Tesla´s year deliveries 245.240 electric cars in 2018

The US electric car manufacturer Tesla (TSLA) announced that it has delivered totally 245.240 electric cars during last year. According to the company info, Tesla produced almost as many cars in 2018 as they did in all years together. The company published  its fourth quater production info on Wednesday.

– In Q4, we produced and delivered at the rate of nearly 1,000 vehicles per day, setting new company records for both production and deliveries.
Production in Q4 grew to 86,555 vehicles, 8% more than our prior all-time high in Q3. This included 61,394 Model 3 vehicles (in line with our guidance and 15% more than Q3) and 25,161 Model S and X vehicles, consistent with our long-term run rate of approximately 100,000 per year, the company said.

Tesla delivered the new Model 3 only in the North America, while the international deliveries in Europe and in China are expected to start in February this year.

-Our inventory levels remain the smallest in the automotive industry, and we were able to reduce vehicles in transit to customers by significantly improving our logistics system in North America, Tesla continued.

Tesla also announced that it will cut the car prises by 2000 dollars in the US markets.

– Moving beyond the success of Q4, we are taking steps to partially absorb the reduction of the federal EV tax credit (which, as of January 1st, dropped from $7,500 to $3,750). Starting today, we are reducing the price of Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles in
the U.S. by $2,000. Customers can apply to receive the $3,750 federal tax credit for new deliveries starting on January 1, 2019, and may also be eligible for several state and local electric vehicle and utility incentives, which range up to $4,000, the company wrote.

– Tesla’s achievements in 2018 likely represent the biggest single-year growth in the history of the automotive industry. We started the year with a delivery run rate of about 120,000 vehicles per year and ended it at more than 350,000 vehicles per year – an increase of almost 3X. As a result, we’re starting to make a tangible impact on accelerating the world to sustainable energy.

– Additionally, 2018 was the first time in decades that an American car – the Model 3 – was the best-selling premium vehicle in the U.S. for the full year, with
U.S. sales of Model 3 roughly double those of the runner up, the company said.

Tesla´s shares fell sharply during the first trading hours after the announcement, but gained slightly during the day and ended down 6,81 % to 308,88 dollars in Wall Street. The profit and sales figures for the last quarter of 2018 will be published later on, the day is not confirmed yet.

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LVMH to buy Belmond luxury hotel group

The world largest luxury Group LVMH (LVMH) announced on Friday that it has reached an agreement to buy the Belmond Luxury Hotel Group (BEL), listed in the New York Stock Exchange. The offer is 25 dollars per class A share. The equity value is 2,6 billion dollars and enteprise value 3,2 billion dollars.

According to the French luxury group LVMH the acquisition complements the other grups´s activities, like the Bvlgari and Cheval Blanc operations. Belmond Group is a luxury hotel and travel operator with 33 hotels wordwide and has several cruises and trains, mainly in Europe.

The company started its business about 40 years ago in Venice, when the Hotel Cipriani was opened. The group´s  12 months revenue was 572 million dollars and ebitda 140 million dollars at the end of September. One of the famous restaurants, Club 21 in New York, is also part of the chain.

The transaction is being finalised after the approval of the Belmond shareholders during the first quarter of 2019 and after the anti-trust clearance in mid-2019.

LVMH´s shares closed down by 1,43 % to 252,20 euros in Paris Euronext and the Belmond´s shares jumped by 39,83 % to 24,68 dollars in New York on Friday.

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Porsche Cayenne hybrid – the future is here

porsche-zoom2 (1)Porsche Cayenne hybrid is designed to meet the expectations of the high quality sport car. It is not only the energy efficiency of the car, but also the connections & functions of the car.

According to the company info, the Porsche Cayenne hybrid combined consumption is 3,4 litres per 100 km and the combined CO2 is about 78 g per kilometer. The electric driving range is 23-44 kilometers.

But for business travellers, the Porsche Connect service with calendar meetings and real-time travel information & travelling time, is a new service which helps the driver to achieve the destinations and meetings in time. One can call this Auto-Assistant while it can inform about possible delays during the journey.

The other thing is the charging. Porshce is also one of the companies with the Ionity, a high-power charging stations, service. This makes charging even faster all around Europe.

But also the wireless charging, that is charging without cabels, is a new possibility for Porsche hybrid. This wireless charging,  for example in the drivers carage, makes the charging even more easier and it is based on inductive technology.Also other sportcars manufacturers like BMW and Audi are also using this new charging technology.

Driving the Porsche Cayenne hybrid is made easy: all functions are reachable and clear. The Touchdisplay with navigation is working orderly. On the other hand, the energy information display could be more informative. The gasoline tank is 75 litres.

The car is big enough for luggages, sport equipments and it is designed for 5 persons. The interior design is sportive with leather and aluminium.

 

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Volkswagen Passat Hybrid – economical driving

Volkswagen Passat GTE Hybrid offers good performance.  The electric range of about 50 km and the range of 1000 km with petrol shows how family travelling with electric car is possible, even with long distances.

The car is also embedded with different solutions that help the driver to focus on road safety issues. So called Front Assistant is a system which alarms you if there is an pedestrian on the road and brakes automatically if needed. The Park Assistant helps you with parking in the city environments.

The infortainment system in the car is very clear and all the possible connectivity functions as well. On the other hand, the voice navigation could have different voice options, but the navigation itself and its operations are easy to use.

One of the useful functions is also the e-Manager, which enables you to set charging  beforehand. For example you can leave the car ready to be charged, but the e-Manager takes control how much earlier  the car has to be charged in order to get it ready in time. During the winter mornings this would enable smooth travelling with enough power and range.

It is also possible to integrate the infortainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto applications, but this has to be done with USB cabels. For example with BMW this integration is wireless.

The combined consumption in Volkswagen Passat Hybrid is about 1,7 litres per 100 km according to the company information. And the CO2 is 38 g per kilometer. The charging time range is from 3-4 hours with the litium-ioni batteries. The car uses electric about 13,4 kwh per each 100 kilometer.

In short, one can say that driving with Volkswagen Passat GTE plug-in-hybrid is  economical. It offers also enough space for goods and even small cargo. It is a combination of classic style with modern technology.

 

 

 

 

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Volvo XC60 Hybrid – new style and power

Volvo (VOLVB) has reinvented itself. This is the feeling when driving with new Volvo XC60 hybrid (T8 Twin Engine). The company is pure safety company with modern technology and the pleasure of driving.

And the car itself? The new Volvo XC60 is having very nordic interior and exterior design: simple, classic and functional. But also modern with high quality. The car is made to please the visual and functional driving with easy access to manual driving but also keeping in mind that the various tech assistant services will help you to enjoy your driving. Safe and sound.

This dual motor (petrol and electric) is having low CO2 levels, 49 according to the company information. And the consumption with high-way drive (with petrol) is about 7 litres per 100 km, but the combined consumpion is about as low as 2,1 litres according to the company. The petrol tank is big enough and the average electric driving range is about 50 km.

According to the company information, the battery charging time with 6 A would be about 7 hours and with 16 A about 3 hours. In order to make the hybrid work, one should have a charging station.

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The tech innovation services include for example the service to help the driver to avoid the collision with the other car coming from the opposite direction. This automated system is active between 60-140 km / hour speed.

The Volvo XC60 consists of 5 different categories of steel. The max high -strenght steel is the red  and orange ones in the above picture. It is not surprise that the company says that they have the vision that no one gets bad insured in a new Volvo by 2020. In the front of the car, Volvo uses also aluminium as the body material.

Focus on environmental issues as well

Volvo is also known for its long history related to environmental issues. This June the company announced that they will increase the use of recycled materials in the car production in order to help to prevent the world oceans from the plastic problem.

  • From 2025, at least 25 per cent of the plastics used in every newly launched Volvo car will be made from recycled material, the company said.

The company also urged auto industry suppliers to work more closely with car makers to develop next generation components that are as sustainable as possible, especially with regards to containing more recycled plastics.

The new Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 is easy to park with for example 11,4 meters turning circle. So, no need to worry about how to get it right at the first time or if you need to make an U-turn. In the interior design the panorama roof is excellent choice when having summer temperatures. The acceleration is good enough with 5,5 seconds ( 0-100 km/h) and top speed as well 230 km/h.

See also the video of Volvo Safety and Pulizer Prize Winner photographer Barbara Davidson:

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Mitsubishi Outlander – over 100 000 units sold in Europe

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV,  one of the premium plug in hybrid crossovers, has made new records. The company announced in late January that over 100 000 units of this model has been sold in Europe.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is having all wheel control with low running costs. This energy efficiency has been one of the best selling points  and no wonder: according to the company the combined consumption is about 1,7 litres per 100 km and the CO2 emissions are 41.

Perhaps the biggest surprise against other plug-in-hybrids after the energy efficienvy is the large cargo capacity, but still having seats for 5 passangers. Sure, you can have all your sports equipments with you.

The interior design of the car is modern and comfortable. All are easy access, but one thing the developers could paid more attention: it is the energy consumption during the drive. This is quite common issue that the graphics are not clear, simple and informative enough.

The fast charing with Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is really fast: 80 % of the capacity is ready within 25 minutes. On the other hand, the electric driving range is about 30 kilometers.

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Citroen C3 Aircross – compact car

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Citroen is showing a new and clear designed car, the Citoren C3 Aircorss. This smart car is having plenty of different elements to choose and to personalize your car. The company has made it easy for owners to design the inrerior and exterior design with four different designmodels, ranging from Metropolitan Crey to Urban Red.

According to Citroen, its Pure-Tech engines are new technology and thus minimize the CO2 emissions of the car.  For example the Pure-Tech 130 Shine car is having 119 CO2 emissions per kilometer and the combined consumtion is 5,3.

The new screen related to the road information and navigation, is helping the driving  and thus enabling safer elements too.  During the test drive it was clear that the new functionalities were very well placed, so the maximal use and good contact was possible.

One of the new interesting functions was the Grip Control, which helps you drive down the hill. This Hill Assist will help you to drive down safely ans without a danger of slippery. This is very helpful if the road is having snow, mud or sand.

One of the good elements in the car is the vast space of the trunk – according to the company the car has space from 410 litres to 520 litres with the help of the back seats.

Citoren C3 Aircross is a smart and compact car with new technology. One can say that this car model is a good example of the new trend in the car industry: smart package with many well-designed fucntions.

 

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