VW CrossBlue made in China: Zhang Pijie, General Manager of the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture, confirmed that it will produce the seven-seater from 2017. However, the Chinese will not build the plug-in hybrid version of the CrossBlue.
Mysterious Renault concept: The French carmaker announced to debut a new concept car at the Auto Expo in India next month. Renault has not leaked any details yet, but it might very well be a pre-preview of a new plug-in hybrid.
indianautosblog.com (Auto Expo), autoexpress.co.uk (Plug-in hybrid)
Model S to be costly in China: Tesla will ask for 1.2 million yuan (198,000 dollars) from Chinese Model S buyers – almost twice as much as in the U.S. (94,570 dollars). The price is due to high import taxes and the need to “earn extra money”. With one showroom in Beijing and another planned for Shanghai, ‘Tesila’ sales will officially start in June.
New hybrids by 2015 and beyond: This year, a wave of new PHEVs is expected to flood the U.S. but rumours of future models are already swirling around in the internet. Brad Berman fished out 8 to 10 new plug-ins, which are likely to hit the states from next year.