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Ford Fiesta closes after 46 years of production



Ford Fiesta closes after 46 years of production

This is the end of one of Ford’s most popular models. After 46 years of operation and sales of about 20 million units, the Fiesta is expected to roll off the production line in the middle of next year, to be replaced by an electric model that will be built at the same factory in Cologne, Germany.

Despite the fact that there is still no official brand announcement, this year the first signs of the disappearance of the three-door version of the model have already appeared. In addition, with the seventh generation on the market since 2017, the end of the model’s life was approaching, and nothing was known about its successor.

It could arrive next year as an electric crossover built on the MEB platform that the Volkswagen Group uses for its 100% electric models under an agreement between the two manufacturers. Since the platform is used in the VW ID.3, the dimensions of the future Ford will be between those of the Puma and Focus, which means it can hardly be considered a successor to the Fiesta.

Released 1976

The original design of the Ford Fiesta was approved in 1972 by Henry Ford II and the car was the smallest American manufacturer model designed by Tom Tjaarda (author of the timeless De Tomaso Pantera and Fiat 124 Spider).

If the will of the marketing department had been avenged, the little Ford would have been called Bravo, but the opinion of Henry Ford, assisted by General Motor, prevailed. At the time, Oldsmobile used the name “Fiesta” for one of their vans, but the name was given to Ford for free.

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A year later, the Fiesta project was approved, on which Ford engineering centers in Italy and England worked, and in September 1976 the first cars began to be sold in France and Germany.

Equipped with engines of 957, 1117 and 1597 cc. cm and power from 40 to 84 horsepower, the Fiesta was originally sold only in a three-door version with a four-speed gearbox.

sports versions

The second generation arrived in 1983, and with it the diesel version and the famous 96 horsepower XR2 with an attractive body kit.

It was not until 1997 that the first five-door Ford Fiesta appeared, and the model’s portfolio included seven gasoline engines (the most powerful produced 130 horsepower) and one diesel engine.

In 2002, the ST version was introduced, a sporty variant that started at 150 horsepower, topped out at 210 km/h, and finished with 200 horsepower and a top speed of 230 km/h.

The Fiesta has also had a long sporting career, especially in rallying, winning many races including Rally Portugal in 2017 when Ford became World Rally Champion.

The success of the Fiesta led the brand to produce it in Germany and the UK. Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, Taiwan, China, India, Thailand and Africa.

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Everything has been delivered. 10 Bugatti Centodieci are already in the hands of the owners



Everything has been delivered.  10 Bugatti Centodieci are already in the hands of the owners

OAll Bugatti Centodieci have been delivered, the Molsheim-based brand said on Monday. Cristiano Ronaldo received the number 07 in October this year. and Bugatti has now revealed that the latest unit – #10 – is already in the possession of its owner.

“The Centodieci combines all the values ​​of the Bugatti brand in an extraordinary package: rarity, innovation, heritage, craftsmanship and unrivaled performance. The production batch of 10 units was so in demand by our customers that it was sold before the Centodieci. was even officially presented,” said Christophe Piochon, president of Bugatti.

This latest example is finished in Quartz White with carbon fiber trim on the bottom and matte grilles. The brake calipers are painted in Light Blue Sport, as is the logo on the rear that refers to the EB110, the iconic Bugatti model that inspired this Centodieci. Inside, the predominant color is also blue, as you can see in the images above.

This block is powered by the same block as the other nine instances. The 8.0-liter W16 with four turbines is capable of developing 1600 hp. In terms of performance, this allows the Centodieci to hit 100 km/h in just 2.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 380 km/h.

Recall that each unit costs the owners eight million euros before taxes.

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The first Dacia hybrid. “The cheapest hybrid family on the market”



The first Dacia hybrid.  "The cheapest hybrid family on the market"

BUT Dacia revealed this Monday that the hybrid engine has been available since March on the Jogger, the Romanian brand’s model known to be available with a seven-seat variant.

The Jogger Hybrid 140, Dacia’s first hybrid, will hit dealerships in March, but customers can expect and order it as early as January.

The price has been revealed by Dacia and since it’s only available in the seven-seater SL Extreme, it starts at €28,800. The brand claims it is “the most affordable hybrid family car on the market.”

Available in six existing colors to celebrate the launch of this hybrid, there will be a slate gray version, as you can see in the images above.

Equipped with a 1.6 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 90 hp, the Jogger is also powered by two electric motors (a 50 hp engine and a high-voltage starter-generator). The total power is 140 horsepower. The electric transmission is automatic, four-speed, connected to an internal combustion engine, and two speeds are connected to an electric motor. This combined technology was possible, according to Dacia, only due to the lack of clutch.

Combined with the energy recovery levels of the 1.2kWh (230V) battery pack and the efficiency of the automatic transmission, regenerative braking delivers all-electric traction on 80% of urban journeys and saves up to 40% of fuel compared to a combustion engine vehicle.

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See how Tesla tests its electric Semi truck in the worst-case scenarios



Tesla Semi camião elétrico testes

Tesla has finally been able to bring its long-awaited Semi to market. This electric truck promises to revolutionize transportation and bring all the unique characteristics of this type of electric vehicle to this class of vehicles.

Now that the first units have been delivered, there is hope that they will finally be mass-produced and reach more transport companies. With so many promises to be kept, a new video is now emerging showing Tesla testing its Semi truck under worst-case scenarios.

Tesla Semi is already on the market

Like all Tesla electric vehicles, Semi follows the same line of creating a unique design associated with a platform with the most modern technology available. The proof is in what was presented to the public and surprised most people.

To prove the quality of this new proposal, Tesla published in your LinkedIn account new video. In it, he reveals some of the testing he's done to determine the strength and quality of the Semi's design and its (potential) durability.

Tests to prove its durability

It has been revealed that the Tesla electric truck is subjected to numerous tests and its application in the worst scenarios that drivers may face. It doesn't stop at the ruggedness of the Semi's designs, but goes further and focuses on the motors and batteries themselves.

This is the proof that many have been waiting for to ensure that this new proposal is not limited to a lot of autonomy. Its resistance is great and will provide greater durability, further enhancing the Semi's value and performance.

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high quality electric truck

Tesla has already showcased the Semi's quality with a video showing its truck driving roughly 500 miles on just one charge. The big news here is that he managed to make this long journey with a maximum load of about 37 tons.

Now Tesla remains to widely place the Semi on the market. At the moment, only a few companies have access to this new product, with a very long list of pending deliveries, who want to start mass-using this electric truck offering.

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