What’s up with DW Hower? Why “people dissolved”, and “dealers until the last kept in the dark”?
The other day we wrote about the situation with the DerVays plant in Cherkessk, which has not yet renewed the contracts for assembling Lifan and Chery cars for 2019, and now let’s try to figure out what is happening in Mikhailovsk at the Stavropol-Avto assembly plant. Is there a connection between these enterprises? Yes there is. In order to reveal it in detail, we need a separate large material, the place of which is, rather, on the pages of the business press. In this case, we have somewhat different tasks, so we simply note that there is a connection at the level of the founders, at the level of top management, at the level of kinship of people who at various times had a relation to both DerVais and Stavropol-Auto. . Such a connection is also traced through third companies. The China Automarket holds a special place in this chain. Continue reading
Five reasons to love and hate Skoda Yeti
Leaving the main design solutions, the engineers were forced to use the larger Volkswagen PQ35 platform, on which models such as the Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Tiguan and Volkswagen Golf were built at the time. The Fabia and Polo platform originally prepared by the Yeti turned out to be too small.
In the spring of 2009, the crossover premiere was held at the same Geneva Motor Show, sales began in Europe in the summer, and in November of the same year Russian sales of Skoda Yeti were launched. Initially, two of the available range of engines were selected: 1.2 TSI (105 hp, 175 Nm) and 1.8 TSI (160 hp, 250 Nm). With them, a 7-speed robotized box with a double dry clutch DSG7 and a six-speed “mechanics” aggregated. The car was offered both in front-wheel drive version, and with the system of automatically connected all-wheel drive. Continue reading
No brother and off-road: whether to buy a Jeep Grand Cherokee
Unlike many competitors born on a common platform with pickups and inherited the frame, and even springs, Grand Cherokee from the first generation gained its concept of an SUV with a monocoque and spring suspension. Yes, the suspensions are dependent here, since both the front and the rear are installed along a continuous bridge, but, nevertheless, a more “passenger” approach has a positive effect on comfort. And from the point of view of choosing a machine, the youngest copies of which celebrate the twentieth anniversary, and the oldest have already lived to a quarter of a century, the lack of a frame is in many ways a plus, not a minus. After all, the frame, no matter how cool – the number element, and even if the body is well preserved, the “foundation” without a number or with holes reduces the expediency of buying to almost zero.
However, when choosing, you need to look not at what is not, but at the fact that Jeep has – that is, the body. Continue reading