Honda, Renault, Renovo Motors, Batavus, Chevrolet, Kia.
Jazz premiers in Paris: Honda will present the European version of the third generation Jazz at the Paris Motor Show. The compact car is set to launch in Europe by summer 2015. However, Honda did not say when a hybrid version, already available in the States and Asia, would come to the continent.
Fluence to come back: Renault will revive its electric Fluence, according to CEO Carlos Ghosn. The new Fluence would be produced in China with the most likely partner being Dongfeng. However, Renault has not given any details on possible collaborations nor timing.
Investor for Renovo: Renovo Motors only recently introduced its sports car (we reported) and has not failed to impress. True Ventures now invested an undisclosed seven-digits amount into the Silicon Valley start-up to help bringing their electric coupe into production and into the hands of customers
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Light pedelec: Dutch Batavus introduced an e-bike with a sportier frame than what one would usually expect from the brand. The ‘Razor’ pedelec features a Yamaha crank drive and is said to be rather light. Price for the urban rider: 2,499 euros.
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The new Chevy Volt will be way better than its predecessor, at least if one believes GM’s powertrain director Larry Nitz. The new generation is said to take into account user behaviour and experiences gathered by the company. However, more details will only follow at a later date.
Review Kia Soul EV: Antuan Goodwin took the Kia Soul EV for a spin and finds it to be on the rather “torquey” side but “extremely quiet” at both city and high speed on the other hand while staying firmly “planted” on the road. Driving “like an auto journalist,” Goodwin was also positivly surprised by the estimated range figures.