Each week, Just Auto’s journalists select top tweets that summarise the social media buzz in our sector, underpinned by GlobalData’s analytics. These social media signals help us understand brand sentiments and the themes driving conversations on social platforms. This new, thematic coverage is driven by our underlying Disruptor data which tracks all major deals, patents, company filings, hiring patterns and social media buzz across our sectors.
Tesla faces a legal challenge in the US on EV range claims. Nice summary from Reuters.
For many OEMs, the rebound on financial results has been pretty spectacular lately. Toyota made it over the trillion yen mark on its bottom line for the first time in a quarter in Q2 (or fiscal Q1 if you prefer). And Jalopnik pointed something else out.
VinFast. A car brand we are certainly getting used to hearing about nowadays. They are making rapid progress on a long journey and getting to a number of first bases.
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On July 28th, VinFast held the groundbreaking of North Carolina's first-ever EV manufacturing facility. Let's celebrate this major milestone and look forward to a cleaner, greener automotive future. #Groundbreaking #EVFactory #NorthCalorina #July28 #EVRevolution #GreenMobility pic.twitter.com/8YKSBkVqTk— VinFast US (@VinFastUS) July 29, 2023
It has been a big week for Ford with the F-150 Lightning production restart. Ford is talking it up big-time as it takes a hit on all this heavy investment in EVs. Build it and they (the customers) will surely come. Hang on though, what is Fisker up to?
So, it’s another electric SUV from an exotic brand (well, kind of) with a bit of heritage (certainly). And you say you have done some things to make the handling dynamics pretty sporty, eh? Goes like a Lotus?
Spoiler alert ‼️— Lotus Cars (@lotuscars) August 3, 2023
When deployed at an angle of 18º, the Eletre S rear active spoiler can reduce the drag coefficient by up to 1.8%, while also increasing downforce by up to 60kg; moving to 32º increases the drag coefficient slightly, by 1.8%, but more than doubles downforce. pic.twitter.com/uppxmqNHNQ
Theo Leggett (no relation) calls out some apparently lazy journalism. It wasn’t just the Daily Mail mind, the Daily Mirror also got this one badly wrong. Yes, it has certainly been a dissapointing summer weather-wise in the UK lately, but maybe get your facts straight before you crowbar electric cars into the story for extra clicks. (Do human fact checkers and sub-editors still exist on the UK national newspaper titles? Er, no.)
*Despite the Twitter rebrand as ‘X’, we’re still calling the platform’s postings tweets for now.