The Celica could return in 2025 as an all-electric sports coupe!
There have been rumours of them hooking up with some Chinese manufacturers.$60k+ Celica incoming
Pessimism is definitely the right attitude nowadays. Can't be disappointed if you dont expect anything.I could definitely see the Celica coming back as Toyota's Electric sport option. I would wait till more of their line is EV this might be a push for them to draw in people to EV.
I do not have a lot of faith in Mazda, Mazda is now aiming be become a mid luxury brand? Kinda like an Acura I would guess. So seeing the new RX would be a interesting push into that field. But I don't think we are close to getting one. But would like to be proven wrong.
As much as the China thing worries me (quality), I do think they are going to be a big player in 10 to 15 yrs or so with the inevitable cheap electric technology.There have been rumours of them hooking up with some Chinese manufacturers.
The Qiantu K20 apparently has a dual motor AWD 215 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque, and only weighs 780kg! Est 4.7 second 0-60.
The price is only 13k USD if you would believe that, but I don't think that's the dual motor version - but regardless it wouldn't be more than a few thousand more.
I mean I am hesitant to fully put my faith in these early reports, but if true do substantially change the game for EV sports cars. They have a long range version that goes 311 miles (lets just say 250 knowing the wack testing methodology in China), and lets say the performance version goes 200miles. I think if all those details and estimates are somewhere correct, then the potential for fun little sports cars from other manufacturers is good.
The only problem is that this represents a huge leap in weight reduction, and well I am still not sure if true.
I think the only difference in regards to the auto market is that vehicle safety requirements make it hard for a 'low quality' product to be successful globally.As much as the China thing worries me (quality), I do think they are going to be a big player in 10 to 15 yrs or so with the inevitable cheap electric technology.
Here‘s something interesting : I was in the major appliance business for over 40 years. I saw a Lot of similar manufacturing struggles between nations , all trying to build a great value with efficiency and modern tech every couple years. Long story short, eventually China had the best value, but quality struggled. So, they decided to buy the entire appliance division of our great American hero General Electric. You’d never know this if you didn’t dig deep because China doesn’t have to indicate in any literature or online who they are as an entity. They’re still in Louisville, still building appliances here in the USA, but like most American ownership today , GE decided it wasn’t worth owning a division where you have to make products with slim profit margins and pay people to do it no less. Enter: China to the rescue. Ironically, the current product is better quality than ever under the new ownership. So much for Six-Sigma and LEAN , lol. So yeah, big things will be happening in product development and ownership with automotive too I presume.
You know that the Buick Envision suv and the sister Cadillac are made in China. By GM, yes, but still… the dominance is a bit scary. Stuff is going on that will be talked about for quite awhile. Until cars become like a clothes washer.I think the only difference in regards to the auto market is that vehicle safety requirements make it hard for a 'low quality' product to be successful globally.