Just recently, a festive press conference was held in honor of the presentation of a new electric car brand, which comes to us directly from China – SERES by name. Senior importer Talcar enthusiastically presented the fresh product, admirable data was sent into the air. There were even rhythmic applause in the hall, “Congratulations” still coming.
Did you know, for example, that the newcomer is owned by Dongfeng Motor, one of the 500 largest companies in the world and Sokon, which belongs to the 500 largest companies in China? Both, by the way, are traded on the stock markets in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Another information, no less important, is that the group’s first development and research center was established in 2016 in Silicon Valley in the United States. Wow, we wrote, let’s get ready for the semester exam.
For all those minutes of the show, Sers 3 EV, the first representative of the brand, who is currently educating the roads of Israel, stood aside, a little ashamed. A fairly modest-looking Gippon, certainly not the goose of the century. The exhibitors also seemed to be gently hinting to us “it’s okay, it’s just the entrance ticket, we’ll land the really impressive tools here soon”.
Sears 3 is basically a Jeep that is dropped into a market that is in the waking stages. Electric vehicles designed for the general public and not just for the upper millennium. Priced at NIS 140,000, a Gippon that looks like the current herd does not go beyond its scope and out of the box. Everything turned around, if he was first and groundbreaking. The problem is that he is not. There are already at least two Chinese direct competitors in the market – GAC and MG, the latter introduces the MG ZS EV, which has become a hit in its category and holds quite a few advantages over the newcomer.
Although in the electric travel range, according to the data, one has to castrate an advantage (301 km versus 263 km), but the MG has three trim levels, compared to only one of the newcomer, and if we compare to the senior level, the one that includes equipment like a panoramic roof And heated seats, so it’s true that MG is more expensive than NIS 4,000, but it also holds a particularly important card – active safety systems.
If the safety equipment rating at the high level of MG is 7, high, of the castrates is only 1, because it has no active safety systems at all. Not an autonomous braking system, not adaptive cruise control and today in terms of Israeli property this is a major issue that must be marked V. By the way, in terms of unsafe equipment, the Sars 3 has a very rich specification, with all kinds of gadgets such as wireless charging, a smart key, a peripheral camera system, the transmission is done via a pulley, which by the way we saw better than here. The transition from drive to reverse – too slow.
Although there is digital air conditioning control and air vents in the back, the air conditioning is not split. The switches are not always clear and accessible. There is quite a list of jackets here. What’s more, the seats are comfortable, both for long journeys and for those sitting in the back. There were no space problems, however the trunk will force you to settle for only 318 liters. too small.
I am sure that the importers also saw the problems that could arise, but for them it is a matter of stepping foot. The Chinese car market is growing, and the all-electric car market is still small. Last year, there was talk of selling 1,561 vehicles out of more than 214,000, but there is no doubt that in the coming years the business will gain momentum.
It is said that by 2025 the electric market will already occupy 20% of all new vehicles and grow to 40% by the end of the decade. So you should take a seat to be ready for the gym, and castrate, for example, have a crazy product in line. Wait, wait, the fourth quarter of this year is set to begin with the launch of the SF5, the Gippon Coupe, which looks stunning in plans, but most of all it has capabilities on the verge of psychosis. Two electric motors, a combined power of 684 hp, acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.5 seconds and a driving range of about 500 km, and next year the SF7 is expected to arrive, which will give even more.
Understand, meanwhile checking the pulse with a mainstream Gippon, slightly drowsy. A friend who joined me even said that he quite likes the above-mentioned Jeep, probably not a key. So until the stars and their entourages land, we will settle for a vehicle 438 cm long, 165 cm high, 265 cm wheelbase. It has an electric motor with a power of 163 hp and a maximum torque of 30.5 kg, and even the acceleration figure is relatively impressive looking – 8.9 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h. The vehicle travels, the problem that arose is how.
If the roads of our country were as straight and paved as a pool table, Sears 3 would feel great. The problem is that a large portion of them are as distorted as cryptography. Ups, downs, pits that come in a hit. The suspension system here did not get along with the weight nor with the route of the road. She actually raised her hands already at the paddle stage. Every stone was felt, every bumper was depicted as a mountain. There are three driving modes here – economical, normal and sporty – but it is not recommended to try sports. The guy is not athletic.
So we did not try too hard to challenge, but went for a relaxed driving style, a summer morning hike around the Jerusalem mountains and the moshavim near Beit Shemesh. According to WLTP data, Sears 3 can go 301 km from charge to charge. I covered 194 kilometers and I had 77 kilometers left in the stock. The gap in the data is definitely tolerable, with the accelerations and experiments we conducted. Israel, knows the work. If not now, then in the longer term and for years to come. There must be a strategy here, and in the meantime, until the real stars come from China, they send the warm-up, which will do the work and wake up the audience.
For the upper millennium and up, Ferrari and Maserati have opened new showrooms side by side in Herzliya, with a total investment of about NIS 5 million. Shai Feldman, CEO of Sergeant Importer, updated that about 100 Ferrari cars are currently moving on the country’s roads, nine new cars have been launched since the beginning of the year, and in the notebooks there are orders for 24 more vehicles. Just to get an idea, A vehicle with a value of over four million shekels (pictured below). A vehicle with a V8 engine, a 4,000 cc central twin-turbo engine that delivers 780 hp, and also receives assistance from three electric motors that produce an additional 220 hp. The combined power reaches 1,000 hp. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h? Within 2.5 seconds. The SF90 Stradella is Ferrari’s first car to identify itself as a rechargeable hybrid. The stunning car can travel on electricity only for a distance of 20 kilometers. Available soon.
Ssangyong Rexton returns after undergoing a facelift at the factory. The seven-seater vehicle now comes with updates to the exterior appearance, but no less so changes in the propulsion division. This is a 2,200 cc turbo-diesel engine with 202 hp, an improvement of 21 hp compared to the outgoing model. The torque has also been upgraded and now stands at 45 kg. The dual-propulsion Harkstone wins an 8-speed automatic transmission that is also used by Hyundai, Kia and Genesis. The car comes in two levels of finish and its price starts at NIS 250,000.
After the first U5 vehicles made by Chinese Airways began to be delivered to customers in Israel, it was announced that Shanghai was already working hard on the U6, which is due to arrive in Israel later this year. As someone who has seen and experienced at the tip of the fork in the U5, I can say that there is something to look forward to, and the planners also promise technological and design innovations such as a “hanging” steering wheel, frameless screens with smart touch technology and an innovative gear lever. Recommended for gadget lovers.
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