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Ford is preparing to close European plants. Russian queue

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Ford has today officially announced the reduction of its business in Europe. In the near future will be closed several plants, laid off thousands of workers, reduced the model lineup. The sword of Damocles is brought over the enterprises of Ford Sollers in Russia.

So it happened to be exactly what analysts predicted in early December: the company Ford is preparing massively to lay off workers, and first of all under reduction will go to employees of European companies. About why Ford was in a difficult situation told in September, and here only briefly recall that the new trends in the automotive industry (vehicles and drones) and a drop in demand for traditional cars cause the company to conduct large-scale business restructuring and to enter into alliances with competitors. Next week in the framework of the Detroit motor show may be officially announced about the conclusion of the Alliance with the Volkswagen group, and today the press service of the Ford was issued a statement of the Vice-President of the European division of Stephen Armstrong about the future plans of the company in the region.

Новый Ford Focus рискует так и не добраться до России.

New Ford Focus risks not to get to Russia.

So, Ford of Europe plans to significantly reduce the line of traditional passenger cars, but yet officially announced only on termination of production of the compact MPV C-MAX and Grand C-MAX in the German city Serlui (the exact timing will depend on negotiations with trade unions) and to curtail production of automatic transmissions in Bordeaux, France in August of this year. In the future, most likely, will go under the knife Mondeo and Galaxy/S-Max, and production of the subcompact Fiesta could be transferred to Brazil or India, that is, from the passenger line in Europe will only Focus and models created on the platform – mostly crossovers. Overall, as stated, the model lineup will be “more targeted”, that is of the former variety will be forgotten. Niche models (mainly sports cars) are imported to Europe from the USA. And, of course, everything that can be electrified. Earlier, Ford announced its intention to 2022 launch it on the market 16 new electric vehicles, including a budget crossover, but now it is not clear which of them will be original and which turned Volkswagens.

A key segment for Ford in Europe will be commercial vehicles and the headquarters of the focus in the UK – it is assumed that brakcet either not held or to be held under condition of preservation of a free trade zone between the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Ford Transit российской сборки

Ford Transit Russian Assembly

Separately in a press release referred to the enterprise of Ford Sollers in Russia: they will also see changes, but specific plans will be announced only in the second quarter of this year. Presumably, plants in Vsevolozhsk and Naberezhnye Chelny, release Focus, Mondeo, Fiesta and EcoSport, will be closed, as sales of these models drop, but the plant in Elabuga, which produces quite successful Transit and Kuga, can survive, the more that fits into the concept of development of the European division of Ford. While Elabuga production of engines for cars are likely to be in demand – if only Ford is not going to conclude with the Russian government special investment contract (SPIC). Alas, the probability of this event small – Ford is now simply not on the agenda much bigger and more important issues. Roughly speaking, the Ford had to survive. However, let’s wait for the second quarter: it is possible that the Russian authorities will make the Ford such a generous offer that to abandon it would be impossible, and then we can hope that the dealership “blue oval” is empty and will not disappear.


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SUV UAZ Patriot increased the variability of equipment

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Uaz patriot. Нынешняя вилка цен на Патриот составляет от 777 000 рублей за комплектацию «Классик Fleet» до 1 083 000 за «Максимум».

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The current plug prices on a Patriot is from 777 000 rubles for the equipment of the “classic Fleet” to 1 083 000 for Maximum.

In the segment of medium-sized SUVs once again updated UAZ Patriot is in the lead by a wide margin (end 2018 — 15 422 instance). This is due to the impressive traffic, and prices which, even after growth last fall, and another, already in 2019, still remain markedly lower than those of rivals. Now UAZ has decided to attract more attention to the model, increasing the available options for primary and secondary configurations.

During the last update the car has received more powerful motor and upgraded front and rear suspension, steering, clutch and “mechanics” improved sound insulation.

So, for “classic” and “Optimum” since February, can be ordered foglights, previously unavailable to them. In the “Classic” version comes multimedia system with touch screen, six speakers and navigation, extra heater, hitherto optional equipment is next in rank “Optimum” (for 32 000 rubles, and 9100, respectively). In the past, too, there is a new option pack — Climate control with climate control and grey insulated glass. Now such a set is optional (16 500) for the more expensive “Prestige”, and “Max” is the default. But in “the Prestige”, again from February, you will have the option in the form of Parking sensors front and rear, and rear-view camera, now present only in the “Maximum”.

Yet there are available alloy wheels of different design (20-30 thousand), locking rear differential (38 900), pre-heater with timer (44 900), heated windshield and rear seat on the “Prestige” (19 900), winch plus steering protection (49 900). And by “Classics” you can buy air conditioning and heated front seats for 69 900.

We add that the most affordable complete set of “classic Fleet” (777 000) is as empty as “classic” (more or less important, there is only driver airbag), but it is one of the pre-reform suspension and the old engine 2.7 (a 135-strong ZMZ 40906 is 150-strong ZMZ 409051 in all other versions of the Patriot). Simple classic starts with 798 000. Intermediate (“Optimum”), which already has a passenger, airbag and air conditioning, worth 899 000, and for the “Prestige” multimedia complex on Android, and a seven-inch touch screen, cruise control, heated front seats and steering stabilization system and a bunch of electronic assistants will have to pay 1 011 000.


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The owners of gyrometers want to distribute traffic

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Such transport is often used by children and adolescents. If the norm is accepted, then the audience may be significantly reduced.

Control over the actions of the owners of gyrometers, Segways, sigview and other small electric vehicles considered in the state Duma of the Russian Federation: on this topic was a round table. It is proposed to equate it to the moped: in this case, these “drivers” will be subject to the requirements of the rules of the road. The initiative came from the head of the Union of pedestrians Vladimir Sokolov.

Riding a scooter

According to the current legislation, to mopeds (light quadricycles) or the desired license category “M” or any other open category (the most common – “B”). If they equate gyrometer, Segways, etc., then their owners will also need a driver’s license.

Regulation segment is necessary because of pedestrians. During the round table the attendees remembered several cases: the first man on the electric skateboard was hit by a woman who fell and suffered a severe spinal injury; second driver electric skateboard collided with the pensioner, causing the latter died on the spot. Accident, these incidents can not be called, since from the point of view of the law in the pedestrian zone and collided with two pedestrians.

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According to Vladimir Sokolova, similar cases are not uncommon (however, the statistics he had not). In order to be able to attract such “drivers” to justice, they should be subject to the relevant rules. Today they have been officially recognized by pedestrians and, in fact, can move in respective areas at a speed from 20 km/h on gyrometer to 50 km/h on a Segway.

Vladimir Sokolov offers to prohibit the movement of the small electric vehicle on the sidewalks. Agree not all. During the round table a proposal was made simply to limit the speed for those traveling on the Segways, Segways, etc: for pedestrian areas – not above 25 km/h, for bike paths, 60 km/h. the Catch, however, is that this electric vehicle has no speedometer.


It is curious that Russia is now allowed to create “Bike zone”, where it is allowed to stop motorists and motorcyclists, provided that they give way to all other traffic participants, and their speed will not exceed 20 km/h. it Turns out, the owners sigview will be able to drive on such roads three times faster? Or in this case, also will be subject to the terms and moped riders?

In Russia in 2018, has sold about 32 thousand Segways and about 10 thousand monowheels. Often buy them for children and teenagers. Recall that the right category “M” is issued from the age of 16. This means that in case of approval the proposal of the head of the Union of pedestrians, the number of customers of sellers of small electric vehicle, most likely, will be considerably reduced.

Last summer reported on the proposal of the Deputy from the LDPR faction, which advocated the registration of alternative transport.


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Kupeobrazny Geely FY11 revealed in the “sports” version

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Geely fy11. От стандартного этот вариант отличается круговым обвесом в цвет кузова (вместо «чёрного пояса»), накладками на двери, двумя парами выпускных патрубков, затемнёнными элементами, алой вставкой в решётке и большими колёсами. Можно считать FY11 кросс-седаном, как Renault Arkana.

From the standard this is a circular body kit in body color (instead of black belt), lining on the door, two pairs of exhaust pipes, darkened elements, al insert in the grille and large wheels. FY11 can be considered cross-sedans, like Renault Arkana.

The company Geely to be congratulated on the development of the first model on the platform of the CMA (not to be confused with BMA). It unites coupe FY11 with a compact “Swede” Volvo XC40 and differs from Satin, resting on its own “cart” Geely. The mid-size crossover with “crushed” the roof, the idea will become the biggest and most expensive SUV in the range, and therefore, waiting for the flagship we have.

The issue of the official pictures shows about the imminent premiere. However, the Russian office Geely today sent along a teaser with the words about the similarities of the car with a predatory cat, grille “in the form of a concentric universe” and running lights like the “digital boom”. Say, a design center in Shanghai has found a new direction.

Recall the dimensions: length, width, height — 4605×1878×1643 mm, wheelbase — 2700. It is not surprising that the dimensions of the rookie close to the platform model Lynk & Co 01: 4530×1855×1654, 2730 mm.

Architecture interior Geely FY11 is more similar to a compact Geely SX11than all the other models in the CMA-kneading. This is a standard interior, no red inserts and stitching, and veneers “under carbon”. It’s funny that the handrail on the console can be confused with a “poker” of the Parking brake.

Under the hood of the SUV FY11 if prescribed turboservice 2.0 (in Swedish terminology T5), derated from 254 to 238 HP at the same torque 350 N•m. there are rumors about the use volvovsky Turbotronic 1.5 in the hybrid setup of the PHEV. In short, the forecasts are also on the Coupe, rolling brand Lynk & Co. Where, by the way, coupe from Volvo?



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