For years, the doomsayers have been chanting in unison about how Tesla will be bankrupt soon. Yet the reality is people are flocking to buy electric cars from Tesla while turning up their noses at the vehicles coming from Jaguar and the legacy German car companies. Despite BMW’s self-proclaimed advances in battery and powertrain technology, it still refuses to build more pure battery electric cars. Jaguar and Audi struggle to build electric cars that have the range customers crave. And Mercedes can’t seem to sell its vaunted EQC at all despite a concerted marketing campaign, or has production problems.
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Porsche Cayenne , mileage – 105,454: The old Flying Pig has been racking up problems that aren’t really its fault at the moment. In a moment of madness my daughter, after cleaning her Golf , decided to hose down her mother’s Porsche. She told us that the rear offside tyre was as flat as a pancake. It took a tank of compressed air and would stay up for half a day, so the puncture is slow enough to get to somewhere with the facilities to change it (there is no spare and I don’t use the gunge stuff unless things are desperate). Then we switch the lights on and bang, the nearside dipped beam bulb has gone.
When “Jazzin’” Jeanne Brei decided to call her group The Speakeasy Swingers, it seems appropriate for the kind of vintage song and dance shows they deliver, or so one would think. Yet people in a younger age bracket didn’t know what a speakeasy was, while others’ idea of “swinging” had nothing at all to do with dancing. A “speakeasy” sed to mean an illicit establishment that sold illegal alcoholic beverages mostly during the Prohibition era in the 1930s, when the music was usually jazz-tinged and the dancing and fashion was considered a bit risqué for the time.
The driver faces a fully digital instrument panel with a 12.3-inch display and a small handful of configurable options. Alongside that, iDrive shows up on a 10.25-inch screen and packs in ‘Hey, BMW’ conversational voice control, gesture control (a gimmick that’s fun to show off, more than an essential feature), inbuilt satellite navigation, surround-view camera, digital radio, wireless Apple CarPlay and 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio.
While production of the M8 Gran Coupe will kick off in March 2020 with the First Edition, these eight cars have already been built in an identical specification. One is earmarked for domestic market Germany, with the other seven going to the U.S, Switzerland, Belgium, U.K., Russia, Japan, and Qatar. It costs about $230,000 and that makes it one of the most expensive new BMWs ever built, more than double the starting price of the heavily related $110,000 M5 Competition. At the same time, it’s also way more expensive than the V12-powered M760i xDrive ($157,000) and the i8 Roadster ($163,300).
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Toyota then decided to “youthanize” the entire Scion brand, which created an awkward situation: Toyota had a deal with Mazda to sell the Mazda2 stateside as the Scion iA, but Toyota no longer had a Scion brand with which to sell it. Complicating matters further, the Toyota brand already had a subcompact car in the Yaris hatchback. So . . . What to do with the subcompact Scion iA sedan?
Today, we know Tesla as an important leader in the green revolution, developing everything from electric semi-trucks to Powerwalls. However, Tesla’s success wasn’t always a given – and this beautiful infographic tells the story of Tesla’s early vision, the company’s strategy to shed the stigma around EVs, the cost overruns in developing the Roadster, and the company’s narrow escape from the brink of bankruptcy.
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