Last edited by vfx; 04-25-2012 at 08:23 AM.
The world loves to be deceived.
Coda says it's receiving orders and there is a waiting list. They won't comment on volume but seem fine with what they have.
Anyway, it looks like they have another strong Chinese partner to work with on their next model. Coda teams with Great Wall to produce global, affordable EV
I guess these are cars people traded in for a Coda??
CODA Silicon Valley | Vehicles for sale in Santa Clara, CA 95051
2011 Chevy Volt
2011 Nissan Altima hybrid
2010 Toyota Camry hybrid
2010 Toyota Prius
Just saw the dealership on my way home but it was closed already. I'll try to stop by and check it out this weekend. That Volt is actually a good price.
I visited the Coda dealer today. A few thoughts
- Interior and exterior were okay. It's obviously an econo-car body and interior. But what's interesting is the additions to the Mitsubishi based chassis by Coda had some nice touches. The gear/speed selector design was superior to the rest of the interior. Kinda sticks out but in a good way. There is door sill trim with back-illuminated "CODA" which is also a nice touch but slightly out of place in the econo-interior.
- Acceleration was good though louder than my Volt. No worries about merging. Not sure of the 0-60.
- Handling was excellent! They laid the battery in a similar manner to the Model S where it's in the floor and between the 4 wheels. The sales person encouraged me to push it around the corner hard. The tires are not LRR tires (Kumho) so if you wanted to hypermile there is room for improvement on your next set of tires.
- The battery pack protrudes slightly into the interior floor taking about an inch of room from the floor. The rest is about 2 inches beneath the floor and can be seen sticking out under the floor if you get down and look. I think that's why the car looks as if it's slightly lifted from the wheel arch gap so the battery could clear speed bumps.
- Apparently there is a battery buffer so when you run out of charge by the meter's standard you can still go further. Once you are in the buffer after several miles the system will limit you to 60mph. Then after several more miles it will drop that to 35(?) mph. They had one person go into the buffer and after 13 more miles did not hit the 60mph barrier.
-Battery chemistry is Lithium Iron Phosphate and have a 10 year 100,000 miles warranty on the battery.
-The model I drove was pre-production and the brakes were mushy which the dealer said is much firmer on the production cars. The brakes were good if they were firmer. There was little regen when taking the foot off the pedal and it's not adjustable. But I didn't notice the brakes transitioning between regen and mechanical and the dealer said it's because there is so much regen in the brake pedal that you'd only hit the mechanical brakes in an emergency situation.
-Stereo is Alpine similar to the Roadster and has a menu with Coda specific software for tech details, power output, range, etc.
I think if cost is an issue it's a good alternative to the base Model S. Range is slightly lower but with the impressive handling and smaller easier to park car it's an excellent 2nd car.
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