Tesla has had its ups and downs over the years with exploding cars, autopilot incidents and CEO Elon Musk, who has said and done nonsense on the Internet. But this week has been a big "up" for the electric car manufacturer. Tesla's latest quarterly report includes a record number of vehicle deliveries at 95.200.
Tesla shares rose as expected following the news, gaining 7% after a 35% drop since early 2019, year in which their turnover would have been slower than expected. Tesla took advantage of a full quarter to sell Model 3, its most affordable vehicle, in Europe and China. Model 3 had been launched previously for US buyers in 2018, after taking reservations for years.
Model 3 makes the vast majority of Tesla's record sales, at 77,550 euros. This is a 50% increase over the first quarter of the year. Sales of the more profitable S and X models also increased from 12,100 to 17,650. However, this number is lower than the 27,550 S and X vehicles delivered in the last quarter of 2018. This suggests that model 3 is moving some buyers of the most profitable cars. Nevertheless, the increase in sales made up for it.
Tesla also indicates that its production capacity increased by 13% in the second quarter of 2019. Only 7,400 cars were still in transit for buyers, compared to 10,600 at the end of the first quarter.
The increase in sales may be more difficult to maintain in the future. Tesla has cut prices several times in an effort to sell 400,000 cars this year. The automaker is also facing the end of the government's tax breaks for the sale of electric vehicles. The $ 7,500 tax credit dropped to $ 3,750 earlier this year and is now down to $ 1,875. It will disappear completely at the end of this year. The company is also always operating at a loss.
The upcoming launch of the Y model by Tesla may be a good point on the horizon. This vehicle shares the difference between the 3 model and the high-end X model. model X. The model will be launched at the end of 2020 for US customers.
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.
The carpool giant unveiled Wednesday its new autonomous car. Uber has partnered with Volvo to produce a new range of existing Volvo XC90 vehicles, specially designed for the Uber Autonomous Fleet. The new production model has the internal name 519G and comes with brakes and computerized steering systems directly from CNBC.
This contrasts with what Uber did with the XC90s. Prior to Wednesday's announcement, Uber had modified the existing XC90s for self-driving, which means that they do not have these built-in features, unlike the news.
Uber said the new XC90s are also safer and more reliable. According to a promotional video released by the company, they use LIDAR, radar and ultrasonic sensors to facilitate automatic driving.
Of course, the new XC90 still has standard brakes and a steering wheel for the man. This remains a common practice for autonomous vehicles because the technology is not yet removed to support fully automated cars.
Eric Meyhofer, president of the Uber Advanced Technology group, told CNBC that the company plans to test fully automated cars without a human driver in the near future, but acknowledged that it must gain "public trust" before doing so. Last year, progress of the Uber self-driving unit was halted and a pedestrian was killed in Arizona.
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The Tesla Model 3 may well be the company's "economical" offering, but it has some of the company's newest and most advanced features. For example, Model 3 was the first to receive continuous assistance from the autopilot. Today, Tesla unveiled a new accessory for model 3 – a wireless charger for your phone. This is a bit expensive compared to basic wireless desktop chargers, but not as much of similar OEM car accessories.
Model 3 Wireless Charge Kit $ 125, and you can buy it today. Tesla expects it to be shipped in 2-3 weeks. The charger can accommodate two phones and should work with any device compatible with the Qi wireless charging standard.
The prices of wireless chargers have dropped considerably since the adoption of the standard by Apple – you should be able to find a dual coil charger like this for your home office at $ 20-30 maximum. Even the cheapest Tesla is a premium vehicle, so it's no surprise that there is a small premium. Although the price is not compared to a lot of OEM accessories in cars. For example, Honda manufactures a wireless charging kit for some of its vehicles, and this equipment will cost you over $ 200.
The Tesla wireless charger plugs into the center console just below the large touch screen. It comes with two USB cables and a plastic lower lip to snap. The installation should therefore be as simple as plugging in a few cables and inserting them in the available space, but it uses the two integrated USB ports on the dashboard. In contrast, some wireless car charge kits (like the aforementioned Honda option) require partial disassembly of the dashboard for installation.
Unfortunately, Tesla does not provide charging specifications for the device. The basic charge rate Qi is 5W, which is much slower than the wired load. Devices such as the new Pixel 3, new iPhones, and Samsung flagship products support higher wireless charging speeds of between 7.5 and 10W. It's unclear whether Tesla's $ 125 wireless charger supports these faster speeds. The Nomad wireless charger for Model 3 is almost identical to Tesla's, and it offers a fast charge of 7.5 W for iPhones. It's not cheaper, though.
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.