Road safety figures in July are down. ONISR deplores 305 deaths on the roads and in our streets in July. This represents a decrease of 10% compared to the same period last year. Personal injury accidents also fell by 8%. Since the beginning of the year, mortality has decreased compared to 2022. However, the number of injuries on bicycles and other individual transport devices has increased over the past 12 months, by 9 and 19% respectively.
Vietnamese manufacturer Vinfast makes its US stock market debut. Since August 15, the company has been listed on Nasdaq under the mneemonics VFS and VFSWW. The manufacturer of the VF 7 and VF8 born in 2017 is valued at 23 billion dollars. The Vietnamese giant intends, thanks to this lever, to continue its global expansion with its electric models.
The unusual statistic of the week comes to us from China. In this market, a quarter of Ferrari customers are female customers. The trend has been clear for 5 years. According to Benedetto Vigna, its CEO, this is also noticeable in registration for company-sponsored events. China, Taiwan and Hong Kong account for 12% of global Prancing Horse sales, or 1,600 cars. A figure that has doubled in 5 years.
Chrome will be banned for car parts during 2024. The material is not only used for decoration. It is used in particular in the manufacture of headlights, for its reflective nature. Its manufacturing process requires baths of chemical solutions, whose gas fumes are particularly toxic. Alternatives exist, but the more expensive costs could ultimately increase the price of cars. And it is not just a detail for manufacturers, who are big consumers of this material.
Don’t miss the trial of the week. We took the wheel of the Suzuki Swace, a clone of the Corolla, with record fuel consumption.
Finally the novelties of the week. Ford unveils a demonic Mustang GTD. Lamborghini is about to unveil its first electric, called the Lanzador. Pagani lift the veil of Utopia in Monterey.