Fast cars, expensive cars, crashing cars, but also emerging electric cars. Plus, a giant car company or design that likes (and sometimes dislikes). And above all news in which we will ride sooner or later.
Forbes FastWheels is a regular summary, thanks to which you will be clear about the most interesting things that have happened in the world of gasoline, diesel and electric. We start !
A thoroughbred appears
The pursuit of masked prototypes of Ferrari’s first SUV is slowly coming to an end. The automaker itself showed the first image of what this year’s most anticipated car will look like. This is how we know what the front of the scary car Lamborghini Urus or Porsche Cayenne will look like.
It was visual information. Ferrari added that the premiere will take place later this year. And it was probably silent for a while. So now that’s just what’s happening.
The name Purosangue will probably not change. And it will no doubt be confirmed that there will be a choice between a twelve-cylinder and a six-cylinder hybrid under the hood. The power will then be around 800 horsepower.
While the Czech Republic is still waiting to see if it will have a giant car battery factory left, the Spaniards are already clear. The Volkswagen Group, owner of the Spanish brands Seat and Cupra, has announced that it will send a huge investment of seven billion euros to the Iberian Peninsula, or about 172 billion crowns.
The money will go towards the construction of a new giga-factory in the coastal town of Sagunto in Valencia. Volkswagen estimates that more than three thousand people will find work there. But the Czech Republic is not out of the game yet. Volkswagen wants to have ten similar factories in Europe. It should be decided by the end of this year if the giant flashlight will finally be with us.
The Czech Republic’s hope is also bolstered by the statement by outgoing chairman of the Škoda Auto board, Thomas Schäfer, who will take over operational management of the VW brand from April 1. In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung last week, he said he wanted the parent company to choose the Czech Republic to build a battery factory. The newspaper called it her parting gift.
Six times Nissan. Electric
Nissan also made it clear that not only Volkswagen will need battery cells, which showed six cars from the new electrified series. They will hit the market this summer. Nissan thus confirms its determination that from 2030, it will no longer sell thermal engine cars.
Moreover, the Japanese manufacturer has decided not to invest in the development of new technologies that would allow its cars to meet the strict Euro 7 emissions class. That is why it will sell hybrids in our country from the next year.
One of the highlights will be the Leaf model, which was the world’s first mass-produced electric car. Since 2010, it has sold nearly 600,000 units worldwide. To attract even more customers, they come in a new generation.
The future of transport? something that flies
And the Japanese again. And even wilder than Nissan. Much wilder. Automotive brand Lexus, in collaboration with London’s prestigious Royal College of Art, has unveiled the winners of a design competition to show what luxury mobility could look like in 2040.
First place was taken by British designer Richard Newman, who came up with a radical concept of an earring-shaped hydrogen vehicle with vertical take-off and landing. The author was inspired by hot air balloons and a terrarium with plants.
The displacement, because it is no longer possible to speak of the car with respect, then describes it as a “jewel in the sky – like an earring in a cloud”, the exterior of which can be customized. The construction of the vehicle also allows trouble-free delivery to the walls of buildings. “I wanted to create something that would be a challenge that would raise a few eyebrows, but at the same time make people laugh,” Newman said. Are you laughing I don’t really.
Another wild SUV
Let’s quickly return to the present and to solid ground. Maserati introduced a novelty called Grecale, which probably won’t get on the Ferrari Purosangue, but that’s not that far off either. It is also an SUV and will also be incredibly strong. In the harshest variant, it offers nearly 540 horsepower and a zero-to-100 acceleration of 3.8 seconds.
And the fact that Maserati is also betting on electric cars from 2030? You know what, let’s just say we don’t know. Who knows what will happen in eight years…
Elon Musk’s plans? 20 million cars per year
Less than a week after Elon Musk opened a third Tesla factory near Berlin after Freemont and Shanghai. And he’s already throwing out numbers that some are shaking their heads at.
“I don’t think it’s impossible for us to produce twenty million cars a year in ten years,” he said after cutting an interesting dance at the production line. To give you an idea of the figure in the world of automotive business, it should be added that Toyota and Volkswagen, the two largest car manufacturers in the world, each produce less than ten million cars a year.
Can Musk do it? With a sober look, it does not look like it, but there is another look. And one that describes how fast Tesla has grown so far. Two years ago it produced and sold less than half a million cars, and last year it was almost twice as many. In addition to the Berlin factory, a new factory near Austin, Texas is about to open. So the potential is there.
In Morocco !
Cable harness. It is a part without which you cannot make a car. The problem is that a large part of European consumption has so far been produced in Ukraine. We probably all know what that means. For example, the fact that Škoda Auto has not produced the Škoda Enyaq electric car for more than two weeks and has not even started producing the new Škoda Enyaq Coupe.
So where do the wire harnesses come from? The answer is Morocco. This is where Western companies send billions of dollars to build factories to supply European automakers.
Last week, government officials signed $180 million investment deals with five global wire harness suppliers. New factories will be established in Casablanca and Tangier, and existing factories in Kenitra and Tangier will be further expanded.