AD #3518 – BYD Builds Gigafactory Faster Than Tesla; Is VinFast Moving Too Fast?; Turkey Slaps 40% Tariff on Chinese EVs

March 3rd, 2023 at 11:52am

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Runtime: 10:17

0:08 Chinese Cars Flood into Russia
0:54 Turkey Slaps 40% Tariff on Chinese EVs
1:54 Is VinFast Moving Too Fast?
3:26 Redwood Worries About Logistics Costs
4:54 Tesla Sales in China Jump 31%
5:38 BYD Builds Gigafactory Faster Than Tesla
7:30 Ford Creates New AI Subsidiary
8:11 GM to Sign Battery Deal with Samsung
8:45 VW Eyes Two Plants in North America

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18 Comments to “AD #3518 – BYD Builds Gigafactory Faster Than Tesla; Is VinFast Moving Too Fast?; Turkey Slaps 40% Tariff on Chinese EVs”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    VW to build Scout plant in SC. Why not Chattanooga, or do they not have enough land?

  2. merv Says:

    Hope you and your staff have a great weekend as well,cheers

  3. Earl Says:

    It’s truly amazing 42 days and 10 months from pasture to a factory making cars. You have to really hand it to BYD, they are on a roll

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 With no worker safety or environmental regs, things happen quickly. Still, it’s impressive. Tesla Shanghai also got going impressively quickly.

  5. wmb Says:

    With the help of that Italian designer house, Vinfast has some really impressive looking vehicles inside and out. I only hope their tech lives up to the promise!

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I guess I hadn’t been paying much attention, but I just saw that F1 starts tomorrow. It may be continuing where is left off, with Verstappen on pole but, hopefully, the season will be more competitive than last year.

  7. ChuckGrenci Says:

    6, Decent race, Alonzo on the podium (third). Red Bull dominating so far, Ferrari lost an engine late in the race and a lot of fairly good racing in the mid-pack. I’m encouraged for the upcoming season though Verstappen and Red Bull look formable.

  8. ChuckGrenci Says:

    7, formidable

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 I questioned Alonso going to Aston Martin, where his team mate would be in F1 only because Daddy’s rich, but they seem to have the 3rd best cars this year. Alonso did some impressive driving. Actually, the rich kid is probably better than I give him credit for.

    I hope someone can pick up their game, and give Red Bull some real competition. Ferrari is fairly close, but their reliability issues seem to have carried over from last year. Mercedes just didn’t seem to get things right with the car, being about 6 tenths a lap down from RB.

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    Interesting article and points out how the subscription service model takes profits away from dealers. I hadnt thought of it in this way but agree that neither dealers or consumers like the idea of subscription options. I still think the days of traditional dealerships are over as in time they will lose new sales and will become more certified used car and warranty/service centers.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 I hope the whole idea of “subscriptions” dies a horrible death, except for maybe satellite radio and Onstar-like services, if the cost isn’t too high. The idea of charging to “turn on” things that are already part of the car could keep me from buying a certain car.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    As far as dealers, they provide two services. They do warranty and other repairs, and they take trades when you buy a car. For buying a new car, without a trade, I’d be fine with ordering through a web site, with a non-negotiable price, and taking delivery at a location that could handle deliveries of all brands of cars. Unfortunately, Toyota, and maybe some other brands won’t let you order cars at all, even through the dealers.


    10) Used to be a time when there were zero dealers and vehicles were sold direct to consumers. It didn’t work out then, but maybe it will work once again. Afterall, everything old is new again when people forget about history and are doomed to repeat it.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    In the early days, manufacturers sold cars using the Tesla model, with company owned stores. Some of them, like the Auburn factory showroom, were beautiful facilities. That one is now the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg museum in Auburn, Indiana.

  15. Lambo2015 Says:

    13 I dont think direct sales would be a failure today. With so much on-line shopping and the ability to take a virtual tour of a car research about anything you want to know, plus consumer reviews and option selection rather than taking whats available on the lot. It puts pressure on the manufacturers to produce a good app and product. Start getting bad reviews and your model will fail a quick death. No slick salesman to push the junk that cant stand on its own merit.
    The only downside to direct sales I can foresee is the ability to test drive a vehicle before purchase. But if manuafacturers offer something like a 24 hour return policy or maintain one of each model at the dealerships for that purpose, I dont see much need for a new car sales dealership. Just a place for warranty and service work and maybe trade in your used car.

  16. Lambo2015 Says:

    What I find funny is for years dealerships have said they make little to no money on new car sales. All their money comes from used and service. So not sure why they fight the direct sales model so much. You could essentially drop the overhead of a new sales dept and cut finance portion. No need to deal with manufacturers rebates, employee pricing, and a lot of the licensing portion. Used car sales will likely be doing just plate transfers. I mean either they been lying and there is good money in new sales or they could possibly be more profitable cutting that portion of their business.


    15) Just wait for it. Once again, lessons will have to be repeated. Its failure the first time had nothing to do with can you see the car or not.

  18. Lambo2015 Says:

    17 Feel free to enlighten me on how you see it to be a failure. I could certainly be missing something.