A penalty for the heaviest SUVs, below the demands of “citizens”

After procrastination, the government will finally introduce a weight penalty for vehicles: a symbolic victory for the citizens of the Climate Convention while the measure will only concern a very small number of the heaviest SUVs.

Among its 149 measures proposed in June, the Citizen’s Climate Convention (CCC) called for the creation of a tax of 10 euros per kilogram for new vehicles over 1,400 kg.

The proposal, which did not have the support of Bercy, had not been retained in the 2021 draft budget presented at the end of September, to the chagrin of environmentalists who had made it one of the proofs of “unraveling” by the government of the proposals. citizens”.

While representatives of the association “The 150” of participants in the CCC were to be received by the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire, Thursday afternoon, the executive finally decided.

“The weight penalty that we are introducing is a strong and necessary signal to take better account of the ecological footprint of the heaviest vehicles,” Minister of Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili announced on Twitter on Thursday morning.

“The heavier vehicle fleet means more materials and energy consumed, more pollution, less available public space,” she said.

According to the ministry, since 2010, the average weight of diesel cars has increased by 7% and that of gasoline by 14%, or about 100 kg per vehicle. This increase has stopped the decline in CO2 emissions from vehicles.

Taxation will therefore be 10 euros per kilogram above 1,800 kg, from 2022.

Even if the measure is below the ambition of the CCC, “it is still going in the right direction”, commented Grégoire Fraty, co-president of the “150”.

“We finally have the impression of winning an arbitration,” he told AFP, as the “citizens” sent a letter to President Emmanuel Macron on Monday to deplore the lack of “clear support” from the government towards their proposals, which the Head of State has undertaken to take back 146 out of 149.

– “Who are you kidding?” –

The government is planning “adjustments” for large families, as well as an “exemption” for electric and hydrogen vehicles.

The air pollution association Respire hailed “good news”, while WWF welcomed “historic government arbitration”.

The NGO, which had published a report last week estimating “incompatible” the “dazzling” growth of the SUV market for ten years with the respect of French commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has nevertheless regretted that this only concerns a “niche” of the heaviest SUVs, and thus asked the deputies to apply a progressive penalty from 1,300 kg.

According to figures from the ecological transition agency Ademe, only 38,386 cars over 1,800 kg were sold in France in 2019, less than 2% of the total of some 2.2 million.

In the top 10 sales of these SUVs, 4x4s and minivans, particularly CO2 emitters and which can exceed 60,000 euros, were mainly German models and only one French.

“A + strong signal +? (…) Who are you kidding, Barbara Pompili?” Tweeted Clément Sénéchal, of Greenpeace.

If for environmentalists, the measure does not go far enough, for the automobile, it is already considered too disabling.

“It is not by creating new taxes that we will ensure a future for the automotive industry in France,” Luc Chatel, president of the Automotive Platform (PFA), which represents companies in the sector in France, told AFP. .

“We will win the battle for the climate together, not by weakening an industrial and service fabric that weighs nearly a million jobs in our country,” he added.

The association 40 million motorists denounced “an ideological measure which plays into the hands of extremist environmental movements”.

Other controversial measures proposed by the CCC are not resolved, opposing climate advocates and certain sectors that provide a great deal of employment, such as the airline industry and the automobile industry. For example, the eco-tax on air transport.

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Le Matin – Point S’s new ambitions in the African market

Established in Morocco at the end of 2015, the company currently has around twenty points of sale and aims to open two more by the end of this year.

The vehicle maintenance specialist, Point S, is fueling new ambitions in the Moroccan and African markets in general. Established in Morocco at the end of 2015, the company currently has around twenty points of sale and aims to open two more by the end of the year. “Points of sale which have the particularity of being true multi-service centers. Indeed, in Morocco, Point S centers are sometimes coupled with other activities, such as service stations, insurance agencies, etc. ”, indicates the company. Present in 41 countries, Point S says it confirms its development on the African continent with 90 points of sale to date and aims to double the size of this network over the next two years. The brand, which ensures to record performances considered “exceptional” in South Africa in particular, continues its expansion in new countries, such as Cameroon and Senegal this year. In Côte d’Ivoire, Point S has two points of sale and has the objective of opening 14 in 4 years, in particular thanks to a partnership concluded with the oil company Pétro Ivoire. In Cameroon and Senegal, the first points of sale are due to open in the coming weeks. “The African automotive aftermarket is developing in a positive way for the players in the sector. Driven by legislation promoting road safety and improving the fleet, the average age of vehicles is gradually approaching that of the European continent. Hybrid vehicles are starting to make their entrance. Hence a growing need for a high-quality automotive maintenance network, both from a professional and technical point of view, ”explains the brand. For Charles Legrand, head of the Africa and Middle East region of the group, the automotive maintenance market is in full evolution in Africa. According to him, the growth potential is “really interesting”.

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discover the Valenciennes factory, cradle of the new model

It is at the heart of the Toyota plant in Valenciennes, on the assembly lines, that the new Yaris and the Yaris Cross, the brand’s future small SUV, are being made. Didier Leroy, former number two of the automotive giant, who now heads the group’s strategy, was behind the wheel of the factory when it was launched 20 years ago and is now proud of this new global production, orchestrated from France.

“The factory of Valenciennes was privileged to launch this production and the fact of having two models, with slightly different life cycles, will allow us to keep production much more stabilized“He is satisfied. A few days ago, the new Yaris received the Origine France Garantie label, just like previous generations since 2012.

While our manufacturers produce their Clio and 208 city cars in Slovenia and Turkey, Japanese, to invest 300 million euros in France and created 350 jobs for its new model. With 4,800 people, this plant became the second in France behind that of PSA in Sochaux, which undeniably revitalized the activity of the region.

However, when it started, few people believed in the success of this factory. It is Jean-Louis Borloo, at the time mayor of Valenciennes, who convinced the Japanese to choose this site among 70 other candidates.

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Ferrari Omologato, a Ferrari like no other

NEW – A name evoking the GTO, a rear hatch covered with louvers: Maranello’s latest bespoke creation offers a journey of nostalgia.

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Even in the choice of appellation, the shadow of the famous Ferrari 250 GTO (O for Omologato) seems to have hovered over the design of the latest bespoke creation from the House of Maranello. From the 812 Superfast from which it borrows the platform and the V12, the Ferrari Omologato has kept only the windshield and headlamps. Everything else is new. This is what the informed European collector, at the origin of the order, wanted.

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From the first sketches to the delivery of this unique berlinetta, two years have passed. The 250 GTO clearly inspired this unique berlinetta. The sloping and smooth front hood adopts two gills and a flattened oval grille that refer to those of the GTO of 1962. ‘a light car. The rear scrambles the cards. The louvers covering the large bezel suggest that the engine is installed at the rear. The two double lights of the 812 Superfast are replaced by a single equipment.

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The interior treatment takes a trip back to the 1960s. Like those in racing cars and the 250 GTO, the leather and jeans fabric seats are electric blue, while the metal parts of the dashboard and the The arch housing the gearbox knobs mimic the crackle paintwork of sixties GTs.

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the first trial of a car boss in Germany

Rupert Stadler, 57, will have to answer for “fraud”, “issuance of false certificates” and “false advertising”, according to the charge of the Munich prosecutor’s office.

He will appear alongside former Audi and Porsche director Wolfgang Hatz, and two engineers from the Four Rings brand. They face up to 10 years in prison.

So far, no official has been convicted in Germany in connection with this planetary affair which erupted in 2015, when auto giant Volkswagen admitted to installing devices in 11 million vehicles worldwide that made them appear less polluting in laboratory tests than they actually are.

Faced with media interest, the Munich court decided to hold the trial in one of its annexes located on the outskirts of the Bavarian capital, but the number of places will nonetheless be limited, due to related restrictions. to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to one of its spokespersons.

Complex trial

Joined Audi in 1990 and CEO from 2007, Mr. Stadler was already in June 2018 the first automotive executive placed in pre-trial detention in this case, because suspected by the justice system of seeking to influence witnesses or other suspects, before being released.

He was replaced by the Dutchman Bram Schot, a defector from rival Daimler who arrived at VW in 2011.

The prosecution suspects him of having been aware of the manipulations towards the end of September 2015 “
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Without having prevented the sale of hundreds of thousands of vehicles equipped with the cheating software.

His three co-defendants are accused of having developed diesel engines equipped with this system, installed in vehicles since 2009.

The charges relate to a total of 434,420 vehicles of the Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche brands marketed mainly in Europe and the United States.

Mr. Stadler has consistently rejected the charges, as has Mr. Hatz. His lawyer said that the latter would speak “in detail” on the charges against him during this complex trial to last until the end of December 2022.

Mr. Stadler may not be the only boss to have to explain himself to the judges for long.

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Electric truck maker Nikola, new Tesla or big sham?

With its electric and hydrogen trucks, Nikola claims to want to revolutionize the transport sector. An investor maintains that the group is based on wind. Result: the stock market title has been a roller coaster for a week.

Founded in 2015 by Trevor Milton, the company works mainly on the development of trucks and pick-ups running on electric batteries or hydrogen fuel cells, as well as on hydrogen charging stations.

It has yet to manufacture anything but has forged strategic partnerships with several reputable industrial groups, including the German engineering giant Bosch, the Italian CNH Industrial and, most recently, the American automaker General Motors.

The announcement of an agreement with the latter on September 8 had jumped the title by 41% on the New York Stock Exchange, where the group arrived in June via the merger with a company founded by a former senior GM official. , VectoIQ.

Like Tesla, Nikola is benefiting on Wall Street from an investor craze for the electric vehicle sector, seen as the future of the automobile.

But the investment firm Hindenburg Research published a report on September 10 accusing the start-up of being a “complex fraud” based on the multiple lies of its founder and of having “misled its partners (… ) by falsely claiming to have important technologies “.

She therefore bet on the fall in the stock market, which collapsed by 36% in three days.

Nikola immediately refuted the accusations before issuing a more substantial denial on Monday, and picking up 11% on Wall Street in the process.

The start-up seized the American financial markets authority (SEC) to discuss this report intended, according to it, to manipulate the price of its share.

But the latter relapsed by 8% Tuesday when, according to the Wall Street Journal, the SEC and the Department of Justice have opened investigations, but on Nikola.

– Staging –

Nikola does not completely deny one of the investment company’s most spectacular attacks, namely the staging of a video in 2017 showing one of its prototypes in action.

According to Hinderburg, the truck was “towed up a hill on a lonely road and just filmed going down the hill.” Nikola just retorts “never having said that the truck was running on its own propulsion system in the video” but simply indicated that the vehicle was “in motion”.

For Hindenburg, Nikola’s denial on this point, as on others, is “completely inadequate”.

The financial director of the start-up, Kim Brady, for his part considered Monday that the report was “offensive” to their partners. Before engaging with Nikola, “Bosch has seconded a number of engineers to study the file for several months,” he said, for example, at a conference organized by the RBC bank.

And GM was supported by the biggest banks and consulting firms before agreeing to take an 11% stake in the company, he added.

For Daniel Ives, analyst at Wedbush, Nikola’s future depends on how the group deploys its strategy by 2023.

“If Trevor and his team are able to build their plant in Arizona, turn prototypes into models (both the Badger pickup and the trucks), lay the foundations for their (hydrogen) charging network, and attract truck orders by offering an attractive gross margin, then Nikola has a real opportunity and the action will reflect this dynamic, “he said in a note.

Can the group become the next Tesla, the electric vehicle maker founded by the whimsical Elon Musk who is now worth much more on the stock market than traditional manufacturers while selling far fewer cars?

Probably not, answers Dan Ives. As Apple or Amazon dominates by far their respective sector, “there is only one Tesla,” he says to AFP. “But in the electric vehicle market, hundreds of billions of dollars will be spent in the next decade. There will be several winners,” explains the specialist, estimating that Nikola could be part of it.

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The collection of André Lurton dispersed

The Artcurial house is auctioning off, on September 27 in Gironde, the civilian and military vehicles of this great Bordeaux figure.

A Fisson 8HP 3 liters “Tonneau” from 1898 estimated between 120,000 and 200,000 euros.
A Fisson 8HP 3 liters “Tonneau” from 1898 estimated between 120,000 and 200,000 euros. Peter Singhof

Sales follow each other but do not resemble each other. Fifteen days after the dispersal of André Trigano’s automobiles, the Motorcars department of Artcurial sells the André Lurton collection. Deceased last year at age 94, this great Bordeaux figure, long president of the Syndicat viticole AOC Entre-Deux-Mers and administrator of the Interprofessional Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB), owner of Château Bonnet, in the heart of Entre-deux-Mers, had built a collection vehicles which certainly had neither the prestige nor the richness of that of Trigano but which recounted his personal journey.

Passionate about mechanics from a young age, André Lurton had for many years assembled vehicles revealing his story, that of his family and that of his wife, Elisabeth Garros. The Simca 6 reminded him of the car from his honeymoon in Chamonix. On the way back, the breakage of a shock absorber had forced them to wait two days on the banks of the Loire for the arrival of

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Tektronix launches oscilloscopes up to 8 channels and 10 GHz

After Keysight Technologies, it is Tektronix’s turn to offer models with ever-increasing number of channels and bandwidth.

A month and a half after introducing entry-level digital oscilloscopes TBS1000C, the American Tektronix, the world leader in oscilloscopy and one of the main manufacturers in electronic instrumentation, has just unveiled the new MSO 6 B series, which is part of the current trend of oscilloscopes with the number of channels and ever greater bandwidth.

The new models integrate 4, 6 or 8 FlexChannel measurement channels, for a bandwidth of 1 to 10 GHz and a sampling frequency of 50 GSa / s (2 channels) or 12.5 GSa / s (6 or 8 channels), with a vertical resolution of 12 bits, as well as a standard memory depth of 62.5 Mpoints.

They are thus the first oscilloscopes on the market with 8 channels and operating up to 10 GHz. Recall that the series MXR from the American Keysight Technologies previously offered 8 analog inputs and a maximum bandwidth of 6 GHz.

Among the other original features of the MSO 6 B series from Tektronix, the noise level is less than 51.1 µV (at 1 mV / div and 1 GHz), or 1.39 mV (at 50 mV / div and 10 GHz ), and users can choose the type of operating system (OS), between Windows and Linux. The manufacturer is also expanding its range of TriMode probes with the introduction of the new TriMode model TDP7710 (10 GHz).

“On-board electronic designs are becoming more and more sophisticated by integrating more sensors that generate increasing amounts of data. These instruments meet the new test requirements for these systems and thus help advance the most advanced technologies used by video, motion control and 3D detection applications ”, reaffirms Chris Witt, vice president and general manager of Tektronix.

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Porsche 911 Turbo S, a show of strength

Not to be confused. Within the galaxy Porsche, there is the 911 and the one that we have become accustomed to simply calling “the Turbo”. For forty-five years, the latter has not stopped pushing the limits of the conceivable. In the space of eight generations, its flat-six changed planet, going from 260 hp for the first 3-liter version to 680 hp for the latest S variant powered by two variable-geometry turbos. A power which brings it closer to that of the 935 K3 victorious in the Sarthe in 1979. A challenge for a vehicle whose cantilevered engine architecture seemed to condemn it in the long term. Not only have the engineers succeeded in demonstrating that this was not the case, but over time, the Turbo has continued to improve, becoming more and more tame. The hypertrophy of its silhouette – the body widens 45 mm at the front and 20 mm at the rear while the adaptive spoiler increases in surface area – will make some purists squeak more than ever, but it was necessary to go through there to ensure perfect control of the ground connections.

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As such, a Turbo has never seemed so easy to drive. This grand touring coupe seems to be stuck on rails. This is even truer with the PASM controlled damping including a sport chassis lowered by 10 mm, at the cost of some discomfort on degraded pavement. Behind the wheel of the Turbo S, what fascinates is its unparalleled consistency, and the extent of its repertoire. The Turbo is able to move through traffic without flinching and in the next instant, catapult you into another dimension with a simple push on the accelerator.

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If unsurprisingly, the performances border on excellence, the times are those of a missile: it only takes 1.6 seconds to go from 80 to 120 km / h. From the latest 911 type 992, it inherits the best: the comfort equipment of a sedan and the digital instrumentation resting on a curved tablet. The essential is preserved: in the middle of the two customizable screens sits a huge analog tachometer reminiscent of the first 911. Nostalgia when you hold us!

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Technical sheet

Engine: 6-cylinder twin-turbo, 3,745 cm3, 650 hp, 800 Nm

Transmission: Integral, auto. 8-speed PDK dual clutch

Dimensions: L. 4,53, l. 1,90, h. 1,30 m

Consumption: 12 l / 100 km

CO2 emissions: 271 g / km

Speed: 330 km / h

Price: 221 135 €

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Tesla’s Chinese rival XPeng gets $ 1.5 billion on Wall Street

Posted on 8/27/2020 10:30 AM

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The Chinese electric vehicle maker XPeng, a competitor of Tesla in its country, obtained Thursday some 1.5 billion dollars (1.3 billion euros) on the New York Stock Exchange when it entered Wall Street.

XPeng is the third Chinese electric car maker to be listed in the United States after NIO (2018) and the arrival of LiAuto last month.

The introduction of XPeng comes against a backdrop of sharp economic and political rivalry between China and the United States and at a time when Beijing, on the contrary, encourages its technology companies to list on national stock exchanges such as Shanghai, Shenzhen or Hong Kong.

The company will bring more than 99 million titles to the market. The introductory price has been set at $ 15.

Founded in 2015 in Canton (southern China), XPeng is one of dozens of daring start-ups that have emerged in recent years in the country to take advantage of the boom in electric vehicles in the world’s largest automotive market.

The brand employs some 3,600 people, including offices in Silicon Valley. Its shareholders include Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and smartphone maker Xiaomi.

XPeng, which targets the medium and high-end niches, offers two electric models in its catalog: a “G3” 4×4, sold less than 20,000 copies since its marketing in November 2018, as well as a “P7” sedan (approximately 2000 copies sold).

The firm plans to release its third model next year.

XPeng appears in China as a competitor of the American Tesla, which dominates the electric market in the country.

China, which seeks to reduce its polluting emissions and its dependence on foreign oil, aims to sell around 25% of electric or hybrid vehicles by 2025.

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