Tesla reported on the results of the fourth quarter and the whole of 2018. For the first time in the history of the company showed a profit in two quarters in a row: the last three months of the year brought 139.4 million net profit compared to 311.5 million dollars in the third quarter. However, by the end of the year, the company again has a loss close to a billion: 976 million dollars. However, this is about twice as good as the two billion loss for 2017. Ilon Musk, with his characteristic optimism, declares that henceforth Tesla will be profitable in every quarter.
German rally driver Walter Röhrl introduced in the symbolic Hall of Fame of the International Federation of Motor Sports (FIA): the ceremony was held in Paris on 30 January. In the Hall of Fame, the 71-year-old Röhl became the first rally driver and the first motor racing champion to deserve the world title not in Formula One. He has four wins in the Monte Carlo Rally and two first places in the final standings of the World Rally Championships. Since 1993, Walter Röhl has been an ambassador for the Porsche brand.
Scottish Falkirk based firm Campers scotland has prepared an off-road camper based on a minivan Mitsubishi Delica D: 5 for the Japanese market – the benefit of left-hand traffic in both countries avoids costly steering transfer. Nevertheless, the Scots supplied Delica with a raised suspension, differential locks, a lifting roof that forms the double bed, a cooking stove and a solar battery. The price of the camper is 28 thousand pounds, about one and a half times cheaper than a similar model of Volkswagen California. The first public display of the car will take place on February 7 at the Glasgow auto show.
In the German rental companies Hertz 120 SUVs arrived Jeep Wrangler Unlimited performed by Sahara. All cars are equipped with 200-strong turbodiesel and transmission with reduction gear. Last year in Germany, 2300 Wranglers of the new generation were sold, which is 90% more than the result of 2017.
A sedan will be presented at the Chicago Auto Show opening in a week Subaru legacy new generation. The American office of the company confirmed the debut date and published the first teasers. The image of the exterior does not promise anything out of the ordinary, but the interior picture is intrigued: the sedan will have a vertical tablet a la Volvo. Details – soon!
Chinese cheap sedanchik Kia Pegas based on the previous generation Rio is developing new markets. In the fall, cars began to be delivered to Egypt, and now this model has debuted in the Philippines under the name Kia sutoto. Sedan with a 1.4 engine (95 hp) has simple equipment and costs from 12 thousand dollars, although in China the base Pegas is estimated at $ 7500.
Iran presents the first electric car of its own design: sedan Saipa Saina EV Made of a standard four-door Saina 4.2 m long. It is equipped with a 90-hp electric motor and a 28 kW ∙ h traction battery, located under the rear sofa. The stated mileage on a single charge is 200 km, recharging from a household network takes four hours, the maximum speed is 130 km / h, acceleration to “hundred” lasts about 12-13 seconds. While this is only an experimental sample, mass production is not planned.
And in Germany, celebrating the 40th anniversary Volkswagen Golf Convertible. Production of the first generation of open golf began on February 14, 1979 at Karmann in Lower Saxony Osnabrück, although the first prototypes (pictured) appeared three years earlier. On the occasion of the anniversary, Volkswagen has prepared a commemorative exhibition that visitors can see at the Bremen auto show opening on February 1st. By the way, in the current range of the company there is no Golf Cabriolet model: production was discontinued in 2016.
Also today we talked about the Chevrolet Corvette Final Edition coupe, the future Volkswagen electric buggy, the start of production of Toyota Corolla sedans for Europe and Russia, as well as the upgraded Mercedes-Benz V-class minivan.