in Shanghai and be filmed.
All electric vehicle manufacturers, not just Tesla, are also facing the problem of charging. The majority of Chinese city dwellers live in apartment buildings. Garages for one car are rarities. It is therefore difficult to find places to charge.
Outside of China, Teslas faces increased competition in Europe from Audi and Jaguar, and more and more automakers are appearing. Europe, too, seeks to reduce pollution through the increased use of electric vehicles and less dependence on diesel. The research and analysis company Jato Dynamics said that diesel sales accounted for 31% of the market in March. In comparison, sales of electrified vehicles (electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, hybrids) exceeded 100,000 for the first time.
Do you want to drive the Chevrolet people tax and you're still in high school? Chevrolet has just added an extra nanny function to its Teen Driver system, designed for four years. This time, the engine starts with a delay of 20 seconds before being able to leave the parking mode if the driver has not fastened his seatbelt. Buckle up before you start and you can immediately switch to Drive or Reverse.
Chevy has statistics from her side: a study by the Institute of Road Safety Assurance (IIHS) found that occasional users of seatbelts (regardless of their age) were increasing the number of times they were on the road. use of 16% when they were facing a delay of 20 seconds before they could go away. Chevrolet calls it loop to drive. It will be on the Chevrolet Traverse 2020, Malibu and Colorado, all of which will arrive this summer.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teens (aged 16 to 19), although suicides, homicides and especially drug overdoses are on the rise and could surpass road accidents. At present, according to the Center for Disease Control, teens make up the demographic group with the lowest rate of use of the seatbelt.
Chevrolet's partial solution aimed at keeping teenage drivers and their passengers safe and alive has been enhanced through its Teen Driver function in 2015. This is a series of prompts, locks , limiters, reminder reminders and other things you may like as a parent. you are happy that they were not inflicted on you in adolescence.
Teen Driver is activated via the key used by teenagers. It is activated whenever the car is started. He understands:
Chevrolet says the latest feature can not be incorporated back into the 2015-2019 cars currently equipped with Teen Driver.
Chevrolet is helping to lead the way in teen safety. But the industry as a whole, including Chevrolet, could do more.
At present, automakers are not taking advantage of the GPS system, maps and OCR software in front-facing cameras to customize alerts and limitations of the type of borrowed road.
The geofencing function of some cars allows parents to draw a circle 5, 10, 20 miles from the house and if the young driver comes out of the fence, he sends a text to the parents or lists the transgressions that can be discussed later. It's simplistic. Parents prefer to draw an amoeba-shaped card which is the driving zone for school evenings outside the mall even if it is within the 10-mile zone, or the house of an embarrassing boyfriend, etc.
The fixed speed ceiling is not what parents want. They want a tool to track the speed of the driver against the posted limit. Map data now includes speed limit data on most roads and is updated regularly. The Lane Departure Warning / Lane Departure Warning Cameras can also read Speed Limit Signs. Ask car manufacturers why they did not do it and they are told: not all roads have data. Sometimes, the cameras do not detect any sign of speed. But the technology works most of the time. This is something that Chevrolet and others could implement to give parents more useful information when they talk about safety.
All this will contribute to the safety of teenage drivers. Well, that, or they'll just switch to Uber and Lyft.