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Mr. Vuong The Trung, an American overseas Vietnamese in New York, with his wife and 2 children, was present at VinFast's booth early. He shared that he had heard information about VinFast before, but this was the first time experiencing an electric car in Vietnam. This customer expressed a special impression of the intelligent virtual assistant on the VF 8. “This will be my next car”, this person said.
I'm not really keen on the Asian auto industry since China has released too many cars and EVs in recent years, and they have nothing but the same designs and profiles coming from other brands. But VinFast actually got me to look at their EVs. They have their own signature designs for all their SUVs. It's what people in the US are looking for. If you look at their US marketing, you can tell they are taking this seriously. It looks like VinFast is the second Asian country (after China) that putting considerable effort into the American market. What makes it a little bit harder, while China's EVs usually have low prices, the VF 9 asking price is close to a Telsa Model Y. Carscoop said the VF 9 starts at $56,000 / €49,280 for the Eco and at $61,000 / €53,413 for the Plus (not include taxes or EV tax incentives). VinFast is offering a 10-year / 124,000-mile warranty. They've already had more than 24,000 pre-orders for the VF 8 and VF 9. What do you guys think?
Recently I got a 2006 Nissan 350z (Enthusiast trim) with 250,000 miles (mostly highway). The previous owner was quite the stoner, judging by what we found in the various interior compartments during its first detail. After checking around the car, I noticed that the previous owner, let's call him Chad, had installed an aftermarket audio system and subwoofer. Great right? Who doesn't love getting a little extra in their investments? Well, let's just say that Chad was probably high as a kite when he installed this system. The first thing we noticed was that the subwoofer was set to take all frequencies of audio, not just the low ones. In case you didn't know, subwoofers are specifically designed to handle and play the lower sounds in your music. Alright, we said, maybe that was a little dumb but it isn't a huge deal and we can just fix it real quick. Well, as I was finishing up the installation of my first mod (a CAI) we noticed that something looked a little off by the battery. The wiring for the audio system, to be exact. When we took a look at the wires we found a fuse on the negative wire and absolutely nothing on the positive wire. Anyone who has basic electrical knowledge would know just how wrong that is. I was shocked to find out that I had been driving around with such a dangerous fire hazard under my hood. If something had gone wrong with the wiring there would have been absolutely nothing to prevent my car from bursting into flames. I wish I had taken a picture! Of course, we fixed it and all is right now, but man that was something...