Infiniti, Peugeot, Volvo, Toyota, Porsche, Smart.
Inspirational Infiniti: As announced, Nissan’s premium brand is showing the Q80 Inspiration at the Paris Motor Show. Though, the future of the luxurious V6-hybrid car is uncertain, as Johan de Nysschen has left Infiniti. The former Audi manager had rushed through the development of the Q80 in just two years before he left for Cadillac.
greencarcongress.com, hybridcars.com, nytimes.com (de Nysschen)
Quartz SUV concept: Peugeot has chosen his home show in Paris to present its Quartz concept. The plug-in hybrid features a 1.6-litre petrol engine and two electric motors – one at each axle – boosting the system performance to 500 hp. While it is unlikely that the car will ever go into production, the rocky exterior design surely is exciting.
Volvo relaunch: With the launch of the new Volvo XC90, the Swedish carmaker hopes to stop the downward trend of its SUV sales in the US, which has been continuously declining for 11 years. That the limited First Edition of 1,927 units sold in just 47 hours, certainly is a good sign. In its top configuration, the Volvo XC90 T8 will feature an all-wheel plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
just-auto.com (relaunch US), carbuyer.co.uk (First Edition)
Hybrid crossover coupe: Toyota is showing the C-HR Concept in Paris, which represents Toyota’s new design language. The crossover coupe, which would possibly be best positioned below the RAV4, features a hybrid drive but no specs or production plans have been revealed yet.
The Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid has its world premier these days in Paris. The facelifted version of the Cayenne not only got updated with the plug-in hybrid drive but also features minor interior and exterior changes and modifications for better aerodynamics.
All new electric smart: When talking to Auto Express in Paris, Dr. Annette Winkler, head of Smart, said that the new version of the electric Smart will feature a complete redesigned powertrain, where “everything will be new.” Both the two and four seater will be available with the new electric drive in 2016.