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Chinese Kruzak went “the wrong way”: first test drive of the Roewe RX8

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You subconsciously accustomed to the fact that “er x eight” – it’s something daring, streamlined, and rotary? So, you over the past year have never been to China there is a spring Roewe brand presented their vision of how should look like a car with a name RX8. And the lack of a hyphen in the name – not the biggest difference. This will not lie nor pictures, nor those who have already dubbed this the big guy “China kruzak”. And if so, let us understand what are the chances of this “Chinese” to compete with real Japanese sumoista.

Ekazuna the name Land Cruiser 200 is not young, but at its Doha (the sumo ring) to descent will not give to anyone. So you seriously believe that the Chinese novice will be able for once to push him outside the circle, of course, not worth it. However, we have to admit that it was worth wearing dressy mavasi: something the Roewe looks very promising.

Thick, but serious

In this classroom looks almost the half of success: at least no-one would buy a large SUV, if that will not scare his view of the car from the left row. In this respect, the RX8 is trying to strike a balance, not going into the pure “Asiatic”, but not trying being a European in your party. Simple lines, thick bands of chrome and the correct accents like arches of unpainted plastic and roof rails – the resulting cocktail is quite possible to apply in any country.

Roewe RX8 коричневый три четверти (2)

Under severe shell hides something and expect to see: ladder frame and solid rear axle. However, pneumocylinders, as the same Land Cruiser, there is no suspension spring. But on the other hand, thanks for not spring: indeed, the initial technical basis for the RX8 was the pickup. Here the story is simple, but long: brand Roewe, resting on the Chinese bought the British Rover company, owned by the SAIC group and he also belongs to the Maxus brand, which in the recent past left the truck first T60, and then the SUV D90. In fact, under D90 platform of a truck and tripped, simultaneously replacing the utilitarian springs for a more comfortable spring. Well, Roewe RX8 got same basis, deprived, however, 10 inches of wheelbase length.

Four-wheel drive here is not permanent: unlike the proverbial “two hundred” with the Torsen center differential, here is a multiplate clutch, which throws about 40% of torque to the front axle. But the key 4L that soon we will meet in the parlor, “fair” means not only forced the closure of the clutch, but the lower gear with a gear ratio of 2.48. On the off-road quality and diligently works differential from Eaton in the rear axle, which closes when the difference of wheel speeds in excess of 120 rpm. With this in mind the Arsenal of the maximum angle to overcome rise of the Roewe is 31.5 degrees — despite the fact that, for example, his countryman, Haval H9, this option is 24.5 degrees. However, those who are not interested in all this frodna offal, can save a few tens of kilograms and thousands of yuan: the basic drive in the RX8 – rear. And it hints at the more “premium city” positioning of the car.

Roewe RX8 салон шайба

Inherited Roewe counterparts from the power unit, these findings only confirmed. Of course, no diesel there is in Europe, it managed to fall out of love, while in China, never really disliked. However, a large displacement can not be here: the Chinese tax burden, as we remember, made to install in the seven-seater Chery Tiggo 8 1.5-litre engine. In the RX8 case a little better: its longitudinally mounted engine index 20L4E has a “full-fledged” 2 liters, the turbine and direct injection that outputs 224 HP and 360 Nm of torque. Which for a car weighing under two tons (about the exact figures the manufacturer tactfully silent)… conventionally enough. But paired with the engine works of classical hydromechanical automatic Aisin 6-speed at.

Tchotchke and chips

Sit in the salon and from the splendor of the fully diode optics turn to Shine “from Mercedes” silver keys. The interior is also made with an eye on the best known representatives of the class: simple architecture panel, a good mix of brown leather and light wood and huge screens on the main “work” places.

The dashboard, by the way, arranged pretty clever: cut along the chord analogue scale finish color display, occupied the space between them, and these e-arcs is the fuel level and coolant temperature. Display, by the way, larger than those of other media systems: 7 inches, and the graphics and resolution are quite good. But the main “TV” is located on the front panel: this 10.1-inch touchscreen, which derive the major part of the functionality of the car. Including, unfortunately, and climate. Physical keys below the screen perform the role of a main navigation menu, and then to understand you have your fingers on the display.

More good news is that part of the Assembly and tactile sensations the interior is consistent with its appearance. Keys don’t walk under your fingers, soft plastics with faux stitching side by side with “fake”, but elegant wood, and the feedback of a touchscreen I don’t get distracted while working with him. Perhaps the only thing that somewhat surprised me is the need to adjust the steering wheel in two planes manually, despite the fact that the composition of the test machines was clearly one of the richest. And the inscription “Health air” proudly stamped on the deflector of the air ionizer hidden in the Central armrest, raised a smile. Some subtleties of the translation of the “conceptual” hieroglyphic writing on ruthlessly-letter language remain for the Chinese people is invincible.

But to win many of the equipment they were under strength. In addition to the traditional “luxury” options like leather interior, electric panoramic roof, Roewe offers and it is a modern complex of active safety systems: adaptive cruise with the function of preventing frontal collisions, and retention in the band, and all-round visibility… Also, the back row has a heated and an outlet at 220 volts, the wheel is also “heated” and on the front panel, you can find pad for wireless charging of smartphones. Quite a, I must say!

Roewe RX8 подушки безопасности

Roewe RX8 подогрев сидений Roewe RX8 беспроводная зарядка

Go where you want it

Despite the fact that the time to get acquainted with the car in statics were not as many managed to do it – but to keep it where it expect to see, unfortunately not in our possession was only raceway and two short laps. Therefore, about 4L on the washer choice driving modes could not remember as well as disable the system stabilization. Switch to Sport and roll out wherever RX8 never in my life will not fall.

Roewe RX8 коричневый на треке (3)

Don’t want to repeat myself once again, but first impressions driving up to suspicious similar to “krusarovska”. The same Zadran fit (and back – again: thank you frame), the larger the wheel, the same vibration of a large hood at idle… pedal only enhances the similarities: diesel of Toyota leisurely and quite lean in thrust results in a straight line, and the local “molecularly” the petrol engine simply can’t provide outstanding performance. However, at the peak of the moment he goes for about 2.5 thousand revs, and can maintain a normal pace, giving the feeling that the car is clearly not enough. The sound of the engine at high speeds in the cabin is heard clearly, but not too Intrusive. Pleased with his collaboration with machine: power unit is felt as a whole, without kicks and failures on acceleration and braking.

Roewe RX8 коричневый сбоку на ходу

We reach the “snake” marked by cones and slowly tumble in the first turn. The wheel is, of course, not the shortest, but “bust” it in the transitions is not necessary, enough one interception. Pleased rolls: they are quite moderate and do not cause inconvenience, so that in fast corners the “limiter” are not they, but the demolition of the front axle.

However, the most interesting in the context of the RX8 wasn’t it – but how he will behave in a bad way. In the absence of a genuine off-road I had to cheat, spending the entire second round on the curb. And this, perhaps, was the main disappointment in Roewe. The vibration of the interior and not the most ideal ability to filter out traffic fines we noted at the Land Cruiser – but this dislike of a “comb” manifests itself even more. Vibrate the seats, especially the empty back, shaking in the steering wheel, and the interior is filled with a low-frequency rumble, punctuated by individual sounds. Hum, certainly not deafening – but for example, to talk without raising the voice, it will be uncomfortable. Perhaps a “basic” 18-inch wheels and 60 profile, the situation would be better, but our test car was shod in the top 20-inch Michelin dimension 255/50.

Roewe RX8 колесо

In General, the main thing in this car, apparently, is not a ground clearance of 202 mm, a claimed fording depth of 80 centimeters and a multi-plate clutch connecting the front and three rows of seats, heated seats and maximum cargo volume 2 178 liters when folded seats. According to the manufacturer, the fuel consumption even in four-wheel drive version does not exceed 10 liters per hundred, which, with the not very capacious tank for 70 liters of great interest in their veracity.

True, the path will be?

In Chinese the brand name Roewe is pronounced as “rongwei” in English the same phrase “wrong way” – that is, “the wrong way”, if not “passage denied” or “incorrect method”. To perceive it was a funny coincidence as “a sign” just not worth it: in 2018, the cars under the Roewe brand in the domestic market, has sold over 350,000 pieces. So it only remains to wait and find out when on the way to Russia for the RX8 will be the sign “passage allowed”.

Roewe RX8 коричневый на трассе

Much closer in this sense, is to look at the prices. In China the basic seven-seater, but the rear wheel drive RX8 is 168 800 yuan – that is, approximately 1.7 million rubles. The rich all-wheel drive version will cost Chinese buyer in 228 800 yuan – that is, 2.3 million rubles, although there are “intergalactic” equipment for 251 800 yuan. In Russia in the “frame seven-seater” League at a similar value play, for example, Toyota Fortuner and Haval H9 – but they are a bit smaller in size. The notorious Land Cruiser, with almost identical dimensions (wheelbase, for example, coincides with the millimeter precision – 2 850 mm), twice as expensive. So the question is how if fate, if Roewe RX8 in the Russian showrooms, remains quite interesting.


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Diesel Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has improved a little in Russia

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Mitsubishi pajero sport. За октябрь «три бриллианта» реализовали у нас 4238 автомобилей (+40%), а Pajero Sport нашёл 1101 владельца, заняв второе место по популярности в линейке Mitsu после Аутлендера (2278 штук).

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In October the “three diamonds” we have implemented 4238 cars (+40%) and Pajero Sport found 1101 of the owner, taking second place in popularity in the line after Mitsu Outlander (2278 units).

In Kaluga produces only diesel Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, a diesel comes from Thailand. In the equipment of machines, there are small differences because the updates for the next model year, introduced in the Thai factory, reproduced in Russian with some delay. But Dec our and imported SUVs will be equipped the same. Innovation is not large, but useful.

Prices supplements are not affected. Pajero Sport diesel motor 2.4 DID (181 HP, 430 N•m) “starts” with 2 339 000 rubles. Petrol 3.0 V6 (209 HP, 279 N•m) is from 2 897 000.

Boca center console are now plastered with soft inserts. In the back of the front passenger seat came pocket with a compartment for a smartphone. Rear riders received a 220-volt outlet and USB charging ports. Replacement of mirrors in the sun visors acquired illumination. Optimized graphics display in the center tidy. There are some options, of course, depends on the configuration.


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Making “minor” accident: car damage “scans” smartphone

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This will allow customers of insurance companies not to describe the “trauma” of the machine on paper. So, the placing of such accidents will be reduced.

Mobile application for the registration of road accident without victims want to associate with the system of electronic PTS. The creation of this database is now engaged in “daughter” of the state Corporation “rostec”, JSC “Electronic passport”. Apparently, the owners who in the future wants to be able to quickly draw a “small” accident will have to change paper ID on sprts designed at his own expense.

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As reported by “Izvestia“, issue electronic certificates for previously registered cars will be the operators of inspection. For this they need to be using a special app to take a picture of the vehicle identification numbers, actually the machine itself (this will prepare the standards), and also scan the documents for the car. This information is sent to the traffic police, where it is checked against the database. While the new mobile app is being tested and will soon be tested with the office.

Recall sprts designed will become mandatory for all new cars from November 1, 2019. However, if desired, manufacturers can issue such a passport now. It is important that car owners with paper passports, no one forcibly will not be forced to receive electronic and, therefore, to arrange an accident for an updated simplified scheme.

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System design of a “minor” accident with electronic VRC to assume that in the event of an accident without victims, the driver only needs to photograph the damage using a special mobile application. Then the system will automatically match the original images (obtained from the registration sprts designed) with those made after the occurrence, and fix the damage.

For the first time, the app will also be able to bind to the “emergency” to the images location. Later, the developers want to add the function to fix the distance between the vehicles position relative to the various stationary objects (buildings, traffic lights, etc.). This will allow insurers to “see” the scene, and the drivers will save from filling of documents – notices – by hand.


The so-called “unlimited Euro Protocol” will introduce throughout the country on 1 October 2019, until maximum limits on payments – 400 000 –there are only four regions: in the capital of Russia, Saint-Petersburg and in Moscow and Leningrad regions. In the remaining regions of the country in case of registration of the accident under the simplified scheme, the size of the payment does not exceed 100 000 rubles.

Now its own app – “the accident.Evroprotokol” have with the Russian Union of motor insurers (RAMI). It is also possible to remove car damage after an accident and send to the insurer, however, has no function of comparison with the original state of the machine. Besides remains a requirement for completing by hand the documents to the insurance company.

Recall from the end of July this year, the app allows PCA to issue an accident on evroprotokol without the participation of the traffic police even with differences between participants. However, other requirements remain the same: only two drivers, all have a valid contract of insurance, there are no victims and no damage to the property of third parties.


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Volvo will bring to Los Angeles the mysterious development

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The words “It’s not a phone” suggests that at the show the company will bring some more, but with the phone it will be connected. In all senses.

The Swedes published the unusual teaser news which was prepared for the motor show in Los Angeles. The idea of the message — “you think You see the phone, but the reality is…”, and then you can try to think logically. Gradual evolution autopilot on production machines Volvo and experiments with fully Autonomous movement, as well as the latest unmanned concept 360c indicate that to find the answer you need in this area. With the smartphone can be connected for remote control of the machine from the outside, including the traffic on the Parking lot. The same smartphone is associated with a mobile service, for example, call a taxi (in the future — Autonomous). And also the phone as the key to keep in mind.

The pipe and the inscription “This is not a pipe” — a famous painting by surrealist artist Rene Magritte’s “the Treachery of images,” written ninety years ago. Technically the author is right: it’s not the tube and the picture tube. However, the message caused a wave of philosophical discussion going so far. About a wave of imitations and say nothing, Volvo America did not open.

Still, it is worth remembering that the Swedes should prepare the audience to the emergence of crossover Volvo XC90 next generation. He seems in 2020-2021 years, but production vehicles we are likely to see the concept. And in the “nineties” the developers have promised autonomy to the fourth level, which is already preparing the soil (developed a prototype of a powerful onboard computer, signed an agreement with Baidu on a joint development of the theme of the drones). In General, the artistic allusion makes the audience’s imagination. Here Volvo has clearly learned from Magritte. By suspicious coincidence, the painting “the Treachery of images” is in the County Museum of art Los Angeles.


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