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BMW i9 in the making? According to German magazin auto motor und sport, BMW plans to introduce another plug-in hybrid sportscar on top of its current i8. It will be propelled by an in-line 6-cylinder engine in combination with a powerful electric motor. The i9 is scheduled for 2016, the year of BMW’s 100th anniversary and is to continue the tradition of the M1.
indianautosblog.com, auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)
The Ampera is dead: Via twitter, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann confirmed the rumours of Opel/Vauxhall not introducing a next-generation Ampera and thus killing the European twin of the Chevrolet Volt. At the same time, Neumann promised a new EV to arrive before 2018.
The fastest SUV ever will go on sale in 2016 and come from Bentley, says the carmakers’s sales and marketing director, Kevin Rose. Presumably, it will also be the fastest plug-in SUV, featuring a V8-hybrid drive. Moreover, Rose expects it to account for at least 30% of all of Bentley’s SUV sales.
blog.caranddriver.com via indianautosblog.com
BMW 7 Series ActiveHybrid arrives in India: It is the first hybrid by any German carmaker available in the country and that only in the cities of Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai. Pricing starts at 13,5 million Rupee (224,700 dollars).
Dragon Racing complete: The Penske-owned Formula E racing team has signed former F1 pilot Jerome d’Ambrosio as their second driver. This only leaves three driver places open for the first season with China Racing and Adretti Autosport yet to reveal their complete line-up.
Honda Hybrid made in Indonesia: The Honda Vezel Hybrid and its petrol siblings for the Indonesian market will be sold under the name HR-V when debuting at the Indonesia International Motor Show in September. Honda announced that the compact crossover will be produced locally starting early next year.