Mahindra hybrid to come: The hybrid variant of the XUV500 which Mahindra presented at the New Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year (we reported), will go into production and is set to launch in India by 2015. As the concept before, the hybrid SUV will combine a diesel engine with an electric motor.
Mild hybrid by Kia: The Korean manufacturer has unveiled its Optima T-Hybrid concept set to debut in Paris. The mild hybrid, as Kia classifies it, marries the company’s 1.7-liter turbodiesel engine with a small electric motor and a 48 V lead-carbon battery.
Mia to be revived: In an auction, all assets of the insolvent EV manufacturer Mia Electric have gone for 1.35 million euros (1.7m dollars) to ‘Mia Génération.’ This consortium of Focus Asia, Kokam and Fulmen plans to restart production by mid 2015 and keeps aiming at an electric car for less than 10,000 euros. In the meantime, Mia drivers can get spare parts via GoElectrix.
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Porsche Cayenne S: Ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show, the German carmaker issued pricing of its latest plug-in model, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid. In the States, Porsche’s third semi-electric car will start from 76,400 dollars and is set to launch by November nationwide.
Corvette electrified? Car and driver is looking at what the next generation Corvette might look like, as GM’s head of global product development, Mark Reuss, just confirmed that Chevy is working on it. The magazine expects the C8 to be electric, as least partially, as this would be GM’s only chance to comply with carbon emission regulations by 2020.
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