Why This $4,000 Renault Is as Disruptive as the Tesla Model 3

18 Jul

Kwid Disruption Tesla

Want to see the future of transportation? Spend 96 hours in India.

What is disruption? Ask the clickbait mills and the sheep who retweet them, and thy name is Tesla. Everyone knows the Tesla story. AutonomyElectrificationSuperchargersMusk! If it weren’t for Tesla, we’d still be waiting for our electric and autonomous future to dawn. The Model 3 will disrupt, just as Tesla has disrupted the entire automotive sector, and now you can own one for only $35,000, plus options. It’s all true, but it’s only half right.

Go to India and Renault will sell the other half of disruption for just under $4,000.

This French-Indian disruptor is called the Kwid, and it’s the opposite of the Tesla Model 3 in almost every way. It lacks any of the technology or performance that earn cars placement on magazine covers. It’s a front-wheel-drive, 3-cylinder, 800-cc, four-door compact crossover (CUV) with plastic cladding. Boxes ticked? None. And yet it is the most important car in the largest segment in what will soon be the third largest car market in the world. Continue reading

Alex Roy’s Digest 5.6.16.3: More Tesla Crash, Internet of S**t, America’s Cup

6 May

Tesla Crash

Five German teens amazingly survived this devastating Tesla crash in Pullach, Germany. The Models S pictures are incredible, but not as incredible as how well the car’s crash structure protected them.

The America’s Cup is cool, and in New York, and will be facing some tough conditions.

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